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Takes us back to a time when Melodic Rock ruled the airwaves.

Billy Satellite's debut album, released in 1984, is considered something of a cult AOR classic, though truth be told it's actually more of a straight-ahead Rock album. The band found themselves as the opening act with Night Ranger during their 'Midnight Madness' tour, before linking up with Starship later on; it seemed Billy Satellite were destined for bigger things. Sadly, the preparations for the second album did not start well; producer Keith Olsen (Whitesnake, Pat Benatar, Ozzy Osbourne) wanted changes that included replacing bass player Ira Walker with Randy Jackson. The band resisted this, though agreed on bringing in keyboardist Bill Cuomo (co-writer on Steve Perry's 'Oh Sherrie'). After six weeks working on the release, front-man and guitarist Monty Byrom received the news that the band had been dropped; with the album shelved, they walked away, never expecting anyone other than themselves to hear what they had created twenty years ago... until now.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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'You And Me And The Night' fires off some cutting-edge guitar supplied by Danny Chauncey, backed up with a super-charged chorus; the music is not unlike some of Eddie Money's better work – a terrific opening number and a statement of the band's musical intentions at the time. The influence of Bryan Adams and Huey Lewis is all over 'Sorry', a song that covers all the bases – choruses that shoot from the heart and infectious grooves to kill for. Admittedly the awful synth drums on 'Fantasy Girl' rob the song of its potency as it could've been a real Rocker. 'Secret In The Heart' has a glossy commercial sheen, and sounds like a song that might've been used in a Michael. J. Fox movie. 'Slipping Away' is a deliciously lush, soulful Rocker with a truly heartfelt vocal whilst both 'Final Stand' and 'Turning Pages' are infused with melodic Blues Rock – made for moonlit nights in LA.

AORHeaven should be applauded for giving this little gem a new lease of life. Though the production values may sound somewhat dated, the music contained within takes us back to a time when Melodic Rock ruled the airwaves.

Ray Paul

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