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Sunshine Jive - 1998 Sunshine Jive

ARTIST: Sunshine Jive
ALBUM: Sunshine Jive
SERIAL: 199662
YEAR: 1998


LINEUP: Tommy Dempsey - vocals * Robby Hoffman - guitars * Eric Bosniak - bass * Steve Ferlazzo - keyboards * Frankie Lombardi - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fools Parade * 02 Sunshine Jive * 03 You Got What You Wanted * 04 Lost In Love * 05 Under Summer Skies * 06 Love Reaction * 07 Sunday Rain * 08 When U Love Someone * 09 Sha Na La La * 10 Stop This Crazy Ride * 11 Reason For Me * 12 Trapped * 13 Something More

From Boston, these guys were previously known as In The Pink. They had a couple of demo tapes out in the AOR Underground during 1990-1992, and were in fact for a short time, signed to CBS. Unabashed hard rockin' AOR is where these guys are at, with a passing hint at Journey style melodies being their aural calling card earlier on in their career, though becoming more groove-laden by the time their second demo came out in 1992. That's no doubt due to the influence of fellow Boston-ian Nuno Bettencourt, who has given them that '90's edge, though keeping the melody very much at the forefront.

The Songs
All of the songs that have been assembled on this 'overdue' album were previously heard on their demos. Just check out the Steve Perry ('Raised On Radio' era) warblings on 'Fools Parade'. A fantastic piece of prime-time AOR! The pulsating attack of 'Lost In Love' is definitely not lost on these ears. Glorious stuff. Not far behind is the Journey strut of 'When U Love Someone', while the electric blast of 'Trapped' is more akin to Jesse Bradman's Saints And Sinners. A few ballads are chucked in for good measure: 'Under Summer Skies' and 'Something More' will please those fans of the softer style. The Extreme influence kicks in on tracks such as 'Love Reaction', 'Sunshine Jive' and You Got What You Wanted', and though good, I much preferred the Journey sounding material.

In Summary
For some strange reason, this album has been given a slaying by some people who call themselves AOR fans, why I'm not sure, but I have a long memory, and I've seen some of the posts left on bulletin boards about Sunshine Jive. They are the ones that should be slayed. Perhaps one of the jewels in the crown of MTM releases during 1998, alongside fellow Boston band Stun Leer. Hearing 'Fools Parade' on CD at long last is worthwhile in itself.

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