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Steel Breeze - 1982 Steel Breeze

ARTIST: Steel Breeze
ALBUM: Steel Breeze
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 1997, Renaissance Records, DRC 11819 * 1997 renamed as 'Lost In the 80's, indie


LINEUP: Ric Jacobs - vocals * Rod Joner - keyboards * Waylin Carpenter - guitar * Ken Goorbian - guitar, vocals * Vinnie Pantaleoni - bass, vocals * Barry Lowenthal - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 You Don't Want Me Anymore * 02 Lost In The 80's * 03 I Think About You * 04 All I Ever Wanted To Do * 05 Dreamin' Is Easy * 06 Every Night * 07 I Can't Wait * 08 Who's Gonna Love You Tonight * 09 Can't Stop This Feeling * 10 Street Talkin'

'You Don't Want Me Anymore' put Steel Breeze on the musical map from which they fell off all too quickly. One of this reviewers favourite songs of 1982; I'm sure many had high hopes for these Sacramento, California cats who seemed to be primed at the pump for the big time. Formed in 1980 and taking their name from a Pink Floyd lyric; Steel Breeze came to the attention of pop mastermind Kim Fowley while digging through a trove of 1200 discarded demo tapes. One thing lead to another with the aforementioned single hitting the American top twenty while the band toured extensively with Missing Persons, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Tubes, Hall & Oates and a choice stadium tour with Billy Squier and headliners The Who.

The Songs
Unfortunately 'You Don't Want Me Anymore' as catchy as it was didn't produce enough interest in the rest of the album which is a classic of early 80s radio rock. Much like contemporaries All Sports Band, Silver Condor and The Clocks; Steel Breeze offered an accessible and timely sound that slotted seamlessly on playlists while providing the 'Solid Gold' dancers another chance to strut their stuff. Of course that was lip-synched not to mention awkward, but Steel Breeze was the real deal and tinged with trendy new wave eccentricities on the prophetic 'Lost In The 80's' and 'I Think About You' with a spritz of Rick Springfield on the peppy 'All I Ever Wanted To Do'; it's a record dripping with the innocent optimism and carefree spirit of the decade. The LP's second single 'Dreamin' Is Easy' captures the iconic 'I Want My MTV' vibe yet only reached #30 on the charts while setting in stone the Breeze's 'one hit wonder' status classic melodic cuts like 'I Can't Wait' and 'Can't Stop This Feeling' just couldn't tear down.

In Summary
Apparently RCA wanted Steel Breeze to become the next Journey. Of course that didn't happen and the label dropped the band although with their next album 'Heart On The Line' with Kevin Chalfant on vocals, they came close. Oh, what might have been?

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#1 | super80boy on January 01 2016 23:28:42
Steel Breeze's debut is anchored by a very likeable single ('You Don't Want Me Anymore') with a winning synth hook and pleasing chorus. If one is taken in by this positive start, then you get much more of the same sharp new wave rock in the ensuing cuts. 'Lost In The 80's' is on the extreme side of new wave with its synth effects and tinkering, while the AOR fused guitar riffer 'Who's Gonna Love You Tonight' stands on the other side of things, both cool tracks. They even close it out with a funky reggae number, 'Street Talkin'. The record exec's desire for another Journey is interesting as this debut's finished product was more new wave slanted and didn't sound much like early 80's Journey at all, although Steel Breeze would adopt a more AOR rock oriented sound on future albums.
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