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Allies - 1985 Allies

ARTIST: Allies
ALBUM: Allies
LABEL: Light
SERIAL: LS 5864 (LP), 7-115-75397-0 (CD)
YEAR: 1985


LINEUP: Bob Carlisle - vocals, guitars * Randy Thomas - guitars, vocals * Matthew Chapman - bass * Sam Scott - keyboards * Jim Erickson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Surrender * 02 Second Chance * 03 Don't Run Away * 04 Send Me * 05 Don't Keep Him Waiting * 06 Don't U Worry * 07 Morningstar * 08 I'll Be Your Brother * 09 Pardon Me

Formed as a by-product of the christian outfit Sweet Comfort Band (SCB), which was the vehicle for musician Randy Thomas. When they split in 1984, singer Bryan Duncan went on to a successful solo career while Thomas formed Allies, inviting a relatively unknown Bob Carlisle to join as the singer. Carlisle was busy playing clubs and did some session work with the likes of Steinberg and Kelly, but found this role to be a 'musical calling' of sorts. Tha latter-day material of SCB was very good. An acquired taste among secular listeners, but it was the springboard for the Elefante brothers Dino and John to demonstrate their production talent. The style prevalent on SCB's last album 'Perfect Timing' was a natural progression for Thomas to take into Allies, but even so, he improved the quality ten-fold, so much so that this Allies debut album is now a collectors item among the melodic rock fraternity. This improvement was also a recognition of Dino Elefante's excellent production job.

The Songs
Quality abounds here from start to end. 'Surrender' is indeed a plaintive statement right from the outset, declaring to the listener that they do indeed surrender their ears and attention to the remainder of the album. 'Second Chance' and 'Don't Run Away' are superb examples of classy AOR, and not too far off the mark are 'Don't You Worry' and 'Morningstar'. Allies' ballads have been a feature over the years, and the two on here 'Send Me' and 'Pardon Me' show where it all started. Apparently their early live gigs were quite something. Dressed up in full military garb, and ex Army surplus store props used for their stage-show, being collected on their tours and all points in between.

In Summary
Unfortunately, the quality gradually slid from their subsequent albums, but most of their material is still worthy of collection due to the class team of Thomas and Carlisle. 'Allies' and 'Virtues' (their 1986 release) should be high on your list of collectibles.

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