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Private Life - 1988 Shadows

ARTIST: Private Life
ALBUM: Shadows
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: 25803-2
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Kelly Breznik - vocals * Danny Johnson - guitars * Jennifer Blakeman - keyboards * Jay Davis - bass * Lenny Campanaro - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Put Out The Fire * 02 Last Heartbeat * 03 Don't Blame It On Love * 04 Don't Let Go * 05 Rockabye Angel * 06 Spirit Free * 07 Hold On * 08 Runnin' The Race * 09 Spider * 10 Amazing Grace

Quite a lovely slice of AOR from this Los Angeles quintet, with a mix of male and female, plus established personnel plus not so well known. The band apparently got their break after being witnessed by actress Valerie Bertinelli, she was so enamoured with the band, she got her husband Eddie Van Halen involved. So it was that Warner Bros too became involved, giving the band a home, with Donn Landee and Eddie Van Halen doing the production honours.

The Songs
Of the established players, Johnson had just come off a stint playing with Alcatrazz (refer their 'Dangerous Games' album), Both he and Jay Davis were previously with 70's rockers Axis, plus they did a stint together in Joe Cerisano's Silver Condor. Meanwhile Blakeman had moved west to LA from Louisiana to further her music career. However, the star of the show is vocal princess Kelly Breznik (also from Louisiana), who really does have an incredible voice, and who fits the bill perfectly for the type of music that Private Life play, which is radio friendly melodic rock/AOR. Altogether, a soaring voice combined with power and control. We are not lacking for anything of the ten tracks on offer here. My personal favourites include the album opener 'Put Out The Fire', the surging relentlessness of 'Last Heartbeat' and the vivid melodies of 'Spirit Free'. However, the others aren't far behind either, including the punchy 'Hold On', the hard rocking 'Runnin The Race' or the AOR freefall that is 'Don't Blame It On Love'.

In Summary
Overall it's a pretty complete AOR album, and has few weaknesses on it. The stellar vocals of Ms Breznik make it a compelling listen. On the other hand, their follow up album (a self titled one at that) from 1990 was a little disappointing, and doesn't quite reach the heights of 'Shadows'. Stick with this one instead.

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 16:37:46
Nice little debut this one and one that seems to have been totally forgotten about amidst the plethora of other releases towards the end of the 80's. That being said, they went and ruined it with a very poor follow up a couple of years later, which wa a real let down for me. Still, this holds up well 20 years later and is still a disc I get a great amount of pleasure from.
#2 | gdazegod on September 24 2008 21:58:55
Interesting that Valeria Bertinelli got behind this band. I wonder if there were any other bands that tickled the fancy of the 'then' Mrs Van Halen? She certainly had good taste, as this album is a little beauty! Thumbs Up
#3 | gdazegod on February 01 2014 08:32:22
Private Life - Last Heartbeat
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#4 | gdazegod on February 01 2014 08:36:06
Private Life - Put Out The Fire
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