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Boys Band (The) - 1982 The Boys Band



ARTIST: Boys Band (The)
ALBUM: The Boys Band
LABEL: Asylum
SERIAL: E1-60047
YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Greg Gordon - vocals * B James Lowry - guitars, backing vocals * Rusty Golden - keyboards, backing vocals

Additional Musicians: Robert Duncan Cameron - guitar * Billy Walker - guitar, mandolin * Joe Chemay - bass * Owen Hale, Paul Leim - drums * John Hobbs - keyboards * Richard Kosinski, Steve Nathan - synthesizer * Lalo Schifrin - orchestration

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Stop Me Baby (I'm On Fire) * 02 Think About It * 03 Taking It All In Stride * 04 What's Forever For * 05 Runner * 06 Is It Better Than Me * 07 On A Night Like This * 08 We're Lovers * 09 Love Will Find A Heart * 10 The Best Is Yet To Come


Background
I have to admit to being stunned this excellent album hasn't featured here at Glory Daze, having been convinced it was reviewed years ago. Disregarding this glimpse into senility, the album comes from the era where country and AOR crossed over seamlessly, almost as if the two were made for each other. How the band came into formation is unknown and the album seems to have waded into obscurity, but there's no denying the credentials of the performers, the nucleus of the band consisting of Greg Gordon, B James Lowry and Rusty Golden. Previously Gordon had written for Elvis Presley, with Lowry and Golden both seasoned session men. Curiously though the tracks featured are almost all by outside writers, with just one Golden and Gordon track to their name. This was common place in 1982 and the usual names crop up on the credits, including Greg Guidry, Tom Snow, Ian Thomas and Rafe VanHoy.


The Songs
Despite the reliance on other writers, the album is one of the best of the AOR tinged country albums of the period and finds itself firmly in the predictable field of what Poco, Firefall and the Pure Prairie League were doing in the 1980-82 years. 'Don't Stop Me (I'm on Fire)' has an ample amount of traditional country riffs, but the melody is AOR through and through, the vocal harmonies simply stunning. The song was recorded originally by Austin Roberts in 1978, but here it's given the royal treatment. Greg Guidry's 'Think About It' is up next and is pure AOR by comparison, and for years I had no idea Guidry wrote this. You couldn't wish for a better opening pairing than these two songs. This version is far better than the rough one Guidry recorded himself that showed up many years later. 'Taking It All In Stride' is the commonly heard Tom Snow penned track and given an 80's update from the 1975 original and coupled with Rafe VanHoy's 'What's Forever For' makes for a couple of sedate moments. Ian Thomas' 'Runner' is next and very ably handled, this one so brazenly AOR it's almost breathtaking. It's easily on par with the original, thanks to the layered vocal harmonies. 'On A Night Like This' moves easily into the Poco territory described earlier and would have easily found a place on the 'Ghost Town' album. 'We're Lovers' is the lone Golden and Gordon track and a fine one also. This veers more towards AOR and it's staggering they didn't contribute more to the album. Maybe politics intervened in search of a mainstream hit. The bouncy 'Love Will Find A Heart' shifts gears into West Coast AOR, this one tossing in synth parps like nobody's business. This was written by Josh Leo, who did the rounds on the studio circuit back then. English songwriter Clifford T Ward gets in on the act with the band covering his gentle ballad 'The Best is Yet to Come' which is heavy on orchestral effects.


In Summary
This was the one and only effort from 'The Boys' and it would be nice to know the story behind the album. All three continued in the music business, with Lowry and Golden seeming to be far more profitable than Gordon based on what's they've done since. As a period piece from 1982 it's hard to beat, the kind of album which made that era easily the greatest in AOR history from my vantage point.


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#1 | gdazegod on July 05 2016 11:58:19
Good album this. Have had it in the collection for ages, good to see it being reviewed. The lead singer Greg Gordon sounds like a cross between John Farnham and Sir Cliff Richard.
#2 | gdazegod on November 09 2016 04:09:56
According to a recent AOR Heaven newsletter, this album has been reissued on CD in 2016. Let me find some more details.. computer work
#3 | englandashes on November 11 2016 21:56:08
Yep, listed on amazon, released 28 October, pain to find though, only managed to find it by putting 'imports' in the record company reference search facility, along with the group name, one for my list as I never picked a vinyl copy. After ignoring a copy stocked at pied piper records in Northampton for years, of course now closed.
#4 | Nick C on November 12 2016 17:36:39
It's also available on SHM CD (ebay), thought I'd mention because of the debate on the forum about SHM CD... was intrigued by the review and comments and gave them a listen on YouTube and was hooked. So grabbed it.
#5 | Ralfster on November 20 2016 15:46:31
Don't think there's different CD versions available now, just the SHM CD. I hope so at least as I just placed an order on UK amazon where the overall price incl. shipping was considerably cheaper than both German amazon and ebay.
 
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