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Fraser, Andy - 1984 Fine Fine Line

ARTIST: Fraser, Andy
ALBUM: Fine Fine Line
LABEL: Island
SERIAL: 90153-1
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2009, Universal, 5319641


LINEUP: Andy Fraser - vocals, bass * Michael Thompson - guitars * Bob Marlette - keyboards * Davey Faragher - bass * Tony Braunagel - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fine Fine Line * 02 Branded By The Fire * 03 Chinese Eyes * 04 Knocking At Your Door * 05 Million Miles Away * 06 Do You Love Me * 07 Night To Last Forever * 08 Danger * 09 One Night Love Affair * 10 Living This Eternal Dream


A nice all round album this one - by ex Free bassist Andy Fraser. Here he combines with some AOR heavyweights to produce an album brimming with excellence, along the same lines as Russ Ballard's albums of about the same vintage. Andy's history up to this point had spanned two decades of work, namely with the aforementioned Free, whom he left in 1972. He then hooked up with guitarist Chris Spedding to form the band Sharks. That stint didn't last too long, he soon created his own band the Andy Fraser Band releasing a couple of low-key albums: 'The Andy Fraser Band' and 'In Your Eyes'. The late seventies saw him playing alongside Scottish vocalist Frankie Miller. Come 1984 and he turns up with 'Fine Fine Line', catching many by surprise! The mere fact that LA guitar hero Michael Thompson and future AOR producer Bob Marlette are involved is an invitation to check 'Fine Fine Line' out at all costs!

The Songs
The opening duo of 'Fine Fine Line' and 'Branded By The Fire' is an excellent introduction to Andy's 80's era music. Supremely melodic, and within earshot of what was popular at the time, without being a commercial sell-out, if you know what I mean. Neat keyboard fills permeate through 'Chinese Eyes', sounding like a watered down version of A.S.A.P.. 'Million Miles Away' sees Andy merging the pop smarts of The Police with the melodic strains The Outfield.. a nice combo indeed. 'Night To Last Forever' is perhaps the most radio-friendly track onboard. Simple in structure, and easy on the ear. On the other hand, a track like 'One Night Love Affair' could easily fit on an FM (UK) album, while the smooth 'Living This Eternal Dream', is easily a highlight!

In Summary
By all accounts Fraser has retired from playing. My searches through the Internet resulted in finding both the Andy Fraser Band/In Your Eyes albums released as a 2-1 CD on the small UK reissue label See For Miles (SEECD707). I have a distinct feeling though that 'Fine Fine Line' has never made it to the CD ranks. If so, it is another that deserves its digital make-over. [Editor Footnote: since reissued in 2009, after this article ws first written]. For all AOR and melodic rock followers, particularly fans of Russ Ballard, track this one down.

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#1 | Jez on September 16 2009 01:16:04
Brilliant disc, which apart from the so so cover of 'Do You Love Me' is consistently fabulous all the way through. Highlights for me are the superb title track, 'Living The Eternal Dream', 'Branded By Fire' and ' Million Miles Away'. Finally out on CD through Yesterrock/NL Distribution and one very highly recommended disc indeed.
#2 | rostoned on October 19 2009 23:03:40
Frankly not the greatest voice and the LP is a far cry from Russ Ballard's stuff of the same period, which IMHO is a million times better. And this even lacks Andy's world famous bass playing in favour of a soulless and faceless session player....why?

I prefer to remember Andy for his timeless classic rock stuff he played and wrote with Free, this one is IMHO uninspired and wimp as a 3 week old lettuce.
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