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Price, Rick - 1992 Heaven Knows



ARTIST: Price, Rick
ALBUM: Heaven Knows
LABEL: Columbia
SERIAL: 471285 2
YEAR: 1992

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Rick Price - vocals, guitars * Michael Thompson - guitars * Neil Stubenhaus - bass * John Robinson - drums * Claude Gaudette - piano, organ * Jimmy Zavala - harmonica * Frank Marocco - accordion * Tina Arena - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Whats Wrong With That Girl? * 02 Not A Day Goes By * 03 A House Divided * 04 Walk Away Renee * 05 Heaven Knows * 06 Church On Fire * 07 Life Without You * 08 Foolin' Myself * 09 Forever Me And You * 10 Fragile

WEBLINKS: rickprice.com.au


Background
If you're an Australian melodic rock supporter, then Queensland's Rick Price should be at the top of the pile. I first heard of Price thanks to his contributions to Peter Beckett's 1991 s/t album. Beckett was playing with Aussie legends Little River Band during the early 90's, so was exposed to many Australian influences at the time, including the impressive Price. By 1992, Rick had signed with Columbia, and recorded 'Heaven Knows' in Los Angeles with a host of session greats (see above). The resulting album was a popular draw-card during 1992, staying in the Aussie charts most of the year, and picking up interest throughout the South East Asian market as well. Later on, Columbia decided to release it further afield in European markets, some months after its Australian release.


The Songs
It's easy to pick out the gems from this set, as the whole album is very melodic and listenable. The first couple are instant AOR classics. 'What's Wrong With That Girl' and 'Not A Day Goes By' are immediate stand outs, and will be familiar to all AOR fanatics. 'A House Divided' is an upbeat rocker, cranky, and I'd say that's it's typically Aussie in its style. 'Walk Away Renee' is a classic cover song, and Rick owns it for this version at least. His high falsetto comes into play toward the latter part of the song. The title track 'Heaven Knows' is the major ballad of the album, and brings Rick's vocals to the fore. 'Church On Fire' lifts Rick's credentials to a new level; a fantastic song that impresses on all levels. Wow! There's a nautical angle to 'Life Without You', which gives it a pop-friendly sound, while 'Foolin' Myself' is a sassy rocker that showcases Price's credentials as a songwriter. 'Forever Me And You' chops backs on the energy somewhat. It's melodic but laid back. The last track 'Finale' is even more laid back, an acoustic ramble, that is the definitive unplugged moment on the CD.


In Summary
1992 proved to be a busy year for Rick Price, with appearances all over the world, but his focus was mostly in Australia and surrounding regions. 'Heaven Knows' wasn't released into the European territories until mid year 1992 (August). 1993 was when he picked up all sorts of awards, plus he was involved in stage/drama work with the 'Wizard Of Oz' production. As an extra to the recent review that Chris (EnglandAshes) did on Peter Allen's 'Bi-Coastal' article, Rick did a tribute to Allen during an Aria Awards night as a follow on from Allen's death in 1992. In 1994, Price commenced work on his sophomore 'Tambourine Mountain' album, and contributed to Tina Arena's breakthrough album 'Don't Ask'. Now relocated in Nashville, Price continues to contribute songwriting achievements to the music world without forgetting his Australian roots.


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#1 | gdazegod on October 12 2013 15:51:51
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#2 | gdazegod on October 12 2013 15:54:28
I'm sure the LEFT BANKE will be chuffed with Rick's version of 'Walk Away Renee'..

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#3 | gdazegod on October 12 2013 15:58:07
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#4 | Nick C on October 12 2013 17:50:34
Really excellent, wonderful album. I've not heard any of his other releases and don't know how they compare to this. I often see this around mega cheap which flies in the face of how great it is.
#5 | DEMONAOR on October 13 2013 12:12:40
Great album
#6 | AOR Lee on October 17 2013 06:05:54
Rick's version of Walk Away Renee was a hit in South Africa in 1992/3. I remember selling plenty of these at Rhythm City in Port Elizabeth back in the day. Great album
#7 | george_the_jack on October 23 2013 02:47:25
The only Rick Price album I own is this one and what a great record it is! A very gifted musician for sure. Strangely enough he is quite well known in Europe, maybe even more identifiable than LRB are.
#8 | Explorer on September 19 2015 19:20:16
Picked this up today still sealed for literally pennies .Quality AOR.
 
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