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ALBUM: Pages
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-12123
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2001, Capitol (Japan), TOCP-53189


LINEUP: Richard Page - vocals, bass * Steve George - keyboards, vocals * John Lang - lyrics

TRACK LISTING: 01 You Need A Hero * 02 Tell Me * 03 O.C.O.E (Official Cat Of The Eighties) * 04 Come On Home * 05 Sesatia * 06 Only A Dreamer * 07 Auotmatic * 08 Fearless * 09 Midnight Angel

Pages is the pre-cursor to that other eighties icon of AOR called Mr Mister. The duo of Richard Page and Steve George show their talent early on in the piece with this fine collection of soft West Coast oriented songs, which in effect is a showcase of the best L.A session musicians on show. You name it, they're here. Graydon, Stubenhaus, Laboriel, Colouita, Baird, Porcaro, Jarreau, DaCosta, Steve Khan, and Tom Scott. Musically, Pages are striking at the heart of laid back West Coast a la Ambrosia, Michael McDonald era Doobie Brothers, and early Larry Carlton. If you have a penchant for this style of music, then you'll be in your element with this platter.

The Songs
Surprisingly, it does not sound anything like their Mr Mister material. The modern influences which prevailed with that band probably hadn't struck a chord with Messrs Page and George back in 1981, as it seemed they were still stuck in the L.A session groove. Personally, I wish they'd stayed there, as there's great stuff to be heard with Pages. Some of the tracks line up as a testament to the best West Coast music heard by these ears. 'Only A Dreamer', 'Fearless', 'Come On Home' and 'Tell Me' are all marvellous moments. 'You Need A Hero' marginally so, as would the hi-tech workout of 'Automatic'.

In Summary
This album is a big hit among our Japanese and Swedish brethren, as this style of music is still proving to be popular years after the event. It is out on CD though a bit of a challenge to find it.

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#1 | richardb on June 15 2008 17:26:55
A good album and definitely one for West Coast fans - though there are some harder rocking moments such as 'Sesatia' and 'Automatic'.

Richard B
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