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Lamb, Brent - 1986 One Man




ARTIST: Lamb, Brent
ALBUM: One Man
LABEL: Power Discs
SERIAL: PWR-1081
YEAR: 1986

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Brent Lamb - lead and backing vocals * Jon Goin, Dann Huff - guitars, Mike Brignardello - bass * Phil Naish - keyboards * Mark Hammond - drums * Gary Lunn - drum machine programming * Jim Horn - sax * Marty McCall, Gary Pigg - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 One Man * 02 Destination Home * 03 The Seasons Of My Soul * 04 A Dime Dozen * 05 Ambush * 06 Line Of Fire * 07 I Love You Anway * 08 Crazy Mad Man * 09 Tell Me Why * 10 All That I Can Be


Background
Recently recommended on the GLORYDAZE Forum was Christian AOR/CCM artist Brent Lamb. This is a guy who has released many albums in his time but I think it's the mid 80's period that will hold much interest for GD readers, as his albums released during this period are really good. From the country capital Nashville, Lamb first generated interest with his 1984 album 'Tug Of War' released on the small Milk & Honey label. Moving to Power Discs for this album, Lamb joined the same label that featured fellow CCM heavyweights Geoff Moore & The Distance plus DeGarmo & Key. It would be the sole album that he released for them, having moved on to the Diadem label not long after this one. But in the context of hi-tech AOR, you can't put a foot wrong with this album. The only decent review of this album is Gabor's one over at StrutterZine, where he compares 'One Man' to Robert Tepper's 'No Easy Way Out' LP. For sure, a good comparison, but I can also hear elements of Kansas circa their 'Power' era, plus fellow CCM colleagues Al Denson and Matthew Ward. All good reference points for those wanting to investigate Brent Lamb a bit further. Lamb has enlisted the services of some very good musicians for this album, the key provider being keyboardist and producer Phil Naish, who is an undoubted Nashville studio veteran who's credits are numerous. Dann Huff's presence here is notable, however there's not too much lead guitar in the offering, more rhythm guitar parts.


The Songs
Leading off with the title track, a gorgeous song with future Giant alumni Mike Brignardello supplying some pumping bass lines. The song itself played in the vein of 80's era Kansas. Is that because they too sang a number called 'One Man One Heart'? More than likely the name association is the reason. Listening to 'Destination Home' is pitch-perfect AOR with a juicy slice of west-coast for the dessert. This feels more at home in the L.A session environment rather than Nashville. The ballad 'The Seasons Of My Soul' is definitive CCM with endearing lyrics to boot, and a style similar to the works of Michael W Smith. If you remember the bouncy style of hi-tech AOR similar to Tim Feehan or Chris Eaton then 'Dime A Dozen' will be familiar to you. Mid album, and things start rocking up. 'Ambush' is punchy stuff, while 'Line Of Fire' is soul food for all the AORsters out there. Grand stuff. 'I Love You Anyway' is the second ballad here, and it amazes me that they churn out beautiful tunes like this as if it were a Nashville production factory. I am reminded of Al Denson on this, especially the vocal similarities. The big drum machines of the 80's are recalled for 'Crazy Mad Man', a cool track when it gets going, but the coup de grace (for me at least) is the brilliant 'Tell Me Why', invoking reminders of David Pack's great 'Anywhere You Go' LP from the previous year. The finale 'All That I Can Be' is a Toto like affair, from the 'Toto IV' era.


In Summary
Much like the musical career of the late Dan Seals, who moved from a mainstream/secular career to CCM/country, Brent Lamb did pretty much the same during the 90's, and eventually joined country band Shenendoah in 2000 as their lead singer. Certainly there are a few albums to investigate, but I would say at a pinch, that 'Tug Of War' (1984), 'One Man' (1986) and 'Outside These Walls' (1988) are the three to check out. For pure hi-tech AOR that is well enjoyed by the brethren here at GLORYDAZE, 'One Man' comes highly recommended.


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#1 | dangerzone on April 01 2012 06:47:30
'Tug of War' is a great album!
#2 | JAG on April 04 2012 17:21:26
First of all thanx to everybody for your help to find this album on the web.
After careful listening i'm a little bit disappointed,cause the only track i knew before,Line of fire,is too superior compared with the others songs.
However it's a good LP,but not a vinyl to have at any costs...
#3 | gdazegod on April 04 2012 21:49:08
The title track and 'Tell Me Why' are also superb songs on this album, it's not just 'Line Of Fire' that is the standout. My 10c worth anyway.. helpless
#4 | kim_hp on January 01 2013 22:57:57
Great album and IMO much better than 'Tug of War', even though that album has it's moments. This guy is a stellar AOR songwriter, no doubt about it. Of course the lyrics are hilariously awful (unless you are a fundamentalistic Christian), but even so there's just no denying the quality of the music.

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