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Diving For Pearls - 1989 Diving For Pearls

ARTIST: Diving For Pearls
ALBUM: Diving For Pearls
SERIAL: FE 45130 (LP), EK 45130 (CD)
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2006, Rock Candy Records, CANDY022


LINEUP: Danny Malone - vocals, guitars * Yul Vasquez - guitars * Jack Moran - keyboards * David Weeks - bass * Peter Clemente - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Gimme Your Good Lovin' * 02 Have You Forgotten? * 03 I Close My Eyes * 04 New Moon * 05 Never On Monday * 06 You're All I Know * 07 Mystery To Me * 08 I Don't Want To Cry * 09 Keep Our Love Alive * 10 The Girl Can't Stop It * 11 Dear Prudence (demo) * 12 I Close My Eyes (live) * 13 Gimme Your Good Lovin' (live) * 14 The Girl Can't Stop It (live) * 15 She Sells Sanctuary

This CD had been sitting in my collection since 1989 and I hadn't really played it often enough to appreciate it. 'That's sacrilege' I hear you say. Yes indeed, a big feather duster slap on the wrist, because one evening not long ago, I had the courage to slap it on the deck and turn it up loud, and man it sounded awesome! So, Diving For Pearls have gone full circle and reached the pinnacle of greatness 10 years after the event. DFP surfaced from the East Coast of the USA (Boston I believe), with Malone and Moran coming down to the Big Apple in 1987 to join up with ex Urgent members Vasquez and Clemente. Not long after they got signed to the AOR friendly label Epic Records, and hooked up with producer David Prater in Nashville to record this effort. It's clear what I was missing out did not go amiss elsewhere in the AOR community. By years end Diving For Pearls had done the unthinkable and gone into Kerrang's Top 5 albums for 1989. Remember people this was an era dominated by Metallica, Poison, Guns 'n' Roses et al, and was voted as one of the best AOR genre albums of the year. You also have to remember that 1989 was perhaps the last great year of AOR with many bands all releasing wonderful albums. Elite company indeed.

The Songs
On the face of it, how could this band miss with a talented vocalist like Danny Malone? This guy has a rich mix of John Waite vocalisms coming from his lungs, while the other guys in DFP provide great support. If you can detect a weak point on this album then you'd better email me and tell me where. From the opener 'Gimme Your Good Lovin' (apparently there was a video for this!) to the finale 'The Girl Can't Help It' we have prime time melodic AOR at it's best. My picks for best songs would have to be the amazingly heartfelt 'New Moon', the rampant guitar thrust of 'Never On Monday', and the exquisite ballad 'I Don't Want To Cry'. There's not much respite for the listener as the quality of the album does not diminish anywhere along the way.

In Summary
For whatever reason, where one could point the finger at the record industry, the trends of the day or the apathy of the buying public, Diving For Pearls did not progress beyond this effort. Some of the guys are still in the biz, Danny Malone for instance is playing alongside John Eddie. However bassist David Weeks biggest claim to fame was as an LA lawyer, where he represented Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee in their infamous porn video incident.. Believe it or not! During 2005, Danny Malone bought DFP back to life, and they released the majorly underwhelming album 'Texas' on Atenzia Records. This turned out to be a huge disappointment for many, buoyed by all the excitement surrounding their return. Yet another case where the hype did not match the output. Hopefully a return to their 1989 era AOR sound and Diving For Pearls will be right back up there in the popularity stakes.

Diving For Pearls - 1989 Gimme Your Good Lovin'

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#1 | sabace on April 14 2006 14:26:00
#2 | rostoned on April 12 2008 21:20:16
Superb, really inspired melodic rock. A PEARL!
#3 | Jez on June 13 2008 22:57:38
Another one of the late 80's must have releases, and one that was only held off top position by a couple of other releases that year (Strangeways & Giant) in my estimation.
#4 | rostoned on June 22 2008 18:08:31
This was finally reissued on CD in 2006 thanx to the great english ensemble known as Rock Candy, with 1 studio (Beatles cover) and 4 live (including a cover of The Cult) bonus tracks and fantastic 16-page essay. Bravi! And beware that the initial batch of US vinyl LP copies were miss-pressed, causing the needle to stick during the second cut. To quote Fraser and Scott from AOR CLASSICS magazine: 'Sort of sums up the bands luck'!
#5 | gdazegod on June 22 2008 20:33:04
The Rock Candy release was not the first CD of this album. Epic/Sony did release this originally back in 1989. Many of us still have the original pressing.
#6 | englandashes on May 11 2009 13:31:12
I still have the original box!, was the reason, so two cd's could sit in the old vinyl racks?
#7 | super80boy on August 02 2015 19:09:20
Still have my original pressing CD and just played it again after many years. Wow, what an album, full of melodic AOR gems, one after another. It's easy to see/hear why AOR Classics gave this a 10/10 and many blog reviews rave about it.
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