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Driver - 1977 No Accidents




ARTIST: Driver
ALBUM: No Accidents
LABEL: A&M
SERIAL: SP-4645
YEAR: 1977

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Peter Glinderman - vocals, guitars * Dennis Coats - bass * Stephen Roxford - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love And A Man * 02 Bring It To Me * 03 A New Way To Say I Love You * 04 Got To Be A Reason * 05 Rock It To The Stars * 06 Boxful Of Love * 07 Sweet Love * 08 Did You See Her * 09 Good Lucky Lady * 10 Friends Last Longer


Background
This version of Driver came from Canada, and their one-off album 'No Accidents' has been a favourite among many collectors for years. Being a trio, they joined their illustrious cousins Rush and Triumph in the three-piece ranks, though they were nowhere near as successful as those two. Doesn't mean they weren't any good. Far from it. This is powerful pop-rock, which pre-empts the razor edge sound deployed by fellow Canadians Loverboy three years later. Certainly the band were experts at keeping things simple, interesting, and succinct. Driver could certainly not be accused of long drawn out pieces of music, which was so prevalent during the 70's.


The Songs
Mostly, the song on 'No Accidents' are short, sweet, and snappy, the album not even making a half hours worth of music (29 minutes all told). But what we do get is memorable. Take the legendary 'Boxful Of Love'. A classic track which strangely enough reminds me of stuff off the first Anvil album 'Hard And Heavy'. The opener 'Love And A Man' is Loverboy down to a tee, and it is followed by the pulsing bass driven affair of 'Bring It To Me', again more Loverboy reminders are invoked. The third track is the very commercial 'A New Way To Say I Love You', clearly aimed at the radio audience. 'Got To Be A Reason' is similarly commercial, but the guitar solos through the middle hardens things up a bit. 'Good Luck Lady' is perhaps the rockiest song on the set (guitars everywhere) while the closing ballad 'Friends Last Longer' is melodic but sort of schmaltzy too.


In Summary
At the time, the album garnered a lot of positive press, but it didn't quite get out of the car park, hence no real accidents were encountered on its way to the bargain bins. I don't think this album ever saw a CD release, so I suppose it can added to the GLORY-DAZE list of future re-releases, but the fact it is only 29 minutes could count against it. Despite the fact this goes back to 1977, it still sounds relevant today as it did then. Recommended listening to fans of 70's and 80's rock.


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#1 | tompa on April 22 2006 12:32:32
One, I say ONE good song on this album! Side Two-opener Boxful Of Love is, though, in fact soooo Good it seem out of place on this album. Only three minutes long, it is however, a true heavy metal/hard rock-dream! As the album is only about half an hour long, this track does take up a large percentage of the overall playingtime. Which makes it worth buying if you can find it...
#2 | vinyldinosaurus on February 05 2008 16:48:51
I just found this on vinyl for $1.00! Digging it after only one listen. So far, I'd have to disagree with tompa's harsh opinion. gdazegod's review nails it!
#3 | rostoned on June 28 2008 12:10:58
Very cool cover and record, this is way overlooked and a CD reissue would be welcomed. Rock Candy, Hip-O, Ork....anyone????
#4 | super80boy on January 03 2015 16:45:54
Although it's only a brisk 30 minutes, it does have 10 songs and it chugs away with a full on attitude of a serious 70's rocker. 'Rock It To The Stars' is another cranking song with its unmistakable 70's blues rock vibe. 'Good Lucky Lady' is the standout with those heavy guitars and a belting chorus. I'd also mention that it's a well put together package with vibrant album jacket artwork and an inner sleeve complete with lyrics and band pictures.
#5 | Eric on January 03 2015 18:17:25
Driver supported Styx in a handful of U.S shows.

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