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Lodgic - 1985 Nomadic Sands

ARTIST: Lodgic
ALBUM: Nomadic Sands
SERIAL: A&M 5094
YEAR: 1985


LINEUP: Mike Sherwood - vocals, keyboards * Billy Sherwood - vocals, bass * Guy Allison (Steiner) - keyboards, vocals * Jimmy Haun - guitars, vocals * Gary Starnes - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Romance * 02 Step Back * 03 Lonely Man * 04 Red Light * 05 Rise And Fall * 06 Push So Hard * 07 In The Cards * 08 Nomadic Sands * 09 Linda Sue * 10 Bringing Me Back

Lodgic appeared out of Los Angeles during the late 70's. Playing a style of prog which wasn't that popular at the time, the band stuck to their guns and played many of the usual haunts in L.A. At the time, Lodgic had a large contingent of players. Eight at one stage including a singer, bassist, two guitarists, two drummers and two keyboardists. However by 1985, the band were trimmed to five, and included within it's membership the brothers Mike and Billy Sherwood. The production values of this album are super melodic. The band's obvious prog tendencies crosses paths with the production team of David Pack, Steve Porcaro and Tom Knox. This trio's knack for swimming their music in bucketloads of melody ensures Lodgic don't over-extend or get too self-indulgent as prog bands are want to do. The immediate comparison here are the bands Saga and Yes. Saga - who during their mid 80's phase played extremely tight commercial crossover prog/AOR, while Yes were buoyed by the success of their mega selling '90125' album.. probably half the reason why A&M signed Lodgic in the first place - looking for similar success.

The Songs
When you listen to these tracks, it sounds like an album played by musicians for musicians. Opener 'Romance' is quite sparse sounding on the verses but undeniably melodic throughout. Without doubt, Saga is the reference point of 'Step Back' while 'Lonely Man' is laid back and restrained by comparison - still vocally lush but played with pop tendencies.. Go West would be a faint similarity. 'Red Light' is a fantastic hybrid of those two aforementioned bands Saga and Yes. Pick the eyes out of this one! Jimmy Haun gets to let loose on 'Rise And Fall'. The solos are fast, and there is an abundant use of analog delay effects which make this track an engaging listen. An interesting use of keys is the first feature on 'Push So Hard', though the vocal emphasis on the chorus is understandable given the title. 'In The Cards' throws a deuce or two at The Cars circa their popular early 80's era. I wasn't that convinced listening to the tile track, but the last two tracks are essential listening. 'Linda Sue' is more AOR than it is prog, with a nod towards the likes of Bystander, Surgin and their ilk. However, the albums ends with the sensational 'Bringing Me Back', complete with a combination of storming guitars and thrilling keyboards!

In Summary
Of course, part of this line-up would go on to form World Trade, another excellent crossover prog/AOR outfit who released two albums 'World Trade' and 'Euphoria'. Guy Allison would also go on to play with Unruly Child and Air Supply. Of most interest to current day followers of Billy Sherwood is his work with Yes, Conspiracy and in 2007, the band Circa, which features himself, Jimmy Haun and Yes members Tony Kaye and Alan White. This looks as if it could be an outfit to follow up on. Check them out on their myspace page (search terms: sherwood circa). The greatest pity with Lodgic is that this one-off album still remains in the vinyl realm, and is becoming harder to track down with each passing day.

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#1 | sir lord baltimore on April 23 2009 11:58:11
Yes, a light version of World Trade. 'Linda Sue' is a fantastic track. The production could have been more powerful, but overall a great record.
#2 | swazi on June 01 2011 08:55:30
Yes, really a great record! I wish someone would give this one a proper CD reissue! Wounded Bird ? Rock Candy ?? Go for it!
#3 | reyno-roxx on September 06 2011 09:41:01
Now briefly announced on Yesterrock's website as coming soon.
#4 | swazi on February 13 2012 22:49:44
Great CD, thanks to YesterRock!
#5 | super80boy on June 28 2014 14:33:05
Lush melodic arrangements with progressive touches create a choice AOR album. Some research showed these guys were an opening act for Supertramp at one point and the album single 'Lonely Man' was featured in a movie. Given the production team, you can be sure that the successful Toto formula would be tapped, like in the sweeping melancholic 'Linda Sue'.

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