Monday, November 16, 2015

SHARP EDGES - Slice Of Life (1983) CDrip

SHARP EDGES - Slice Of Life (1983) CDrip front
SHARP EDGES was a Canadian AOR band that sadly only released this miniLP "Slice Of Life" in 1983. Only 6 tracks but all good, contagious tunes with the unmistakable '80s sound.
Mixing commercial radio friendly choruses with rockin' AOR riffs, these guys were really, really good.

Opener "On The Edge" is a semi-midtempo rockers with an action-movie cadence, filled with stabbing keyboards and solid percussion. Dave Filchak's vocals are perfect for this, reminding me Larry Greene (Fortune), while Tom Lang plays a short but sharp guitar solo.
"Too Young" has a pure AOR pumping attack. Here Lang takes the mic and, apart of his sharp six-string work, he is really good singing too! His riffs and specially the swirling keyboards are a must on this track.

"Runaway" is a catchy funky version of Del Shannon classic (well done), and follower "Girl On The Airwaves" has a radio-rock approach wrapped with great harmony vocals. The slightly Hi-Tech style of "Schizophrenia" definitely has the typical Canadian AOR sound with 'that' drums.
"City Boy" is a another winner, an uptempo rockin' AOR with a great refrain / hook and constant catchiness.

SHARP EDGES - Slice Of Life (1983) CDrip back

Crisply produced by Canadian guru Ed Stasium (Vixen, Ratt), "Slice Of Life" is a great CanCon AOR representation of the first half of the Eighties. It's catchy, melodic and fun.
This is the rare CD edition done by a small Dutch label, transferred with a truly good sound quality. Seems there's a newly CD re-issue, including a b-side and a couple of remixes.
Highly Recommended to any '80s AOR fan.


01 - On The Edge
02 - Too Young
03 - Runaway
04 - Girl On The Airwaves
05 - Schizophrenia
06 - City Boy

Dave Filchak - Guitar, Vocals
Tom Lang - Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards
Dan Zimmerman - Bass
George Klimow - Drums
John Webster - guest Keyboards




SHARP EDGES - Slice Of Life (1983)
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3 Comments:

JJK said...

You can find the reissue you mentioned at amazon. The new version has 9 tracks.

Camelblue said...

I'll try... there's only an extra track anyway, the other 2 are remixes.

Kevinho said...

copies of the UNIDISC edition with a bonus track and 2 radio edits (?)/remixes (??) can be bought cheap here from Kaleidoscope who has a few in stock tells me (BE CAREFUL - empire music sells instead the Barricade edition without bonus tracks)

http://www.amazon.de/gp/offer-listing/B00005OR88/ref=tmm_acd_new_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=new&qid=&sr=