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Fingerprint - 1984 On File

ARTIST: Fingerprint
ALBUM: On File
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2007, Retrospect Records, RR-342


LINEUP: Brett Hansen - guitars * Alan Butterfield - bass * Art Porrello - lead vocals * Mike Newton - drums * Rod Masters - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Target * 02 Runaway * 03 Strong On My Own * 04 Catch A Star * 05 Stop The Game

Fingerprint were a Las Vegas band, formed from the ashes of Limousine (1982), previously reviewed here at GDM click here. Well actually, Fingerprint were a new band featuring guitarist Brett Hansen, none of the other members of Limousine appear here. Originally released in 1984 on a small label, it was then reissued in 2007 by Retrospect Records (RR-342), with a different album cover. It's a five track EP, and sounds damn good. Comparisons are numerous (I'm thinking maybe Sweet Comfort Band or Bootcamp), but it's very pompy and obviously AOR to the core.

The Songs
Big swirling synths clutter up the intro to 'Target', the band then drop into AOR territory like Arnold Schwarzenegger did upon arrival in the first Terminator movie. It was 1984 after all. 'Runaway' is next, a pure melodic rocker for the ages, and no it's neither the Dakota nor Bon Jovi version getting a re-run. In fact, this one might be the pick of the bunch. 'Strong On My Own' could very well be soundtrack AOR, but the chorus is very strong an demanding. 'Catch A Star' was previously on that 'Limousine' record, and this rendition is excellent. The finale 'Stop The Game' is off the charts AOR, with big synth swells and a faster pace.

In Summary
Yes, this one slipped by in 1984 and wasn't really picked up until well after event. As mentioned, reissued side by side with Limousine during 2007. Still hard to acquire, a both the original and CD reissue are out of print.

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#1 | swazi on January 08 2017 17:16:21
Despite the controversial reputation that Sam McCaslin might have, he did unearth a large number of great releases. This is one of them.
#2 | gdazegod on January 08 2017 22:06:34
In this case, probably because they were a local Las Vegas band.
#3 | swingkingandy on January 15 2017 00:45:35
Great little ep and one of those private label releases I consider a 'gem'. These bands and their discovery are what i personally enjoy most about aor. The unearthing of new melodies and joyous hooks which keep me trawling through boxes of vinyl until my fingers bleed. ;-) Shame about the new artwork and a distinct lack of bonus cuts which does kinda make me wonder if Fingerprint actually sanctioned the release.

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