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Agent – Agent [1986]

AGENT was one of the best Canadian AOR bands during the ’80s and ’90s. Keyboardist Craig Zurba and bass player Andre Kunkel were songwriting partners and session musicians from the local scene having recorded for various mainstream artists. At the middle Eighties, both contacted talented vocalist Rick Livingstone, ex- September and Broken Hearts, and together with guitarist Bob Smart and drummer Dave Allan, Agent born.

Agent was signed by CBS / Virgin Records Canada and their self-titled debut album appeared in 1986 to good reviews, but sadly, their label’s CEO quit during the week the album was released and no recording company leadership was evident during the 9 months following the release. Agent broke-up the following year, but left us this wonderful piece of work. “Agent” is pure mid-Eighties AOR, curiously more American sounding than Canuck, akin Survivor, Shelter, Preview, Surrender, etc.
In short; classic ’80s AOR with hooks, melodies and keyboards aplenty. Just check the monster “Surrender” below.

Ten years after, Agent returned with a new vocalist re-recording the album for an European label. Although resulted really good, AOR fans still prefer this original ’86 release. Pure ’80s AOR.

Band Members
Andre Kunkel – Bass
Bob Smart – Guitars
Craig Zurba – Piano, Synthesizers
Dave Allan – Drums, Percussion
Rick Livingstone – Vocals

Tracks
01. Heartbeat
02. Can’t Hold Back
03. This Could Be The Night
04. She Trusted Me
05. On The Radio
06. Can’t Stop
07. Change Of Heart
08. Surrender
09. Blame It On Love
10. Headlines

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