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Billy Satellite - 1984 Billy Satellite

ARTIST: Billy Satellite
ALBUM: Billy Satellite
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-12340
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2000, ATM (Germany), ATM 3828 AH * 2009, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY047


LINEUP: Monty Byrom - vocals, guitars * Danny Chauncey - guitars * Ira Walker - bass * Tom Falletti - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Satisfy Me * 02 Last Call * 03 Do Ya * 04 I Wanna Go Back * 05 Trouble * 06 Rockin' Down The Highway * 07 Turning Point * 08 Bye Bye Baby * 09 Standin' With The Kings * 10 The Lonely One * 11 Pokerface* * 12 Ready To Rock And Roll


If there was one musical timeframe and city I would have loved to have been a part of, that would be living in San Francisco during the late seventies and early eighties. San Francisco and the Bay Area just produced some wonderful AOR acts during that time. Let's see .. a quick roster: Journey, Jefferson Starship, Pablo Cruise, Y&T, Sammy Hagar, Montrose/Gamma, Taaxi, Night Ranger, Randy Hansen, Violation, Wild Dogs.. the list rolls on. Now Billy Satellite. Who is he then? Well ..there's no Billy in there whatsoever, but a band which oozes absolute class on every track. My recollection of BS is that they won a Battle Of The Bands contest in Frisco during 1982/83, culminating in the release of their self titled debut on Capitol and produced by Don Gehman. In my opinion, this is one of the best true AOR albums ever released. It's got everything really. Even now when I review it years later, it still sounds as fresh now as it did then.

The Songs
From Track 1 to Track 10 every one of them is a winner. The album kicks off with the sassy and strutty 'Satisfy Me', the punchy raucous of 'Last Call' and the pop smarts of 'Do Ya'. An opening triumvirate of classic AOR rockers. 'I Wanna Go Back' is as close to AOR balladry perfection as you are likely to get. This one was covered by Eddie Money a few years later, but is not a touch on this version. All the other tracks which I haven't mentioned here are all brilliant, honourable mentions going to 'Bye Bye Baby' and the album closer 'The Lonely One'. One of the features of this album are the memorable choruses and hooks. If only there was a band doing this style now ! (sigh).

In Summary
I won't spoil it for you. Just buy the album! In the where are they now stakes, Monty Byrom has joined forces with his brother Tanner Byrom as well as New Frontier bandmate David Neuhauser and is now fronting new country band Big House. To date they have released 2 albums 'Big House' (1997) and 'Travellin' Kind' (1998). Danny Chauncey of course went off to .38 Special while Ira Walker is tinkering around with an outfit called Skins 'n' Snakes. Footnote: As of August 2000, this album finally saw the light of day on CD, released by the German label ATM Records. Yee hah!

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#1 | Eric on April 27 2007 19:54:11
I was lucky enough to see these guys open for Night Ranger and thinking back, they were one of the better bands I saw in those days. Agree, an excellent album that still holds up today.
#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 09:46:53
Loved this when it was originally released, and still love it now. Monty Byrom's vocals are to die for and Danny Chauney chips in with some excellent playing, infact the whole band is as tight as a gnats chuff. Top tunes are' Satisfy Me', 'I wanna Go Back', 'Standin' With The Kings', and 'Last Call'. Fantastic release
#3 | rostoned on November 03 2008 22:31:56
They recorded a second unreleased album which is now easily available on the melodic blog circuit and somewhere on this very site too. Start the search now Smile
#4 | dangerzone on August 06 2009 20:35:28
The second album surpasses this in my opinion.
#5 | rkbluez on January 02 2012 22:42:18
Excellent album...maybe some one will get the rights to the Second album and put it out...love the first one...hard to believe these guys didn't get much recognition back then...'Satisfy Me' should of got some more airplay.
#6 | swazi on June 10 2012 22:10:56
This is one of the releases that started off my love for this kind of music. A real treasure in my collection!
#7 | super80boy on April 09 2014 02:49:10
Well played rugged AOR melodic rock with a touch of rural flair, like in Side 2's lead off 'Rockin Down The Highway'. Lead vocalist Monty Byrom definitely has an enthusiastic approach, which suits his delivery and overall approach well. 'Last Call' is a strong rock song and I really like that emotive chorus. 'Bye Bye Baby' creeps along at a perfect pace with its hook laden chorus. There really isn't a subpar song on this LP.
#8 | gdazegod on November 11 2015 11:04:16
Billy Satellite - 1984 Satisfy Me
#9 | rostoned on March 02 2016 16:46:25
Billy Satellite second unreleased album from 1985 is finally coming out on CD in late April via german AOR HEAVEN label. Liner notes by Dave Reynolds. Great news!
#10 | swazi on March 02 2016 20:38:22
Now this is REALLY great news! Was spinning my CD-R just a few weeks ago and asked myself why on earth no one is releasing it.
#11 | gdazegod on March 02 2016 20:45:37
There was a story behind BSII, I read an old Monty Byrom interview last week, some interesting bylines in that one.. I'll try and relocate the link..
#12 | gdazegod on March 02 2016 20:46:33
BTW, I'll buy anything by this band.. that's how highly I rank them..
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