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Da Vinci - 1987 Da Vinci



ARTIST: Da Vinci
ALBUM: Da Vinci
LABEL: Mercury/Polygram
SERIAL: 832 780-1 (LP), 832 780-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2006, MTM Music, 0681-165

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Lars Aass - vocals * Gunnar Westlie - guitars * Dag Selboskar - keyboards * Bjorn Boge - bass * Jarle Maloy - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lookin' For Love * 02 Dreamin' * 03 Tarquinia * 04 Corina * 05 Look At Me Now (Intro) * 06 Look At Me Now * 07 Forever In My Heart * 08 She's A He * 09 Young Desperado * 10 Light My Fire


Background
A fine Norwegian prodigy are Da Vinci, who are well revered in the melodic rock community. Da Vinci are playing a sound that's more streamlined melodic AOR compared to their Norwegian cousins the Stage Dolls or the over the top pyrotechnics of TNT. In fact, they style sits rather comfortably with the band Return, who are also Norwegian, but Da Vinci are by far superior. Da Vinci were formed in the mid eighties and secured themselves as one of Norway's top bands. First coming to prominence with a series of demo's which made their way into the AOR underground during 1986/87, Da Vinci's promise soon came to be realised with the release of this their self titled album. By the time this album got a release outside of Scandinavia, they had already scored two Number #1 hits in Norway with 'Forever In My Heart' and 'Tarquinia'. All up though, this is real good, one listen to some of these songs will blow you away. They certainly blew me away.


The Songs
How about the opener 'Lookin' For Love' what a melodious storm this is, those vocals of Lars Aass (love the name!) are simply gorgeous while the chorus is to die for! 'Tarquinia' is keyboard heaven, Dag Selboskar has really worked overtime here while Lars does his best Joey Tempest clone. 'Look At Me Now' has a sharpness to the guitar sound which cuts a swathe through what is predominately a laid back track. 'Corina' is best described as a party anthem, sounding like it could be played in a barroom! When you hear it you'll know what I mean. The outrageously titled 'She's A He' is bombastic AOR, pulsing away in a similar fashion to Sweden's amazing Masquerade. The ballad 'Young Desperado' is fuelled by Aass' impassioned vocal performance and is topped off by some excellent harmony vocals and delicate piano work.


In Summary
If there is a band you should try and obtain any or all recordings of, it's Da Vinci. Their second album 'Back In Business' is also worth getting. Even better are the unreleased demo's from 1991, including such wonderful tracks as 'Blame It On The Radio', 'One Of A Kind' the unbelievable Toto like 'Won't be The One' as well as 'Where Eagles Die' and 'Breathless'. Great stuff. Refer to the review of 'Unfinished Business' elsewhere on GDM.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 23 2016 21:28:20
I remember these guys turning up in Shades one day. The singer, Lars, was a particularly great guy. I can't remember if they gave Kelv and I copied of the debut album or it was sent later, but it was pretty impressive listening at the time. Still is. I don't know what happened to my vinyl copy, but I am sure it had a neat die-cut front cover.
#2 | englandashes on June 26 2016 00:13:36
Yep, it does have die cut front cover, picked mine up from David's Bookshop in Letchworth..a long time ago
 
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