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805 - 1982 Stand In Line



ARTIST: 805
ALBUM: Stand In Line
LABEL: RCA
SERIAL: NFL 1-8013
YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dave Porter - guitars, vocals * Greg Liss - bass, chapman stick * Ed Vivenzio - keyboards * Frank Briggs - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stand In Line * 02 Young Boys * 03 Fools Parade * 04 Making It All Seem True * 05 Defense * 06 Gimme Everything * 07 Keeping The Spark Alive * 08 Float Away * 09 Out In The Light * 10 Going Nowhere At All


Background
Formed in Upstate New York in 1977, 805 started life as a progressive rock band playing Genesis and Yes covers in clubs across the US and Canada. Now personally, I never thought progressive rock translated very well in a club atmosphere and I imagine in the late 70's there was probably more than one punter who shouted out 'Free Bird!' during an extended keyboard solo. Yet despite the usual obstacles and with the musical tide moving away from progressive rock, 805 persevered, perfecting their craft, landing a record contract with RCA and recording their first album under the tutelage of Dennis Mackay (Brand X, Judas Priest, Shooting Star) at Randy Bachman's Legend Studios in the Pacific Northwest.


The Songs
'Stand in Line' is a high quality album from start to finish and almost immediately noticeable is the slight fusion feel ala Group 87 and Ambrosia throughout the ten tracks, although this is definitely a pop album. Think Saga, Lodgic and Genesis' early 80's work. In fact the Genesis influence is quite strong on the title track featuring some very Tony Bank's influenced keyboard work. 'Young Boys', 'Fools Parade' and Side two's 'Gimme Everything' are the strongest and perhaps more accessible songs here, but I find the progressive material far more interesting, especially the final track 'Going Nowhere at All' which brings to mind Mike Rutherford's brilliant and eccentric 'Smallcreeps Day'. The perfect ending to a perfect album, 'Stand in Line' is definitely one to seek out for those who like their AOR spiced up with a prog rock twist.


In Summary
It's too bad RCA didn't put more effort behind the band, although never to be held back 805 went on to release an independent tape and CD, both of which I have not heard, or knew existed (both are out of print). It will be interesting to get a copy of these and see how far the band 'progressed'!


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#1 | dangerzone on January 09 2008 05:30:11
I have the contents of this album (cheers MUSCLE) plus four tracks not on this album which may be some of the material Eric is referring to. These tracks are 'Paradise', 'Monday', 'Escape From Your Dream' and 'Don't Be Frightened'. All are as excellent as the content of 'Stand In Line'.
#2 | gdazegod on September 05 2013 03:13:06
There's a review of their self released 1989 album 'The Edge Of The World' on RYM. Linked here.. http://rateyourmu...the_world/
#3 | super80boy on October 11 2015 00:18:54
The main single 'Young Boys' is powerful AOR with emotional vocals and great choruses. They produced a video for it as well = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0l6IfoFfGk. 'Defense' is another solid track with its pulsing keyboards and aggressive guitar work. They seem to successfully fuse equal parts progressive and AOR elements in 'Keeping The Spark Alive'..as well as 'Out In The Light'. The album is a curious mix of straight up AOR and progressive leaning pop rock, Recommended. As for their subsequent release 'The Edge Of The World', stay away…it's very weak.
#4 | gdazegod on October 11 2015 02:45:35
805 - 1982 Young Boys
[movie=youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0l6IfoFfGk[/movie]
 
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