Thursday, January 25, 2018

LYNN ALLEN - Lynn Allen (1992)

LYNN ALLEN - Lynn Allen (1992)
Requested again, hard to find

LYNN ALLEN should be one of the most long lasting bands from the American melodic rock scene. Formed in the early '80s, despite the revolving door of group members but carried by singer / songwriter Billy Peiffer at front, the band continues active to this day.
Perhaps the key is that Lynn Allen always stayed independent, managing their gigs and releasing albums by their own. After some years of hiatus Lynn Allen returned in 2007 with a record edited by an European label, but retaining the entire artistic control.

Hailing from Davenport, Lynn Allen was recently inducted to the Iowa Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame. In the mid-Eighties for a brief period the group lived in Los Angeles and opened for Ratt, Great White or Warrant, with a major record deal at front of the door. But never happened and the guys returned to their hometown.

Lynn Allen's third album (self-titled), also known as 'The Pink Album', always has been their more hard to find.
Released through the small private label Red Pump, the CD virtually sold out after its release (they are very popular in US Quad Cities region) and never reissued. A shame, as "Lynn Allen" (1992) is one of their best.

Cuts like 'Surprise, Surprise', 'Drive Me Crazy', 'Once In A Lifetime' (not the Firehouse song but sounding a lot like 'em) and 'Poisoning Of The Rain' are pure American Melodic Rock bliss.
They harden the sound a bit in 'Love Slips' or 'Electric Sister' yet all the time extremely melodic and catchy. 'Pick Up The Pieces' and the strong 'Jesse' are the slow moments, being the latter a tune that easily could have been a hit on par with Poison or Tesla power ballads.

LYNN ALLEN - Lynn Allen (1992) back

With solid songs, musicianship and a really good production for an indie, "Lynn Allen" is a lovely slice of American Melodic Rock in its true essence.

01 - Surprise, Surprise
02 - Drive Me Crazy
03 - Love Slips
04 - Jesse
05 - Electric Sister
06 - Poisoning Of The Rain
07 - Once In A Lifetime
08 - Daze Gone By
09 - Pick Up The Pieces

Billy Peiffer: vocals, guitars, keyboards
Terry Murphy: guitars
Johnny Williamson: bass, backing vocals
Tommie Guild: drums, backing vocals

LYNN ALLEN - Lynn Allen (1992)


T.P said...

Definitely a little gem that is worth to be featured at your main site. And so you did. Thank you!

Bye for now,

Anonymous said...

Hard to find indeed. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Many thanks!

Paulo Silva said...

Great record! Thank you!

Unknown said...

Man ! How the hell do you come with stuff like this ? I've spent my whole life (38 and counting) listening to Melodic Rock, - AM Radio , MTV/VH1 and Internet since day one - and never heard about Lynn. Guess that's the great thing about your blog : it's like one of those Rock magazines back in the day, but specializing only in the good stuff !

Anonymous said...

I grew up in East Dubuque Il. just a short trip up the Mississippi River from Davenport Ia. Used to see Lynn Allen when ever I could especially at the Rose Garden in Maquoketa. One memorable Saturday night at the garden I was totally hanging from the night before and my friends came to get me and said Lynn Allen is at the Gardens so I had to go. Most of the night was a blur except I vividly remember with my head on the table Billy was talking excessively on stage and my friend to the left of me said " Why don't you shut up and play some F**KING Music." Billy said "Who said that?" With that I picked up my head up to find all of my so called friends at the table were pointing at me, I was mortified. Billy berated me a bit but didn't kick me out thank god. As for the Pink Album Lynn Allen were doing a promotional show at the mall in Dubuque, Ia. Where I obtained a copy of the CD that I still have today, and yes its signed by Billy.