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Score, The - 2009 The Good The Bad The Ugly

ARTIST: Score, The
ALBUM: The Good The Bad The Ugly
LABEL: Retrospect Records
YEAR: 2009


LINEUP: Steve Buckley - vocals * Jamie Vlastaris - guitars * Robbie Quinn - keyboards * Jack Fistori - bass, 1984-85 * Neil Stuart - bass, 1985-88 * Paul Schwenger - bass, 1988-90 * Kevin Ayers - drums, 1984-88 * Mike Trongone - drums, 1988-90

TRACK LISTING: 01 She's Got A Way * 02 Chyna * 03 I Know If I Breakdown * 04 It Feels So Right * 05 Call On Me * 06 How Long * 07 Standing On This Borderline * 08 Words Of Love * 09 Angel Of Love * 10 Just For You * 11 The Night Goes On Forever

The Retrospect Records label has been known for releasing very rare and obscure albums. We've mentioned a few of them in the past, but in recent times, they've kept their offerings to digital files mostly. A far cry during the 2005 to 2011 era, when many of their roster made it to CD, including these guys: The Score. This band originated from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, but they were closer to the Philadelphia region geographically, rather than the eastern coastal towns such as Asbury Park or Toms River. If you believed the hype, then these guys should've been superstars in their heyday, sadly they were not. Retrospect wrote.. 'Eleven songs in total and mega classic AOR stuff of the highest order. Think Fortune, The Innocent, Aviator and Toto, this album is almost perfect AOR fodder for every serious 80's AOR lover.' Sounds inviting yes. Was it worth it?

The Songs
Absolutely! I ended up buying the CD just on the hype alone, and I considered it a worthwhile investment. Put it this way, it ain't leaving my CD rack anytime soon. When they up the tempo, songs like She's Got A Way', 'Call On Me', 'I Know If I Breakdown' and 'Standing On This Borderline' put The Score up on a pedestal. But it's songs like 'Chyna' and the Fortune sounding 'It Feels So Right' where The Score really excel. The last three songs on the CD are live tracks, 'Angel Of Love', 'Just For You' and 'The Night Goes On Forever', but unfortunately, the fidelity is not so good on these three.

In Summary
The band were in existence between 1984 and 1990, and went through two significant eras with changed line-ups, without breaking into the major label leagues. The Retrospect CD is long out of print, but you can check out a few tracks which are up on YouTube. Another band to have missed out on an opportunity back in the day.

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#1 | swazi on December 21 2016 10:03:12
Luckily I bought his CD back then. It really is a great one! Paul Schwenger, their bass player of the 2nd era, is quite active on the Heavy Harmonies forum. A very pleasant and friendly chap!
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