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Harlequin (Canada) - 1979 Victim Of A Song



ARTIST: Harlequin (Canada)
ALBUM: Victim Of A Song
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: PEC 90566
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: George Belanger - vocals * Glen Willows - guitars * Gary Golden - keyboards, guitar * Ralph James - bass * David Budzak - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sweet Things In Life * 02 Survive * 03 What's Your Name * 04 Victim Of A Song * 05 You Are The Light * 06 What Love Can Do * 07 Shame Shame * 08 Turn Around * 09 Barely Alive


Background
There's a few of us here who are fans of those bands who emanated from the Canadian Prairies during the 70's. Probably the most notable of these was Streetheart, but not far behind them were Winnipeg originators Harlequin, though their formative days and creative period was undertaken in Toronto. Formed in 1975 by Ralph James, Harlequin have noted producer Jack Douglas to thank for their big break to CBS/Epic Records during 1979, his production team having seen the band live, and Douglas himself assisting with obtaining a deal as he had Harlequin signed to a production deal. The resulting action seeing Harlequin's debut 'Victim Of A Song' released that same year, though it was not without its problems due to the sordid business that is the record industry, and the unsavoury dealings between the Canadian and US branches of CBS Records. Anyway, we'll leave that story for another day shall we?


The Songs
The band eventually became a favourite on the Western Canadian circuit, the first single lifted off the LP was 'Survive', but the band convince strongly with other songs such as cool chuggin' opener 'Sweet Things In Life', the radio friendly 'Turn Around' and the hard driving 'What's Your Name', which swings in the same direction as the aforementioned Streetheart, albeit with a hint and twist of Rolling Stones like slide guitar induced madness. The title track whistle stops toward ballad territory, and within you can hear traces of what the band would sound like on their next classic LP 'Love Crimes'.


In Summary
A good start, but the best was yet to come with 1980's 'Love Crimes', an album that was recently reissued by Rock Candy Records, though a digital makeover has yet to appear for this one. The liner notes from Paul Suter makes for some good reading, and expands on those early days covering this record as well.


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#1 | Eric on January 26 2012 13:11:53
Excellent album. Still remember the day I bought it in a Niagara Falls, Ontario record shop!
#2 | Nick C on January 26 2012 19:55:23
Fantastic album - would love to see this given the RC treatment. Who Knows What a Love Can Do is the Billy Squier song from Tale of the Tape.
#3 | Traveller in time on January 30 2012 16:48:38
I m astonished, no review about the album
ONE FALSE MOVE from 1982...
#4 | gdazegod on January 30 2012 20:26:44
True. Expect it to be covered off soon.
 
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