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GMT - 1991 War Games

ALBUM: War Games
LABEL: Mausoleum Records
SERIAL: TEST 1290004
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Chris Glen - bass * Robin McAuley - vocals * Phil Taylor - drums * Marcus Schleicher - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Angel * 02 One By One * 03 War Games * 04 Fall In Line * 05 Don't Say Goodbye

Here's an interesting little release for fans of Grand Prix and Uriah Heep. This is reputedly a spin-off band of Grand Prix from around 1985, but the band didn't get anything officially released at the time. Thin Lizzy and Wild Horses guitarist Brian Robertson, plus Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor were also involved, but it seems the glue which held this lot together in the short term was Prix keyboardist and songwriter Phil Lanzon. They were called Operator back then, and all five songs on this effort were Lanzon's. By and large, due to their failure to release their material, the members all left to move on elsewhere. Six years later, Belgian label Mausoleum took an interest in these tracks, and released them under the GMT banner (Glen, McAuley, Taylor) and named the CD 'War Games'.

The Songs
The familiar vocals of Irish singer Robin McAuley filters through on the impressive opener 'Angel'. The song is upheld by some pumping lines from former Michael Schenker Group bassist Chris Glen. The melodies flow throughout 'One By One', it sounds like an anthem for the ages, and you can tell that McAuley really sounds like a million bucks at this point. GMT kick into high gear on the title-track 'War Games' (or high octane if you heard the jet-plane at the start of the track). Again, this is complete with rich harmony vocals and pumping bass lines. 'Fall In Line' takes on the same sort of direction as a band like Lionheart, distinctly British but wholeheartedly AOR too! GMT turn up the metronome on 'Don't Say Goodbye', caught somewhere between Bite The Bullet and late 80's Fastway. Yeah, this is damn good for something that nearly disappeared off the map back in 1985.

In Summary
A nice little throwback to the past, and worth getting your hands on if you like Grand Prix, or you are a historian and collector of Uriah Heep related material.

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#1 | gdazegod on April 08 2016 04:41:37
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