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Tour De Force (USA) - 2000 Unreleased

ARTIST: Tour De Force (USA)
ALBUM: Unreleased
LABEL: Kivel Records
YEAR: 2000


LINEUP: Chali Cayte - vocals * Christian Palladino - guitars * Alex Salz - keyboards * Bill Froelich - bass * Bill 'Blaster' Pauly - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stand Up * 02 All Nite Long * 03 On My Way * 04 Diana * 05 Over n Over * 06 City Nites * 07 Can't Change * 08 Lies * 09 Back To Basics * 10 On The Edge

Tour De Force (the American version) were pretty unlucky not to strike the good oil at a time in their career when they should've been big. These guys had it all really. A guy who could sing his ass off, a sonic axe wielder in Palladino, and the man who puts the icing on the cake in keyboardist Alex Salz. From the highs of those incredible demo songs which eventually wound up on their 'World On Fire' (reviewed elsewhere on this site), to the downtrodden lows of their debut CD from 1992 (what a disappointment!). Now, Kivel Records gets the gas to release this CD on what is a collection of unreleased material from the TDF boys. So at what end of the spectrum does this material sit? Well.. I've got the safe answer, somewhere in the middle. Not as classic as the 'WOF' album, but nowhere near as bad as the 's/t' album. At their prime, Tour De Force were certainly impressing a lot of pundits with the ability to write so many songs. However it's a bit like writers block, with those moments of brilliance come moments of mediocrity. So it is with 'Unreleased'. Probably not helped by the minimal dollars and cents thrown at the production side of it, but hey, they are unreleased songs after all.

The Songs
Things start off promisingly enough with the impressive 'Stand Up', those awesome keyboards are a sound to behold. 'All Nite Long' is another power romp though the vocals are a bit rough. 'Over 'n' Over' has a prolonged epic opening before moving in a progressive metal direction, following on with 'City Nites' a pleasant enough 80's sounding hard rock workout. Probably the pick of the bunch are the duo of 'Lies', a rollicking track reminscent of a whole bunch of AOR bands from yesteryear. Then there's 'Back To Basics' a keyboard dominated effort with a nice chorus. 'On The Edge' is a bit of a plodder, but has some interesting staccato keyboard effects throughout which lifts it above the ordinary.

In Summary
Tour De Force is the sort of band that could've done wonders in a studio with the likes of a Roy Thomas Baker or Ron Nevison at the helm. However, I suspect this album is as much an epitaph for them. So, we should at least be thankful that Kivel has done us a favour by releasing it in the first place..

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#1 | KurtmanJP on May 01 2008 20:41:44
'Stand Up' 'On My Way' and 'Roads' are excellent songs in my book! The rest of the album is generally great but there's a couple okay tracks that don't stand out too much.
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