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Burns Sisters - 1989 Endangered Species

ARTIST: Burns Sisters
ALBUM: Endangered Species
SERIAL: CK 45100
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Jeannie Burns - vocals * Annie Burns - vocals * Terry Burns - vocals * Sheila Burns - vocals * Marie Burns - vocals * Bob Marlette - guitars, keyboards, bass, drum programming * Denny Fongheiser - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love Me Like A Man * 02 We Wait For Freedom * 03 The King Is Going To Fall * 04 Remember Me * 05 Hold On * 06 My Boyfriend's Back * 07 Greenlight * 08 Place To Rock * 09 Answers * 10 Last Eagle (For The People Of Big Mountain)


More sisters in here than you can shake a Convent Choir at. One similarity though, they all sing like angels. The other redeeming feature of this outfit is that AOR demi god (gosh there are a lot of religious references in here already!) Bob Marlette is the kingpin behind all the precedings, and he turns this project into an AOR delight. These girls hail from upstate New York, sorta around about where The Catskills are. From Irish descent and stock, I don't think melodic rock is where they're truly comfortable at, perhaps the CBS Exec's saw a potential crossover act during the late eighties, enough to give them a punt to see how it panned out. The girls released their self titled debut album a few years earlier (1986) posturing in a Bangles/Debbie Gibson direction. And though it didn't set the world on fire, it gave us enough of a hint as to their prowess. Moving from a pop based effort to one that smacks of harder melodic rock is where the Burns Sisters progressed to between then, and this album 'Endangered Species'.

The Songs
You can tell as soon as this album kicks off with 'Love Me Like A Man' that these girls mean business and they up the ante in no uncertain fashion. With five of them, the choruses are unbelievably rich (no room for Eventide harmonizers or other such effects with these girls around), and the Marlette induced arrangements and production carry on from where he left off with Neal Schon's'Late Nite' and Bobby Ingram's China Sky albums the year previous. Great stuff, and one of the major reasons why this album sits in my collection. There are some inspiring moments on here: the wondrous 'The King Is Gonna Fall' just makes you wanna go out there and start a revolution, as does the lyrical provocation of 'We Wait For Freedom', both AOR power anthems. There's the moody but powerful 'Answers' where keyboards hover all over the place, and then again there's hints of their pop background with the likes of 'Greenlight' (an Eddie Schwartz/David Tyson co-write), 'Remember Me' and a very CCM sounding 'Hold On'. A great album all up, and one worth locking away in the AOR collection.

In Summary
During the nineties, the Burns Sisters moved solely into a folk music direction and have a released a few albums that are completely different to what they started out as. Check out their website listed below to see what they're up to now.

Burns Sisters - 1989 The King Is Gonna Fall

Burns Sisters - 1989 Answers

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#1 | Dag H Moldskred on May 09 2007 20:30:20
Hi, Good female AOR album. 2 killer tracks, 'love me like a man' and the ballad 'remember me'. .Get it asap before it gets to expensive as its sold cheap often at amazon clap. Best.. Dag
#2 | reyno-roxx on June 04 2008 08:13:13
I'm amazed at the prices this can go at on eBay and through Amazon in Europe, but, as Dag says, it does turn up cheap from time to time. I paid less than $10 for mine on eBay earlier this year when a guy in Austria was selling it for well over $150 at the same time!
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