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Sweet Comfort Band - 1982 Cutting Edge

ARTIST: Sweet Comfort Band
ALBUM: Cutting Edge
LABEL: Light
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 1991, Light Records, 7-115-75395-4 * 2003, Cool Sound (Japan), COOL-104 * 2009, Retroactive, RAR7889


LINEUP: Bryan Duncan - vocals, keyboards * Randy Thomas - guitars, vocals * Kevin Thomson - bass, vocals * Rick Thomson - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Runnin' To Win * 02 What Have You Got? * 03 Falling In Love With You * 04 Haven't Seen You * 05 Breakdown Love * 06 Valerie * 07 Changed Hearts * 08 Live It * 09 What Did It Mean * 10 Armed And Ready


GDAZE has a couple of reviews of this Christian band. Not the normal cup of tea we sip on around here, but their three albums between 1981 and 1984 deserve a special mention in particular. We've reviewed two, here is the missing piece of the jigsaw. 1982's superb 'Cutting Edge'. My first encounter with this band came via way of a Christian radio station in NZ, who were broadcasting on a temporary license during the summer holidays. The song they played that blew me away was 'What Have You Got?'. Back then, I knew absolutely nothing about this lot. My first purchase was their debut album from a few years earlier. If, as you would've found out by now, those early SCB albums are nothing on the three albums during their 80's era.. 'Hearts On Fire', 'Cutting Edge' and 'Perfect Timing'. It's as if the band were sent away on a weekend retreat armed with a whole bunch of AOR records from the era, and came back transformed. The music is notwithstanding.. incredible AOR of the first order.

The Songs
As Eric mentioned in his 'Hearts On Fire', the band have traded up to a musical model of Toto, Air Supply and Ambrosia like proportions. One year later they've moved ahead taking along Dakota, Le Roux and LRB for the ride. In singer Bryan Duncan they have one talented frontman and voice talent. No doubt we'll be looking at a few select BD solo releases for review here at GDAZE. The opening pair of 'Runnin' To Win' and the aforementioned 'What Have You Got?' set the scene in no uncertain terms. Guitarist Randy Thomas is playing with a edge that he would successfully take with him to the band Allies a few years later. We get a couple of ballads in 'Falling In Love With You' and 'Haven't Seen You', before the Poco/LRB flavoured 'Breakdown Love' washes us over with liquid melody. 'Valerie' is more strutting AOR/pomp with brass swells and synth blasts amid the huge choruses. The pair of 'Changed Hearts' and 'What Did It Mean' are slow to mid-tempo pieces of melody, sweet and harmonious in a west-coast sort of way. Completing the picture is the funky west-coast (ok.. lets say Toto) affair of 'Live It' and the album finale 'Armed And Ready', a Christian anthem in the Petra mould.

In Summary
Can I mention a couple of things about this album and band in general. Whoever designed their album covers deserves a bloody medal. They are simply mindblowing pieces of art. And there's the production. Faultless sounding AOR never sounded better. My only hope is that we see these three albums get a digital remaster and back out there in CD land. It's great that we finally get to complete the great SCB trilogy - a tribute to a great band!

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#1 | dangerzone on December 26 2007 04:33:54
The track you posted there is amazing AOR, time to check these guys out!
#2 | gdazegod on October 04 2008 06:11:27
I've put another track up for you Alun. 'Changed Heart' is a great CCM/AOR ballad. keyboards
#3 | jeffduran on October 04 2008 11:15:08
This is great stuff! Set the tone for Allies, Harvest and Idle Cure...
#4 | kim_hp on September 01 2013 21:48:13
Truly breathtaking stuff and my favorite of the three 80's releases. You basically have it all here..from pure AOR to westcoast to great ballads, all topped by the golden pipes of Bryan Duncan. What I also like about this band are the lyrics, which do have a christian slant but not at all overbearing as you get with a lot of these bands. This is right up there with the best releases of 1982 in my books.
#5 | dangerzone on August 26 2016 18:37:09
A total AOR masterclass from start to finish. All their three albums from 81-84 are, but this one is the best. It's a classic start to finish and exactly what perfect AOR sounds like to me.
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