Marty Balin's first solo album simply titled 'Balin' came out in 1981 on the infamous EMI America label, the same label and same year in which Kim Carnes was doing a roaring trade with her 'Mistaken Identity' album.
From a very long time ago, Jefferson Starship (which in reality was the Jefferson Airplane with new guitarist Craig Chaquico and bassist Pete Sears) - beamed down an astounding debut to the masses in 1974.
The original cover of 'Earth' featured movie poster lettering in silver foil inspired by the film 'Star Wars' which looked impressive, but for many fans who longed for the days of the groups earlier albums 'Red Octopus' and 'Dragonfly', this record was considered weak and in many ways a complete sellout.
Yes 'Freedom At Point Zero' was a landmark album for the band, and moved them out of that semi folky ballad territory occupied by Heart and Fleetwood Mac, and up alongside rockers such as REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Foreigner.
It was a good exercise going back listening to this. I'll reconfirm by saying it's not their strongest album, but it was likeable in places, though I'm sure the band members couldn't convince me to like it anymore than that.
Having just reviewed Grace's 'Software' album, and having read Eric's article on her 1980 LP 'Dreams', I thought it might be good to complete the picture by reviewing her 1981 set 'Welcome To The Wrecking Ball'. Well, aren't I glad that I did, because this is a storming set of hard rock, with Grace delivering a near flawless rockin' performance up front.
'Software' would be the last of Grace's four solo albums (counting 1973's 'Manhole'), as she ventured all over the musical landscape for at least another decade before retiring. The material is very scratchy here, and not even Ron Nevison and Peter Wolf can save all of it, to be honest, though it's not a total write-off.