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Producers, The - 1985 Run For Your Life

ARTIST: Producers, The
ALBUM: Run For Your Life
LABEL: Marathon
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2013, Yesterrock, YR-2013-44


LINEUP: Wayne 'Famous' McNatt - vocals, keyboards * Van Temple - vocals, guitars * Tim Smith - bass * Bryan Holmes - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Run For Your Life * 02 Slowdancing * 03 Depending On You * 04 Tightrope * 05 Can't Cry Anymore * 06 Boatsong * 07 Table For One * 08 Friendly Fire * 09 By Mistake * 10 Waiting On A Train

Very much an underrated band, probably classed in the same bracket as The Tubes, The Cars (both circa their early eighties style) and other quirky AOR acts of that era. Hailing from Atlanta, The Producers released 2 relatively obscure albums (s/t from 1981 and 'You Make The Heat' from 1982) on the major CBS label (sounds ironic doesn't it? obscure, and CBS). For this particular one they released it on their own Marathon label. On 'Run For Your Life' they lost the services of mainstay and bassist Kyle Henderson, leaving the bulk of the singing duties to Famous and Temple. Soundwise, this album is far more pompier than their previous efforts. Comparisons I hear you say? Well they roll off the tongue like a who's who of AOR .. Dakota, Michael Stanley, B.E Taylor Group, Sugarcreek and Fortune.

The Songs
Standout tracks include 'Depending On You' with a luscious keyboard theme throughout, 'Can't Cry Anymore' co-written by Van Temple, Tim Smith and Steve Morse, hence it appeared on Kansas' 'Power' album the following year. This version is great, with full-on analog synths booming through the speakers! 'Slowdancing' sounds like it could have fitted quite nicely on B.E Taylors 'Our World' album, while 'Big Mistake' is archetypal 80's pomp of the finest sort with a sax solo not unlike something off Michael Stanley's albums. The album closer 'Waiting On A Train' is Fortune's 'Dearborn Station' revisited (excuse the pun with the trains).

In Summary
The Producers still hung around for many years following, doing occasional gigs, with Kyle Henderson coming back into the fold in 1991. Well worth getting their albums if you see them, and there is talk of a compilation coming out on CD at some stage. Thanks to Hans Ruesink for a copy of the album. Footnote: The album eventually saw an official CD release in 2013, thanks to Yesterrock Records.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on April 23 2008 14:47:35
The Producers are hugely underrated. I've only recently discovered them (where HAVE I been?) and the first album in particular sounds like a cross between Cheap Trick, The Knack and Novo Combo. The first two albums were released as a 2 on 1 CD by One Way. But, as with most of the One Way releases these days, appears to go for big bucks on the second hand market.
#2 | super80boy on July 24 2013 02:42:04
Lots of catchy AOR pop rock with hints of new wave. This is a good outing and very much overlooked. Due to the independent private pressing, it can be a challange to locate via vinyl, but worth the search.
#3 | swazi on February 19 2016 16:35:41
Really an awesome release and on CD easily obtainable from the YesterRock label. Their first 2 albums (One Way) don't ring my bell that much, but are still very good.
#4 | melodiapositiva on January 21 2018 16:07:56
A classic indeed and their two first albums are also great ,less aor and more new wave .Sometimes they remind me to The outfield .
The only bad thing is the sound of the yesterrock cd ,it could be better.
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