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Duke Jupiter - 1983 You Make It Look Easy

ARTIST: Duke Jupiter
ALBUM: You Make It Look Easy
LABEL: Coast To Coast
SERIAL: 7464-38528-1
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Marshall James Styler - vocals, keyboards * Greg Walker - vocals, guitars * Rickey Ellis - bass * David Corcoran - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 I'm Available * 02 Every Step I Take * 03 You Make It Look Easy * 04 Knockin' On My Window * 05 The Band Played On * 06 This Is Japan * 07 That Old Flame * 08 Sooner Or Later * 09 Cut It Loose * 10 Runaway


Rochester's Duke Jupiter are a standard fixture on this site, with several reviews and interviews to their name. What is not covered that well, are their earlier records. Though 1983's 'You Make It Look Easy' wasn't that far up the pike from their better known records 'White Knuckle Ride' and 'In The Line Of Your Fire', it still seems to be a record that ducked under the helmet when reviewing or even discussing 1983 releases. At this point of their career, the Dukes were signed to a CBS subsidiary called Coast To Coast Records. It's fairly common knowledge how the band were butchered by their labels and management during this period, and as we know, things got worse when they signed to Tamla Motown.. of all labels! That would be a first! Produced by Ashley Howe, ' You Make It Look Easy' is (excuse the pun), easily forgotten in the scheme of things, that's why there are websites like GD to remember them by.

The Songs
If you like AOR in the vein of Dakota, Michael Stanley or even Survivor (at a pinch), then 'You Make It Look Easy' will interest you. It's not as smooth as the first half of 'In The Line Of Your Fire' for instance, nor is it as fiery or keyboard centric as that 'White Knuckle Ride' LP. There is still a certain element of rawness on this album, which they shed on future albums. Someone described their earlier sound as BTO doing AOR! This is no doubt due to Greg Walker's fuzzbox guitar tone, which he employs to great effect on the classic singalong 'I'm Available' and the coarse sounding 'Cut It Loose'. Marshall Styler taps out the keys on 'Every Step I Take' like it was a telephone, very much an AOR tune with loads of piano and synth. This approach continues on the title track 'You Make It Look Easy', which lends itself to a melodic rock/west coast track. 'Knockin' On My Window' is an example of their good time rock n roll, the same goes for their chestnut tune 'The Band Played On', a live favourite over many years. The band muck around with some exotic flavours on 'This Is Japan', it might have been clever at the time but sounds completely dated and silly twenty six years later. Thankfully the band emerge unscathed and exit with the high powered hard rock 'Runaway'.

In Summary
I notice that a handful of Duke Jupiter albums have been released to CD, but not this one. Renaissance Records are supposedly doing 'White Knuckle Ride', my assumption with this particular album, and the difficulty in trying to re-release it is the fact that it's an obscure label.. despite the CBS connection. Musically during this era, we catch Duke Jupiter in a rich vein of form, so whatever the case, 'You Make It Look Easy' remains on the re-release list as a worthy reissue contender.

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#1 | rkbluez on December 13 2009 12:51:57
Another great album by Duke Jupiter...probably one of their best over all after White Knuckle and Line Of Fire.

Come on reissue labels what's the problem...let's get these out before all of us older rockers are
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