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Destiny (USA) - 1985 Back On The Streets [Mini LP]




ARTIST: Destiny (USA)
ALBUM: Back On The Streets [Mini LP]
LABEL: Bent Back Records
SERIAL: BBR 3345
YEAR: 1985

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Bran Silveous - lead vocals, guitar * Jeff Ward - lead guitar, backing vocals * John Castetter - bass, backing vocals * Mike Travis - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Back On The Streets * 02 Can't Let Go * 03 Think It Over Lover * 04 You're The Only One * 05 Fantasy


Background
A shortlived and obscure mid 80's rocker from Ohio's Destiny, and wow what a little ripsnorter! From the greater Columbus area, this is a band held in great reverence by all those collectors of rare and obscure hard rock, but they didn't survive beyond this 5 track effort from 1985. From an Ohio perspective, it's not really pure AOR in the vein of Beau Coup, nor is it comparable to Donnie Iris nor Michael Stanley Band. However in saying that, there's no doubting that this is mid-west rock to a tee, a bit earthy in places and variable across its five tracks, perhaps comparable to that other mid-west obscure phenomenon - Showdown. Let's take a listen..


The Songs
The first of the five tracks is the title track. The first thing we notice is the cutting guitarwork of Jeff Ward on what is perhaps the closest song to AOR. Ward also swings his axe on the very Idle Cure sounding 'Can't Let Go', this one really does fit the CCM bill, so in tune with many of the Christian rock acts of the mid-late 80's. 'Think It Over Lover' is the third on the bill, which picks the eyes out of every melodic rock/AOR act from the era, hard to really lock down to one act in particular as this is fairly generic. 'You're The Only One' is very quirky, somewhere between Doug And The Slugs and Jack Mack And The Heart Attack. 'Fantasy' is the last track; a completely different tune. Epic like qualities, part power-ballad, part mid-paced rocker. It does get interesting from the middle section to the end, but does take awhile to get going.


In Summary
This Mini LP was a private pressing and came and went without much fanfare. It would seem bassist John Castetter has been the only member to have continued on in the industry, turning out for a number of Ohio bands including Medicine Hat, The Menus and the Rattlesnakin' Daddies.


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#1 | super80boy on July 23 2016 13:58:03
Another cool private press from an obscure local rock band who tried to make their way in the Columbus rock scene. The vinyl is really tough to track down here in the states, but seems to be available from the Greek collectors. Although the EP is saddled with modest production values, the band puts forth a decent variety of arrangements and melodies. They also benefit greatly from the excellent guitar work assist from Jay Kaltenecker, who was kicking around doing session work after leaving the progressive hard rock band Fayrewether. Nice one!

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