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Alibi - 1980 Friends

ALBUM: Friends
LABEL: Magnet
SERIAL: 6.24366 AP
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Nick Graham - lead vocals, bass, keyboards * Geoff Sharkey - guitars, vocals * Mark Fisher - keyboards, string arrangements, vocals * Charlie Morgan - drums, percussion, vocals * Tony Brown - percussion, harmonica, vocals * Ron Asprey - brass arrangements

TRACK LISTING: 01 Move It * 02 Million Years * 03 Friends * 04 If You Want Some More * 05 Brighter By The Day * 06 Easy Street * 07 Up Until Midnight * 08 Custom Made * 09 Hands Off * 10 In Too Deep

Sort of a mini-super group here featuring the talents of former Atomic Rooster/Skin Alley bassist Nick Graham, guitarist Geoff Sharkey formerly of Ginhouse and Sammy with drummer Charlie Morgan who found himself in Elton John's band for many years. Mark Fisher rounds out the lineup, an unknown keyboard player but certainly up to the task. Like many such arrangements Alibi was a short lived group releasing just one album produced by Chris Rea at legendary Chipping Norton Studios. It's unclear if the band got around to any live shows, but with this amount of talent they would have been a formidable stage presence I'm sure.

The Songs
I've always had a soft spot for this record which didn't set the world on fire but offers some solid period AOR. In hindsight Chris Rea was an excellent choice for producer and there are similarities to 'Friends' and Rea's classic 'Deltics' album. Alibi runs the gamut of British sophisticated pop similar to Aviator's two albums, Grand Hotel, John Miles and Hudson-Ford. Highlights include 'Move It' and the jazzy bounce of 'Brighter By The Day' on side one, the catchy 'Easy Street' and the Queen - rave-up that sounds like 'Somebody To Love' on a smaller scale- 'Up Until Midnight' on side two.

In Summary
Once again, not a blockbuster album by any stretch, but a nice little record worthy of a spin on the old turntable once or twice a year. Never on CD, it's worth picking up cheaply on LP for anyone interested in the early days of British AOR.

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#1 | tonissive on February 10 2008 11:56:46
many thanks for this review eric, i was looking information about this album long is very easy to find in second hand records shops at very low price!
#2 | Eric on February 10 2008 16:09:55
You are very welcome Antonio. This morning I was on an Atomic Rooster/ Vincent Crane web site and discovered Nick Graham wrote Cheap Trick's 'The Flame' which I am sure is still paying off in royalties!
#3 | dangerzone on February 11 2008 07:26:44
Thinks it's time to review yet another Alien, the US hard rockers from the early 80's.
#4 | gdazegod on February 11 2008 09:46:23
Are you volunteering Alun?
#5 | dangerzone on February 11 2008 11:27:27
Yeah I'll do that. I've been playing the hell out of that one the last few weeks!
#6 | super80boy on May 11 2013 19:54:21
This is a good listen of sophisticated AOR pop. The songs 'Hands Off' and 'If You Want Some More' are also good tunes in addition to the reviewed songs above.
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