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Fury - 1985 Fury

LABEL: New York Music Company
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2007, Retrospect Records, RR-301


LINEUP: Robbie Le Blanc - lead vocals, guitar * Brian Le Blanc - bass, guitar, keyboards * Jeff Bova, Steve Gaspar - keyboards * Nick Mangini - drums, percussion * Nick Moroch - guitar * Bashiri Johnson - percussion * Frank Simms - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Keep On Dreamin' * 02 Look Out Now * 03 In Her Arms * 04 Hey Darlene * 05 She Don't Know * 06 Say What You Will * 07 Sorry To Say * 08 Ready Or Not * 09 Fast Girl * 10 Take What You Want

These days they are better known for their work with melodic rock projects Blanc Faces, and also Robbie's side-project Find Me. Notwithstanding both blokes have their own wedding band The LeBlanc Brothers, plus Brian has dipped into the tribute market as Simply Diamond, a tribute band to Neil Diamond. Busy times indeed, but it all started back in the 70's for these New York based siblings. Both brothers playing instruments and music from an early age. Brian's first notable association was with singer/songwriter Rupert Holmes, and then Felix Cavaliere of the Young Rascals. Felix would become the producer for the LeBlanc's first band Fury, who were signed to the small New York Music Company record label.

The Songs
Released in 1985, 'Fury' is a bouncy effort with a hint of Loverboy, Urgent and Van Stephenson. It's likeable enough, and very reflective of the era. The drum sound is expansive, and on some songs like 'Hey Darlene', the use of gated reverb is a little bit overpowering. Opener 'Keep On Dreamin' is very good and melodic, with some sparkling synths and a hard driving pop/rock attack. There's a ton of keyboard programming too, and songs like 'Ready Or Not' and 'Fast Girl' benefit from this. Robbie's distinctive and clear vocal is pretty obvious even as early as 1985, hearing him sing songs such as 'Look Out Now' and 'She Don't Know' demonstrate his ability.

In Summary
This album kinda flew by in 1985. I didn't pick up on at the time, only really hearing it many years later. It's an ok effort but not a genre-defining album by any means. Perhaps it has a dated feel to it when reviewing it in 2014? You be the judge. Retrospect Records did the honours and reissued this set in 2007, though by now, it too is well out of print.

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#1 | gerard on August 22 2014 21:59:18
Interesting! Cavaliere's album 'Dreams in motion' is a nice one too.
#2 | Flo on August 23 2014 08:28:27
I love this album!
Yes it's catchy AOR all the way
and yes it's OOP now
#3 | super80boy on May 15 2016 15:18:58
Fury's debut has loads of catchy keyboard led pop elements that remind me of Limited Warranty, Hall and Oates, Synch and others of that ilk. Ballad 'In Her Arms' and 'Keep On Dreamin' had local music videos made. The band ventures outside of their pop formula on standout prize 'She Don't Know', opener 'Keep On Dreamin' and 'Take What You Want'.

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