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Player - 1978 Danger Zone



ARTIST: Player
ALBUM: Danger Zone
LABEL: RSO
SERIAL: RS-1-3036
YEAR: 1978

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Peter Beckett - vocals, guitars * J.C Crowley - vocals, guitars * Ronn Moss - vocals, bass * John Friesen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love In The Danger Zone * 02 Silver Lining * 03 I Just Wanna Be With You * 04 Forever * 05 I've Been Thinkin' * 06 Prisoner Of Your Love * 07 Join In The Dance * 08 Wait Until Tomorrow * 09 Let Me Down Easy

WEBLINKS: http://player-theband.com


Background
Could there be a bigger Player fan base than the GLORY-DAZE readership? I am certain that this band's popularity is already at an all time high, and I, as Editor of this website certainly don't need to preach to the converted! Even our very own Alun Thomas (a.k.a dangerzone) will be smacking his lips that our team have finally gotten around to this little beauty from 1978 (btw Alun, we still have Sammy Hagar's 1980 album of the same name to be reviewed yet!). When we wind the clock back to 1978, the success generated from Player's 1977 debut was still filtering through into 1978 with gay (and I use that term in the most appropriate of situations) abandon! 'Baby Come Back' was fresh on everyone's minds as was 'This Time I'm In It For Love'. The band were on a high, and 'Danger Zone' the sophomore effort slipped into the 1978 stream of consciousness as easy as a Leon Spinks left hook! There was a point of difference though. The debut was quite a west coast, summery and happy sort of album. 'Danger Zone' however, goes in deep, the rockier and some would say near 'progressive' elements of the band came home to roost on this one.


The Songs
Leading off with 'Love In The Danger Zone', this starts out as smooth west coast before their rock intentions tell all on the chorus. The strength of the band lies in their huge harmony vocals, to be heard all the way through the album. One of my favourite Player songs of all time is 'Silver Lining'. Bedecked with massive vocal harmonies and more hooks than a weekend fisherman, this one features great guitar/keyboard interplay, plus of course that famous synth solo through the middle! Aah classic stuff! It's followed by the easy-on-the-ear 'I Just Wanna Be With You', with holds a quasi disco-funk vibe intertwined with a straight-ahead 70's pop approach. 'Forever' is one of the rockiest songs here, complete with hard riffing guitars and Supertramp like Wurlitzer keys propping up the arrangement. Taking the wistful and poetic angle is 'I've Been Thinking', the vocal harmonies are as rich as the Federal Reserve coffers, and though it's a ballad, it fires up with guitar fuelled delight by songs end. 'Prisoner Of Your Love' is one of the better known songs from the album, released as one of two singles off the album (the other being 'Silver Lining'), reaching #27 in the Billboard charts . 'Join In The Dance' is less about west coast and more about pure AOR, and gives us some indication toward their next two fantastic albums, whereas 'Wait Until Tomorrow' IS indeed about west coast, a breezy summery effort in the vein of similar era Jay Ferguson. Those big vocals return for the sing-a-long 'Let Me Down Easy', a great way to ease up on this superb release.


In Summary
Alun, in his review of the Player debut (see below), mentioned that the recipe was laid for more goodies to come on their next three albums. The ease in which this band migrated to greatness (IMO at least) through this period was evident as early as this album. I recall buying this way back in my school days and it still remains a firm favourite decades later. Read more about the history of the band through the late 70's and early 80's through the album reviews below.


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#1 | Eric on August 06 2008 00:06:17
My favorite of all the Player albums. It didn't do as well as the debut but it's a classic from start to finish.score 10
#2 | dangerzone on August 06 2008 00:06:49
Great reviews both George and Jeff. Worthy testaments to one of the greatest AOR bands of all time.
#3 | rostoned on August 06 2008 07:09:07
Great review G, this is my favorite Player album too.

They got their second and last GOLD album for the sales of this one and it peaked at #37 in the charts. The amazing 'Silver Lining' went to #62 and it was a disappointment after the top 30 placement of the first single 'Prisoner...'. It was rereleased on CD by the now defunct One Way in the US in 2001 as a two-fer with the first album, this edition now being out of print and soon to become VERY expensive IMHO.
#4 | DIGITAL on October 19 2008 20:58:05
a fine aor album from a very talented band my copy is a battered old vinyl record need to get the cd but i understand it's quite rare
#5 | rkbluez on January 02 2012 22:46:10
Lucky to have grabbed the CD before One Way went out of business...that label did some good titles and always had good sound quality...sad they're not around anymore...I like "Danger Zone" a lot better than their first album it's paired with on the two fer.
#6 | AOR Lee on June 20 2016 05:45:47
Silver Lining has to be one of the AOR tracks of all time, surely. My God what a chorus
 
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