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Distance - 1989 Under The One Sky

ARTIST: Distance
ALBUM: Under The One Sky
LABEL: Reprise
SERIAL: 926 014-2
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Robert Hart - vocals * Eddie Martinez - guitars * Jeff Bova - keyboards * Bernard Edwards - bass * Tony Thomspn - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 No Way Out * 02 Leave It Up To You * 03 Speech Of Angels * 04 As You Turn Away * 05 Give It Up * 06 Under The One Sky * 07 Rescue Me * 08 Lokking Over Your Shoulder * 09 Everytime I Stand Up * 10 Softly Speak * 11 Stand Up * 12 I Hear You

Wow! What a line-up. Not exactly the definitive AOR line-up but class oozes out of every guitar string, drum stick and keyboard ivory these boys put together. In hindsight, looking back 10 years, Distance is a bit of supergroup really. Primarily the band came together in New York, where Jeff Bova is a near legendary session keyboardist, Eddie Martinez is held in the same league for guitar sessions, Bernard had his hour in the sun with disco greats Chic (ie: 'Le Freak'), while Tony Thompson had played with Robert Palmer in Power Station. The band were rounded out by Englishman Robert Hart, a man whose voice is steeped in the same tradition as Paul Rodgers, Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale, though with a softer slant.

The Songs
So with this rather eclectic mix of talent, what do we get? We get well produced AOR with hi-tech and funk overtones and a brash drum sound. Similar to Power Station and the Dan Reed Network but very melodic and dynamic. 12 songs on offer and it's very hard to pick out a bad song here. They are all so strong. A great mix of instrumentation, particularly Bova's unique keyboard stylings mixed with Martinez's overdriven guitar sound. If I had to choose it would be the raucous 'Speech Of Angels', similarly 'Rescue Me' and 'Everytime I Stand Up'. The two ballads 'As You Turn Away' and the momentous 'Softly Speak' literally speak volumes for Distance's class on the slower songs.

In Summary
Pretty good listening all round, and a CD that's not too far away from my CD player. Again, a case of the 'one hit' wonder syndrome, and I'm still looking for that Reprise Records A&R Executive who supposedly looked after this bands interests. I can offer him a single bullet with his name on it, as a present for giving this album wonderful promotion (not!). Footnote: Bernard Edwards who played bass and produced this album passed away in April 1997 while on tour in Japan, while Robert Hart has recently moved on to UK band The Snakes as their new lead singer after a stint with Bad Company.

Distance - 1989 Softly Speak

Distance - 1989 Speech Of Angels

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#1 | sabace on July 30 2006 14:28:27
superb, brilliant lp
#2 | rostoned on April 05 2008 20:21:31
So so sad that extraordinaire drummer Tony Thompson, after playing on the classic CROWN OF THORNS debut in the early 90's, died a few years ago, still young. RIP. this CD was much heralded here in Italy at the time of release by specialized press. It was so scarce and unavailable at the time that it became a HOT item, fetching big bucks. then it was quite forgotten during the following years and I don't think now it's heralded as a classic in the melodic rock circles. Not very expensive on Ebay too.
#3 | reyno-roxx on April 06 2008 12:54:37
This album appeared in a great many disco bins upon release. I remember this selling really well on import when 'Shades' started pushing it.
#4 | gdazegod on April 06 2008 20:05:12
I bought mine perusing the shelves of Utopia Records in downtown Sydney back in 1990. I remember the sign accompanying this CD saying.. 'fantastic AOR' - like Balance'. Was I gonna turn down such an invitation? Hell no!
#5 | Nick C on September 03 2008 00:50:15
Yeah great album this, quite a few of the tracks reminded me of Go West a little, and after a few years of owning it I finally got around to looking at who wrote what and one of the Go West chaps (I think it was Richard Drummie if not both of them) has at least one credit to his/their name, can't check at moment though, working sob!
#6 | Nick C on November 12 2008 00:40:08
Ah! Here we are. Richard Drummie has a co-write on 'Everytime I Stand Up'. But that's it, and it is, strangely enough, the most Go Westy track on the album.
#7 | Danielovich on May 20 2010 19:34:51
"No way out" is my pick. The band and specially Hart are in top form.An instant classic! Good album overall.
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