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Used Records - 1994 Used Records

ARTIST: Used Records
ALBUM: Used Records
LABEL: Long Island Records
YEAR: 1994


LINEUP: Walker Reeves - lead vocals, guitars * Robert Allen - guitars, piano, percussion * Donna Olsen - vocals * Joe Norosavage - keyboards, programming * Gary Tallent - bass * Max Weinberg - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Turn Around And Go * 02 And You Know Why * 03 Three Way Heartbreak * 04 Fly Like The Wind * 05 Sometimes Wrong * 06 Hard Enough To Love Her * 07 Without A Trace * 08 History * 09 A Way To Know * 10 Modern Ways * 11 Sometimes Wrong (Bonus - Guitar Mix)

One of the more amusing reviews in the issue of AOR Classic #8 was American rock n rollers Used Records. The band, back in 1994 managed to score a release with the (then) go-to reissue label Long Island Records. Just how this occurred is a mystery. Perhaps the bloke who does know is former label manager Khalil Turk. Anyway, the review from Barrie Kirtley was rather scathing, giving it a 2/10, and some unsavoury comments to go along with it. Always up for a challenge, I eventually picked this album up, and was keen to ascertain whether Mr Kirtley was on the mark. The answer is: yes and no.

The Songs
It appear this band originated out of New Jersey. Members Max Weinberg and Gary Tallent are recognisable through their association with Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, so too keyboardist Joe Norosavage, who has also worked with Michael Bruce, one time associate with Alice Cooper. So this band has the makings of a NJ super group. I've tried doing some time-line research on when this band were together. I'm guessing sometime between 1990 and 1994, as Springsteen had put his E-Street Band out to pasture, and the years following were less than productive for some of the band members, according to Wikipedia. Still, other than the band lineup, there is very little else out there on the Internet regarding Used Records.

In his AOR Classics review, Kirtley mentions rock n roll songs with a dated sound. That's not quite accurate. There is more than enough of an AOR quotient here to make it interesting. Maybe one or two tracks were enough to spoil the overall broth, but not unduly so. Certainly when you listen to the opener 'Turn Around And Go', you can tell these guys (and gal) have locked into an AOR groove. 'And You Know Why' is perfect slow-lane AOR straight from the 80's. UR keep the hits coming with 'Three Way Heartbreak' (refer the YouTube clip below), which is followed by the superb 'Fly Like The Wind'. By this stage, I'm saying to myself 'were you on the drink when reviewing this Barrie?'

'Sometimes Wrong' is the first change-up moment, which heads downs a rock meets R&B path, then 'Hard Enough To Love Her' steers the ship toward a Michael Stanley Band vantage point. For a further reference, 'History' takes a dig at a Iron City Houserockers rock meets R&B style, 'Away To Know' also keeps to the traditional rock n roll boundary, with some synths to colour up the song. The band ham it up for the upbeat RnR of 'Modern Ways', which throws a curve ball in the direction of all those blues and boogie merchants from years gone by. This sounds like a fast and melodic version of Status Quo.

In Summary
This album has since become a blip on the 1994 timeline. I think that the album is a tale of two halves. The first four tracks are rather good, while the remainder integrates rock n roll and R&B to good effect. Track it down if you wish to pursue this further.

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#1 | gdazegod on August 22 2017 01:56:23
Used Records - 1994 Three Way Heartbreak
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Used Records - 1994 And You Know Why
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#2 | rostoned on August 23 2017 17:19:02
I am quite sure Barrie was annoyed by the silly name and the horrid cover....o_OGrin
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