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Passion Street - 1994 Million Miles Away

ARTIST: Passion Street
ALBUM: Million Miles Away
LABEL: Megarock
YEAR: 1994


LINEUP: Rick Carty - vocals, keyboards * Stuart Brown - guitars * Neil Waterman - guitars * Chris Bloomfield - bass * Cris Playle - keyboards * Pete Edwards - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wasted Emotion * 02 A Million Miles Away * 03 Samantha * 04 Desperate Times * 05 Fall In Love * 06 Love Lies Bleeding * 07 Sexy Girls * 08 Where Do We Go From Here * 09 Kid In A Small Town * 10 Strangers

Passion Street were an English combination that hovered around the melodic rock scene during the mid 90's. Hailing from the English South Coast area, Passion Street started life in 1993, and infused a mix of fellow Brits FM and Burn and AOR cult hero Hugo into their sound, though with a high degree of polish. The band first put their output to cassette only format, but upon the recommendation of retail maven Mike Shannon (Shades, CG Discs, JLB Holdings etc), Passion Street were picked up by Swedish label Megarock, who had some pretty artists on their roster, including Walk The Wire (previously known as Frozen Heart) and the rather awesome Aces High! Musically, singer Rick Carty is very similar to Hugo, but to my way of thinking, his vocals are also the band's weak point.. not enough power and range, though the songs/arrangements themselves are very good.

The Songs
I quite enjoyed listening to this, with numerous highlights.. the title track and 'Kid In A Small Town' are both superb examples of Passion Street's style. They vary it up with a funky Little Angels like 'Sexy Girls', thrown in a couple of ballads such as 'Fall In Love' and the acoustic change-up 'Love Lies Bleeding', sounding somewhat like Poison's 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn'. The rest is smooth British AOR, with 'Wasted Emotion', 'Samantha' and 'Strangers' all displaying moments of inspiration.

In Summary
The band would only release the one album, but did release some demos in 1995, but nothing came of them. Passion Street would provide backing for the aforementioned Hugo on his British jaunt to Gods Of AOR '96, but by then the band were in a bit of disarray with personnel leaving. They also backed Hugo again the following year, but since then, the personnel have all gone their separate ways, the most notable offshoot being the band Brave New World, featuring Cartey and Playle, who released one album for MHR Records during 2001. 'Million Miles Away' is a neat little album, showcasing the quality of AOR that existing during the grunge years, indicating that all was not lost.

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#1 | george_the_jack on July 19 2009 22:06:18
Great arrangements,huge hooking British AOR flavored sound but weak weak vocals as mentioned, especially when compared for e.g. to 'Atlantic' or 'Walk The Wire' from the same year.

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