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Lodgic: Nomadic Sounds

Very often it is instructive to see how the distributors of music product describe their wares as to some extent they would like their press releases to be re-written into reviews so let's have a look what those nice people at Yesterrock tell us about Lodgic shall we? This should be interesting as I for one am entirely unfamiliar with the name. "Lodgic was an American AOR group which consisted of some of the finest musicians from this musical genre including Mike and Billy Sherwood on vocals & keyboards and vocals & bass, and Jimmy Haun on guitars & vocals. They existed between 1977 and 1987.

Recorded in 1985, Nomadic Sands was their only album being produced together with David Paich, Tom Knox and Steve Porcaro, and originally only released on vinyl on A&M Records. Next to the obvious influences by Yes and Toto, the band at the time also implemented sounds similar to the likes of Go West, Saga and Peter Gabriel. After the split of LODGIC, Michael & Billy Sherwood together with Guy Allison formed World Trade; later on the members appeared on many productions including albums by Yes, Unruly Child, The Doobie Brothers, YOSO, The Key, Sheryl Crow, Air Supply and Cher. Yesterrock with the help of Universal Music Germany now is re-releasing this sought after AOR gem for the first time on CD."

I must admit to being terrified of anything that can be compared to Go West as they were genuinely horrific as to me they were one of the bands who defined a certain type of anodyne, bland and downright dull 1980's pop music. Sadly, anodyne, bland and dull are words which occasionally spring to mind when listening to Nomadic Sounds and it is decidedly possible to see why the album wasn't released at the time of recording. In particular the keyboards and slap bass sound incredibly dated especially on "Red Light" which very much sounds like Peter Gabriel has joined Toto.

Nomadic Sounds is by no means awful but it is unmemorable.

Track Listing:

  1. Romance
  2. Stand Back
  3. Lonely Man
  4. Rise & Fall
  5. Push so hard
  6. In the Cards
  7. Nomadic Sands
  8. Linda Sue
  9. Bringing Me Back

Added: November 17th 2011
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: More Information
Hits: 2029
Language: english

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