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Jordan, Marc - 1983 A Hole In The Wall

ARTIST: Jordan, Marc
ALBUM: A Hole In The Wall
LABEL: Sound Design (Japan)
SERIAL: 1342-8 (28SD)
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2012, AOR Heaven Classix, AORHC0016


LINEUP: Marc Jordan - vocals, keyboards * Mike Landau, Steve Lukather, Robben Ford, Jay Graydon - guitar * Mike Porcaro, Neil Stubenhaus - bass * Mike Baird - drums * Robbie Buchanan, Michael Boddicker - keyboards, synthesizer * David Foster, Ian Undwerwood - synthesizer * Lenny Castro - percussion * Ernie Watts, David Borliff - sax * Jerry Hey- horns * Steve George, Richard Page - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Slipping Away * 02 Margarita * 03 She Used To Be My World * 04 A Hole In The Wall * 05 Where Did We Go Wrong * 06 It's Only Love * 07 Love Like A Wheel * 08 Thieves * 09 Dance With Me * 10 Hold On


Years ago, Marc Jordan's excellent 1987 'Talking In Pictures' effort was given a comprehensive critique here at Glory Daze and rightfully so. It rates as a superb AOR album in its own right, but for many Jordan's definitive melodic rock offering was his Japan only 'A Hole In The Wall' opus, complete with one of the most stacked session lineups imaginable. Jordan's history was covered in detail by George so there's little need to rehash it, but suffice to say Jordan had already contributed several worthwhile discs prior to this, namely 1978's 'Mannequin' and 1979's 'Blue Desert'. This is where he hit his straps however, an AOR classic of major proportions, recorded in the right period with the right musicians needed to put the final stamp on the albums timeless appeal.

The Songs
The album fits easily into the West Coast category, with the laid back arrangements making for essential listening. Sensibly opener 'Slipping Away' is fairly intense, with synths and guitar both dueling for attention, the whole track a melodic paradise of sorts. The guitar solo is brief but pivotal, the stuff dreams are made of. The whimsical 'Margarita' has a tropical vibe, with a melody line that almost morphs into Player's 'Baby Come Back'. Aside from that it's pure West Coast, check out the vocal harmonies and inevitable sax for clarification. Ballads are a major part of Jordan's canon and 'She Used To Be My World' seems made for the end credits of any 80's film. Speaking of Player it's very reminiscent of Peter Beckett vocally and stylistically. The title track is heavier, with some great buildup to the satisfying chorus. It's so quintessentially 1983 that the notion is hard to shake, the guitar work showing a flair for the dramatic. Much more bouncy is 'Where Did We Go Wrong' which while on the fringes of AOR, is almost too light for the description. 'It's Only Love' is another well worked ballad, but I prefer the more energetic 'Love Like A Wheel' and it's incessant synth stabs and beefed up guitar solo. 'Thieves' is another West Coast special, but I feel 'Dance With Me' takes too long to get to a somewhat wimpy hook. Jordan rights this wrong with the three minute AOR blast of 'Hold On' however, a track I've loved for years now, the pulsating keyboards and sheer vocal genius shining through. It doesn't get any better, an example of the genre in its most pure form.

In Summary
Jordan didn't follow this up until 1987, which is somewhat of a shame and by then the 1983 sound was gone, replaced by more high-tech elements, which never quite had the same appeal. This is already part of most people's collections I'm certain and rightfully so, an album that stands as Jordan's finest work in my opinion, a benchmark of the classic AOR era which seems unfathomable now.

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#1 | DEMONAOR on August 23 2016 22:58:15
Great album and a classic West Coast album among fans of the genre.
#2 | richardb on March 06 2017 20:25:32
A terrific album. Definitely one for West Coast fanatics. Like you Alun I didn't buy into the 1987 follow up 'Talking through pictures' or as I prefer to call it 'Sleepwalking through pictures'.

That album was way too clinical and leaves me cold. Incidentally there's a much better (IMHO) version of 'Soldier of fortune' on the 'Youngblood' soundtrack..
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