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Worrall - 1991 Worrall



ARTIST: Worrall
ALBUM: Worrall
LABEL: Spy Records
SERIAL: SPY CD 1007
YEAR: 1991
CD REISSUE: 2011, Yesterrock, YR201111

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Steve Worrall - vocals, guitars * Rick Worrall - vocals, guitars * Sean Lane, Angelo Earle - guitars * 'Big Mac' - drums * Chris Brockway - bass * Don Garbutt - keyboards * Felton Pilate - keyboards, background vocals * Jimi Jamison - background vocals * Jim Spake - saxophone

TRACK LISTING: 01 Best Is Still To Come * 02 Shadow Of A Lie * 03 You Know * 04 Summertime Radio * 05 Catch Me * 06 Take A Look Around * 07 Heat Of The Night * 08 I Can't Stop * 09 Hard Times * 10 Suspicious Heart * 11 Ordinary Heart


Background
Big lineup on this one, featuring the Toronto based brothers Steve and Rick Worrall. If you're into melodic rock a few doors down from Michael O'Brien, Rick Springfield and Stan Meissner then you might think about inviting the Worrall's around for coffee. It's smooth AOR, well produced, and contains enough gruff and grunt to interest the harder rocking punters out there. These guys are on the same label as The Kite (being an A&M offshoot label), but don't venture down the proggie path as their labelmates do, preferring instead to keep to a commercial bent.


The Songs
Not sure who's doing most of the singing throughout, but whoever, it's awesome stuff, as are the neat keyboard parts, smooth pulsing bass lines, and the killer guitar licks of course. Just take a listen to 'Shadow Of A Lie' as an example. Stan Meissner fans take note: listen to 'You Know' and 'Heat Of The Night' and you'd think it was the great one himself. Bright and breezy could best describe 'Summertime Radio', aptly named me thinks. 'Catch Me' is a heartfelt power ballad with a bit of a kick in it guitarwise, while 'Take A Look Around' has a slight new country twang to it. Still highly melodic though. The melodic surge continues on the very racy 'I Can't Stop', punctuated by the track 'Hard Times', sounding very close to fellow Canadians The Works. The Worrall boys cover the late Van Stephenson's 'Suspicious Heart', and do a very commendable version too. 'Ordinary Heart' is a blues/jazz workout, where everyone chimes in and gives their two bobs worth musically. The session for that particular song must have been fun..


In Summary
Perhaps one of the most underrated AOR albums I can think of. Well worthy of a place in your collection, and it should have been right up there in the popularity stakes as Harem Scarem's debut the same year.


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#1 | Jez on June 14 2008 00:06:02
Another Highly recommended Canadian AOR release. Whatever happened to these guys as they had a good sound, some great songs, and great backing musos, especially Bassist Chris Brockway (Ex Wrabit,Hanover Fist & Lee Aaron).Definately Boulevard comes to mind (although not quite up to their heady heights). Not an album you see that often, so if you do, go for it big time.
#2 | Ralfster on August 18 2008 14:51:01
Yeah, one of the most underrated AOR gems ever! Get it now! Btw has anybody heard Rick Worrall's solo stuff? I recently stumbled across two of his CD's. One is from 1978, the other from 1999. I was wondering if these are anything remotely to the fantastic AOR of the self titled Worrall CD.
#3 | sir lord baltimore on April 23 2009 11:40:06
Hold your horses here before you get this one for a lot of $$$. Standard AOR without finesse. Just my opinion Smile
#4 | guitarheroandy on April 23 2009 21:31:53
This one took a few plays to sink in for me. Very good album, but not in the same league as Harem Scarem's debut for me...
#5 | swazi on November 06 2011 15:33:22
Reissued by the YesterRock label in July 2011. Buy!
#6 | super80boy on May 15 2016 16:39:58
Enjoyable polished Canadian AOR with a couple of country-fied fumbles. 'Ordinary Man' and 'Take A Look Around' are unfortunately out of place on this set. 'I Can't Stop' and 'Shadow Of A Lie' are great cuts.
#7 | gdazegod on November 07 2016 06:29:17
Worrall - 1991 In The Heat Of The Night
YouTube Video:

[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzHmXuuNJzg]Direct to YouTube[/youtube]
 
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