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Balance - 1982 In For The Count

ARTIST: Balance
ALBUM: In For The Count
LABEL: Portrait
SERIAL: 38019
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2006, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY026


LINEUP: Peppy Castro - vocals * Bob Kulick - guitars * Doug Katsaros - keyboards * Chuck Burgi - drums * Dennis Feldman - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 In For The Count * 02 Is It Over * 03 Slow Motion * 04 Undercover Man * 05 On My Honor * 06 All The Way * 07 Pull The Plug * 08 Bedroom Eyes * 09 We Can Have It All

After the modest success of 1981's self titled debut, Balance released the superior follow up just a year later. The original three members, Castro, Kulick and Katsaros added drummer Chuck Burgi and ex Speedway Boulevard bassist Dennis Feldman as full time band mates. Scanning this line up twenty years later, it's a dream team of AOR talent that made an album every bit as good as expected.

The Songs
The title cut kicks it off with the dominating synthesizers of Katsaros, but the whole cut as a whole is more polished than anything off the debut. Kulick's solo burns it up and his riffs border on metal. 'Is It Over' moves with pace, especially Kulick, who so far is dominating the album with his classy fills. 'Slow Motion' is about that fast, but some inspirational lyrics from the great Castro make this a positive sing a long. There's a great bridge half way through, sweeping stuff with constant changing tempos. 'Undercover Man' is all Kulick. The guitar work is brutal, showcasing his fondness for hard rock heaviness. The hardest Balance ever played. 'On My Honor' is a thriller all the way, particularly the final minute, where Balance reach the pinnacle of melody, and once again it is Kulick's guitar harmonies which make it. 'All The Way' moves closely to 'Is It Over', same speed, but exceptional chorus nonetheless. 'Pull The Plug' is the lone weak track. Moving at a snails pace, it sounds like the band was indeed on life support on this one. Borderline melody unfortunately. 'Bedroom Eyes' has an upbeat hook line and is close in style to the debut, more pop orientated than hard rock. So is Balance's final career track 'We Can Have It All' which sacrifices guitar driven AOR in favour of an epic keyboard solo.

In Summary
'In For The Count' is a great album on so many levels, because they were not afraid to experiment with shifting styles, hard to soft, slow to fast. The all important melody is always present and in a perfect world Balance would have been huge, something any AOR pro is aware of. After the band split Burgi moved to Rainbow, Feldman joined Michael Bolton's band, Katsaros became a session man, while Kulick involved himself in numerous projects which included Meatloaf and Skull. As for Castro his vocal skill went unused, a waste of talent. This album remains a fixture in any fans collection though.

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#1 | tompa on April 22 2006 11:42:43
This is what good Melodic Rock/AOR is all about. Guitars with bite, keyboards, more keyboards, synthesizers and above it all...the great vocals of Peppy Castro.
#2 | rostoned on April 10 2008 22:01:23
Incredible, incredible stuff. Oustanding playing and songwriting, a perfect album, full marks, better 11 out of 10! Then give me a mint copy of this (on US LP and Rock Candy CD), Mischa Barton as a lover/mother of my 4 children and I can happily disappear on a tropical island for the rest of my (glory) daze.... in love
#3 | jeffduran on May 31 2008 01:15:51
The title track remains one of my favorite songs of the genre, however I find this over-hyped like Icon's 'Night Of The Crime'. Ironically both re-released on Rock Candy a couple years back. At least this is a more of an pure AOR offering than Icon.
#4 | Eric on May 31 2008 01:35:45
I think the first album was much better, but I am probably the odd man out here....
#5 | jeffduran on May 31 2008 01:48:43
Then we both are Eric because I find the debut more consistent too!
#6 | gdazegod on May 31 2008 04:19:55
Me too.
#7 | richardb on May 31 2008 20:47:21
Looks like I'm gonna have to jump on the bandwagon too. I always thought the debut was a classier affair and lets face it the lyrics on 'In for the count' are pretty cringe-inducing at times!

Richard B
#8 | Jez on June 13 2008 04:39:32
The 'Classic' tag gets bandied around a lot with this one and it is one of those rare ocassions where it is justified. Have had this since the day of it's release on vinyl all those years ago and now this shiny new remastered version is here with the added bonus of the 2 brilliant bonus tracks, which are for once completely essential additions. From the first note to the last,an utterly essential genre release.
#9 | DEMONAOR on July 08 2008 07:09:58
Great Album,still play In for the count every week lolgunsgunsguns
#10 | sabace on August 02 2008 14:39:43
love both lps, but this definitely the heavier of the two!
perhaps the better songs are on the first lp!
#11 | khw7 on October 04 2009 07:29:10
Both albums are excellent IMHO. AOR has never sounded better!
#12 | trillion1999 on October 16 2011 14:47:09
I love this album.Masterpiece just as the first.The two bonus-tracks on the CD are great as well.80s Balance could do no wrong.I love the voice of Peppy Castro as well.I love all three covers:Balance,In For The Count,Ride the Wave.The guys look so cool.Everyone involved in those three records are immortal heroes IMHOin love
#13 | dangerzone on March 07 2012 06:49:07
YouTube Video:

Can't believe I'd never heard this one before. Great song![/youtube]
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