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Straight Lines - 1981 Run For Cover

ARTIST: Straight Lines
ALBUM: Run For Cover
SERIAL: FE 37560
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: David Sinclair - vocals, lead guitar * Bob Buckley - saxophone, clarinet, keyboards * Peter Clarke - bass * Daryl Burgess, Peter Padden - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Run For Cover * 02 There Are No Secrets * 03 It's Gotta Be Tonight * 04 Letting Go * 05 Illusions * 06 Lighten Up * 07 I've Heard It All Before * 08 I'm Talking To You * 09 Easy To Run * 10 I've Got News For You

Straight Lines were a Canadian AOR act from Canada formed by Bob Buckley and David Sinclair. They were known as Dogstar but CBS were not too fond of the name so it was changed to something more, er straight forward. 'Run For Cover' was their second album following a self titled debut in 1980, which had the distinction of being engineered by a young Bob Rock. The band played a combination of soft to hard AOR, very much of its era with a sound only 1982 could be responsible for. One of the singles from the album, 'Letting Go', actually hit the Canadian top 10. No small feat there!

The Songs
Straight Lines are never over-heavy and the title track is a firm indication of where they were at musically. Nice melodic riffs and vital harmonies with smooth vocals from Sinclair. Great period AOR. 'There Are No Secrets' is slower, but maintains a tough riff all the way through, superb atmospherics. 'It's Gotta Be Tonight' is a good rocker with some clever synth work, sumptuous indeed. The chorus soars with the requisite twists and turns plus a nice bridge. The hit single 'Letting Go' is a string ridden ballad with some weepy accompanying guitar. Again a thrilling bridge and these harmonies are getting out of hand! The pitch is perfect. 'Illusions' borders on Electric Light Orchestra territory, with similar string work and melody to any of their prime output. 'Lighten Up' features some crude synths and a very serious main riff, hardly what I would call lightening up! Nice nonetheless. Following this are three songs all starting with either 'I've' or 'I'm'. Is a band member trying to speak to someone through the songs? Whatever the case 'I've Heard It All Before' scores big with some exciting verses, good layered melody. 'I'm Talking To You' slows it down again, definitely from the Player 'Spies Of Life' handbook, more MOR but powerful slicing keyboard touches. 'I've Got News For You' is notable for some sitar work spread throughout, but evolves into some good hard rock at the chorus thanks to some meaty riffs. The album closes with a nifty little scorcher 'Easy To Run', more than a dead ringer for the later 'The Lonely One' by Billy Satellite. Surely just a close play on words? I'm sure Chauncey and co didn't do this purposely.

In Summary
As was often the case with such a fine outfit Straight Lines split after a lack of interest from overseas buyers. Buckley and Sinclair went on to form Body Electric with ex Ironhorse/Union man Frank Ludwig, signing with Attic Records. Whether it scaled the musical heights of Straight Lines I have yet to discover. Typically the chances of finding 'Run For Cover' are minimal, unless you locate it at an obscure location like I did in Cape Giradeau, Missouri of all places.. Comment: We've indicated that this review is a 1981 release, as that's what it says on the album, though many other articles have stated 1982. To avoid the confusion, we'll go with 1981 I think..

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#1 | dangerzone on October 12 2008 12:59:13
This is one which is almost impossible to find anywhere.hmm!
#2 | rostoned on October 12 2008 13:32:58
Dangerzone do you mean that it's hard to find the original LP copy or a CD version or a digital download from some blog? AFAIK it was never officially reissued on CD but IT IS available as a vinyl on the e-2nd hand market (and not that xpensive, look better) and I even saw it on a blog as a free digital download but unfortunately that link doesn't seem to work any more...
#3 | rostoned on October 12 2008 16:03:48
Yes Junior it is the same link I found on the same blog. Yes you are right, it works and no password asked at any stage, you only need to wait a bit before downloading starts, I wasn't so patient. Thanx to you now in addition to a vinyl copy I have a digital one too, great! lol
#4 | rkbluez on January 26 2012 01:43:15
Great band...real classy and well produced stuff here...great guitar work also...both Straight Lines albums should be on CD if there is any justice in this world as both are some of the finest slabs of pure AOR ever recorded IMO.
#5 | gdazegod on August 02 2017 07:40:33
Straight Lines - 1981 Letting Go
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