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Lightspeed - 1992 So Where Exactly Are We?

ARTIST: Lightspeed
ALBUM: So Where Exactly Are We?
LABEL: Lightspeed Records
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: John Persichini - vocals * Gene Murray - guitars * Sandy Nemecek - keyboards * Rod Chappell - bass * Terry Crawford - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 So.. * 02 The Bottom Line * 03 Yesterday's Tears * 04 Miss You Now * 05 World On The Edge * 06 Shine On * 07 We're All The Same * 08 Visiting Hours * 09 When It's Over * 10 Exactly Where Are We? * 11 Bring Back The Fire (Live) 11 Bring Back The Fire (Live) * 12 Restless Heart (Live)


BackgroundAdmittedly, I have not paid much attention to Lightspeed in the last several years, although I remember reviewing drummer Terry Crawford's 'Circadian Rhythm' CD around the turn of the century on some other web site or 'zine. Many of you know of group leader Rod Chappell through his early connection to Canadian pomp gods Zon or from one of the many AOR and progressive rock message boards 'Roddie' likes to frequent. Why I haven't followed Lightspeed, I am not sure? I wave the commercial progressive rock flag proudly whenever I get the chance but for some reason these suburban Hamilton, Ontario rockers have just flown under my radar, until recently digging up a copy of 'So Exactly Where Are We?' in the dank and dark recesses of my home office here at Casa Abrahamsen.

The Songs
Lightspeed have a big following among pomp rock fans and those who can't wait for the next Saga or Asia album to hit the shelves and let's face it, musically these guys fit right in with that wonderful and at times addictive vibe. Most of this disc is pretty typical of the style which is fine and dandy by me, but it's not pomp-by-numbers. There's a little sax on 'When It's Over' and 'Yesterday's Tears' sounds more Toto than Styx which shows these guys were not all about white satin trousers and moustaches circa '77, but trying to find their own voice in an era when this type of music was considered dead in the water by the big shots in L.A, New York and Toronto. Having said this, even with the variety found on the disc, there is plenty of pomp and circumstance in the 59 minutes plus which should bring a smile to aficionados of all things 'over the top' and with a couple scorching live tracks as an added bonus.

In Summary
Released in 1992 when AOR as a major musical force was on its last legs, 'So Exactly Where Are We?' is an apropos title as any, but fortunately, Lightspeed are still around and active which means I have severely dropped the pomp rock ball and need to catch up with their current activities!

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 24 2011 17:38:44
I love the third track from this CD.The Toto one yes! I love the fourth track(again!) from On Second Thought(1995)I read somewhere that they thought they were better or at least on par with Saga which I found slightly offputting.I hope I just misinterpreted that quote I read.Everything I heard on those CDs I liked.
#2 | rkbluez on June 30 2012 02:56:38
Great band a little different than Saga...a little more straight forward but still some great musicians...Gene Murray's no Ian Crighton but he's damn good.

This band needs to sign with a decent label...and I think they'll do OK.
#3 | swingkingandy on March 18 2017 15:28:06
Very under-rated band. Saw these guys open at the Gods of Aor back in 1998. They were absolutely fantastic and quite possibly the best band on the night!
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