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Backseat Sally - 1983 Backseat Sally
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gdazegod
on March 14 2016, In 1983 Articles , 4 Comments , 1244 Reads , Print



ARTIST: Backseat Sally
ALBUM: Backseat Sally
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 78-0057-1 (LP)
YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Sally Kay - vocals * Jeff Gilhart - guitar * Casey Filiaci - keyboards * Gary Cummings - bass * Dave Cohen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Get In Line * 02 Prove It * 03 Trouble On The Line * 04 It's Not A Game * 05 Nuthin' From Love * 06 Chemical Reaction * 07 Pretending * 08 Edge Of Love * 09 All Over Your Face * 10 Keep It A Secret


Background
This 1983 LP is long overdue some attention here at GDM. From Rochester NY, this band were signed to a big label (Atlantic), and really, this should have been reissued eons ago, considering some reissue labels have a free run at Atlantic's back-catalogue (and subsidary labels such as Full Moon and Elektra), so there's no real excuse. Of course, if you've been around GloryDaze for long enough, you'll know that top music journo Dave Reynolds has championed this band beyond the cause, and if his intent is to be held true, then one day 'Backseat Sally' will eventually find its way out onto CD. Until then, we will have to put up with sloppy seconds thanks to vinyl LP sales on Ebay, or dubious quality fileshares on the Net. Female vocals from Sally Kay (a.k.a Sally Kay Cohen) are the lead feature here, with comparisons to Pacific Northwesters Widow, plus the New York triumvirate of Pat Benatar, Spider and Scandal.. Easy to see where Backseat Sally is headed, and you don't really need directions either!


The Songs
Most of Backseat Sally's material was written by keyboardist Casey Filiaci and Sally Kay. It comes across as spicy and energetic, and is totally ensconsed in the 80's. The band kick it off with the bubbly 'Get In Line'. The second track 'Prove It' was the band's first single, and is a tough pop sounding rocker. Tinkly synths introduce 'Trouble On The Line', which could easily be categorized as Soundtrack AOR from the 80's. This is super appealing. The first ballad 'It's Not A Game' showcases Sally's attention to detail on the vocal front. The second half of this song surges into a fiery up-tempo crescendo, but soon glides out on a whisper. The synths might sound charming on 'Nuthin' From Love' (some would say cheesy.. lol), but it drives similarly to material from same era pop rockers Drama, with synth splashes providing an accompaniment to the lead vocals, though I would also say that Backseat Sally are more punchier in the guitar department. 'Chemical Reaction' features more prominent synth work plus the occasional bubbly sound effects (you know, chemicals boiling.. Geddit?), 'Pretending' is just another great addition to this band's CV. 'Edge Of Love' would go close as being my favourite track here. Love the guitar work and the sassy vocals on this one. By now, I'm really appreciating the mighty guitar runs from Jeff Gilhart. He doesn't use distortion, just an amped up but clean sound which sounds superb. Listen to his bristling six-string magic on 'Keep It A Secret'.


In Summary
I've had this fileshare for a few years now thanks to Edwin (AORHeart), and because it's ripped from vinyl, the quality is a bit loud (it is 320kbps quality), so it would be great to hear this in pristine CD quaity one day. Backseat Sally didn't last beynd this one album, and these days Sally Cohen runs her own PR business in Rochester, after stints in theater work, studio/music production and then as an entertainment/arts reporter. So hopefully, Reyno can find an interested punter to take this LP into the digital realm. In my opinion, it would certainly be a welcome addition to the CD ranks. [word count 538]


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#1 | gdazegod on March 15 2016 08:15:01
Backseat Sally - 1983 Prove It
YouTube Video
#2 | gdazegod on March 15 2016 09:36:41
There's some interesting commentary on that YT video from some people who went to that High School (and gym), and not having fond memories of it. Check out the comment on YT. Weird. hmm!
#3 | rostoned on March 16 2016 04:22:05
If Wounded Bird given their Warner archives easy access didn't do dis then (same for Chris Mancini or Blue Yonder to name two), I think it is hard someone else will. But there's always hope, maybe....helpless
#4 | super80boy on March 21 2016 05:48:05
Good call on bringing this album to light on GDM. Backseat Sally was a great launching pad for the strong vocal skills of Sally Kay. Spinning this again after many years, I immediately think of Tane Cain and Pat Benatar, especially on the standout ballad ‘It’s Not A Game’. ‘All Over Your Face’ and ‘Edge Of Love’ are killer tracks. The album closes out on a high note with yet another standout – the urgent melodies and cranking guitar solos of ‘Keep It A Secret’. Backseat Sally is a female fronted AOR gem that is Highly Recommended.
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