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Robertson, Baxter - 1984 Vanishing Point Two

ARTIST: Robertson, Baxter
ALBUM: Vanishing Point Two
YEAR: 1984


LINEUP: Baxter Robertson - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Alan Maggini - guitars * Jay Bodean Cawley - bass * Peter Bradford - keyboards * Tom Fillman - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Vanishing Point II * 02 The Rich Get Richer * 03 Scatter * 04 Firewalk * 05 Sleeping Dogs * 06 Green Light * 07 The Watch * 08 Connect With You * 09 Outer Reaches * 10 Night Vision

A bit of a minor legend in AOR circles, with diverse musical styles and album releases punctuated over a period of 15 years or more. Originally a San Francisco native, Baxter moved to Los Angeles and got a deal with RCA Records which issued an EP in 1983 called 'Panorama View'. Musically, B.R is diverse and has influences steeped in the sixties culture, though his recordings are more contemporary and equate to AOR peers of the eighties era which include Donnie Iris, Men At Work, Martin Briley, Doug And The Slugs and John Hunter (ie: 'Famous At Night'). The songs have a punchy and quirky feel to them, hence the comparisons to the above mentioned artists.

The Songs
Tony Peluso, better known for his work with Player, handles the production duties on Baxter's second album 'Vanishing Point Two', and it's not a bad album either, with the songs quite bright, chirpy and poppy in a sense. The song 'Vanishing Point Two' is the album opener and is a cross between Colin Hay's Men At Work and that great Vancouver quirk/pop band Doug And The Slugs. It is followed up by 'The Rich Get Richer', another quirky ditty with an organ filled chorus. Things rock up a bit with 'Scatter', a great live number I'll bet. Moving more into the AOR mainstream is the excellent 'Firewalk' while 'Sleeping Dogs' sounds like Huey Lewis And The News on heat! the best song on the album without doubt is 'Green Light', a smooth AOR workout, followed closely by the upbeat 'Connect With You'.

In Summary
Baxter has released about 5 albums all up, and I understand they are all worth getting. To read a little more of Baxter's career go to the now defunct Nightworks AOR site for a little further investigation.

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#1 | swazi on January 11 2010 16:11:19
Is this as good as his "Mere Mortals" release ?
#2 | Eric on January 11 2010 18:06:55
I think they are both good. Here's the link to the interview on my old Nightworks web site with Baxter by Mr. Pomp himself- Stephen Allen.

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