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Thrills - 2008 Front Page News

ARTIST: Thrills
ALBUM: Front Page News
YEAR: 2008


LINEUP: Tony Monaco - vocals, keyboards * Dave Fullerton - guitars, vocals * Bill Gilbert - bass, vocals * Rob Owens - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 You Don't Remember Me * 02 Don't You Know * 03 Tonight * 04 Take A Bite * 05 I'll Be On My Way * 06 Teaser * 07 Explorer Time * 08 Front Page News * 09 Follow Your Dream * 10 Take Me Away * 11 High Side Of 55


Back in the day, Thrills bounced around the tristate area, before settling on Long Island as their base away from their origins in the Pittsburgh area. The band bought out two albums on the small G&P label being: 'First Thrills' in 1981 and this one 'Front Page News' in 1982. Before the band folded in the early 80's, they did find time to release a third unreleased album, which finally saw the light nearly twenty years later in 2000 on the Songhausmusic label. However, it is their second album 'Front Page News' which draws the attention here. Another in the burgeoning release schedule of AOR-FM Records, Thrills have a second reissue comeback in the 21st century, just to remind AORsters what these guys were all about. I place these guys in the same pigeon hole as Shooting Star and Tycoon with their pomp laced style integrating well with the shorter construct of the AOR genre.

The Songs
In my books, it doesn't get any better than the magnificent opening of 'You Don't Remember Me' with its heavy use of pomp theatrics to set the album on its way. 'Don't You Know' features an emphasis on organ work played out in a commercial context. Third track in 'Tonight' is one of Thrills most recognised tracks, a light and breezy pomp outing, followed by the commercial fare of 'Take A Bite' which borders on piano balladry mostly. 'I'll Be On My Way' is a bouncy fun-filled rocker, whereas 'Teaser' is a slow building track which draws energy to it, so that by the time we reach the end, this one is rockin' out with the best of them! Thrills mix sci-fi lyrics and OTT pomposity for the rather excellent 'Explorer Time'. Think Angel, Groundstar.. it's all here. The title track starts out with the sound of printing presses, only to taken over by guitars and keys in a musical display of Shooting Star proportions. 'Follow Your Dream' is another straight-ahead rocker in the Shooting Star vein, it's followed by the racier sounding 'Take Me Away', the keyboard work of Monaco another standout. The album finishes up with the road tested anthem 'High Side of 55', a testament to all those who are speed challenged out on the open road!

In Summary
As mentioned earlier, the band did enter the studio for a third album. They went out to California to record it, recruited a new drummer Linda Mackley, who was another member to join from the band's original homebase of Pittsburgh. The band were hopeful that this third effort would be the album to break them on a national level, however they were left without a label, and the recordings remained locked away until Dane Spencer from Rewind Records played his part to eventually get them released on his Songhausmusic subsidiary. And now AOR-FM Records have joined the fray with this release. It goes without saying that all Thrills albums should be compulsory additions. Pick this one up in all its repackaged goodness, with additional material such as photos, liners notes, which are added to the CD but were not part of the original release. Well done to all involved.

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#1 | jeffduran on August 03 2008 22:25:02
Good review George. I think Thrills are great!
#2 | swazi on November 06 2011 22:24:15
Bruce from AOR-FM also wanted to issue "First Thrills" on CD, but unfortunately this never happened. And he even promised me this in an email! bawl
#3 | swingkingandy on March 16 2017 14:25:57
thrills actually had another albums worth of early material which i had hoped to release as a double cd(along with 1st). if only i could find it again. alas frontpage didnt sell very well and is at least one amongst many other reasons why it never got released :-( also there are 12 tracks on the cd. 'Smiling' which for the life of me cant remember its origin, was added as a bonus.
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