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Pseudo Echo - 1988 Race



ARTIST: Pseudo Echo
ALBUM: Race
LABEL: WEA
SERIAL: CDP 790983 (Aust)
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 1989, RCA (USA), 8503-2-R

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Brian Canham - vocals, guitars * James Leigh - keyboards * Pierre Pierre (Gigliotti) - bass * Vince Leigh - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fooled Again * 02 Over Tomorrow * 03 Caught * 04 Imagination * 05 Don't You Forget * 06 Runaways * 07 Searchin' For Glory * 08 Take On The World * 09 Metropolis * 10 Eye Of The Storm

WEBLINKS: www.pseudoechomusic.com


Background
Very much a change in direction for Pseudo Echo, on this their 4th album (3rd studio) released from 1988. Considered to be one of the best electronic bands out of Australia, and operating out of the same field as other Aussie bands Real Life and Iva Davies' Icehouse. Of course, everyone knows the big electronic dance hit 'Funky Town' which was big news back in the mid eighties! On 'Race' they move into prime time melodic rock. Gone are the new wave 'flash and frizz' hairstyles and new romantic dress code. Here we have some serious pouting and glorious guitar and keyboard work to boot. Bought under the wing of Aussie music tyro Glenn Wheatley, he probably wanted the band to head into a more commercial rock direction, taking the lead of the likes of Def Leppard who were huge at the time with 'Hysteria' dominating the charts. The direction change annoyed all the new romantics and pop/punk brigade no end. If 'Race' was an experiment, it certainly worked well for me!


The Songs
We open up with 'Fooled Again', where solid guitar riffing resembling Coney Hatch, mixes with a melodic piano line. 'Over Tomorrow' is prime time AOR played superbly with a memorable chorus, as is the song 'Imagination', with James Leigh's synths parping and Brian Canham's guitars cutting shreds all over the place. For me the standout tracks are towards the end of the album, 'Take On The World' which sounds like a Danger Danger song (off the s/t album), especially that trademark D2 guitar sound and ivory tinklings a la Kasey Smith. Then we have the fantastic pomp of 'Eye Of The Storm'. These two are brilliant. What a way to finish off a grand album. Even if it's only 40 minutes!


In Summary
At the time, Pseudo Echo copped a lot of flak for their severe change in direction, especially from their existing fan base. However, they won a whole lot too. Though the band split up some time ago, they did reform, and are still in the biz. Canham hooked up with Pierre Gigliotti, drummer Darren Danielson (ex Roxus and Chocolate Starfish) and Ben Grayson, keeping the band on the reunion circuit. The Leigh brothers played in Tina Arena's backing band and were in an excellent outfit called Invertigo, but they sank without trace.


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Comments
#1 | gdazegod on September 24 2008 22:07:49
The two audio tracks from this album are simply brilliant! Nothing like their 'new romantic/pop' stuff from earlier in their career. I certainly don't hear 'Funky Town' in this material! lol
#2 | george_the_jack on September 27 2008 23:51:31
The two samples here are fantastic indeed! Surely, these tracks are the best from this album.Beautiful anthems are also 'Over Tomorrow' and 'Runaways'. I do not know if these guys were playing pop before this release, but this is definitely an excellent 80's AOR record!
#3 | jeffduran on September 29 2008 11:47:24
This has always been one of my favorites..'Over tomorrow' is a slice of AOR brilliance!
#4 | gdazegod on October 18 2011 13:28:48
Pseudo Echo - 1988 Eye Of The Storm
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#5 | trillion1999 on October 21 2011 12:55:38
The CD of it I used to have have a different cover than the one shown here.
#6 | gdazegod on October 21 2011 13:04:09
You'll be referring to this cover I presume, the American one issued on RCA/BMG. This is cover of the CD which I have in my collection.. just scanned it now. Also, the American release came out a year later in 1989.

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#7 | trillion1999 on October 21 2011 19:31:32
Yes! That is indeed the one I was trying to offload at the latest bootsale but noone dared to take the plunge.
 
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