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Burtnick, Glen - 1986 Talking In Code

ARTIST: Burtnick, Glen
ALBUM: Talking In Code
SERIAL: SP-6-5114
YEAR: 1986
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Glen Burtnick - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion, drum programming * Dann Huff, Bobby Messano - guitars * Dave La Rue, Neil Stubenhaus - bass * Reed Nielsen - keyboards, drum programming * Jim Lang, Dusty Micale, Alan Pasqua, Plinky Giglio - keyboards * David Prater, Steve Smith - drums * Jon Vigran, Savron Hudson - drum programming * Anthony Galante, Richard Landis - percussion, production * Jerry Hey - horn arrangements

TRACK LISTING: 01 Crank It Up * 02 Talking In Code * 03 Little Red House * 04 Perfect World * 05 Hole In My Pocket * 06 Brave Hearts * 07 Hold Back The Night * 08 Talk That Talk * 09 Heart On The Line * 10 We're Alright

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It's an indisputable fact that Glen Burtnick belongs to the melodic rock scene no matter what style he's playing. Currently (in 2017 and in more recent but prior years), his music might not hit the exact frequency for AOR fans and 80's melodic rockers, and that is why we go on a trip back to the future. 1986 no less, and Glen's debut 'Taking In Code'. We've already touched on Glen's second album 'Heroes And Zeros' within the GDM database, so consider this a backfilling exercise. We mentioned names like Jude Cole and Bryan Adams when comparing Glen's musical style. We probably should also factor in Rick Springfield too, but without the hi-tech arrangements our Aussie friend was capable of delivering.

The Songs
There's a big line-up of players here, and they make their presence felt across the ten tracks. You can hear 'Crank It Up' on the video below, to get a first-hand listen to the Burtnick delivery method. The title-track 'Talking In Code' is an easy on the ear piece, with a big hi-tech production, and some horn work giving this some similarity to the 80's era of Chicago. 'Little Red House' is one of my favourites on this album, it just catches me at all the right angles of the sun, which can only be good. Glen co-wrote 'Perfect World', which is a track that has been done to death by many artists over the years, though the Freddy Curci version is probably my favourite rendition. Glen's original is good too. 'Hole In My Pocket' is an automatic qualifier for any Burtnick compilation, should there ever be one to be released, great chorus, and a tune more geared as a guitar rocker than a hi-tech keyboard laced affair, though there is still an abundance of the latter on offer.

Glen continues the glossy delivery with 'Brave Hearts', a bonafide AOR track to behold, with a chorus that Danny Wilde fans might enjoy. There's more hi-tech hi-jinx in store on 'Hold Back The Night', with a ton of drum programming onboard, and when we look at the credits, there's four guys listed as undertaking this task, including Glen himself. 'Talk That Talk' is probably the only track that doesn't convince, although the guitar solo from Dann Huff sounds kinda crazy. The smooth ballad 'Heart On The Line' is a winner, topped by some lush verses and a lovely chorus. Burtnick signs off on track 10 'We're Alright', which is a co-write with drummer/producer David Prater (BabyGrand). Prater of course is best known for his subsequent work with Diving For Pearls and Dream Theater.

In Summary
After being unavailable for many years on CD (ignore the 2003 bootleg from Timewarp Records), Universal came along and reissued it in 2008, though by all accounts it is still deemed an unofficial release. However, it is available in CD format for what its worth, and at relatively cheap prices on Ebay now, compared to the mega bucks which used to be the norm some 10 or 20 years ago. If you know what's good for you, you know what to do.

Burtnick, Glen - 1986 Crank It Up

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#1 | george_the_jack on January 05 2018 13:18:43
This is excellent indeed all the way. I remember posting one of the songs some 3-4 years ago on FB and Glen himself seemed astonished that someone remembered his works from that era!
#2 | Cimozzen on January 05 2018 23:03:02
I like Heroes & Zeroes, but this album will always be my favorite. Glen just performed at my college back in September 2017. I had him sign my vinyl of this. Such a nice guy!!!
#3 | gdazegod on January 05 2018 23:04:48
Nice one Ken. I like both albums too, not so keen on his later work, during the 90's and beyond.. Shock
#4 | Cimozzen on January 07 2018 03:51:56
"Retrospectacle" is a decent collection of unreleased songs from his 80s-era. Not as good as this and Zeroes, but it works well enough if you want to consider it a "trilogy."
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