Fireworks

Taxxi - 'Traxx' http://ns2.rocktopiarecords.com/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/bf/85/3e/1517_taxxitraxx_1314641570.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     August 29, 2011    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
10623   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Title

Title

This lost treasure is a worthy addition to your collection.

Andrew MacNeice's Melodic Rock website (apart from Firework's Rocktopia site of course) is the best place to go to find out what's going on in the world of melodic rock. So, when his Melodic Rock Records label releases a CD, you can be sure that you need to sit up and take notice. Taxxi, although British, were one of the most American sounding AOR bands back in the 80s. They released four albums and later a compilation. They secured live dates with the likes of Foreigner, Triumph and Loverboy; all a good fit for their state of the art AOR. There was enough raunch in David Cummings' vocals and guitar playing to ensure they were never mistaken as just a pop act. The eleven tracks here are demos, dating back to '87 and '88 that they recorded after the departure of their keyboard player Colin Payne, who is sadly no longer with us. These tracks would have been intended for their fifth album but it wasn't meant to be until now. The demos have been airbrushed thanks to modern technology, and we owe a debt to MacNiece for helping to get this prime AOR aired.

Although Payne had left the band, Cumming, as well as singing and playing guitar, took over synthesiser duties. While the keyboard sound was modern and up to date at the time, it now dates the material. There is no doubt this was created in the 80s. At times across the disc, there are elements of the hi-tech AOR of John Parr, David Halliday, Corey Hart and Workforce. In general, it has a more commercial feel than their earlier work. The record has been well sequenced, kicking off with the strongest track 'Writing On the Wall'. It showcases Cummings' great rock voice and it has a strident riff that drives the song. The big ballad 'I Want You Back' has a Starship feel; you could imagine Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas covering this one. It's totally designed to be played over the closing credits of an 80s rom com.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


There is a clutch of soft rockers that really grow on repeated listens. The pop rock of 'Cupids Arrow' has a host of session musicians on it, including Earl Slick on guitar which gives you the feeling that this one was being pencilled in as a potential single. 'Restless Heart' has a Jimmy Barnes vibe, albeit slightly poppier while 'Never Lived A Dream' benefits from some good guitar, and the bouncy, rockier 'Hotshot', with its big brash keyboard splurges recalls Airrace.

Several of the tracks have the cheery demeanour of a more innocent time. The (almost annoyingly) catchy 'Last Of The Red Hot Lovers' and the chant-along 'One Man One Voice' sound a tad naïve in this more cynical era and 'Lust For Gold' has a synthetic production sound, a horn arrangement and a lyrical pre-occupation with material wealth that makes this song more 80s than an episode of Dynasty.

Overall though, for lovers of 80s AOR, the good outweighs the cheese and this lost treasure is a worthy addition to your collection.

Duncan Jamieson

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  April 2021  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
     1  2  3  4
  5  6  7  8  91011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 day, 11 hours ago
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Many thanks for your purchase, pls. check your mail.
  • Paul wiv : I have bought issue 89 on download but it has not appeared on my account
  • Berny : @pomper: BOTH of your mails were forwarded to the Fireworks Team, please contact me directly at «email» should you still haven’t received a reply.
  • bpomper : trying to confirm my fireworks 94 order with no answer from team rocktopia??
  • bpomper : i ordered fireworks number 94 but never got a conformation other than my paypal receipt. can you confirm it went out. i have transaction id if you need it
  • Berny : @ALL: Should you have any questions about your Fireworks orders, pls. contact me directly at «email»
  • Berny : Hi @Stuey6666: You are using two user names on Rocktopia. All current orders were assigned to your second account, pls. check your mail again.
  • Stuey6666 : Hi Berny - ordered 4 issues last week - still not arrived - have checked spam etc not there. cheers stu
  • Berny : @Adolfo: I've also just sent you the magazine via WeTransfer. But please check you junk mail folder, the mail was definitely sent earlier today.
  • Berny : Hi @Adolfo: Have you already checked your spam folder? If the mail cannot be found, pls. contact me at «email»
  • Adolfo : «email»
  • Adolfo : My e - mail
  • Adolfo : I don't have any e - mail.
  • Berny : @Adolfo: Pls. check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • Adolfo : I have order the #94 but I can't find the download
  • RockingHerb : Thank You Berny.
  • Berny : Hello @snowwolf: Pls. check your mail! Thanks in advance! B.
  • snowwolf : I bought the new issue at noon yesterday and it is now 4am the next day. Any idea when I’ll be able to download it?
  • Berny : @RockingHerb: Many thanks for your purchase. Pls. check your mail.
  • RockingHerb : When will my recent purchase show in my downloads. there is a message saying up to 3 hours is this correct
  • Johns Band : Will videos appear again in watch and listen. Good way for who albums to buy. I have Wrathchild - Live From London on DVD that might have been here. YouTube have averts now.
  • Berny : @rocktu: We used to produce a series of podcasts that were available for download on Rocktopia. Other than that, there's no radio station I am aware of.
  • rocktu : Hi i would like to know was there ever a radio station of fireworks
  • rocktu : Hi
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #93 is out now! : - )
  • Berny : Hello @zigma33, you should have received a download link two days ago. Could you pls check your inboxes? Many thanks, B. :)
  • zigma33 : Hi! I purchased your latest issue #92 yesterday but never received my download.
  • daveomd : Got it along with my download, everything looks great! Thanks, Dave
  • Berny : @daveomd: We sent you a mail immediately after your purchase, and have just sent another email now. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • daveomd : I purchased your latest issue #92 but never received my download.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site