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Neuron - 1980 For What We Are

ARTIST: Neuron
ALBUM: For What We Are
LABEL: Erect Records
YEAR: 1980


LINEUP: Dale Vargas - guitars, vocals * Jaime Guerrero - guitars * Cisco Garza - guitars * John Zepeda - bass, vocals * Rubin Agusto - keyboards * Mike Gates - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Time Of The Season * 02 Naughty Girl * 03 For What We Are * 04 Do Me Right * 05 Don't Be Cold * 06 Because We Love You * 07 Inside Of Me * 08 Free To Go Anywhere

Recorded partially at legendary Pumpkin Studios in Oak Lawn, Illinois; a building that factors heavily in the history of Styx, Neuron were another in a long line of Chicago area progressive rock bands who after recording 'For What We Are' seemed to have fallen off the face of the earth. Before you start looking for information on the trusty world wide web, been there, done that and came up empty handed. Most I can hope for is one of the band members coming across this review and contacting us, but until then..

The Songs
Featuring an impressive colour cover, this album has become very collectible, but like so many rarities that command a hefty price tag, does it hold up musically? First of all, I wonder when it was actually recorded because the material sounds more like 1974, than 1980. The opening cover of The Zombies evergreen 'Time Of The Season' is satisfactory, obviously a ploy to gain some type of air play although perhaps a wise decision considering the Neuron's original material really didn't fit with 1980's play lists. Yes, these boys were in something of a time warp having more in common with Argent, Santana, Sugarloaf and of course Wooden Nickel era Styx, particularly in the vocal department. The musicianship is at a high level as to be expected and I detect a Latin influence on a few songs, especially the title track which might have given Santana a run for their money! Very nice, and special mention for the album closer 'Free To Go Anywhere', complimented with some very nice melodic lines that believe it or not borrows from Rogers & Hammerstein's classic 'My Favorite Things' from the 'Sound Of Music' soundtrack! I kid you not! A first for me and probably the last time you will see that song writing duo mentioned on GDM but again, a creative tune and worth hearing.

In Summary
If you are into the early 70's classic rock sound including the references I have mentioned, by all means give 'For What We Are' a shot. It's definitely one of the better Ameriprog albums I own that doesn't pander to the British sound like so many other bands of the day. The album is available for sale over at the website.

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#1 | super80boy on January 26 2013 20:24:07
I recently acquired this LP and I do love the cover artwork. A nice added touch. Your reveiw is very accurate, thanks!. It really does sound like mid 70's rock, and it has some fine character throughout, except for the lead off cover version.
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