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Loudspeakers - 1978 Loudspeakers

ARTIST: Loudspeakers
ALBUM: Loudspeakers
LABEL: Ebony
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Brian Engel - lead vocals * Chris Thomas - guitars, vocals * Ian Gair - keyboards, vocals * Brendan Walsh - bass, acoustic guitar * Ritchie Rae - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Eagle Rock Express * 02 You Got A Hard Time Coming * 03 Take It To The Country * 04 Ring Areound The World * 05 In The Silence Of The Sky * 06 Hungry * 07 Let Me Down Easy, Let Me Down Slow * 08 Stop * 09 Home's Where The Hurt Is

The Loudpseakers were a British band, considered to be commercial and pop/rock oriented. They formed in Leeds during 1977. This is probably worth tracking down, considering the band featured good guitarwork and even better melodies. It's been lumped into the early new wave and pop/rock genres, though an exact comparison is hard to come by, considering I don't have the album myself.

It would appear that none of the personnel other than singer Brian Engel went on to do anything significant beyond Loudspeakers. In fact, Engel came to the band late. He was previously a member of Mandrake Paddle Steamer, alongside another AOR identity in Martin Briley, and prior to joining Loudspeakers he was a member of Limey, a band which featured Lion (UK) member Robin Le Mesurier and released two albums between 1975 and 1976. After Loudpseakers, Engel went on to The New Seekers. The others? So far nothing on the Net, so if any of you blokes are out there, give us a shout.

The album was produced by Rolling Stones engineer Steve Lipson, who himself would go on to bigger and better things as part of Trevor Horn's production team. It would be one of the first LP's recorded for UK label Ebony, who would later work with the likes of Savage and Shy during the early 80's.

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#1 | Eric on February 10 2013 14:20:33
Engel and Martin Briley put out a 1972 album as a duo 'Between The Sea And The Sky'. It was reissued a while back and is very nice pop/ soft psych stuff. The Loudspeakers have been on my want list for quite a while.
#2 | Harvey Mettle on February 11 2013 14:32:49
Been on my wants list for a while too.

I don't think it's particularly rare. Prolly a very small pressing and no real demand for it stops it being advertised for sale a lot.

Vinyl Tap have had a copy for years and therea re a fewa round for £10+ which is a little high for me to take a punt on anyway...
#3 | super80boy on April 20 2013 23:52:50
I have the original album/vinyl and i would say it's more AOR pomp oriented with some solid uptempo melodies and melodic rock influences here and there. SIDE ONE standout songs are the pompy action in 'You Got A Hard Time Coming'. The fast tempo 'Ring Around The World' and Take It to The Country'. There is only one slower song on Side One. SIDE TWO starts with a jamming melodic AOR rocker called 'Hungry', which has nice drumming. It has a Southern tinged melodic rocker with 'Stop' and ends with the guitar riffering rocker 'Homes Where The Hurt Is'. A good little obscurity.
#4 | Rich on December 22 2015 20:22:51
How strange. I drummed on this album and wasn't aware of this site! Mostly accurate above although the band all came from Ealing/Acton way. (def not Leeds!). All the players prior to the album were in a more adventurous band called A1 with a female singer. Some great music but lost in the 76/77 punk scene. Not sure how we got Brian-think he just turned up one day but def brought a much needed more commercial sound to us. Good memories of Steve Lipson who was an unknown then! Not sure what happened to the other guys apart from Brian? I joined 'The Table' for a year or so (post 'standing still') but again some great demo's recorded but no real record co. interest. Oh well! Lots of fun though! Cheers. Richard.
#5 | gdazegod on December 22 2015 20:26:32
Thanks for the update Rich, and welcome to GDM.
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