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Cellarful Of Noise - 1988 Magnificent Obsession

ARTIST: Cellarfull Of Noise
ALBUM: Magnificent Obsession
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Mark Avsec - all instruments, vocals * Donnie Iris - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Samantha (What You Goona Do) * 02 The Day Before They Dropped The Bomb * 03 First Love * 04 Heartzone * 05 Shake It Loose * 06 Temper Temper * 07 Shuck And Jive * 08 Women * 09 Life After Love

The exploits of both men are well known to followers of quirky 80's pop rock, particularly if you are from the Ohio or West Pennsylvania area. Avsec's deeds go way back into time, even as far back as the white soul/funk outfit Wild Cherry. Yes, I do recall 'Play That Funky Music', a massive hit during the 70's. It was during this period he met Donnie Ierace (aka Iris), and thus commenced a long working relationship through the Donnie Iris And Cruisers period. Avsec of course had little detours including Jonah Koslen's Breathless and this project Cellarful Of Noise. Cellarful Of Noise is essentially Avsec's solo work, played in a hi-tech synth fashion. Jonah Koslen was quoted as saying Avsec was a 'bit of a synth slut..', and so it shows on this album. Sometimes the results don't quite come off, in comparison to the work he's known for elsewhere. 'Magnificent Obsession' is the second CON project, the first one appearing in 1985 featuring Alan Greene and Kevin Valentine. Avsec did all the singing on that one, and he readily admits he's not the best singer on the planet. So come round two, he's hauled in Donnie Iris to help out.

The Songs
A couple of tracks worth a mention: 'Samantha (What You Gonna Do?)' is a punchy typically 80's over-produced number, with Donnie's vocals warbling all over the place. Play it often enough and it's hard to shake out of the memory banks. 'The Day They Dropped The Bomb' is one of those inwardly speaking tunes which reflects on mankind's stupidity, a timely thought considering all the shennanigans going on over in the Middle East. 'Heartzone' is a cover of The Innocent track, and thought not as devastatingly good as the original, the overly synthesized 'make-over' does make for an interesting listen. The brass parps get popping on 'Shake It Loose', another 80's remnant, as is 'Women', the rhythm section reminding me of all those cheesy soundtracks from movies that populated our video collection between 1984 and 1989. To be honest and in summary, the songs don't really stand out, despite the quality of the musicianship.

In Summary
Avsec opted out of music for a bit and went to study law, the result being he is now a practising Attorney, along with being a musician, the latter I'm sure is something he will never be able to eradicate out of his system! lol.

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#1 | Eric on July 13 2008 13:19:33
I bought this on cassette years ago and was so disappointed. The tunes are not here and the production/ hi tech style overwhelms the record to the point where it's almost unlistenable. Avoid.
#2 | trillion1999 on October 20 2011 20:07:46
Judging by what I heard on youtube I dare not even give this one a chance.Could this group be the most aptly named ever ?
#3 | melodiapositiva on August 14 2017 14:57:56
It's not so bad imho, very dated but it's always a pleasure to hear Iris singing
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