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Point Blank - 1982 On A Roll



ARTIST: Point Blank
ALBUM: On A Roll
LABEL: MCA
SERIAL: MCA-5312
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 1993, MCA (Japan), MVCM-356

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Bobby Keith - vocals * Rusty Burns - guitars, vocals * Kim Davis - guitars, vocals * Michael Hamilton - keyboards, vocals * Bill Randolph - bass * Peter Gruen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 On A Roll * 02 I Just Want To Know * 03 Love On Fire * 04 Don't Look Down * 05 Great White Line * 06 Let Her Go * 07 Gone Hollywood * 08 Take Me Up

WEBLINKS: www.pointblanksouthernrock.com


Background
A Texan band with a deep history of southern rock 'n' blues since the late seventies. By the time 1982 rolled around, Point Blank were sounding anything but Texan, with fat keyboards and rollicking melodic rock influences hitting home. In fact the band were vastly different than on their earlier material, coming at you like a cross between Doc Holliday (circa 'Modern Medicine', though not as bad as that album) and a heap of other eighties heroes. However, for a remarkable change in direction they haven't done too badly, with the songs definitely opting on the cranky side, rather than a watered down radio safe approach. Singer Bobby Keith, who replaced original singer John O'Daniel the year previous on their 'American Excess' album, gives a good account of himself, and you can tell he comes from the Steve Perry side of Main Street.


The Songs
Point Blank's title track has hi-tech keyboards streaming in, followed by the brilliant radio orientation of 'I Just Want To Know' with a killer chorus and mid section. 'Love On Fire' brings back vivid reminders of primetime Atlanta Rhythm Section, though 'Don't Look Down' is mundane and uninspiring. However the same can't be said for 'Great White Line', finishing off with a top heavy climax of guitar and keyboard flurries both competing with each other. Probably the most AOR effort on this one is the superb 'Let Her Go', a contender for the Head East 'Choice Of Weapons' soundalike contest. And then there's 'Gone Hollywood' which is so much like Canadian's Harlequin it ain't funny! 'Take Me Up' brandishes some Texan guitar fuel in a ripsnorting blues rock workout, though the keyboard finish gives it more gloss than it probably needs.


In Summary
Unfortunately, this was the end of the road for Point Blank, as they broke up not long after. But needless to say, they are a band for which any self respecting melodic rock fan should have some of their material stashed away in the old vinyl or CD collection. Either the first four southern blues efforts with John O'Daniel singing, or the two AOR efforts with Bobby Keith singing. Check out our 2002 interview with Rusty Burns as well.


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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 03:36:42
Now We're talking. This is a 100% mega album. Of all their albums, this is the one to get (although 'American Excess' & 'Airplay' have some great moments aswell). All the tracks on this are absolute AOR monsters (yes ALL of them), so i won't pick out individual tracks. Definately try getting the Jap version (although you will have to pay the big bucks).
#2 | rkbluez on May 28 2012 20:40:02
My least favorite Point Blank album by far...gone is the heavy Southern Rock tunes that they were famous for replaced with a more AOR style they hinted at with 'American Excess' kinda like 38 Special...and although I thought AE was still a very good album 'On A Roll' was a big disappointment...total sellout with a couple of cool songs and a lot of mush.

Glad they're now back together with Johnny O' IMO a far superior singer that represents there style a hell of a lot better.

I own all of the Jap versions of their MCA stuff and by far my favorites are the mighty 'Airplay' and 'The Hard Way'...I like collecting all of the albums by my favorite bands so I'll keep 'On A Roll'...but if I'm in the mood for the real thing I'll play the first 4 classic Point Blank's with Johnny O'...THEY ROCK!
#3 | dangerzone on November 11 2015 17:39:11
If there was an AOR Hall of Fame then 'I Just Want to Know' and 'Let Her Go' would be in there for sure. I love the traditional Point Blank albums, but this is AOR on an unparalleled scale that batters .38 Special and the like for 1982.
 
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