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Saint (USA) - 1984 Saint



ARTIST: Saint
ALBUM: Saint
LABEL: Sound Image
SERIAL: 25884
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2006, Retrospect Records, RR-211

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Mark Stimac - vocals, guitars * Cam Williams - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Joel Andreas - bass, vocals * Ben Nyman - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Desperate Times * 02 Million Miles * 03 Don't Stop * 04 Nightmare * 05 Silent Love Affair * 06 I Was A Fool * 07 Everything You Do * 08 Here Comes The Feelin'


Background
Blimey. I remember seeing some old reviews of this album, being described as a pomp classic. Well, that certainly raised my eyebrows! The band were compared favourably with pop rock wonders Teaze and Starz, but with keyboards. Now if that doesn't get your chakras spinning then there's no hope for you! Personally, I reckon this band is heavier than those two put together, and I am sure you will come to the same conclusion after listening to this. I reckon they lean toward Michigan rockers Sweet Crystal and Warp Drive so how they can be compared to Starz and Teaze I'll be damned if I know. Now, this lot are not to be confused with the Christian metal band of the same name, who released an album called 'Warriors Of The Sun' the same year. Different outfit altogether. Just what the origins are for this band I am not quite sure, though I am led to believe that they come from Illinois, and were active at the same time as indie faves Lynn Allen were. The Internet has failed to dredge up any info on this band, so a near total mystery this band are to me, but I can tell you something, I won't rest until I found out more.. The writer/researchers pursuit I guess.. the thrill of the chase.. One thing though, the production really needed a guy like Neil Kernon at the helm. Amazing how the quality of these songs cut though it like a swathe. Just think what could've been.


The Songs
Only the eight tracks onboard, but they don't let the side down one iota. You know something special is in the air within the first 30 seconds of this album getting underway. 'Desperate Times' is a classic rocker. Heavy in the vein of Sweet Crystal for instance, but with equal guitar power and tinkly ivories to match. More keyboard brass swells lead us in on 'Million Miles', here the lead vocals of Mark Stimac are a magic cross between Steve Perry and Marq Andrew Speck, the distinctive voice behind Sweet Crystal. We get more crisp hard rock in the shape of 'Don't Stop' with an AOR stamp of approval on the chorus. 'Nightmare' slows the beat right down, but the crawling tempo sees the band alternate between swampy southern rock grooves and some melodic acoustic passages. Side two commences with 'Silent Love Affair', prime undercover AOR the style that was so prominent by solo artists in particular during this era. A great melodic tune is 'I Was A Fool', the wide sounding chorus of the guitars reminiscent of the one-off wonders Riff Raff from a few years earlier. Pomp keyboards lay the bedrock for 'Everything You Do', again Sweet Crystal and possibly Twenty Twenty would be appropriate reference points. The album ends with 'Here Comes The Feelin', complete with chuggin' guitar, multi-part vocal harmonies, and an acoustic interlude to change it up.


In Summary
Fantastic album really, even if it is only 34 minutes 34 sec. Not a dud to be found onboard. Pity the production isn't the best, or the fact that there is zero information on the Net about them. You would have thought by now that some trainspotter would've written something substantial about them. Oh well, looks as if we'll have to be the first. Check out the track 'Desperate Times' in our downloads section to hear what all the fuss is about.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on May 20 2008 08:08:16
Has been available on CD via Retrospect. It can be picked up fairly cheaply from time to time on e-Bay.
'Desperate Times' is a pomp classic, despite the non production!
#2 | george_the_jack on October 15 2009 12:36:16
A real GEM and thanks for putting it into the download section.They remind me of Steve Walsh's 'Streets' and their 'Crimes in Mind' release.Nice one!
#3 | tsmaple on March 30 2011 02:37:18
These guys are from U.P. of Michigan. They broke up after putting out this album. Joel is the only one not from there. He is from Des Moines Iowa. They use to play in bars in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan area. Mark Stimac was my room-mate for a couple years in Minnesota.
#4 | Eric on March 30 2011 03:10:51
Has to be the one and only band from the wilds of the Upper Peninsula that made a record.. I'm just sayin'...
 
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