Manito Park – Manito Park [1991]

MANITO_PARK_STCountry USA          Style AOR

Rating 84/100

Band Members
Bob Burdett – Guitars,Backing Vocals, Dave Dupree – Vocals,Keyboards, Lars Ziemba – Bass,Backing Vocals, Rusty Knorr – Drums

Tracks
01. Bridge In Prelude (0:39), 02. Girl In Green (4:31), 03. Surrender (3:39), 04. One Last Look (5:03), 05. Like Forever (3:45), 06. Idaho Eyes (3:06), 07. Daydreamer (4:38), 08. Fool For Yesterday (4:45), 09. Oh Father (3:12), 10. Ariel (4:03), 11. Duet (0:52), 12. Down On Sunday (4:00), 13. Stumpy’s Choice (0:50), 14. Send A Miracle (4:26), 15. Bridges Burning (3:40)

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Profile Based in Spokane, Washington state, quartet MANITO PARK took their name from the recreation park located in their city. The band toured the area since the late eighties and recorded & released independently this rich in harmonies self-titled CD in 1991. MANITO PARK’s music is American AOR but in its more Melodic Rock side akin Nelson, Bystander, Beau Coup, Biloxi, Roxanne and many more.

There’s hook-laden catchy cuts like “Surrender”, “Fool For Yesterday”, “Bridges Burning”, and lovable rockin’ AOR cuts in “Like Forever”, “Ariel” and the keyboard-filled mid-tempo “Daydreamer”, all adorned with huge harmony vocals. On the balladry side, we have two top class AOR gems in “One Last Look”, a wonderful tune complete with pianos & acoustics, and the Elefante brothers-like “Send A Miracle”. Three of the tracks are short intros/interludes, and there’s also two acoustic-only songs, the melodic vocally layered “Oh Father” and the fun “Idaho Eyes”.

Although the indie production is clearly low budget, the songcraft in Manito Park is excellent which turned this album a much sought after piece by AOR / Melodic Rock fans and collectors. Rare and Good!!!

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