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Eyes - 1993 Windows Of The Soul
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gdazegod
on April 23 2017, In 1993 Articles , 13 Comments , 500 Reads , Print



ARTIST: Eyes
ALBUM: Windows Of The Soul
LABEL: Brilliant (Sweden)
SERIAL: BCD 1003
YEAR: 1993
CD REISSUE: 1994, Music For Nations/Bullet Proof (UK) * Zero Corporation (Japan) * 2009, Time Warp Records

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jeff Scott Soto - lead, backing vocals * Aldy Damien - drums, backing vocals * Steve Dougherty - guitars, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Cheyenne * 02 City Nights * 03 Love Is Alive * 04 Way Back Home * 05 Living On The Edge * 06 Love Lies * 07 Don't Turn Around * 08 Walking Fire * 09 Nobody Said It Was Easy * 10 It's All Over


Background
This L.A based band had been around the scene, years before their 1990 official debut. Eyes had also seen a revolving turnstile of musicians pass through their ranks, but the core always seemed to be Aldy Damian, and Steve Dougherty. Singer Jeff Soto had been involved with the band Panther, Dougherty with L.A pop rockers Burning Rome, so there is a track record. From what I've read since about 'Windows Of The Soul', the material of this album was recorded before that of the 1990 'Eyes' album, which is interesting to me. There is a musical difference between the music here (very AOR oriented) and the debut 'Eyes' (melodic hard rock), and to my ears, the production here is not as strong, even if the songs are marginally better.


The Songs
It's a given that the first two tracks make for essential listening. Both 'Cheyenne' and 'City Nights' are two of the best tracks from the Eyes back-catalogue, sending AOR fanatics into fits of joy. The musical equivalent of catnip. 'Love Is Alive' is a very captivating version of the Gary Wright 70's classic, given a hard rock makeover. Keeping up AOR appearances is the lovely 'Way Back Home', while 'Living On The Edge' takes things to an even higher level. It's ballad time thanks to 'Love Lies', though it does toughen up during its playing time. The next three tracks were all found on the 'Eyes' CD; 'Don't Turn Around', 'Walking Fire' and 'Nobody Said It Was Easy', so I won't wrote about those having covered them previously. The tenth and final track 'It's All Over' is a harder edged affair, and riffs away harmoniously, adding to what is already a great album.


In Summary
'Windows Of The Soul' was first officially released in Sweden by the small label Brilliant Records. Additional labels reissued it the following year, including Bulletproof Records out of England, and Zero Corp out of Japan. The infamous Time Warp Records out of Las Vegas Nevada also reissued it as a bootleg in 2009. Jeff Scott Soto did not appear on 1994's 'Full Moon' demos release as he was (by this stage) heavily involved with his band Talisman. Eyes are a good band overall, pick up everything you can by them.


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#1 | gdazegod on April 23 2017 15:20:10
Eyes - 1993 Cheyenne
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#2 | george_the_jack on April 24 2017 00:53:20
How have you missed to review this up until now George?
Excellent album. JSS has never sounded better than how he sounds here imo. Cheyenne is a treat to the ears and one of the finest AOR songs I have ever heard that justifies the purchase of the CD alone.
#3 | reyno-roxx on April 24 2017 05:10:25
It's a pity the pre Eyes stuff as L.A. Rocks featuring Jim Wilkinson and then James Christian has never been released officially.
#4 | melodiapositiva on April 25 2017 03:24:01
i agree this is the best scott soto album next to the first Talisman .He never has sounded better .
#5 | rostoned on April 26 2017 08:30:56
Steve "Burned in Rome" Dougherty's liquid guitar tone on Cheyenne's riff is a true unforgettable masterpiece. Dougherty guested on Berlin's "Count Three And Pray" 1986 opus.

Apparently these recordings on "Windows Of The Soul" were demos made for/paid by Capitol Records around the late 80s, then the deal expired and they were signed by Curb.
#6 | swazi on April 28 2017 08:10:14
Could someone please upload the CD back cover of this one? Mine is gone for whatever reason. Thanks!
#7 | george_the_jack on April 29 2017 21:19:24
#8 | gdazegod on April 30 2017 01:08:50
GTJ, it looks like that URL link strips the ID code. Tried it on a few different browsers.. no luck.
#9 | george_the_jack on April 30 2017 01:26:01
Uploaded on Imgur now George. It should work. BTW, is there an issue with posting youtube videos in the comments section? I haven't managed to post one successfully so far! I am either really dumb or I'm missing something Grin
#10 | gdazegod on April 30 2017 01:28:48
For YouTube, you just take ID code (the bit after the v=) , then wrap the youtube tags around it. Click on the YouTube icon underneath the comments box (icon, far right, the one with the YT logo).

The code would look like this:

gdm.glorydazemusic.com/infusions/images/reviews/yt_code.png
#11 | george_the_jack on April 30 2017 01:37:25
At last! I was including the whole URL link between the YT tags. Cheers
#12 | gdazegod on April 30 2017 01:39:49
It's much easier once you know, and it also renders great on a tablet and smartphone, which makes life easier for me.

A few weeks back, I had to review all the YouTube vids we had online, and edit/correct them to the format above. I think I got them all..
#13 | george_the_jack on April 30 2017 01:42:31
I don't doubt it is easier once you know it. I wouldn't have figured it if you hadn't told me Smile
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