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Twydell, Iva - 1982 Duel

ARTIST: Twydell, Iva
LABEL: Red Sky Music, Tunesmith Records
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Iva Twydell - vocals, synthesizer, electric guitar, percussion * Anthony Phillips - synthesizer, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, bass * Nick Battle - electric guitar, bass * Colin Blunstone, Annie McCaig, Mo Turner - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Man Inside * 02 The Warning * 03 Teaching Me The Hard Way * 04 See No Hear No Evil * 05 Final Fuse * 06 Decline And Fall * 07 Hear Me * 08 Addicted * 09 Get It Right * 10 Abdication Day>


An interesting obscurity here, Iva (Ivor) Twydell was a member of After The Fire, best known for their cover of Falco's 'Der Kommissar' one of the most obnoxious and disturbingly memorable singles of the 1980's. You would never guess After The Fire actually started life as a progressive rock band, releasing one incredibly rare album 'Signs of Change' in 1978 heavily influenced by both Barclay James Harvest and Genesis. Attempting to change with the times, After The Fire went full throttle new wave and pop, touring the world with ELO, Queen and Van Halen, but split at the peak of their career reportedly due to conflicts with their Christian 'values' and the rock n' roll life style. In 1982, Twydell with former band mate Nick Battle released 'Duel' featuring none other than original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips, and if that wasn't enough, Colin Blunstone on background vocals. Impressive, but does it measure up as a progressive rock album?

The Songs
Not really. This is a quirky, synthesizer driven record much like After The Fire's later work or Flock Of Seagulls and early Tears For Fears. Ant Phillips provides some flashy keyboard work which is probably the most interesting part of the record. Like most pop music of this era, the guitar takes a secondary place behind the overkill of electronics and percussion giving the album a very 'dated' sound, a term I dislike, but is very apropos here. There are similarities to Peter Gabriel in Twydell's vocals on 'Addicted' and the closing 'Abdication Day', the most progressive song on the album and the one tune on 'Duel' that actually shows Phillips influence, although the outcome is more IQ, than Genesis.

In Summary
An oddity and not essential, although Anthony Phillips completists will want it I am sure. The rest of you will be better advised to pick up After The Fire's first album which has been reissued on CD.

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#1 | gdazegod on April 30 2010 02:11:45
I am intrigued as to why Twydell's records appear on Christian music related websites? Is there a connection? Must be, as I see some of his solo records also being distributed by Tunesmith Records in North America - a noted CCM distributor, plus his more recent more appearances have been at the Greenbelt Festival, a Christian oriented annual festival in the UK similar to Cornerstone in the US.
#2 | Eric on August 24 2010 03:37:03
Probably because After The Fire were a Christian band. Iva shows up as guest on a lot of British Christian prog and folk stuff, but more so ATF band mate Peter Banks who guested on several albums of note.
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