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Gorden, Keith - 2010 A Place In Time

ARTIST: Gorden, Keith
ALBUM: A Place In Time
LABEL: Retrospect Records
YEAR: 2010
SPONSOR: Retrospect Records


LINEUP: Keith Gorden - lead vocals

Musicians: Vince Di Cola - keyboards, programming, backing vocals * Brett Tuggle - keyboards * Rocket Ritchotte, Scott Shelly - guitars * James Hunting - bass * John Batdorf - programming * Casey Young - keyboard programming * Mike Baird, George Perilli - drums * Carl Eagen - string arrangement & performance (track 4) * Gary Falcone - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 You're Not Alone Tonight * 02 Never Had To Ask * 03 Miracles (Something Tells Me It's Not Over) * 04 A Place In Time * 05 Always Friends


If you're a fan of Chicago (the band not the city), then this 5 track CD is for you. This album takes us back to 1997 when it was originally recorded. Keith Gorden who is the lead singer here, definitely has Peter Cetera on his side as a vocal reference, with a hint of Art Garfunkel too. The players on the album are familiar from their time working with Stan Bush, Rick Springfield and others, while keyboard gods Vince Di Cola handles production on three tracks, Brett Tuggle does the other two. Vince Di Cola and the late Roger Voudouris penned 'You're Not Alone Tonight' and 'Miracles (Something Tells Me It's Not Over)' while John Batdorf wrote 'Never Had To Ask' and 'Always Friends'. Perhaps the best reference point is the 'Twenty 1' album from Chicago, lot of keyboard/synth bombast, with some dashing guitar lines.

The Songs
The opener 'You're Not Alone Tonight' exemplifies this to a tee, David Foster like piano lines, before the Chicago like chorus kicks in, and the whole songs lifts to a higher level. Fat synth parps, a glorious guitar solo plus some rich harmony vocals makes this a winner! Vince Di Cola's arrangement really does have a flair for the dramatic!

Some wistful vocals and harmonies introduce 'Never Had To Ask', before it steps out on a melodic plain with a wide-eyed soundscape in front of it. A beautiful track, reminding me of some of Cliff Richard's AOR inspired moments.

That Foster like style is back again for 'Miracles (Something Tells Me It's Not Over)' another huge Chicago make over.

The title track 'A Place In Time' is a mostly piano driven ballad, with Toto and Chicago as the backdrop.

'Always Friends' is the finale here, a laidback ballad with acoustics and orchestration being the main features.

In Summary
'A Place In Time' contains two rocking tracks, one mid-paced track and two ballads. A fair cross-section for this 5 track effort. AORsters and West Coast fans will get a great deal of pleasure out of this, and if you're a Vince Di Cola fan, well you'll need no introduction. Check out Retrospect's website to see where you can pick this up. Recommended!

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