Thursday, May 28, 2020

SURRENDER - Surrender '79 / No Surrender '82 + bonus (2004)

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Alfie Zappacosta become one of the most distinctive solo rock&pop vocalists from the Canadian scene during the Eighties / Nineties, many times flirting with traditional AOR and West Coast.
His first band SURRENDER is a fine example of how his career began, delivering some stylized tunes throwing in a bit of Pomp-AOR.

A few years ago all Surrender material was released for the first time on a digital disc, now deleted, out of print.
The CD comprises the first self titled LP "Surrender" (tracks 1-8), the second and final miniLP "No Surrender" (tracks 9-12) and 8 songs previously unreleased.
The first tracks obviously are the most pomp-influenced; late seventies AOR style with good guitar solos and nice arrangements.
These songs were usually underrated in favor to the more instant and commercial sound of the following miniLP "No Surrender", but we can find very nice melodies like on "Some People", the proggy ballad "Nicole" or the classy "Alone Too Often".
My pick is "Turn Down The Mission" a full keyboard driven track with great instrumentation, including a killer guitar solo.

Of course, tracks 9-12 are more catchy and appealing to the '80s AOR listener, being "It's All Been Done Before" the winner of the bunch, a really great radio-friendly typical AOR tune. I love this one.
The bonuses are material recorded after the band dissolved and become just Zappacosta. All are more mid-80s oriented, interesting and well recorded - although a few display a pre-production sound. My favorite is the emotional "I Don't Want To Talk Tonight", a song with a special aura.

SURRENDER - Surrender '79 / No Surrender '82 + bonus (2004) back

"Surrender  / No Surrender" is a really good compilation, songs with sweet melodies and solid performances. Not a classic, but a real pleasant listen.
As said, this CD is out of print and I seriously doubt it will be reissued again.


01 - Anyway You Want
02 - Some People
03 - Nicole
04 - Turn Down The Mission
05 - Buddy
06 - Alone Too Often
07 - Big City Streets
08 - Young Seaman
09 - It's All Been Done Before
10 - Start Again
11 - Hold Tight
12 - Strange Strange Way!
13 - Find Your Way
14 - Hold Me Close
15 - Your Love Is Blind
16 - Melody
17 - You're The Only One That Matters
18 - The Light In Your Eyes
19 - Polo Bar
20 - I Don't Want To Talk Tonight

Alfie Zappacosta - Vocals, Guitar
Steve Jensen - Guitars
Paul Delaney - Drums (1-12)
Peter Curry - Keyboards (1-8)
Geoff Waddington - Bass (1-8)
Mitch Starkman - Bass (9-12)
Gerald O'Brien, Steve Sexton, Peter Goodale, Calvin Sauro, Gerry Mosby - Keyboards (9-12)




SURRENDER - Surrender '79 [remastered]

SURRENDER - No Surrender '82 + bonus [remastered]
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5 Comments:

T.P said...

It is somewhat hard to believe that only three years (1979-1982) lay between the releases of my favourite Surrender song named Anyway You Want and It's All Been Done Before from their follow-up album, which offers a prime example of how actually fast the musical climate was about to change during those years.

If you would ask me which one of the two Surrender albums featured here appeals more to my taste, I'd give overall preference to their late seventies ST release with a sound ensconced between laid-back Westcoast and stormy Pomp whose both styles turned out to be quite characteristic for their time.

So, thanks for introducing this Surrender double feature, along with the eight previously lost songs, Camelblue! I'm pretty sure that their discography will find its inclined listeners. :-)

Bye for now,
Thomas

Selva said...

Thank you so much Camelblue.
I've listened to these two albums several times this week. Surrender plays that kind of music that makes you feel good.

The songs are incredible, all of them without exception. I really like Alfie's voice.

I love "It's All Been Done Before" too. It is so magical.
"Nicole", "I Don't Want To Talk Tonight" and "Anyway You Want", are wonderful too.

Please continue to share these gems with us.
Thank you very much, once again.

Greetings from Brazil.

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