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Dig, The - 1987 The Dig

ARTIST: Dig, The
ALBUM: The Dig
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 81721-1
YEAR: 1987


LINEUP: Mark Hart - keyboards, vocals, guitar * Steve Dudas - lead guitar * Randy Foote - lead vocals, percussion * Rick Moors - bass * Billy Thomas - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Chances * 02 Calendar * 03 Foreign Girl * 04 New World * 05 Calm Or Storm * 06 I Feel Alive * 07 Tears * 08 What If It's True * 09 Best Of Both Worlds * 10 Dreamer

This record was buried in the vast field of AOR releases of 1987, although this wasn't the group's first release. Some of you may remember a 1984 self-titled new wave album by a group calling itself Combonation? Well maybe not, but the record on Warner Brothers was produced by Ted Templeman who at that time was a pretty big deal. Still, the album performed miserably on the charts and Combonation decided to take a new route into the world of AOR; revamped and remodeled as The Dig. Opportunists perhaps, but The Dig left us with a pretty good album that unfortunately Atlantic did little to promote.

The Songs
For fans of all things '80s AOR there's nothing going on with The Dig you haven't heard before and right off the top my head The Fixx and Frozen Ghost are good points of reference. The records single 'Chances' opens side one; a catchy tune but it's so very typical of what was on the radio at the time that I'm sure it faced serious resistance from programmers looking for something fresh. The following cut 'Calendar' is solid radio rock, the kind they used to make and 'Foreign Girl' has The Fixx stamped all over it, but it's one of the record's better songs and I love the chorus with a hook to die for. Not to worry kiddies, there's plenty of good stuff on side two, in particular 'What If It's True' and 'Best Of Both Worlds' which sounds like long forgotten Dear Enemy and The Alarm in full AOR mode. Very nice!

In Summary
Two shots at stardom was enough for thee guys, but even bigger things were in some of their futures. Guitarist Steve Dudas went on to join Ringo Starr's band and drummer Billy Thomas has been Vince Gill's long standing rhythm man for many years. Last but not least, keyboardist Mark Hart joined Crowded House in the early 90's, moving on to Supertramp for 1997's 'Some Things Never Change' sharing lead vocal chores with Rick Davies.

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#1 | super80boy on February 17 2014 15:51:08
Yes, do remember their first outfit - Combonation. I acquired this a long time ago not knowing that fact. These guys cranked out sturdy AOR with high tech flourishes for this one off LP. There's a variety of stellar songs (called out in the above review) here that could have seen radio play in the late 80's.
#2 | gdazegod on February 17 2014 21:00:50
Combonation is an album we must cover.. computer work

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