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Channel 5 - 1985 The Colour Of The Moment

ARTIST: Channel 5
ALBUM: The Colour Of The Moment
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 825 821-1
YEAR: 1985


LINEUP: Jan Krueger - lead vocals, piano, keyboards * Chris Adam - keyboards, computer programming * Markus Krochmann - guitars, vocals * Christian Wilckens - saxophone, vocals * Frank Winneberger - bass * Christian Blau - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Isn't It You * 02 For A Look In Your Eyes * 03 Blue Suite Gang * 04 Madonna * 05 For A Single Time * 06 The Colour Of The Moment * 07 Lets Spend The Night (In Heaven) * 08 Losing Control * 09 Will I Ever See You Again * 10 Stop (Breakin' All Those Little Hearts)

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but how the heck did the 1980's pass us by without a mention of this great German band? A recent discovery for me, I would say that Channel 5 are perhaps unfairly tagged as a pop band (judging by their looks on the front-cover), but the band can easily hold their form against the best hi-tech AOR outfits from the era, varying in sound from fellow Germans Lake, Toto, Eight Seconds and Swedish AORsters Bad Habit. With singer Jan Krueger there is no hint of an accent, the keyboards are prominent, while the songs bounce away happily in hi-tech heaven.

The Songs
The lead-off song is their first single called 'Isn't It You', and when hearing it, I was blown away by the arrangement and production. The track veers off into Bad habit territory soon after, particularly on the chorus and the solo section. Laying on the sugary melodies early on with the ballad 'For A Look In Your Eyes' is a bit premature. Probably needed to have another rocker in its place I reckon. 'Blue Suite Gang' keeps up a steady beat but is more pop-patter than most. 'For A Single Time' borders on the wistful and introspective, while the title track is an impressive instrumental that will have west coast fans (particularly Toto) making inquiries. Fans of David Foster and Vince DiCola's work might take an interest too. 'Lets Spend The Night (In Heaven)' is a lightweight but funky/fun tune, but on the next track you gotta check out the OTT sound effects on 'Losing Control'. This track is more hi-tech, the pumping bass creating the surging energy powering this effort along. They leave one of the best tracks till last. 'Stop (Breakin' All Those Little Hearts)', the Toto and Eight Seconds like hi-tech AOR is a fantastic insight into what this band are truly about.

In Summary
Channel 5 followed this up with another Polydor release in 1986 called 'Painted Nights', while there was also talk of a self titled album in 1988, though I cannot confirm this as I heard it second-hand. Certainly, for followers of happy-poppy AOR with a hi-tech angle, then Channel 5 are well-worthy of an investigation.

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#1 | swazi on May 27 2012 13:50:47
Yes, they did release a s/t album in 1988. It's the only one I own. Have a look here: http://www.heavyh...=Channel+5
#2 | swazi on June 02 2012 23:05:38
I am just spinning "Painted Nights". OMG! I love this kind of stuff!

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