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Grand Hotel - 1979 Do Not Disturb



ARTIST: Grand Hotel
ALBUM: Do Not Disturb
LABEL: CBS
SERIAL: CBS 83134
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Colin Campsie - vocals * Danny McIntosh - guitars * Robert Green - guitar, vocals * Ivan Penfold - guitar, keyboards,vocals * George McFarlane - bass, keyboards, vocals * Graham Broad - percussion, drums * Mel Collins - saxophone * Nick Graham - strings

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stranger In A Strange Town * 02 Double Vision Split Decision * 03 Atmosphere * 04 Light Years * 05 Do Not Disturb I * 06 Reach For The Light * 07 Somebody Please * 08 No Dice * 09 Low Life * 10 Secret Life * 11 Do Not Disturb II


Background
I don't know much about this lot, except for the fact that they are British, and guitarist Danny McIntosh once featured in another Brit hard rock outfit called Bandit. Judging by their sound, this is the sort of band that our learned colleague Eric Abrahamsen should be reviewing, such is Grand Hotel's penchant for musical alignment to bands such as Runner, Voyager, 10cc, City Boy et al. If my time-lines are correct, this outfit were actually formed in the USA, and their stay in the public view was akin to a blink of an eye.


The Songs
The album is a bit of a mixed bag, but likeable nonetheless. We'll cover off a couple of the highlights for you. The swirling synths and busy guitars makes the opener 'Stranger In A Strange Town' a palatable listen. 'Light Years' takes on a funky hi-tech sound, like The Average White Band or Climax Blues Band with better production. 'Somebody Please' comes across rather heavy-handed compared to the rest of the album. Check out the near synth bass lines on 'Low Life', or the Russ Ballard like lines of 'Secret Life'.


In Summary
In the 'what ever happened to these guys?' stakes, Campsie and McFarlane hooked up as a pop duo, forming The Quick and Giant Steps during the eighties. The latter outfit had a huge hit in 1988 with the track 'Another Lover', which went to #13 on the Billboard Charts. Campsie is married to well known British singer Beverley Craven, and has also penned tunes for Natalie Imbruglia and The Spice Girls among others. Despite what you might read on the Internet, Campsie was never a star with the British pop duo Go West, as has been claimed. Peter Cox and Richard Drummie have always been the two leading lights in that outfit. As for the other members of Grand Hotel, no idea. perhaps they are still waiting in the lobby? Anyway, despite their brief stay on location, Grand Hotel are one for the record books, and for 70's rock/pop fans no doubt.


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#1 | super80boy on January 04 2015 01:19:54
Interesting, my copy has the song 'Double Vision Split Decision' instead of 'Tell Me What We're Going To Do'. Anyway, this lone offering is armed with a potent blend of AOR, new wave rock, progressive rock and some funk. There are a handful of songs that were tailor made for radio airplay. Side One tends to be more on the high tech side with lots of synth - 'Double Vision Split Decision' is a catchy new wave AOR number with quirky synth moves and then the synth takes on a bigger role in the dance floor funked up concoction 'Light Years'. Side Two comes across with a harder edged delivery theme on 'Somebody Please', 'No Dice' and 'Secret Life'. It's a shame that this didn't reach a wider audience, it's top tier AOR for 1979.
#2 | gdazegod on January 04 2015 02:56:43
Actually Gil, you are right. The song I have named as 'Tell Me What We're Gonna Do' is in fact 'Double Vision Split Decision'. Those words are in the song, but it's not the name of the song.
 
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