Quarterflash - 1985 Back Into Blue
ALBUM: Back Into Blue
SERIAL: GHS 24078 (LP), 24078-2 (CD)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: Rindy Ross - vocals, saxophones * Marv Ross - guitars, keyboards * Rick Gooch - bass * Brian David Willis - drums, drum programming, keyboards *Daniel Brandt - keyboards
TRACK LISTING: 01 Walking On Ice * 02 Caught In The Rain * 03 Back Into Blue * 04 Talk To Me * 05 I Want To Believe It's You * 06 Love Without A Net (You Keep Me Falling) * 07 Come To Me * 08 Grace Under Fire * 09 Just For You * 10 Welcome To The City
BackgroundQuarterflash shot to prominence in 1981 with their smash hit 'Harden My Heart' taken from the best selling debut album.
Hailing from Portland Oregon, their sound is an amalgam of artists like Kim Carnes, Pat Benatar and the AOR tinged moments of Fleetwood Mac.
Formed around the base of husband and wife team Marv and Rindy Ross, it's a pleasant enough romp through the softer reaches of melodic rock, with an emphasis on smooth radio oriented songs, with some saxophone in there to change it up a bit.
The first two albums were considered to be 'middle of the road' as opposed to true AOR. It wasn't until their third effort 'Back Into Blue' that things got interesting.
Sure, it's still on the softer side, but the arrangements seem to sparkle that much more. Some of them are quite hi-tech, like the opener 'Walking On Ice', which has an uptempo driving back-beat with the keyboards on arpeggiator mode!
'Caught In The Rain', is a mid paced AOR track with Pat Benatar influences, while the saxophone ridden 'Talk To Me' could be a Michael Stanley track, though with female vocals.
'Love Without A Net' is a smooth piece, where Rindy's vocals resonate with the same timbre as the lovely Shania Twain. Quarterflash mix reggae and rock together on 'Come To Me' while we get some big keyboard bursts on 'Grace Under Fire'.
They finish off in a flurry with 'Welcome To The City'. Their strengths appeared to be with ballads, where their subtle appreciation of melody and deftness shone. Though on 'Back Into Blue' they surprisingly only had one, the mellow 'I Want To Believe It's You'.
At the end of the day though, Quarterflash were unable to follow up on the success of their debut despite their promise. Though admittedly their material was catchy, listenable, and definitely worth a mention on G-DAZE.
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