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New England - 1979 New England



ARTIST: New England
ALBUM: New England
LABEL: Infinity
SERIAL: INF 9007
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 1998, Renaissance (USA), RMED00187

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: John Fannon - vocals, guitars * Jim Waldo - keyboards * Gary Shea - bass * Hirsh Gardner - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hello Hello Hello * 02 Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya * 03 P.U.N.K (Puny Undernourished Kid) * 04 Shall I Run Away * 05 Alone Tonight * 06 Nothing To Fear * 07 Shoot * 08 Turn Out The Light * 09 The Last Show * 10 Encore

WEBLINKS: www.newenglandrocks.com


Background
An excellent AOR band from Boston, who came out of nowhere during 1979, to release a widely distributed album on the MCA subsidiary Infinity. Pretty talented mob too, with a lush symphonic style melded with some solid and at times brutal guitar work from front-man John Fannon. New England's sound has a resemblance to luminaries Boston, Journey, and a rockier version of Foreigner, and when compared to those greats, it's not hard to see why these guys were revered in the same breath. The band and the album attracted an impressive production team, with Kiss'ster Paul Stanley and AOR/Pomp producer Mike Stone involved with the project. I do remember buying this album as a teenager, and even spotting the bands video for 'Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya' back in those heady days. The remainder of the songs are a wonderful amalgam of guitar power, keyboard wizardry, and brute strength drumming by Hirsh Gardner.


The Songs
Bare witness to songs such as 'P.U.N.K', 'Nothing To Fear' and 'Shoot' which has hints of Canada's Streetheart running through it.. The more melodious moments are represented by album opener 'Hello Hello Hello', and the glorious ballad 'Shall I Run Away'. There are some hints as to their future direction taking a quirky dare I say it 'new wave' approach with the last track called 'Encore'. Somewhere in the territory that fellow Boston-ites The Cars took their musical career. And for those who have heard New England's second album 'Explorer Suite' it's not hard to see where the direction and perhaps influences came from.


In Summary
Anyhow, a good album, a great band, and nice to know that all the members are still involved in the business in one way of another. Take a visit to their site listed below and find out more about the band.


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#1 | sabace on April 07 2006 18:42:57
a good lp but I can't understand fannon singing with an english accent? maybe his beatles hero worship got the better of him!
#2 | Jez on January 27 2007 11:59:51
First heard 'Don't Ever Wanna' Lose Ya' on the 'Precious Metal' compilation back in 1980 (along with the mighty Axe), and it has remained one of my alltime fave songs ever since. Definately one of the best debuts ever released - even to day, this stands head and shoulders above the competition, showing how it should be done. Power, Melody and most importantly Quality throughout. One of the few that deservedly gets the 100 rating, and there ain't many of them. My fave disc EVER!
#3 | gdazegod on February 11 2008 21:57:35
This album got a domestic release in New Zealand back in 1979.. believe it or not! I picked it up for NZ$7.50. Plus the video for 'Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya' screened on primetime NZ telly ('Ready To Roll'.. for those kiwis that remember that Saturday night 6pm institution). God how times have changed! Whoever was responsible for doing the PR work for New England in NZ at the time deserves a bloody medal!
#4 | rostoned on May 17 2008 22:03:43
To promote this album their label at the time, the ill fated Infinity Records, released a promo only live LP as part of their 'Infinity Live Concert Series'. 6 live tracks taken from the debut. Too bad the very promising label (see also Dixon House Band, Screams, TKO, Flyer, Orleans...) led by the melodically inclined Ron Alexenburg (post Epic and pre Handshake!) went bust shortly after because of...Pope John Paul II! Refer to the Orleans interview on this site or even wikipedia (!) under 'infinity records' for the frankly ridiculous details. hilarious
#5 | gdazegod on May 18 2008 04:15:31
I have that Promo Only Live LP on vinyl. Ain't getting rid of that!
#6 | rostoned on August 08 2008 17:44:16
The platter sold reasonably well and broke into the top 50 of the Billboard Top 200 in the USA, peaking exactly at #50 during a 17 week run. The follow up 'Explorer Suite' was a commercial disaster not entering the Top 200 at all.
#7 | Explorer on June 08 2012 21:48:43
A debut to match any band...a classic in every sense..to think they went on to better this with Explorer Suite and for it to not break the US top 200 is a absolute injustice.
 
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