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Lost And Found - 1988 Welcome To The Real World

ARTIST: Lost And Found
ALBUM: Welcome To The Real World
LABEL: Under The Influence
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 2009, Retrospect Records, RR-475


LINEUP: Scott Walters - lead vocals * Ted Hoehne - guitars, vocals * Larry Trainor - guitars, vocals * Brian Mercer - vocals, keyboards * Greg Hudson - bass, vocals * Alison Cate - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Welcome To The Real World * 02 Going All The Way * 03 Hear Me * 04 Make It Real * 05 Wait Of the World * 06 I'm So Glad * 07 How Long * 08 Never Alone * 09 Smoke Screen * 10 All The World

I first heard about this Californian band after reading a small article in an issue of Boulevard magazine back in 1991. With Christian origins and beliefs, the band started life back in about 1982, and deliver their musical payload in the same vein as other Christian entities Idle Cure, Allies and Illustrator, though with a added spoonful of pomp thrown into the mix, not unlike the band Bystander. Mostly it's hi-tech stuff, with a load of keyboards in the mix, despite the presence of two guitarists. Seems they have a woman on drums too, keeping the line-up stakes interesting.

The Songs
There are plenty of useful moments onboard. The title track 'Welcome To The Real World' is a pleasant excursion into the world of princes, kings and damsels, for which there is a tale to be told within the melodic rock grooves. 'Going All The Way' is an exercise in hi-tech pomp. Most of you lot will get right into this track. 'Hear Me' has shades of Glass Tiger showing through, following by the polished mid-tempo melodia of 'Make It Real (Tonight)', a slightly laid back tune when compared to the stuff we've heard thus far. The Bystander comparison kicks in on 'Wait Of The World', full of surging verses and climactic choruses. The synth bass gets a workout on the poppy sounding 'I'm So Glad'. A ton of brass parps here too, think any number of bands from this era and you've hit it on the head. One of the highlights of the album is the excellent 'How Long', the galloping guitars being routed through multiple digital delay pedals by the sounds of things. 'Never Alone' is the token ballad, not particularly interesting I must say. Much better is 'Smoke Screen', but it still follows in the footsteps of some of the earlier stuff we've heard. Album closer 'All The World' doesn't add much to the overall scheme of things, the album having run its race by about track seven.

In Summary
This is a pretty rare release now, considering it is an indie and deserves wider recognition. The production is ok for an indie, though a bit of work on the drum mix wouldn't have gone amiss. From an era when Christian rock bands were dime a dozen, these days you couldn't find one for love nor money. Perhaps the band should have renamed themselves Found And Lost? Not a bad little album that is worth the hunt., but don't pay an arm or a leg.

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#1 | jeffduran on July 15 2008 05:29:19
agree christian rock/metal produced some great releases between the years 1986-92. now they seemed to have gone the way of the dodo.
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