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In the Town/In the City by 20-20 Vision

Britain's 20/20 Vision plays a tight progressive brand of 80s hard rock on their excellent ultra-obscure custom In The Town/In The City. I saw the album listed once with a late 70s date (which I suppose is possible), but I'd estimate it more around 1982-1983, right about the time when hard rock was on the verge of transmuting into heavy metal. The lp would have fit perfectly on the early Tunesmith roster between Amaziah and Stronghold, though musically I'd say they have more in common with the Daniel Band circa On Rock. These five guys rock loud with intense killer guitar leads, setting fire to songs like the title track, He's Alive, Jehovah and I Thank You Lord. Even a hint of Van Halen on the crushing side two opener The Dealer. Also some good power ballads. Attractive use of piano and synthesizer which when coupled with tempo and volume changes brings a melodic prog edge. Those keyboards are especially beautiful on the lyrical soft track Living's Easy which has the flavor of art rockers Eden. Member Gerwin Howley is wielding one of those mega-cool fly-shaped electric guitars (I always wanted one). He along with fellow guitarist Denvyl Lewis wrote all the nine songs. Ken Scott - Archivist


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May 12, 2014 09:11:43 AM
Tweener music. Second generation Jesus music. Nothing campy or moldy oldie. The beginning of track 6 rocks so hard that it stands out like a sore thumb.
#1In the Town/In the City
#2Come Praise
#3The Darkest Night
#5He's Alive
#6The Dealer
#8Living Easy
#9I Thank You Lord
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