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Glass Moon - 1982 Growing In The Dark

ARTIST: Glass Moon
ALBUM: Growing In The Dark
LABEL: Radio
SERIAL: RR 19335
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Dave Adams - vocals, keyboards * Nestor Nunez - bass, vocals * Jamie Glaser - guitars, fretless bass * Chris Jones - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Simon * 02 She's On * 03 The Telegram Song * 04 Someday * 05 Take My Heart * 06 On A Carousel * 07 Political Action * 08 She Was Magic * 09 Baja

Here's an enjoyable pop/AOR romp from 1982 by an obscure outfit signed to the legendary Radio Records, associated as many of you know, with some classic AOR golden oldies. 'Growing In The Dark' is Glass Moon's second effort, having released their debut in 1980. The band originate from Raleigh North Carolina, the home of fellow rockers Nantucket, and not too far away from the stomping ground of that other AOR mainstay Sugarcreek. Apparently they started life off as a progressive rock band, but by the time the eighties knocked on the door and a deal was signed, they miraculously became a AOR/pop band! The Glass Moon musical style is embedded deeply into the classic pop/AOR crossover category, made popular by the likes Of Huey Lewis And The News and Novo Combo. they certainly appeal to that side of the audience, with more than a few nods in the direction of radio oriented pop artists of that era. On some tracks, a bit of the English style pop from the 70's shines through. Outfits like Runner, City Boy, all get a little peep in occasionally.

The Songs
They even had a top 40 hit with a rehash of The Hollies hit 'On A Carousel', sounding nothing like the original, with Adams synth's giving it the AOR seal of approval. 'Political Action' has the same sort of MTV vibe as Phil Collins fronted Genesis. Though really the highlights are all on Side One. All five tracks are worthy of a decent listen. My faves include the opener 'Simon', with it's bristling energetic and punchy arrangement, the poignant 'The Telegram Song' reminding me of Canadian hero Ian Thomas while 'Someday' is a short snappy piece like one of the abbreviated works of pomp-meisters Zon.

In Summary
The album cover is an interesting tale. It is in fact a painting called 'The Masterpiece Or The Mysteries Of The Horizon' created by Rene Magritte in 1955. Whatever the significance of it is - relevant to the guys in Glass Moon is certainly lost on me. Glass Moon returned two years later with the MCA release 'Sympathetic Vibration', which has been described to me more as a Dave Adams solo album. Glass Moon will appeal to those seeking a return to early eighties style pop. For fans of Novo Combo's 'Animation Generation' album I'd suggest.

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#1 | rostoned on February 05 2008 21:40:19
a 'best of' of the three Glass Moon albums + some solo tracks from Dave Adams can be found here

The thing was assembled and remastered by Adams himself and it has an 8 page booklet. Pfft

Or you can still purchase Renaissance Records' 2 on 1 CD with both Radio Records' Glass Moon albums, but with skimpy booklet and probably on a CDR (not a silver CD), like my copy.
#2 | gdazegod on February 05 2008 22:48:34
Err, I think you'll find the quality of that Renaissance disc to be very poor. I think Steve (aka RKBLUEZ) raised this earlier.
#3 | rkbluez on January 31 2012 21:30:10
Great album that will hopefully get reissued along with the first record by some company like Rock Candy...Edsel...Wounded Bird.

Stuff like this needs to sound good and although the Renaissance version has been reissued mastered at the right speed and now on silver disc the sound quality still leaves a lot to be desired.
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