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Verity - 1983 Interrupted Journey

ARTIST: Verity, John
ALBUM: Interrupted Journey
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2009, Air Mail Recordings (Japan), AIRAC-1541


LINEUP: John Verity - lead and backing vocals, guitars * Bob Henrit, Steve Rodford - drums * Terry Uttley, David Wintour - bass * Rod Argent, Andy Clark, Dave Cass, Richard Cottle, Geoff Lyth, Dave Palmer, Andy Wells - keyboards * Mike Rutherford - bass pedals * Terry Uttley, Rod Argent, Russ Ballard, Chris Norman, Alan Silson - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rescue Me * 02 Just Another Day * 03 Stay With Me Baby * 04 Love Is Blind * 05 Are You Ready For This * 06 You're The Loser * 07 It's Coming Right * 08 Chippin' Away At The Stone * 09 In The Arms Of Someone Else * 10 Fallin'


John Verity is one of those musicians who has just about been there and done that. His career has spanned five decades, and interspersed among blocks of time spent on his own solo bands/projects, the bands Argent, Phoenix and Charlie, plus numerous years spent recording and producing. A prolific talent indeed. This review focuses on the early 80's when approached by PRT Records Matt Haywood to record his own stuff. This was the period of time immediately after Charlie's 'Good Morning America' album. As a result, the John Verity Band was reactivated (though under the simpler handle of Verity), and coming along for the ride were former members of Argent and Charlie, many of whom you will see from the personnel list above. Right from the very outset, John wanted this to be a guitar oriented album, and so it turns out. And when I mean guitar we're talking some mean kick-ass guitar here, nothing pussy-foot about this outfit believe me! The material is a cobbling together of stuff that was written at the time, plus older excerpts not finished from other projects. Despite the apparent disparity time-wise, the album flows nicely, well.. as much as a raucous guitar fuelled album can flow! John's vocal are a dead-ringer for that other fine British vocal talent Pete Goalby, who at the time was singing for Uriah Heep. For comparisons, Verity as a band are a far heavier proposition than Charlie ever were, though the commercial and melodic angle were still appropriate for the lucrative American market, which was lapping this music up in droves!

The Songs
The big guitars are evident right from the start with 'Rescue Me' crankin' the amps with no restraint. Keeping things upbeat is the AORfied 'Just Another Day (In The Life Of A Fool)', the streamlined and pulse laden attack making for compulsory listening among the AOR brethren! Check out the Balance like AOR of 'Love Is Blind', it wouldn't be difficult to imagine Peppy Castro casting his dulcet tones over this song. Hitting the straps for a bit of raucous rawk 'n roll is 'Are You Ready For This', taking The Rods debut era manic approach and turning it inside out. Powerful stuff for sure! 'You're The Loser' is another powerful guitar rocker with live audience overdubs thrown into the mix to give it a bigger sound. This one sounds like The Godz on steroids! A track more in line with Charlie's material is 'It's Coming Right', featuring the typical staggered AOR approach and huge choruses. 'Chippin' Away At The Stone' continues the hard rock splendour, while 'In The Arms Of Someone Else' offers something a little different. Initially a Mike Rutherford penned tune, it made it's way onto the album relatively late. A very melodic and rich tune with less emphasis on guitar admittedly. The albums ends with the power-ballad 'Fallin'. Apparently this was penned during the Phoenix days, but certainly doesn't sound out of place here.

In Summary
The album is available from John's website (URL above) as is his 1985 album 'Truth Of The Matter'. Both albums are worthy additions to your AOR collection. Of course, the other intriguing aspect of this album is the cover. The well documented Barney and Betty Hill UFO abduction seems to be the catalyst for it don't you think? An interesting choice nonetheless. However, as a piece of music, Verity certainly deliver the goods. Lovers of pure AOR and guitar driven hard rock will find a lot to love about 'Interrupted Journey'. Charlie fans should snap this up immediately!

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 09:37:08
This album is notable as it features ex members of Charlie & Argent aswell as Genesis' Mike Rutherford. A good blend of AOR in 'Just Another Day' & 'Love Is Blind' to the sharper, more rockier approach of the excellent 'Rescue Me' & 'Chippin' Away At The Stone'. Have seen the JV Band a couple of times recently as they play at a couple of venues my band also plays,so have met him on a couple of occassions. Anyway Definately recommended this one & it's avaliable from John's website
#2 | Danielovich on October 22 2010 19:20:32
Is the same 'Love is blind' covered by Joseph Williams?
Man, the Verity version gives Joseph a run for his money!

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