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Silver Condor - 1981 Silver Condor

ARTIST: Silver Condor
ALBUM: Silver Condor
SERIAL: AL 37163
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Joe Cerisano - vocals * Earl Slick - guitars * John Corey - keyboards * Jay Davis - bass * Claude Pepper - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 For The Sake Of Survival * 02 Angel Eyes * 03 Sayin' Goodbye * 04 Carolina * 05 The One You Left Behind * 06 We're In Love * 07 You Could Take My Heart Away * 08 It's Over * 09 Standin' In The Rain * 10 Goin' For Broke


Not too many people would hesitate in declaring this album as a must-have for a re-release on CD. A near perfect example of hard-edged radio rock/AOR from 1981 that has gone largely unnoticed throughout the genre. Even here, it has taken a few years to get this up as a review, a long over due one at that too! Silver Condor as it would appear, takes on the mantle of a near-supergroup. Cerisano a well known singer, and on this platter he gives the likes of Michael Bolton and Benny Mardones a run for their money. Earl Slick.. well.. who hasn't he played with, Corey is ex The Babys, Jay Davis came from Axis, while Claude Pepper had a session muso background, while also being a member of the acclaimed 70's group Wha Koo. From New York and signed to the big label Columbia, Silver Condor had money and promotional push behind them, and for a while there in 1981, their name was flighted around in the likes of Billboard magazine. Their sound comes across like Bolton's Blackjack and when they occasional throw an AOR spanner in the works, then the likes Mayday and early Survivor are reference points. Produced by Mike Flicker (Heart), this is not an overly glossy affair, preferring instead to keep it edgy, the focus on Cerisano's vocals and Slick's guitar.

The Songs
Why is it that everytime I hear the word 'survival' in a song I automatically think of Canadian band Refugee and Myles Hunter? For Silver Condor's opening track 'For The Sake Of Survival', that reminder is reinforced yet again, the song an edgier version thereof. 'Angel Eyes' is a stomping piece of melodic rock with a nod to eighties era Michael Bolton. 'Sayin' Goodbye' sees Cerisano in great form. The song hanging together with his breathy and expressive vocal, in places you can hear strains of Eddie Money and John Waite. 'Carolina' is a ballad in the mould of southern bands like Van Zant for instance, while side one is completed by the smooth radio-rock of 'The One You Left Behind'.

'We're In Love' is great up-tempo rock, Slick's guitarwork similar in tone to Frankie Sullivan' work with Survivor, in fact, this track could sit quite prettily on that first 1980 Survivor record. The appearance of stabbing piano lines on 'You Could Take My Heart Away' sees the band move into AOR and West Coast territory, similar to Franke And The Knockouts and Beau Coup. For me this track is the album highlight - beautiful stuff! Back into rock mode we go with 'It's Over', the high-energy delivery is complimented by some cool slide guitar work by Earl Slick. 'Standin' In The Rain' is a mid-tempo track (not a ballad a such) that is nice.. nothing more, the album finishing off with the fiery 'Goin' For Broke', a song written by one Steve Plunkett, later of Autograph.

In Summary
This album is in stark contrast to their 1983 album 'Trouble At Home', which by then had only Cerisano remaining to help fly the flag, and the style changing markedly. Ironically, 'Trouble At Home' also saw a CD re-release on the now defunct Songhaus/Rewind label back in 2001. I still like that album for what it is, but this debut is so so much better! As I mentioned, 'Silver Condor' is probably the best example of radio rock that I can give - the vocals of Cerisano are a must-listen, and the album should certainly be added to the list of potential re-releases. Thoroughly recommended!

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#1 | rostoned on May 26 2008 08:10:26
I have a soft spot for Joe Cerisano's voice, a unique blend of Steve Perry and Michael Bolton. Yes he's so good! By the way Silver Condor had a great start charting with their deliciously retrò pop ditty 'You Could Take My Breath Away' which landed at #32 on the HOT 100 in good ol' US of A, say a TOP 40 hit. Then it all went horribly wrong. Now I wonder when a far-seeing label like Rock Candy will consider rereleasing their classic debut remastered and reloaded.

Modest chart action for this cool album. The condor soared to just to #141 but not higher in the top 200, its follow-up didn't fly at all...very sad.
#2 | swazi on October 30 2011 11:01:05
Too bad there is still no CD release of this gem. Sad Definitely another one for the potential Rock Candy to-do list.
#3 | rkbluez on July 03 2012 02:50:52
I'd buy this on CD for sure if Rock Candy did it...I could replace my from vinyl remaster.
#4 | super80boy on May 16 2013 02:27:37
Some good tempo changes and solid vocal treatments on what is a consistently delivered set of AOR melodic rock.
#5 | gdazegod on May 16 2013 05:07:58
Yep, 7 years on since I wrote this article, still no reissue. Come on, 'Trouble At Home' has been reissued, and that's a far inferior album to this..
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