Wednesday, April 29, 2020

ADRIAN GURVITZ - No Compromise [recorded 1983 / released 2000] Japan only

ADRIAN GURVITZ - No Compromise [recorded 1983 / released 2000] Japan only
Requested, hard to find

Melomaniacs around the globe must known ADRIAN GURVITZ's worldwide number 1 hit single 'Classic'. A classic song indeed and a staple at FM radio.
Gurvitz was part of English bands like THREE MAN ARMY and The BAKER GURVITZ ARMY (with legend Ginger Baker). Then he becomes solo artist at the late '70s, with his earlier LP being Westcoast-pop oriented, supported by monsters like Jeff Porcaro, David Paich, etc.

But in 1983, together with his brother Paul, Adrian Gurvitz recorded this album in London, practically alone, playing all instruments, turning into commercial FM rock / AOR. This material was rejected by his label, expecting more Soft Rock / Westcoast songs.
The tape was shelved, fortunately resurrected and released in 2000 by specialized, prestigious Japanese label Cool Sound some years ago, released under the name "No Compromise".

ADRIAN GURVITZ - No Compromise [recorded 1983 / released 2000] back

These 'lost recordings' have a modern sound (seems recorded 3 years after), with strong guitars, and a typically stylized British AOR songwriting from the early '80s, with some American influences as well.
Maybe the Japanese should have done a remastering to enhance the final product, but surely they wanted to preserve the original as it is. And believe me, it sounds very good.
Good album, rarely seen and unknown. Collector's item now out of print.


01 - Ain't It Always The Same
02 - No Compromise
03 - I'm Not Cryin' Over You
04 - The Price You Pay
05 - Punch
06 - No One's In Love
07 - Can't Buy Time
08 - High Point Of Love
09 - The Last Laugh

Adrian Gurvitz: Vocals, Guitars, Drums, Keyboards on all tracks
Paul Gurvitz: Bass, Producer
Recorded at Tower Studios Hampsted, London



ADRIAN GURVITZ - No Compromise
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3 Comments:

T.P said...

Too bad for Adrian Gurvitz when his then record label literally made no compromise by deciding against a release of this respectable work whose elaborated and polished arrangements just seemed to be a bit ahead of their time. So, if that sound could have already been heard in 1983, it surely would have reminded of a little time machine ride to get a small glimpse into the catchy rock sound of the then future which became indeed so popular a couple of years later.

Just try the mildly mid-tempo rocking I'm Not Cryin' Over You, the crisp The Price You Pay, along with the action-packed Punch, and you'll probably get an idea of what I'm talking about.

Thanks, Camelblue, for the well-deserved feature of this noteworthy lost album! :-)

Bye for now,
Thomas

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i often listen to his music at https://ringtonescloud.com/

CASARIN BERNARDO said...

Awesome 80's AOR TREASURE, His BEST WORK BY FAR.....MANDATORY ALBUM!