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Sojourn - 1985 Looking For More

ARTIST: Sojourn
ALBUM: Looking For More
LABEL: Mad Cat
SERIAL: A-011285-1
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 1998, Point Music, 10058 * 2007, Rewind Records, 6 5582-55051-2


LINEUP: Kevin Bullock - vocals, keyboards * Doug Robinson - guitar * Dane Spencer - bass * Doug Pectol - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Looking For More * 02 Blame It On TV * 03 Healing Wings * 04 Lives Upon The Shore * 05 The Sun Back Home * 06 Holding On To You * 07 We Were So Young * 08 I've Been Running

Perhaps the finest (only?) AOR import to come out of Utah in the 1980's was Sojourn. They released a pair of albums in the timeframe and seemed destined for greatness, but like so many others fell by the wayside. Sojourn formed in 1983, childhood friends according to what I've read, and won a Battle of the Bands contest in Provo, Utah a year later. Their local popularity led to a record deal and supposedly this album was recorded in a day, with the album initially being a cassette only release in November 1985. However a high-profile gig supporting Mr Mister saw the band in heavy demand afterwards and the album was released on a worldwide scale.

The Songs
Musically Sojourn play a typical style of AOR frequently heard by dozens of second tier acts during 1985. I hear shades of Detroit's Adrenalin throughout for example, but with better production and excellent musicianship. In fact it's hard to believe this was an indie release such is the crystal production. The title track is a perfect opener, its melodic guitar work, combining with stabbing keys to great effect. 'Blame It On MTV' seems before its time subject matter wise, this one conjuring up images of Huey Lewis And The News mixed with solo Don Henley. 'Healing Wings' is a ballad fit for a soundtrack and one of their better known tracks, but the harder edged 'Lives Upon The Shore' scores better for me, with some timeless synths giving the track mass appeal. There are shades of Survivor heard during 'Holding On To You' and the tension of 'We Were So Young' is textbook AOR drama, with incessant keyboards at the fore. The opening organ work of 'I've Been Running' suggests Boston, but it soon evolves into another vaguely Survivor inspired romp, the guitar work being the highpoint again, rounding out an almost faultless set.

In Summary
The band set about recording the follow up 'From Different Points Of View' almost immediately. Unfortunately the mix wasn't up to scratch according to the band and the album was held up for several years, by which point they decided to pack it in. They released the original mix of the album ultimately, which would be interesting to hear and was released as a two for one with 'Lookin' For More' on Point Music some years ago. For period AOR this is hard to beat and the reputation Sojourn gained was well earned, giving them their rightful place here at Glory Daze. [word count 412]

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#1 | gdazegod on January 09 2016 00:52:21
Eric can probably add to this article, as he knows Dane Spencer quite well though the Rewind/Songhaus association.
#2 | swazi on January 09 2016 16:47:17
I have the 2 on 1 Point Music release. Very enjoyable disc! Smile
#3 | Eric on January 10 2016 19:31:50
About 4 years ago Dane asked me to write booklet notes for a Sojourn reissue of this album which I did and he had the new artwork completed as well (a blue and silver variant on the cover shown here), I have it somewhere in my files. I think he shopped it to AOR Heaven but I'm not sure what happened after that.
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