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Urgent - 1984 Cast The First Stone



ARTIST: Urgent (USA)
ALBUM: Cast The First Stone
LABEL: EMI/Manhattan
SERIAL: 53004-1
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2001, ATM Records (Germany), ATM3831-AH

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Michael Kehr - vocals, guitars * Don Kehr - vocals, keyboards * Yul Vaz - guitars * Klyph Black - bass * Steve Kehr - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Runnin' Back * 02 Say Goodbye * 03 Cast The First Stone * 04 Love Can Make You Cry * 05 Pay Up * 06 Love Him Or Leave Him * 07 Dedicated To Love * 08 Only You * 09 Is It Paradise * 10 Tell The Boys No


Background
Another East Coast based outfit are this lot called Urgent. Formed around the Kehr brothers, who had a previous life with the band Sterling, an early eighties hard rock outfit with an image/sound somewhere between The Ramones and Kix though nowhere near as good as either of them. Klyph Black came from the Nikki Buzz fronted three-piece Vendetta who put an album out in 1982 on the Epic label. So, with all this merging of musical abilities, what does the melting pot deliver us? Believe it or not we are moving in a territory occupied by the likes of prime time Loverboy and early Honeymoon Suite. Hard to understand this considering the band members previous material, as well as the combined efforts of producers Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson, hardly a pair of names you'd associate with AOR.


The Songs
However, the combination and net result are pretty good throughout. Sure, there are some duffers in there as well, but the best moments more than make up for it. Check out the opener 'Runnin' Back', the hi-tech pop of 'Say Goodbye' (probably the best track Loverboy have never done!), the title track 'Cast The First Stone' and the pulsating pomp that is 'Love Him Or Leave Him'. Other worthwhile mentions include the tearjerker ballad 'Only You', the other ballad ain't that bad either 'Love Can Make You Cry' which has some luscious keyboards, and the upbeat 'Is This Paradise' sounding like something The Works/Wall Of Silence would have been comfortable doing. I'm not sure who does the lionshare of the vocals on the songs but whoever does (I suspect it's Michael), he sounds so much like Mike Reno at times it's incredible.


In Summary
Their second platter 'Thinking Out Loud' released two later was an 'iffy', album, and not particularly good in my books. So there you go, you are forewarned. An interesting band nonetheless, but not sure whether their reputation really does stack up to all the hype that's been given to them over the years.


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#1 | george_the_jack on November 12 2009 23:31:52
Hm.....Pretty good stuff here.
 
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