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Limelight - 1980 Limelight

ARTIST: Limelight
ALBUM: Limelight
LABEL: Future Earth
YEAR: 1980
REISSUE: Avatar Records 1981 (AALP 5005); Avatar Records [Spain] 1981 (173450/6)


LINEUP: Mike Scrimshaw - vocals, bass, keyboards * Glenn Scrimshaw - guitars * Pat Coleman - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Going Home * 02 Knife In Your Back * 03 Mamma (I Don't Wanna Lose Ya) * 04 Man Of Colours * 05 Metal Man * 06 Walk On Water * 07 Don't Look Back

Brothers Glenn and Mike Scrimshaw had been playing music together since the late '60s, finally deciding in 1974 to put away childish things and form a real rock band! With the addition of Pat Coleman on drums, Limelight set off on an endless stream of live gigs, honing their progressive leaning sound and developing original material. Often lumped together with the NWOBHM movement, it was more a case of being at the right place at the right time with their first single 'Metal Man' released in 1980. A big mover on the metal charts, their debut album followed hot on the heels of an extensive tour of the UK with Saxon, which led to another issue of the LP on the bigger and better distributed Avatar label in 1981 with further dates logged in with label mates Dark Star and Chevy.

The Songs
Often compared to Rush, I agree somewhat as Limelight were technically proficient, but their rock vision focused on the mid-seventies sound of British heavies Stray and Budgie, right down to the production which is muddy at best. 'Going Home' is nothing spectacular outside of Glenn Scrimshaw's frenzied guitar solo and 'Knife In Your Back' plods along at an incredibly slow pace while 'Mamma (I Don't Wanna Lose Ya)' comes across like nothing more than third rate Uriah Heep circa 'High And Mighty'. So far, not so good although 'Man Of Colours' is more to my taste as Limelight go prog and I'm sure this is where the Rush comparisons are drawn. An album of this type of thing released a couple years later would have gone over a storm with the Marillion/Pendragon neo-prog crowd, but the track stands out like a sore thumb here. It's easy to understand why 'Metal Man' did so well on the NWOBHM charts from its speedy and fist pumping rhythms to an almost punky chorus and grandiose bridge; the song encapsulates everything the movement was about in three and a half minutes. 'Walk On Water' is not worth bothering with although the album's finale 'Don't Look Back' is an oddball with a Southern rock structure that does little to compliment this mixed bag doused in day-glo green.

In Summary
A second single 'Ashes To Ashes' was recorded in 1981 and appeared on the third (and final) issue of the LP on the Mausoleum label released in 1984. Why, who knows as Limelight were a spent force, still recording but unable to latch on to anything significant both business wise and musically.

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#1 | tompa on July 03 2012 00:38:08
Well, to me this is a very underrated album. Slow songs, proggy songs, hard ones, all of them arranged in interesting fashion makes this a worthwhile listening. Another great album from the great year 1980.
#2 | rkbluez on November 08 2013 21:14:34
Remember liking this one also Tommy but it's been years since I sold all of my vinyl that I've had a chance to listen to it...maybe it'll get a CD release...stranger lesser stuff has been done.
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