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Schmidt, Torben - 1991 A Bit On The Side

ARTIST: Schmidt, Torben
ALBUM: A Bit On The Side
LABEL: Epic (Denmark)
SERIAL: 468540 2
YEAR: 1991
CD REISSUE: 1995, Long Island Records, LIR-00053 * 2007, TSP (Thunderstruck Productions), TSP5099746


LINEUP: Torben Schmidt - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Kee Marcello, Torben Johansen, Henrik Janson - guitars * Klaus Menzer - drums * Steen Boel - keyboards * Lars Danielson - bass * Knud Lindhard, Joal - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love On Sale * 02 Good Day To Be Living * 03 When I Hold You In My Arms * 04 I Gave My Soul To Rock 'n' Roll * 05 It Ain't The First Time * 06 Turn On My Badland * 07 My Woman * 08 Can't You Feel It * 09 Spiders Web * 10 Same Old Song * 11 Sweet Lucy

Torben Schmidt is better known as the lead singer with Danish melodic rockers Skagarack. That band are one of Denmark's best loved bands, having up till that point released three quality albums ('Skagarack' 1987, 'Hungry For A Game' 1988, and 'Slice Of Heaven' 1990). Schmidt decided to go solo in 1990, hence the appearance of this album 'A Little Bit On The Side' the following year. It may as well be Skagarack Part IV, such is the similarity. Consider also the guitar prowess of ex Easy Action and Europe string bender Kee Marcello, plus fellow Dane Torben Johansen (from cult Danish AOR outfit De5). Other notable contributors who also turn up to play include Steen Boel, the Skagarack keyboardist, plus vocal queen Joal, a cult AOR heroine of the genre. By nature, the songs on the album are very strong. Given the lineup that's not surprising. The mix between all-out rockers and ballads is balanced accordingly, giving it consistency throughout.

The Songs
Torben cracks open the can with 'Love On Sale', strident guitars from Mr Marcello ensuring this one starts out big! His solo is very cool. 'Good Day To Be Living' harks back to that classic Skagarack era, pulsing bass lines and huge choruses.. and again, a sensational guitar solo. While we're on that musical path, so too does 'It Ain't The First Time'.. Track three is the ballad 'When I Hold You In My Arms' which has the G-DAZE 'melting moments' seal of approval. Man this song rules.. Also, check out the big booming sound on 'I Gave My Soul To Rock n Roll' and 'Can't You Feel It'. Continuing along with a groove laden approach are the pair of 'Turn On My Badland' (weird title what?) and the slow grind of 'My Woman'.

In Summary
One of the features of the album is the production. Rich and full. Mind you, that's something inherent in Danish artists and their music I've found over the years! The following year, Schmidt decided to reform Skagarack, and released 'Big Time' during 1993. If you track down that album, the song 'Wonder If You Really Know' is worth the price of admission alone. A sensational Toto like ballad.. Nowadays, Schmidt is a producer and engineer, who has notably worked with Swedish outfit Freak Kitchen. I am sure that all true Skagarack fans will have this album stashed away. If you don't, it makes a great compendium to this Danish bands discography. As an aside, Long Island Records reissued this a few years later on their label.

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