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Allied Nation - 2009 Touch And Go



ARTIST: Allied Nation
ALBUM: Touch And Go
LABEL: AOR-FM Records
SERIAL: AOR 0905
YEAR: 2009
SPONSOR: Bruce @ AOR-FM Records

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jeff Nation - vocals * Anthony Martinez - keyboards, guitars, vocals * Dan Petruzzella - lead guitar * Mike 'Ski' Welinske - bass * Jeff Berger - drums

Additional Musicians: Steve Zukowsky, Rudy Rios - lead guitar * Mark Collins - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Touch And Go * 02 Watch What You Say * 03 Johnny Run * 04 Life Under Fire * 05 Love Doesn't Come In A Minute * 06 Move It Up Slow * 07 Find Yourself Another Fool * 08 1000 Tears * 09 If We Try * 10 Prisoner * 11 Set Me Free * 12 Lucky Ones * 13 Witness Company * 14 Take Hold (bonus) * 15 1000 Tears (alternate, bonus) * 16 My Delilah (edit, bonus) * 17 Touch And Go (bonus video)

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WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/alliednation : www.aor-fm.com


Background
Unless you were growing up in the San Francisco area during the 80's, unsigned band Allied Nation probably wouldn't mean a lot to you. Until now that is. This band prowled the Bay Area from San Rafael down to San Jose, and shared the stage with many budding hair metal and melodic rock acts of the era. Unlike some of their contemporaries, Allied Nation did not obtain a record deal. A shame really, as these guys had some superlative material going. In fact, it seemed that the popular press for this band was coming from the UK and Europe. I remember reading about them in BLVD, and of course they made the line-up for the 'Hot Night In The City' LP compilation from 1989, with their well known track 'Find Yourself Another Fool'. Allied Nation was formed by the duo of Anthony Martinez and Jeff Nation, with bassist Mike Welinske in close attendance. The band went through numerous lead guitarists through their 80's run, most of which are included on this special CD, along with bonus tracks and a video.


The Songs
'Touch And Go' is the opener, an effective guitar rocker which you can see/hear for yourself on the video below.

A mass of confused sound effects precedes 'Watch What You Say', before a stomping backbeat brings things back to order. You are caught trying to compare this lot to Coney Hatch, Urgent, White Heat and a slew of other Canadian rockers who know how to crank it up.

AN get the chugga chugga guitars happening on 'Johnny Run'. This reminds me of Sing Sing at their best, but mostly this song just kicks ass.

'Life Under Fire' slows things down somewhat, but with no less intensity than whats gone before. The choruses and solo sections are particularly effective.

The songtitle might be offering up some advice to love lorn cupids, but 'Love Doesn't Come In A Minute' is no sweet tidings ballad for the curious. It's more AOR than the melodic rock offered up so far.

'Move It Up Slow' is more straight ahead AOR, with some lovely keyboard melodies on the bridge and beyond the solo section.

'Find Youself Another Fool' has been heard before, from back in the early days. They sound so much like Bystander on this track, and the chorus is a winner.

The production is a bit thin on '1000 Tears', which comes across like an Airkraft track. The guitar sounds a bit raw and not as clean as the earlier tracks.

'If We Try' is the killer power ballad on the album, and is for me the best track here, in terms of structure, sound and production. Jeff Nation sounds absolutely awesome on this one, but lets not forget the great synths and guitar lines.

'Prisoner' is the purist ballad here, the production and sound is not the best, but the quality of the song is pretty good. Twas thinking of Warrant's 'Heaven' when listening to this. Is that a good thing or not? lol!

The style of 'Set Me Free' veers toward power ballad territory again, the song is restrained mostly, but cranks up on the chorus and the solo is particularly fiery.

A bunch of zany keyboards sets the scene for the heavy hitting 'Lucky Ones'. The back beat is quite big sounding, and this definitely sounds like it was born in the 80's or thereabouts.

'Witness Company' is the last of the standard tracks on the CD, and is for me the only disappointment. It's not rock, more keyboard laced pop, and a bit sappy when compared to 'If We Try' and 'Find Yourself Another Fool'.

Of the bonus tracks, 'Take Hold' lives safely in AOR-land, while the alternate version of '1000 Tears' didn't add much to what we heard before. 'My Delilah' is a near two minute edit, not sure what the purpose of this track was.. I guess it gives the punter an idea as to what the track sounds like, as well as filling up disc space.

Don't forget, there is a video of 'Touch And Go' on the CD as well!


In Summary
As usual, the packaging is top notch. It's clear some of these songs have been cobbled together from the best resources available to the band and the label. Punters are made aware of this from the outset. It sounds much better quality wise than the recent disappointment of the Ron Bolton Band CD. As mentioned, the CD contains a lovely rare live video of the band in action during their heyday - so that's another positive. It's great hearing this band at long last, making those soundclips on Bruce's long lost website L.A Nites seem like a distant memory.. lol! For purist AOR collectors, fork out some bucks for this little beauty!


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#1 | Jez on March 16 2009 20:03:15
Another nicely put together package from Bruce at AOR-fm. Only one track, the excellent 'Find Yourself Another Fool' has been released previously on the 'Hot Night In The City' compilation from way back, so If you know that track (I had heard it once previously), then the rest of this stuff will have you hooked after a listen or 2. Quality AOR is the name of the game here, although the opening 3 tracks are a little more straightforward Melodic hard rock with less in the keys department. Soundwise wise, this is a little uneven in places and you can definitely hear the varying quality of some of the recordings, but non are really bad or unlistenable, in fact, quite the opposite for the most part. If you like your mid late 80's AOR, this is one release to be added to your list and whilst I would say it isn't as good quality wise as the previous AOR-fm releases (the fantastic Dreamer disc especially), it is still a very very good in places and highly recommended.
#2 | Traveller in time on March 16 2009 22:18:52
This album is very good and it was joy for me to give the
Demo song "Take hold" back to the band.
Only the soundquality of this Demosong isn`t so good, but
i had no better quality.
Thanks to Bruce for this great CD and thanks to the band
for their friendship.
#3 | aor-fm on August 01 2009 14:56:43
...coming next VISHUSGRUV - "dirty little secrets" August 2009
#4 | swazi on December 23 2009 23:17:57
Great release! Well done by AOR-FM (and Alf)! :-)
 
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