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Harlan Cage - 1999 Forbidden Colors

ARTIST: Harlan Cage
ALBUM: Forbidden Colors
SERIAL: 199683
YEAR: 1999


LINEUP: L.A. Greene - vocals, guitars * Roger Scott Craig - keyboards, backing vocals * Billy Liesegang - lead guitars * Wilhelm Wannabee Remarkable - bass (that's what it says in the credits!) * Ron Wikso - drums * Tommy Funderburk, Chris Julian - backing vocals * Judy Mass - violin * Scott Joss - fiddle

TRACK LISTING: 01 No Sunday Bride * 02 Chinatown * 03 Thrill Of It All * 04 Can't Tame The Raven * 05 Hard Yellow Line (You Lied To Me) * 06 Last Plane Out * 07 A Little Rain * 08 Feel The Wheel * 09 Making My Way Back To You * 10 Late Night Escapades * 11 Before The Night Is Gone * 12 Two Ships In The Night


It pained me to go through all the online drama and fallout with Roger Scott Craig and 101 South a few years back. There's no doubt the brace of albums released under the Harlan Cage and 101 South banners were exceptional. This is the only HC album we haven't reviewed yet, so as part of our back-filling exercise, here is 1999's 'Forbidden Colors'.

The Songs
Of course Harlan Cage's great appeal to readers here at GDM is tied to the legendary and much loved GDM faves Fortune, who's 1985 pomp classic remains a staple of this site years later. And it due to the efforts of singer Larry (L.A) Greene and Roger Scott Craig that Harlan Cage sound as much a part of the 80's despite this being recorded in 1999! We even get a reworking of 'Thrill Of It All' from that 1985 album, but for mine, other songs stand out even more. The lovely violin laced 'Can't Tame The Raven' is sublime, and the way it builds up momentum is a testament to the songwriting quality. 'Hard Yellow Line' is very intense stuff, the lyrics are pretty damning too ('you lied to me'). You won't be short-changed here, with the booming 'No Sunday Bride' and the equally teasing 'Chinatown' sounding like Joe Chandler's magnificent Journey-esque 'Bad Move'. There are other tracks to discover.. go to it!

In Summary
Of course, this would the last HC studio release for the 90's, as Scott-Craig would move the band onto the 101 South project, albeit with a new lead singer. However, it wasn't all over for the noughties, as two more Harlan Cage albums were released: 2002's 'Temple Of Tears' and 2004's 'Best Of', which features a handful of tracks from this set. It should be stated though: all Harlan Cage CD's should be in your collection, if you consider yourself a bonafide AOR collector!

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#1 | swazi on October 17 2015 18:36:48
Jez really got ripped off by RSC a few years back. Sad
But as you say all Harlan Cage CD's should be called your own. Great stuff!
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