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Tradewind - 1985 Tradewind



ARTIST: Trade Wind
ALBUM: Trade Wind
LABEL: Self Released
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 1985

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kent Krishner - guitars, vocals * Jeff Degitz - drums, percussion, lead vocals * Larry Ahlersmeyer - keyboards, vocals * Mark Dennon - bass, pedals, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 A Hero's Dream * 02 Where Love Fades * 03 No Fun Anymore * 04 Front Page * 05 Only In A Dream * 06 Stand Clear * 07 Room #4 * 08 Love Takes Time * 09 A Feeling Inside * 10 It's Alright


Background
Here we have another 'progressive' influenced band from Indiana, Ft Wayne to be exact. Was it something in the water in this region of the US that produced so many great bands? We will never know, but the influence of Yes and Genesis on the 70's American Midwest scene is hard to ignore and after all, outside of Quebec and New York, the Midwest was progressive rock's largest market back in the day. Just a few short years later from Styx, Starcastle and Kansas to Ethos, Sunblind Lion and Roadmaster, the prairies were on fire with it's own version of English progressive rock, combining Classical influences with a uniquely American pop sensibility. Yes, those were the days when 'Dust In The Wind' still sounded fresh and Styx played in your hometown at least three times a year as support or headliner. If I could turn back time.... OK, I can't turn back time. I have lived most of my life in the Midwest and it's nothing like it was in the 20th century, so waxing nostalgia seems rather silly, but considering the amount of classic music created during this era, let me introduce you to Trade Wind, a band who entered the scene a few years after the 'golden age' of Midwest progressive pomp, but are still worthy of your attention.


The Songs
Trade Wind's sound falls very much in the Saga/Starcastle school of pomp with a definite 80's edge. Vocalist Jeff Degitz sounds similar to Starcastle's Terry Luttrell, without drawing any parallels to Yes. Instrumentally, I am reminded of the last two Starcastle CBS/ Epic albums, but also early Saga with a slight hi-tech feel throughout the ten tracks. Highlights include the opening 'A Hero's Dream', 'When Love Fades' and the very Styx -like 'Only A Dream'. Yet, pride of place must go to the Beatles/Pink Floyd influenced 'It's Alright'. Great stuff and a terrific end to the album.


In Summary
Trade Wind is a very good indie CD that seems to have gone unnoticed among fans of this style? Whatever. Seek it out, buy and enjoy.


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#1 | dangerzone on July 18 2016 22:33:09
I've had this album forever but only just recently took the time to listen to it. It just didn't click with me for some reason. I felt like I was listening to ten bands at once, but Asia kept popping in my head mostly.
 
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