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Orleans - 1982 One Of A Kind

ARTIST: Orleans
ALBUM: One Of A Kind
LABEL: Radio
SERIAL: 90012-1
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Larry Hoppen - vocals, keyboards, guitars * Lance Hoppen - vocals, bass * Mike Mugrage - guitars, vocals * Dennis 'Fly' Amero - rhythm guitar * Lane Hoppen - keyboards, vocals * Jimmy Maellen - percussion * Jerry Marotta - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 One Of A Kind * 02 I Found Someone * 03 Let It Be Me * 04 Beatin' Around The Bush * 05 Save Our Planet * 06 Keep On Shining * 07 Gotta Lotta Money (Big Deal) * 08 Give Into It * 09 Circles * 10 Move On

WEBLINKS: www.orleansonline.com

Up until now, shamefully missing from the ever expanding Glory Daze database is Orleans, a band who reached their peak in the late 70's with hits like 'Dance With Me', 'Still The One' and 'Love Takes Time'. Formed in New York in 1972, the early Orleans albums were soft rock affairs similar to The Eagles and Doobie Brothers, and it wasn't until main song writer John Hall left the group for a solo career, that Orleans began exploring a more AOR friendly style starting with their 1979 'Forever' album, 1980's 'Orleans' and 'One Of A Kind' which features a stunningly beautiful cover art and excellent melodic rock to match.

The Songs
The title track is a fun rocker in the style of Tycoon and All Sports Band with whom they shared a label - Radio Records. 'I Found Someone' brings to mind Pablo Cruise and the Doobie Brothers, a catchy song that would have fit right in on radio play lists back in 1982. 'Beatin' Around The Bush' is classic Orleans, and it's the warm vocal work of Larry Hoppen that holds this up tempo number together with a slight tropical flavour. Orleans was never a band than ran from important causes and 'Save the Planet' is no exception. It's moody piece that sounds very similar to Phil Collins 'In the Air Tonight'. Keep on Shining opens side two and as a ballad it's not half bad although 'Circles' is much better in my opinion. 'Move On' again, sounds a lot like Pablo Cruise and is another mid temp rocker ending the album on a high note.

In Summary
I am certain this record and the other two I mentioned early on have never been reissued on CD, although 'Love Takes Time' from the 'Forever' album can be found on the occasional compilation. Of note, original Orleans member John Hall has recently been elected to the U.S Congress. From rock n' roll to the halls of power. Good for him! Meanwhile, his former band mates have released a new studio album 'Dancin' In the Moonlight', their first in several years and have been performing live once again. Check 'em out!

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#1 | gdazegod on December 22 2008 23:50:57
This really is a superb album! Perhaps not quintessential Orleans, as this sounds like a slight direction change, but for readers of this site, 'One Of A Kind' is primo AOR/West Coast! Highly recommended.
#2 | kim_hp on April 13 2011 14:53:42
This reminds me of Maxus, the vocalist is a deadringer for Jay Gruska IMO. The only thing I don't like here are the ballads....but tracks like 'I Found Someone' and 'Beatin' Around the Bush' are pure westcoast gold!
#3 | swazi on May 29 2012 16:52:28
I think a few more Orleans releases should be reviewed over here. I own "Ride", which really is a great disc. It leans more to an Eagles direction, though.
#4 | Eric on May 29 2012 17:06:33
Totally agree.
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