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This review is part of 'The Lost UK Jewels Collectors Series' by Steelheart Records,  showcasing .all those unknown or half-remembered US-influenced UK acts of the eighties ... 

To my shame, Oxford's Graffiti (Vol.4) were the one band I hadn't heard of before, despite the fact that their singer was former Mama's Boys, Double Cross and Alibi front-man Rick Chase and one of their earlier bass players was ex-Damned/UFO/Waysted man Paul Gray. Formed in the late 1980s, the band musically got it right from the get-go, with Chase's classy vocals vying for attention with Marcus Flynn's flashy guitar work and Tony Stock's perfect keys, whilst bassist Jim Page and drummer Adrian Todd added their own touches to create many memorable moments.

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The two tracks from the 1989 single should have got them more attention, with the awesomely commercial 'Stay' hitting all the right Night Ranger and Danger Danger heights, and the thumping 'Rock The World' having an anthemic chorus that pops back into your head at regular intervals. Five well-recorded demos dating between 1990 and 1992 include the energetic 'Victory Guns' and 'Living It Up', the confident and upbeat 'Feels Like Heaven' and the superb ballad 'Fire And Flame', whilst the 'Big Noise' EP from 1990 shows a little more maturity with the classy 'Is It Really Love' and the beautiful 'Shine A Light'. 'If You Want Love' adds a little Rock and Roll swagger to proceedings and the impressive 'Heaven Waits' displays tons of energy and no small amount of technical skill, what's even more impressive is that it was recorded live in Poland. Suffice to say that there's plenty to love here and I'm sure these songs were at the forefront of the label guys' minds when they decided to put a plan together.

Phil Ashroft

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