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Illustrator - 1989 Somewhere In This World



ARTIST: Illustrator
ALBUM: Somewhere In This World
LABEL: Ocean
SERIAL: 701812669X
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2009, Retrospect Records, RR-470 (2 on 1 with 'Illustrator')
SPONSOR: Retrospect Records

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Nathan Gaub - lead vocals, keyboards * Dan Gaub - guitars, vocals * Mark Matthews - lead vocals, bass, keyboards * Dawndee Gaub - keyboards, vocals * Kirk Allen - drums, vocals

Additional musicians: Tim Miner, Cindy Cruse, Don Wallace, Alan Ebensberger, Julie Philpott - backing vocals * Don Wallace - keyboards * Randy Lee - saxophone

TRACK LISTING: 01 New Way To Love * 02 Dying To Meet You * 03 Hold My Heart * 04 Cryin' Time * 05 I Surrender * 06 Help Is On It's Way * 07 Listen * 08 Should'a Been Love * 09 Feels Like * 10 Carry The Cross


Background
In the Christian rock music scene, Illustrator released two albums during the 80's, with this second effort being the pick of the duo. 1987's debut was a soft rock affair which had a couple of moments to write home about. If it wasn't for some searing lead guitar work from Dan Gaub and guest Dann Huff, then the album might have slipped off into oblivion. Thankfully it didn't, and over the two years following that album, Illustrator have picked up the intensity, with the difference between this and its predecessor as clear as night and day. Produced by Freddie Piro (producer for Ambrosia among others), 'Somewhere In This World' is caught somewhere between Allies and Liaison, and if secular comparisons were to be made, then possibly Beau Coup would be a good fit.


The Songs
Opening out with 'New Way To Love', this has been perhaps my favourite Illustrator track for years! The pompous and bouncy style, filled to the brim with keyboards and some guitar work still stands the test of time. Unfortunately, 'Dying To Meet You' wasn't in the same bracket. I never did quite gel with the funky approach on this one (brass parps and all) but over time I've tended to warm to it more and more. The first ballad 'Hold My Heart' is a soaring affair taking the best bits of mellow AOR prevalent in the CCM scene during the era. Increasing the intensity and drama is 'Cryin' Time', similar to Beau Coup but without the happy pills - still a good song. Keeping things serious sounding, 'I Surrender' is a commitment to the Lord, and though overly religious in message, the music keeps it all on the straight and narrow. LRB fans will appreciate the cover of 'Help Is On It's Way', my only concern was whether the song title was being used in a different and religious context with its inclusion on this album (think about it.. The return of the Messiah etc), rather than the original intent when written by Glenn Shorrock. More Beau Coup references can be found on 'Listen', a laid back number, but it's a return to full-blown AOR with the rather tasty 'Should'a Been Love', though the chorus is kinda flat which spoils it a little bit. 'Feels Like' is mid-paced and well-presented AOR, though it washes over you rather slapping you in the face. Guest muso Randy Lee provides the sax solo, adding even more to the mellowness of the track. Closing with 'Carry the Cross', you can hear a little bit of Michael W Smith in this tune, with a heap of percussive elements, African tribal rhythms and gang vocal chants.


In Summary
Beyond this album, Illustrator disappeared off the page, but I have no doubt that the Gaub family are still involved in music in some way, shape or form. A few years ago I nearly had the opportunity to interview Nathan Gaub for an Illustrator story - but we never quite got around to completing the session. 'Somewhere In This World' is now available as a 2 on 1 reissue from Retrospect, though if you really want to hang around and wait forever, keep checking Ebay for those original Ocean Records CD's. Good luck to ya!


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#1 | Eric on September 28 2010 02:42:53
Minister Ken Gaub has a web page. I believe he was either the father or the eldest of the Gaub family. In fact pre-Illustrator album from Eternity Express was called 'Ken Gaub Presents -Eternity Express' released on the Skyline label in '79, although the band released earlier albums in 1974,'75, '77 and '78.
#2 | Recordjnky on July 31 2011 12:29:51
are you ready for Illustrator III? yep, Retrospect is releasing this superb previously unreleased gem in August 2011! Its the best of the lot!
#3 | swazi on November 21 2011 14:08:33
I recently uploaded the original artwork/covers of this CD. If anyone is interested, here they are:

Illustrator - Somewhere in the World:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WL55F1KE
 
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