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Bush, Stan (and Barrage) - 1987 Stan Bush and Barrage

ARTIST: Bush, Stan and Barrage
ALBUM: Stan Bush And Barrage
LABEL: Scotti Bros
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2011, Rock Candy Records, CANDY104
SPONSOR: Rock Candy Records


LINEUP: Stan Bush - vocals, guitars * Rocket Richotte - guitars * Rick Seratte - keyboards * Mike Seifret - bass * Pat Torpey - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Temptation * 02 Love Don't Lie * 03 Primitive Lover * 04 Heart vs Head * 05 Crank That Radio * 06 Gates Of Paradise * 07 Do You Remember * 08 Take It Like A Man * 09 The Touch * 10 What Is Love


Stan Bush is a name very much ensconced in AOR circles, and has been on the scene for the best part of twenty years. Stan first came to my attention playing with the band Boulder as far back as 1979. Lets just say that experience was less than memorable and did not let on as to what superb talent lay waiting in the wings. However, when he did reappear, his music had become sublime melodic rock similar to other AOR raves Van Stephenson and (gasp..) Stan Meissner! In 1983 Stan released his self titled debut on Columbia, and this was a great album, considering where he'd come from. It featured session greats Alan Pasqua (Glen Burtnick, Van Stephenson, Giant), Dennis Belfield (Speedway Boulevard, The Front) and everybody's favourite drummer Mike Baird (Airborne, Rick Springfield, Journey). However with this Barrage album released four years later, Bush moves into legendary status as this really is great stuff and confirms itself as one of the 'must have' albums of the genre. Big brash drums, loads of keyboard fills and melodic guitars are the order of the day. My only gripe with the Barrage album is that the track time is under 40 minutes. If it wasn't this good I'd probably ask for a refund. Anyway ...

The Songs
Brashness prevails on the opener 'Temptation'. The slow burn of 'Love Don't Lie' crescendos into the archetypal power ballad. 'Primitive Lover' is a pulse laden melodic rocker with crunching guitar while the keyboards track in synch. The Van Stephenson comparison kicks in on 'Heart Vs Head'. An absolute corker of a track is 'Crank That Radio'. Great summertime driveby FM radio rock. 'Gates Of Paradise' and 'Take It Like A Man' are similar in style, driving guitar in that same glorious style of Dann Huff. 'Do You Remember' has some Glen Burtnick similarities and is a solid anthemic workout. However, the two best moments are saved for the end in the shape of the megatastic 'The Touch' and the superb balladry of 'What Is Love'. Whew!! What an album.

In Summary
I'll stop here, but obviously Mr Bush's career didn't. It carried on with several more superb albums being released right up until present. Get along to the LA Records label and see what Stan is up to now..

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#1 | Eric on April 21 2012 14:16:19
Bewildered why this record seems to be rated so highly. There's a few good songs scattered about but a 'classic', I'm not so sure.
#2 | dangerzone on April 22 2012 06:02:26
I agree Eric. For me his debut is far and away the best thing he ever did. He never seemed to top that or the many soundtrack classics he conjured up.
#3 | roadrunner158 on July 02 2013 10:19:06
The only thing I'm not sold on is the production. Sounds terribly dated today, especially the drums. But the songs are 1st class throughout.
#4 | gdazegod on October 19 2017 10:36:30
The ending duo of 'The Touch' and 'What Is Love' is killer! It's been on rotation the last week, along with a bunch of other stuff from the 1986-1989 timeframe.
#5 | melodiapositiva on October 20 2017 16:45:30
I agree, 'What Is Love' must be one of the most beautiful ballads ever! I also agree with the production quality, the drums on some songs sounds awful, at least on the Scotti Bros CD version, I don't know if the Rock Candy version sounds better, I would buy it again. An AOR classic indeed..
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