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Mariner – Mariner [1983]

Country USA          

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 85/100

Band Members Bob Okonowski – Guitar,Backing Vocals, Charlie Block – Guitar,Backing Vocals, Gordie Roedding – Drums, Jimmy Henterly – Keyboards,Lead Vocals, Mike Smyt – Guitar,Backing Vocals, Pat Mezza – Bass,Lead Vocals

Tracks 01. Don’t Get Fooled Again (3:47), 02. Make Me Baby (3:12), 03. Let Your Love Show Thru (3:06), 04. Lady’s Touch (3:40)

Profile Mariner hails from Michigan, where they started as a band in the seventies founded by guitar player Bob Okonowski. The beginning of the eighties would find the act beating out 700 groups from around the U.S. in a battle of the bands, their prize for victory was a two month gig in Osaka, Japan.  Shortly upon returning to the States they would enter Multi-Trac Recording Studios in Livonia, MI, to record their first album. Mariner had various major labels interested but nothing panned out so 1981’s ‘Sweet Horizon’ would be released on the independent Tidal Wave Records. The album featured an excellent cover of the Chilliwack song ‘Fly At Night’.

In 1983 Mariner released a self-titled four song EP, again as indie on Tidal Wave Records, which would see the band’s music headed in a more Melodic Rock direction.  Tracks like the atmospheric mid-tempo AOR “Don’t Get Fooled Again”, the radio friendly “Make Me Baby” with its irresistible chorus, and the bouncy “Lady’s Touch” were excellent rockers which would once more find major labels interested, but again nothing transpired.

What has to make one scratch one’s head is the other cut on the EP, “Let Your Love Show Thru”, and surely “Make Me Baby” as well, were a sure fired hits that would have gone over well with the MTV crowd from that time period.

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