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Raw Silk - 1990 Silk Under The Skin

ARTIST: Raw Silk
ALBUM: Silk Under The Skin
LABEL: Unisound
SERIAL: 8803011
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: George Florakis - vocals * Apostolis Bakopoulos - guitars * Mihalis Tsoukalas - guitars * Rory Christopoulos - keyboards * Yanis Plagianakos - bass * Kostas Kyriakidis - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Second Advent * 02 Journey Of No Return * 03 Irene * 04 Heroes Don't' Cry * 05 Street Girl * 06 Just Like A Dream * 07 Broken Vows * 08 Fever

Not a lot known about these boys, and that's to be expected, as Greece is hardly the AOR-tropolis of the world now is it? After listening to this effort 'Silk Under The Skin' you just have to wonder, what other weird and wonderful outposts around the globe have bands playing up to this calibre? Raw Silk for what it's worth, fly the flag for Greece in much the same way as Elektradrive did for Italy. It's good quality AOR with an overkill on keyboard/guitar interplay, though still burdened with that perception of Euro acts from that era who were trying hard to be American. When I first slapped this on, I thought it was Giuffria revisited, but then other UK hopefuls like Tobruk and Outside Edge also get a look-in. Though the keyboards are full-on, the band are blessed with two guitarists, ensuring no let-up with 6-string flurries a plenty!

The Songs
Starting off with the fast paced 'Second Advent', the band mimic British 80's outfits like Briar, Midnight Blue to a tee! Get those fingers primed and ready on your air keyboards as 'Journey Of No Return' is gonna send your digits to hell and back. Even punchier is the album highlight 'Irene' - the interplay throughout will send this one back to repeat play mode! Raw Silk over-extend their hand on the epic war-tune 'Heroes Don't Cry', complete with helicopter effects, tearful strings, and saluting brass parps. A bit melodramatic dontcha think? For the next tune they leave the battlefield behind and head off into the murky depths of the night with 'Street Girl'. Pretty simple and effective.. the song that is, not the girl! With 'Just Like A Dream' the band emulate the likes of Bad Habit with this poppy upbeat ditty! On the other hand, 'Broken Vows' doesn't leave an indentation on my ears unfortunately, while 'Fever' unlike the name, is a little too lukewarm for my tastes. Very unfeverish.

In Summary
However, there is a lot of merit with this relatively rare release. Where these guys ended up is anyone's guess. However, the good thing is, Raw Silk is now available again on CD, though the annoying thing about it is the short track time for 8 songs. In any event, you can track it down at Target Records. Email Robert and tell him that George sent ya. You just might get a good deal! Fans of keyboard laced AOR at the heavier end of the spectrum will need no invitation.

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#1 | george_the_jack on May 31 2008 11:49:39
A must for all true AOR fans I had the luck to attend the one and only-so far- raw silk's reunion concert in October 2004. A very special record not only for Greece but for the whole genre
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