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Blind Fish (featuring David Hallyday) - 1994 2000 BBF



ARTIST: Blind Fish (featuring David Hallyday)
ALBUM: 2000 BBF
LABEL: Scotti Bros
SERIAL: 518 127-2
YEAR: 1994

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: David Hallyday - vocals * Greg V (Vorobiov) - guitars * Bo Gravino - bass * Erik Godal - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Revolution Thing * 02 Pain And Pride * 03 Mr Jones * 04 Rivers Of Rain * 05 Came Here For You * 06 Can't Go On * 07 Rebel Woman * 08 Endless Summer * 09 Natural Child * 10 Curious Days * 11 In The End


Background
Blind Fish are a Los Angeles based project from French singer/songwriter David Hallyday. Of course most people would know David from his hi-tech pop/AOR oriented albums released during the eighties, namely 'Rock n Heart' and 'True Cool', not withstanding he is the son of legendary French crooner/icon Johnny Hallyday. David has had backing from the US label Scotti Bros all throughout his career, and continued to do so with Blind Fish. Now, this is not as hi-tech oriented as his solo works, but I gotta say this is still some of the best modern sounding pop to have been produced during the decade. Ironically enough, it's influences lean back into the sixties, but played in that modern nineties flavour. Exceptional stuff really, and the depth of the songs matched with the arrangements and overall vibe, make this a contender from this scribe as one of the best albums of that decade.


The Songs
The sheer quality of some of these songs stand the test of time. Just take a listen to moments like 'Natural Child', the Seal soundalike 'Can't Go On', or the meandering melodies of 'Rivers Of Rain'. Other superb moments are the urgency of 'Pain And Pride', the storytelling balladry of 'Mr Jones' and the effortless guitar oriented 'Curious Days' which to me sounds very similar to Gamma's 'Voyager'.


In Summary
I recall at the time of release, this album was given rave reviews by many magazines, but strangely that enthusiasm did not translate into commercial success for Mr Hallyday and his cohorts. Two years later he released the Novocaine album, which saw him move deeper into alternative territory, but probably wouldn't appeal to those who are melodically inclined. However, if you do see this lying around in bins, or on websites for sale, grab it. Believe me, it's a very good addition for your collection.


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#1 | gdazegod on October 22 2007 11:08:22
After all these years, I still can't believe how cool this album sounds. Some albums surely stand the test of time. If David Hallyday doesn't do anything more in his musical career, he should be pleased and satisfied that he has released one of the coolest albums of the 90's decade.. period! Thumbs Up
 
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