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Earl Valentine – Night Blindness [1986]

290505251678Country USA          

Style AOR

Rating 83/100

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Tracks 01. These Kids Today (4:00), 02. Rock & Roll Star (3:18), 03. You’re The One I’m Dreaming Of (2:36), 04. See The Man He’s On The Run Again (4:54), 05. Night Blindness (3:11), 06. Looking Out My Window (4:30), 07. Stop (3:15), 08. Can’t Keep A Good Man Down (3:20), 09. Power Surge (3:50)

Profile Hyper rare private press album released only on vinyl that came out in 1986 through EMV Records. The band formed in 1980 in Stamford, Connecticut where they released their debut album, followed by their second work years later titled “Night Blindness”. The band was still active until the early 90s where they released a third record. Musically the band cross between AOR and melodic hard rock with a pomp touch especially in their debut album but also here. Since the first bits of opener “These Kids Yesterday / These Kids Today” you can tell EARL VALENTINE not only showcases an impressive musicianship but also a quite original sound. This is melodic hard rock with a clear American vibe, but Earl & Co. inject a wonderful Pomp AOR dose to the proceedings.

There’s some Beau Coup on “Rock And Roll Star”, some Bryan Hughes Group “You’re The One I’m Dreaming Of” or some Brian McDonald in “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down”, but overall, EARL VALENTINE remind me of Giuffria. The strong use of keyboards, that ‘harmonic’ guitar and Earl’s vocal timbre reminiscent of David Glen Eisley makes the band and this album very Giuffria-esque. Just listen “Looking Out My Window”…Very hard to find LP but worth the search….



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