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Band Central Station - 2001 Now Arriving

ARTIST: Band Central Station
ALBUM: Now Arriving
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2001


LINEUP: Rick Haller - lead vocals * Frank Saliba - guitars * Larry Borgese - guitars * Rob Egan - bass * Joseph Borgese - keyboards * Chris Lopez - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Can't Wait * 02 Here Comes Love Again * 03 Judgement Day * 04 When * 05 You Want It, You Got It * 06 Dangerous * 07 What's Your Name * 08 You Never Said Goodbye * 09 Drivin' Me Mad *10 Whatever It Takes * 11 Hitman * 12 I Found Love

These guys have been around for awhile, but never made it beyond their local hunting ground of Long Island New York. BCS were in fact the very first band we worked with back in the summer of 1999, right at the very infancy of this website. The origin of the band starts in 1990, and during this time they waved the banner for Boston and Journey, though they admitted they needed to crank their sound up as they veering more toward rock ballads. Come 1992 they released a 4 track album called 'Now Arriving' and had to organise two production runs to cope with demand. However, the mid 90's was not the time to be signing AOR/melodic rock bands, and as such, success eluded the band. Many people (including ourselves) rediscovered the band on the old website around about 1998/1999 where they had a couple of their songs online. Sites like Strutter Zine and our old gave Band Central Station a much needed injection. Though the aforementioned Boston and Journey are strong influences, you can also hear Norway and Diving For Pearls in their sound. In 2001, the band bundled all their tracks together on one CD, and named it 'Now Arriving', though technically this should be 'Now Arriving Part II'.

The Songs
Talking of which, a huge Diving For Pearls like intro greets us on the opener 'I Can't Wait', the whole thing an old school AOR workout. 'Here Comes Love Again' with its Boston like sonics is one of BCS' better known tracks - great to hear this again. 'Judgement Day' is a song all about gambling.. Or more the point, losing a heap of money. For a fun time romp this is far too happy a tune about money losses! Lol! Not a snare or kick drum in sight on the ballad 'When', a huge acoustic piece with a heap of emotion. Back on course with hard rockin' AOR is 'You Want It, You Got It', with a dab of Diving For Pearls and Norway in the mix. 'Dangerous' is a mid-paced and mild guitar rocker, but things accelerate on 'Whats Your Name', which is much better. 'You Never Said Goodbye' is the other well-known tune on the album. It might sound like Poison's 'Every Rose Has A Thorn' but is so much more than that. For my money, 'Whatever It Takes' is one of the best tracks here, the huge choruses and the Journey like 'na-na-na-na-na's a winner for me. The album ends with the Boston flavor of 'I Found Love'. Whether it be the Scholz/Goudreau guitar similarities or the masses of vocal harmonies, you'll end up back at square one.

In Summary
Despite a late influx of adoration from AOR fans, Band Central Station have slipped back into obscurity, my guess is they have called it a day, considering the current (and poor) state of the music industry. Who knows, they may decide to tease us at some future point in time. We all know how hard it is to eradicate melodic rock out of our blood.

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#1 | GSpar77491 on January 12 2008 21:41:52
Does anyone have any idea where I might get a copy of this? I did a GEMM search and looked on Ebay but nothing came up. Anybody? Thanks, Greghelpless

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