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Holden, Mark - 1983 Mark Holden

ARTIST: Holden, Mark
ALBUM: Mark Holden
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: 811073-1
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Mark Holden - vocals

Album lineup unknown..

TRACK LISTING: 01 For You * 02 Who Do You Love * 03 Alice * 04 Sittin' Pretty * 05 I'll Rock You To Sleep Tonight * 06 Exposed * 07 Hey Little Girl * 08 Who'd Be Fool Enough * 09 I'll Dance Alone * 10 Count To Ten


If there was ever an album tailor made for this website then it's this offering from Australian musician and actor Mark Holden. Making a name for himself as a cast member of 'The Young Doctors' in 1976, Holden branched out as a solo vocalist, scoring a major hit with a cover of Eric Carmen's 'Never Gonna Fall In Love' that same year. After several more pop hits Holden pulled a Rick Springfield and moved to the U.S. to seek more fortune. In the midst of this he released this self titled AOR effort in 1983, a peak year for albums of this variety. As far as comparisons go, Springfield is a good reference point, as this has the same tone as all of his compatriots classic output.

The Songs
Finding who played on this album is the proverbial needle in the haystack, such is the lack of information out there on this in general. The music is played in the style we've all come to love and the racing keyboard lines and melodies on 'For You' are a perfect introduction. Quite pulsating, this appeared on obscure 1984 movie 'Lovelines'. Even better is 'Who Do You Love', which is a brilliant mixture of prime Hall And Oates, Greg Guidry, Rick Springfield and Jon Stevens. This is the archetypal AOR cut, with synths blaring all over the place, a catchy hook and melodic guitar solo. Track this one down! 'Alice' is a ballad which John O'Banion might have eaten up, but the addictive melodies of 'Sitting Pretty' are where the real action is to be found. 'I'll Rock You To Sleep Tonight' has a touch of Pure Prairie League and .38 Special about it, but with far smoother harmonies. 'Exposed' is high on dramatic melody lines and there's sax in there too. A compulsory listen this one. On the cornball side is 'Hey Little Girl' with its rock and roll leanings and less than two minutes in length. More inspired in the West Coast influenced 'Who'd Be Fool Enough', which again is similar to Springfield's 1981-83 work. 'I'll Dance Alone' is another worthy AOR track and 'Count To Ten' boasts a raucous chorus which seems offbeat melodically to what transpired before it, but still works within the AOR confines.

In Summary
This album seems to have no profile whatsoever on the Internet and it's with some luck I stumbled across it, having no idea of its existence. Holden of course remains a popular fixture in Australia and was a judge on 'The X-Factor' and 'Australian Idol' for a period, not exactly anything to brag about, but he has remained busy ever since, even threatening to wow us on TV screens yet again in a new re-branded version of his former TV show The Young Doctors during 2011! This LP was however a great attempt to cash in on the solo AOR artist boom of that era and is worth obtaining if you favor the aforementioned artists listed in this review.

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#1 | gdazegod on January 02 2011 11:40:23
This is pretty good actually. It seems Mark also released an LP that was issued by Scotti Bros for the US market during 1979. Might need to investigate that. hmm!
#2 | Traveller in time on January 08 2011 17:49:09
A very good album, the Japan vinyl has a different frontcover.
#3 | kim_hp on April 12 2011 14:53:31
I didn't think this was all that special, but a couple of songs are worth a listen. 'Who'd Be Fool Enough' and 'Who Do You Love' are probably my faves.
#4 | dangerzone on December 14 2013 23:36:02
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#5 | gdazegod on October 21 2014 12:02:32
In Australia during 2014, Mark Holden was a contestant in the latest edition of Dancing With The Stars. In the following article, he dressed up as a clown, with disastrous results!

#6 | gdazegod on November 25 2014 11:32:32
Apparently his wife gave him a hard time about his antics too. Not impressed at all.


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