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Up All Night - 1995 Up All Night



ARTIST: Up All Night
ALBUM: Up All Night
LABEL: Alfa Brunette (Japan)
SERIAL: ALCB-3065
YEAR: 1995
CD REISSUE: 1995, Long Island Records, LIR00121

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dave Whittaker - guitars, bass, keyboards, drum programming, backing vocals * Steve Young - lead vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heart And Soul * 02 Samantha * 03 Burning Bridges * 04 It's Over Now * 05 Forevermore * 06 Keep The Wolves Away * 07 Don't Go Solo * 08 Eye Of The Storm * 09 Good Bye * 10 Samantha (Acoustic version)


Background
I don't profess to knowing a lot about this duo, but as an all round effort, it's pretty good. From New York, Up All Night take a stab at AOR similar to outfits like The Works, Tradia and Sing Sing. Mostly, these songs have stickability power, a couple don't quite hit the mark, but for an album that was initially offered up as a Japanese release only, the CD is much better than a few Jap only releases that were being offered up by British bands around about the same time, such as Janstate, Midnight Blue and Vinci..all poor efforts by comparison.


The Songs
Probably the best known song here is the power ballad 'Samantha', which also gets an acoustic reworking as a bonus track at the end of the CD. 'Burning Bridges' is tremendous stuff, all AORsters should get off on this one. This one could've sat quite easily on that great Sing Sing CD which would appear a couple of years later. Another searing power ballad is the wonderful 'It's Over Now', the insistent keyboard layers and melodies cascade over melodic vocals. Whittaker, obviously a talented individual showcases his abilities on 'Forevermore', combining the magic of BLVD and The Outfield. 'Keep The Wolves Away' is a lush affair, as is the ballad 'Eye Of The Storm', while 'Goodbye' is more well produced and (dare I say it) hi-tech AOR.


In Summary
As mentioned, the album was initially released in Japan during 1995, and subsequently re-released on Long Island Records in 1995 as well, which is probably where most people have heard this album before. The duo have obviously listened to a lot of AOR and melodic rock in their time, because so many influences crop up during the listening time. This is AOR for the purists, with plenty of keys, melodic moments and good ideas.


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#1 | george_the_jack on November 25 2009 20:59:08
'Burning Bridges' is simply a stunning slice of AOR! Top class
#2 | rostoned on October 14 2015 12:51:50
George I have the japanese Brunette CD too and can confirm it was issued in Japan originally in 1995 not 1991, so same year as the Long Island edition. The songs are do copyrighted 91 but I guess it is the first year of release that counts so me thinks this should be moved to year of our Lord nineteenninetyfive....music
#3 | gdazegod on October 14 2015 23:04:23
1995 it is.. Thumbs Up
 
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