Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes


Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
This debut is chocked ful...
The band really broadens ...
I've seen this many times...
A classic indeed and thei...
I hoped more from this al...
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
As a musician and avid li...
The problem with AOR as a...
Thanks Jose. However, man...
I would have voted "no" a...
You must login to post a message.

21-01-2018 21:04
Lucky and now skint, judging by the winning bid!!

21-01-2018 20:47
Some lucky Jeff Lynne fan got a real rarity!

21-01-2018 09:43
Yep in Argent, especially as Rod Argent and Jim we’re cousins.

21-01-2018 07:43
Didn't Rodford also play in Argent and Charlie too?

20-01-2018 22:04
Jim Rodford, bass player, The Kinks, Phoenix (I think?), but I remember him with The Zombies, saw live a while back. RIP

17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

17-01-2018 01:56
There is a three-part article coming up for E.L.O (Eldorado, A New World Record and Out Of The Blue). Look out for it soon.

16-01-2018 08:52
Stoke fans have my commiserations.Und
er Lambert the Villa played some of the most boring, unimaginative football I`ve ever had the misfortune to witness.Relegation
?,yes I`d say so.

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1984 Articles » LaBarge - 1984 Bargin' In
LaBarge - 1984 Bargin' In

ALBUM: Bargin' In
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1995, Long Island Records, LIRC 00060


LINEUP: Bernie Labarge - lead vocals, guitars, backing vocals * Howard Ayee, Ron Garant - bass * Jorn Andersen - drums * Lou Pomanti, Grant Slater - keyboards * John Forbes - C.M.I. Fairlight * Gary Mccracken - simmons programming * John Rutledge, Lou Nadeau - backing vocals * John Panchyshyn saxophone

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dream Away * 02 Can't Hold On Forever * 03 Stop The Game * 04 Overnight Sensation * 05 Work For Me * 06 Still In Love With You * 07 Gun Shy * 08 Take This Part Of Me * 09 Bus Route 22 * 10 Annie * 11 One Less Marianne * 12 Take It As It Comes


Here's a guy who it seems has been around in the Canadian music scene forever. It would take me a very long time to recount his career in the short confines of this review - so I won't. Suffice to say, read it on his website instead. What I say though, is that LaBarge has played with the best Canadian musicians over the last forty years. He was even in bands with the late Brian MacLeod (Chilliwack and Headpins) and has shared the stage with Alex Lifeson (Rush). This would be the tip of the iceberg though. Despite being primarily a band participant and leader, he still found time to release music in a solo capacity. His 1981 single 'Dream Away' was a much-played song that year. It wasn't until 1984 among all his other commitments, that LaBarge was able to release his first solo album 'Bargin' In'. On this album, Bernie is locked into the 1984 groove, and moving in the same circles as fellow Canuck Stan Meissner and the late Van Stephenson.

The Songs
That 1981 single 'Dream Away' is the first song out of the blocks. It's a gentle radio friendly format, mixed with a West Coast style makes for an ideal starting point. A song well known to AORsters is 'Can't Hold On Forever' - a tune covered by Canadian chanteuse Lisa Price the year before. I think I much prefer this version, where LaBarge's vocals echoes Van Stephenson like a twin. 'Stop The Game' is probably the best representation of Bernie's melodic rock intent - that aforementioned Meissner and Stephenson connection so apparent here. The upbeat rock of 'Overnight Sensation' sounds like a cast-off from Van's 'Righteous Anger' album such is the similarity. The classy ballad 'Work For Me' is a slow burner, and is slightly edgier than the other ballad here 'Annie', but for me the next track 'Still In Love With You' is the albums highlight - with a cool keyboard motif and stinging guitar work to match. 'Gun Shy' features heavy drum beats played in a robotic fashion, unlike 'Take This Part Of Me' which is a light west-coast flavored tune.. very nice. Returning to the AOR style we heard earlier on in the album is the excellent 'Bus Route 22' - Bernie letting loose on this fluid guitar-rocker. AOR is also the order of the day with 'One Less Marianne' - a pleasant mid-paced affair, the album finishing up with the good-time rock n roll of 'Take It As It Comes', amid of flurry of guitars and saxophone!

In Summary
After it's initial release, Bernie moved on to other gigs, including a stint with The Irish Rovers, plus numerous TV appearances on different shows. A talented individual indeed. Also, 'Bargin' In' received a re-release in the mid 90's on the defunct Long Island Records label, so there should be copies floating around in CD format on Ebay and GEMM. In the meantime, take a look around Bernie's website. There is some cool memorabilia within his Scrapbook section, and you can follow his career in photographic form. Still playing to this day, all AORsters should do this man an honour and procure his album into your collection.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

#1 | richardb on June 15 2008 14:16:21
A great album from a fine vocalist/guitarist it's shame he didn't release anything else in this vein..

Richard B
#2 | kim_hp on September 30 2011 12:17:38
Just got the CD after searching for it for some time. What a masterpiece this is! A must have for any one into 80's westcoast and AOR indeed.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
Articles Cloud
Zon - 2003 Interview with Denton Young and Howard Helm, Van Halen - 2015 Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, Zorn, Lec - 2003 Interview with Steve McAtee, Kiss - 1981 The Elder, Cole, Jude - 1990 A View From Third Street, April Wine - 1981 The Nature Of The Beast, Koo, The - 1988 The Koo, Planet X - 2002 Moon Babies, At Vance - 2002 Only Human, Wood, Joseph Lee - 2002 Joseph Lee Wood, Crossrode - 1980 Crossrode, Spread Eagle - 1993 Open To The Public, Springfield, Rick - 2012 Songs For The End Of The World, Dire Straits - 1980 Making Movies, Kanary - 2000 Porno Church Of The Ugly Man
Patty Weaver Actors And Actresses April Wine Torben Schmidt Skagarack Tall Stories Zipper W.E.T Mr Big Robby Valentine Dream Theater Michael Ruff Ron Bolton Group Babyface Soul Doctor Triumph Jack Russell Great White Rick Springfield Actors And Actresses Palace (Sweden) Vandenberg Rock Candy Records Wounded Bird Winger Sammy Hagar UFO Snail AOR (Frederic Slama) Paul Ryan Burns Sisters 220 Volt Brownsville Station Arthur Zwol Aruna Stackridge
All Tags
Search DDG