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Fortress - 1981 Hands In The Till

ARTIST: Fortress
ALBUM: Hands In The Till
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: K 50782
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2008, Wounded Bird, WOU-9282 * 2014, Rock Candy Records, CANDY241


LINEUP: Jim West - vocals * Eric Turner - guitars * Charlie Souza - bass * Donnie Vosburgh - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hands In The Till * 02 How Do I Exist * 03 Comin' After You * 04 Requiem * 05 Kisses * 06 Let's Do It Again * 07 Breakin' Free * 08 Carry Me Back * 09 Back On The Path * 10 Mystery

Another period AOR classic from 1981, with hints of southern fried rock and good old arena rock thrown in to boot. More AOR than boogie, but has their influences ranging from early Shooting Star (without the keys and violins) to a more radio friendly Molly Hatchet.

The Songs
The albums starts off with a couple of classics in 'Hands In The Till' which sounds like it could have come off the debut Shooting Star album, the rollicking 'How Do I Exist' and the impressive 'Coming After You (With My Love)'. Other memorable moments include the singalong chorus of 'Let's Do It Again' the workmanlike 'Breakin' Free' and the album closer 'Mystery' which typifies everything good about 1980's period AOR.

In Summary
Unfortunately (but not unexpectedly), Fortress sank like the proverbial stone, but not deep enough so that they would at least leave an impression upon AOR fans of that time. Nothing heard from these guys since. Perhaps Atlantic Records had bigger fish to fry back then (i.e.: Foreigner).

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#1 | Keith Nagy on January 10 2008 00:02:34
The band has a myspace page which indicates Rhino is to reissue this on CD in early 2008.
#2 | reyno-roxx on January 10 2008 08:06:55
Which is why it has not been released through Escape Music with the unreleased second album as was originally announced. Charlie Souza's been selling it as a CD-R up til now.
#3 | Jez on July 24 2008 17:12:37
Just re-issued on Wounded Bird, so nice to have it on CD in official shiny form. Good disc this one and one that although I own the vinyl, hadn't played it in ages until now. Still sounds pretty good to these ears, with the title track being the standout track on show, although most of this is pretty damned good. George's Shooting Star & Molly Hatchet references are spot on, so will give the uninitiated a good clue as to what to expect.
#4 | reyno-roxx on July 24 2008 17:58:28
Donnie Vosbergh played drums on the very first (RCA) Mother's Finest album.
Bought the CD-R version of this album from Charlie Souza a few years ago. Glad it's now got a proper reissue.
#5 | rkbluez on November 28 2009 21:50:49
Love this album but to me I'd add 80's era YandT as a reference...although they aren't as heavy as Meniketti's boys...but they have a similar style of hard rockin' songs...was psyched when Terry @ Wounded reissued this one and a great job they Jez said it's nice to have an original silver CD version.
#6 | sabace on December 23 2012 19:28:15
great! an lp that actually lives up to the hype . purchased the wounded bird cd and I really like it! I hear early survivor on here and early mothers finest . The legendary Snuffy Walden ( Straydog) plays acoustic guitar!
#7 | gdazegod on March 09 2016 04:56:23
Just bought the Rock Candy reissue on Ebay.. very cheap, very happy!
#8 | rostoned on March 09 2016 15:08:14
it is very curious that such an obscure release had not one (band produced cdr) not two (Wounded Bird in US) but THREE (Rock Candy UK) reissues over the years, while others have had none. Does it really sell so well?? eek

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