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Blue Steel - 1981 Nothing But Time



ARTIST: Blue Steel
ALBUM: Nothing But Time
LABEL: Asylum
SERIAL: 6E-308
YEAR: 1981

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Richard Bowden - guitars, vocals * Leonard Arnold - guitars, vocals * Howard Burke - guitars, vocals * David Dickey - bass, vocals * Michael Huey - drums

Additional Musicians: Clarence Clemons - saxophone * John Heron, Rex Caughron, Marius Penczner, Skip Edwards - keyboards * Don Henley, Kristine Arnold, Karen Bowden, Janis Gill - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Molly * 02 Good Friends And Lovers * 03 Slip Away * 04 Pretty Personality (P.P) * 05 All For The Price (Of One Love) * 06 Nothing But Time * 07 Oh, Pretty Woman * 08 End Of The Line * 09 The Price Is High * 10 Havin' Some Fun Now


Background
Texas born and bred, Blue Steel was the brainchild of Richard Bowden who previously shuffled between Linda Ronstadt, Roger McGuinn and Dan Fogelberg as a back-up guitarist. Pulling together in 1978, Bowden and company had the misfortune of signing with the doomed Infinity Records which in a classic case of poor timing went belly up midway through Blue Steel's tour with The Eagles. A tough break, but the band persevered, signing to Asylum and releasing 'Nothing But Time' when the reality was Blue Steel had anything but, splitting a short time later.


The Songs
Two years on since 'No More Lonely Nights' and not much has changed, with Blue Steel driving down the same country boy boogie rock road that made them not so famous. Opener 'Molly' is an efficient southern rocker with a typical triple guitar attack and shades of The Outlaws faceless middle period while 'Good Friends And Lovers' and 'Slip Away' both have a Randy Meisner roadhouse pop thing happening and yet, I'm very unimpressed and quite frankly bored. The title track, a cover of Jackson Browne's 'Nothing But Time' lacks the personality of the original and their version of 'Oh, Pretty Woman' which has been done so many times it's absolutely nauseating, is nothing but filler and incredibly bad filler at that, completing the picture of a third rate album not worth anyone's half hour.


In Summary
Other than Richard Bowden who went on to form a comedy duo Pinkard and Bowden as well as work with solo Don Henley and The Eagles, the rest of Blue Steel disappeared from the rock 'n roll radar. Of the two, Nothing But Time' is harder album to find for some reason although I can't imagine either release making it to CD, but of course stranger things have happened..


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