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Highwind - 1980 Highwind



ARTIST: Highwind
ALBUM: Highwind
LABEL: Forum Records
SERIAL: FR1001
YEAR: 1980

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Rick Fox - guitars, lead vocals * Ray Yancey - bass, vocals * Bruce Stull - drums, percussion, vocals * Steve Besedick - piano, vocals * Greg Schaffer - organ, synthesizer, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Who Has Your Love * 02 Feel The Fire * 03 One By One * 04 Wild In The Streets * 05 Highwinds Flyer * 06 1999 * 07 Dead Or Alive * 08 How Did You Know * 09 Hardened Crime * 10 I Only Want To Know You


Background
I first heard about this band via a review in Sounds magazine way back in 1982. The review compared the Kentucky based Highwind favourably to Le Roux circa their 'Up' period. This comparison was enough to prompt an extensive foray into countless bargain bins, in what I thought would ultimately be a fruitless search. Finally, after two decades of searching on a quest of almost 'Holy Grail' style proportions, I managed to secure the purchase of this elusive gem via the Internet for the princely sum of $10! 'Well was it worth it?!' I hear you cry. In a word 'yes!' Whilst not quite in the same league as 'Up' (and let's face it not many AOR albums are) it is still a fine example of late seventies Pomp. This can largely be attributed to the able song-writing talents of guitarist/mainman Rick Fox, who curiously enough was to find a career in L.A playing in bands such as Sin and Steeler!. The album itself is characterized by crisp, tight arrangements, and some fantastic guitar keyboard interplay. Considering it's an independent release the production isn't bad either ( Chameleon take note!).


The Songs
Highlights? Where do I begin? Well firstly there's 'One By One' with its chorus punctuated by stabbing piano keys and Rick Fox's snarling guitar (wonderfully rough and ready throughout). Then of course there's my personal favourite 'Wild In The Streets' with its pumping bass line and soaring keyboard solo. Essential ingredients for a Pomp classic as any self-respecting student of the genre will tell you. Over on side two, you have 'Hardened Crime' with a killer Hammond organ solo (I kid you not!) and as a fine closer there's the majestic Pomp of 'I Only Want To Know You'. Hell, even my girlfriend was tapping her foot to this one.


In Summary
Apart from Rik Fox, whatever became of Highwind is anyone's guess, but one thing's for sure, this is deserving of a place in the Pomp Hall Of Fame.


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#1 | rkbluez on August 04 2010 17:10:08
Great record Richard glad someone reviewed it...this one is certainly deserved of a Rock Candy CD release...a real obscure classic pomp gem...and on a small label also it still sounded great.
#2 | gdazegod on May 13 2014 09:19:25
I have seen LP copies of this on Ebay. Interestingly, they are European copies giving a release year of 1978, on the EMI label, serial INS 3026. I am intrigued.
 
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