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Able Kane - 1983 Stealin' The Show

ARTIST: Able Kane
ALBUM: Stealin' The Show
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Steve Parry - guitar, vocals * Jeff Nardo - bass, vocals * Robert Alek - lead vocals * Joe Romano - drums, vocals * Dave Dettra - keyboards, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love On The Run * 02 Til The End * 03 Never Let Me Go * 04 You And Me * 05 No Love And No Trust * 06 No Milk Today * 07 Please Don't You Leave Me * 08 Stay With Me * 09 Can't Rely On Me * 10 Come See Me

Here's a Philadelphia based band that were doing the rounds back in the early 80's. Not they sound remotely like anything associated with that famous 'Philly Sound', instead they take their cue from obscure pomp bands from the same era. Just who is a distinct influence for this band is unclear - though I would say a harder rockin' version of Roadmaster and a smidgen of Aviator would not be out of the question. Though the keyboards are played in the wonderful tradition of GLORY-DAZE favourites, it is the guitars from future Heavens Edge guitarist Steven Parry that would keep the band on the hard rockin' side of the fence. The other distinct feature of this band are the high-pitched vocals of Robert Alek. Robert's vocals are a mix of Robin McAuley and Mark Boals - though not as hard-hitting (particularly not when compared to Boals).

The Songs
'Love On The Run' the opener is by far the most impressive, probably because the keyboards are quite prominent. Straight away you are introduced to Robert Alek's overpowering vocals. Great if you enjoy that sort of thing, not so if you don't. 'Til The End' is the acoustic ballad on the album. Not bad, it kinda soars, but probably should've been further down the track order. 'Never Let Me Go' is pretty good too, though by now, my ears are getting sore listening to the singer! lol! 'You And Me' is played in a pop-rock style with less than convincing results, I didn't like 'No Love (No Trust)' either, which staggered it's way to the end of Side One. 'No Milk Today' is a cover of an old Hermans Hermits track, and an unusual selection for a cover-song I must say - though if you didn't know this fact, it might've been far more appealing. 'Please Don't You Leave Me' is a slower rocker (not a ballad as such) with a bluesy touch but again Alek's vocal makes this one quite hard work to listen to. 'Stay With Me' is another of the highlights with good use of keys and thrilling guitar riffs, whereas 'Can't Rely On Me' is a straight-forward rocker with Aviator colourings. Alek's high-pitched vocals dominate on the closer 'Come See Me', if you can ignore this issue then you'll find this track is like Aviator with keyboards.

In Summary
The album jacket only lists seven songs, but there are ten. Plus, the track listing is all over the place. So much for quality control huh! We've had a stab at the three missing track titles. Able Kane use 'me' in their song titles as much as Air Supply use the term 'love' on most of their albums. I'm sure this will raise the eyebrows of many AOR trainspotters, but in summary, I would've given this more of a healthier endorsement if not for the offputting vocals of Mr Alek. Still, that won't deter many of you to seek out a copy..

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#1 | super80boy on January 16 2013 04:16:11
Just acquired a copy of this and it's solid independent pomp rock. After initially finding it via this site, i searched for years. Your review is very accurate. Thanks for bringing this obscurity to light.
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