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Nightwinds - 1991 Nightwinds

ARTIST: Nightwinds
ALBUM: Nightwinds
LABEL: Lasers Edge
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Sandy Singers - lead vocals * Gerald O'Brien - keyboards * Terry O'Brien - guitar * Mike Gingrich - bass * Mike Phelan - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 We Were The Young * 02 Crude Exports * 03 Ivy * 04 The Pirates Of Rebecca's Choice * 05 Out N About * 06 Sad But True * 07 As The Crow Flies * 08 The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

According to their biography, Nightwinds were plying their wares on the Toronto club circuit around the same time as Saga, FM and Lawrence Gowan's Rheingold were making the rounds. Can you imagine? What a great time to be a bar patron, pounding down a few Labatt's while Saga tunes up in the corner. Geezus, anyway Nightwinds eventually came to the attention of Dee Long and Terry Draper of Klaatu. Notorious studio animals, Long and Draper took the band under their wing which was a golden opportunity, but boys being boys, Nightwinds couldn't keep it together and split before they could complete a full album. Thanks to Ken Golden at The Laser's Edge, a CD of the finished material recorded in 1979 was cobbled together and released for all to hear in 1991.

The Songs
I read one smart ass review that said Nightwinds is to Genesis what Starcastle is to Yes, and yet there is some truth to this statement with the band's music falling squarely on the commercial side of the progressive rock spectrum. Nightwinds clearly worshiped at the ashen temple of 'Wind And Wuthering' era Genesis which is all right by me. Keyboardist Gerald O'Brien does a pretty good Tony Banks, throwing in mellotron when needed although vocalist Sandy Singers is more Peter Gabriel than Phil Collins. It's all very accessible although both 'The Pirates Of Rebecca's Choice' and 'The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button' show the more complex and sophisticated side of the band with 'Ivy' and 'Out 'N' About' offering up shorter but very good melodic prog that lingers in the gray matter, leaving a lasting and in the end, satisfying impression. Of course in the grand scheme of things, Nightwinds more than likely would have been far too late to make any sort of impact on the music world if the album had been finished and released, but it's good enough to leave me to wonder what if?

In Summary
What happened to the members of Nightwinds after the fact? Well, Gerald O'Brien went on to Surrender and Wrabit as well as tour with Klaatu with Mike Gingrich who also did a spell in Toronto and Max Webster while Terry O'Brien formed one half of the excellent smooth/new age/pop duo Exchange. Clearly, you just can't keep quality musicians down and Nightwinds was brimming with talent although their only CD is long out of print and I fear a repress is not in the cards anytime soon.

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 24 2011 13:35:37
This is more like it! I believe it is uploaded on youtube.I liked everything I heard and I have never seen the CD.
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