ALBUM: Vis A Vis
SERIAL: SD 19208
CD REISSUE: 2006, Wounded Bird, WOU 9208
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: Wally Bryson - lead guitar, vocals * Lex Marchesi - lead guitar, vocals, acoustic piano * Frankie Vinci - keyboards, vocals * Gene Cornish - bass * Dino Danelli - drums
TRACK LISTING: 01 Miles Away * 02 Does She Dance * 03 Snowblind * 04 Just For You * 05 Name Of The Game * 06 If I Can't Believe You * 07 Come Back * 08 Two Way Street * 09 Sweet Lies * 10 Make It Look Like An Accident
After a year of heavy touring, Fotomaker returned to the studio with renewed confidence and energy. The debut album sold relatively well, generating the minor hit 'Where Have You Been All My Life' and great things were expected from their sophomore album and they did not disappoint with 'Vis-A-Vis'. All ten tracks on the album were as solid as they can be and Fotomaker were poised for great things, yet the public at large were apathetic and the 'Vis-A-Vis' disappeared in the cut-out bins a few months after its release.
Saddest of all is the fact 'Vis-A-Vis' is such a great record, a power pop classic and deserved better. Here ex Raspberries
Wally Bryson takes a greater role in the lead vocal department and shines on 'Snowblind' and 'Name Of The Game', the later a perfect fit for FM radio of the day. Still, even with Bryson's strong showing, it's the tracks with vocalist Frankie Vinci that I find most appealing, including the single 'Miles Away' which like the groups previous hit bubbled under major air play. The song is about as close to pop perfection as one can find in 1978, but not far behind are 'Just For You' which bares more than a passing similarity to The Raspberries
and 'Two Way Street', a sugar sweet ballad with a hook that gently embeds itself in your mind wishing it will never end.
Bryson would leave Fotomaker in 1979 which was probably for the best as the band would turn into a soul/disco band with 'Transfer Station' and mercifully split up, having totally lost the direction that made them so special to begin with. Both the Fotomaker debut and Vis-A-Vis' are available on CD from our friends at Wounded Bird Records and are a good spending choice for any music budget.
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