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In Transit - 1980 In Transit

ARTIST: In Transit
ALBUM: In Transit
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Bill Cuomo - keyboards, vocals * Don Dunn - vocals * Clark Garman - guitars, vocals * Bob Siller - guitars * Bobby Lichtig - bass * Ralph Humphrey - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock 'n' Roll Queen * 02 It's My Way * 03 Still Got A Lot * 04 Belle Isle * 05 In Transit (Instr) * 06 Turn On Your Light * 07 Can't Get Enough of Your Love * 08 Too High For Heaven * 09 Five Block Thunder

Boy do these guys look like products of the 70's or what? The hair, the vests, the flared trousers. Primarily the focal point of this band is the well known session musician Bill Cuomo who has since appeared on many AOR and West Coast albums. In Transit's style isn't that bad, in a similar territory to Airborne, Fandango and Fortress on their rockier moments, and meeting Firefall and Atlanta Rhythm Section on a stretch of road somewhere between Denver and Atlanta on their more subdued moments.

The Songs
'It's My Way' definitely moves into the A.R.S camp twinged with a bit of Molly Hatchet. Tell me that guitar line wasn't borrowed from 'Flirtin' With Disaster'? 'Belle Isle' has a softer touch to it, harking back memories of Rick Robert's fabulous 70's band Firefall, especially the synth wash in the background. Probably the best track on the album. The Firefall and A.R.S comparisons continues with 'Turn On Your Light', more of an uptempo AOR workout. 'Can't Get Over Your Love' drops into West Coast mode similar to Novo Combo while the piano based ballad 'Too High For Heaven' can be compared to some CCM type material we hear on Christian radio nowadays.

In Summary
Overall an OK album, and a rarity for collectors only. I shouldn't expect a CD release with this one though.

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#1 | rostoned on June 28 2008 19:23:12
Keyboardist Bill Cuomo later played the keys on many classic melodic albums, among his countless sessions: Whitesnake '1987', Player 'Danger Zone', Survivor 'When Seconds Count', Steve Perry 'Street Talk', Joe Lamont 'Secrets That You Keep' clap
#2 | richardb on May 16 2009 10:15:58
I also think you've been unfairly dismissive of this album George. There's some dynamic guitar/keyboard interplay. The songs are memorable - I love the intro to 'Rock n roll queen' It's not the bland limp-wristed affair the review suggests.

It gets a regular workout on my turnable and still sounds great nearly 30 years on.

Richard B

#3 | gdazegod on October 21 2011 22:26:14
I think I am going to rewrite this article. This one has certainly grown on me over the years.
#4 | Carl Noonan on March 11 2018 11:52:55
Ralph Humphrey was a member of Frank Zappa's band. Brilliant drummer but sadly most of his work is outside of the rock genre eg Manhattan Transfer, Barbara Streisand, John Denver and Michael Buble to name a few.
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