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Windfall - 1983 Windfall



ARTIST: Windfall
ALBUM: Windfall
LABEL: Sky High Records
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Charles Christopher Miller - vocals * Edward Wolford - guitars, vocals * Don Dean Miller - guitars, vocals * Bobby Clouse - bass, vocals * Ron Logan - keyboards, vocals * Albert William Miller - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 One In A Million * 02 Don't You Care * 03 Black Leather * 04 Lies * 05 Studs On The Road * 06 Rocking The USA


Background
Pomp fans would be interested in this lot. Windfall, from Texas featuring the Miller family released a one-off six-track mini LP back in 1983 to little fanfare, except for those who took an interest in indie based pomp rock back in the day. If it's a pompous version of AOR you're after, then Windfall just might fit the bill. Probably this is due to Charles Miller's uncanny resemblance of Kevin Chalfant and Steve Perry - but more so Chalfant. Accordingly, bands such as 707, Steel Breeze and other pomp gems get a comparison.


The Songs
From the outset, you can the Chalfant comparison on the first tune 'One In A Million' - it has a nice groovy early 80's AOR/pop sound to it, a la Steel Breeze and All Sports Band, with the od synth stab to pretty it up a bit. The best track here IMHO is 'Don't You Care' - the song is well arranged and offers a slightly different chorus that has a sixties feel to it. Don't be fooled by the title 'Black Leather'. It ain't anything to do with whips or chains or some metal mistress. This one is a mild pomp excursion with emphasis on Miller's vocals. Even 'Lies' would be a song title to bring out the worst lyrically and musically, but no, this one is another mid-paced beauty that stands out. 'Studs On The Road' is an upbeat workout, which is less pomp, but more in the shape of good time rock n roll. The band finish up with a classy anthem telling one and all that they are 'Rocking The USA'.


In Summary
There's absolutely nothing out there on the Internet on these guys, and what we know has been shared by some of our other AOR brethren out there. But Windfall are definitely worthy of a mention here at GDAZE, without doubt.


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#1 | richardb on November 29 2008 21:18:58
I think the Chalfant comparison is a little unfair George - let's stick with Steve Perry instead - LOL!

A great album one of my favourite private label AOR releases - my only gripe is that 6 tracks is the only legacy we have of them.

Richard b

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#2 | super80boy on May 26 2013 16:04:01
Bought this many years ago and it's a stunning record. At times you can hear Journey influences shining through, especially the vocal treatments. Absolute killer record that is quite rare, but worth the time to track down.
 
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