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Blue Way - 1981 Remember Your First Love




ARTIST: Blue Way
ALBUM: Remember Your First Love
LABEL: AZ Discs
SERIAL: AZ 1496
YEAR: 1981

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dennis Lescoeur - lead vocals, drums, percussion * Francis Fairy - guitars, lead vocals * Nile - keyboards, background vocals * Zox - bass, background vocals * E. Mialet, Idriss Boudrouva - brass * Dider Lockwood - violin * J. Milteau - harmonica * R. Raux - sax * M. Carras - piano * P. Fonteneau - xilophone * V. Duane - drums * L. Duval - guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Right To The Show * 02 Fairyland * 03 Kids * 04 Melody Rock - Marshmallow Boogie, Into Your Cadillac, Drink It's So Good * 05 Remember Your First Love * 06 Story Of Bouzzy Bouzzy * 07 It's Time To Love * 08 Beautiful Coffee * 09 Listen To Me Radio * 10 Leave Me Key


Background
With all my cards on the table, I know nothing about this band other than they were from France. Blue Way was a blind eBay purchase I took a chance on a while back described by the seller as 'prog', but I wouldn't go that far, at least not in the traditional sense. Perhaps the guest appearance of Dider Lockwood whose violin work has graced countless French fusion and progressive albums would lead one to believe this was a forgotten gem of that genre, but that wasn't the case and I was pleasantly surprised for 'Remember Your First Love' is something quite special.


The Songs
What we have here is an intriguing mixture of glam, art rock and new wave styles. Comparisons to Be Bop Deluxe, Phil Manzanera's 801, post Brian Eno era Roxy Music and 'Aladdin Sane' period David Bowie should peak the interest of art rock fans. Vocals are sung in English and the music is creative and up beat, although sometimes it gets a little strange as on 'Story of Bouzzy Bouzzy' which sounds like revved up 'ye ye' style crashing into punk legends X-Ray Spex. There's some charming stuff here too, in particular the three part 'Medley Rock' on side one and the Queen meets Harry Nilsson sugar drenched delight of 'It's Time to Love' on side two. The Buggles influence on 'Listen to My Radio' is obvious, but it's quite fun actually as is the entire album. Special mentions for the background vocal arrangements which give each track a playful and at times other-worldly feel ala Pink Floyd one moment and The Supremes and 60's girl groups the next.


In Summary
'Remember Your First Love' is a nice record and I'm glad I gave it a chance as it fits perfectly in my collection as it will in yours if you are a fan of sophisticated pop- you know who you are. I just wish I knew more about Blue Way and if they recorded a second album.


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