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Know Illusion - 1994 Back On The Streets

ARTIST: Know Illusion
ALBUM: Back On The Streets
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 1994


LINEUP: Ernesto De Palma - lead vocals * Shane Chadwick - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Scott Reynolds - guitars, vocals * Coy Garcia - bass, vocals * Kenny Burns - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Back On The Streets * 02 How Can I Say * 03 Always * 04 Hold Me * 05 United * 06 Sunset Strip * 07 Here Today * 08 Gone Tomorrow

Here's another indie melodic rock band from the USA, who hold the middle ground for 90's bands, grouped among contemporaries such as Spiced Ice, Touris, Intuition and Justin Sayne. One can only guess as to why so many indies were released during that decade. Either they weren't really that good or the grunge scene put paid to major labels signing up anything remotely related to old-hat styles such as hair-metal. However, many good bands continued the 80's excess well into the new decade.. you can throw Know Illusion's name into the ring in that regard.

The Songs
Co-produced by Biloxi's Clyde Holly, Know Illusion take on the mantle of that band musically, plus throw in a bit of prime-time Stryper, stir and mix, and this is what we get. If you were wondering, the Stryper comparison is more to do with the twin-guitar sound, not so much the high-pitched vocals. Certainly, this is another band who know how to throw out big hooks, big guitars and big choruses. Listening to hard-hitting melodic rock such as the title-track 'Back On The Street' (you can just imagine this track being played on MTV), or 'United', you get the impression Know Illusion were about 6 years too late getting to the market. To compound matters even further, the band's defining moment 'Here Today..' is on a par with any big label band.. a delicious slice of melodic rock. The Stryper connection hits home on 'Always', while 'Sunset Strip' is part acoustic/electric, nodding at the Thunder/Guns N Roses school of rock instead. Though the album is only 8 tracks (well actually.. it's 7, because the last track 'Gone Tomorrow' is only one minute long), we get the obligatory ballad in the mix, which is 'Always', and it's touch-tender stuff indeed. The guitar solos are sweet, very much in the Firehouse tradition.

In Summary
This album is another rarity, and I'd suggest the younger melodic rock fans and hair-metal fanatics might go for this. Older 70's and 80's fans would probably be looking at other stuff, not that this isn't worth picking up, but if this is reputed to be as rare and expensive as Ebay makes it out to be, then I would recommend taking your chances, because you won't pick it up for nothing.

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#1 | swazi on October 30 2011 08:26:24
Good one! I only have a CDR, so it would really be great if this one would be reissued to become affordable. Rock Candy, Wounded Bird, anyone ?
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