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4 Out Of 5 Doctors – 2nd Opinion [1982]

PhotobucketCOUNTRY: USA          STYLE: AOR/Power Pop

RATING: 82/100

Cal Everett – Lead Vocals, Bass, George Pittaway – Vocals, Guitar, Jeff Severson – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboard, Tom Ballew – Vocals, Drums

1. Good Pretender, 2. Dawn Patrol, 3. Anna With Antennae, 4. Breaking Rocks, 5. Never Say Die, 6. Waiting For Roxanne, 7. Lonely Ones, 8. Heart On A Chain, 9. Call Me At Home, 10. Young World

4 Out of 5 Doctors was a Washington D.C. based powerpop band. They released an eponymous LP in 1980 produced by Alan Winstanley, and a second LP in 1982 (“Second Opinion”, produced by Jeff Glixman, producer for Black Sabbath in the 1980s). The Doctors toured the United States extensively, and were involved in several early 1980s films. In the summer of 2008, after a 17-year hiatus, 4 Out of 5 Doctors reunited for a sold-out show at the Jammin Java club in Vienna, Virginia, and performed at the 2008 Wammie Awards at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on February 15, 2009.

Though their self-titled debut album met with little or no national success, the Doctors entered the studio to record their second album, this time with hitmaking producer Jeff Glixman, who had handled many commercial rock artists in recent years, including Kansas. Strange as it may seem, the Doctors’ ’80s outlook and Glixman’s hard rock history created an album as exciting as the Doctors’ debut, though less varied. Using the first album’s “I Want Her” as a jumping-off point, the Doctors rock hard on 2nd Opinion without losing any of their charm or melodicism. Bassist/vocalist Cal Everett sounds more confident vocally and his songs have even more hooks than before. “Breaking Rocks” rocks hard with a vocal that will melt even the most hardened criminal. “The Lonely Ones” is equally wonderful.

“Dawn Patrol” is the pop/rocker that Night Ranger wanted to write but was too pompous to do so. Guitarist Jeff Severson’s “Waiting for Roxanne” is an absolute classic right out of the box and should have been the big radio hit that the Doctors were waiting for. “Heart on a Chain” is another classic that should not have had to wait for a radio station to play it. Only guitarist George Pittaway’s “Good Pretender” fails to live up to the rest of the album, though it is certainly a good track. With another great album under their belts, the Doctors did what all good bands do at this point in their career…they broke up.


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