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Statement - 1993 One For The Money



ARTIST: Statement
ALBUM: One For The Money
LABEL: Face
SERIAL: CD-088
YEAR: 1993

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Oliver Roth - vocals * Henry Mittnacht - guitars * Ralf 'Bobby' Bopp - bass * Tom Geiss - keyboards * Michael Vogel - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Live It Up * 02 Who Do You Love * 03 I Will Be Your Shadow * 04 Dancing On The Edge * 05 I Leave It Up To You * 06 One For The Money * 07 Street Of Dreams * 08 Wild In The Street * 09 Don't Say Goodbye * 10 Reason To Stay


Background
Here's a German band that fits right into the GDM model of keyboard based hard rock. If bands like 1st Avenue, Rescue, No Credit and Javan tickle your fancy, then add Statement to your list! These guys formed back in 1989 and originate from the western German city of Baden Baden. They missed the glory days of the 80's unfortunately, but judging by their sound, Statement could've been a huge hit if they landed on the scene a few years earlier. The Statement sound is full of bombastic keyboards and flighty guitars; a template tailor made for readers of this site.


The Songs
Statement only released two albums, and this is their first: 1993's 'One For The Money', released on the Dutch label Face Records. It's a bit confusing on the CD, as the jacket says it was released in 1995, but the CD itself says 1993. We'll go with the latter. You won't go hungry listening to this beauty! Tracks such as 'Who Do You Love', the fat and juicy keyboard-tastic 'Live it Up' and the singalong 'I Will Be Your Shadow' hit early on in the track listing. 'Dancin' On The Edge' is pretty good too with a chorus that makes an impression. Further down the track listing, Statement head into acoustic/electric hybrids plus the occasional ballad, but the class rolls right on through.


In Summary
'One For The Money' kinda went unheralded through 1993, but its quality was hinted at thanks to some of the fanzine and newsletter mailouts I received during this timeframe. Their 1995 album 'Love Bites' features a heap of songs but is harder to find out there in the second hand market. Good luck locating that. In the meantime, Ebay currently sees this album selling for approx US$70, which seems reasonable given it's scarcity and its quality. Pick it up cheap if you can. You won't regret it.


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