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Callison, Richie (Band) - 1984 AOR

ARTIST: Callison, Richie (Band)
LABEL: Clearview Records
SERIAL: 0003
YEAR: 1984


LINEUP: Richie Callison - lead vocals, bass, rhythm guitar * J.P. Pennington - lead guitar * Karl Collier - keyboards * Tom Sunderland - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Take A Chance * 02 I Think We're Alone Now * 03 T.V. Love * 04 To Love You * 05 Lookin' For Someone * 06 Rockin' Tonite * 07 You Got Me * 08 5'5' & 115 * 09 Make The Change * 10 Never Going Back

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Who is Richie Callison? And why does he have a record called 'AOR'? These are the burning questions. The album is a rarity no doubt, but is it a bonafide entry into our beloved musical realm, or perhaps something else? This album came from 1984 on the Clearview Records label. It's a hard to find relic, and has captured attention for all the wrong reasons over the decades since. The man was from St Louis back in the day, and his musical contribution was known correctly as the Richie Callison Band.

The Songs
The music on 'AOR' is standard private release hard rock. There's many examples of this to be found in the record bins across America still, and they are definitely collectors items, though the quality is questionable due to the low-fi nature of the original vinyl source. Sure, there are some decent tracks here, the most familiar of which is a cover of the hit single 'I Think We're Alone Now' made famous by 80's pop star Tiffany, but in fact has origins going way back to the 60's. 'T.V Love' has a thick keyboard layer reminiscent of Roadmaster and has a loose association to Indianapolis' finest. 'To Love You' is also a mild affair, the band sound much better when they rock out (how many times have I said that over the years?), as on 'Lookin' For Someone' which could be Shooting Star circa their 'Burning' era. This continues onto the excellent 'Rockin' Tonite', and for me (the album's best track) 'You Got Me', a tough strutting rocker. 'Make The Change' is a meandering pastoral affair, offset by another tough rocker in 'Never Going Back'.

In Summary
'AOR' is a by-product of the region and the era, and no, the music doesn't live up to the album-title in the purest sense, but is a good example of mid-west hard rock during this timeframe, if not a few years earlier. Richie had also sung in the Geezer Butler Band. This must have been some time after 1984 and only briefly, as Welsh singer Carl Sentance (Persian Risk, Tygers Of Pan Tang) also occupied the vocal booth. However, Richie did have a five year stint with mid-west legends Head East between 2001 and 2006, and still remains active today. Doing some research on the man, I haven't been able track down any earlier music priro to 1984, but Richie has definitely put up music more recently, according to his ReverbNation page.

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#1 | Keith Nagy on December 23 2017 18:00:20
His new song is featured on the new KSHE DVD Never Say Goodbye.

He had a 1982 album I'm Here To Tell Ya. The song Round & Round can be found on youtube by searching KSHE Seeds Vol 2. While their check out Your Eyes by The Sommerville Scorfina Band(Head East/Pavlov's Dog connection)
#2 | gdazegod on December 23 2017 19:32:33
Thank you Keith. If there was anyone who would know, it would be a St Louis resident like yourself. Excellent.
#3 | Eric on December 23 2017 21:58:23
I owned this at one point and remember liking it. Had no idea on the Geezer Butler connection....hmm!
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