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X-15 - 1982 Blueprint

ALBUM: Blueprint
LABEL: Precision
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: T Doverspike - lead vocals * David Cross - lead guitar * Bruce Marshall - guitar * Jim Blazer - keyboards * Tim Comer - bass * Tom Garner - drums

Guests: Pete Hewlett, Chuck O'Steen - background vocals * Bruce Kapler - Sax on 'Cold Shivers'

TRACK LISTING: 01 Is It Him * 02 Danger Zone * 03 Give Me Your Love * 04 Second Hand Love * 05 Jennifer * 06 All The Time * 07 You're So Cruel * 08 Waiting Tonight * 09 Cold Shivers * 10 Baby Hold On

Arguably described as a 'technical mans Toto, X-15 arrived, landed, and departed in 1982 before anyone could lay a hand on them! X-15 hailed from the greater Pittsburgh area, and though named after a military spy plane, the band was the love child of David 'Tunes' Cross and singer T Doverspike, and not the result of some in-house musical shenanigans at Lockheed's Skunkworks Factory. Musically though, I think this band compare closely to American Noise, Airborne, Bricklin, 805; more so than Toto. Doverspike and Cross took their time organising the initial X-15 demos. When the band was assembled, they gigged throughout the region with other well known (well known to this site readership at least) acts such as Thrills and the Iron City Houserockers.

The Songs
The sound of stormclouds and thunder open up on the moody 'Is It Him', and not until you venture into 'Danger Zone' that the X-15's rowdy form of riffarama is exposed. AORsters will surely apply the thumbs-up to the synth filled 'Give Me Your Love' - one of the best tunes here. Not too far behind in the synth/AOR dept is 'Second Hand Love', an AOR/power-pop crossover, whereas 'Jennifer' is more 'boy-meets-girl' musical melodrama played out over a guitar/synth interplay. 'All The Time' is a deeper and more intense track by comparison, 'You're So Cruel' is typical of that early 80's mid-America rock vibe frequently found on albums by many of X-15's peers. 'Waiting Tonight' is more of that power-pop crossover sound, unlike 'Cold Shivers' which throws more piano, acoustic guitar and sax into the mix than before. X-15 sign off with 'Baby Hold On', a return to their brand of AOR heard on side one of the album.

In Summary
Despite its small label and regional presence, 'Blueprint' did actually make it into the Billboard charts back in 1982, and I understand the album had two different album covers! Though the band was unable to break out of its regional base, the album still gets the occasional mention on various Internet forums. As an aside, we've tracked down a few of the band members, and will publish an interview with X-15 very shortly (as at July 2007).

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#1 | reyno-roxx on April 21 2013 20:59:46
I think this is quite high on my wish list of albums to be released on CD. I somehow doubt it'll ever legitimately see the light of day...
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