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Breathless - 1980 Nobody Leaves This Song Alive

ARTIST: Breathless
ALBUM: Nobody Leaves This Song Alive
LABEL: EMI America
SERIAL: SW-17041
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Jonah Koslen - vocals, guitars * Alan Greene - guitars * Mark Avsec - keyboards, vocals * Bob Benjamin - bass, vocals * Rodney Psyka - percussion, vocals * Kevin Valentine - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hearts In Hiding * 02 Hardest Part Of Lovin' You * 03 Wild Weekend * 04 You Ought To Be In The Videos * 05 Back Of My Mind * 06 Crawl In Thru Shadows * 07 Can You Feel It * 08 Nobody Leaves This Song Alive * 09 Happy Ending

I've never quite worked out the album cover for this one. It looks like a collection of bit-part actors from the first Star Wars movie. A gathering of galctic misfits perhaps. What is easier to work out is the midwest brilliance of the band Breathless, the brainchild of Jonah Koslen, the former right-hand man for the 70's version of the Michael Stanley Band. In classic two-album-only syndrome, Breathless delivered two LP's between 1979 and 1980. At this point along the timeline, I think I much preferred Koslen's brand of melodic rock than Stanley's, though MSB would turn things around as they progressed into the 80's.

The Songs
Still, for 'No One Leaves This Song Alive', Breathless would lean to a heavier brand of pop/rock, the band keeping the legacy of Cleveland power-pop intact but 1st album producer Don Gehman would make way for Michael Verdick (Storm) for this second effort. There's some guitar toughness to be found throughout ('Hearts In Hiding', 'Wild Weekend' Can You Feel It') plus the aforementioned power-pop presence on tunes such as 'Hardest Part Of Lovin' You', 'You Ought To Be In The Videos', while the band toss in a few slower tempo efforts such as 'Back Of My Mind' and 'Happy Ending'. The latter is very cool with some nice synths and guitar melodies.

In Summary
As written earlier, Breathless only lasted these two albums; though a compilation CD was released in 1993. Koslen would create his new band The Heroes for their 1983 album 'Aces', before departing Cleveland for Los Angeles in the mid-late 80's for a decade or so.

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#1 | Eric on August 19 2013 03:54:24
Agree, some really good songs on here 'Hearts in Hiding' and 'Back of my Mind' in particular. Band did a smattering of concert dates with both Foreigner and Angel.
#2 | Nick C on August 19 2013 17:05:59
My favourite of the 2 Breathless albums. I like the darker feel of it and one that holds a fair few memories of when I was a mere slip of a lad! A big 10/10 of an album for me.
#3 | gdazegod on August 20 2013 01:14:38
Agree Nick. This one doesn't have the brightness and bounce of songs such as 'Takin' It Back' and 'Walk Right In' from the 1st album. But still.. this is good.
#4 | RobLynott on August 22 2013 14:19:54
The Koslen and Michael Stanley albums are desperately in need for a good remastering. Why both Breathless were never released on cd is beyond me.
#5 | reyno-roxx on August 22 2013 21:06:43
'Happy Ending' is one of the most gloriously sad songs ever recorded. An immense piece of work.
#6 | super80boy on December 24 2013 23:58:54
Lots of power pop AOR rock leanings make for a very satisfying set by this talented musician. If you enjoyed this album, his 1983 LP 'Aces' under the band name Jonah Koslen and The Heroes is yet another gratifying effort. Both worthy additions to any serious AOR collection.
#7 | sabace on July 15 2016 20:46:24
great band
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