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Orphan - 1985 Salute



ARTIST: Orphan
ALBUM: Salute
LABEL: Portrait
SERIAL: BFR 40059
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2003, Escape Music, ESM-097
SPONSOR: Escape Music

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Chris Burke-Gaffney - vocals, bass * Steve McGovern - guitars, vocals * Brent Diamond - keyboards, vocals * Terry Norman Taylor - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Open Up The Skies * 02 Lyin' To Me * 03 Woman In Love * 04 Crazy For The Night * 05 Stand Up * 06 A Little Heart And Soul * 07 Old Enough To Know * 08 Uncle Sam Wants You * 09 Steel And Iron


Background
Two years on from 1983's 'Lonely At Night', and a different set of circumstances for Orphan. Original Pumps drummer Terry Norman Taylor replaces Boisvenue, the production team of Quinn and Bongiovi is also replaced, this time by the British pairing of Jon Astley and Phil Chapman who had produced Pumps debut album 'Gotta Move'. The sophomore album by the band is called 'Salute', and in itself is an admirable recording for its time. When compared to 'Lonely At Night', 'Salute' is just shaded, the debut coming across as a more consistent album instead. The majority of the songs on 'Salute' have a closer resemblance to Americans Urgent, the level of zing and urgency (excuse the pun) comparable to 'Cast The First Stone' or 'Think Out Loud'.


The Songs
Lets start out with the tracks that are absolute winners: namely the bombastic 'Woman In Love' (check out that magical chorus), or the pulsing drive of 'Stand Up', surely a perfect demonstration in how to play AOR in 1985? 'Old Enough To Know' contains all the necessary ingredients in the AOR recipe: stabbing keys, razor sharp guitar runs and a fluent melodic underbelly keeping the whole together. Worth an honourable mention are the pairing of 'Crazy For The Night' and 'Steel And Iron'. A couple of duds don't quite meet the consistency that's been heard elsewhere. A few spring to mind: 'Open Up The Skies' is a weird selection for the opening track, while 'A Little Heart And Soul' is a bit naff and overblown, reminding people of that huge Don Henley tune 'Dirty Laundry' with it's similar hook throughout the keyboard line. Not in the same class though. 'The Way It Should Be' is another strange tune too, taking an age to get going, and ending up with next to no excitement throughout it's 5.32 minute running time.


In Summary
Unfortunately the band were not able to capitalize on a promising start, and after this effort, Orphan chucked it in. They sort of reformed under a different name in 1992 assuming the unusual handle of the Deadbeat Honeymooners, with a self titled album through Canadian label Anthem. Grunge was just around the corner, the album really just a collectors item for lovers of Canadian rock. Again, thanks to Escape Music, for dredging these out of the past. Thanks also to Sony Canada for allowing these two albums to be re-released as a 2 On 1 CD.


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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 09:11:30
It was always going to be a tough act to beat the debut 'Lonely At Night'. This doesn't quite get there, although runs it close in places. Still a top class album though, and one that is required listening. Now that it is avaliable on an excellent double package, with the immense debut, there is no excuse for anyone not to have these.
#2 | Nick C on August 23 2008 15:59:39
Now this was mixed at a studio in Cheadle which is very, very, very close to Manchester (well is part of Manchester) and when I bought this and read that fact I wondered if the band came over to the UK as I remember seeing a guy at Jilly's rock club who looked amazingly like Steve McGovern did on the sleeve (the guy on the sleeve all in black...is that him?).
Probably totally and completely unreleated but it was definitely early 80's haha!
Anyway another indispensible album by Orphan and tragically their last. It reflects the time it was recorded somewhat with it's more 'modern' approach in much the same way as Red Rider had with Breaking Curfew in comparison with their earlier albums.
But a blazing album with great songs especially Lyin' to Me, Woman in Love and Uncle Sam Wants You. Brilliant but as said Lonely just beats it!
#3 | jefflynnefan on March 21 2010 16:27:09
I don't have anything by this band. I'm going to have to track the double cd down. I heard Aldo Nova does some guitar work for them.
 
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