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Frozen Ghost - 1987 Frozen Ghost

ARTIST: Frozen Ghost
ALBUM: Frozen Ghost
SERIAL: CD 81736 (Canada), 7 81736-2 (USA)
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Arnold Lanni - vocals, guitars, keyboards, programming * Wolf Hassel - bass, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Should I See * 02 Promises * 03 Beware The Masque * 04 Yum Bai Ya * 05 Love Like Fire * 06 End of The Line * 07 Time Is The Answer * 08 Love Without Lies * 09 Soldiers Cry * 10 Truth In Lies

You could call this project 'son of Sheriff'. Two parts of the incredible talent that was the band Sheriff, perhaps Toronto's finest AOR band from 1982, though Wrabit were there or thereabouts! If all you punters thought that Freddy 'The Siren' Curci could sing, then check out the vocals of Lanni. He's probably had singing lessons from the great one, but all in all his pipes sound great on this wonderful crisp slice of AOR. The production has really been done to the 'max' on this effort. You gotta hear the booming drums throughout these songs, but the thing which really stands out are the enormity of the hooks and each song's chorus is so memorable. The sound is comparable to Stan Meissner, and of course where Derry Grehan makes an appearance, the Honeymoon Suite comparison kicks in.

The Songs
Having this on vinyl for years made me go out and seek a proper copy on CD and once secured and slapped on the CD deck, the album comes to life, hence a bit of memorabilia and hence this review. 'Should I See' is a great way to introduce the duet, with Wolf Hassel's Rickenbacker bass working overtime in the mid and solo sections. The gloriously rich keyboard structure of 'Promises' has an overriding dark and moody theme throughout the verses but sees the light on the choruses. The Honeymoon Suite sound is all too obvious on the anthemic 'Beware the Masque'. Hi tech AOR prevails on 'Yum Bai Ya' while another intense ballad called 'Love Like Fire' emphasizes Lanni's talent as a songwriter. However the best is yet to come when some beautiful AOR appears in the shape of a triumvirate of songs: 'Time Is The Answer', 'Love Without Lies' and the very Strangeways sounding 'Soldiers Cry'. The chorus on this one is amazing. Tell me you won't be humming this one for ages after! 'I ..Im A Soldier ..And Soldiers Cry' ..

In Summary
Of all the Frozen Ghost albums (three of them), this is by the far the best of the bunch. The follow ups though good, see them moving into a more tougher guitar oriented role. I think the hi-tech studio enhanced sound generated on their debut suited them down to the ground. The band are not active now, and at last report, Lanni was producing bands in Toronto, though not necessarily in the melodic mould. Someone should give this man a wake up call! He is a very talented individual that needs to get back among the melodic brethren!

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 15:48:19
Another Jez desert island disc - Mega Canadian band, and definately an album for most of the AOR people out there. One of those bands that rarely put a foot wrong over the course of 3 albums, although this one is definately the best of the trio. 'Soldiers Cry' 'Promises' & 'Love Like Fire' are songs that you won't be able to get out of your head once you hear them. Fabulous.
#2 | swazi on January 28 2012 12:14:40
I can't really add anything new to the review and Jez' statement, but I can confirm. Excellent disc! A must-have for any AOR lover.
#3 | gdazegod on February 27 2015 12:17:41
Still lovin' this abum.. 28 years later..
#4 | gdazegod on February 27 2015 12:22:51
I think 'Should I See' contains one of the few sax solos I enjoyed in a rock song. Even the recent Care Of Night album with it's sax solos didn't do anything for me.. Don't get me started on Osukaru!
#5 | Nick C on February 27 2015 13:18:57
Classic - Soldiers Cry and Yum Bai Ya are faves but there are no weak songs on it.
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