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Thomas, Mike (Band) - 1989 Circular Motion



ARTIST: Thomas, Mike (Band)
ALBUM: Circular Motion
LABEL: Powerhouse
SERIAL: POW5501
YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Mike Thomas - vocals * Beranrd Torelli - guitars * Patrick Cascino - keyboards, vocals * Roger Capello - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Circular Motion * 02 Too Much Love In The Hole * 03 In The Cold Of Night * 04 Song Of Freedom * 05 I Can't Wait * 06 Let's Rendez-Vous * 07 Whole Lotta Love * 08 Bahia


Background
Punters will recognise the name Mike Thomas from the San Diego hard rock band Stress. Anyway, that band released one album from 1983 called 'Killing Me Night And Day' which developed a bit of a cult following among collectors, despite the fact it was considered more Van Halen oriented than a band like Americade, who were doing the rounds at the same time and who were also unfavourably compared to VH. Stress ran its course right through to about 1987. Jimmy Crespo, once a member of Aerosmith was also with this band for a time. After being 'stressed' out, Thomas formed his own outfit, the (you guessed it) Mike Thomas Band. The band appeared to be European based, the resulting album 'Circular Motion' recorded and produced in France. I suspect the 'french connection' came about through ex Stress bassist Josquin Turenne des Pres, who roped in some of his Gallic buddies to help! His name appears on the credits behind the music and lyrics. I wonder if he plays bass too, as no one is listed as the official bassist for this album..


The Songs
The band try their hand at a number of styles, but mostly it's poppy based hard rock, not too far away from the likes of Bite The Bullet and Ya-Ya for instance. Opening up with the title track 'Circular Motion', it isn't a convincing start admittedly, unless you like all those faceless hi-tech bands out of Canada during the 1989/90 era. 'Too Much Love In The Hole' could be Foreigner's 'Urgent' revisited, close to a rip-off I think! And how about the big booming intro to 'In The Cold Of The Night'? Tell me our Mike didn't listen to Toto's 'Childs Anthem' a few thousand times before putting pen to paper. A good track though, relentless in a pomp sort of way! The side closes with the ballad 'Song Of Freedom' which is incidentally, dedicated to Bob Geldof. Side two starts off much better, the Ya-Ya flavoured 'I Can't Wait' is the highlight of the album. In fact, this track is f**k#n' excellent!! I think I need to get a low-fi version of this track up in our downloads area. The keyboard parps continue on the party rock of 'Lets Rendezvous', very commercial this one. The uptake of Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' is a turn up for the books! Not because of the fact that they attempted it, but that they did a pretty good version of it. Despite MTB's previous songs, this one is as gritty as the original Zep version, right down to the wind storms and warped sound effects. The band finish up with a West Coast type instrumental called 'Bahia' - a track that Steve Lukather or Tommy Denander would feel at home playing.


In Summary
A short-lived project by all accounts, a reasonable album, one for the collectors to hunt down. Finding anything about this album on the Internet is nigh-on impossible, so you can bet your bottom dollar you first read about Mike Thomas' 'Circular Motion' right here at GLORY-DAZE!


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#1 | rock-fm10 on January 12 2008 23:05:52
This is a very good album. I have this one, but i need the artwork. Please someone have this artwork??? Thanks.
#2 | kim_hp on January 06 2013 13:53:58
I loved the band Stress and this is a good one as well. The title track could've been on any Toto album from the same time, while 'I Can't Wait' is a bonafide AOR classic. I agree, Bite The Bullet is a good comparisation here.
 
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