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GTS - 1995 Tracks From The Dust Shelf

ALBUM: Tracks From The Dust Shelf
LABEL: GT Records
SERIAL: GT Records 001
YEAR: 1995
CD REISSUE: 2012, Avenue Of Allies, Avenue Distro 002


LINEUP: Sam Blue - vocals * Greg Hart - guitar * Toby Sadler - bass, keyboards, piano * Charlie Mack - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Endless * 02 You * 03 Baby Make Time * 04 Marrianne * 05 Turning Over Again * 06 Dream On * 07 Fascination * 08 Hands Of Time * 09 Love Like Fire * 10 The Other Side

The mid 90's wasn't a great period for genuine AOR. Gone were the big budgets, and high profile of star studded acts. The brief era of pain was populated by a handful of outfits trying to keep the fire burning amidst hip-hop, lumberjack attired bands who though they could get to stardom on the smell of an oily rag (Seattle grunge.. take a bow), and the burgeoning euro pop/trash and trance craze. Which meant very little headlight action for bands like GTS; fashioned out of 80's AOR bands which weren't really that successful to be honest, but trying to make a go of it anyway. GTS referring to Greg Hart formerly of Londoners If Only, Toby Sadler formerly of AOR favourites Airrace, and Sam Blue formerly of Samson and Ya Ya. Three reasonable musical elements to make it to the table; indeed they did, released on their own label GT Records (re-distributed by Swedish label Megarock), was their lightweight debut 'Tracks From The Dust Shelf'. It's a mix of all those aforementioned bands; throw in a dash of FM, Fastway, perhaps a shake of Passion Street too.. you get the picture..

The Songs
'Endless' is lightweight fare to start things off, reminding us of late 80's Fastway and Sam's old band Ya Ya. Even lighter is the pop orientation of the simply titled You'. It's very clean sounding too which adds to the pop comparison. 'Baby Make Time' nearly slows things to a crawl but as a ballad GTS have ample reason to do so. It perks up at the right moments with a sonic solo plus some lush backing vocals. 'Marrianne' pushes the pace; sort of FM like in delivery plus a few others of which I can't put pen to paper'. 'Turning Over Again' was a tad repetitive, so I didn't spend too much time on this one. GTS give us a track with a title that's well ensconsed in AOR Land: 'Dream On' has some fetching moments that should appeal to all the regulars here. 'Fascination' operates at mid-tempo pace mostly, giving us a Toto and Mr Mister like sound, especially those shuffIy drums and a pseudo hi-tech vibe. 'Hands Of Time' is one for the AOR purists and for me stands at the front of the field on This CD. 'Love Like Fire' is another fillet selection. No gravy beef to be found near this track I can assure you. 'The Other Side' takes a sidedish of Roscoe Martinez, Judson Spence and all other hi-tech artists this side of 1986! This one's OK without setting the night on fire.

In Summary
The album was pretty much the same (not setting 1995 on fire), however the trio did get around to releasing a follow up the next year: 1996's 'Time Stands Still'. Just to make a mockery of that album title, Avenue Of Allies reissued both CD's at the end of Sept 2012, hence why an overdue review of this album has suddenly appeared on this website before the year 2012 is over and out.

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