Laurie And The SighsALBUM:
Laurie And The SighsLABEL:
2009, Wounded Bird, WOU-9268COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: LINEUP:
Laurie Beechman - vocals * Tony Salinas - guitars * Derek Fox - piano * David Wofford - bass * Demo Ray Agcaoili - drums, percussionTRACK LISTING:
01 Midnight Love * 02 Touch Me * 03 Party Lights * 04 Love Hostage * 05 Face To Face * 06 Never Go Back * 07 Your Bridge Is Burning * 08 Runaway * 09 Stop Telling Me No * 10 Burning Up
More appropriately, Laurie Beechman and her band The Sighs. Released in 1980, Laurie had generated a bit of interest among the Atlantic Records executives, who were more than impressed with her vocal skills, and looking for a counterfoil to Chrysalis Records big signing Pat Benatar
. They had seen her in a Broadway theater production of 'Annie', whereby she displayed her versatility in that show and her big voice won her widespread attention and a contract with the label. Her debut album, a rock-and-roll album simply called Laurie and the Sighs, came out in late 1979, and featured the above band lineup. Laurie at this stage of her career wanted to make a go of it as a singer, though her first love was always the stage and Broadway.
The album was critically received, and saw Laurie move in a direction similar to the likes of Pat Benatar
, Amanda Blue
and the gals from Toronto
. The approach was quite guitar oriented, but the overwhelming power of Laurie's vocals made damn sure just who's record this was. On the opener 'Midnight Love' for instance (a DL Byron
co-write), she belts out with no restraint. Hear her also on firebrand tracks such as 'Burning Up' and the awesome Pat Benatar
fury of 'Runaway'. The guitars crunch up on 'Never Go Back', while the rampant pop of 'Party Lights' and the swagger of 'Touch Me' make for a great listen.
In another tragic case of 'pass the resignation letter', Atlantic Records saw fit to play musical chairs in their hierarchy, and as a result, cut off corporate support (as Laurie described it), when new Management was bought in. This made it difficult to maintain a band while on tour. Gutted with the end result, Laurie returned to New York, and immersed herself back into Theater work, whereby she made a huge name for herself on Broadway, with performances in 'Joseph', 'Cats' and many other shows over many years. On a sadder note, Laurie is no longer with us, having passed away on March 8, 1998 of ovarian cancer at the relatively young age of 43. A severe vocal and musical talent, and gifted stage performer. Sadly, another to join the GLORY-DAZE roll of honor.
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