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Perennial - 1986 In My Dreams

ARTIST: Perennial
ALBUM: In My Dreams
LABEL: Jet City Records
YEAR: 1986
CD REISSUE: 2009, Retrospect Records, RR-438


LINEUP: Chris Malone - vocals * Schuyler Duryee - guitars * Randy Nelson - bass * Mark Welling - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 In My Dreams * 02 It's Only Make Believe * 03 Now You Know * 04 Gonna Be Alright * 05 You're The Ones * 06 I'm Down * 07 Pass It On * 08 Middle Of The Night * 09 Wish I Knew * 10 Rose Without A Thorn

I'm not sure how this ended up in my collection since late 80's 'Hair Metal' has never been my thing, but what the heck I'll give it a go. Perennial were from Seattle, Washington and while little information is available on the group's history drummer Mark Welling is still active in the music scene. Trainspotters will be interested to know Welling was in a heavy progressive group with pre-Queensryche Geoff Tate called Babylon and after Perennial, joined up with Christian heavy metal favorites Bloodgood. The status of the other three members of Perennial is unknown and I am not sure if this was the band's only release or not. I'm sure someone reading this more conversant with this style and era will know and give us the scoop, but what of the music?

The Songs
Browsing over the lyric sheet, this is pretty positive stuff and almost religious in nature yet musically, Perennial are everything a big hair fan could want. A little bit of Ratt minus the sleaze in the title track and the stunning cover of Conway Twitty's 'It's Only Make Believe' comes close to Poison circa 'Look What the Cat Dragged In' with its bouncy 'glammy' pop vibe. Fun stuff and how many bands do you know have had the balls to cover Twitty and get away with it? 'Gonna Be Alright' again has a Ratt flavor while 'You're The Ones' takes on the Dokken sound and succeeds. Yet in the end and to be perfectly honest, side two is just more of the same with highs and lows and sounding like every arena rocker of the time which is the problem I have with much of this style and period in hard rock.

In Summary
Perennial had the musical chops and a cleaner moral approach to their lyrics but lacked the ideas to separate themselves from the pack. Perhaps with a big time producer and major label backing they could have competed with second rates like Firehouse, Britny Fox and Trixter, but would probably been lost in the shuffle like everyone else, bound for cut-out bins everywhere.

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#1 | Eric on June 25 2010 03:10:31
Now out on Retrospect with a 1983 EP and unreleased material.
#2 | super80boy on February 15 2015 17:12:50
The title song is the clear standout, but they do have some other moments, like the guitar fueled 'Middle Of The Night' and the mid-tempo melancholic 'I'm Down'. Their check the box album ballad 'Rose Without A Thorn' could have been much better. Their 1983 'You're The Ones' EP is pretty good and the title song had a video made for it, which probably assisted them in the local attention they needed to crank out this full length.
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