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Simon Chase - 1988 Thrill Of The Chase



ARTIST: Simon Chase
ALBUM: Thrill Of The Chase
LABEL: Axe
SERIAL: AXS 531 (LP)
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 1995, Long Island Records, LIRC 00036

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Anthony Michaels (a.k.a Comparelli) - vocals * Sil Simone - guitars * Dave Tkaczuk - keyboards * Peter Cardinali - bass * Greg Loates - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 One More Night * 02 Try To Leave It * 03 Fire In The Rain * 04 Rosanne * 05 Long Distance Rider * 06 Paradox In The Matrix * 07 Dangerous Eyes * 08 Make Believe * 09 Don't Let Go * 10 Surrender


Background
Another AOR act from Canada, featuring the duo of Anthony Michaels and guitar virtuoso Sil Simone. Musically similar to Aldo Nova, though the parping keyboards throughout, does tend to shift Simon Chase more in the direction of hi-tech bands such as fellow Canadians Agent and UK outfit Bite The Bullet. Admittedly, the guitars do stand out more here. 'Thrill Of The Chase' has been raved about in some quarters, particularly those scribes from the UK. I was keen to hear it, and eventually upon first listen, the word 'indifferent' sprung to mind.


The Songs
Sure there are some nice moments, but the programmed feel of the overall effort takes some of the gloss off it. For this listener, the drum sound in particular is awful. The vocals too lack the required level of control in this genre of music. The guitar work however is a different story. Mr Simone is the star of the show, and he lets fly often - usually to resounding success. Highlights? Only a couple unfortunately. 'Paradox In the Matrix' is a guitar instrumental, sort of like Rik Emmett playing Santana is the best way to describe it. 'Surrender' is a creditable attempt at AOR as is opener 'One More Night' while 'Don't Let Go' could be Worrall. What doesn't work? 'Fire In The Rain' is pointless, those drums are so yuck! Meanwhile 'Try To Leave It' would've been much better without those incessant parping keys. Perhaps they needed to take advice from their own songtitle?


In Summary
In retrospect, I think this album needs to stay in the eighties, and one needs to put a reality check on it - an overrated album at best. 'Thrill Of The Chase' was initially released on the small Axe Records label (responsible for the release of the long lost Starchild album), but it saw a re-release on the Long Island Records catalogue during 1994. The duo also released a second effort, the hard to track down 'Witch Doctor', though from what era those songs were produced remains a mystery to me. Anyone able to provide GDAZE some clues would be greatly appreciated.


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#1 | KurtmanJP on December 23 2008 02:36:55
For me, the first 3 songs are simply awesome. "Try To Leave It" reminds me of a mix of Jojo and Monkey See. But then the album goes a bit downhill after the first 3 songs. "Surrender" has some great keys, though.
 
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