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Oxido - 1990 Breaking Down The Walls

ALBUM: Breaking Down The Walls
LABEL: Mercury/Polygram
SERIAL: 848 182-2
YEAR: 1990
CD REISSUE: 2009, Time Warp


LINEUP: John Luke - vocals * Tank Palmer - guitars * Pat Reilly - keyboards * Mark Levin - bass * Eve Roxx - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Alley Ways * 02 Lonely Winter Nights * 03 Junkie * 04 Long Way * 05 Bad News * 06 Say Goodbye * 07 Baby This Is The Night * 08 Lost Love * 09 Tears Fall Down

Often mistaken for being an Italian band, Oxido are in fact a predominantly Swiss outfit. But upon hearing them you'd swear these guys have holiday homes in Sweden and spend most of their time living up there! The Italian connection comes courtesy of their guitarist Tank Palmer (real name Tancredi Palamara), who has also spent time with another Swiss band For Sale, which features Gotthard vocalist Steve Lee. The early lineup of Oxido also featured Steve De Biasi (guitars) and Max Zack (drums), but this duo would depart before the recording of their only album 'Breaking Down The Walls'.

The Songs
At this point in time, Switzerland were releasing some quality AOR albums. Not the least, China, Ultranite, Douglas and the excellent Purple Heart. Add Oxido to this list - but only just. Yes, there are some choice cuts here, from the opening parps of 'Alley Ways', a track many of you would've heard from the now defunct website LA Nites, or the keyboard rich 'Bad News', reminding me of Guido Mineo in places. The killer track here is 'Baby This Is The Night' - a tune which prowls with deep guitar lines, thick keyboard layers and multi harmony vocal parts. 'Long Way' is another track blessed with AOR ideals and chiff synthesizer parts. Bu from there the band start dipping into ballads with mixed results. 'Say Goodbye' is their token power ballad and has a touch of the Bon Jovi-ism's about it while 'Junkie' and 'Tears Fall Down' aren't that great to be honest.

In Summary
A very good album in places, and one worth acquiring if you are a diehard AOR collector. it's just those ballads which spoil it for me. Some of the members of this outfit went on to form Gunshy, who released one album called 'Mayday' in 1995 on Long Island Records. Joining Gunshy (funnily enough) were those two former members of Oxido: Steve De Biasi and Max Zack. Having heard that band, I don't think they can hold a candle to Oxido. Mind you, different band, different era, different sound.. Unfortunately for CD buyers, Oxido comes at a very high price on the second hand Ebay market, so be warned when forking out the bucks.

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#1 | swazi on November 22 2011 15:28:35
Great CD, but what CD is worth 499 Euros ?? None, as far as I am concerned. An Italian eBay seller doesn't seem to think so, though ...
#2 | super80boy on April 27 2014 16:39:23
Agree, the CD is woefully over priced...I found a vinyl copy for a more desirable price point. Would agree with reviewer, there are too many slow ballad moments on this LP. There's no doubt they had the wherewithal to pump out excellent melodic rock. Otherwise it's good, it just could have been great...
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