i-Ten - Taking A Cold Look (1983) (Rock Candy Remastered 2009)

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i-Ten - Taking A Cold Look (1983) (Rock Candy Remastered 2009)

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i-Ten - Taking A Cold Look (1983) (Rock Candy Remastered 2009)

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Year : 1983 (Rock Candy Remastered 2009)
Style : Melodic Rock , Pop Rock , AOR
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 110 mb


Bio:

i-Ten was a short-lived melodic rock/AOR venture by the legendary '80s pop songwriting team of Billy Steinberg (guitar/vocals) and Tom Kelly (guitar/keyboards/vocals), who had had some success writing for others but hadn't yet hit the big time. Steinberg and Kelly teamed up with a number of rock session vets, including Toto's Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, and David Paich, plus Journey drummer Mike Baird, Richard Page (later of Mr. Mister), and others. i-Ten's lone album, Taking a Cold Look, was released in 1983 and co-produced by Lukather and Keith Olsen. While it produced no hit singles (and most of the musicians returned to their day jobs), the title track was later covered by Honeymoon Suite, and the ballad "Alone" was taken to the top of the charts by Heart in 1987. By that time, Steinberg and Kelly would be established pop hitmakers, penning songs like Madonna's "Like a Virgin," Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Whitney Houston's "So Emotional," and the Bangles' "Eternal Flame."

Album:

“Taking A Cold Look“, the one and only album by the wonder AOR-songwriting boys Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly under the moniker i-TEN, fully remastered in all its glory by Rock Candy Records.Let’s put it simple; 1983’s “Taking A Cold Look” it’s an AOR masterpiece.The Kelly/Steinberg songwriting team were involved into the greatest albums from the genre recorded during the ’80s in one way or another; writing hits for others, arranging or providing terrific backing vocals, but it was not until the 1990’s when they got Top 10 hits charting at Billboard.Anyway, they got the chance to record their own album, this “Taking A Cold Look”, in the first half of the ’80s. The LP may not have made much of an impact when first released but its arrival signalled a seismic shift in the Rock&pop world. A record that came and went in the blink of an eye but containing some of the most impressive songs and musical arrangements in the Rock&pop / AOR genre of all time.Produced to pin-point perfection by Keith Olsen (Foreigner) together with TOTO guitarist Steve Lukather, the tracks display a healthy appetite for the kind of super glossy sound employed by Toto, Steely Dan and Journey; high grade AOR of the finest variety.The personnel, of course, is top notch; most of the Toto band members like David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Steve Lukather itself, plus all the best studio performers of L.A. at the time such as Alan Pasqua (Van Stephenson, Giant, Eddie Money, Sammy Hagar, Starship), Mike Baird (Stan Bush, Tim Feehan, Rick Springfield) and more.However, it’s Steinberg and Kelly’s songs that provide the bulk of the cake – songs later covered by the likes of REO Speedwagon (‘I Don’t Want To Lose You’) , Honeymoon Suite (title track ‘Taking A Cold Look’) and Heart (‘Alone’ was a #1 hit US single).But all are true gems; ‘The Easy Way Out’ akin Stan Bush & Barrage, ‘Pressing My Luck’ with its superb chorus and midtempo AOR greatness, the velvety ballad ‘Lonely In Each Other’s Arms’ or the fantastic ‘Quicksand’ featuring a marvelous guitar / keyboard interplay and magnificent harmony vocals, which, by the way, are stupendous all over the record and set the style to follow in the upcoming best AOR albums from the rest of the ’80s.As said, Tom and Billy would go on from the i-Ten project to pen hits for a huge array of artists, including Madonna (‘Like A Virgin’), Cyndi Lauper (‘True Colours’) and The Pretenders (‘I’ll Stand By You’) but “Taking A Cold Look”, the starting point, is recognized by those in the know as one of the most complete works of the era and one deserving full reappraisal.i-Ten’s “Taking A Cold Look” is a milestone in the American AOR genre, and although it was originally released on CD (1983) it went out of print soon becoming one of the most sought-after, rarest CD releases from the era.This Rock Candy Special Collector’s Edition it’s the definitive version of this gem, perfectly remastered from the master tapes with the sound digitally shaped via POW-r technology and comes with a 12 page full color booklet including original and enhanced artwork with new photos and full involvement from the band. There is also a 4,000 Word essay on the making of the album by Dave Reynolds.

Line Up:

Tom Kelly - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Billy Steinberg - vocals, guitar
Steve Lukather - guitars, keyboards, synthesizers
Alan Pasqua - keyboards, synthesizers
Mike Baird - drums
Dennis Belfield - bass
David Paich - keyboards, synthesizers
Steve Porcaro - synthesizers
Chas Sandford - rhythm guitar
Richard Page - backing vocals
Lenny Castro - guest percussion

Production:

Mastered By – Greg Fulginiti
Producer – Keith Olsen, Steve Lukather

Tracklist:

01. Taking a Cold Look 3:54
02. Quicksand 3:58
03. Alone 3:58
04. Workin' for a Lovin' 3:18
05. Lonely in Each Other's Arms 4:57
06. I Don't Want to Lose You 3:16
07. Time to Say Goodbye 4:02
08. The Easy Way Out 3:30
09. I've Been Crying 3:45
10. Pressing My Luck 3:43

+ Video "Taking A Cold Look" (Official Video)


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