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One - 1987 First One



ARTIST: One
ALBUM: First One
LABEL: Alter Ego
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 1987

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Mick Danniel - vocals * Tommy Hawk - guitars, vocals * Raphael DiGiorgio - keyboards, bass, vocals * Bill Green - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rejection * 02 Hold Back The Night * 03 Who Is Fooling Who? * 04 Live - My Way * 05 Take Me Back To Yesterday


Background
Pomp, pomp and more pomp. Who the heck are this lot? Well, One are a Californian band who basically carry on where pomp wonders Beau Coup left off. Stylistically speaking that is, not so much in the production stakes, as this is an indie after all. One first came to my attention through the Scottish AOR magazine AOR Classics (Scott, Fraser.. have you guys fallen off the planet or something.. where the hell are you guys??), and though they only gave the album a 6/10 rating, the rarity factor was what did it for most people. During 1987, this album was pressed as a CD strangely enough, right at the beginning of the CD era, so if you have a copy, or can find a copy, good on ya! The album is a five-tracker only, and though the short running time of this platter will certainly irk the likes of AOR fan Freddy DeKuyzer (aka AOR Pompy), hopefully the pure pomp delivery will offset his annoyance.


The Songs
'Rejection' is the lead off track. Big swirly keyboard introduction, with a Dareforce/White Sister like approach to it all. I love the way this track comes together though it is spoilt by a nothing chorus. What a shame. 'Hold Back The Night' has all the indications of a hard rock track and sounds pretty good actually. There are some interesting keyboard effects here, my guess is that Mr DiGiorgio is playing a Korg DW8000 synth because some of those sounds are so familiar! (I owned one for 15 years). 'Who Is Fooling Who' is probably the weakest track here, the sound not quite there, nor the arrangement either. Stand out track is 'Live - My Way', with absolutely massive drums and a staggered approach to pomp/AOR last heard on those two classic Beau Coup albums. The keyboard parps are a little bit overdone on 'Take Me Back To Yesterday', the continual hard driving pop-based beat is offset by some searing guitar work (tremolo dive bombing even) plus a stunning keyboard solo. Still, you are erring on the side of caution with this track.


In Summary
Certainly a rarity if you can find it, so add this to your list of 1980's EP releases such as Link, Neil Rush Band and Nitefire that deserve a re-hearing nearly two decades after the event.


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#1 | super80boy on April 24 2016 16:26:25
I've had the CD for years and recently found a vinyl copy. Yes, this indie foursome could have used extra production assistance, but First One is definitely a scarce pomp delight. The keyboards are full on with quirky tweaks here and there, especially in 'Hold Back The Night'. 'Live My Way' has anthemic qualities galore with those prominent drums and huge choruses.
 
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