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McMahon, Gerard - 1983 No Looking Back

ARTIST: McMahon, Gerard
ALBUM: No Turning Back
LABEL: Full Moon
SERIAL: 92 37841
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Gerard McMahon - vocals * Dawayne Bailey - guitars * Bobby Gianetti - bass * Albert Campbell - keyboards * Jimmy Hunter - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Count On Me * 02 I Wouldn't Take It From You * 03 No Looking Back * 04 She's The Woman * 05 Talking 'Bout Girls * 06 (You're) Wearing My Heart Out * 07 No Sweat (It's Alright) * 08 When She Was Mine * 09 Nickel Charm Jack * 10 So Many Nights

From a long line of singer/songwriters emanating from the early 80's when AOR grooved through the airwaves. Not so much a band but more like studio musicians collaborating on an album project. McMahon, originally from Birmingham, UK, is quite a prominent songwriter with various credits, including 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High', and 'Chasing Amy'. However, on this solo album, if you like your AOR slightly west of Van Stephenson and John O'Banion, north of Balance or The Producers then you're in luck. Our Gerard delivers the goods. Quite a mixed bag with this album 'No Looking Back', but one thing's consistent, and that's his vocal style, very much like a cross between Van Stephenson (on the quieter moments) and Russ Ballard (on the rockier moments).

The Songs
Album opener 'Count On Me' sounds very much like a Stephenson track, while the next one 'I Wouldn't Take It From You' could have been written for Castro, Kulick, Katsaros and company. Even the title track could've appeared on the 1st Balance album without too much trouble. There are some change up moments too .. the crass 'Talking 'Bout Girls' (check these lyrics out .. lol) - 'my sisters getting out of hand.. my momma's out of control.. Daddy he's sneaking into porno flicks and whoring round.. I could care less, I could get pissed off' ... Or the high stepping swagger of 'No Sweat (It's Alright). The album ends with a reminder of early 80's pulse driven AOR in the form of 'So Many Nights'. This one is not unlike The Producers better moments.

In Summary
Probably not an album high on the priority list of collectors, but if you see this and another one of his albums 'Foreign Papers' grab it. There are some moments definitely worth checking out here.

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#1 | sabace on October 28 2010 13:59:31
he wrote ' Is that you ' on kiss unmasked and another track on the elder!
#2 | Danielovich on October 28 2010 15:39:59
Two of my favorite Kiss Records... I love 'Is that you'!
(please don't tell anyone...)Zip It
#3 | Dag on October 30 2010 18:15:12
Is that youm is killer::Seriously wholeof Unmasked is GREAT power pop!
#4 | dangerzone on February 24 2012 08:21:27
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