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Liaison - 1989 Liaison

ARTIST: Liaison
ALBUM: Liaison
LABEL: Frontline Records
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Larry Melby - guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals * Tim Melby - guitars, keyboards, background vocals * Bill Baumgart - keyboards, background vocals, production * Kelly Burns - bass * Tim Heintz - keyboards * David Koz - saxophone * Michael Landau, Dan Huff, Vince Mendoza, Glenn Pearce, Gawain Reifsnyder - guitars * Jeff Porcaro - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 When The Kingdom Comes Down * 02 You Are His Main Concern * 03 Go And Sin No More * 04 Man With A Mission * 05 The Way The Truth And Life * 06 Kick It Down * 07 The Light Is On * 08 He Lives * 09 Give Me One Day At A Time * 10 You've Got My Heart In Your Hands

During 1988 through to 1991, I was heavily into Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). I didn't take too well to the message mind you, I much preferred the music instead. There were some great acts for sure, and the scene was flourishing in mostly the southern states of the USA. One band I did like were Liaison, based around the duo of brothers Larry and Tim Melby. Possibly, the Melby's were the next biggest export out of North Dakota, following the great Mitch Malloy. Interestingly, both the Melby's and Malloy grew up in the western part of that state. Was there something in the water up there? Both multi-instrumentalists, Tim and Larry created their project in the mid-late 80's, and were signed to Frontline Records, with producer Bill Baumgart in the saddle, aided by a session which only the best money can buy.

The Songs
This 1989 debut is one of the best of its kind from that era. The songs are all immaculately produced, but it's the songwriting effort from Larry and Tim Melby which allows this album to glide from start to finish. With a stellar cast in support, including the greats of Huff, Landau and Porcaro, how can this album fail? It can't, the songs here are supremely good from start to finish. The bombastic start of 'When The Kingdom Comes Down' is full of flighty synthesizers, over-processed guitars and great vocals. What a way to lead off. Larry Melby's lead vocals has a rough edge to it, as heard on 'You Are His Main Concern' and a few other tracks throughout. Not unlike fellow AORsters Halo. Go And Sin No More' is a delicious ballad, the synths lock us in, while the soaring guitar solo takes us over the cliff. 'Man With A Mission' and 'The Way, The Truth, And Life' sees Liaison delivering near perfect AOR, a mid-album pairing that takes some beating. Meanwhile 'Kick It Down' moves into denser territory, similar to Petra during this era. 'The Light Is On' is also super-melodic, topped with some neat sax parts to keep it front-loaded. We take a breather with the ballad 'He Lives' which slows things down, before the final two tracks 'Give Me One Day At A Time' and the acoustic ballad 'You've Got My Heart In My Hands' wrap things up with aplomb. The latter is a simply tremendous heartfelt tune whih be great in an unplugged setting.

In Summary
I'm not really sure how this album fared in the CCM charts, all I know is that most of the major releases from this timeframe were easily available from my CCM supplier in New Zealand, and I sure gave them a lot of business! Liaison released two more albums for Frontline Records ('Urgency' and 'Heavy Hitter'), plus a fourth CD 'Cool Water in 1998. If you are investigating this band for the first time, then this is the place to start.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on August 25 2016 10:58:31
I have been looking for this on CD for a decent price for some time now. I have it on vinyl and grew to like it a good deal more over the years than at the time of release, I picked up the second album 'Urgency' on CD for a couple of quid. Prices for the debut reviewed remain strangely high.
#2 | gdazegod on August 25 2016 13:50:33
I have this on CD, and I know this is very hard to find nowadays.
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