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Westwind - 1983 Westwind

ARTIST: Westwind
ALBUM: Westwind
LABEL: Westwind Entertainment
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Dave Jobe - guitars, vocals * Arnold Lee Buhmann - keyboards, vocals * Leary Jobe - bass, vocals * Don Sjoboen - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Hold Back * 02 Shady Lady * 03 Rock N Roll Rebel * 04 Runners In The Night * 05 Loser * 06 Take A Chance On Me * 07 Top Of The Rock * 08 Eulogy

Another band from the lost and found files are Westwind. These guys came out of the Pacific Northwest area (South Seattle, Puyallup) during the early 80's, and have a nice sound somewhere in that zone occupied by Redvette, Link, Alecstar, and fill out their songs with a healthy assortment of keyboard parts. Unfortunately the album is not blessed with a super production, but that's to be expected given the small scale production. The album cover is pure genius! Take a Battlestar Galactica battlestar, with the band playing in the launch bay whilst destroying a planet at the same time. Whoever dreamed this up deserves a medal! lol!

The Songs
Opener 'Don't Hold Back' is perhaps the band's best track, and a good representation of their overall sound. 'Shady Lady' despite the dodgy lyrics and song title is quite a catchy tune. Check out the stolen parts from Kansas's 'Carry On Wayward Son' towards the end of the song. 'Rock N Roll Rebel' is strong in the guitar department but the song is not really a stand-out. The piano intro to 'Runners In The Night' is a great scene-setter, and meanders all the way through its 5min 55sec running time with only a lead guitar solo right toward the end giving it a belated edge. 'Loser' is a good song which helps retain their AOR credibility with ease. It's lightweight with a nod to all those aforementioned bands. 'Take A Chance On Me' features a bunch of tickly bar-room type piano and as a result, keeps it in that category. 'Top Of The Rock' is a regimented piece of rock with an insistent keyboard motif and constant cymbal smashing which detracts the song a bit. At 6 minutes, 'Eulogy' is the longest song on offer. Slightly epic with a ton of synths, but it doesn't build to a crescendo, and fades out rather innocuously rather than going out on a blast!

In Summary
There's not a lot out there on Westwind through the Google/Interweb alliance, but it appears the members still reside in the local area, though not involved in this type of music any more. Westwind as an album is not bad, but not great either. Some good ideas but the band are stuck in that crossover territory of whether to be a pomp band or a good bar band.

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#1 | super80boy on September 14 2013 16:55:29
Great private press melodic rock AOR album for the indie obscurity hunters such as myself. Some good pomp moments and keyboards, especially in "Loser" and "Don't Hold Back".
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