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Taylor, B.E (Group) - 1986 Our World



ARTIST: Taylor, B.E (Group)
ALBUM: Our World
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: BFE 40282
YEAR: 1986

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: B.E (Billy) Taylor - vocals * Rick Witkowski - guitars * Nat Kerr - keyboards * Jim Spears - bass * Joey D'Amico - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Fires Gone * 02 Question Of Love * 03 Our World * 04 Beautiful Day * 05 Reggae Rock 'n' Roll * 06 Girl In The Know * 07 Runaway * 08 Take Me To Your Heart * 09 Karen

WEBLINKS: www.betaylor.com


Background
Here's another legendary superhero of the eighties AOR scene, Billy Taylor. A household name in parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and those eastern states. Destined to be a singer from a young age, Billy's vocal style around about the era of his two MCA albums 'Love Won The Fight' and 'Innermission' and this Epic release 'Our World' was an amazing cross of Steve Perry and Michael Bolton! A truly excellent voice, and complimented by a well rehearsed team of guys who came from the well known seventies outfit Crack The Sky. Billy and eighties hero Donnie Iris were good mates and used to play together. Surprisingly though, there's very little of Donnie's quirky style emanating through into Billy's music.


The Songs
We get underway with the heavy backbeat and blazing guitars of 'The Fires Gone'. Check out these AOR oriented lyrics in the chorus:

all the kings horses and all the kings men
couldn't put the two of us together again, what a shame
through all of the heartache, and all of the pain
the flame still flickers in the pouring rain
the fires gone, but the smoke remains..


Someone obviously has an B.A (or is it a B.E?) in English to come up with poetry like this. Funnily enough, the track 'Take Me To Your Heart' sounds remarkably similar. Elsewhere, the punchy 'Question Of Love' and the title track make it clear this is AOR made of the finest stuff. Some different moments abound with the interesting 'Reggae Rock n Roll', which is indeed a musical mix of the two, while the ballad 'Karen', which was Billy's minor hit single off the album seems strangely out of place with all the upbeat music going on. They keep the anthemic AOR happening on tracks such as 'Runaway' and 'Girl In The Know'.


In Summary
None of his eighties albums fared very well, though they are particularly popular with the AOR community. Billy is now very active in the Christian music scene, and has released a number of albums in that CCM style. Probably not as immediate as his eighties releases, but the guy still has a killer voice! 'Our World' got what would be considered an 'unofficial' CD release on the mysterious Japanese Rock Releases (JRR) label. No doubt a bootleg like the Roadmaster and Speedway Boulevard albums. Hopefully a label like Renaissance or Rewind/Songhaus can pull through for all the collectors among us.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on February 09 2008 10:15:23
I gave this a spin last night for the first time in ages. Anyone else think there are a few songs that are very much akin to Steve Perry's solo work??
#2 | kim_hp on April 15 2010 01:29:38
Cool that I'm not the only one who thinks he sounds like a mix of Steve Perry and Bolton. I actually wrote my review of this album before I read this (!). You can check it out at http://cdkimpan.webs.com/betaylorgroup.htm . Regards Kim
#3 | reyno-roxx on February 04 2011 18:59:53
All three major label B.E. Taylor Group albums were released in 2001 on CD by First String Records. This was the name of the label that put out the ultra rare 'Life Goes On' EP in 1984, but really unsure if they are legit or not. They sure sound good. 'Innermission' curiously adds the 12' version of 'Vitamin L' while the other two releases feature two tracks apiece from 'Life Goes On'.
#4 | Vincenzo on October 06 2011 10:12:48
One of the best A.O.R. album ever.
#5 | swazi on November 10 2013 13:02:14
In the meantime (Aug. 2011) reissued on CD by Yesterrock Records. Apparently the first official CD release.
Essential for AOR lovers!
 
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