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Bobbysocks - Walkin' on air

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Ola Gränshagen Format: Album
Year: 1987
Label: Sonet
Genre: Pop
Producer: Bill Maxwell
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BOBBYSOCKS was a Norwegian duo consisting of the two girls ELISABETH ANDREASEN and HANNE KROGH. Elisabeth has been active so much in Sweden that she’s almost Swedish, though. This release (their third and final album) has got a strong KOINONIA relation, since we find their members BILL MAXWELL (drums, and also producer!), LOU PARDINI (keys), HADLEY HOCKENSMITH (guitars/bass) and HARLAN ROGERS (piano) quite strongly involved. The strong list of musicians also include for example DEAN PARKS (guitar), CLAUDE GAUDETTE (keys), BRANDON FIELDS (sax) and more.

Starting out very pop tinged, this super rare CD item (of course also out on vinyl) still shows a slick sound. Same thing about the old well-known tune “More than I can say” (Allison/Curtis) which is arranged in a more westcoast:ish way here; quite cool! “If I fall” is more like soft ABBA, and even the vocals would do very well in ABBA.

Things start to happen in “I don’t speak the language” (Hamman/DeRemer) which has more edge. Track 6 is the awesome pop/westcoast/AOR title song “Walkin’ on air”, which many of you recognize from the wonderful “Bowling in Paris” album by STEPHEN BISHOP. A strong recommendation is “Daddy’s comin’ home” (TOM PETTERSEN) with a nice beat and a fine horn section added. The soft pop/AOR ballad “Don’t leave me here without you” (LEIF LARSON) is also included, and it’s a nice track in the soft TOMAS LEDIN style.

All in all this is a very nice pop/AOR album, with a toucn of westcoast here and there – mainly thanks to the arrangements and the musicians involved. Though, I would have like more edge to the sound. It is a bit too soft soundwise, but still well worth adding to your collection if you are a fan of soft AOR and westcoast/pop. You can find it fairly easily on vinyl, while the CD release is hard to find these days.




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