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Theatre - 1981 Diamonds

ARTIST: Theatre
ALBUM: Diamonds
LABEL: Spirit Records
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Donni Bennett - vocals * Rick Wilcox - drums * Tommy Biondo - bass * Kacy Ross - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 A Boy Like Me * 02 Southside Girl * 03 Can't Wait For You * 04 Don't Say No * 05 Happy Together * 06 Stand By Me * 07 It Doesn't Have To Be Love * 08 Gonna Go Away * 09 I Think We're Alone Now * 10 Can't Wait Another Day

With cover art reminiscent of Jefferson Starship's 'Dragonfly' album I expected more of a straight rock or prog record instead of the power pop found herein. Theatre's home base was Detroit, but a couple members came from Chicago and Florida releasing just one album and receiving a top ten hit in the motor city. Just exactly what that song was and any other information on Theatre, I couldn't tell yah, but the record is interesting and worth a look.

The Songs
There is nothing original in the Theatre sound, just period power pop reminiscent of fellow Michigan popsters The Romantics as well as Pezband, Shoes and Phil Seymour. 'A Boy Like Me' jump starts the album, a solid power pop tune and perhaps this was the single off the album, if not I would have chosen it! There are two cover tunes here, one on each side. The Turtles 'Happy Together' and 'I Think Were Alone Now' made popular by Tommy James & The Shondells. Both are good, but nothing on the originals, just power popped up for maximum effect. The rest of the material is power pop by numbers, but the production for the time is good and the vocal work and harmonizing is right on making for a fun listen that had to be popular in the Michigan clubs.

In Summary
Copies of this record are not that hard to find and again for an independent it seems to have had some half decent distribution. Yes, you've heard it all before but you could do far worse than owning another power pop record right?

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