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Everest - 1984 Everest

ARTIST: Everest
ALBUM: Everest
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1995, Long Island Records, LIRC-56


LINEUP: Ric McDonald - vocals, bass * Frank Reid - vocals, keyboards * Don Gaze - guitars * Jim MacLellan - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Right Between The Eyes * 02 Hold On * 03 Only A Moment * 04 I Think It's My Heart * 05 Danger Zone * 06 Streetwise * 07 You Make Me Shiver * 08 Come to The City * 09 Everybody's Nuts At The Palace * 10 I Know You're There * 11 I Don't Know * 12 Don't Know What To Do

Crikey, how rare is this album? Canadian pompsters Everest, who appeared in 1984 on a big label, a great producer behind them, and a sound somewhere between Saga, Zon, and Genesis. A pompsters dream when you put it like this. But they disappeared off the map before they could be discovered. There's some great stuff on here, but I suppose like many others back in 1984 they got lost in the rush. I think Ric McDonald does most of the singing, and in some cases his pipes are similar to Phil Collins, though thankfully the music doesn't degenerate to his level of 80's pop. Everest don't really get a chance to stoop that low, as one of our favourite producers Paul Gross is behind the wheels here. There's a definite sense of bombast going down, quite a distinct similarity with other Canadian acts of that era. Who put what in the water up there I wonder?

The Songs
We've got twelve tracks on offer here, and for those who like grandiose keyboard passages from the likes of Jim Gilmour, Herb Schildt and Tony Banks, then you're in for a treat. The album literally swims in keyboard dominated passages, and the arrangements also pitches strong guitar accompaniment alongside it. The obvious hints at Genesis include 'Hold On', and the subdued 'I Think It's My Heart', and there's 'Come To The City' which is a close fit too. The standout tracks would have to be the opener 'Right Between The Eyes' and the impressive 'Streetwise'. The instrumental closer 'Don't Know What To Do' sounds like the odd track out, it's very good hi-tech AOR like Eight Seconds in fact.

In Summary
As I mentioned before, the band and the album didn't even get a chance to rise above the surface, due to lousy publicity by the label. Gee, I thought Neil Kernon had the infamous 'hand of god'. On this project Paul Gross nearly won the 'I produced the album which sank like stone' award. However, in doing so, he left behind a pretty good effort. Recognised as such by the guys at the now defunct Long Island Records who re-released the thing on CD in 1994, hence this review.

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 09:55:00
Good debut release similar in sound to a 'Pompy' Saga. Nice disc and oneI play fairly regularly
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