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Nash, Nancy - 1982 Letting Go

ARTIST: Nash, Nancy
ALBUM: Letting Go
LABEL: Avalon/Polygram
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Nancy Nash - vocals

Guests: David Sinclair, Bob Smart - guitars * Craig Zurba - keyboards * Andre Kunkel - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 When Love Has A Hold * 02 Beginners Luck * 03 Doesn't Anybody Know * 04 Nobody * 05 Take It * 06 Surrender * 07 Say Goodbye * 08 Do It All Again * 09 Am I

This lady has been around the Northwest Canadian/Vancouver scene for what seems like an eternity. Not much is known about, or written about Nancy Nash specifically in reference to her own music, but she has played a supporting role to many artists going way back into the early 70's. In her early days, she was involved with artists such as Big Walter Horton, and released her first solo album called 'Natural Born' in 1977 on small-time label Mustard Records. From appearance, this was a very earthy folk rock collection. Changing tack in 1979, she was then involved in an outfit called Touche, which included two other female singers: Mary Saxton and Rosalind Keene. Without having heard this 6-track LP, I am gonna guess it is in the style of disco/new wave pop. It did involve Straight Lines main-men David Sinclair and Bob Buckley, so no doubt a melodic cast was placed over the music. My guess? Something like Desmond Child And Rouge, without the Desmond.. lol! And to further confound the pundits, by 1982 Nancy had embraced AOR, and bought along a tag-team of musicians related to the aforementioned Straight Lines and Agent.

The Songs
For a vocal comparison, wrap up the talent of Marilyn Martin with someone like Lara Fabian, and wind the clock a few years. Certainly Nancy's vocals are powerful, and you can understand why this woman is an in-demand session vocalist in Canada. From the outset, tunes like 'Love Has A Hold On You' and the initial single from the album 'Beginners Luck' demonstrate her power. The ballad 'Doesn't Anybody Know' is a pretty limp affair, next track 'Nobody' is an acoustic/electric hybrid which also suggests a ballad, but with a bit more presence and drama. Much better is the rock-a-rama of 'Take It', Nancy's voice taking on a shrill factor last heard since Heart's Ann Wilson destroyed all the opposition during the 70's and 80's. Nancy's version of the Agent classic 'Surrender' is pretty good, albeit four years earlier. 'Say Goodbye' is another ballad, but much better than the ones we heard earlier. The last two tracks take us out mildly, rather than with a bang. 'Do It All Again' is a mid-tempo affair, the closer 'Am I' a sentimental piano laced effort.

In Summary
This album has a few too many ballads for my liking, but the rockier tracks make 'Letting Go' palatable to a degree. Nancy has appeared as a backing vocalist on many rock albums. Everyone from Cher, Loverboy, Trooper and just about every major band/artist that has emanated from Vancouver. She is also a talented songwriter. You'll see her credited on a few LP's and CD's out there. 'Letting Go' is not an album you'll see resurrected into the digital realm anytime soon, but no doubt someone will tart up some tatty mp3's sourced from vinyl and sell it as a bonafide CD on Ebay. Count on it. Fans of the aforementioned Lara Fabian or Marilyn Martin may take some delight from this rarity, but remember the ratio of ballads to rockers - five versus four.

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#1 | super80boy on July 20 2014 00:33:04
Yes, I would agree, the album has too many ballads/slow movers. It could have been a real pearl if they had amped up her game a bit more, but the up-tempo tracks are good ones. Both side lead offs are solid rockers.
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