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Redstone - 1988 Redstone [ep]



ARTIST: Redstone
ALBUM: Redstone
LABEL: Red Pebble Records
SERIAL: RPD 8908
YEAR: 1988

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jon S. Hemingway - lead vocals, keyboards * Rob Faler - guitar, backing vocals * Kent Persons - sax, backing vocals * Steve Quas - bass, backing vocals * James Harrison - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Not Another Tear * 02 Someday * 03 Our Love * 04 High Infidelity


Background
This little 4-track CD/EP from AOR undergrounders Redstone will strike an immediate chord with those of you into the purest form of the genre. Fans of Beau Coup, Preview, Fortune etc.. listen up.. From my initial investigation, this band emanated from the Idaho region, and only released this one off effort, but boy, what an effort. Apart from this, I know very little about this lot, but believe me, I hope to have a full expose on Redstone in the coming weeks.


L-R: Kent Parsons, James Harrison, Rob Faler, Steve Quas, Jon S Hemingway



The Songs
As this is only a four track effort, we'll take you on an individual run-through. Not Another Tear - musically, think along the lines of Melidian and 707. The keyboard and guitar interplay is beautiful, the arrangement is the stuff that major label bands should've been blasting out. Jon Hemingway's vocals are a feature too! Someday - classic AOR keyboards and overall drama make this an absolute winner. It has elements of Preview. You sure this guy isn't Jon Fiore? Our Love - this is band's obligatory ballad, and initially I was hearing REO Speedwagon's 'I Can't Fight This Feeling', particularly the Neal Doughty piano motif. However, Redstone move this tune in a slightly different direction. High Infidelity - no this isn't REO Speedwagon again, but more along the lines of Bystander's flavour. Again, harmony vocals come to the fore.


In Summary
Redstone's 4-track CD is a little gem, that there is no doubt. If you like indie efforts by the likes of Band Central Station, Kamera or Riddler (all three feature a wealth of Journey, Boston and Survivor threads throughout their music), then Redstone are well worth seeking out, even if it is only four tracks. I am hopeful to have more info on the band courtesy of one of the band members. Fingers crossed we can bring more info to you here at GLORY-DAZE.


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#1 | swazi on September 28 2011 19:37:40
A really rare little gem ....! Sad I have a good CDR, but I wish I had an original CD. One for the looooong reissue list.
#2 | gdazegod on April 09 2016 00:43:10
Redstone - 1988 Someday
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