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Lamont Joe - 1985 Secrets You Keep

ARTIST: Lamont, Joe
ALBUM: Secrets That You Keep
LABEL: Private Eye/Epic
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2010, Yesterrock Records


LINEUP: Joe Lamont - vocals * Dann Huff - guitars * Richard Giggs, Alan Pasqua, Bill Cuomo - keyboards * Rick Chudacoff - bass, keyboards * Reggie McBride, Kerry Hatch - bass * Vinnie Colaiuta - drums * Paulinho Da Costa - percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Secrets You Keep * 02 No Explanation * 03 Total Breakdown * 04 Heartbreak City * 05 One Rumor Too Many * 06 The Wanting * 07 Victims Of Love * 08 Sharks * 09 Enemy Lines

Joe Lamont; we first heard of this guy with the band Steeplechase and then the wonderful AOR outfit Shelter. A typical seventies pomp band with overblown tendencies. His surname was slightly different then, known by his real name of Joe Lamente. What hasn't changed is his love of melodic music, and you can tell this guy knows a thing or two about superb melodies and hard rocking music; both culminating on this fine 1985 release on the big CBS/Epic label. Of course it always helps when you have quality musicians like Dann Huff and Vinny Colauita behind you, the album taking on a quite brash sound not dissimilar to the material of Van Stephenson for instance. Interestingly, the production team of Bunetta and Chudacoff were better known from their dealings with West Coast/AORster Robbie Dupree, though the music here is nothing similar to Dupree's work. As it is one of those albums which has yet to see the light of day on CD, the quality of the songs must surely see this as a contender for re-release at some point in the future.

The Songs
Leading off with the title track, we are taken on a journey back to the mid-eighties, when music like this was commonplace on the airwaves. Spiky drums, fluid guitars, and keyboards rich in spice! It's all here. The impressive 'No Explanation' is how decent AOR should sound, and exemplifies exactly what is missing from the current crop of acts doing the rounds. No explanation required indeed! The ballad 'Total Breakdown' explores territory long since overlooked, perhaps the only guy close to material such as this is Hugo. A remnant from those forgotten days of 1985 comes in the form of 'Heartbreak City'.. those drum patterns slightly dated as are the lyrics. Back on course is the fabulous 'One Rumor Too Many', a demanding track for sure, one that needs a compulsory listen, particularly if you are a fan of Aldo Nova's 'Twitch' era.. 'The Wanting' displays a punctuated rhythm which again is a victim of the era, though the next tune coincidentally 'Victim Of Love' is a big ballad, with acoustic guitar prominent and soaring vocals - ideal for MTV I suppose.. 'Sharks' is a stop and start affair unfortunately, but the album is rounded off nicely with the tough sounding 'Enemy Lines', complete with aggressive vocals, guitars, and fancy keyboard effects.

In Summary
Where Lamont ended up is a bit of a mystery to one and all. His Gino Vanelli looks taking on a kind of undercover lover stance definitely had him in the AOR zone for sure. As he was on a big label, it was kinda surprising to see it fall into obscurity. Par for the course I suppose. After a few nibbles for reissue by High Vaultage Records during 2005, it was new label Yesterrock Records who eventually came to the party in April 2010.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 26 2008 09:59:23
I think Oliver Klemm at High Vaultage was trying to get this officially reissued on CD, but nothing has come of it. I'm amazed at how much the bootlegs of this go for on e-Bay!
Good record. It still stands up.
#2 | rostoned on October 11 2008 22:53:25
Joe Lamont has unreleased songs on the soundtracks of several b-movies, among others (?) 'Nightmare On Elm Street 4', 'Night Of The Living Dead Part II' and 'Heavenly Bodies'. Any addition is welcomed.
#3 | gdazegod on July 20 2010 08:54:58
Is it me, but the bird on the cover jacket behind Joe looks like she's sitting on the toilet! lol!  no
#4 | LALOROCK on September 12 2010 21:33:18
Great reissue to cd, just bought it and blew me away...
#5 | george_the_jack on December 12 2011 03:10:56
Honestly,I want to turn this cover into a poster and hang it on my wall.
#6 | rkbluez on March 28 2012 23:48:09
Excellent album glad Yesterrock did this one and they did a great job...now how's about Stephen Crane 'Kicks'?
#7 | swazi on April 10 2012 21:04:04
Excellent! Kudos to Yesterrock!
#8 | rostoned on May 19 2012 00:38:35
Joe Lamente (real name Badalamente) the singer of Shelter and Steeplechase has nothing to do with this Joe Lamont, two different guys. confirmed on YT by people friends with the guys in Shelter. just watch the 2 videos by Shelter and Lamont or take a look at the photos on the albums to have a proof....
#9 | super80boy on March 08 2015 00:36:08
Full on potent AOR arrangements make for a top shelf album!
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