Friday, July 25, 2008


Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1981 on Geffen Records.
Produced by John Boylan
Recorded and Mixed At The Record Plant, L.A. CA., Westlake Recording Studios, L.A. & Kaye Smith Studios, Seattle
Engineered by Paul Grupp, Phil Jamtaas, Erik Zobler & Reed Rudy
Cover Artwork by Michael Mitchell, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: 320Kbps
Harden My Heart
Find Another Fool
Critical Times
Try To Make It True
Right Kind Of Love
Cruisin' With The Deuce
Love Should Be So Kind
Williams Avenue
Rindy Ross - Vocals, Saxophones
Jack Charles - Vocals, Guitars
Marv Ross - Guitars
Rich Gooch - Bass
Brian David Willis - Drums
Rick DiGiallonardo - Keyboards
Quarterflash's unique sound softens my heart, actually, November 8, 2003 By Daniel J. Hamlow (Chikusei City, Japan) - Amazon Customer Review
Quarterflash is one of those 80's groups that were short-lived and only had a few singles to their name. What's generally overlooked is their sound, a unique brand of 80's new-wave, snarling guitar rock, a great vocalist/sax player, and synths that became more prominent with the last album. From the opening wailing sax and upbeat pace, and the snarling guitars that come late in the song, "Harden My Heart" was Quarterflash's first big hit, and some say only, though given the fact I have all three of their albums, I take issue with that. OK, so it was their only Top Ten hit, but since when do chart positions alone determine greatness? Rindy Ross delivers of those bittersweet lyrics with great aplomb. She reminds me of Cyndi Lauper without the gooiness, more polished, and with a higher range. With its breakneck bass and drums, with jangling electric guitar, slamming riffs, "Find Another Fool" rivals Pat Benatar's "Heartbreaker." Yet another song of being let down and disappointed, and Rindy's upper register is pretty to listen to. Bruce Sweetman has a violin solo accompanied by that fierce guitar, adding to the exoticness of Q's sound. "Critical Times" proved the template for future sad introspective Styx-like ballads backed with string synths like "Eye To Eye" and "It All Becomes Clear." Like those two, this is sung by Jack Charles. The sense of insecurity of a fading love is highlighted here. "you lose all track of yourself when you're feeling that way/you can always hide yourself in a corner/worrying about the miserable pain/but everyone seems to swim in it/it makes the world go round." "Valerie" is Cyndi Lauper type new wave with jangling guitar riffs, and no, it's not the Frankie Valli or Steve Winwood song. This could've been a single easy. "Try To Make It True" could be a Journey song if it weren't for Rindy's sax and characteristic guitars. "Love Should Be So Kind" is another slow ballad with quiet keyboards and guitar that demonstrates Rindy Ross's vocal talent. The near eight minute jam "Williams Avenue," where there's a big night life, where "the wine is red and the song is blue," combines 70's disco synths with funky brass section and Rindy's sax. Bruce Sweetman's violins come in during the slow sections of the song. After this, they would do a song for Fast Times At Ridgemont High before coming out with the one of the first albums I bought--Take Another Picture. The irony is that I picked this one last, but it doesn't detract from my appreciation of them. Now, if they'd do like the Go-Go's and Bangles for one last hurrah, because their sound softens my heart.
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