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Midnight Blue - 1995 Take The Money And Run

ARTIST: Midnight Blue
ALBUM: Take The Money And Run
LABEL: Zero Corporation
YEAR: 1995


LINEUP: Doogie White - vocals * Alex Dickson - guitars * Jem Davis - keyboards * Niall Canning - bass * Eddie Fincher - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Surrender * 02 Makin' Love * 03 Remember * 04 Call Me * 05 Till The Morning * 06 Little Heartbreaker * 07 Hold On Till The Heartbreaks Over * 08 Until Tomorrow * 09 Hands Of A Lover * 10 One Way To Heaven * 11 Take The Money And Run * 12 After Midnight (Bonus) * 13 Party (Bonus)

This outfit had all the makings of a special AOR band. From the UK, they were first put together by ex Tobruk members Davis and Fincher. Intially, their lead singer was Stevie Docherty, previously with ex Scottish cult AOR outfit Zero Zero. When he left, Doogie White was recommended from another Scottish cult band La Paz. Guitarist Alex Dickson previously spent some brief time with Heavy Pettin'. Featured as far back as 1988/89, they were at the forefront of the next wave of UK AOR, the likes of which included Peroux, Torino, and After Hours. The band signed a deal with Chrysalis, and did tours both as a support act and as a club headliner. During the nineties, none of the major UK labels would look at the band, as the market was saturated at the time with other bands of a similar ilk (Thunder, Little Angels, Gun, Texas, Quireboys etc). Frustrated, guitarist Dickson upped and left to join Gun. White left not long after. So we have it that Japanese label Zero Corp gets to release Midnight Blue's product as a posthumous release in 1995, some time after the band folded.

The Songs
The material has it moments. There are thirteen tracks on the album, quite a lot really for a band who were unsigned, and they are all featured here. Lets put it this way: some songs are killer, some are filler. In most cases they veer close to Shy's style of AOR. Whats killer? The opener 'Surrender' and the awesome ballad 'Remember' for starters. 'Hands Of A Lover' parps away in Shy/Europe approved style, while 'One Way To Heaven' has that debut era Eyes feel about it. The rest.. I can take it or leave it..

In Summary
Twas a shame then that the promise of their early days could not have been better represented on this Jap release. Doogie White then joined forces with the unpredictable Ritchie Blackmore in his new version of Rainbow, and appeared on their comeback album in 1996, plus doing work with Nikolo Kotsev and Danish outfit Cornerstone.

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#1 | swazi on November 17 2011 16:05:47
Quite overrated as far as I am concerned. Definitely not worth the money it goes for on the various auction sites.
#2 | gdazegod on February 12 2012 09:29:54
The new reissue is out soon on Yesterrock, with two extra bonus tracks.
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