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Liner - 1979 Liner



ARTIST: Liner
ALBUM: Liner
LABEL: Atco
SERIAL: SD 38-113
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Tom Farmer vocals, bass * Eddie Golga - vocals, guitars * Dave Farmer - vocals, drums * Ian Lynn - keyboards

Guests: Mel Collins - tenor, alto & soprano sax solos * Dick Morrissey - tenor sax solos * Ken Bichel - CAT synthesizer, electric piano * Marvin Stamm, John Faddis - trumpet * Barry Rogers - trombone * Ronnie Cuber - baritone sax * George Young - alto sax * Frank Vicari - tenor sax * Arif Mardin - string synthesizer * Gene Orloff - concert master * Cissy Houston, Maretha Stewart, Beverly Ingram - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Keep Reaching Out For Love * 02 Strange Fascination * 03 You And Me * 04 So Much In Love Again * 05 Run To The Night * 06 Sweet Music * 07 (You Know That) It's Alright * 08 Ship On The Ocean * 09 Night Train * 10 Window Pane


Background
Some of you may remember Blackfoot Sue? If not, don't worry you are not alone. The band released a couple good, if slightly average rock albums, 'Nothing to Hide' (1973) and 'Strangers' (1974) but failed to ignite necessary interest from the record buying public, despite developing into a tight live unit with constant touring. A third album was recorded but never released and try as they might, the band carried on until 1977, disbanding for a brief period and reforming under the name Liner.


The Songs
Reportedly influenced by Chicago's massive hit single 'If You Leave Me Now', Liner do sound more American than British with a heavy pop and west coast sound similar to Alessi and fellow Brit's Jigsaw on their 'Pieces of Magic' album. The opening 'Keep Reaching Out For Love' was the first single pulled from the album. A good song and obvious choice, but what holds the song together is guest artist Mel Collins sax work which as always is exemplary. Playing it slightly funky and sticky sweet on 'Strange Fascination' and 'So Much in Love Again', these guys knew what they were doing. Both are catchy tunes played in a style common for the time, but they are so well done it doesn't matter if you heard it all before. Countering side one's 'blue-eyed soul' trend, the final tune, 'Run into the Night' falls more into the Charlie and Player vibe and is in my opinion, the best track on the album. Side two is not quite as strong unfortunately, sliding even further into soul/ funk with only 'Night Train' coming closest to the west coast sound we all know and love. The only other track worthy of mention is 'Ship on the Ocean', not because of the song itself, but because it features Whitney Houston's mother Cissy Houston on background vocals. Who knew?


In Summary
This is not an album you need in your 70's rock collection, but if you come across it cheaply by all means pick it up. After Liner's failed attempt to score points sales wise, the band did yet another complete musical makeover with hair styles to match in the 1980's, this time as Outside Edge releasing a handful of good AOR discs similar to FM and Glass Tiger that are getting a bit expensive on eBay these days. Don't wait too long!


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Comments
#1 | Eric on December 15 2010 00:23:36
Three members went on to release two power pop singles in 1980 'Standing In Line' and 'Shy Girl' on WEA as The Spoilers as well as recording an unreleased album.
#2 | reyno-roxx on February 20 2013 20:41:48
No secret that AOR Heaven are releasing two of the Outside Edge albums in the Classix series next month. Had some great input from David and Tom Farmer for the liner notes that touch a good deal on Liner, Blackfoot Sue and Spoilers. A good deal of the Spoilers stuff wound up on the first Outside Edge album released by WEA France.
#3 | super80boy on October 19 2013 16:02:39
After my first full spin of this one - too much of a light poppy Wescoast vibe for me, but the cover art is cool.
#4 | super80boy on February 11 2018 17:08:46
After another spin, you're right - these guys knew what they were doing and credit has to be given for what I’d call a slick slice of period yacht pop rock. I like the up-tempo funky ‘Strange Fascination’ & ‘Sweet Music’. ‘Run To The Night’ works in some cool guitar riffing on its latter half.
 
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