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Jag Wire - 1985 Made In Heaven

ARTIST: Jag Wire
ALBUM: Made In Heaven
LABEL: Banzai/Target
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2005, Retrospect Records, RR-185


LINEUP: Art Deresh - vocals * Howard Drossin - guitars * Vince Gilbert - keyboards * Joey Cristofanilli - bass * Carl Elizondo - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 All My Love * 02 On The Run * 03 Heat Of The Night * 04 Takin' The City * 05 Made In Heaven * 06 Love Can't Wait * 07 Nothing At All * 08 Traitor

Well what do we have here? An L.A band very much in the White Sister and Angel camp. You could be excused for the Angel connection.. I mean .. the album title for starters 'Made In Heaven', and if they all dressed up in white they could probably pass for Dimino, Meadows, Giuffria and co. The visual similarity is spooky to say the least, and deliberate too no doubt. These guys come from a couple of long lost LA club bands from the late seventies, early eighties era, namely the bands Sin and Rise. In Jag Wire's case, the songs on the album rock along in good pace for the most part, and are musically interesting. Deresh's vocals are adequate but it's hardly what you would call a classic AOR voice. The rest of the musicianship is superb.

The Songs
Gilbert shows his ivory tinkling process on 'On The Run' where his synth solo resembles Jens Johansson's work. Double bass drums kick in as we take a detour into Malice territory with 'Takin' The City'. Again Gilbert shines with his synth solo. 'Heat Of The Night' has Legs Diamond influences, especially the organ work. The title track 'Made In Heaven' is a grandiose affair with stabbing piano, like a cross between Angel and Queen. 'Love Can Wait' has a prominent guitar riff which is a dead rip-off of New England's 'Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya'. However, despite this, the song is OK. We move further into AOR Avenue with 'Nothing At All'. There's too many influences here to single anyone out, before we venture back onto the freeway with the metallic 'Traitor'.

In Summary
A mixed bag here as you can see, and with a bit of luck, better promotion, better singer (Sorry Art) and more of a focus on one particular style of rock, Jag Wire could have moved easily out of second division status. Footnote: Vince Gilbert later moved onto the band London, joining Alan Krigger (Giuffria's drummer) and vocalist Nadir D'Priest. They released that fabulous album 'Playa Del Rock' in 1989.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 26 2008 11:33:37
I seem to recall that Jag Wire was essentially the last incarnation of Sin without founding member Rik Fox.
#2 | gdazegod on June 27 2008 06:05:13
They were. Rik is a member here at GD, and also there is an extensive history on Sin, and Rik's early history, including W.A.S.P. Vince Gilbert I recall, was the member of Rise. John Watson did send me some demos of Rise way back in the early 80's, which unfortunately were stolen out of my collection a few years later. Bummer!
#3 | reyno-roxx on June 27 2008 07:44:26
Yeah, John was a big fan of Rise. I had the Azra EP they did at one point. Still have the Sin pic disc though.
#4 | super80boy on January 23 2016 17:20:23
The driving rhythms of 'Takin' The City' is a standout along with the mid-paced title cut. I don't believe they stayed around too long after this unsuccessful release.
#5 | reyno-roxx on June 20 2016 10:43:27
Interesting to see that a 're-pressing' of the Steamhammer CD is available on e-bay at the moment for a knock down price....
#6 | reyno-roxx on August 03 2016 19:41:09
After owning the Target issued vinyl from the day of release I managed to finally grab a legit pressing of the original Steamhammer CD release for a fantastic price from a German seller on discogs. I still can't believe they got away with the New England steal on 'Love Can Wait'.
#7 | reyno-roxx on July 28 2017 13:07:33
Howard Drossin later formed Flies On Fire.
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