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Da Vinci - 2000 Unfinished Business

Lars Aass - vocals
Gunnar Westlie - guitars
Dag Selboskar - keyboards
Ken Sandin - bass
Jarle Maloy - drums

After a couple of albums for Mercury/Polygram, Norwegian AORsters Da Vinci found themselves on the outer by the turn of the decade. Their 1987 debut and 1989's 'Back In Business' are both favourites among the many readers here, but I would speculate and say that if the band had managed one more album judging by what I've heard on this 'Unfinished Business' effort, then the band could quite easily have become cult superstars. This material harks back to 1990, but by then the band were label-less. Without a doubt this is some of the most spectacular unreleased AOR I've ever heard (bar Shem, Fire, British Lion and a few others). How the heck this missed the boat I'm damned if I know! Thankfully some smart arses have compiled eleven of their best tracks onto CD (or is it CDR). Whether it's legit or not I don't know, but for the sake of reviewing this album on its merits, I'm sure the band (should they read this) will forgive me the opportunity to blast it out into internet-space, because it surely needs to be better known by all and sundry.

The Songs
There are many highlights and few (if any) low-lights on this collection. It doesn't get better than the kick-off track 'Blame It On The Radio' - the crackle of the tuning dial, leading directly into an AOR beauty. Bad Habit is the obvious comparison with 'Breathless' particularly those stabbing keyboard lines. The first of the genuine/pure AOR tracks is heard with 'One Of A Kind'.. man I could listen to this stuff all day. 'Wait For You' is a Glen Burtnick styled ballad followed by the parping fare of 'Where Eagles Dare', an eighties throwback to Treat or Europe flavoured scandi-rock, though the lead guitarwork of Westlie smacks of Dann Huff. The sublime 'Won't Be The One' is an album highlight, and is easily the greatest ballad that Toto never wrote! A fantastic tune without doubt. 'Action' is a racy affair, as is 'Stand Up' to a certain degree, though this one has countrymen Stage Dolls influence all through it. 'Dancing' and 'Electric Lady' are both high-powered melodic rockers while the closer 'Edge Of A Broken Heart' sticks to the tried and true scandi-rock model that this band know so well.

In Summary
I am aware of some other tracks that were recorded at the time (1990) but they do not appear on my disc. Tracks such as 'Leads Me Back To You', 'Ain't No Goodbyes', 'How Many Miles', 'Last Generation' and 'You're The Only One' will no doubt appear at some stage in future. Recently, MTM Classix released the debut Da Vinci debut album. They could do no worse than release this material officially, grab all the recorded material, give it a digital spring clean (and I mean SPRING CLEAN, not like the shit job they did on the RPM album) and release it with a booklet. For goodness sake, this material deserves a medal for unrecognised duty to the genre! lol!

Track Listing:
01 Blame It On The Radio
02 Breathless
03 One Of A Kind
04 Wait For You
05 Where Eagles Dare
06 Won't Be The One
07 Action
08 Stand Up
09 Dancing
10 Electric Lady
11 Edge Of A Broken Heart

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#1 | gdazegod on May 09 2010 00:11:14
A recent correction made to this article.. Ken Sandin played bass on this material, rather than Bjorn Boge. Thanks for the update Ken.
#2 | kim_hp on June 18 2013 07:11:36
Where can one get this stuff on CD? Is it still not released officially?!

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