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Streets - 1983 1st

ARTIST: Streets
ALBUM: 1st
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 80117-1
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2002, Wounded Bird, WOU 117 * 2013, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY201


LINEUP: Steve Walsh - vocals, keyboards * Mike Slamer - guitars * Billy Greer - bass, backing vocals * Tim Gehrt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 If Love Should Go * 02 Move On * 03 One Way Street * 04 Lonely Woman's Cry * 05 Everything Is Changing * 06 Cold Hearted Woman * 07 So Far Away * 08 Blue Town * 09 Fire

The departure of Steve Walsh from the band Kansas during 1981 resulted in two significant events: the change of direction in sound and personnel for his old mob, as well as a change in fortune for him with his new career path. By going it alone and creating a band that would allow him some licence to express himself musically, Walsh went on a recruitment drive, gathering Gehrt and Greer along the way, as well as a recent arrival from the UK in the shape of ex City Boy guitarist and budding producer Mike Slamer. This combination must have tweaked the interest of someone at Atlantic (John Kalodner I think), enough to sign them, and thus the debut album came out during 1983. Based out of Atlanta, the band toured up and down the East Coast of the USA on the back on this album.

The Songs
The combination of Walsh's symphonic background, mixed with Slamer's melodic pop sensibilities makes for an engaging combination with Streets, and so it proved on '1st'. Combined with Neil Kernon's production and engineering talent, the album is a rich and full event. The opening pair of tracks are awesome.. 'If Love Should Go' and the punchy 'Move On'. 'One Way Street' is a stop-start affair with a punctuated keyboard line. 'Everything Is Changing' is another great song, and the bands first attempt for a video too I understand. 'Cold Hearted Woman' crunches on the guitar while 'So Far Away' continues in the same vein, but picks up the speed somewhat. The verses are very similar to The Tubes' 'Talk To Ya Later', but thats where the comparison ends. The album closer 'Fire' is a rollicking track, where the guitar chugs away big time, mixed with some very clever near progressive keyboard parts from Walsh.

In Summary
I really dig the combination of Slamer's slick guitar lines with Walsh's excellent keyboard arrangements on this album. It gave Streets a great foundation to work from, and all in all, was a very good album for it's time. This and the next one 'Crimes In Mind', really do deseve a place in your collection.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
This is one that a buddy of mine recorded on a a cassette for me back in '84. The first two tracks were good enough to keep me listening to the whole cassette - actually all the tracks are at least good. I got this and 'Crimes In Mind' on CD a little over a year ago. Both are pretty good albums.
#2 | sabace on March 03 2008 14:49:03
love steve walshs vocals great lp
#3 | rostoned on June 04 2008 16:05:19
First single 'If Love Should Go' flopped big way, not faring better than #87 in the HOT 100. Considering they didn't chart any other song from this one (AND the follow up too), it's a miracle they got the chance to record a follow up at all! This was a dead end street for US radio and buying public....bye
#4 | reyno-roxx on June 04 2008 16:45:25
..and they were amazingly considered viable enough to have a King Biscuit live CD released as well, while the Angel show still lies in the KB vaults gathering dust.....
#5 | richardb on June 06 2008 11:41:22
A fine album and some great playing from Slamer. IMHO it was far better than what his former cohorts in Kansas were doing at the same time..

Richard B
#6 | rkbluez on February 03 2012 11:41:52
Great album...don't care about we all know a lot of great music slipped under the radar. Love Slamer's guitar work as always he doesn't disappoint...and with Walsh on vocals how can you go wrong...this and Crimes In Mind are in my collection and I'm glad I have them.
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