When it comes to private or indie AOR releases there are probably thousands of them hailing from the USA. Many of them are good but almost every time there’s something that fails; either a lousy production, or semi-sloppy playing or a singer that doesn’t meet the required standard… But there are exceptions, like this one! PRIVATE EYES from Tulsa (Oklahoma) was formed in 1984. They released this one-off vinyl in 1985, including 11 tracks in nice rock/AOR style.
The members when they finally released this LP were BUCK REEVES (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion), SCOTT BOYETT (bass, backing vocals), SCOTT CHRISTMANN (drums, percussion) and PETER BANFIELD (guitar).
I wouldn’t say they were a pure AOR band. Imagine a mix of RICK SPRINGFIELD, LITTLE RIVER BAND and THE CARS and you’re pretty close. Even some CHEAP TRICK vibes can be heard. Why I mention LRB is that some arrangements are so cool, and a bit westcoast rock oriented (not that LRB were from the U.S. west coast or even the USA…).
Check out “One in love” with its driving rhythm playing – a true rocking AOR tune. The semo-ballad:ish “Ordinary words” is another recommended song, with nice harmony vocals. The groovy melodic rocker “Wrong side of the bed” even makes me think of ERIC CLAPTON, STEVE WINWOOD or even the STEVE MILLER BAND.
All in all this is an album well worth having in your AOR collection. I haven’t got it myself yet, but on day…