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Sulton, Kasim - 1982 Kasim

ARTIST: Sulton, Kasim
ALBUM: Kasim
LABEL: EMI America
SERIAL: ST-17063
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2013, Edsel Records, EDSS 5016


LINEUP: Kasim Sulton - lead and backing vocals, bass * Buck Dharma Roeser - lead guitar (#2, #6, #10) * Tom Morrangiello - rhythm guitar, backing vocals * Roger Powell - synthesizer * Mark Onofrio - drums, backing vocals * Mark Rivera - alto sax (#5) * Earth, Wind & Fire - horns * Bruce Fairbairn - production, mixing

TRACK LISTING: 01 Someone To Love * 02 Evil * 03 White And Red * 04 This Must Be Love * 05 Don't Break My Heart * 06 Drivin' Me Mad * 07 Roll The Dice * 08 Just A Little Bit * 09 Sweet Little Accident * 10 Rock And Roll


He's better known as one of the key side-men for Todd Rundgren and the band Utopia. But Kasim Sulton also had a solo career, which kicked off in 1982 courtesy of the record label I just love to diss on: EMI America. Actually, 1982 was a busy year for Mr Sulton, having also participated on two Utopia records that year: 'Swing To The Right' and 'Utopia', though to be fair, on the latter album, he had already left for his solo stint, being replaced by Doug Howard (Touch, Stun Leer, but returned to the fold without too much complaint from Doug after this LP was released. 'Kasim' was released at the end of January 1982, and is a suitable GDM contender, with Sulton delivering a superb set without too much influence from his Utopia involvement.

The Songs
I love the opening 'Someone To Love', which to me sounds like Billy Joel doing AOR. Really, it's that good! Second up we have the dark themed 'Evil' which could be borne from the same inspired madness as Blue Oyster Cult. Not surprising then that Buck Dharma participates on this one. 'White And Red' and 'This Must Be Love' are punchy numbers, befoer the R&B factor kicks on in on 'Don't Break My Heart' thanks to the horns and sax work.

Onto Side two, and Kasim turns to a funky form of disco with 'Drivin' Me Mad'. There's even a fusion flavoured guitar solo from Buck Dharma. 'Roll The Dice' is all about Kasim's mantra of taking chances, which he did with this album. A great track. 'Just A Little Bit' is the album's power ballad moment, with pianos which bash out in the style of Queen. 'Sweet Little Accident' combines power pop with an early 80's form of radio rock, while the closing 'Rock N Roll' is delivered with a bit of grit, style and substance.

In Summary
This album didn't fare well in the market-place, which prompted a reunion for Sulton and Utopia. In later years, Kasim has been a member of many acts including , Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and more recently the New Cars and Blue Oyster Cult, plus he released two other solo albums: 'Quid Pro Quo' in 2002 and 'Three' in 2010. 'Kasim' received a 2013 reissue from Edsel Records, where the extensive liner notes (16 page booklet) were penned by Paul Myers, who was also the author of Todd Rundgren's biography 'A Wizard, A True Star'.

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#1 | gdazegod on March 08 2017 10:03:42
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