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Air Supply - 1993 The Vanishing Race



ARTIST: Air Supply
ALBUM: The Vanishing Race
LABEL: Giant
SERIAL: 9 24494-2
YEAR: 1993

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Russell Hitchcock - vocals * Graeme Russell - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 It's Never Too Late * 02 Faith * 03 Kiss Me Like You Mean It * 04 Evidence Of Love * 05 Goodbye * 06 The Vanishing Race * 07 Don't Tell Me * 08 Too Sentimental * 09 I Remember Love * 10 I'll Be Thinking Of You

WEBLINKS: www.airsupplymusic.com


Background
Well known ex pat Australian duo who've made a career out of playing soft pop rock for many years. Based in the USA for many years now, and blessed with one of the best vocalists out there in Russell Hitchcock. Honestly, this guy could read the words to an insurance advertisement on radio/tv and make it sound interesting! From their initial days through to about 1985, their style was harmless pop rock which spawned many hit singles. They changed labels to Arista, then progressed onto the Giant label, which saw them release a brace of great softer tinged AOR albums, and on this one 'The Vanishing Race' we have a studio lineup to burn. Some of the World Trade brigade are here, namely Guy Allison, Mark Williams, and Billy Sherwood. Alongside them, are studio giants Michael Thompson, Tim Pierce, Mike Baird, Lee Sklar, and Vinnie Colaiuta.. to name but a few. The album is an indirect tribute to the plight of the North American Indians, but mostly it's a collection of luscious ballads and softer efforts, where Humberto Gatica's production teases out all the nuances that Russell and Graeme can provide.


The Songs
What a way to start with the AOR dramatics of 'It's Never Too Late', featuring a brief but soaring solo from Michael Thompson. 'Kiss Me Like You Mean It' is a wonderfully bouncy song, just the sort of thing to perk you up for summer! 'I Remember Love' is a slower piece, with an awesomely smooth bass line from Neil Stubenhaus through the middle. A couple of songs are atmospheric and moody, including the tearjerker 'Goodbye' and the inspirational title track 'The Vanishing Race'. For trainspotters, the second track 'Faith' was written by Rick Hahn and George Thatcher. Before you put two and two together and make the connection, no it ain't me. My namesake is in fact a well known musician from Washington DC who just happens to be one of the best trombone players in the world, and a pretty good songwriter to boot!


In Summary
A very nice album to have around, great for late night listening, dinner music even. Perhaps the pick of their AOR infused albums during the eighties and nineties, with 'Earth Is..' and their self titled effort from 1985 running it a close second.


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#1 | Dance Nation on November 02 2008 13:26:16
In addition to being a great late night CD, this is perfect for a Sunday morning. Wonderful mellow-west coast AOR - and check out Georges (as always, spot-on) review for evidence of the musicianship involved. If you are bemused to see a band like Air Supply here because maybe you hated them in the 80's (I liked them actually), but love 'West Coast' then add this one to your collection!score 8
#2 | trillion1999 on October 24 2011 20:46:40
I love Air Supply too! I remember seeing this in a charity-shop but did not like them enough probably to pick it up then.That album was going real cheap.I saw their selftitled and Hearts In Motion on CD once too but at that time the prices were to steep.By now of course I want to hear everything the two Russells are involved in.
 
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