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Thread - 1995 Thread

ARTIST: Thread
ALBUM: Thread
LABEL: Laughing Gull
YEAR: 1995


LINEUP: Vince DiCola - keyboards, vocals, programming * Ellis Hall - lead & background vocals * Doane Perry - drums, percussion

Additional Musicians: Mark Boals - acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin * John De Faria, Rocket Richotte - acoustic & electric guitar * Rick Livingstone - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Live At The Scene * 02 Hands Of Kindness (Excerpt) * 03 Another Mean Day * 04 Just Out Of Reach * 05 Rage * 06 Secrets Of The Game * 07 Rainbow Suite

Many of you will remember 'Life In Paradise' from Storming Heaven. One of the top-tier MTM releases in my opinion, the disc recorded in 1992 and released four years later took the glossy proggy pop of GTR with a heavied-up AOR friendly sound. Moving on from those short-lived but fruitful sessions, keyboardist and composer Vince DiCola and former Maxus/Jethro Tull stickman Doane Perry formed Thread, ousting vocalist Rick Livingstone and hooking up with Tower Of Power vocalist Ellis Hall.

The Songs
A cut above Storming Heaven, no doubt attributed to the soulful pipes of Ellis Hall; lead-off cut 'Live At The Scene' is everything you could possibly hope for with to-die-for hooks, soaring guitar workouts and surging keyboard forays all recalling the Mike Rutherford classic 'Smallcreeps Day'. In fact what Thread created with this disc is a masterwork of melodic progressive rock worthy of the bloated giants of the genre. The groove and electric-charge of 'Another Mean Day' and the disquieting 'Just Out Of Reach' are edgier and more experimental, but by no means un-listenable, just the opposite culminating with 'Rainbow Suite' a near fifteen minute attention-grabber that starts off low-key, but quickly accelerates into an show stopping keyboard driven masterpiece.

In Summary
A pity this was Thread's only effort and has since disappeared into obscurity. While the case can be made the '90s were often unbearably dreary, it was discs like Thread that gave the decade a shot in the arm for a brief but exhilarating moment.

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#1 | swazi on February 28 2011 11:29:58
Great disc, indeed! I'm a sucker for proggy AOR stuff!
#2 | gdazegod on February 28 2011 11:55:24
Vince DiCola is a god! Period..
#3 | rkbluez on March 01 2011 11:32:06
Got this one...gonna have to revisit it...remember liking it a lot.
#4 | Nick C on March 02 2011 21:33:12
Well that completely got my attention, like the sound of this...grabbed a copy!
#5 | Alfie2 on March 05 2011 11:30:11
Have loved this album since picking it up on release. A regular listen on the Ipod. Great shame there wasn't another album.
#6 | Nick C on March 23 2011 02:03:22
Boy am I glad I picked this up...ab-so-lute-ly marvellous. I've hammered it over the last few days...bits of it remind me of Giraffe (Kevin Gilbert) but tougher. Heh! Ta for the review that had me running for my wallet!
#7 | swazi on March 27 2011 16:52:01
There aren't many better ways to spend your money, Nick! Wink
#8 | george_the_jack on September 10 2013 14:15:49
Has anyone got any idea where can I find this one?
#9 | gdazegod on September 10 2013 14:25:56
#10 | george_the_jack on September 10 2013 15:10:30
Thanks a bunch George! Grabbed it and listening to it right now!
#11 | AOR Lee on September 11 2013 05:51:11
Possibly the same Doane Perry who wielded the sticks for Antipodean AOR gods Dragon ?
#12 | gdazegod on September 11 2013 08:23:15
It is Lee. He also yielded the stix for a couple of other bands which Eric mentioned above, but a more detailed list of appearances can be viewed at this site: http://www.drumme...Perry.html. His appearances with Dragon are listed as HUNTER, when they changed their name in the late 80's.
#13 | AOR Lee on September 12 2013 05:32:54
Thanks George, meantime this Thread album sounds like a worthy addition judging by the review!
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