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Baby Blue - 1988 American Boys

ARTIST: Baby Blue
ALBUM: American Boys
LABEL: Radar Records
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Johnny Angel - lead vocals, guitars * Tom Cat - guitars, backing vocals * Dan Delano - keyboards, backing vocals * Davey O - bass, backing vocals * Fran Tiona - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 It Ain't No Crime * 02 Daddy's Little Giirl * 03 Six Shooter * 04 All That I Need * 05 Don't Look Back * 06 Take Me Tonite

Very much from the indie scene of the mid-late 80's. Self released - cassette only it would appear, Buffalo's Baby Blue had the cliches down pat, and were more than a little copy-cat in style, though with the occasional high-point. I found this on a melodic rock blog recently, and picked it up out of curiosity. I found the guitar-work to be pretty stylish, the vocals too were pretty decent too, but the whole thing was spoilt by the very under-produced sound. Mind you, I'm listening to a many-copied multi generation recording (obviously from cassette), but usually we can get an idea.

The Songs
There's six songs here. The opener 'It Ain't No Crime' is a fun sounding affair. As mentioned, pretty stylish and likeable. How does the rest of the EP stack up? 'Daddy's Little Girl' is a touch above cringe-worthy, the backing vocals weak and ineffective, let alone the tone and theme of the song.. did I mention dated? 'Six Shooter' sees Baby Blue getting very aggressive. An upbeat tempo lifts the metronome, and things tick over at a solid clip. At 6 minutes long, the band attempt a ballad 'All That I Need', which probably wasn't a good idea, while 'Don't Look Back' isn't a very good advert for 1988's era of melodic rock. 'Take Me Tonite' stole a few riffs and ideas off Bon Jovi's 'She Don't Know Me'.. so you can see where Baby Blue's influences came from.

In Summary
No doubt this band was knocking about the local bars of Buffalo back in the day, so I'm sure someone will have seen them live. Don't get m wrong, it's good to see some of these obscurities see the light of day years later, and we should consider them in the original circumstance in which it was released. Let's hope we can see other mid 80's rarities make these pages!

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