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Liverpool Express - 2003 Once Upon A Time

ARTIST: Liverpool Express
ALBUM: Once Upon A Time
LABEL: Every Man Records
SERIAL: 5033531044422
YEAR: 2003


LINEUP: Past Members: Billy Kinsley - bass, vocals * Roger Scott Craig - keyboards * Tony Coates, Kenny Parry - guitar, vocals * Dave Goldberg - keyboards, vocals * Derek Cashin, Pete Kircher, John Ryan, Brian Rawling - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Chinatown * 02 Out Of The Blue * 03 Once Upon A Time * 04 The End Of The Game * 05 Best Years Of My Life * 06 John George Ringo & Paul * 07 This Door Is always Open * 08 Tommorow Is Another Day * 09 Sailin' Down to Rio * 10 Find My Way Back Home * 11 Wherever You Are * 12 The Worst Band In The World


Liverpool Express recorded three albums in the late 70's, toured the World gaining superstar status in South America, featured model Jerry Hall on the cover of their third album and even gained the praise of Sir Paul McCartney when interviewed on the BBC in 1991 sited Liverpool Express' hit 'You Are My Love' as one of his favourite songs. Pretty impressive I'd say, and yes, they were from Liverpool where the roots of the band go back to the early 60's as The Merseybeats, often played shows with The Beatles, and scored a string of successful singles in the UK. After Liverpool Express split up, drummer Pete Kircher went on to join Status Quo and keyboardist Roger Scott Craig would play a big part in Fortune, Harlan Cage and 101 South, bands most AOR fans should be familiar with.

The Songs
For fans of late period 10cc, Pilot and Alan Parsons Project, this reunion CD is certainly a must have. In fact, in some ways I am reminded of Pilot's recent 'Blue Yonder' release, but Liverpool Express owe more of a debt to The Beatles which is clear on the excellent 'John George Ringo & Paul' cleverly using song titles of the Fab Four's works in both the lyrics and instrumentation. 'The Worst Band in the World' has a similar playful spirit, but there are other elements to the band's sound including the title track, a ballad reminiscent of the Electric Light Orchestra and The Beach Boys styled 'Sailin' Down to Rio'. Yet, even with the obvious reference points, Liverpool Express has their own unmistakable sound thirty plus years later.

In Summary
'Once Upon A Time' went unnoticed at the time of its release which is a shame. To use a tired cliche, they just don't make em' like this anymore. This is quality rock by seasoned musicians that doesn't try to be something modern, or pander to current musical styles. It's a light and breezy listen and sure to brighten any mood!

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 30 2011 00:08:19
I Hope everything they did(including The Merseybeats) will be released on CD someday.I was only aware of one vinyl-album by Liverpool Express(Tracks)before reading this review.Cool to know there are three albums I have never heard.Two vinyl-albums and this CD-album.Maybe even things found on singles only.
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