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Youngs, Drew (And ESP) - 1983 Heartbeat

ARTIST: Youngs, Drew (And ESP)
ALBUM: Heartbeat
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Drew Youngs - vocals, guitar, piano * James Montgomery - bass * Susan Shipley - grand piano * Brian Port - drums * David Hipshman - woodwinds, prophet 5, piano

TRACK LISTING: 01 Over The Wing * 02 Robin * 03 Heartbeat * 04 Take My Chances * 05 Would Ya Believe * 06 Saturday * 07 Rock And Roll Star * 08 Winding Roads * 09 Take Me All The Way * 10 Space In Time * 11 Number Seven * 12 Christine * 13 Love Again

Sort of strange looks on old Drew Youngs' face here eh? As if he drank the cosmic Kool-aid and knows something we don't or maybe just admired Gary Wright's space god image, as creepy as that could be. Whatever his deal was, this was the only ESP release I am aware of although it seems Youngs is still active in the San Francisco bay area scene as guitar player and producer. For an indie release 'Heartbeat' seems to have had decent distribution, in fact I occasionally run across the album in used LP bins in my neck of the woods and copies that pop up on eBay are not all that expensive.

The Songs
Opening on a spacey note with 'Over the Wing' and segueing seamlessly into 'Robin', the group offers up a west coast/fusion sound similar at times with Toto although unfortunately this classy sound doesn't last as the third and fourth tracks 'Take My Chances' and Would Ya Believe' are nothing more than generic 80's pop tunes. You know, the sort of thing heard for twenty seconds in forgettable movies of the era. 'Winding Roads' and side two's opener 'Take Me All The Way' brings back the fusion sound of the title track reminding me of American prog/fusion outfit Flight in many ways, but unfortunately the rest of the album is too ballad heavy for my tastes. Factor in the dated production, mediocre material as well as a short running time and you have a forgettable and non essential piece of AOR pop.

In Summary
Of course, if you come across a copy pick it up and give it a spin once. Personal taste is always subjective and I highly doubt this will ever appear on CD, but then again you just never know. Maybe Drew knows?

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