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Flyer (USA) - 1979 Send A Little Love My Way




ARTIST: Flyer (USA)
ALBUM: Send A Little Love My Way
LABEL: Infinity
SERIAL: INF 9021
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Lou Rera - vocals * vocals Bill Torrico - vocals * Thom Dussault - guitars * Bob Weisner - drums

Numerous guests

TRACK LISTING: 01 Send A Little Love My Way * 02 Natalie * 03 Turn Out The Lights * 04 Just Can't Take It * 05 Just One More Time * 06 The Only Game In Town * 07 Say You Love Me * 08 Good Love * 09 Lettin' You Go * 10 Let It Happen To You


Background
A couple of years back, Eric undertook an interview with Lou Rera of one off wonders Flyer. This lot with the unimaginative name and who originally hailed from Buffalo, were signed to the MCA offshoot label Infinity, best remembered for that debut New England album among others before being shot down in the flames as a casualty of the record industry at the time. Flyer on the other hand didn't get much of a break, however they did get the chance to mix with the cream of L.A's studio cats during the 1978/79 timeline, some of whom appeared as guests on the album. We're talking the likes of Jeff Porcaro and David Paich from Toto, Burton Cummings of The Guess Who and Rick Springfield drummer Mike Baird.. among others. Flyer have an unusual take on their sound, melding bits of late 60's and early 70's British pop with a smattering of AOR and light progressive rock. Eric, in his interview with Lou mentioned the Canadian outfit Klaatu. I would also add UK bands Airwaves, Supertramp, and pre-disco The Bee Gees. Whatever Infinity's label head Ron Alexenburg was on at the time remains a mystery, as Flyer didn't even get a chance to recoup the vast amount of money spent on the album, neither for themselves or for the record company. The band folded soon after.


The Songs
It is only years later that we discover the mystery of Flyer, and you can tell that the album has quality written all over it. It's just as well that producer Larry Emerine was prevented from turning the material on 'Send A Little Love My Way' into a Bee Gees cop-out, as 1979 didn't really need a disco-repeat of a genre that was just about headed out the back door! Thank god then that Flyer deliver us some witty and whimsical songs, the opener title track being their best known effort, with its Supertramp meets Sneaker combination. 'Natalie' is a charming period piece with a very British flavour, complete with Burton Cummings' contribution and a bag full of hand claps. 'Turn Out The Lights' is full of late 60's whimsy, the compliment of instruments used on this track could've resembled an orchestra! 'Just Can't Take It' is a good example of Flyer's simplistic pop style, as Lou Rera liked to call it, though there is some freestyle guitar soloing happening at the end. The ballad 'Just One More Time' is classy lighter than lite fare, with a hint of the late Greg Guidry in the mix. Flipping the disc on to Side 2, 'The Only Game In Town' is very cool lite AOR, perhaps too sugary and inoffensive, but will please those who love to listen to the likes of Buckeye, Couchois and Gulliver. The same could be said for 'Say You Love Me', which is a far more bouncier affair, again with featherlight hard rock aspirations including some teasing lead guitar work. 'Good Love' nods its head in the direction of that aforementioned Brit pop sound, with some swinging orchestral work to liven it up. 'Lettin' You Go' presents more harmless pop, the chorus reminded me of that track 'Stumblin' In' by Chris Norman and Suzi Quatro. The finale 'Let It Happen To You' is a whimsical and quaint affair that sums this band up all too well.


In Summary
Upon hearing this album, I'm thinking that it's about one or two years too late, and definitely signed to the wrong label. It's all good in hindsight and after the fact, but at the time, any deal which gets you to L.A and recording with a reasonable budget is well worth a look. According to Eric's interview with Lou, the band did reconvene in the 90's and even managed to re-do the tracks on this album for a digital release, though I don't ever think these were reissued. Despite being on the Infinity label, don't be thinking you're gonna end up with a pomp classic. Flyer instead, have their roots solidly founded in the 60's and 70's pop sound with the occasional breakout into melodic rock, but not enough to get the excito-meter worried.


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Comments

#1 | Eric on July 17 2011 13:22:18
Very good review. A favorite of mine, naturally on my hot 100 list. The re-recorded stuff was really nice and I tried to help generate some interest, but no one seemed to care.
#2 | gdazegod on July 23 2011 13:03:33
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#3 | super80boy on July 04 2013 16:49:20
Not real impressed with this one due to the very light pop arrangements, although you can tell there was a lot of care put into the creation of this LP. Wish they had broken out of that pop mold more on this one off.

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