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Diamond In The Rough - 1988 Diamond In The Rough

ARTIST: Diamond In The Rough
ALBUM: Diamond In The Rough
LABEL: Virgin
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 1996, Long Island Records, LIR-00046


LINEUP: Lewis Nitikman - keyboards *David Buckthorp - vocals * Troy Reid - lead vocals * Scotty Hall, Kim Kayzer, Ray Roper, R. Marsland, Rik Emmett - guitars * Tom Christiansen - bass * G. Eyre, Daryl Burgess, Phil Robertson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Walk On The Wire * 02 Where Is Love * 03 Ain't Good Lovin' * 04 I Wish There Was A Way * 05 When It's All Said And Done * 06 Stand And Deliver * 07 Sultry Lady * 08 Run From The Dark * 09 Thief In The Night * 10 Young Of Heart

Here's a one-off band/project that reared its head in 1988, and features a wealth of Canadian talent among its pop-laden grooves. Diamond In The Rough - was an outfit bought together by Lewis Nitikman and David Buckthorp. Nitikman had prior history to DITR, being a member of Stonebolt toward the end of their tenure. Also making appearances is his former Stonebolt team-mate Ray Roper, Troy Reid (who would later find himself in the revamped Agent, plus the band Stranded), Rik Emmett formerly of Triumph, Scotty Hall and Phil Robertson from Idle Eyes, Tom Christiansen from BLVD plus Daryl Burgess from Straight Lines. Musically, this lot has similarities to fellow Canucks Garnett Ford and Glass Tiger. In parts it's poppy, with the brass stabs to accentuate the sound. In other parts, this outfit can offload AOR like a Brett Favre bullet-pass!

The Songs
For the latter, take a listen to 'When It's All Said And Done' and 'Run From The Dark' as good examples. The Garnett Ford comparison is apparent on the opener 'Walk On The Wire' and the superb 'Ain't Good Lovin' - a very commercial tune with a nice sax solo. 'Stand And Deliver' and 'Young Of Heart' are also melody drenched pieces, the latter is given a very spacious production job. 'I Wish There Was A Way' is the albums ballad moment, and it's pretty sweet too! There's only one track that doesn't quite work. 'Sultry Lady' veers toward lounge club level with a predilection toward brass and saxophone parts. The piano solo is very cool though, Bruce Hornsby be warned!

In Summary
This album was bunched in around a whole swag of Canadian albums released at the same time, and was overlooked as a result. Lewis Nitikman was involved in the Vancouver scene for many years, but in 2007 moved to Toronto to take up a staff writers position with Cordova Bay Entertainment Group. Diamond In The Rough is pure 80's pop/AOR, and is a reminder of how things sounded back then.

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 16:15:45
Good solid Lite AOR release with definately a good song or three. Definately worth checking out if you're a fan of the genre
#2 | rostoned on March 19 2015 16:52:43
1996 CD reissue on Long Island Records (Germany) added 2 bonus tracks, namely 'Tell me' and 'I believe in this love'. Unfortunately both the reissue and the original canadian press are very rare = so hard to find today.
#3 | swazi on December 22 2016 14:33:15
Does anyone have an idea where I can find the LIR reissue??
#4 | gdazegod on December 22 2016 18:52:35
Bernd, as Filippo says, the LIR version added two tracks, but also removed track 4 'I Wish There Was A Way'. I'll try and get this to you soon, but I'm running on borrowed time re: the Xmas break.
#5 | rostoned on December 29 2016 13:08:16
Update. This one was also released on vinyl in 1988, again only in Canada.
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