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Seventh Key - 2001 Seventh Key



ARTIST: Seventh Key
ALBUM: Seventh Key
LABEL: Now And Then/Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 065
YEAR: 2001
CD REISSUE: 2010, Frontiers, FRCD 470

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LINEUP: Billy Greer - vocals, bass, acoustic guitar * Mike Slamer, Richard Williams, Steve Morse - guitars * Chet Wynd, Phil Ehart - drums * Steve Walsh, David Manion, Igor Len - keyboards * Terry Brock - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Kid Could Play * 02 Only The Brave * 03 Missy * 04 Surrender * 05 When Love Is Dying * 06 No Mans Land * 07 Every Time It Rains * 08 Home * 09 Forsaken * 10 Prisoner Of Love * 11 Broken Home

WEBLINKS: www.billygreer.com


Background
When I was given Seventh Key to review I was over the moon. I'd heard a few soundbytes and was drooling after only those fleeting moments. Now that I've had an opportunity to fully digest the whole album I am buzzing. Although this is Billy Greer's project, the inclusion of Mike Slamer has given the album a sound very much like that of Steelhouse Lane with a slight dash of Jimi Jamison's recent 'Empires' on a couple of tracks. Those people, unlike myself, who are familiar with Streets and Kansas will probably find comparisons with those bands as well.


The Songs
From the opener 'The Kid Could Play' you could be fooled into thinking that this was going to be a fairly raucous affair. However, after the very robust start, Billy, Mike and co. settle into some of the best pure melodic rock tracks heard in a while. No one could deny the quality of this album and it is no surprise that the response to Seventh Key has been nothing short of massive. Billy Greer's vocals on this album are a revelation to me. Simply sensational, they gave me the same chills as when I first heard Jimi Jamison. Mike Slamer's guitar work is already legendary and again he leaves me gasping at his complete control and awareness of melody. You can't find better examples of melodic rock than 'Missy' with it's simmering intro that builds into a powerful chorus. The ballad 'When Love Is Dying' is of such high quality it defies description. 'Forsaken' has a Survivor edge to it and a wonderful chorus. Next in line after 'The Kid Could Play' in the rocking stakes is 'Prisoner of Love', a full-blown arena rocker. While I have only mentioned these tracks, all the songs are spectacular and deserve equal attention and praise.


In Summary
For a group of seasoned pro's you would expect something good. On this occasion I think they have gone way beyond the extra mile. Don't miss this, it is a very special experience.


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#1 | jeffrey343 on February 08 2009 21:45:17
This is a recent find of mine. Definitely very good stuff - Greer has a superb voice, and Slamer is great as always. 'Prisoner Of Love' has reached 'classic' level to me. As good as this is, 'The Raging Fire' is even better.
#2 | george_the_jack on January 09 2010 23:57:37
Not of the high quality standards of 'raging fire' but pretty close! Fantastic album!
#3 | jeffrey343 on January 10 2010 03:39:51
I'll agree with both comments. "Prisoner Of Love" is epic.
 
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