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Glasgow - 1987 Zero-Four-One



ARTIST: Glasgow
ALBUM: Zero-Four One
LABEL: Sonet
SERIAL: 041
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 1988, Warner Music (Japan), 32XB-321

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Michael Boyle - vocals * Archie Dickson - guitars * Neil Russell - bass * Paul McManus - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 We Will Rock * 02 Secrets In The Dark * 03 Back On The Run * 04 My Heart Is Running With The Night * 05 Meet Me Halfway * 06 Under The Lights * 07 No More Lonely Nights * 08 Breakout


Background
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out where these guys come from right? I hope your geography is as good as mine.. Scotland ain't it? Musically though, these guys drive right through the heart of melodic hard rock territory, demonstrated with a blend of power usually associated with UK bands. In their early days, the Glasgow boys released a three track 12' EP called 'Under The Lights' plus a two track 7' single called 'Stranded' during 1984. For the latter, the band released this through the Neat label. Somehow I don't think their brand of melodia would have gone down too well if on a double-bill with Neat bands Venom or Raven for instance. Both of those efforts featured original drummer Joe Kilna, though by the time this 8 track album came out, Paul McManus had replaced him. Musically the band were similar to Mammoth and Export, and though classy in its own right, perhaps on a level just below. The boys get some keyboard assistance from the well-travelled Don Airey.. so that must have been some minor coup. I can imagine these tracks would have sounded quite sparse without them!


The Songs
The lead off track 'We Will Rock' is a primal anthemic track with the same sort of drive as the aforementioned Mammoth mixed in a with a dash of AC/DC. The pumping bass returns on the hard-driving 'Back On The Run' (not exactly original songtitles here eh?.. ah well.. at least they're not Goddo!!). 'My Heart Is Running With The Night' is another guitar bound rocker, and is not a ballad as the title might suggest. We move into keyboard based territory with 'Meet Me Halfway'.. now this is much better. One of their older tracks 'Under The Lights' gets a rework here, sounding like early Grand Prix. 'No More Lonely Nights' has a near 'pomp' style applied to it with some nifty keyboard parps courtesy of Mr Airey, though the track does get a tad repetitive toward the end. The traditional Brit hard rock style returns on 'Breakout'.. slightly ploddy, especially the bass line which is hardly.. what we would call.. 'dynamic'..


In Summary
The band released this effort on their own 041 Records during 1987, while it received a larger distribution on the Sonet label in April of 1988. The album has since seen a re-release on CD. A bouquet to guitarist Archie Dickson. It's his efforts which gave Glasgow that cutting edge, though ultimately it didn't progress very far beyond 1988. Perhaps not the raging classic that people have been emailing me about enthusiastically, but still a credible enough effort nonetheless.


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#1 | dangerzone on June 25 2008 12:32:56
Great album this, caught it on Vibrations of Doom here:

http://vibrationsofdoom.com/test/test2/Glasgow.html
 
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