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Javan - 1991 Somewhere In The Night

ALBUM: Somewhere In The Night
LABEL: Amnesia Records
SERIAL: LP 06-5008
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Bernd Martin - vocals * Oliver Schwung, K.B. Hard - guitars * Rainer Herrmann - bass * T.J. Rath - keyboards * Winni M. Shap - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Moon * 02 Somewhere In The Night * 03 Call My Name * 04 Time Of Revival * 05 Back In My Life * 06 In My Heart * 07 Can't Get Enough * 08 Vicious Rumours * 09 Our Love * 10 Eyes * 11 Sophisticated Women * 12 Dreams

Another enjoyable album from a decade ago is this German effort Javan. From the same era and timeframe as bands like Craaft, Roko, Douglas, plus Rescue and Karo from a few years earlier, Javan stand proud among them with their one-off album 'Somewhere In The Night'. Musically, these guys have got the goods delivered on a plate. The 48 minute running time a near-perfect excursion down the hallowed halls of German rock since occupied by the likes of Frontline, though admittedly Javan is a lot pompier than those guys.

The Songs
I tell you, there wasn't a lot NOT to like about this album. It's got mostly everything I want to hear on an album within this genre, particularly big fat juicy keyboards, mega drums, athletic guitarwork, and a singer who can sing. Listen to the standout track 'Call My Name' for an example of their sound. When they heavy it up, a tune like 'Back In Life' demonstrates their cause to to good effect. The production doesn't suck either, and on an album like this, the production can make it sound like an airy albatross or a phantom cave dweller. Thankfully we're soaring the heights Javan style! and not digging holes.. lol!

In Summary
I am not going to spend too much time working through the track list. You'll have to hear it for yourself, because the whole album is strong. The accented vocals of Bernd Martin might take some getting used to, but he sings in the same style as Peter Strykes does with Dutch wonders 1st Avenue - the overall pomp sound of that band coming in for some comparison. A must-have album for your collection if you are a fan of pomp-oriented bands such as 1st Avenue, Wild Ride and Rescue.

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#1 | george_the_jack on May 02 2009 17:40:47
Very strong album George indeed! This is one of those German releases that are not that into the 'Classic German melodic hard rock' sound.It is a pure AOR jewel!
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