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Light - 1981 Keys

LABEL: Abintra
SERIAL: AR 13731
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: W. McDowell III - bass, vocals * Jeff Lantz - keyboards * Steve Walker - drums, percussion, vocals * Jeff Hornbeck - guitars, vocals * Jim Farrelly - saxophones * Robin Steele, Kevin Kaiser, Shawn Phillips, Karl Hinkle - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Keys * 02 Do What You Gotta Do * 03 Light Of The World * 04 Wild Goose Chase * 05 Tryin' To Reach You * 06 It's For You Part I * 07 It's For You Part II * 08 Say What You Mean * 09 I.B.S * 10 Won't You Come Home * 11 Move On, Move Up

Was it something in the water? What was going on in Indiana back in the 70's that became such a breeding ground for pomp and progressive bands Ethos, Stencil Forest, Yezda Urfa and Roadmaster, not to mention artists like John Cougar Mellencamp and Faith Band and well.. we could go on for quite awhile about Indiana's rich musical history and forever wonder why, but in the meantime here's another band to add to that extensive and impressive list - Light. These guys produced just one album with what has to be one of the most beautiful album covers I've seen. They played the local Indianapolis club scene of the day, but it's unclear if they ventured out any farther or what happened to the band in the end.

The Songs
If you dig the sounds of Pink Floyd without the gloom, Alan Parsons Project, Camel, Barclay James Harvest and Supertramp then this record is definitely for you! This is a sophisticated progressive pop album that never really 'rocks out' but is all the better for it. Standout tracks are the Alan Parson Project influenced 'Light Of The World' and the two part 'It's For You' that features guitar legend Shawn Phillips who has released a number of good albums as a solo artist. Good stuff overall and 'Keys' has a cosmic and spacey feel which is why I draw comparisons to Pink Floyd as some of the tape introductions could have been lifted directly off 'The Wall'.

In Summary
A nice little album and while not a full blown prog rock extravaganza, 'Keys' holds it's own as one of the better Ameriprog albums and will have appeal for the more AOR minded out there as well. You know who you are.

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#1 | gdazegod on January 01 2013 07:14:57
Nice cover. Reminds me of the movie 'Avatar', only just..
#2 | swazi on January 01 2013 16:37:51
Hmm ..., this sounds just like my cup of tea. Does anyone have a version to D/L somewhere ?
#3 | super80boy on April 22 2014 03:29:29
This one off definitely has a cool fantasy themed album jacket, and yeah, it's got that Avatar movie thing going on too…The music, well there are a few notable tracks - 'Do What You Gotta Do', 'Light Of The World' and the quirky closing instrumental 'Move On, Move Up'. The rest isn't bad, just very laid back with sprinkles of prog…
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