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In 3-D - 1985 No Glasses Needed

ALBUM: No Glasses Needed
LABEL: Refuge
SERIAL: R84034
YEAR: 1985


LINEUP: James Neave - vocals, bass * Nail - lead guitar, keyboards, vocals * Jon De Fincher - guitars, vocals * Todd Moriarty - drums

Other Musicians: Mike Kroell, Larry Duttmer - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Living In The Real World * 02 Neurotica * 03 Just One Question * 04 Can't Stop * 05 Please No * 06 Lookin' To You * 07 Under My Umbrella * 08 It's Up To You * 09 Memories Of A Man * 10 Never Again * 11 Goin' On * 12 Exit

In 3-D were a little known band from Illinois. Signed to Refuge Records, the band does have a Christian slant, though you don't see it or hear it in their music. It is hard to describe their sound. When they ply the melodic rock road, it's along the lines of a band like Hybrid Ice. At other times they display prog tendencies a la Canadians Chapter 23, and on other occasions they show a simple 80's rock approach like The Police. Admittedly, a weird combination, but whatever, In 3-D are very melodic, and deserve a brief mention here.

The Songs
You'll be blown away by the opening track 'Livin' In The Real World'. It took me a while to pick it, but boy this is a dead-ringer for Franke And The Knockouts 'Never Had It Better' from their 'Below The Belt' opus. Not as good, but the comparisons are there. The brief aural interlude that is 'Neurotica' is followed by the ponderous prog dabble of 'Just One Question'. Next up is 'Can't Stop'.. a truly excellent track, punchy AOR with a simple but effective melodic chorus. Yes, I wish they wouldn't stop. However, they go and spoil it all with 'Please No', a reggae flavoured piece that is probably better heard as part of The Police's repertoire. An apt song-title I think. However they get back on the path with the atmospheric slow burner 'Lookin' To You'. Side Two commences with 'Under My Umbrella', again reference points lead back to The Police, where the rhythm guitars are so Andy Summers like. On the other hand, 'Never Again' is fairly laborious, a real seventies prog/rock extravaganza a la Mahogany Rush, which doesn't quite work.

In Summary
An interesting but probably non-essential album to think about. However, the album is worth hearing just for the stomping track 'Can't Stop' on its own. The only other point of note with this album is that both Le Roux's Jeff Pollard and Rez Band's Glen Kaiser get a mention in the liner notes as a special thank you. The band released one further album in 1987 called 'Barrage', ironically enough, the same year that a certain Mr Stan Bush did likewise, with far more astounding results I'd venture to suggest.

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