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Blue - 1991 Blue



ARTIST: Blue
ALBUM: Blue
LABEL: Euro Star (Germany)
SERIAL: 39810112
YEAR: 1991

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Marc Storace - lead vocals * Vic Vergat - guitars, keyboards * Rick Schultz drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 It's Gonna Be Alright * 02 Searchin' * 03 Power Of Love * 04 Fly * 05 You Can't Stop The Rainfall * 06 When A Man Loves A Woman * 07 Go * 08 Feels Like Paradise * 09 I Wanna Thank You * 10 Hold On * 11 I Don't Wanna Hear * 12 Still Like The First Time


Background
The two main guys from this band are well known in Euro rock circles, let alone Swiss circles. Storace is the voice behind Krokus while Vergat has been a mainstay on the Swiss scene for years. Anyone remember his boogie album 'Down To The Bone' from 1981? Well what a surprise then when these two hook up to play a streamlined version of AOR under the banner of Blue. There's not too much to cross-reference back to their previous work, it's all played very smooth and safe. It'll either annoy you as the album doesn't have too much in the way of 'balls', or conversely, if you are the keyboard and pomp fan, then this will be right up your alley.. oops.. sorry.. boulevard!


The Songs
Played very much in the style of Craaft, there are some lovely moments here. It's all very classy, no doubts there, and makes for a great listen without too much in the way of stress and strain (that is it won't stress your brain nor stress your ears). Opening up with 'It's Gonna Be Alright', the album gets off to a great start. A punchy delivery all round, with a strong pulse driven bass line holding it all together. 'Searchin' is a mid-tempo tune that meanders a bit. Probably should've been further down the track order in my opinion. However, the pair of 'Power Of Love' and 'Fly' are both excellent tunes, and more than make up for the second track duffer. Hi-tech AOR with a big sound, good arrangements, and a clean production. 'Fly' in particular is a moody semi-ballad with depth and atmosphere. Wasn't so keen on the jangly 'You Can't Stop The Rainfall' which sounds like a Frontiers label cast-off band, and I'm sure the world didn't really want to hear another version of 'When A Man Loves A Woman'. Surely Michael Bolton put paid to that! Back on course we head, with the superb pairing of 'Go' - a racy number guaranteed to get the pulse racing, and the brilliant semi-ballad 'Feels Like Paradise', complete with huge vocal choruses! 'I Wanna Thank You' chases melodies in much the same way as Dan Lucas and Austria's Fahrenheit, and on 'Hold On', we hear a mix of Storace's tough vocals interlaced with a Stage Dolls type arrangement. Blue give us another gorgeous ballad in 'I Don't Wanna Hear', but end the album on an indifferent note with the sassy sounding 'Still Like The First Time', not so sure about the parping brass parts, but the guitars and pulsing bass lines ensure it stays within the realms of melodic rock.. but only just.


In Summary
Not much acclaim heaped on this set back in 1991. A shame really. Storace returned to Krokus, and even hooked up with fellow Swiss rockers China for a stint too. Vergat no doubt is still around.. I reckon they should hook again for another tilt.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on January 07 2008 08:21:04
Storace often gets a bad rap, but I've always found him to be a top bloke. This record showed another side to the man away from Krokus. I always thought he was a great singer (further proof being his work with Biss and way, way earlier on with the NWOBHM band Eazy Money). Krokus' lyrics however....
#2 | Eric on January 07 2008 13:51:34
I met Storace sitting alone in the audience watching Rough Cutt, the opening act at a Krokus show. I sat down and talked with him for a while. Very pleasant and nice guy.Thumbs Up
#3 | rostoned on June 02 2008 15:17:29
both Storace and Vergeat started in much respected heavy progressive cult bands in the 70's, both from Switzerland. Mark was a member of Tea (2 records on Vertigo) and Vic a member of Toad (3 albums on Hallelujah and another small label I can't remember). Very good albums indeed.
#4 | reyno-roxx on June 10 2009 15:18:19
I have a spare copy of this if anyone wants to trade for it?
 
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