Monday, September 7, 2009

Alda Reserve - Love Goes On (1979, Sire)

Yes, this is indeed a Sire Records product from a classic, turn-of-the-decade era, but A) the label did seemingly little to promote this record, and B) Alda Reserve were no punk/wave trend-hoppers. At most, they vaguely recall Off Broadway or Polyrock, but truth be told, there isn't a skinny tie in sight adorning the band photo on the rear jacket. With that out of the way, Love Goes On is still representative of it's era, if only for the singer/songwriter adeptness of Brad Ellis.

The ever opinionated Trouser Press Record guide insists on casting them off as a "simulation" of Roxy Music, while a more in depth and far more appreciative assessment can be read here. Any other mentions of Alda Reserve online are rather de minimis. 
 
01. Some Get Away
02. Dressed For Love
03. Cure Me
04. Pain is Mine
05. Overnite Jets
06. Ancient Lies
07. That Was Summertime
08. Whiter Than White

6 comments:

Joseph Kyle said...

wow, this is great! thanks for posting this!

Ric Euteneuer said...

Perhaps along with other posters - I heard this in 1980 on the Old Grey Whistle Test - where it was illustrated with a cartoon, as was their wont at the time, then a year or so later I saw the LP in a bargain bin for 99p. I was pleasantly surprised.

I was surprised to hear them described as an Antipodean Roxy Music - that was Icehouse, surely ?

therewego said...

Great stuff, Julian Cope is ever so right - and yourself along with him.

Great blog, also, thanks for running this.

freddy said...

This actually made the charts, "bubbling under" the LP chart at #210, in November 0f '79.

maxschactman said...

They actually recorded a second album for Sire but it wasn't released.Some of it has been posted on youtube [along with all the songs from Love Goes On].I think it sounds even better than the first album.Sire uncharacteristically dropped the ball on this band.

maxschactman said...

They actually recorded a second album for Sire but it wasn't released.Some of it has been posted on youtube [along with all the songs from Love Goes On].I think it sounds even better than the first album.Sire uncharacteristically dropped the ball on this band.