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Bombay - 1984 Bombay [EP]

ARTIST: Bombay
ALBUM: Bombay (EP)
LABEL: World Records
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2008, Retrospect Records, RR-368


LINEUP: Joel Shipp - vocals, bass * Rick Fowler - guitars, vocals * Russell Daniel - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Say These Things * 02 She Can't Behave * 03 Your Gone * 04 On Your Knees * 05 Rumble Tonight

Well, if you've read the material on this website relating to guitarist Rick Fowler, then you'll already have a fair idea about the man and his musical past. Rick, from Athens Georgia has seen time with the bands Ziggurat and Fortnox, both represented here in terms of reviews and an interview with Rick. To complete the hard rock triumvirate, we look at the short-lived third leg of the treble: the band Bombay, which surfaced in 1984, and like the proverbial Atlantis, sunk just as quickly too. If you consider that Ziggurat were an art-rock/pomp band, and Fortnox were a so-called metal band, then Bombay might be considered to be a welding of the two. However, the trio venture down a melodic rock/AOR path, admirably compared to their contemporaries of the day (1984). The trio's membership are drawn from those aforementioned bands, Shipp was ex Fortnox, Daniel was ex Ziggurat while Fowler was a member of both.

The Songs
British producer Eddie Offord was recruited to produce this 5-track EP, his talents better associated with some of the neo prog bands coming out of the UK during that time. For five songs, it's an appealing listen, with a changeable sound coming through each of the songs. The opener 'Don't Say These Things' kicks off with a neat synth sequence, melodic guitar runs and a heap of vocal choruses. I love the chugga-chugga hard rock of 'She Can't Behave', reminiscent of Fortnox's sound, while 'Your Gone' has this White Sister vibe happening. Probably the most AOR song is the excellent 'On Your Knees', with a ton of keyboards. The EP finishes with the stomping 'Rumble Tonight', which contains the energy of those power pop/rock bands from the late 70's/early 80's.

In Summary
The future of this band was nearly assured, with a prominent management company ready to sign the band. However, according to Rick Fowler, their ex-Manager, still annoyed at the fallout from the Fortnox deal, stuck his sticky-beak in and by stealth, managed to convince the management company to give Bombay a wide-berth. Thus, any future prospects were dashed before they had a chance to get off the ground. Rick found out about this years later, and was none too impressed. In any case, Rick is giving away the EP on his Myspace page (just do a search on Rick Fowler within Myspace), and you can read more about his career, both before and after Bombay on this website..

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#1 | super80boy on May 05 2013 15:41:33
Every song on this little extended player is solid. And there is good chang up of melodies and arrangementts. I wish they had produced a full length given the talent that was on board.
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