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Zon - 1979 Back Down To Earth

ALBUM: Back Down To Earth
SERIAL: JE 36022
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2003, Escape Music, ESM-091 (2 on 1 reissue with 'Astral Projector')


LINEUP: Denton Young - vocals * Brian Miller - guitars * Howard Helm - keyboards * Jim Samson - bass * Kim Hunt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Circus * 02 Please Stay * 03 Lifeline * 04 As Season's Change * 05 Suicide * 06 Back Down To Earth * 07 Cheater * 08 Take It From Me * 09 When He's Old * 10 God And Kings

Another great example of Canadian based pomp from the late seventies are these boys Zon. Though they only released three albums, they are most treasured by AOR scribes the world over, due to their musical innovativeness in the climate of what was then the punk/new wave era. There's a great deal of Queen and Styx influences here, I'm sure lead singer Denton Young has taken all the best bits of both Freddy Mercury and Dennis De Young, and practiced hard in front of the mirror.

The Songs
Anyway, 'Back Down To Earth' is the follow up effort to the previous years debut 'Astral Projector'. That album in itself is a startling affair and is reviewed here at GDAZE too. This one is a case of the second album blues, sort of 'honeymoon is over' period for the band. Sure, there are some overblown pompous moments here, but not as much as 'Astral'. Most of the songs are straight ahead period hard rock. By and large it's less of the pomp and circumstance this time around. However, in saying that, the album opener 'Circus' carries on from 'Astral..' with the keyboard driven death of 'Circus'. Howard Helm is having a field day here, with synths and organs all over the show. As the lyrics say 'Hello.. It's time for the show'. 'Lifeline' is a pleasant enough workout, with some cool guitar lines throughout by Brian Miller. The title track 'Back Down To Earth' struts along nicely, with some punchy bass and infrequent synth dabblings in amongst the piano. The boys pick up the pace on 'Take It From Here' while the pomp is definitely happening on 'Gods And Kings'.

In Summary
As I mentioned earlier, a more straight ahead approach on this album rather than the overblown opus of 'Astral Projector', but there are some good bits on it. Having heard 'Astral..' I'm sure you'll be wanting to slap that one on the turntable instead. Though they released 'I'm Worried About The Boys' on the small Falcon label in 1980, the band's circumstances were fraught with issues and they never really climbed out of the holes that were being dug for them. I've read some interesting tales about them over the years. Some of the boys moved onto bigger and better things: namely Helm who moved onto Michael Fury which in turn became Refugee, while Hunt moved onto the Canadian version of Urgent with Doug Baynham, before hooking up with Samson to join the rejuvenated Moxy in 2000.

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#1 | richardb on June 21 2008 09:25:54
Yes it's not as OTT as 'Astral projector' but there are still some splendidly pompous moments such as 'Circus' and 'Gods and Kings'..

Richard B
#2 | sabace on August 03 2008 15:57:13
well worth checking out, probably my fave lp by ZON!
#3 | rostoned on August 03 2008 16:22:38
Inferior follow up to the evergreen AP. Disappointing.
#4 | rkbluez on January 01 2010 14:54:22
Really good Canadian Pomp rock...I agree with Richard it's not as good as Astral Projector but still a damn fine Pomp rock CD...wonder if there was something in the water back then...Canada just had one great band after another.
#5 | super80boy on December 27 2013 16:13:22
This was the last of the three albums I finally acquired -sealed condition, so worth the wait. Agree, not quite up to par with the debut, however there are some bright pompous moments that you described in your review. There is also a couple of change ups with the funky vibe of 'Cheater' and the straight ahead melodic rock of 'When He's Old'. Can also still here the Styx influences.
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