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Sherbs, The -1981 Defying Gravity

ARTIST: Sherbs, The
ALBUM: Defying Gravity
LABEL: Festival (Aust) / Atco (USA)
SERIAL: L37698 (Aust), SD 38146 (USA)
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2000, Renaissance, RMED00170


LINEUP: Daryl Braithwaite - vocals * Harvey James - guitars * Garth Porter - keyboards * Tony Mitchell - bass * Alan Sandow - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 We Ride Tonight * 02 Free The Sailor * 03 Steppin' On Ice * 04 Blood On My Hands * 05 We Can Make It * 06 I'm Alive * 07 The Danger Zone * 08 Some People * 09 The Escape * 10 I Wanna Lay With You * 11 Defying Gravity

The Sherbs are effectively the Aussie band Sherbet, in its third reincarnation. Unfortunately, the history of The Sherbs is short, sweet and ignominious. With Sherbet however, they were a major Australian success between 1972 and 1978 though they formed in 1969. In 1979, they wanted to crack the US market, and signed to the Robert Stigwood label RSO. They then changed their name to Highway and released the 'Highway 1' album. This album bombed, and they broke up. However, as luck would have it, they reformed a year later, this time under The Sherbs banner, but all the members involved (as named above), are all from that successful Sherbet period between 1975-78.

The Songs
Their first album as The Sherbs was in fact 'The Skill' from 1980. However, I've chosen to look at 'Defying Gravity', their second effort a year later. All up it's pleasant enough AOR, with an emphasis on simply structured songs with an abundance of keyboard layers and quirky fills, and the ever present earthy vocals of Braithwaite. IMHO, it has a Canadian feel to it, a la early Streetheart or Prism, though admittedly it doesn't exactly set my pulse a racing with it's mid-paced tempo. However, there are some interesting tracks, such as the stop/start affair of 'We Can Make It', the surging AOR of 'Blood On My Hands' or the pairing of the opening two tracks 'We Ride Tonight' and 'Free The Sailor'. Fans of this particular era of AOR will enjoy it, those taking an enforced historical lesson in the band's material might not.

In Summary
Though initially released in 1981, Atco saw fit to release the album in the USA during 1982, though it was hardly a success. This was due to a lack of label support from the changing of the guard at Festival Australia. Years after the event, Renaissance Records also got in on the act and released the thing on CD during 1999. Harder to track down though, is the Sherbs third release, the EP 'Shaping Up'. Since, then, Daryl Braithwaite has moved on to an extremely successful solo career with Columbia/Sony, with a few solo albums released between 1989 and 1994.

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#1 | dangerzone on April 29 2008 08:12:43
Superb album.
#2 | JuniorNB on August 15 2008 17:30:08
This one's decent, but I love 'The Skill' from a year earlier. I Have The Skill, No Turning Back, and I'll Be Faster are great tunes. There's no mistaking what decade this came from, as the multilayered keyboards dominate the sound, but both of The Sherbs efforts are worth obtaining.
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