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Body Electric - 1987 Walking Through Walls

ARTIST: Body Electric
ALBUM: Walking Through Walls
LABEL: Parallel One
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2003, Escape Music, ESM 093
SPONSOR: Escape Music


LINEUP: Bob Buckley - keyboards, saxophone * David Sinclair - vocals, guitars

Guests: Jerry Adolphe - drums * Brian Newcombe - bass * Brent Wade, Marc Lafrance, Joani Bye, Joani Taylor, Nancy Nash, Sean Hosein - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Strangers In Love * 02 Liberty * 03 It Must Be Magic * 04 Lines Are Breaking Down * 05 Out Of The Blue * 06 Ordinary Madness * 07 I Don't Know Why * 08 Possessed * 09 Wafer Thin/Emotional Shock * 10 Fire And Ice * 11 I Think I'm Falling (bonus) * 12 Nobody Touches Me Like You (bonus) * 13 After The Storm (bonus) * 14 Zero Gee (bonus) * 15 The Things You Didn't Do (bonus)

Another resurrection of sorts, courtesy of the good chaps over at Escape Music. Gosh, don't they just keep churning out the retro goodies? Body Electric are essentially the duo of Bob Buckley and David Sinclair. Both guys synonymous with the Vancouver hard rock scene, and who in a previous life, were members of the AOR band Straight Lines (refer our reviews of Straight Lines elsewhere on this site). Despite being contenders for a Juno award in 1982, the duo could not get their record label to talk or think in straight lines and hence folded. The next incarnation was to become Body Electric. The band signed to Attic Records and released their debut album in 1984 plus an EP the following year which did very little. Also joining the duo was ex Trooper and Union keyboardist and lead singer Frank Ludwig. After a brief foray with Frank, who departed after a Canadian tour supporting Corey Hart, B.E then reduced to a duo, but by this stage, Attic had departed off into the sunset too. So new Management was called in.. Parallel One Records. Hence 1987 produced the rather cool 'Walking Through Walls' album. One of only two albums released by the label before they too folded (the other album being Alberta band JATO). Courtesy of Escape Music, technology, and loving restoration/remastering by Graham Woodcock, Body Electric are now in the digital domain, getting a 2003 reissue some 16 years later. On this album, Body Electric take a swag of fellow Canadian influences and make it their own. Acts like Arrows, Frozen Ghost and Prototype all play 'peek-a-boo' here, though the style tends toward the hi-tech side of the speaker cabinet, though to be fair, many other influences can be detected apart from those named above. The duo produced the album themselves, with assistance from other notable Canadian performers (Adolphe - BLVD, and solo artists Marc Lafrance and Nancy Nash).

The Songs
Lets a take a listen to a selection of the 15 tracks (yes 15.. value for money surely?). Starting out with 'Stranger In Love', it's a slow opener, reminding me of Marc Jordan and Honeymoon Suite. Things definitely come to light on 'Liberty'. What a spacious sounding track! This is definitely what fellow Canadians Prototype should've sounded like on their overrated debut. The keyboards get a-parping a la LRB on the effervescent 'It Must Be Magic'. Try keeping your feet till to this one, or the next one 'Lines Are Breaking Down' where the metronome gets raised a notch or two. It has a high-stepping energy about it, similar to Gary Myrick's material. 'Out Of The Blue' is a soothing ballad with a cascade of keyboards which will keep punters on this site very happy indeed. Body Electric return to the pumping hi-tech approach they're better known for with 'Ordinary Madness', followed by the equally effective 'I Don't Know Why'. Listen to this one under a set of headphones.. the keys and sound effects are all over the place. The hi-tech era of LRB is revisited once again on the punchy 'Fire And Ice'. The album contains 5 bonus tracks, and they're pretty good too! Especially the beautiful 'Nobody Touches Me Like You'. Think L.A Cowboys with a hint of saxophone in for good measure. Continuing with the keyboard cascades, 'After the Storm' is a lyrical misnomer, as the song is mesmeric cruisy stuff. Again L.A Cowboys is a good comparison.

In Summary
However if you wanna cut to the chase, $15 bucks for 65 minutes worth of AOR is a bargain in anyones books!

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 02:10:24
If the Hi-tech stuff is your thing, then this is another worthy addition to the old collection, although it may be a little too 80's for some. The bonus tracks on this are really good aswell 'Zero Gee' especially.
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