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Taylor, Lydia (Band) - 1981 Lydia Taylor Band

ARTIST: Taylor, Lydia (Band)
ALBUM: Lydia Taylor Band
LABEL: Passport
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Lydia Taylor - vocals * Richard Zwicewicz - guitars * Andy Arntfield - keyboards * Dana Westall - bass * Gibby Lacasse - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Some Guys * 02 All Night * 03 Always Late * 04 Drive You Crazy * 05 Dreamer * 06 Miracles * 07 On The Side * 08 Leave Me Alone * 09 Cut Throat * 10 Highway To Hell

Toronto native (well.. if you can call Mississauga part of Toronto? some do, some don't), Lydia was active on the local circuit during the period 1978-1983, and released a few albums to boot. Forging a reputation as a steely singer in the mould of a young Janis Joplin fused with Pat Benatar and others of that ilk, Taylor was soon wowing audiences around Toronto, and was soon picked up by Falcon Records for the release of her 1979 debut. Taking her band out on the road, Taylor was nominated the following year for a Juno Award as best new female vocalist. Lydia won it, beating out a few top contenders along the way. Returning to the studio in late 1980, Lydia had by now signed with Passport Records, and released the first of two albums for the struggling label. Many of those musos who participated first time around returned to the studio to work on the second album. Interesting cover what? Two robots, male and female, the latter shooting lasers into the heart of the male. Prophetic? More than likely..

The Songs
Musically, her second LP is a bit heavier than her debut. More crunchy guitars, 80's synths and less of the saxophones which pock-marked the first album. Those 80's synths are heir apparent on 'Some Guys' - the obvious Benatar references are there to hear. This was one of Lydia's singles off the album; the other being the commercial fare of 'Miracles'. Elsewhere, Lydia delivers mainly radio oriented rockers in a variety of different approaches. 'All Night' and 'Drive You Crazy' are relatively commercial, 'On The Side' has a darker edge a la Bonnie Tyler while 'Leave Me Alone' borders on power-pop. 'Dreamer' is a remake of a track taken from her first album, while the closing track 'Highway To Hell' is an ode to the great AC/DC. Admirable attempt but I've heard local cover bands do better versions admittedly.

In Summary
Lydia took her band out on the road for another cross Canadian tour. She returned to the studio in 1983 for the five track EP' Bitch', and even managed to swing another cross country tour alongside The Headpins, Toronto and Lee Aaron. The tour funnily enough was called the 'Lock Up Your Sons' tour. After this though, Taylor was left without a contract, and by 1985 had opted out of the industry altogether. Very talented lady, shame the music business took her down..

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#1 | Eric on July 03 2007 20:48:50
I really liked the 'Bitch' EP, some good rock tunes on it. Thumbs Up Fantastic voice, it's too bad she never made it farther than she did.
#2 | richardb on June 15 2008 17:29:18
A good album but 'Bitch' is a much superior effort. A shame it's only a mini lp.

Richard B
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