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Workforce - 1989 Workforce

ARTIST: Workforce
ALBUM: Workforce
LABEL: Scotti Bros
SERIAL: ZK 44477
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Ron Kimball - vocals, bass, guitars * Rick Henry - bass, guitars * Ralph Henry Jnr - guitars, keyboards, bass * Rich Mello - guitars * Chris Holmes - keyboards * Scott Henry - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I'm A Mess * 02 Hold On Tight * 03 Restless * 04 Memory Of You * 05 Rockin' To Win * 06 Love The Hard Way * 07 Something For Nothin' * 08 Give It All You Got * 09 One More Tomorrow * 10 Higher Standard

A great US AOR outfit are this lot from San Francisco called Workforce. These guys are in that same territory played by Diving For Pearls and 'So Fired Up' era Le Roux, though probably just lacking the finesse of those guys, playing in a more upbeat and hard rockin' style.. Seems these boys can play any instruments they can lay their hands on judging from the liner notes, while the main lead singer Ron Kimball has more than an ounce of similarity to ex Allies and current CCM superstar singer Bob Carlisle. When this came out in 1989, it seemed to get snowed under by a whole lot of other exceptional releases during that year. It's only a few years later when you look back retrospectively and view this album in it's true context to appreciate how good it was, and how unfortunate that Workforce were not able to continue on for a follow up release.

The Songs
Most of the songs evident on this album are very bombastic, with the drums pounding away whilst providing cover for a three pronged guitar attack and a smattering of keyboard runs. The best moments would have to be 'Hold On Tight' (tell me you can't hear the DFP influence on this one!), the superb rollicking hard rock of 'Restless', or the guitar solo laced 'Love The Hard Way'. Tracks like 'Higher Standard', 'Give It All You Got' and 'Memory Of You' lift this album from an average rating to that of 'very good'. Put it this way, there are too many good moments on here to leave it out of your collection.

In Summary
My copy is a Japanese CD import on Pony Canyon, and I have yet to see it (either a US or Jap copy) around on any Internet sites for sale, so I assume this too is a hard item to track down.

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#1 | rkbluez on December 28 2011 17:28:27
Like to see Rock Candy reissue this AOR gem...wasn't too many around back in the day...sold my copy to a good friend...wish I wasn't so generous...hopefully it will get released again...hopefully soon.
#2 | Eric on December 28 2011 18:39:06
This one never did much for me I'm afraid.
#3 | super80boy on May 22 2016 00:54:58
I've always liked this CD. It's a Scotti Brothers release, so odds are that its going to be an above average AOR outing. The production is more big and bombastic than label stalwart Survivor but it has those hallmark infectious AOR choruses, upfront guitar moments and pompy keys. That infectious chorus is in full effect on album standout 'Restless'. The keys bring it on closer 'Higher Standard'. A highly recommended–can't go wrong one off AOR release.
#4 | gdazegod on July 24 2017 16:20:58
Workforce - 1989 Hold On Tight
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