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Walsh, Brock - 1983 Dateline: Tokyo

ARTIST: Walsh, Brock
ALBUM: Dateline: Tokyo
LABEL: Warner Music Japan
SERIAL: P-13018
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2001, Cool Sound, COOL-070


LINEUP: Brock Walsh - vocals, guitar, keyboards * Andrew Gold - guitar, bass, keyboards * Steve Lukather, Dennis Herring, Ira Ingber - guitar * Veyler Hilderbrand, Scott Chambers, Kenny Edwards, Bryan Garofalo, Brad Palmer, Davey Faragher- bass * Jeff Porcaro, Michael Botts, Beau Segal - drums * Bill Elliot - keyboards * Steve Leonard, John Van Tongeren, Paul Fox, Tom Faragher - synthesizer * Ricky Lyon - piano * Bryan Cumming, Jay Leslie - saxophone

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dateline: Tokyo * 02 After the Lights Go On * 03 Mystery Girl * 04 Mystified * 05 This Time * 06 Paper Doll * 07 Radical Moves * 08 Sweet Emotion * 09 Getting Over Losing You * 10 Our Special Love

This album initially was a Japanese only release in 1983 and was the solo debut for Brock Walsh, a man with an interesting background. Walsh was a talented soccer player as a teen and was accepted to Harvard based on his athletic abilities. Walsh's real passion was with music and while at Harvard he signed a deal with Columbia Records, having also played in bands and as solo artist since his teens also, building up quite a following. The early part of Walsh's career was spent touring as a backing vocalist for Linda Ronstadt and Karla Bonoff, but it was with Andrew Gold that he found his feet, acting as a producer, songwriter and performer with Gold. Why this album was recorded specifically for Japan I'm unable to disclose, but it's surely due to the Asian appetite for West Coast AOR. Walsh enlisted an all star cast as backing and Gold returned the favor to Walsh and co-produced the album with him.

The Songs
The album title lets us know exactly who this album is for and the title track itself utilizes typical Asian keyboard effects that were so prevalent in the 80's. It's quite heavy melodic rock, with vague touches of new wave bombast. Some might label it as quirky even, along the lines of Donnie Iris perhaps. Traditional AOR order is restored on 'After The Lights Go On' which is effortlessly melodic and a searing piece of early 80's guitar work. 'Mystified' is a slow keyboard led ballad that could be Billy Joel, both in sound and Walsh's vocals. The album single 'This Time' reinforces the West Coast element, with a huge sweeping chorus and very agreeable guitar solo which fades the song out. Truly classic though is 'Paper Doll' which is everything that 1983 AOR purists live for, exciting and pulsating chord changes with another fulfilling melodic guitar solo. 'Radical Moves' is another well crafted song, with horn work added and the soaring bridge and guitar solo are worth a listen. 'Sweet Emotion' isn't an Aerosmith cover, but rather a soulful blend of pop and R&B which again throws the sax in. Another ballad ensues with 'Getting Over Losing You' which sounds like a Byrne and Barnes track, heavy on dramatics and the ubiquitous lost love theme. At this point a rousing hard rocker would be in order, but Walsh chooses to end the album with another ballad, 'Our Special Love' which somehow dilutes the latter part of an otherwise fine album.

In Summary
Despite some marginal ballads, this is an excellent album of mostly pure AOR. It's been on CD officially since 2001 and has become a collector's favourite in the last three decades. Somehow it ended up being Walsh's only true solo release, which is a shame once you listen to the contents of 'Dateline Tokyo'. Walsh went on to become a dedicated songwriter and listing the amount of artists he wrote for would take a whole review itself. Walsh also wrote a book about his passion for golf and the ups and downs of his life, adding another dimension to his legacy of work.

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#1 | swazi on June 15 2014 22:40:32
Thanks to PJ in Japan I am finally the proud owner of this excellent CD. But heck, it took me a long time!
#2 | gdazegod on June 15 2014 23:13:42
Brock Walsh - After The Lights Go On

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#3 | gdazegod on June 15 2014 23:14:35
Brock Walsh - This Time

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#4 | gdazegod on June 15 2014 23:15:53
Brock Walsh - Dateline: Tokyo

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