Friday, January 29, 2016

Harlequin - Love Crimes (1980)

Country: Canada
Year: 1980
Line-up: George Belanger (vocals), Glen Willows (guitars), Ralph James (bass), David Budzak (drums), Gary Golden (keyboards)

Track Listing:
1.  Innocence  4:19
2.  Love on the Rocks  3:16
3.  Thinking of You  4:21
4.  It's All Over Now  4:03
5.  Heaven (Dial 999)  3:18
6.  Sayin' Goodbye to the Boys  3:30
7.  Wait for the Night  4:14
8.  Crime of Passion  4:31
9.  Can't Hold Back  2:51
10.  Midnight Magic  3:10

Fletchanator's comment: Here's one for the fans of keyboard-orientated AOR. Canadians Harlequin released this, their second album, a year after their debut. They would release a few more in the 80s before disbanding, then coming back briefly as Harlequin II, and finally back to Harlequin (Belanger with new backing musicians) a few years back.
In terms of sound, on the best songs Harlequin sound like Helix or Night Ranger, with Steven Tyler singing (without the high-pitched screeching). Some of the blander AOR songs (like Heaven) don't click but the opener, Innocence, is fantastic. Sayin' Goodbye to the Boys is a great rocker.
As a side note, this album was re-released on CD by England's Rock Candy Records in 2011, but this rip is from the original Japan-only CD release, by SME in 1999.


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