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Machine, The - 1987 The Machine [EP]

ARTIST: Machine, The
ALBUM: The Machine (EP)
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Marty O'Farrell - vocals * Walt Johnson - guitars * Ted Neiland - keyboards, vocals * John Macko - bass * Jim Pompeo - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love Fantasy * 02 For The Night * 03 Take Me * 04 Girl Girl Girl

Seattle based band The Machine may have released one solitary EP back in 1987, but they are by no means a flash-in-the-pan outfit who came and went in a hurry. No indeed, this band have been around for years and continue to operate in the current day (2007/2008). Formed as far back as 1975 by guitarist Walt Johnson, all of the above named members have played in various bands over the years. Perhaps the best known is bassist John Macko who was also working with major label band Fifth Angel at around the same time.

The Songs
'The Machine' is a four-track demo of pleasant AOR. If this was an indication of what they were doing at the time then it surprises me that they weren't picked up by a major label. Leading out with 'Love Fantasy', the lead instrument is the piano with tinkly keyboard lines. 'For The Night' has a pleasant Bruce Hornsby And The Range 'does AOR' vibe to it, very nice. The third track 'Take Me' is a hi-tech sounding slice of AOR, with more than a hint of Boulevard to it. The band finish up the EP with 'Girl (Girl Girl)'.

In Summary
As mentioned, the band continue to play in the Seattle area though with a completely different line-up. Walt Johnson handed over the reins of The Machine to drummer Jim Pompeo in 1997, retired from the band, and hooked with another outfit playing the classic rock/golden oldies circuit called No Rules. The Machine as it turns out are also part of that classic rock/covers circuit as well now - thrice removed from their AOR heydays the 80's. Ted Neiland has his own band now (The Ted Neiland Band) while it is unsure what O'Farrell is doing, nor what is happening in the Fifth Angel camp, for which Macko is still a member (of what I'm not quite certain).

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#1 | super80boy on October 06 2013 00:48:37
Very polished mild manner AOR with a good vocalist at the helm. Would have liked to have heard them pump it up a few notches. 'Take Me' is the standout with it's high tech vibe and decent guitar riffing towards the end. Overall not a bad private press obscurity and worth checking out when it pops up.
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