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Urgent (Canada) - 1984 Timing

ARTIST: Urgent (Canada)
ALBUM: Timing
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1995, Long Island Records, LIRC 0079


LINEUP: Doug Baynham - vocals, bass * Wayne Siberry - guitars * Glen Johansen - keyboards * Kim Hunt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Killer Love * 02 Degan (Love You Leave You) * 03 You're Not The One * 04 Cat On The Prowl * 05 Midnight Lover * 06 Keeper Of My Heart * 07 Bad News * 08 I'll Find A Way * 09 Too Hot To Handle

Not to be confused with the American band of the same name. This lot emanate from Canada, and released this one-off album in 1984. The band came together during late 1982, Kim Hunt having left the band Zon, to hook up with Wayne Siberry and Doug Baynham (ex Bayb). The three settled in to work up some material, and recruited keyboardist John McGoldrick to round out their sound once the band hit the road. Their efforts paid off in 1983 with a deal being signed with CBS/Epic mid-year. Producer and keyboardist Glen Johansen came in to handle the album production, and bought in guest Stacy Heydon and Arnold Lanni as guest musicians.

The Songs
Essentially, Urgent are playing a melodic brand of pop rock, that when tempered down, digresses to a harder form of AOR. The heavy drum-work from Hunt gives this album more 'balls' than most. Though we have two keyboardists providing the colour (Johansen and Lanni) it is still a rockers album first and foremost. A fairly good collection of tracks greet us on Side One. 'Killer Love' is pop metal in the vein of Haywire and dbut album Honeymoon Suite. 'Degan (Love You Leave You)' is a slow burner with a tremendous chorus sung in a lower register by Baynham. Great track. The band's first single 'You're Not The One' is a ballad that takes a while to get going, and moves in a similar direction to Brighton Rock. Probably not a good representation of the band, considering it takes a while for the song to warm up. Thankfully the next pair of 'Cat On The Prowl' and 'Midnight Lover' crank things markedly. the band sound much better when the tempo is up-the-scale! The best ballad here is 'Keeper Of My Heart', the acoustic guitars and soaring vocals (with that big Kim Hunt back-beat ticking away) is a keeper indeed! 'Bad News' is straight-ahead rock, but the runway chocks are thrown away completely on 'I'll Find A Way', a choice piece of rock with a big drum sound and overblown choruses. An album highlight for me.. Ensuring the album finishes off with a flourish is 'Too Hot To Handle', a Billy Squier-ish slice of energetic rock (must be those big drums again!)

In Summary
Ironically, and despite being tagged to the big name label Epic, 'Timing' saw very little action outside of Canada, which goes to reinforce my opinion of big labels not knowing how to handle bands nor market them effectively. Due to internal issues within the label, the band decided to gracefully kick the bucket rather than wait to be shot at by Record Execs. Thankfully, the album saw a CD re-release on Long Island Records ten years later, but that too is now long out of print. Not a lot heard from the band members, except for Baynham who hooked up with Hanover Fist as did Kim Hunt, who also went on to play with various bands but stuck around long enough to join Toronto mainstays Moxy during the late 90's. Well worth the trouble of tracking this down I reckon..

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 10:25:03
Excellent cd - Soundwise a little like Triumph in places. Degan, Your Not The One, Keeper Of My Heart and Killer love are really excellent melodic rock tracks and amongst some of my personal faves ever.Their One and only release unfortunately.
#2 | DEMONAOR on July 21 2008 10:35:45
Good album
#3 | TheMurf on May 20 2010 20:52:09
I have the album as well and I remember being struck by the obvious Foreigner similarities. The band's name 'Urgent' and the vocal stylings which wouldn't be out of place on a Foreigner album.
#4 | super80boy on January 01 2015 00:41:11
There were a couple of other tracks that would have been a better choice for the album single…'Killer Love' or 'Midnight Lover'. If they were looking for the power ballad play, then 'Keeper Of My Heart' was the clear choice. In any event, Timing is a strong one off melodic rock outing with a good mix of slower and up-tempo cuts. The CD version seems to be more plentiful than the vinyl.

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