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Harlequin (Canada) - 1982 One False Move

ARTIST: Harlequin (Canada)
ALBUM: One False Move
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2012, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY128


LINEUP: George Belanger - vocals * Glen Willows - guitars * Gary Golden - keyboards * Ralph James - bass * Denton Young - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Did It For Love * 02 Hard Road * 03 Shame If You Leave Me * 04 Say Goodnight * 05 Ready To Love Again * 06 Fine Line * 07 Heart Gone Cold * 08 Heavy Talk * 09 Superstitious Feeling * 10 It's A Woman You Need


You could hold a candle over a handful of Canadian bands from back in the late 70's and you'd be asking youself who it is you're listening to. Particularly when it comes to this lot Harlequin and their fellow Canadian luminaries Streetheart. In fact, these two bands share a similar history. Both came from the Canadian Prairies, and at various points of their history, both shared lead guitarist John Hannah among their personnel. Harlequin began life as a Winnipeg club band, and were soon touring across Canada. All the hard work paid off with a deal offered by Epic Records, and soon esteemed producer Jack Douglas came onboard to bring the best out of the band. The debut 'Victim Of A Song' came out in 1979, followed soon after by the lovely 'Love Crimes'. Arguably, it is said that this album, their third 'One False Move', is their best. Some constants remain: Jack Douglas the producer, Epic the label, and the majority of the band members, with the exception of drummer David Bduzak, replaced by one Denton Young. For those wondering, no it is not that Denton Young from Zon. Why? Because I asked him, and he said no it wasn't him! lol! Just a coincidence.

The Songs
The material, it must be said, is quite hard-edged and rocky. Certainly more so than the straight-ahead radio rock we heard on 'Love Crimes'. Just listen to the full-on energy of 'Say Goodnight', or the Streetheart like pairing of 'Hard Road' and 'Heavy Talk'. I really liked 'Fine Line', that typical Canadian radio rock comes shining through. Perhaps the most AOR song on display is 'Superstitious Feeling', particularly with all those wierd keyboard and guitar effects going on in the background. However, the melody though simplistic, gnaws at your brain. When then do lighten up, a song like 'Heart Gone Cold' is an ideal contrast to what is on offer. However, the rest of the album is very listenable, particularly for those lovers of eighties hard rock.

In Summary
The band enjoyed minor success, touring throughout Canada and Europe for awhile. All their albums up to this point all went gold in Canada. Not a bad effort considering. The band released one more album in 1984/85 (self titled), then a best of called 'Radio Romances' the following year. The band broke up at this point, though the last report on the band suggested they were working on new material and a new album. As with anything.. taken with a grain of salt.

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#1 | opbrekke on November 08 2009 04:14:49
I recently obtained a cd release of this title. The front has a logo of Southern Rock Archive. Letters in red white and blue no less, the back cover a Heavy Metal America logo. It was issued in 07. Claims to be under the license by the CBS Corporation. The cd booklet features a band bio. It has been remastered. It has an excellent sound quality. I am still wondering though if this is just a clever bootleg, very well done if so, or a legitemate release. I have never heard of an official issue for this title in the cd format.Google searches, albeit cursory, has yet to even aknowledge it's existence.
#2 | gdazegod on November 08 2009 07:41:27
An email to George Belanger should do the trick. He's pretty knowledgable about their history..
#3 | gdazegod on November 08 2009 07:41:30
A bootleg for sure IMHO..
#4 | gdazegod on February 09 2012 21:10:15
I had forgotten that I reviewed this many moons ago.. DOH!
#5 | super80boy on June 15 2014 03:08:25
I've always really liked this 2nd release. Just spun this again and it still maintains a quality listen, although I do have an affinity for all things 80's melodic hard rock. The lead off 'I Did It For Love' uses an urgent keyboard jab which really keeps the tempo flowing, an excellent start. The chorus on 'Ready To Love Again' is highly infectious. 'Heavy Talk' has subtle keyboards which are placed right on with those big guitar riffs.
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