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Kishman, Tony - 1997 Catch 22

ARTIST: Kishman, Tony
ALBUM: Catch 22
LABEL: Pure Records
SERIAL: 003642560-2
YEAR: 1997


LINEUP: Tony Kishman - vocals, guitars, bass * Paul Sabu - guitars * Chris Lester - bass * Jeff Daniels - keyboards * Tommy Amato - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Headin' For A Rough Ride * 02 Catch 22 * 03 Let Me Down Easy * 04 How'm I Gonna Get By * 05 Modern Girl * 06 The Lucky One * 07 Classy Kind's Love * 08 Sky's The Limit * 09 Serenity * 10 Believe In Yourself

Not exactly a memorable name in AOR circles, Tony Kishman has been around for a wee while, though has done more work in musicals and theatre productions than anything else. Originally a native of Arizona, Kishman found his way over to London doing a sixties musical production where by chance he met Andy Powell, and was asked to sing and play bass with Wishbone Ash around about their 'Illumination' album. The following year in 1997, he returned to the US where he asked AOR legend Paul Sabu to produce his debut solo album 'Catch 22'. On it he has assembled a pretty good cast himself, Sabu's career is self explanatory to the AOR fan, while Lester came from Wild Horses (the US version), Daniels did some time playing keys with Toto while Amato has played with the AOR cult heroes Beau Coup, Ultrapop and Pat Benatar. Whew! With this amalgam of talent, what does the music sound like? Not bad actually, quite racy, drive time AOR and in places harks back to eighties hero Jeff Paris, though his vocal style is a cross between early Jon Bongiovi and on the slower moments is reminiscent of Kip Winger.

The Songs
We start off with 'Heading For A Rough Ride', where Sabu's guitar influences are obvious, very much in the Jeff Paris vein. Big chant-a-long choruses abound on the title track 'Catch 22'. The first ballad 'Let Me Down Easy' is a glorious affair with luscious keyboards throughout a la Only Child, though for a minute I thought I was listening to Strangeways 'So Far Away' ('Native Sons'). 'How'm I Gonna Get By' is pretty good AOR too, though a tad 'paint by numbers' by my books while the raucous Jeff Paris flavoured rock 'n' roll returns with the lyrically tacky 'Modern Girl'. 'The Lucky One' has a Bon Jovi 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' guitar strum throughout, but is not a complete rip- off, 'Classy Kind Of Love' has a similar pace to Alannah Myles chestnut 'Black Velvet' while another AORish track 'Sky's The Limit' is as close as you get to an Only Child track though not as guitar heavy as Sabu could make it.

In Summary
An interesting album if you can get it, and full of change-up moments throughout to make it worth a listen.

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