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Dixon House Band - 1979 Fighting Alone



ARTIST: Dixon House Band
ALBUM: Fighting Alone
LABEL: Infinity
SERIAL: INF-9008
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 1998, Sony (Japan), serial unknown * 2011, Renaissance (USA)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dixon House - vocals, keyboards * Chuck Gardner - guitars * Chrissy Shefts - guitars * James Kenfield - bass * Fred Zeufeldt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sooner Or Later * 02 Crusader * 03 Turn Around * 04 Angela * 05 Who's Gonna Love You Tonight * 06 Fighting * 07 Feelin' No Pain * 08 Running Scared * 09 Saracen Ride * 10 The Promise * 11 Fighting Alone


Background
There's more than a few passing shots at symphonic rock here. Late seventies effort which sees an interesting amalgam of Queen, Styx and Stingray. Those stabbing piano's of lead man Dixon House stick out like a mile. Then he has the audacity to warm up his synths as if he's auditioning for Starcastle. I stand to be corrected, but I think this mob came from the Pacific Northwest area, and it's a good example of early era pomp. Not exactly radio oriented, they are a bit too stylish for that. Instead they opt for a mix of piano based ballads and some catchy symphonic rockers.


The Songs
The man responsible for doing the production was long-time Heart cohort Mike Flicker. Songs like 'Who's Gonna Love You Tonight', 'Crusader' and the melodic opener 'Sooner Or Later' all warrant some quality listening time. On a track like 'Feelin' No Pain' they stutter between slow and mid paced passages. 'Running Scared' is nice enough, though the verses have a distinctly Leo Sayer (a la 'How Much Love') feel to it. The harmony vocals are one of it's redeeming features, quite rich in the same fashion as Starcastle's 'Fountains Of Light'. The instrumental 'Saracen Ride' is a short piece of pomp bombast, before settling into the quirky 'The Promise'. If this song had been twenty years later, I'm sure comparisons to Valensia/Valentine would have been made.


In Summary
Dixon House are a sure fire bet to interest those listeners stuck in this timeframe of melodic rock, alongside period favourites such as Aviary, Russia, Face Dancer et al. Perhaps not as compelling as those bands, but definitely not the worst you'll ever hear. Unfortunately being stuck on Ron Alexenberg's Infinity label meant they were consigned to a fate worse than death in the music industry.. their label went bust.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 11 2009 17:43:55
This band played around in their native Vancouver quite a lot, so in theory they're actually Canadian.
Dixon House's full name is Ted Dixon House.
Chrissy Shefts went on to work with the likes of Belinda Carlisle, Rod Stewart, The Graces (with Meredith Brooks) etc.
Trevor Horn invited her to play on Seal's first album, primarily on the excellent 'Crazy'.
#2 | rkbluez on February 27 2010 17:40:40
This is one album that could sure use a reissue by Rock Candy...get on it Dave.
#3 | reyno-roxx on February 28 2010 10:17:36
Renaissance were supposed to be releasing this one. I wonder if the new owners will still be issuing it?
#4 | gdazegod on February 28 2010 10:35:57
Not forgetting the hard to find second album 'Masked Madness'. I've never seen this anywhere. Is it a myth?
#5 | Eric on February 28 2010 14:34:03
No one has the Japanese reissue I take it? Huh...
#6 | progger53 on May 08 2010 02:21:39
I got a scratchy version. does anybody have a clean version on cdr to swap for?
#7 | PAUL7 on November 14 2011 17:54:12
This, along with all 3 Wrabit discs, was reissued on MCA Victor Inc. - Japan back in the mid. 90's. Cat. # is MVCM-347. Good luck finding it.
#8 | reyno-roxx on November 14 2011 20:12:30
George, I have 'Masked Madness' on vinyl, so it does exist.
#9 | gdazegod on November 14 2011 20:27:20
Yeah I know, Eric reviewed it a few months back.. I probably should link it to this article actually..
#10 | rkbluez on June 22 2012 02:42:33
Forget Renaissance and their sub standard vinyl rips...'Fighting Alone' would make a great classic Rock Candy reissue.
#11 | super80boy on June 16 2013 18:08:37
The album starts with two great songs in 'Sooner or later' and 'Crusader'. You can really hear the Styx touch points in the pompy 'Saracen Ride'. 'Runnin Scared' is another standout song.
#12 | swazi on January 06 2016 20:19:38
Great release! Took me a while to find the MCA Japan version, but it was definitely worth it. Smile
 
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