Year : 1980 (Japan Remastered Edition 2017)
Style : Melodic Rock , AOR
Country : Canada
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 103 mb
Originally from Brighton, England, Bob Buckley moved to Vancouver as a teen, already well adept at piano and several different horns. After studying at the University of Washington and UBC, he landed a regular gig in the mid '60s as a studio musician on the Vancouver edition of the TV series "Let's Go." When that show had run it's course, he became an accomplished session player, having worked on a number of projects, where he met fellow musician David Sinclair, also an accomplished session man.They decided to form their own group, and with Buckley on keyboards and horns and handling lead vocals and Sinclair on guitars, they formed Spring, which produced one single. Wanting to go more mainstream, they folded the group and placed ads in the local papers and Dogstar was soon rounded out with bassist Peter Clarke and Daryl Burgess on drums. Before long they'd added Peter Padden as a. second drummer/percussionist.By '79 they'd become a staple on the West Coast club scene and caught the attention of Bruce Allen, manager of such acts as Prism and Bryan Adams (and a. gazillion others over the years). Allen got them an audition for CBS/Epic Records representatives, who signed them to a deal and convinced them to change their name.They spent the first part of 1980 working with Howie Vickers (Collectors, Chilliwack) on material. With the production team of Jack Richardson (The Guess Who) and Martin Shaer (Sweeney Todd), they laid the foundations to their self-titled debut album at Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, released that fall. Slick production and straight forward pop powered the album, and the first single, the lead-off "Heads Are Gonna. Roll" was released to little fanfare. However it's successor, "Roanne," cracked RPM Chart's Top 100 while the band toured across Canada, opening shows for Prism and Klaatu. "The Things You Didn't Do" was next up, also charting on RPM's Top 100.While working on their follow-up, they trimmed the fat and Padden and Burgess were replaced by new drummer Geoff Eyre. Burgess would go on to a. short-lived solo career with MCA Records. The majority of the new material were Buckley/Sinclair compositions, and with new producer Jeffrey Lesser, they returned to Little Mountain with the intention of making a. more accessible record, with additional recording at Mushroom Studios. RUN FOR COVER was released in the summer of '81 to a slightly better response, and things looked promising. The first single, "Letting Go," broke the Top 10 on Billboard's Canadian chart, and "There Are No Secrets," backed by the previously unreleased "Te Laisser Faire" made RPM Chart's Top 40, and earned them a Juno Award nomination for Composers of the Year, eventually losing out to Loverboy's duo of Mike Reno and Paul Dean for "Turn Me Loose." But when the third single, "Illusions," featuring Sinclair on lead vocals failed to follow suit in the spring of '82, label execs lost interest, and before the end of the year the band had called it quits.Following the breakup, the members drifted off to do their own thing, most notably Buckley and Sinclair. They continued their collaberative efforts and formed Body Electric for a string of records on Attic Records. Once that group had run its course, Buckley continued working with other artists, writing and publishing for Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan, Aerosmith, and others. Along with working with the Edmonton and Vancouver symphony orchestras, he also composed two musicals for the Charlottetown Music Festival, and has scored several TV prorams and movies, including Reboot, Transformers, Shadow Raiders, Casper's Haunted Christmas and Scary Godmother 1 and 2.
From the great Sony Music Japan campaign AOR CITY Series Vol.2, a low-priced remastered reissue on 100 classic AOR / AC albums from their back catalog (many of them out of print or hard to find) here's STRAIGHT LINES first album, the self-titled debut "Straight Lines".This Canadian outfit was founded by seasoned studio musicians David Sinclair and Bob Buckley, whom recorded for many well known artists.The band originally gained popularity undedr the name Dogstar and attracted the attention of CBS Records in Toronto. The label loved the act (and the songs) but not the name so it was effectively changed to STRAIGHT LINES.After a succession of songwriting episodes with Chilliwack's Howie Vickers, the band went into the studio with producers Martin Shaer (The Runaways, Sweeney Todd) and Jack Richardson (Coney Hatch) to lay down tracks for their self-titled debut.The LP spawn two singles; "Heads Are Gonna Roll" and "Roanne" (both made the Top 100 in the Canadian Rock chart).To present the album, STRAIGHT LINES hit the road in 1981 with another Canadian awesome AOR act, Prism.This first STRAIGHT LINES effort has a typical Canadian melodious waves from the early 80s; crystal clear sound and easy to the ear arrangements.You'll find here lovely melodies in the vein of Beau Geste, Duke Jupiter, HYTS, Balance, 707, Novo Combo or i-TEN, the type of songs to appeal the US market as well.After many years impossible to find even in its original vinyl LP version, finally we have a superb "Straight Lines" remaster from the master tapes. The sound quality and manufacturing in this Japanese AOR CITY Series Vol.2 is excellent.Hurry up, it's available for a limited period of time until the end of 2018, sold at a really affordable price.
Bass, Vocals – Peter Clarke
Guitar, Vocals – David Sinclair
Saxophone, Strings – Bob Buckley
Drums, Percussion – Daryl Burgess
Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Peter Padden
01. Heads Are Gonna Roll
02. Flyin’ Blind
03. Hope I’m Feelin’ Better
04. Sweet Water
05. Midnight Woman
07. Heart To Heart
08. She’s A Rounder
09. Everybody Wants To Be A Star
10. The Things You Didn’t Do
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