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China Sky - 1988 China Sky

ARTIST: China Sky
ALBUM: China Sky
SERIAL: ZK 44088
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 2014, AOR Heaven, N/A


LINEUP: Ron Perry - vocals, guitar * Bobby Ingram - guitars, backing vocals * Richard Smith - bass, backing vocals * Tom Coerver - keyboards, backing vocals * Frank Wildhorn - keyboards, synths * Bob Marlette - keyboards, percussion, producer

TRACK LISTING: 01 Turn On The Night * 02 The Glory * 03 Some Kind Of Miracle * 04 Winner Takes It All * 05 All The Time * 06 Only The Young * 07 Reckless Days * 08 Lost In Your Love * 09 Dancin' On The Edge * 10 The Last Romantic Warrior

Perhaps one of the better melodic rock combinations from the southern states of the USA were China Sky. Formed by ex Danny Joe Brown Band guitarist Bobby Ingram, China Sky have a very smooth and commercial flavour to their sound, no doubt helped by the melodic helping hand of producer Bob Marlette. In fact in most places it sounds nothing like a southern band, with lovely melodic guitars and lush keyboards coming through the mix rather strongly.

The Songs
The mere fact is was released on a very small label did not deter avid rock fans from tracking this album down, as it has since become a much sought after item on CD. The strength of the songs is one very good reason why. The opener 'Turn On The Night' is a class act, and a very memorable song to boot. For those following on in it's shadow, the phrase 'AOR anthems' springs to mind, as witnessed on 'The Glory', 'Some Kind Of Miracle' and 'Winner Takes It All'. China Sky take a break on the lush ballad 'All The Time', before recommencing the rock 'n' surge of 'Only The Young'. 'Reckless Days' is one of my favourite tracks, with a style not unlike Henry Lee Summer. We get another interlude ballad with 'Lost In Your Love' before rounding out with the impressive duo of 'Dancin' On The Edge', a Jeff Paris soundalike if I've ever heard one, and the epic 'The Last Romantic Warrior', finishing off as Lynyrd Skynyrd would do with 'Freebird' with guitars all over the show. Great stuff!

In Summary
This was their one and only album, though Ingram did go onto greater things with the 90's incarnation of Molly Hatchet. So, if you ever see China Sky in your travels, you'd be doing well to secure a copy of it. For Bob Marlette fans I'd be assuming you have this one already under lock and key.

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#1 | Dag H Moldskred on August 19 2007 21:14:59

Have always loved this album,one CLASSIC aor album from the 80s get it at any cost.
Good to see at that the unreleased 2nd album by them will be released,lerts hope its half as good as this then i be satisfied.

#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 16:14:18
Wonderful AOR of the highest calibre is what is on offer here, can't fault this at all, production is silky smooth & most importantly ALL the material is killer stuff. One of those discs that is up there with a certain few in the 'Hallowed Halls' of AOR releases.
#3 | Eric on July 19 2008 04:28:57
Surprised to see this on so many Southern rock web sites/ blogs when despite the line-up musically has nothing to do anything Mason-Dixon. A fine 80's rock album- well done, and produced.
#4 | jefflynnefan on April 21 2013 17:53:28
After all these years this cd still gets played over and over at my house. A desert island cd for sure.
#5 | jefflynnefan on April 21 2013 17:57:54
Was there really a unreleased second album?
#6 | gdazegod on January 24 2015 06:05:46
I'm not certain there was a 2nd unreleased album. I could ask and find out though..
#7 | super80boy on March 15 2015 15:44:27
It's all here, beefy guitar riffs, keyboards galore and giant catchy choruses…and of course production is stadium rock worthy. I've had the CD for some time, but recently found a nice vinyl copy at a local store.

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