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Tower - 1982 Titan



ARTIST: Tower
ALBUM: Titan
LABEL: Dureco Records
SERIAL: 88.037
YEAR: 1982

CD REISSUE: 2005, Fonos (Holland), ST-57510 * 2010, CNR (Holland), 22 233272

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Marian Pijnaker - lead vocals * Cor Van Hoogt - guitar, vocals * Henk Van Loon- keyboards, vocals * Ben Petersen - bass * Ton Hoogeboom - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Introduction * 02 Titan * 03 Get Back * 04 Moon * 05 We Are (The Boys And Girls) * 06 Goin' Home * 07 Space Man * 08 See You Tonight * 09 X-I-O * 10 Epilogue


Background
Presented in a visually stunning sleeve; this is the kind of record that makes a lifetime of collecting worthwhile and all the duds I've encountered over the years - easy to forget. Tower called The Netherlands home and were pieced together by hit making collective Cat Music; the Dutch equivalent to Nicky Chinn and Michael Chapman and whose previous claim to fame included Nederglam glam faves Catapult. 'Titan' was Tower's only album but included two top twenty singles 'See You Tonight' and 'Goin' Home', yet considering their success; it's a mystery why another LP wasn't released. Heavy touring and TV appearances naturally followed but Tower's ability to break big was greatly diminished by trickling out a handful of non-charting but excellent singles until their break-up in 1984.


The Songs
With a breathtaking album that sounds like the Electric Light Orchestra fronted by Pat Benatar; Tower had it going on in lead vocalist Marian Pijnaker whose sexy good looks gave the band hot video-age optics while blazing through seriously mind-blowing pop. From the opening classical rock strains of 'Introduction' which borrows liberally from compatriots Focus; Tower on the title track are blissfully over-the-top with soaring vocals, a Queen-like chorus and a reach for heaven guitar solo that would put Robby Valentine to shame. 'Get Back' is pompy to the point of ridiculous, recalling Jeanette Chase's Storm and with ELO 'Time' inspired strings that pierce the sky like sugar-coated cathedral spires, it's as if I've died and gone to pop heaven. There are a couple ho-hum tracks, namely 'Moon' and the Blondie influenced 'We Are (The Boys and Girls)' but the big singles, 'Goin' Home' and especially the deliciously infectious 'See You Tonight' more than make up for the record's inconsistencies with the grandiose prog rock finale 'X-I-O'/'Epilogue' the absolute icing on the cake.


In Summary
Pijnaker and guitarist Cor Van Hoogt continued on as Second Avenue; releasing a couple of singles before trying to revive Tower. Unfortunately it was not to be and incredibly 'Titan' has yet to be reissued on CD which is a travesty to say the least. As I've stated elsewhere on these pages, the Dutch contribution to progressive pop is enormous and Tower stands as one of the genres very best.


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#1 | gdazegod on August 03 2011 14:33:01
Tower - Spaceman
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#2 | gdazegod on August 03 2011 14:34:20
Tower - Get Back
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#3 | gdazegod on August 03 2011 14:36:56
Tower - See You Tonight (Live)
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#4 | gdazegod on August 03 2011 14:38:39
Tower - Titan
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#5 | gdazegod on August 03 2011 14:39:07
Marian's voice is very similar to Japanese diva Mari Hamada.
#6 | reyno-roxx on August 03 2011 21:38:51
I loved this record back in the day - picked it up in Belgium after hearing it on Tony Jasper's Forces Rock Show. Stupidly sold it in the 90s, but managed to find a download last year.
#7 | tonissive on October 09 2012 20:18:16
if you mix earth and fire and the electric light orchestra.. the result is: tower
#8 | Eric on October 09 2012 21:07:34
As it happens, a review of one of the later Earth and Fire albums is in queue.
#9 | tonissive on October 11 2012 11:02:04
"phoenix" (1989) the last earth and fire album, is a great return to the progressive-pop after of 3 bad disco influenced albums and many songs are written by ton scheepenzel of kayak! without any doubt my favorite EandF album of the 80s!
#10 | reyno-roxx on January 10 2016 15:33:01
This album was released on CD in 2010 through CNR with a previous release apparently on a smaller label a few years earlier.
#11 | gdazegod on January 10 2016 20:46:07
Thanks Reyno. Article updated.
 
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