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1994 - 1979 Please Stand By

ARTIST: 1994
ALBUM: Please Stand By
YEAR: 1979
REISSUE: 2010, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY078


LINEUP: Karen Lawrence - vocals * Rick Armand - guitars * Bill Rhodes - bass * John Desautels - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Please Stand By * 02 Wait For Me * 03 Don't Break It Up * 04 Our Time Will Come * 05 Wild In The Streets * 06 Stop This Heartache * 07 So Bad * 08 Nerves Of Steel * 09 Keep Ravin' On

1994 were one of a handful of Los Angeles based bands that followed in the lacetails of Heart. Even to this day, I feel that 1994 were a touch stronger in their musical delivery, but probably did not have the depth to their songs as the Wilsons and co were able to muster with theirs. 1978 saw the debut 1994 album land, and it did reasonably well. The band toured with Aerosmith, and did spend a bit of time on the Eastern Seaboard promoting the album, whilst out on the road during the 'Smith's 'Draw The Line' tour. Come 1979, guitarist Steve Schiff had departed, to be replaced by Rick Armand. 'Please Stand By' was the resulting offering, with Jack Douglas and Eddie Leonetti handling the dials.

The Songs
Where the debut was a mix of hard rock and new wave strains, 'Please Stand By' is a straight up hard rock album, by now, there is no doubt that the folk/hard rock sound being pounded out across the airwaves by Heart was inspirational. There are a handful of superb songs here. Let's go back-the-front, and start out with the manic 'Keep Ravin' On', a power rocker, with Karen growling out her lyrics like a tiger on heat! It's probably the hardest sounding I've heard her sing, and for me it's one of 1994's heaviest tracks. Another highlight is the glorious and melodious 'Stop This Heartache', a track with ambient qualities and not a keyboard in sight! 'Wait For Me' is a Heart infused mid-paced rocker, and if this sounds great on LP, a remastered CD would sound even better! 'So Bad' keeps the rock quotient well maintained on the album, in fact, the only track that sees the handbrake applied is the acoustic ramble of 'Our Time Will Come', which moves in a folk rock direction, though it does crank up slightly during its running time. 'Don't Break It Up' is decidedly funky but still with a rock edge, whereas 'Nerves Of Steel' sees 1994 merge hard rock, progressive elements and a hint of blues in what is their most adventurous moment on the album.

In Summary
Prior to writing this up, I had a look around for some other opinions on the album. One guy called this 'disappointing MOR'. MOR? WTF?? Not on your life, this is quite a powerful statement from Karen Lawrence and her team, something that die hard 70's fans only seem to be acknowledging many years later. Despite the debut 1994 album getting a reissue by Rock Candy Records, we are yet to see 'Please Stand By' follow suit. It would make a good compendium, but whether there is demand remains to be seen. In the meantime, try and track down a fileshare on the Net somewhere.

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#1 | Nick C on June 27 2010 18:39:33
I'm so pleased Rock Candy are releasing this (it's next up with The Godz I believe this July) seems like it's been ages coming, great album.
#2 | gdazegod on June 28 2010 00:44:49
Wonderful news!
#3 | gdazegod on July 12 2010 14:08:15
Now officially reissued.. CANDY078, see above..
#4 | AORboyo on July 12 2010 20:27:08
Very much looking forward to this dittie, especially given the 'Rock Candy' re-issue treatment, should be another fantastic sounding album from the 'RC' catalogue.
#5 | sabace on September 09 2010 14:06:47
another great record albeit, with a different line up -a new guitar player was brought on board, which I think changed the dynamics of the music . Karen lawrence at least provides another brilliant performance .
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