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Orphann - 1980 Don't Say No

ARTIST: Orphann
ALBUM: Don't Say No
LABEL: OMI Records
SERIAL: OMI 000-32
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2009, Retrospect Records, RR-381
SPONSOR: Retrospect Records


LINEUP: Lance Mellenbruch - guitar, vocals * Kevin Mellenbruch - bass, backing vocals * Carl Jackson - lead guitar, backing vocals * Tom Sutherland - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Doesn't It Feel Good * 02 Don't Say No * 03 School Girl * 04 Love Has Past Us By * 05 Losin' Control * 06 Midnight Fantasy * 07 Green Frogs * 08 Late Night Neighbours * 09 In A Dream


Kansas City residents with long memories may remember this band doing the rounds during the mid-late 70's. Featuring the Mellenbruch brothers - Lance and Kevin, you can tell these boys have been raised on a steady diet of British pop and rock from both the 60's and 70's. Though Orphann is mostly melodic rock, it has a British feel to it, multi-part vocals on the choruses that will remind you of a whole host of late 70's pop rock bands from Blighty, some even with a slight new wave feel, but not enough to be totally swayed to the side of sharp hair cuts and skinny ties. Orphann released two albums, plus two singles (with B sides) between 1976 and 1980. 1976's 'Up For Adoption' was the first release, followed by two singles, then finally with 1980's 'Don't Say No', which was remastered and reissued by Retrospect Records in 2009.

The Songs
The original release featured ten tracks and a different cover, the Retrospect reissue has been trimmed to nine (excluding the track 'New Years Eve 1993') and has a shuffled track order. The album changes styles frequently throughout. On the one hand, we get a couple of coarse sounding radio rockers, a bunch of pomp/prog efforts, an acoustic ballad, plus the aforementioned British pop/rock influence. Diverse? For sure. Highlights include the radio friendly title track 'Don't Say No', with its great vocal harmonies and jangly guitar lines, the flowing acoustic balladry of 'Love Has Past Me By' and the pomp styled 'Midnight Fantasy'. The climax of the album is the 6 and half minute closer 'In A Dream'. Starting out with a Rush styled 'Xanadu' era intro, Orphann develop this song into a rumbling rocker which finishes the album off in style.

In Summary
Orphann have been on the wants list of tape traders for years, so now with it being readily available on CD, this is one item that can come off the list. The band's first album 'Up For Adoption' is also due to get a CD reissue from Retrospect as well.. look out for that one in the coming months.

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