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Zee - 1984 Identity



ARTIST: Zee
ALBUM: Identity
LABEL: Harvest
SERIAL: SHSP 2401011
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2008, EMI, CDP 064 2401012

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Richard Wright - keyboards, percussion, fairlight CMI, backing vocals * Dave Harris - lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion, fairlight CMI

TRACK LISTING: 01 Confusion * 02 Voices * 03 Private Person * 04 Strange Rhythm * 05 Cuts Like A Diamond * 06 By Touching * 07 How Do You Do It * 08 Seems We Were Dreaming


Background
First of all, this album is not as horrific as it's been made out to be. Jump over to Prog Archives or any Pink Floyd related thread on Zee and you come away feeling this LP was one of the worst set of songs ever committed to tape. This was not helped by Wright's comment in 1996 calling 'Identity' an 'experimental mistake' and I imagine the mere thought of one of Prog rocks top-tier keyboardists teaming up with former Fashion vocalist Dave Harris raised eyebrows at the time. Fashion was a unique outfit, mashing together Post Punk with Glam and later Pop and Dance music. They were a big influence on a young and still unsigned Duran Duran who frequently opened shows for them, but Fashion despite major tours of their own, including a string of shows in the U.S. opening for The Police, never had a major hit single. Harris left the band after 1982's somewhat successful 'Fabrique' album and following Zee, faded into oblivion.


The Songs
Detractors are quick to wag a finger at the overuse of Fairlight on the record and point taken. This was a new technology which I'm sure intrigued the progressive-minded Wright at the time and 'Identity' is definitely a product of that era. But there are some good songs to be found and opener 'Confusion' has a great hook and a lot of punch. 'Voices' sounds like 'Tin Drum' period Japan and there's nothing wrong with that in my book. Yes, 'Private Person' and 'Strange Rhythm' sound like filler, but 'Cuts Like A Diamond' is pretty darn good and the most Floydian influenced tune here. It's back to Japan on 'By Touching' and it's amazing how much Harris can sound like David Sylvian when he wants to. The last cut 'Seems We Were Dreaming' is superb. Moody at the outset and featuring Wright's trademark organ and a haunting melody, the song picks up tempo twice before a gentle fadeout. Nicely done.


In Summary
Harvest was quick to promote this as a Richard Wright album, with some copies featuring his name and Pink Floyd above the Zee logo but sales were slim. Because of this I was surprised to see a CD reissue many years ago, but anything Floyd connected usually gets cycled through on a regular basis although this one's currently out of print and starting to get expensive.


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#1 | gdazegod on February 10 2015 12:55:42
No doubt the Floydian fans have ripped this one apart elsewhere..
#2 | Nick C on February 13 2015 09:58:54
I used to see the vinyl in bargain bins everywhere.
 
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