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Le Roux - 1980 Up

LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-12092
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2000, Zoom Club (UK), ZCRCD54, 2011, Rock Candy Records, CANDY125


LINEUP: Jeff Pollard - vocals, guitars * Tony Haselden - guitars * Leon Medica - bass * Bobby Campo - percussion * Rod Roddy - keyboards * David Peters - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Let Me Your Fantasy * 02 Get It Right The First Time * 03 Mystery * 04 Roll Away The Stone * 05 It Could Be The Fever * 06 I Know Trouble When I See It * 07 Waiting For Your Love * 08 Crying Inside * 09 I Won't Be Staying


Radical change in direction from Louisana's finest, Le Roux, with this their third album. The previous two albums were reasonably non-descript efforts, showcasing their traditional bayou based sound. On 'Up' they moved into full-on AOR territory with some fantastic rockin' songs. In some ways their direction was similar to another AOR identity in Duke Jupiter, who also parked out in Blandolaville but changed lanes at the right time. Jeff Pollard always had a great voice, but on this album he's stormin' in the best tradition of Bobby Kimball (Toto), while the music veers straight into Pomp Boulevard without waiting for the lights!

The Songs
The heavy pomp attack of 'Let Me Be Your Fantasy', Get It Right The First Time' and 'I Know Trouble When I See It' makes one wonder why these boys didn't go all out on album #1. Anyway, I'm not complaining, I'm glad they saw the light when they did and contributed this and their 2 follow up efforts into the AOR Hall Of Fame. I won't bother writing about 'So Fired Up'. I think we all know what a classic that was!

In Summary
I don't know whether this album received a separate CD release, but I am aware that the 2 aforementioned prior albums made it onto a combined CD. Latest news indicates that Le Roux (courtesy of Leon Medica) are still active, and as at the year 2000 have just released a couple of albums. Check their website link below. Jeff Pollard is now doing a 'Kerry Livgren' and following the ways of the Lord though he is still involved with music I believe. Footnote: this classic album is now out on a proper CD reissue thanks to Rock Candy Records, at the tail end of 2011. Get in quick before they disappear!

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#1 | KurtmanJP on March 21 2008 17:40:48
Reminds me of a blend of Foreigner, Bad Company and Roadmaster. My favorite tracks are 'Get It Right The First Time' and 'Crying Inside'.
#2 | reyno-roxx on March 21 2008 19:11:21
Zoom Club released this on CD (catalogue number ZCRCD54), although the sound on it was no better than a poor vinyl transfer in my opinion.
#3 | richardb on June 13 2008 14:07:40
Loved this one from the moment I slapped it on my turntable many moons ago. I seem to recall 'Sounds' very own Xavier Russell rated it as one of the greatest pomp rock albums of all time.

One of the very AOR few albums I rate as a perfect 10

Richard B
#4 | rostoned on July 02 2008 18:56:13
Third track 'Mystery' still leaves me breathless, a pomp rock klassik. Smokin'.... The album peaked at #145 on THE BILLBOARD 200 Us album sales chart.
#5 | rkbluez on August 19 2008 03:35:19
Amazing...Richard this album had the same affect on me...I rank this one up their with the all time greatest classic's in Airborne, Touch, Arcangel, Axe...when I was in touch with Leon to put their 1st to album CD reissues in stock...he said this is his least favorite CD by the band...maybe that's why they went in a mellower direction after this...too me UP is and will always be their finest hour.
#6 | reyno-roxx on August 19 2008 07:36:30
I love this record too. Some fantastic songs. Although I prefer 'So Fired Up' out of all the Le Roux albums, this still has a place in the ol' AOR heart.
#7 | trillion1999 on October 13 2011 20:22:39
As of now I like both Le Roux-albums with Up in the title equally as much.A classic case of me wanting to hear ewerything by this classy outfit in all their
#8 | sabace on March 12 2012 19:24:32
excellent stuff!

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