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Beau Coup - 1984 Beau Coup



ARTIST: Beau Coup
ALBUM: Beau Coup
LABEL: Agora
SERIAL: NB-13314
YEAR: 1984

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dennis Lewin - Keyboards, synthesizer * Frank Amato, Tommy Amato - lead vocals * Mike McGill - guitars * Rodney Psyka - percussion, vocals * Jimmy Clark - drums, percussion * John Dean - bass

Studio Musicians: Don Krueger - drums, vocals * Bill March - bass, vocals * John Franks - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Still In My Heart * 02 You Made Me Believe (In Miracles) * 03 Someday We'll Be Together * 04 Don't You Believe It * 05 Desperation BLVD * 06 Somewhere Out In The Night


Background
To my mind the acid test of a really great AOR record is the ability to transcend the genre and win over non AOR aficionados. If this is the case then Beau Coup's debut released in 1984 on the obscure Agora label (named after the local rock concert venue no doubt.. Ed), passes the litmus test with flying colours as it even managed to impress the missus who's not known for her love of all things pink, fluffy and AOR. If I'm not mistaken the infant Baldwyn was also clamouring for more at the end of side two (well at least that's my theory and I'm sticking to it!). The origins of Beau Coup can be traced to the early 1980's when Tommy Amato, original drummer Eric Singer and Mike McGill managed to rope in the assistance of Dennis Lewin (Jonah Koslen and the Heroes) who agreed to write songs and perform with them. This was a very shrewd move as Dennis Lewin proved to be a talented writer and arranger. The other sensible idea was ditching the wholly uninspiring moniker of Pop Opera (hey it sounds like an idea for a TV show!) in favour of Beau Coup. Their forte was undoubtedly the stunning lead vocals/harmonies of the Amato brothers, coupled with the finely honed song-writing skills of Lewin.


The Songs
We commence with the original version of the stunning ballad 'Still In My Heart' characterised by it's luxuriant keyboard arrangements and vocal harmonies. Why this never became a massive hit in the US Billboard charts is a mystery almost ranking alongside the riddle of the Sphinx and why some adults feel the need to read Harry Potter novels. It's then full throttle AOR with 'You Made Me Believe (In Miracles)' sounding like Franke and the Knockouts circa 'Below The Belt'. Side one peaks with the stunning 'Someday We'll Be Together'. This is a bonafide classic and in places evokes memories of AOR gods Journey in their prime. Yes it really is that good! The bouncing hi tech AOR 'Don't You Believe It' opens side two and has a hookline more infectious than a case of the SARS virus. By the time I got to 'Desperation Boulevard' even my better half was singing the chorus - a rare treat indeed. Last but by no means least is the Dakota like 'Somewhere Out In The Night', it's solid guitar riff sounding similar to the one used by Robert Tepper on 'Fighting For You'.


In Summary
The 1987 follow up 'Born And Raised On Rock And Roll' is almost as stunning as the debut, though if I'm being a tad picky does sound a little clinical in places. Both albums in my humble opinion are essential purchases. If you're serious about your AOR you'd better start saving your pennies now, as copies of the debut album don't come cheap. However if you're lucky enough to procure a copy it will be one of the most sensible investments you're ever likely to make.


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