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Day One - 1985 One Look

ALBUM: One Look
LABEL: Day One Music
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2011, Retrospect Records, RR-486


LINEUP: Greg Hughson - guitars, vocals * Craig Otte - keyboards, vocals * Larry Cohn - bass, taurus pedals, vocals * Billy Hall - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Time And Space * 02 Take It Slow * 03 One Look * 04 Waves Of Time * 05 Early Warning * 06 What Else Can I Say * 07 Listen * 08 We Will Survive * 09 Promises Don't Last * 10 Expressions

There are some bands that live up to the hype, and others that don't. I think this lot - Day One, are in the latter category. It's been described as a legendary album by some, but others who have their hearts and emotions closer to the ground would say otherwise. I'm not sure who is doing the singing here, but whoever it is tries hard to emulate Frank Dimino of Angel. That's not a bad thing, considering this does come across with strong Angel overtones in places. Strangely enough, Day One consider this to be a Mini LP, yet there are ten tracks onboard. Mini or Maxi? You be the judge. Sure, the songs are ok if you were'nt focused on the vocals so much. Great chug-a-lug guitar rhythms, a few fancy solos, and the keyboard work from Fusician maestro Craig Otte might be enough to convince AORsters that this is worth every cent of its increasing commodity value on the Ebay market. But no, not quite. The production isn't that bad actually - the drum mix is the only issue for me, though I will add that the guitar sounds like it is mixed through a bucket of treacle in parts. When reviewed on the defunct website, Bruce mentioned that this album was supposedly recorded live, but he couldn't find any evidence of it.. nor could I. What's the story? I wonder if they mean't live in the studio?

The Songs
Day One kick off with a pointless instrumental 'Time And Space', nothing more than a romp through a series of keyboard effects. Chugging into round two is 'Take It Slow', a fast paced pulsing affair akin to Angel. The solo section with guitars and keys is very good. The title track is next, and it's probably the album highlight. 'Waves Of Time' invokes the fast forward button, with its meandering ethereal approach not quite finding the mark. Plinky plonky keys are rife throughout 'Early Warning', the end result is not that good to be honest - the chorus particularly weak. Things improve for 'What Else Can I Say' - much better instrumental interplay, though the song would've benefited from a stronger bass line pulsing through the arrangement. 'Listen' is another great track while the moody 'We Will Survive' has some good moments too. Perhaps the most pompiest moment here is 'Promise Don't Last Long' - a load of keyboards to boot, a cool solo, and an appealing arrangement. The acoustic meanderment of 'Expressions' finishes off the album.

In Summary
Yep, Day One might be very rare, but it's not the all-powering rarity of legend. It's still a good album for collectors of AOR and pomp, and as mentioned, Angel fans might get some value out of this album.. If you are only interested in buying and selling this disc to make a quick buck, then all power to you. Unfortunately, you have to find a copy first - that is the hard part!

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#1 | lllarry on June 24 2009 02:55:30
last bit for your 'trainspotters'before I hit the sack in wondeful Kansas
Here's the lead vocalists in album order...
1. Introduction

Unless your copy is poor quality, you should be able to hear the difference now that you know this.....

#2 | Nick C on May 31 2012 15:20:54
Just noticed that good old Retrospect have re-issued this so no need to pay big bucks to hear it. The sound bites over there quite good so thought I'd take a chance and grabbed a copy.
#3 | swazi on May 31 2012 23:26:13
Yeah, I saw that as well and now it's on my Retrospect 'to buy' list, amongst a few others.
#4 | super80boy on May 05 2014 02:40:58
For an independent private press, which is quite rare in its original vinyl format, One Look fits the bill for obscure indie pomp rock collectors. I believe it to be a satisfying listen. The vinyl version comes with a red colored insert that has lyrics on one side and band info on the other. They seemed to have had an extensive road and stage crew…I wonder what their live shows were like. They seemed to have been from Southern California from everything that the insert states. Gotta like the striking close up face album cover…
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