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Radio Moscow - 1991 World Service

ARTIST: Radio Moscow
ALBUM: World Service
LABEL: Status
YEAR: 1991
CD REISSUE: 1991, Bacillus (Germany), 290-09-070


LINEUP: Paul Bridgewater - vocals * Tim Manford - guitars * Aldo Mazzei - bass * Ritch Battersby - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Blind Man's Eyes * 02 Standing * 03 Message For You * 04 Hot Sun * 05 Red Sun Blue Moon * 06 The Flame * 07 Thousand Kisses * 08 Ring On Your Finger * 09 She's Got It Bad * 10 Hear It In The Wind

Radio Moscow despite the name, broadcast their musical message out of the UK. No Perestroika involved here folks. Radio Moscow in some parts play a brand of ballsy sounding rock with a Southern and bluesy edge to it, like a combination of Bad Company and G-DAZE faves Tangier for instance. In other parts they take on a slight atmospheric edge a la fellow Midlands outfit Diamondhead. The latter comparison is quite appropriate really, as RM were in fact formed by DH guitarist Brian Tatler in 1985. The band released an obscure untitled 4 track EP in 1987. Tatler left the band just prior to the release of this their debut album 'World Service' during 1991. Apparently all the guitars which were recorded by Tatler remained intact, only the solos were changed by replacement Tim Manford. The end result is well produced, and relatively classy, and despite what must seem like comparisons that are totally contrary to each other, it's complimentary. Released on the rare Status Records, this album would have to be their label highlight.. one would suggest.

The Songs
The bluesy swagger of 'Blind Man's Eyes' starts us off, followed by the commercial and appealing vibe of 'Standing'. Even more commercial is 'Message For You', carried off on a chorus of Adrian Smith ASAP proportions. 'Red Sun Blue Moon' is a brooding piece, stomping along in a similar vein to a band like Mammoth. 'The Flame' is very reminiscent of classic Diamondhead, the only thing missing is the tortured-soul vocal of Sean Harris! However the trademark extended verses and delicate DH arrangement is all there. 'Ring On Your Finger' veers into AOR territory with some nice keyboard layers over an aggressive riff or two. They kick back into that commercial blues oriented swagger for 'She's Got It Bad' before signing off with the calming influence of 'Hear It In The Wind', another tune which cries out AOR..

In Summary
The band released a second album called 'Get A New Life' before tossing the towel in. Tatler himself went on to reform Diamondhead for a short period, but then joined Celtic rock band Quill in 1997. Of the other members, only Tim Manford and Ritch Battersby have been sighted. Manford quitting RM to form Dante Fox with Sue Willets, while Battersby went on to join The Wildhearts. You often see this Radio Moscow album on Ebay now in CD format. So good on whomever for getting this updated to the digital domain. Diamondhead fans might want to pick this up for 'completist' purposes, but if you can pick it up for a few quid then it's worthwhile adding to the collection..

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