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Brighton Rock - 1991 Love Machine

ARTIST: Brighton Rock
ALBUM: Love Machine
SERIAL: CD 74897
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Gerry McGhee - vocals * Greg Frazer - guitars * Stevie Skreebs - bass * Mark Carvazan - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bulletproof * 02 Hollywood Shuffle * 03 Love Machine * 04 Still The One * 05 Mr Mistreater * 06 Nightstalker * 07 Love In A Bottle * 08 Nothin' To Lose * 09 Heart Of Steel * 10 Cocaine * 11 Magic Is Back


The third and final studio installment from Canadian rockers Brighton Rock saw them take a harder direction, dispensing with the frills, and getting back to razor edged hard rock with an attitude. In our 2001 interview with Gerry McGhee (refer below), he stated that 'Love Machine' was the record the band really wanted to make. The ingredients leading up to the release was certainly in their favour. They had next to no interference from the label, they lived it up in Los Angeles during the pre songwriting phase for this album, and they left the keyboards stashed behind back in Canada. Their prior album 'Take A Deep Breath' was awash with melodic arrangements, something that did not sit too comfortably with the band - their sound becoming more homogenized than intended. And whereas they wanted to move in the same vein as Tesla, Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest, instead they were being compared to fellow Canucks Honeymoon Suite and Killer Dwarfs - which did not sit well as both sat at the AOR/melodic rock end of the spectrum. So, 'Love Machine' was a return to the true ballsy intended sound of BR, and as an epitaph, Gerry and the boys were quite proud to have finally delivered something akin to their initial desired direction.

The Songs
Producer Toby Wright twiddled the dials on this set of tracks which eeks out comparisons to others in the over-subscribed hair-metal market of the day. Though it was 1991, this sort of music would be killed off within twelve months by the grunge movement. Fittingly, it's great to hear BR bash out tunes like 'Bulletproof' and 'Mr Mistreater' with the same attitude as L.A kings Motley Crue and Van Halen, plus outfits like Britny Fox and Cinderella. There are a number of choice cuts here, and to be honest these actually stack up much better than their previous material - upon deeper listening. The title track 'Love Machine' and the excellent 'Love In A Bottle' with its huge gang chant chorus is a standout. The band resort to different angles of light and shade within the rock genre. 'Still The One' tempers things slightly as a rock ballad, while 'Cocaine', the track made famous by Eric Clapton and J.J Cale gets a right 'seeing to' by BR - as only they know how!

In Summary
Though the album spells out a heavier than normal sound, it still doesn't get to the level that the big-league HM bands were able to produce, but it's damn likeable all the same. The star performer here is guitarist Greg Frazer who gets his 5 minutes in the sun without a wall of keyboards to smother the sound. Still, Metal Forces saw fit to deliver a 95/100 review for the album. Despite the band walking away from each other without any fanfare, they did manage to reunite in 2001 and the intervening years since. The band also released a live album in 2002 called 'A Room For Five Live'. Since this CD, the members have all gone on to different projects, both inside and outside of the music industry. Notably, Greg Frazer is now fronting his his own band Fraze Gang, with bassist Steve Skreebs in tow.

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