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Elektradrive - 1989 Due

ARTIST: Elektradrive
LABEL: Minotauro
SERIAL: M18/8904
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 1994, Brunette (Japan), ALCB-3034


LINEUP: Elio Maugeri - vocals * Simone Falovo - guitars * Eugenio Manassero - keyboards * Stefano Turolla - bass * Alex Jorio - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Back On The Road * 02 St Valentines Day * 03 SunSet BLVD * 04 Wild West * 05 Right Or Wrong * 06 A Man Who Got No Heart * 07 Due * 08 The Magic Lamp * 09 Dream On


Perhaps the first and best Italian AOR/melodic rock in existence, a superb example they are too! First joining ranks in 1981, the band went through various musical incarnations before settling into a style that saw a combination of 1st Avenue pomp meets Shy (circa 'Brave The Storm'). Being Italian you'd think this was an Italian language release only. No way Jose! With Elio Maugeri, you get a class act on vocals, who's perfect English vocalisation had many pundits thinking that they were another in a long line of US based acts. In fact, at the time that 'Due' was released, Dave Reynolds from Kerrang gave them a 'KKKKK' rating, so good was his opinion of them. After a few earlier efforts which were more HM than AOR (ie: 'Over The Space' from 1987), they glossed up things big time, and 'Due' is the end result.

The Songs
Glorious parping keyboards get us underway on 'Back On The Road'. Check out Maugeri's awesome voice plus Manassero's OTT ivory work. Another highlight is 'A Man Who Got No Heart', a song about child abuse, but musically this rocks on big time. Love the bridges and chorus on this one! The Shy influence can be heard on 'The Magic Lamp', as well as the fantastic upbeat 'St Valentines Day'. They attempt a ballad on 'Dream On' with haunting piano's and layered synths, and this is so much like Dutch band Zinatra (a la Mennen and Valentine). On other tracks, it's straight ahead melodic rock on efforts like 'Right Or Wrong', and 'Sunset Boulevard'.

In Summary
Elektradrive went on to release the album 'Big City' in 1993, though taking a slightly progressive path. In 1995 however, Long Island Records combined the 'Due' and 'Over The Space' albums onto one CD. A full fourteen tracks of great melodic rock. The band has been apart for several years now, though there is rumor of a new Elektradrive album out on the Frontiers label. Wouldn't that be something!

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#1 | KurtmanJP on March 21 2008 04:40:27
I personally like their Big City album better, after hearing some songs from it on their Myspace and 'Rockin' On The Bad Side' on a Live365 station but there are a few songs I like here such as 'Back On The Road' and 'A Man That Got No Heart'.
#2 | englandashes on September 19 2009 17:57:10
Finally located a copy of the 2008 release, 'Living 4' today at a fair, shame it's only a promo but nice to hear that Elio is still in fine voice.
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