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Best Of 2007 - 2007 Eric
A summary of 2007 from Eric Abrahamsen.

Albums Of The Year
2007 - The ten best in no order and why..

The Red Button - She's About To Cross My Mind
The swinging London cover art alone would have sold me having not heard the music, but its all prime time 60's British- Mersey and fantastic at that. The Beatles and early Hollies with modern sensibilities and a Minnesota connection too!

Martin Newell - A Summer Tamarind
Newell has been charting his own uniquely English musical course for years, 'A Summer Tamarind' is one of his best and for fans of Ray Davies and XTC's pastoral period it's a must have. A perfect accompaniment for cominglazy Summer afternoons.

Ken Sharp - Sonic Crayons
We reviewed his second here at GD but never got around to this one-his third and best in my opinion. Wonderful power pop that even sports a cover of bubblegum masters The Archies 'Melody Hill'. What more could you want?

Pale Hollow - Pale Hollow
A release from the near end of 2007 from this Cleveland band that owes plenty of its sound to The Kinks middle period as well as some good old 90's Britpop. Not a duff track here, Pale Hollow is stunner and Michael Allen is an artist to watch.

The Nines - Gran Jukle's Field
The Canadians have been putting out high quality release after release and this one is no exception. Brilliant pop with enough ELO and XTC influences to make any pop fan drool. Excuse me while I clean up!

Melee - Devils & Angels
Yes, it's a pop beauty and I played it to death, something radio didn't do and should have. I am sure most of us have very high expectations for the follow-up.

Paul McCartney - Memory Almost Full
2007 was a high profile year for Macca with a new album, high profile and nasty divorce etc. and there is some snooze factor choosing this album for my top ten, but hell if it isn't a great album! Solid tunes here and no it's not 'Band on the Run', but what is?

The Clientele - God Save the Clientele
These kids weren't even born when the 60's Baroque sound ala The Left Banke/ The Zombies took shape, but if there was ever was a band that captured that gorgeous pop movement and made it it's own it's The Clientele. A beautiful and sublime record that grows with each listen.

Sparkwood - Kaledoscopism
Hard to find and expensive Japanese only release from these Texas power pop cowboys. Like the band's previous 'Jalopy Pop', this CD is as tasty as it gets with enough Jellyfish and Hollies influences to keep everyone happy-well at least me! How 'bout a US release boys?

The Zombies - Live At The Bloomsbury Theatre - London
Last but not least a live recording from Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone. Miracles do happen and this is a wonderful performance of a legendary band or at least half of it. I am a huge Zombies fan and new/ fresh material doesn't come around that often, so this was and is a godsend. While you are at it pick up the DVD too.

In Summary
Yes, there are albums of 2007 that could fall in the 'also ran' category, but listing them is kind of silly for me since the above is the cream of the crop. Writing for an AOR web site and coming up a list like this was tough to be honest. Where are the great AOR albums? I don't think I have ever seen a music scene in such disarray and lacking direction as our beloved genre is at the moment. Perhaps critics in the late 70's and 80's were right? AOR is nothing more than faceless and shallow pap with Journey as its poster child. Of course that's not true but as the late rock critic Lester Bangs once famously said- 'Never trust a band with a logo'. Hmm.., that would cover three quarters of the artists we know and love and I would hate to think that pontificating boob was on to something, but as it stands well into 2008 AOR has very little gas to carry on in the next few years unless something dramatic happens and it would be a shame if we are in the same place next year at this time.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on May 22 2008 01:31:17
I haven't heard that live Zombies cd or dvd. I like the Zombies quite a bit myself. Seems there has been some rarities popping up from the sixties lately, that strange version of Cherish by the Association (I didn't like it though) . Eric, what did you think of Paul's 'Flaming Pie' cd that he did with Jeff?
#2 | Eric on May 22 2008 13:38:59
I recommend picking up last year's 'The Zombies- Into The Afterlife'. Lots of rarites, lost Blunstone singles etc- no 'Cherish' though..

'Flaming Pie'- There's a talk radio DJ here in Minneapolis that uses 'Beautiful Night' as his theme song! A very good album and one of my faves in Macca's catalog.
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