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Alecstar - 1982 Alecstar



ARTIST: Alecstar
ALBUM: Alecstar
LABEL: Smart Alec
SERIAL: 12282
YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: George Mahoney - vocals, drums, keyboards * Jack Murray - bass * Dick Murphy - guitars * Harold Mantor - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Give Me The Time * 02 Take It While You Can * 03 Man Behind The Wheel * 04 Hide Your Love * 05 Can't Stop The Need * 06 You're So Good * 07 No Cash * 08 Babysitter * 09 I Can't Take This Anymore * 10 Will You Believe

WEBLINKS: www.alecstar.com


Background
There are a few bands that have originated out of the upstate New York area. From a melodic rock perspective, perhaps Duke Jupiter being the best known to readers of this site. On a secondary level, acts like Todd Hobin, 805 and Syracuse based Alecstar propped up the local scene. Our focus here is the latter band, who first came into existence around 1975-76. With a turnstile of local players going through the band, eventually it would settle on the four named members above. At the turn of the decade, the band were writing prolifically and eventually went into the studio to record their first (indie) album. However, the album took 18 months to complete, from recording, through the production process and eventual copies being made available. The band, by the sounds of things, were not particularly happy at the lengthy delay afforded by producer Matt Forger, nor the end result which had the band sounding slicker, and less representative of their live sound, which is what they were trying to ultimately achieve. The fact that the band were still playing live, and didn't have an album to show for it, only compounded matters.


The Songs
Despite this, and the fact that I am hearing this many years later, I am astounded by the song quality - that is the ideas behind the music and eventual delivery, not necessarily the production and sound. Primarily they are a guitar oriented band, but use keyboards more as an embellishment. Musically, they have a sound akin to the likes of Fortnox and Stranger, both Epic Records signings from the same era coincidentally. A few choice selections include the opening pair of 'Give Me The Time (To Change)' a fantastic mid-paced track with pomp tendencies, and 'Take It While You Can', a deadringer for Greg Billing's outfit Stranger. A couple of good time rockers include ' No Cash', the Duke Jupiter sounding 'Babysitter' and the rousing 'I Can't Take This Anymore'.


In Summary
The band went through a number of personnel changes during the extended production process, and then after the album was released. Mahoney moved out from behind the drumkit, allowing Tim Clark to join on drums. However Alecstar folded at the start of 1985, following the decision by Mahoney to move out to California while Murphy headed south to the hurricane prone region of Florida. The good news is that Alecstar didn't completely disappear off the map. They have been involved in a number of reunion shows one of which involved another AOR rarity act 805. They have a great website too, makes for good reading. Check out the local upstate NY legend that was Alecstar.


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#1 | gdazegod on September 05 2013 04:03:32
I've read elsewhere that the year of release states 1980 (RYM), as well as 1983! I'm 110% certain though that 1982 is the actual year of release, as stated on the back of the LP cover (@1982).
#2 | super80boy on October 19 2014 16:53:03
Side One is very strong…I'd also say that 'Man Behind The Wheel' is another standout with its hard rock guitar flourishes and infectious choruses. Side Two gets into that well described 'Good Time Rock' theme and continues to impress. The slow burner closing 'Will You Believe' is outstanding as well.
 
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