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Break Point - 2006 First Serving

ARTIST: Break Point
ALBUM: First Serving
LABEL: Regeneration Records
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Daved Hallcom - vocals * Steve Tolley - vocals, guitars * Trevor Johnson - guitars, vocals * Martin Gerschwitz - keyboards, violins, vocals, bass * Jim Stacey - bass, vocals, guitars * Mario Gerhards - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Never Be That Way * 02 The Best Of Me * 03 Lifetime * 04 Down Down Down * 05 Hard Road * 06 French Fried Kiss * 07 Front Row Girl * 08 The Wurst Song * 09 Rockin' Rollin' *10 Sign Your Life Away * 11 In My Mind * 12 Fallin' In Love Again * 13 Trust Your Mind



Well then, this is a turn-up for the books. A true long-lost relic from the glory days, from a Frankfurt based outfit which boasted personnel from Germany, Britain and the USA! Break Point's origins go way back to 1978, formed from the ashes of local area bands Crystal Ridge and Twigg. The band played the US military club circuit, a good money earner and kept them busy for at least six nights a week playing gigs. By 1980, the band went into the studio to release a nine track LP which was 'First Serving', full of Toto and Styx comparisons. They also did a local German tour in support of Mothers Finest during 1983 and even ventured over to the US supporting Texan metal band Sabotage and Australian rocker Billy Thorpe. Upon their return, the band went through a change of lead singers, entertained a recording contract with MCA/Rocshire but turned it down (just as well really, that label went belly-up and got into legal problems), they then lost their keyboardist who moved to the USA, signed to small time label in Germany, did some work with the Miller Brewing Company, but ultimately split up when their new singer also left for the USA. An interesting tale indeed..

The Songs
So what of this CD 'First Serving'? Well it was re-released by an American label called Regeneration Records, which has well-known label rep Dave Tedder at the helm. The CD is a combination of those initial nine tracks, plus four tracks that include their second lead singer, Brit Steve Tolley (tracks 10-13). As mentioned earlier, the band are right in the middle lane of AOR, with Toto as a prime influence. Those four Tolley tracks see the band move into Shooting Star territory, Tolley's vocals a deadringer for Gary West. There are other references as well: fellow Germans Lake and the recently reviewed Raindancer would be good comparisons, and when the band get the keyboards going Styx rears its head. Their sound is quite pompous and full, the instrumentation very tight - understandably so from a band that gigged constantly. This CD should be investigated by all fans of the genre.

In Summary
Break Point split up in the late eighties, with keyboardist Martin Gerschwitz being the current keyboardist of 60's/70's dinosaurs Iron Butterfly - an outfit who are still out there on the classic rock circuit. He also did stints with Loverboy, Meatloaf and Lita Ford. Jim Stacey of course joined fellow Germans Accept during their 'Eat The Heat' period. 'First Serving' is an admirable re-release by Regeneration Records, who it seems are another addition to the labels involved in classic rock re-releases. A very good introduction to Break Point, a band - who though no longer active, leave us with a thoroughly enjoyable AOR legacy from that time honoured era between 1978-1988. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.

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