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Off Broadway - 1980 Quick Turns



ARTIST: Off Broadway
ALBUM: Quick Turns
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: SD 19286
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2002, Cliff's Edge/Crash Music, CRAS-61042-2

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Cliff Johnson - vocals * John Ivan - lead guitars * Rob Harding - rhythm guitars * Mike Gorman - bass * Kenny Harck - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Automatic * 02 Bad Girl * 03 Showdown * 04 Are You Alone * 05 Eddie's Pals * 06 Boys Must Be Strong * 07 Quick Turns * 08 U.S Girls * 09 So Long * 10 Alright/OK


Background
Off Broadway are another Illinois based band emanating out of the late seventies like a pimple for a Clearasil advert. Their brand of music is melodic heavy pop, with a lead singer who has listened to one to many Elvis Costello records I think. Thankfully the music has a harder edge to it, due to John Ivan and Rob Harding's attempts to keep the thing rockin', as it could have quite easily have slipped into new wave territory without even thinking about it. Perhaps taking their lead from the skinny tie brigade at the time, a la The Knack, though they're probably not in the same class as those one-hit wonders! For a musical comparison, think along the lines of a poor mans Airborne, and superimpose some melodic pop flavours over the top of it.


The Songs
Of the few standout tracks, I quite liked 'Eddies Pals' which was stirring, as was the title track 'Quick Turns'. The rest are Ok, but there's nothing there that really strikes me as being immediate.


In Summary
The whole affair was produced by Kyle Lehning, who has done a few AOR albums in his time, and I'm not really sure whether he or Atlantic Records got any mileage out of this band at all. It's not bad, but it's not exceptionally good either. Probably confined to the bargain bin hunters brigade I'm afraid.


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#1 | super80boy on January 17 2015 16:49:08
This second release is decent middle of the road power pop rock with a few notable songs including the title song and the opener 'Automatic'. It didn't help their cause being an opening act to hard rock/metal acts.
 
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