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Farrenheit - 1987 Farrenheit

ARTIST: Farrenheit
ALBUM: Farrenheit
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: 9 25564-1 (LP) 9 25564-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2010, Wounded Bird (USA), WOU-5564


LINEUP: Charlie Farren - vocals, gtrs; David Heit - bass; Muzz - drums. Guests include Bill Cuomo - kybds and Deric Dyer - sax

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lost In Loveland * 02 Fool In Love * 03 Bad Habit * 04 Impossible World * 05 Wildness * 06 Staying Together * 07 New Days * 08 Goofy Boy * 09 Time Won't Wait * 10 Shine * 11 Stand Out


Farrenheit was formed in 1985 by the former Joe Perry Project duo of Charlie Farren and David Hull (who decided to adopt the ridiculous non-de-plume of David Heit just to appease marketing) alongside John 'Muzz' Muzzy. Farren had, prior to hooking up with Joe Perry for 1981's 'I've Got The Rock 'n' Rolls Again' album, been a member of the New England based Balloon, a very popular regional group (JPP tunes 'East Coast, West Coast' and 'Listen To The Rock' were originally both Balloon numbers) that unfortunately were never able to break out of their native Boston and surrounding localities despite growing interest from Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Records that was lost when Farren hooked up with Perry. Hull, meantime, had previously recorded in the Connecticut soul funk trio White Chocolate in 1973, in 1978 with the A&M signed Dirty Angels (a much rockier band formed alongside other former members of White Chocolate) and had also played bass on Ted Nugent's 'Weekend Warriors' album.

Immediately after leaving the employ of Joe Perry, when it became clear that the guitarist was looking ever more likely to rejoin Aerosmith, Farren and Hull quickly formed a new band, The Enemy, that created almost as much of a buzz around Boston as Balloon had a few years previously. In fact, this band essentially became Balloon in all but name as Farren would recruit most of his old band mates into the new group. They had a big regional hit with a song called 'America Rocks' and opened up shows for the likes of Blue Oyster Cult, Twisted Sister and, ironically, Aerosmith.

At this point Ahmet Ertegun finally made his move and actually signed Farren to a deal based on the more acoustic material he was also writing, but Charlie ultimately decided to follow his instincts and opt out of the deal to pursue his greater enthusiasm for a new band project, enrolling Hull and poaching drummer Muzz from The Reflectors. After experimenting with a number of additional players Farren felt that the band sounded much better as a trio. With the line-up settled a deal with Warner Brothers would follow. Farren and co's decision to remain as a trio may well have been something they also insisted on once in the studio because the interesting thing is that, bar some quality saxophone playing on a few tracks from saxophonist Deric Dyer (a former band mate of Muzz in The Reflectors) and session keyboardist Bill Cuomo, there appear to be none of the additional musicians present on this album that Keith Olsen usually chose to rope in on the records he produced during this era.

The Songs
This is a collection of fantastic, often beautiful and sometimes witty radio rock songs. 'Lost In Loveland', 'Bad Habit', the quirky 'Wildness' and the rousing 'Stand Out' are glorious, bright and bouncy tunes. 'New Days' (with its great guitar riff riding on a buoyant bass line from Hull), Time Won't Wait' and 'Stand Out' are much heavier in approach and are served up well by this power trio from Heaven. 'Staying Together' (layered underneath by Cuomo's keyboards) and 'Impossible World' (featuring bluesy sax, bass and guitar with some very soulful vocals from Farren) calm things down a notch in the right places. Yet, however great these songs all are none, in my opinion, can top the duo of 'Fool In Love' and 'Goofy Boy'. These are the cherries on the cake. Wonderful lyrics, fantastic vocals and the musicianship is spot on. As is, it must be said, the production. This has to be one of Keith Olsen's best works. Very crisply done. 'Fool In Love', 'Bad Habit' and 'Lost In Loveland' were all released as singles in the States and the band garnered a great deal of radio play and MTV exposure as a result. They also toured extensively throughout the US in support of the album, notably opening for Boston.

In Summary
This was without a doubt one of the best albums released in the 80s, although the band quickly became swamped by the influx of bands wanting a piece of the Bon Jovi and Guns N' Roses action in the ensuing few years. The band have, in recent years, reunited on a number of occasions and the previously shelved yet long awaited second album, 'Raise The Roof', finally surfaced in 1999 (an album so utterly brilliant it has to be due a full review here soon) through Charlie Farren's website. A live album appeared a few years later, although only available through Farren's website. Farren has also cut a number of solo albums available via the same source and, in addition, has a Balloon live bootleg also listed for sale. An album entitled 'Greasetown' is considered to be the third Farrenheit release, although David Hull does not feature on it. Thus joining Farren and Muzzy are bassist Phillip Bynoe (Steve Vai, Kevin Eubanks) and erstwhile Yes keyboard player Igor Khoroshev.

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#1 | gdazegod on September 23 2010 01:59:47
Now also available again on CD. Wounded Bird @2010. Get it while it's in stock!
#2 | sabace on February 15 2011 14:42:48
great review, spot on, great lp .the raise the roof lp is even better!
#3 | Eric on April 21 2012 14:18:37
Played this disc to death back in '87. Class from start to finish.
#4 | super80boy on July 13 2014 00:29:21
A first-class AOR effort all the way. A nice balance of songs. I remember buying the original CD many years ago.
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