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Novo Combo - 1982 The Animation Generation



ARTIST: Novo Combo
ALBUM: The Animation Generation
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: PD-1-6356
YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Pete Hewlett - vocals, guitars * Carlos Rios - guitars * Stephen Dees - vocals, bass * Michael Shrieve - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Animation Generation * 02 Too Long Gone * 03 Slow Fade * 04 Keep Your Love Alive * 05 Anyone Can See * 06 Welcome Invitation * 07 Chained Man * 08 Follow The Love * 09 She Runs * 10 No Wonder


Background
Perhaps smothered by bands of their era, the New York based Novo Combo released two credible AOR albums, this one being their second and best. A good sound, smooth with clean guitar lines. Novo Combo's influences come from acts like Pablo Cruise, Toto, and The Police. They could even be described as a pre-cursor to the likes of The Outfield.


The Songs
'The Animation Generation' was produced by the band in tandem with Elliot Scheiner and is far more radio friendly than the self titled album from the previous year. The songs which stand out for me are the ones in which Pete Hewlett sings. He has a voice not too far removed from Dennis De Young and these are effective on the stand out cuts 'Follow The Love', 'Too Long Gone' and 'Keep Your Love Alive'. A couple of songs which Stephen Dees sings on are also half decent, like 'Slow Fade' and 'She Runs', but I still prefer the Hewlett offerings. In some places there is a faint latin feel, no doubt due to Mike Shrieve's past background and Carlos Rio's leaning towards Larry Carlton type guitar lines.


In Summary
All in all, a by product of 1982, a fantastic year for AOR and melodic rock. The band didn't last long unfortunately, though Shrieve went on to work with HSAS, while Stephen Dees hooked up with Bob Kulick, and three of the guys from SPYS to form the shortlived outfit Sing Sing, (not to be confused with the midwest band of the same name who released an album during the early nineties).


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#1 | reyno-roxx on January 23 2009 20:12:22
There were plenty of other bands around at the time doing a similar thing. The Fixx being one of them. The debut is the better of the two albums. I have a great King Biscuit live set too.
#2 | tompa on August 30 2013 15:04:42
Thanks to this site I checked this album out and although the overall feeling is that it isn't to my liking, I gotta say I love "Anyone Can See".
 
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