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Taylor, B.E (Group) - 1983 Love Won The Fight

ARTIST: Taylor, B.E (Group)
ALBUM: Love Won The Fight
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: B.E 'Billy' Taylor - vocals * Rick Witkowski - guitars * Nat Kerr - keyboards * Joe Macre - bass * Joey D'Amico - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love Won The Fight * 02 Just A Beat Away * 03 Break Down The Night * 04 Lonely At The Bottom * 05 Vitamin L * 06 That Kind Of Love Don't Last * 07 Should Have Called It Love * 08 Hold On To Love * 09 Break The Ice


Although B.E Taylor's background and history has been featured elsewhere here at Glory Daze it would be amiss to ignore this long admired addition to the 80's AOR oeuvre courtesy of the one time AOR hero that was B.E. This is an album I admit to dreaming of owning as a youngster, simply due to the connotations of the albums title and a solo male AOR artist. 'Love Won The Fight' screams out to anyone, particularly a lad having just heard Michael Bolton and reading Taylor's glowing reference in the notorious Heavy Metal And Hard Rock Encyclopedia! This album followed Taylor's 1982 MCA debut 'Innermission' which was his only effort for the label. The offbeat 'Vitamin L' charted from this particular offering, a track paling next to some of the vintage AOR heroics that Taylor fashioned to some acclaim, but little real success.

The Songs
Donnie Iris and Mark Avsec had produced Taylor's 1982 album 'Innermission', which one would have expected to propel Taylor into the mainstream. It didn't and Taylor continued regardless, the opening title track perhaps the albums high point, restrained but containing every AOR trick of the trade known to man, melodic to a tee and Taylor sounding like Bolton himself. 'Just A Beat Away' livens the tempo up with overloaded synthesizers and a near Hall and Oates/Rick Springfield approach, although a trifle heavier with another faultless chorus. Taylor sounds as if he is utilising a drum machine on the otherwise excellent 'Break Down The Night', the momentum carried by the hard riffing attack of 'Lonely At The Bottom'. Actually Adam Bomb might have borrowed the main riff for his own 'SST' in 1985! As mentioned 'Vitamin L' is an unpredictable few minutes, with Taylor rapping to a background of funky bass work, prominent keyboards and even horn work. A winner all the same... 'That Kind Of Love' is AOR at its blandest, nothing catchy but redeemed by the dramatic power of 'Should Have Called It Love', where again Taylor's Bolton similarities are remarkable. 'Hold On To Love' is made for FM radio cannon fodder for 1983, although the hook and keyboard riff are nearly new wave. Taylor makes time for one more successful crack at the smooth lover approach, 'Break The Ice' a ballad for the ages, another marvelous hook line to behold.

In Summary
A few weak tracks stop this from earning classic status, but to say this is not worth a listen would be simply ridiculous. It's not as if you would hear anything of this standard in the modern age. Taylor himself has long dispensed with AOR as noted elsewhere, his mostly Christian dabblings a far cry from the sadly long lost days of 80's AOR yore. One wonders why Taylor felt compelled to walk away from the genre is open to question, but what he left behind is an impressive resume. Unfortunately I can't see myself adding his Christmas album to my collection, which according to Taylor's website is Taylor outdoing himself! Mind you, what would you expect from a site which fails to even mention the name of 'Love Won The Fight'?

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#1 | gdazegod on June 02 2006 09:36:19
#2 | richardb on June 15 2008 14:40:59
Probably my favourite album by the BE Taylor Group. Though that said all of his 80's releases are essential purchases for the AOR fan including the hard to find 'Life goes on' EP.

Richard B
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