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Miller, Donnie - 1989 One Of The Boys



ARTIST: Miller, Donnie
ALBUM: One Of The Boys
LABEL: Imagine
SERIAL: FZ 44309
YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Donnie Miller - vocals, guitars * Vince Kirk - guitars * Norman Dahlor - bass * Kurt Carow - keyboards * Tim Kelly - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 One Of The Boys * 02 Normal Guy * 03 I Can't Stop Flying * 04 Me And You * 05 The Devil Wears Lingerie * 06 The Man Said No * 07 Blind Man's Bluff * 08 No Time For Running * 09 You Can't Stop Emotion * 10 Welcome Home


Background
Interesting chap this one. There was a rumour floating around that Donnie was the offspring of Steve Miller. But the facts turn out he is not related. This Miller hails from Kansas City, and struck gold with this cool sounding album from 1989. Donnie has bought a few of his buddies along to play, including former Shooting Star 4-stringer Norm Dahlor. Some other big names credited for appearing on the album include Cyndi Lauper and Tommy Shaw who both provide backing vocals on a pair of tracks. The Tommy Shaw comparison is a good one, because 'One Of The Boys' has an 'Ambition' feel about it, along with a bunch of other 80's guitar rockers. Imagine Records had the good fortune to bundle Miller alongside Jersey boys Danger Danger - both albums getting some earshot during 1989, with Lance Quinn doing the production honours, though local KC pro Jason Casaro engineered the session.


The Songs
Guitar crunch in the mould of Billy Rankin or Gus And The New Breed opens the account on the title track 'One Of The Boys' - a song about a tomboy, it would appear. The Tommy Shaw flavored 'Normal Guy' is apparent from the outset, aah this is how it should be, pure 80's melodic rock. Big anthemic choruses are the main feature of 'I Can't Stop Flying', though the vocal outtro provided by Cyndi Lauper is a novelty. Mixing balladry and mid-tempo magic is 'Me And You', whereas the darker and moodier sounding 'The Devil Wears Lingerie' was Donnie's first selection for video. Picking up the pace is the rowdy party rock of 'The Man Said No', which is tempered slightly by the John Parr sounding 'Blind Man's Bluff'. There are a heap of keyboards to be heard on 'No Time For Running' - a track that has a repetitive theme throughout, while the album closer 'Welcome Home' ensures the album finishes off on a high.


In Summary
Only the one album from Donnie. Still resident in regional Kansas with the occasional low-key gig, we'll take solace with this one-off release. Perhaps if he gets the urge to get out and rock us once again, he should that a ready audience is waiting. Fans of Tommy Shaw's 80's solo career should take an active curiosity with this album


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