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Taylor, B.E (Group) - 1982 Innermission

ARTIST: Taylor, B.E (Group)
ALBUM: Innermission
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Billy Taylor - vocals * Rick Witkowski - guitars * Nat Kerr - keyboards * Joe Macre - bass * Joey D'Amico - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Never Hold Back * 02 Stand Up For Love * 03 I Like The Way I Feel * 04 Be My Baby * 05 Not Enough Love * 06 Just Like In The Movies * 07 Under The Rug * 08 Makin' My Move * 09 On And On


Another favourite artist here at GLORY-DAZE is B.E Taylor. His AOR pedigree at this point of his career, albeit his early years, were assured within the genre. Originally from Pennsylvania, Billy's musical career was born from his time spent incapacitated as a child. His love of the guitar and singing continued on into his teenage years, joining various bands and playing numerous gigs. During the 70's, Billy formed an association with Donnie Iris, which would prove to be enduring down through the years. While Iris found moderate success with bands such as Wild Cherry and his own band The Cruisers, Billy's path took a different road, which ultimately culminated in a deal with MCA a few years later, the same label as Iris - by chance! 'Innermission', Billy's first record, also featured the Wild Cherry duo of Iris and Mark Avsec in the production chair. Stylistically, Billy offers us a lighter radio rock/AOR style similar to early Stan Bush and in parts Rick Springfield. Not so much of the pure Michael Bolton AOR style we heard a few years later on 'Our World'. The best known member of his band is guitarist Rick Witkowski, previously with cult hard rockers Crack The Sky.

The Songs
Things get off to a great start with the superb 'Never Hold Back', the chorus and synth layers the highlights. Tim Feehan fans will enjoy 'Stand Up For Love', the west-coast sounding arrangement a deadringer for any of his successive work. 'I Like The Way I Feel' gallops along in typical 1982 fashion, while the ballad 'Not Enough Love' hauls in the reins, but not for too long as the track 'On And On' perhaps demonstrates the direction Taylor and his cohorts would take on future albums. A couple of tracks don't quite hit the mark for me. 'Be My Baby' the sixties cover originally sung by The Ronettes is full of eighties synth and fluid guitar runs. Strange to hear it in this context. 'Just Like In The Movies' is quirky, but the reggae synth work does its best to annoy. 'Under The Rug' rumbles along with a disjointed percussive back-beat as its metronome. Usually I enjoy tempo changes but this track is all over the place musically.

In Summary
The album didn't do a lot success wise, and was quite hard to to obtain at the time of its release. As expected, 'Innermission' is still stuck in the land of the vinyl, and does not appear on any re-release schedule that I know of. Taylor's history is well documented here at GLORY-DAZE, with two other AOR albums to his credit, and reviewed previously. Refer to the Tags section below.

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#1 | dangerzone on October 05 2008 13:24:47
Picked this up at last and pretty good too. 'Stand Up For Love' is a classic.
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