Thursday, September 23, 2010

JOHN MILES BAND - Transition [Krescendo CD reissue] (1985)


Requested in "Request & Fill Corner" section...

By 1984, John Miles' career was stagnant.
Thanks to his friendship with Jimmy Page, he signed a contract with the subsidiary UK label (now defunct) "Valentino" for a new album.
Although John had initially considered producing himself, it was decided to use Trevor Rabin, (formerly of YES and composer of the music for the film 'Armageddon').

The band flew to L.A. and began to recording.
Unfortunately, due to Rabin's commitments, only two tracks were laid down but what tracks they were!
"Blinded" is truly an epic track. It starts ballady before getting heavier as it builds up to the chorus where John delivers the lyrics with plenty of gusto and emotion. The tune is extremely powerful and has a great guitar solo.
The second Rabin-produced track was "I Need Your Love". This song is a superb midtempo AOR ballad filled with beautiful keyboards.

John and co. returned to the UK and teamed up with Pat Moran at the Rockfield Studios in Wales. While Trevor’s production added a lot of sophistication, Moran allows the band to shine through without the interference of too much slick production.
The album was to be called "Transition", credited as "John Miles Band" acknowledging that it was very much a group effort. While John appeared on the front picture sleeve with dictionary style printing, a group picture appeared on the reverse.

"Transition" is a really good rock / AOR album, totally commercial '80s american-radio style.
Miles sings with passion, and the band sounds fabulously tight: Bob Marshall on bass and monster drummer Barriemore Barlow (Jimmy Page, Whitesnake, Yngwie Malmsteen).
And contains 'Blinded', one of the best spine-tingling ballads of all time.
It is a crime that never has been released on CD.
This is a rip from the unofficial CD edition by Krescendo bootleg label.
If you own "Transition" on vinyl, grab the file anyway, includes the bonus b-side & artwork, and it's ripped at maximum quality (320K).

01 - Once In Your Life
02 - Run
03 - Blinded
04 - You're The One
05 - I Need Your Love
06 - Hard Time
07 - Who Knows
08 - Don't Lie To Me
09 - Watching Over Me
10 - Good So Bad (Bonus Track, b-side)

John Miles: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Barriemore Barlow: Drums, Percussion, Bckg Vocals
Bob Marshall: Bass, Guitars
Casey Young: Keyboards programming
Andy Thomas: Keyboards programming

Thanks Martin!



zak said...

Thanks CB

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