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Private Eye (Norway) - 1990 Private Eye



ARTIST: Private Eye (Norway)
ALBUM: Private Eye
LABEL: Desparado
SERIAL: DCD 33038
YEAR: 1990

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Micke Andersson - vocals, guitars * Per Kolstad - keyboards * Sigurd Kohn - saxophones * Einar 'Wallen' Mjaaland - bass * Bruce Rasmussen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 So Suspicious * 02 Addicted To You * 03 Bakersfield Blues * 04 Face Down Loser * 05 Final Call * 06 If This Is Love * 07 New York Skyline * 08 Second City * 09 Still Waters * 10 After The Fire


Background
Probably only better known throughout Scandinavia, but Private Eye are arguably more American sounding than Scandi. Isn't that the way though? I mean .. Fate's 'A Matter Of Attitude' was another classic example where a Euro band outdid a US band at their own game. Originally known as Son Of Sam, these guys have West Coast style AOR dripping through their veins. Influences and comparisons range from Toto, Marc Jordan, Sweden's Time Gallery and Danish duo Sko/Torp. The interesting thing about this self titled album is that each of the tracks are so vastly different. For the listener you can either admire their talent and undoubted musicianship or be very frustrated by their ability to change styles from one song to the next, such is the diversity of the ten tracks on offer.


The Songs
The AOR songs come in the form of the excellent Toto flavoured 'Addicted To You', and 'If This Is Love' where the saxophone parps reminds one of latterday Chicago. 'Second City' is prime-time Zappacosta, right down to the shuffle beat. The best moment on the album is without doubt 'Still Waters'. This is so uncannily like Mark Spiro's 'Midwestern Skies' I put that one immediately after just to make sure I wasn't hearing wrong! The poignant ballad 'New York Skyline' starts off with lilting atmospheric piano, but ends up sounding new country, though it's still pretty good. 'Final Call' is sort of similar, this time to something not unlike Venice would do, though a hell of a lot softer.


In Summary
One of the change-up moments include a melodic heavy rock workout called 'After the Fire'. Wow...talk about different! I thought this was a West Coast band? That guitar is surely cranked up. For the sheer talent, diversity of music, and reasonable rarity of it, this Private Eye effort is surely an album for followers of West Coast to hunt down at all costs!


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#1 | trillion1999 on October 22 2011 18:57:04
I did not remember a single note from this one enough to even know if I still have not got rid of it or not.
 
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