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Jesse Brady - 1982 Jesse Brady

ARTIST: Jesse Brady
ALBUM: Jesse Brady
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Forrest 'Frosty' Atkinson - guitars, vocals * Brian Dynes - guitars, vocals * John McKenzie - keyboards * John Wellvang - bass, vocals * Jeff Hauschildt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wait For Me * 02 Change Of Heart * 03 Hope I've Tried * 04 Right From The Start * 05 No Easy Way Out * 06 All For You * 07 Souvenirs * 08 Sister Fate * 09 All I Have * 10 Mystery * 11 Same Old Lies


There ain't anyone in this band called Jesse Brady, as much as there was no one called Max Webster in that band! So why this Minneapolis outfit decided to call on a pseudonym to profile their musical cause is beyond me. What they do have in common with fellow Minnesota residents Chameleon is their producer Jerry Steckling. And in keeping with the pomp and AOR cause, this five-piece deliver an excellent set that has been rated quite highly among the AOR trainspotters community. The production alone on this 11 track offering is one out of the bag. You can compare this lot with Thrills, SPYS, Toto and Styx. All wonderful comparisons yes, showcasing what a great year 1982 was for AOR.

The Songs
In a sense this is one for the AOR purists, but probably doesn't have the purity that albums by Preview and I-Ten have, but it's good company to keep, particularly for an indie release. The Wurlitzer sounding pianos so prevalent on early Survivor releases as well as Supertramp gets an airing on the lead-off track 'Wait For Me'. Most of you will appreciate the style of AOR the band try to achieve on 'Change Of Heart', they change the recipe slightly on the commercial pomp of 'Hope I've Tried' - though the lyrics don't always make sense. 'No Easy Way Out' is another likeable slice of AOR, with huge harmonies that will appeal to lovers of Aviary and Touch. 'All For You' features more in the way of hardened guitar runs but nothing is lost on the vocal melody, nor the luscious keys work. 'Souvenirs' is a hark-back to the 70's style of classic rock - this track received quite a bit of air time interstate back in the day, whereas 'Mystery' is a very sparse sounding track. The finale 'Same Old Lies' features more Jesse Brady flavored pomp, and ends what is a pretty good set all round.

In Summary
Though they gigged around their local Minnesota watering holes, Jesse Brady were only going to be a one-album wonder. They did appear on a compilation album called 'Twin City Rocks'. It was released by a Minneapolis radio station called Stereo 101 FM. These days, some of the band members are still involved with musical locally and out of state. Probably the most profilic is drummer Jeff Hauschildt who now lives in Knoxville Tennessee. Brian Dynes still plays in Minneapolis while little is heard from the others. There are reports just recently that indicate that Jesse Brady reformed for a one off gig during June 2007. Lucky for all those Twin Cities punters who got to see the gig..

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#1 | Eric on July 21 2007 05:01:30
As if I could ignore these local boys... Beta was also the label that put out 'Jumpstreet' that included former Gypsy main-man Jim Walsh who played a big, although questionable part in the Twin Cities scene for many years. A good record that seems to have taken a life of its own over the years. Used to hear them on local radio (KDWB or KQRS was the station that released the comp if I remember right? A shit station now FYI) and they played any given Minneapolis-St Paul club that would have them.

Honestly though I can't get too excited about the fuss made over them now... Jaded? Maybe?
#2 | super80boy on May 24 2013 02:46:51
Very impressed with this indie obscurity. Nice high grade AOR with pomp elements sprinkled in here and there. Not a bad song in the set. These private press gems are the best.
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