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Steeplechase: Steeplechase (Reissue)

There's something about early-Eighties rock that still (but not always) excites me: the powerful vocals, the effortless melodies, just the sheer simplicity of it all. And Steeplechase — a quartet that flamed out in the mid-'80s like an overworked racehorse — is a prime example. Formed in 1975 by top players on the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut club scene, Steeplechase originally started out as a pop covers band with both male and female singers. It wisely abandoned that road and finally found a worthy rock vocalist in Joe Lamente — who gave the band a distinct voice, a la Toto's Bobby Kimball. In 1981, Steeplechase released its self-titled debut on tiny Big City Records.

Opening with the catchy "Only You Love Only Me," this gem of an album still ranks as a fun spin. Songs like "Move On" and "Shangri-La" will take you back to the heyday of FM radio (even if they never got airplay outside of the Northeastern United States), and their sweet harmonies will have you lip-synching in front of the mirror (just like the good ol' days). Meanwhile, "All I Need Is Your Love" could have been a Cars track, and "Find Your Way Home" is not only similar to the title of a Jefferson Starship song, it sounds like that band, too — even though it came before "Find Your Way Back." The songwriting suffers a tad on the album's second half, with generic tracks "Only Human" and "Rock & Roll Appetite" falling flat. Sadly, Lamente was gone a year later, to join a band called Shelter.

Kudos, nevertheless, to Metal Mind Productions in Poland for reviving interest in this long-forgotten band via a limited-edition digipak reissue — even though Steeplechase was far from metal-minded.

(NOTE: This is billed as a remastered recording, featuring seven bonus tracks cut with Lamente's replacement, Matthew Hill. But the numbered edition we received — 0927 — contained only the album's original nine tracks.)

Track Listing:
1) Only You Love Only Me
2) Shangri-La
3) Don't Go
4) Move On
5) My Mind's Made Up
6) Only Human
7) All I Need Is Your Love
8) Find Your Way Home
9) Rock & Roll Appetite

Added: December 21st 2009
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Metal Mind Productions
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Language: english

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Steeplechase: Steeplechase (Reissue)
Posted by John Benard on 2020-09-30 19:49:11
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Came across your Steeplechase review about the reissue. by Metal Mind Productions in 2009.
That reissue only had the original 9 tracks. The reissue from 1997 from High Vaultage in Germany was the one to include Steeplechase’s original debut album from 1981, extended with seven bonus tracks (with three of them performed live!) that the band recorded with Matthew Hill.

1. Only You Love Only Me 4:07
2. Shangri-La 4:19
3. Don't Go 5:15
4. Move On 4:04
5. My Mind's Made Up 3:35
6. Only Human 3:32
7. All I Need Is Your Love 3:32
8. Find Your Way Home 4:02
9. Rock & Roll Appetite 4:40
10. Hard To Believe (Bonus Track) 5:02
11. Enough Of Your Game (Bonus Track) 3:46
12. It´s Not Safe For Me Here (Bous Track) 3:32
13. Tell Me (Bonus Track) 4:02
14. The Rebel (Live) 4:41
15. My Love Is Stronger (Live) 4:01
16. My Life (Live) 4:56

Total Running Time: 66:35

Label: High Vaultage ‎â€" HV-1010
Format: CD, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Digipak
Country: Germany
Released: 1997
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Art Rock

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