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Preview - 1983 Preview

ARTIST: Preview
ALBUM: Preview
LABEL: Geffen
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 2006, Rock Candy Records, CANDY025


LINEUP: Jon Fiore - vocals * Danny Gold - guitars * Ernie Gold - keyboards * Skip Parker - bass * Ed Bettinelli - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 All Night * 02 Open Up Your Heart * 03 So Blind * 04 Running Back * 05 Never Hold Back * 06 Red Lights * 07 Can't Stop This Feeling * 08 Love Finds A Way * 09 Can't You See * 10 It's Over

Another fantastic period AOR band which is considered to be another ambassador of the G-DAZE website. Preview originated from the New Jersey/New York area, and have a lot in common with AOR colleagues Franke And The Knockouts and I-Ten, playing in a similar style, and all containing great singers, and here on this album Jon Fiore adds a melodic shine similar in many ways to someone like John Blanco from SPYS. To be fair though, if you were to slap on I-Ten's 'Taking A Cold Look' album from the same year, you'd be hard pressed to find a difference such is the similarity.

The Songs
All the hallmarks of a typical glory days AOR band are contained within this album. The opener 'All Night' is a warm radio friendly workout, followed by the AORtastic 'Open Up Your Heart' complete with stabbing keyboards so prevalent of bands from this era. 'So Blind' is typically 80's sounding, like an early Rick Springfield, while we meander along with the ballad 'Running Back' which never rises to any great heights unfortunately. An attempt at hi-tech AOR emanates on 'Never Hold Back' which isn't half bad, while the most upbeat track is their single 'Red Lights' perhaps the song which best reflects their overall sound. 'Love Finds A Way' is very I-Ten flavoured, especially those Rhodes piano lines from Ernie Gold. I really think producer Keith Olsen had the phrase 'carbon copy' in mind when he mixed this track. Keyboards are a flurry on 'Can't You See' while Fiore could be auditioning for Coney Hatch so good is his Carl Dixon impression. 'It's Over' winds us down in the wimpiest manner possible.

In Summary
You gotta say.. the production from Olsen on this one really does make Preview sound fresh. I think any other producer would have killed it, but perhaps the sound was not what the industry wanted at the time, but hey, who gives a damn about the industry. This is how AOR should've been played and appreciated. Well needless to say, this album is again as rare as a bucktooth guppy, and one of those titles on the most wanted list for a release on CD. Not much heard of the band members though Jon Fiore sang backing vocals on a few albums (ie Valentine) and as we all know went solo some years after this album and signed to German label MTM Music where he has released two albums to date with a bit of help from the guys in Harem Scarem.

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#1 | viceguy on July 23 2007 18:15:46
I love this album
#2 | dangerzone on January 10 2008 11:13:45
I was a bit letdown by this one. 'All Night' is the best track by a country bloody mile. Somehow I expected more when I finally tracked this one down.
#3 | Eric on January 10 2008 17:30:06
I never understood what the fuss was about this LP either? Much ado about nothing-paint by numbers AOR.hmm!
#4 | vinyldinosaurus on February 11 2008 14:26:52
Just found this in the used vinyl shop for $1.00! Look forward to checking it out...
#5 | rostoned on April 28 2008 19:52:20
this is taken from the producer Keith Olsen interview, and here he refers to PREVIEW: '...The secret behind the recording is that I brought in some very well-known players from some very well-known bands (no names, it remains a secret!) and they played most of the parts on the album! These people are not mentioned, but just played the songs, because the band members couldn't play well enough! They had an amazing lead singer, and their songs were extremely catchy, but there actually wasn't a real band playing the songs on the album.' stress

Well, session stars Pasqua-Belfield-Sandford are all thanked on the sleeve notes (on a not 100% completely clear sentence), George that's why this sound so much like I-ten which had same session rats on them? The recent Rock Candy CD reissue doesn't say anything 'bout this but extended liners were done by Gold w/no Olsen involvement so why should he admit the above?.....hmmmmm....hmm!
#6 | gdazegod on April 28 2008 21:46:58
Good spotting Filippo. That certainly changes a bit of the myth and mystery behind this album. Yes, you can see why the Gold brothers kept this under wraps. So that begs the question, how good was that unreleased 1987 album by Preview then? It was available on the Kissmar Blog site a few months back, though the audio quality was really dodgy. Who then, plays on that album? The mystery deepens, the plot thickens.. hmm!
#7 | reyno-roxx on April 29 2008 07:56:43
Keith Olsen was well known for bringing in his tried and trusted session guys.
#8 | rostoned on August 10 2008 22:03:03
'Red Lights' was the first single off the album but it failed badly. It had just a 1 week run in the Mainstream Rock chart on Billboard magazine peaking at #39. No other singles charted and the album sank without leaving any trace on the album chart.
#9 | george_the_jack on September 29 2008 01:22:13
Any idea on where to find this?helpless
#10 | jeffduran on September 29 2008 10:49:41
I was lucky to find the Rock Candy reissue a couple years back and held onto it.
#11 | george_the_jack on September 29 2008 14:48:28
I suppose Jeff I'm not so lucky...Unfortunately, I can find it nowhere wherever I 've searched for so far..Not even offered as a download.
#12 | rostoned on October 11 2008 22:32:40
Jon Fiore has a song 'Heavenly Kid (Out On The Edge)' on the soundtrack of the movie 'Heavenly Kid', released in 1985. The song was written by Randy Goodrum and George Duke.

The LP soundtrack consists of 10 songs featured in the movie, among others there are tracks by Joe Lynn Turner and Mickey Thomas. It was taken out-of-print almost as quickly as it became available due to manufacturing defects on the LP. In 2007 a digital copy of the soundtrack became available online on certain blogs for soundtracks. The soundtrack had been completely remastered by a fan. Both Fiore and Turner songs are available as well on some "Aor soundtrack" compilations available for free download on certain melodic rock blogs.
#13 | richardb on November 29 2008 21:10:00
A good album, with a strong set of songs. If I'm not mistaken hasn't Fiore had a brief spate as a TV actor. I seem to recall him being in several episodes of NYPD Blue - or is this my memory playing tricks on me?

Richard B

#14 | sabace on December 05 2009 17:01:57
decent lp but slightly over rated!
#15 | gerard on January 06 2013 20:46:07
Noticed that one Ernie Gold co-wrote Taylor Dayne's hit single 'Tell it to my heart'.
#16 | super80boy on January 05 2014 16:22:27
A classic slice of obscure AOR that is rated high on many lists for good reason, but they do have some missteps along the way, namely the last song 'It's Over', which is quite wimpy in its musical structure and its name too. I'm sure they could have ended this album on a better note. I would be curious to hear any unreleased cuts that didn't make the album. I remember seeing this album in the cut out bins at my local record store Kemp Mill Records, but that was before I had the AOR bug. An interesting note above about what the producer said regarding the actual players involved.
#17 | gdazegod on January 05 2014 20:56:25
Still toying with the idea of buying the Rock Candy reissue.. hmm..
#18 | rostoned on August 30 2017 12:10:21
Jon Fiore sings lead vocals on George Duke's 'Why' song off his 'Thief In The Night' 1985 opus on Elektra.

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#19 | gdazegod on August 30 2017 21:44:47
Just to confirm, I did actually buy the Rock Candy version. I found an Australian seller here in Melbourne who had a whole raft of RC releases; I picked them all up on Ebay.
#20 | rostoned on August 31 2017 20:33:47
Ex-Preview drummer Ed Bettinelli resurfaced in the early 90's in the combo Beg Borrow and Steal, who signed with RCA and recorded a full album with Sir Arthur Payson producing, but the opus was indefinitely shelved. It was reissued finally in 2017 legally by italian label Steelheart Memories, titled 'Push And Shove',with support from the band.
#21 | gdazegod on September 02 2017 00:53:22
That George Duke track is very nice. Sounds a bit like Phil Collins circa mid 80's, particularly with that big drum sound.
#22 | george_the_jack on February 02 2018 12:37:09
I've been listening to this the last couple of days consantly. Seriously, what a cracker of an album - smooth organic production, mesmerizing melodies, flowing vocals. What else could you ask for? To me, this is better than most albums that came out around this time-frame (like SPYS). Why these guys never made it big? EDIT: I also got the Rock Candy re-issue quite some time now and sounds amazing.

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