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Boatz - 1979 Boatz

ALBUM: Boatz
LABEL: Capricorn
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Thom Flora - lead vocals, keyboards * Gary Baker - lead vocals, bass * Pete Carr - guitars * Rick Powell, Roger Clark - drums * Steve Nathan - keyboards * Ronnie Eades, Harvey Thompson - sax * Charles Rose - trombone * Harrison Calloway - trumpet

TRACK LISTING: 01 In The Middle Of The Night * 02 It Was Only The Rasdio * 03 Big Deal * 04 Straight To My Head * 05 Out Of This World * 06 Boomerang Logic * 07 The Ice Age Is Coming * 08 Gone So Long * 09 Sun Comes Down * 10 Blame It On The Future

Many of you will remember LeBlanc & Carr and their hugely successful 1977 single 'Falling' from their only LP 'Midnight Light' (a 1978 promotional album 'LeBlanc & Carr at the Atlantic Studios' exists as well). Tours with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band and Journey followed, but Carr wasn't interested in performing as he was working in the studio and the duo went their separate ways in late 1978. Carr would return a year later with Boatz and a new deal with the Macon, Georgia based Capricorn label. Just how much success the imprint expected from Boatz with no tour support is a mystery since almost every interview I've read with Carr passes over the Boatz story as if it never happened.

The Songs
Boatz offer up some very tasty radio rock, featuring two excellent lead vocalists in Thom Flora and Gary Baker. Honestly, I wonder why so little attention has been given to this album in light of the excellent AOR found herein. Time to correct this injustice and say this is one of the best AOR/Pop albums of 1979 and definitely one you should seek out post haste! Let's start off with side one and 'In The Middle Of The Night' which has a slight southern vibe and is catchy as hell, but it's the second track 'It Was Only The Radio' that sounds very much like REO Speedwagon and screams hit single, but of course never was. 'Big Deal' is a mixture of Pages and Hotel which equals nothing short of pure melodic bliss. 'Straight To My Head' carries on the radio rock tradition with a bouncy number and a killer hook while I am thinking 'why don't more fans of Hotel, the first Silver Condor and All Sports Band know about this LP'? Want more? Sure you do and side two's 'Boomerang Logic' again sounds like REO Speedwagon at their best. The gorgeous 'Gone So Long' sounds like a remake of LeBlanc & Carr's 'Falling' but who cares. It's a wonderful track in the typical 70's style with beautiful vocal work from Flora and Baker. Closing with two up tempo rockers recalling the first Tycoon album I'm hard pressed find any negatives when it comes to Boatz. The production for time is top notch and as pointed out the song quality is stellar, but..

In Summary
Ok, maybe just one grumble and slap on the wrist to Capricorn's art department for mixing up the track listing on the album sleeve. These types of things shouldn't happen, but we have corrected the running order below.

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#1 | jeffduran on May 12 2008 03:16:48
Great review and album. The REO comparisons here are dead on.
#2 | gdazegod on May 12 2008 06:09:58
I want this! Hmm have to start a treasure hunt for it.. shop
#3 | Nick C on May 13 2008 19:52:46
I used to see this everywhere absolutely dirt cheap but looking at the cover (and I used to go a lot off covers) I always expected something 'too lite' for me....maybe in those days it was but as I've mellowed out some with the onset of old age and a life of senility (hahaha) it now sounds right up my street. Might grab a copy of this from Gemm or whenever over the next month or so.
#4 | JuniorNB on September 03 2008 22:41:46
If anyone could upload this to Rapidshare, I'd be greatly appreciative.

By teh same note, I have the LeBlanc & Carr album if anyone needs that.
#5 | windsofmarch on September 09 2012 19:08:08
REO Speedwagon meets funky.Great album.A little like Sunrise one.
#6 | super80boy on October 06 2013 16:14:28
Finally ended up buying this vinyl and glad I did, it's a polished set of melodic mid-tempo AOR with some breezy melodies and late 70's funky tinges. 'Straight To My Head' is very good, along with 'Big Deal'. They also pick up the pace on a number of songs - the excellent 'Out Of This World' and 'Boomerang Logic', which are favorites. Surprised none of these songs saw FM radio charting positions.
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