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Arc - 1978 Arc



ARTIST: Arc
ALBUM: Arc
LABEL: Lifesong
SERIAL: JZ 35413
YEAR: 1978

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Bobby Savene - bass, vocals * Wayne George - keyboards, vocals * Eddie Kosowski - guitars, vocals * Steve Szczesniak - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Feel Beautiful * 02 Life Of The Party * 03 Life On The Run * 04 Good Child Gone Wild * 05 Why Live For The Weekend * 06 Let Me Go Home * 07 Sometimes The Time Flies By * 08 Skindiver * 09 Too Young To Handle * 10 Everything's Alright With Me


Background
Produced by John Palumbo, best known for his work with the groundbreaking Crack The Sky, there's very little information on Arc, where they came from or what happened to the band after this album which is a shame since this is one kick ass little power pop record. Palumbo, who at the time had left Crack The Sky to go it alone in what turned out to be an abysmal solo career, contributes to half of the album's songs, although the Arc originals are equally up to snuff. Good tunes, a fun album sleeve and decent label, why Arc fell by the wayside is difficult to understand.


The Songs
Now when I said 'power pop', I didn't mean the skinny tie new wavy thing that was starting to shift units prior to The Knack's ascendancy. No, this is early Cheap Trick, 'Attention Shoppers' era Starz and forgotten L.A. hopefuls Virgin in all their glory with a healthy dose of British glam rock for good measure. The quirky 'I Feel Beautiful' drop kicks and scores big points on my trusty hook-o-meter and I'm lovin' the glammy hand claps on the stomping 'Life Of The Party' and we haven't even hit the Palumbo songs yet. Of his songs, the disco influenced 'Life On The Run' is choice and was apparently released as a timely single although nothing significant came of it. 'Let Me Go Home', the mid-tempo bump 'n grind of 'Skindiver' and the Cheap Trick meets Queen influenced 'Everything's Alright With Me' scattered throughout the band original's makes for a serious lost classic that's without a doubt worth the hunt.


In Summary
If anyone out there has any other information on this band, feel free to drop us a line. Again, multiple Google searches turned up very little, so to the former members of Arc - if you're out there and read this review..


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#1 | MUSCLE on March 04 2012 19:51:06
Absolute belter of an album. A feast of sweet sweet harmonies. Out of sight, man!
#2 | super80boy on July 05 2013 15:37:07
Not a lick of information to be found on this obscurity online, however my vinyl copy came with a one page press sheet. ARC was from Long Island, NY and toured the region for 3 years before issuing this debut LP. I like the Palumbo penned songs, they seem to be a little more melancholic and not quite as fast paced, although 'Too Young To Handle' is quite infectious!
#3 | gdazegod on July 05 2013 16:08:51
Thanks Super80boy. The more info the better. Cheers!
 
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