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GNP (Gilmour Negus Project) - 1989 Safety Zone

ARTIST: GNP (Gilmour Negus Project)
ALBUM: Safety Zone
LABEL: Virgin
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Robert Bevan - vocals * Jim Glimour - keyboards, piano, vocals * Steve Negus - drums, percussion, vocals

Additional Musicians: Jeff Jones - bass * Ron Chambers - cello * The Phase One Male Choir (tracks: 2) - choir * Bob Bartolucci (tracks: 1 - 4, 6 - 9), John Albani (tracks: 2), Richard Fortin (tracks: 5) - guitars * Pat Perez - sax (tracks: 1) * Maddie Willis - scat (tracks: 5) * Strings - Richard Fortin - strings (tracks: 10) * Julian Knight - viola * Julia Jones, Zhang Zhang - violin

TRACK LISTING: 01 How Many Times * 02 One Life * 03 No Parade * 04 Remembering * 05 Love Must Be The Answer * 06 Safety Zone * 07 Eyes On The Prize * 08 French Connection * 09 Russian Roulette * 10 In Your Eyes * 11 Safety Zone (Extended)

GNP is the acronym for the Gilmour Negus Project, two of the members of Canadian pomp gods Saga. At this stage of their career, the two had left Saga to branch out on their own, and co-opted singer Robert Bevan to join them. Musically GNP are a cross between Saga and that other Canadian AOR act Agent, with Bevan's vocals at times zeroing in on Alfie Zappacosta with alarming similarity. A few guests play on this album as well, namely Jeff Jones (Red Rider) on bass, John Albani (Wrabit, Lee Aaron) and Bob Bartolucci on guitars. It's good lightweight pomp, without the dramatic instrumentation for which messrs Gilmour and Negus are more renowned for. However, it's a pleasant if not unspectacular romp through eleven tracks of predominantly keyboard oriented material.

The Songs
I quite liked a lot of this CD, and being a big Saga fan, was hoping for something similar, but in reality this is a bit of a false reckoning and unfair in many respects. Of the tracks which do standout, 'Love Must Be The Answer' is a rather nice and laid back tune, while the title track 'Safety Zone' is represented twice on the album, the last version being an extended mix. There's a couple of wishy washy ballads in 'Remembering' and 'In Your Eyes' which are relatively weak, while they are offset by a handful of upbeat rockier tracks in 'Russian Roulette' and 'One Life', the latter featuring the talent of John Albani, though unfortunately he doesn't get to pull off any solos.

In Summary
In Summary I'm sure you'll find this scattered in many cutout bins, though if it wasn't for the Saga connection I would have skipped this myself and left it alone. But, as I mentioned previously, it's a pleasant if not unspectacular effort. For Saga collectors only I'd suggest.

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 21 2011 20:05:58
I bought this for hundreds of dollars at the same time that I bought dozens of CDs for hundreds of dollars each.Maybe I have some of them in my collection today.Needless to say this is not one of them.Not unbearable but nothing stuck in my memory.Not even Sadler or Moratti could have saved this one I believe.
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