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MORNINGSTAR - Venus

European Import : Candy301 - Packaging: Jewel Case

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MORNINGSTAR:
Rick Bacus (, guitar, keyboards, vocals)
Jerry Chambers (guitar, vocals)
Michael Edmunds (Guitar, vocals)
Greg Leech (bass)
Greg Harris (drums, vocals)
 
Produced by: Marty Lewis, Morningstar
Engineered by: Marty Lewis
Mixed by : Marty Lewis
Remastered by: Andy Pearce
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition / Fully Remastered Audio / 2nd Album from these Kansas City pomp rockers / 12-page full colour booklet - 4,000 word essay, enhanced artwork, photos and new Interview As far as major label obscurities go Kansas City five piece Morningstar must surely rank as one of the most underground of them all. Having issued two albums of period pomp rock, the band barely registered a blip on the radar, but in the UK and Europe some fans of this type of music started to take notice of their records, because a number of import shops were stocking them. It was also helpful to their discovery that the album sleeves seemed to indicate that this was a band that followed in the footsteps of other late seventies musical champions such as Styx, Kansas and REO Speedwagon. 'Venus' was the band's second album, issued in 1979, on the Columbia label and like their debut, it failed, spectacularly, to bother the charts despite the quality of their music. However, to a select few, the band's penchant for playing in a style later labelled as pomp rock (think Trillion, Roadmaster, Starcastle) gave them an undeniable edge, creating the small but dedicated following; one that would grow in later years with the Internet helping to tap into a scene ripe for reappraisal. Recorded in Louisiana, the album built on their debut but it has a slightly more mainstream approach, best exemplified by the epic, Foreigner-esque vibe of 'Never Meant To Be', the poptastic vibe of 'Rosie' and the classical pomp rock of 'Let Me Dream', with its majestic finale. If it's a rock power ballad you seek, look no further than 'Angel', one of the earliest examples of that style.
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