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Burns, Lisa - 1978 Lisa Burns

ARTIST: Burns, Lisa
ALBUM: Lisa Burns
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Lisa Burns - lead & background vocals, percussion * Billy Loosigian - guitars * Craig Leon - keyboards, percussion * Severin Grossmann - bass * David McLean - drums * Alan Ross - sax, percussion * Denny Rosencrantz, Dianne Blank, Jon Blank - percussion * Donna Tonery - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Soul Deep * 02 Lovin' You Ain't Easy * 03 Love Gone Bad * 04 Slow Burn * 05 In The Streets * 06 When You Walk In The Room * 07 Some Sing, Some Dance * 08 Cry When You're Alone * 09 Victim Of Romance * 10 Tell Tale Heart

'Discovered' by Ramones producer Craig Leon, Lisa Burns came out of the mythical late 70's New York club scene. You know, where CBGB's was the place to be and Blondie, Patti Smith and Talking Heads were the bands to see and be seen with. While the music critic establishment still pines away for the sizzling hot summer of '77 when New York City reached critical mass and punk was king, I have a less enthusiastic opinion of the music that trickled out of the Bowery. Of course, not of all of it was grimy, art geek, self important trash and I happen to like the first couple bubble gummy Blondie albums as well as this forgotten, but worthwhile pop long player by Burns.

The Songs
Clearly influenced by female singers and girl groups of the early 60's, this is music that sounds out of its time. Craig Leon's production is beautiful for 1978 standards and the addition of three Moon Martin songs as well as the wonderfully executed Jackie DeShannon cover 'When You Walk In The Room' was a wise move. At times Burn's vocals recall Kate Bush ('Some Sing, Some Dance') to a less aggressive version of Ellen Foley. Of the Moon Martin tunes 'Victim Of Romance' is hands down the best and sounding very much like The Ronettes and a world away from Martin's power pop version which appeared on his 'Shots From A Cold Nightmare' album released the same year.

In Summary
Following the albums release Burns could be seen supporting acts as diverse as John Miles and Television in and around the New York area, but the record, despite critical praise didn't do as well as hoped. Teamed up with Milk N' Cookies/Roxy Music bassist Sal Maida, Burns in 1983 released a classy dance pop album 'After Hours' as Velveteen which I recommend and hope to review here at GD in the future. These days you can find Lisa Burns dabbling in the 'Americana'/roots style and while far removed from her debut and Velveteen, shows just how eclectic and talented singer she really is.

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#1 | tonissive on January 20 2010 02:37:17
some conection with mary burns?
#2 | Eric on January 20 2010 03:02:34
The Mary Burns who released an album around 1980-81? Not that I'm aware of Toni...
#3 | super80boy on July 30 2013 03:10:42
I do have an affinity for female fronted AOR, but I could not connect with this album. You are right, the music is just out of its time and should be ported back to the 60's. Also it didn' quite have the edge I was hoping for, even with guitar elements. Just to pop oriented.
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