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Chosin Few - 1988 Chosin Few

ARTIST: Chosin Few
ALBUM: Chosin Few
LABEL: Statue Records
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Chris Adams - vocals * Kenny Santor - guitars, vocals * Tony Rossi - guitars * Eddie Larkin - bass, acoustic guitar, synthesizer, vocals * Dave Goode - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 March On * 02 California Squeeze * 03 Daydream * 04 A Wave Goodbye * 05 Lost Ore * 06 Hooters * 07 I Don't Care * 08 When She's Alone * 09 Had It All * 10 On To You

Cool name, and cool looking band too from what I can tell on the back cover. This is pretty much typical melodic hair metal at the hard rock end of the spectrum. Chosin Few originate from Huntingdon Beach California, the same beach-babe hangout of fellow melodic metallers Leatherwolf. Formed in 1987, the band weere signed to the same label as fellow Californians Ringleader - Statue Records. Mostly though, this lot could resemble any number of melodic hair metal bands from the 80's era. It's difficult to pin-point them; let's just toss a blanket over them and say - hair metal.. Ok? Upon first listen, it ain't that bad - though other critics have been noted as saying the band lack devastating punch to stand out from the other bands that were making it at the time.

The Songs
Guitars crunch from the get-go, 'March On', though at 5min 24 for an opening track, probably a bit long. Still the Warpdrive styled rock is pretty good. Some hard-to-get 'hussy' seems to be the topic of discussion on 'California Squeeze', coupled with some hilarious lyrics.. umm yeah! 'Daydream' is more my cup of tea, those soaring vocals from Chris Adams reminding me of someone I can't quite put my finger on.. Moving into acoustic ballad territory is 'A Wave Goodbye', a nice track which has an epic/fantasy feel to it. The guitars and keyboards get equal opportunity on 'Lost One', but the party-anthem rock of 'Hooters' is something Danger Danger should've done. Interesting to see what a video of this song would've ended up like.. lol! There are a few good tunes toward the end of the album.. the commercial metal of 'When She's Alone', the dense sounding power ballad 'Had It All' and the stirring closer 'On To You', displaying some punchy bass and rich vocal melodies.

In Summary
The band didn't survive much beyond 1988 unfortunately. A pity, as a second album may have solidified efforts a bit more. It was the 80's after all - the era of consumerism! However, there was life beyond Chosin Few for some of the guys. Including: Eddie Larkin, who has surfaced in a few other outfits, Chris Adams sang with the aforementioned Leatherwolf between 2002-2004, while drummer Dave Goode, who has appeared with Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush on his 2000 album 'Eye Of The Storm' and his own experimental outfit Onoffon. For what it's worth, Chosin Few would appeal to fans of wimphem hair metal I'd suggest. Thanks also to Dave Goode who supplied the extra info on Chosin Few. Much appreciated Dave.

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