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Sugarcreek - 1984 Rock The Night Away

ARTIST: Sugarcreek
ALBUM: Rock The Night Away
LABEL: Ripete
SERIAL: 2155
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2002, Escape Music, ESM 080
SPONSOR: Escape Music


LINEUP: Tim Clark - vocals, percussion * Jerry West - guitars, vocals * Michael Hough - guitars, vocals * Rick Lee - keyboards, vocals * Mike Barber - bass, vocals * Lynn Samples - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock The Night Away * 02 White Hot * 03 Together Again * 04 Lonely Blue * 05 Got My Eye On Her * 06 I Don't Mean Enough To You * 07 What's Gonna Happen * 08 Never Say Forever * 09 Love So Strong * 10 One Way Street * 11 Can't Stop Thinkin' About You * 12 What A Night

After the release of their classic 'Fortune' album two years prior, Sugarcreek were still considered the best kept secret in AOR. Even by 1984 they hadn't even raised an eyebrow outside of their home territory of North Carolina, despite the quality of the material. That was soon to change, but not before this third release 'Rock The Night Away' came out. By this stage, the settled five-piece combination had been joined by an extra guitarist in Michael Hough. He was familiar with the bands output, but as a result of him joining, the musical style had taken on an enhanced commercial sheen, and in the bands own view, a structured approach had to be taken with two guitarists now onboard. Sugarcreek were still AOR to the core, but this time around they were more radio oriented than they were on 'Fortune'.

The Songs
Some of my favourite Sugarcreek tracks are on this record. Having had this album since the early eighties, tracks like 'Can't Stop Thinking About You', and 'White Hot' come alive in the digital environment, and it's a vast improvement over my old vinyl. Other tunes that get the rewind treatment over and over include the title track 'Rock The Night Away', the lovely ballad pairing of 'Together Again' and 'Never Say Forever', while the punch drunk melodia of 'Got My Eye On Her' is infectious. The commercial sound of 'Whats Gonna Happen' will surely appeal, and then there's the slightly heavier tunes 'One Way Street' and 'What A Night'. We also get a studio bonus track called 'Whatcha Tryin' to Do To Me', a zany, quirky piece that would be at home on a Tubes or Donnie Iris album!

In Summary
The following year, the rest of the world began to catch up with Sugarcreek. Music For Nations released an LP compilation simply called 'Sugarcreek' featuring the best tracks from both the 'Fortune' and 'Rock The Night Away' albums. For obvious reasons, no material from the Live Roxy album made it onboard, due to the dodgy quality of the sound at the time. The band then changed handles to The Creek for their next 1986 album, which also saw significant lineup changes, further heightened by the time 1989's 'Storm The Gate' appeared. 'Rock The Night Away' in it's original state now forms part of the 3CD set recently released by Escape Music. Wonderful wonderful stuff.

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#1 | george_the_jack on April 30 2009 00:32:13
Oh this is awesome! I've just listened to it for the first time and I'm totally blown away! Very polished and quality AOR straight from the dusty shelves of the 80's. GREATclap
#2 | gdazegod on May 01 2014 08:18:09
Probably need to finish off the remaining albums from the SUGARCREEK back-catalogue.
#3 | jeffrey343 on May 07 2014 03:07:38
I'm one of the many who saw these guys at the Magic Attic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in the early 80s (June 1984 to be exact). They had not made it to east Tennessee radio, so I was unfamiliar with any of their original tunes. Although the originals were good, the excitement really began once they started playing covers. As for this album, I just listened to it for the first time last week. Overall quite good - not quite at the level of the top dogs of the day, but not too far below. I think it sounds kinda like Honeymoon Suite in places.
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