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Browne, Duncan - 1979 Streets Of Fire



ARTIST: Browne, Duncan
ALBUM: Streets Of Fire
LABEL: Logo (UK), Sire (USA)
SERIAL: LOGO 1016, SRK 6080
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 1989, Line Records (Germany), TACD 9.00786 0 * 1997, MSI (Japan), MSI 16102<

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Duncan Browne - vocals, guitars * Tony Hymas - keyboards * John Giblin - bass * Simon Phillips - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fauvette * 02 American Heartbeat * 03 She's Just A Fallen Angel * 04 Streets Of Fire * 05 Nina Morena * 06 Things To Come * 07 (Restless) Child Of Change * 08 Cancion De Cuna: Street Echoes (For M.)

WEBLINKS: www.insyncnet.com/duncan


Background
A while back we reviewed the first Metro album from 1976 which featured the duo of Duncan Browne and Peter Godwin. A classic art rock album, 'Metro' is revered by fans of the genre but the relationship between Browne and Godwin was strained at best and Browne left to pursue a solo career while Godwin carried on with two more albums under the Metro moniker; 'New Love' and 'Future Imperfect', both of varied quality. In hindsight, Browne's decision was a right one releasing two superb albums 'The Wild Places' in 1978 and a year later 'Streets Of Fire' which unbelievably would be his last album before going into television and commercial work for the better part of the 80's.


The Songs
'Fauvette' kicks off the album with a rich blend of Chris Rea and Dire Straits with Browne's unique vocal style taking center stage. 'American Heartbeat' is at least four years ahead of it's time pre-dating the synth pop direction Duran Duran, Tears For Fears and The Fixx would take in 1983. Very catchy, should have been a hit and just a hint at Browne's genius. The title track 'Streets Of Fire' is a fusion based instrumental letting Browne and his stellar band cut loose and again Browne's guitar style is very reminiscent of Chris Rea on this cut. Side two is even more interesting as 'Nina Morena' features ethic drumming in a moody piece of world music that is stunning to say the least. I can't come up with any comparison for this track or for the following two: 'Things To Come' and '(Restless Child Of Change'. Totally original progressive pop that has no peer with the closing instrumental 'Cancion de Cuna: Street Echoes' capping off this unique album off perfectly.


In Summary
A beautiful and timeless record, 'Streets Of Fire' and the equally excellent 'The Wild Places' were reissued on the German Line label in the 1990's and again in Japan a few years later. A mini-LP version of 'Streets Of Fire' recently surfaced from Japan, but it too is now out of print. Do what you can to get a copy, on LP if you have to. Pop music at its very best from a musician who's life was way too short with Browne passing away from cancer in 1993.


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#1 | trillion1999 on October 10 2011 17:12:09
Kisarazu from The Wild Places sounds like Stationary Traveller Camel IMHO.in love
 
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