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GROANIN MITCHELL'S ROCK AND ROLL BBS ====================================== NEWSLETTER ============== VOL 1 ISSUE 8 JUNE 25 1990 ALBUM REVIEW =============== BETWEEN WORLDS ================ THE PARTLAND BROTHERS ======================= "Between Worlds" is the second and latest release by "The Partland Brothers". They are a Toronto based group that features two brothers, Chris and G.P., who both sing and write all the material. This L.P. is they're "make it or break it" in the U.S. offering. The situation they are in is one that's experienced by almost all Canadian bands who try to bridge the Canadian and American markets. The scenario goes like this. A Canadian band releases an L.P. in Canada with moderate stateside impact. The pressure then is turned on to follow up with a next release that is sure fire, and take the American airwaves by storm. If the second L.P. clicks big, the American record companies jump on the bandwagon with money, support and promotion. If it doesn't, the American companies totally dump it and leave the underfunded Canadian company holding a product with no means to cash in on it. The point of this little speech is to illustrate the fundamental problems that Canadian acts have in breaking into the States. Basically the Americans want nothing to do with building and nurturing our acts till they become successful. It's up to us, with comparatively few resources to make a competitive product from the ground up with little or no help from people in the market in which it's supposed to be sold. Frozen Ghost and the Partlands are going trough this right now. Triumph went through it for almost five straight years. The likes of Jeff Healey and Loverboy just got lucky off the bat. On the other side, Guns and Roses were supported and nurtured for quite a while until they finally made an impact. Their record company stuck with them, even though they were the biggest hunk of crap at the time. ( The "what's good for America" syndrome. ) Anyway, "Between Worlds" IS a good album. It's got two or three real catchy hits. "Honest Man" is the current release. It's got a major league chorus, good hooks and plays well on the radio, A.M. and F.M. "Can You Love Me" is sure to be the follow up. The ballad is "About Her". Real nice change-up, and probably the third single. More importantly, the album has consistency. Even though it's blatant pop-rock, it all blends well together and you're never left wondering what angle these guys are coming from. It's well produced into a neat, listenable package. This L.P. should break in the U.S. As of now it's moving bit by bit up Billboard. Cross your fingers for them as well as all Canadian musicians and writers. Cause sure as shootin', if this one doesn't break them big time, you'll probably be seeing them "at a club near you", for the next five years, or whenever they decide to throw in the towel. Whichever comes first!! Till next week.. Humbly yours.. Rock Star.. X-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-X Another file downloaded from: The NIRVANAnet(tm) Seven & the Temple of the Screaming Electron Taipan Enigma 510/935-5845 Burn This Flag Zardoz 408/363-9766 realitycheck Poindexter Fortran 510/527-1662 Lies Unlimited Mick Freen 801/278-2699 The New Dork Sublime Biffnix 415/864-DORK The Shrine Rif Raf 206/794-6674 Planet Mirth Simon Jester 510/786-6560 "Raw Data for Raw Nerves" X-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-X


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