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Rose - 1977 Judgement Day

ALBUM: Judgement Day
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 2424 168
YEAR: 1977


LINEUP: Brian Allen - guitars, vocals * James Fox - drums, percussion, vocals * Ron Glatley - keyboards, synthesizers, vocals * Gary Lalonde - bass, moog pedals, vocals

Additional Musicians: Annie Woods - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Between The Lines * 02 Too Beautiful * 03 Johnny Law * 04 Dealer * 05 Recession, Depression * 06 Whirling Dervish * 07 Tender Is The Night * 08 The Magic Of Holidays * 09 Marionette * 10 On Judgement Day

Quite some time ago, George gave a good overview of the Rose story in his piece on the band's previous album 'A Taste Of Neptune'. I don't have much to add other than Rose gigged extensively throughout Canada as a headliner, picking up the occasional support slot with Spirit and others while making sporadic trips into the U.S. which ultimately proved fruitless. 'Judgement Day' was the band's last album and they couldn't have chosen a more appropriate title. With no hit singles and lukewarm sales, Polydor's patience came to an end and the decision was made to drop the band from their roster.

The Songs
Largely consisting of material left over from 'A Taste Of Neptune', this is a very appealing pomp album and while not up to the same lofty standards as Avalon or Zon; it has more than its share of solid moments. 'Between The Lines' is first up with lots of proggy keys and a fluffy chorus while 'Too Beautiful' sounds like one of those killer ballads that dotted the early Trooper albums. Nicely done and the appearance of Annie Woods aka Holly Woods on 'Johnny Law' is of interest although here she's essentially a back-up vocalist and barely recognizable until the song's drawn-out finale. A little James Young of Styx on 'Dealer' and a lot of Queen on 'Recession, Depression' and based on the first side I wonder why Canadians didn't buy this album in droves? On the reverse 'Whirling Dervish' and future Toronto/Honeymoon Suite bassist Gary Lalonde's 'Tender Is The Night' continues the album's high marks although with a song title like 'The Magic Of Holidays' you'd be forgiven expecting the worst but it's actually short of cheese and very pleasant, again reminiscent of Queen and that's always a good thing in my book. 'On Judgement Day' rumbles its way to the albums close with a Uriah Heep meets Styx hard prog assault and despite Rose lacking all-important originality, you certainly couldn't fault the boys for giving it their best shot.

In Summary
From here Brian Allen and James Fox reconnected with Holly Woods, forming Toronto and as they say - the rest is history. Never on CD; why the Korean's didn't go further following their 'A Taste Of Neptune' reissue is a mystery as 'Judgement Day' is just as charming a relic and should have a place in every serious pomp lover's collection.

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#1 | Nick C on November 30 2011 11:16:10
Nice review Eric (Just read the one for A Taste of Neptune by George too) I knew Toronto came from ashes of the band Rose but really had no idea they had released any albums - having said that I didn't really look too much into it.

You can give their albums a listen here

According to the website they released the three albums mentioned in the reviews here - BUT someone has posted the message

'this was NOT their debut album....they did an album before this, a concept album called earth air and water.... '
but I can't find reference to that anywhere on the internet except for the comment at the above site.

I just grabbed their A Taste of Neptune CD off eBay as I enjoyed what I heard so much.
#2 | super80boy on July 21 2013 00:42:04
A solid blend of late 70's AOR, Prog and Pomp, which is all intertwined into a variety of standout tracks -'Between The Line', 'Johnny Law', 'Dealer' and 'Whirling Dervish'. The first side is the best for consistency.
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