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Midnight Blue - 2012 Take The Money And Run (reissue)

ARTIST: Midnight Blue
ALBUM: Take The Money And Run (reissue)
LABEL: Yesterrock
SERIAL: YR201212
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: Germusica


LINEUP: Doogie White - vocals * Alex Dickson - guitars * Jem Davis - keyboards * Niall Canning - bass * Eddie Fincher - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Surrender * 02 Makin' Love * 03 Remember * 04 Call Me * 05 Till The Morning * 06 Little Heartbreaker * 07 Hold On Till The Heartbreaks Over * 08 Until Tomorrow * 09 Hands Of A Lover * 10 One Way To Heaven * 11 Take The Money And Run * 12 After Midnight * 13 Party * 14 Hurts When We Do It (bonus) * 15 Only Girl (bonus)


Some may remember this short-lived British outfit reviewed here previously from a few years ago. Midnight Blue seemed to tip the media upside down with their presence during the late 80's, but weren't quite good enough to pick up a proper deal during the hairspray era, despite having one hand in the pocket of Chrysalis Records. Japanese label Zero Corporation released a posthumous set in 1995, but by then, Midnight Blue were no longer a working commodity. Formed by members of Birmingham based rockers Tobruk, the band also had a Scottish connection, with singer Doogie White and guitarist Alex Dickson part of the lineup, White previously with La Paz while Dickson spent time with Heavy Pettin'. We have actually reviewed this album before in our 1995 section, but because Yesterock Records have opened this album up for reissue with extra bonus tracks, it's time to give 'Take The Money And Run' a more critical overview, because our original review was fairly brief and extremely blunt.

The Songs
The lead track 'Surrender' was always a favourite of mine, the massive wall of keyboards and OTT guitar work still sound good years later. I wasn't so enthused about the second track 'Makin' Love', with Doogie White's vocal antics spoiling what could've been a better presented song. 'Remember' is another favourite, a slow-burner with a gorgeous delivery of guitar melodies and layered keys. 'Call Me' has Midnight Blue in party-mode, sort of like Skagarack taking happy pills, with pumping bass and parping synths. Aah it's the 80's right? 'Til The Morning' by the sounds of the songtitle has all the makings of a soppy ballad, but no, this one is a full-on Energizer bunny, the vocals didn't do a lot for me unfortunately, particularly the chorus. 'Little Heartbreaker' is an exercise in OTT playing, all instruments are in total overload, so too White. 'Hold On Til The Heartbreaks Over' could be a Shy song by the sound of things, but MB don't have the same finesse, though they go close to proving me wrong with the ballad 'Until Tomorrow', however its extended playing time at just under 7 minutes is a bit of clock-killer. Jem Davis' parping synths dominate 'Hands Of A Lover', I didn't really like this one, unlike the superb mid-paced 'One Way To Heaven' which is among the handful of standout tracks here. The title track 'Take The Money And Run' is a reminder of how awful some of the Brit based AOR was at the time. I'm unsure what was in the water over there at the time because many bands were afflicted with the same condition. 'After Midnight' has a very tough exterior, White sounding very brutish on this track. Despite the less than friendly songtitle, 'Party' is quite a reasonable tune, and not as throwaway as some of the other tracks on this album. Of interest to many of you are the two previously unreleased tracks. 'Hurts When We Do It' has an air of Thunder (UK) and Little Angels about it, the party-vibe giving it that familiar sound from those two British outfits. the other track 'Only Girl' sounds bright, with keyboard frills in all the correct places, the right rendering of guitar power and White's big voice also contributing factors. Not sure if they would've added anything different to the CD if they were originally issued on Zero Corp's version, though they could easily have replaced two others with ease, the title track being at least one of those.. lol!

In Summary
It's funny listening to these songs once again in more detail. My original review of this album wasn't too good, and 17 years later my opinion hasn't really changed a lot. I know this features a very young Doogie White, but to me, his vocals lack control, in places they are all over the show! Fincher and Davis must have wondered why labels weren't looking at them, and perhaps therein lies the reason. Mind you, the British scene was over-saturated at the time, so the industry was looking for a change, and Midnight Blue disappeared off the radar only to be rediscovered in the reissue market years later.

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#1 | swazi on February 13 2012 23:18:40
The artwork has improved, though! Wink
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