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Big Talk - 1990 Time Of Dreams



ARTIST: Big Talk
ALBUM: Time Of Dreams
LABEL: BTCJP
SERIAL: BTCJP-01
YEAR: 1990

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Christer Schill - vocals * Jonas Christophs - guitars * Peter Bengtsson - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Walls Of Fear * 02 Lets Talk About Love * 03 Rosie * 04 Angel Eyes * 05 Moments Of Time * 06 On The Radio * 07 Time Of Dreams


Background
An independent release from this trio which at the time caused a huge stir in their local Swedish melodic rock scene. Why? Namely for the sheer quality of their material, albeit only seven tracks, and the resemblance to many of their heroes such as Journey, Toto, though keeping in mind many of their Swedish luminaries playing the same style, a la Easy Action. I'm not sure exactly when this came out, because there's nothing on the liner notes, but someone did mention to me it was 1990 but I could be mistaken.


The Songs
Christer's vocals have a flavour similar to singers like Claus Lessman (Bonfire) or even Tracy White (Shotgun Symphony), while the arrangements are hi-tech and punchy. For seven tracks there's quite a lot to like about them. 'Rosie' for instance is great keyboard laced AOR, as is the opener 'Walls Of Fear', with it's powerful vocal from Christer. 'Angel Eyes' is another favourite with it's true to form AOR guitar/keyboard crossover. 'Moment Of Time' is a subtle ballad, which sounds as if it's got a million dollar production, while 'On The Radio' has a 'big' funky sound similar to the aforementioned Easy Action. On the other hand, the title track 'Time Of Dreams' has similarities to many Canadian bands such as Haywire and The Works, and has a cool solo section with lead guitar and bursts of keyboard parps and organ work.


In Summary
As it's only a seven track CD and not easy to find, you'll be pleasantly surprised if you track it down. I know many collectors are after this, probably because it's Swedish and it comes with a reputation. The band didn't last long unfortunately. Jonas Christophs hooked up with prog outfit Isildurs Bane, while Christer Schill moved on, reappearing in a local Swedish outfit called Back On Stage.


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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 23:33:13
Highly recommended Hi-tech Scandi AOR, very good for an indie release. Jojo kept springing to mind on initial spins,especially in the typically 90's keyboard sounds, aswell as a little Toto aswell . Anyways, the songs are all good, especially 'Walls Of Fear' & the excellent 'Angel Eyes'. Well worth adding to your Scandie collection if you see it.
#2 | citynights on August 12 2008 08:50:48
Up there with Easy Action (That Makes One) and Guardian Angels. Relly good Scandi AOR that needs to be heard.
 
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