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Brighton Rock - 1988 Take A Deep Breath

ARTIST: Brighton Rock
ALBUM: Take A Deep Breath
SERIAL: 255 969-2
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Gerry McGhee - vocals * Greg Frazer - guitars * Johnny Rogers - keyboards * Stevie Skreebs - bass * Mark Carvazan - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Can't Stop The Earth From Shakin' * 02 Outlaw * 03 Hangin' High 'n' Dry * 04 One More Try * 05 Unleash The Rage * 06 Power Overload * 07 Shootin' For Love * 08 Love Slips Away * 09 Ride The Rainbow * 10 Rebels With A Cause


Another fine Canadian act are Brighton Rock, bordering on that fine edge of heavy metal, but exceptionally good melodic rock nonetheless. Fronted by Glasgow born scot Gerry McGhee, his vocals are rather distinct, and give the band a rather unique sound. Brighton Rock were put together by Gerry, Greg and Steve as far back as 1984, but their emphasis at the time was to focus on songwriting and write material towards an album. The band got a lucky break which saw them chosen to put up a song on a local Toronto radio station's 'homegrown' album. Ironically they competed against another Toronto AOR band in Eye Eye. This, and their independent EP put them in the sights of WEA Canada who promptly signed them.

The Songs
Their debut album 'Young Wild And Free' produced by Michael Wagener was a ravenous and raucous album which to these ears sounded slightly rough and raw. However it certainly kept them busy during 1987. On this one 'Take A Deep Breath' we move into territory occupied by the likes of Def Leppard (a la 'Hysteria') with an emphasis on power, melody and intelligent structure. A logical progression me thinks. Veteran producer Jack Richardson does production duties this time around and man! what a sound. There are some incredible tracks on offer. 'Outlaw', 'Hangin' High And Dry','Ride The Rainbow', the wickedly heavy and entertaining 'Power Overload' as well as the sonic attack of 'Shooting For Love'. My favourite would have to be 'Who's Foolin' Who' which has a great combination of keyboard layers and high octane vocals from McGhee.

In Summary
At the time, the album got a great reception in the press, especially in the UK where they were welcomed like long lost souls, and were also able to convince the very fickle UK rock fan that Canadian bands can indeed rock big time! This CD sits very close to the player, and when I need a sonic blast for relief, I can always count on Gerry McGhee's vocals to clear the cobwebs out! Great stuff.

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#1 | george_the_jack on July 04 2008 14:18:12
Fantastic album indeed. Very close to the second Honeymoon suite release. McGhee's vocals are piercing but strangely melodic the same time!
#2 | reyno-roxx on June 10 2009 08:55:15
I once undertook a very odd trip to do a feature on this band for 'Kerrang!' at the time of release. Photographer George Bodnar and I flew by Nationair DC8 (!) from Gatwick to Hamilton, Ontario to be met by one of Brighton Rock's crew who then drove us to that night's gig...four hours away....they rocked though. The gig the next day was a two set job in a strip club a more comfortable hour's drive. Great band. Great bunch of guys.
#3 | gdazegod on June 10 2009 09:05:29
A DC8 over the Atlantic? OMG! Shock
#4 | reyno-roxx on June 10 2009 10:05:35
Yup. A DC8!Shock
I can laugh about it now, but it certainly wasn't funny at the time. FrownThis was 1989. Every other airline had binned them long before then. I think Nationair were budget before the name was even invented...the pilots may have flown missions over 'Nam, no in flight entertainment, the hot water for tea and coffee ran out four hours in (there AND back...the guys in BR also took this flight to come over to the UK to play a few months later and said the same thing) but at least it was nowhere near full and we had a whole row of seats each to ourselves.
They were the only airline flying to and from the UK from Hamilton and clearly WEA didn't want to spend $$ on going to and from Toronto
#5 | gdazegod on March 21 2018 19:32:05
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