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Sunrise - 1977 Sunrise

ARTIST: Sunrise
ALBUM: Sunrise
LABEL: Buddah Records
YEAR: 1977


LINEUP: Domenic Cicchetti - keyboards, vocals * Michael Berman - lead vocals, bass * Ronn Payne - guitars, vocals * Greg Vance - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Ask Now * 02 Find Some Time * 03 Sunrise Scherzo * 04 Can I Tak You Home * 05 Saturn Rain * 06 Just Want You Around * 07 Christine * 08 Found My Love * 09 Blue Bessie Bossa

Here's one of those dime-a-dozen late 70's label tax write-offs that gave plenty of choice and colour to record bins, but understandably due to next to zero promotion from the groups label, Sunrise failed to ignite any warm fuzzies from the record buying public at large. I know I passed over it more than a few times based on the embarrassingly cheesy back photo of the group, but again judging a book by its cover is always foolish and a few years ago I picked it up for just a couple bucks and was pleasantly surprised.

The Songs
Produced by The Beach Boys Bruce Johnston, the mood as to be expected is upbeat and cheery and very 1970's. One can hear bits and pieces of Treasure, Styx, Pablo Cruise, Driver, Hush and a host of early AOR sounds that to this listener is a delight to the ears. Check out that ARP on 'Find Some Time'- I'm in heaven! What I like about Sunrise is they seemed to be a pop band first, AOR second. Much of the lyric content is boy meets girl, love found and lost, but the juxtaposition between rock and near bubblegum gum pop is fascinating and just when you think you have these guys figured out they throw in a fiery fusion instrumental with 'Saturn Rain'! Didn't see that one coming!

In Summary
All in all Sunrise is a fun listen that I wish I had picked up years earlier. What happened to these guys after the record tanked is not certain although keyboardist Domenic Cicchetti went on to be part of Meatloaf's touring band in the late 80's. I wonder if he included Sunrise in his resume.

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#1 | journstyx on May 23 2008 16:03:41
Hi Eric,

After reading your reviews I ordered both Sunrise and Boatz. Pretty much spot on reviews and 2 good additions to my vinyl catalogue.
Best regards, Journstyx.
#2 | rostoned on May 23 2008 17:11:23
me too....eric a certain vinyl shop in southern california should give you a hefty % over my purchases with them after one of yer reviews appears on GD! *blushing*
#3 | Eric on May 23 2008 23:58:50
Glad I could help!
#4 | gdazegod on July 05 2012 12:00:15
Have just recently heard from Domenic Cicchetti and Michael Berman. More to follow. Eric, check your email very soon..
#5 | gdazegod on September 16 2016 00:16:39
For those that are interested, here is a RAR of the Sunshine album.

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