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4 Out Of 5 Doctors - 1982 2nd Opinion

ARTIST: 4 Out Of 5 Doctors
ALBUM: 2nd Opinion
LABEL: Nemperor
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Jeff Severson - guitars, keyboards, vocals * George Pittaway - guitars, vocals * Cal Everett - vocals, bass * Tom Ballew - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Good Pretender * 02 Dawn Patrol * 03 Anna With Antennae * 04 Breaking Rocks * 05 Never Say Die * 06 Waiting For Roxanne * 07 Lonely Ones * 08 Heart On A Chain * 09 Call Me At Home * 10 Young World

The 4 Out Of 5 Doctors debut album from the outside looked more like a Devo inspired knock-off than a decent pop album which it was, yet the first release from this Washington DC band failed to do much business which is probably the reason for the change in direction on their sophomore LP; '2nd Opinion'. With renowned producer Jeff Glixman who actually appears on the back cover photo with the band, 4 Out Of 5 Doctors sound moved closer to typical AOR of the day and is a remarkable improvement.

The Songs
'Good Pretender', the albums opening track is a good Bad Company influenced rocker, while 'Dawn Patrol' (settle down Night Ranger fans!) kicks it up a notch although the song itself is somewhat average. 'Anna With Antennae' despite its quirky new wave title is pretty good with a catchy chorus and some fine bass work worthy of mention. Side one closes with the group's best track 'Never Say Die' which received some minor air play. Reminiscent of classic REO Speedwagon with touches of Queen, this is one of those obscure 80's ballads that seem to be a dime a dozen back in the day, but is definitely worth another listen. On the flip, 'Waiting For Roxanne' is nothing more than a second rate Cheap Trick while the rest of the songs slip between weak Rick Springfield and John Cougar inspired rockers that are to say the least-disappointing.

In Summary
4 Out Of 5 Doctors would hit the road with Van Halen in support of the record, but would fall off the face of the Earth a short time later. Whether they had a chance to record a third album is unknown, but it would have been interesting to hear what they would have done next.

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#1 | dangerzone on September 03 2011 03:41:57
'Never Say Die' is a true classic. It's become the unofficial anthem of my office in Afghanistan!
#2 | dangerzone on July 15 2012 02:33:41
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#3 | super80boy on May 17 2014 19:51:11
Within a two year time frame from their eponymous debut these guys completely changed their sound, going from catchy new wave power pop to solid rocking AOR melodic rock. Side I is the more melodic rock oriented and Side II throws in a bit of new wave rock into the mix. Research will tell you that they went with the change of sound kicking and screaming, but the record label wanted a viable hard rock band to promote given that new wave was fading and AOR hard rock was gaining traction on the radio. They opened for UFO and were basically thrown off stage. These were talented musicians that just needed some direction. With all the ups and downs, they put out a good sophomore effort here, one that is worth further investigation for AOR collectors.
#4 | code4 on March 08 2016 22:42:20
What were they thinking billing 4 out of 5 docs with Van Halen? Now I know what Jeff Severson was talking about when he told me in an email now almost 15 years back that he felt just when they got their break they were swamped by sharing sets with metal/glam type groups whose fans boo'd and threw bottles at them. Oh well, at least they don't take the change to AOR too seriously nor at the same time do they neglect to put full effort and soul into this classic album which is probably what makes it so good.
As for a third LP he told they went into the studio and recorded one, or at least most of one, but CBS decided to drop them at the time and they couldn't find another major label who would sign them.
I would suspect that the cd post-op is some of that third album stuff he was talking of because if you listen patiently through the samples on cd baby you will be met with a few very eye opening sounding things.
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