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I-TEN - Taking A Cold Look

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I-TEN :
Tom Kelly (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
Steve Lukather (guitar, keyboards)
Billy Steinberg (vocals, guitar)
Chris Sandford (guitar)
Alan Pasqua (keyboards)
David Paich (keyboards)
Steve Porcaro (keyboards)
Peggy Sandvig (keyboards)
Richard Page (backing vocals)
Dennis Bellfield (bass)
Mike Baird (drums)
Lenny Castro (percussion)
 
Produced by: Keith Olsen, Steve Lukather
Engineered by: Keith Olsen, Dennis Sager
Mixed by : tbd
Remastered by: Jon Astley
If you were a songwriter in the 1980's the world was indeed your oyster. Radio demanded hit songs by the truck load and artists were under heavy pressure to deliver on time every time. Suddenly, those who could provide consumer friendly hit tracks became indispensable. Step forward Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg. The Kelly/Steinberg writing team were amongst the most successful songwriters of the decade but, like many others, their beginnings were humble and shrouded in obscurity. i - Ten's 'Taking A Cold Look' may not have made much of an impact when first released but its arrival signalled a seismic shift in the world of pop and rock. It was the recording debut as a duo of two of the world's most successful songwriters, a record that came and went in the blink of an eye but containing some of the most impressive songs and musical arrangements of all time. Produced to pin-point perfection by Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner etc), together with Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, the tracks display a healthy appetite for the kind of super glossy hi-tech sound employed by Toto, Steely Dan and Journey; high grade AOR of the finest variety. However, it's Steinberg and Kelly's songs that provide the bulk of the cake - songs later covered by the likes of REO Speedwagon, Honeymoon Suite and Heart ('Alone' was a #1 hit US single). Tom and Billy would go on from the i - Ten project to pen hits for a huge array of artists, including Madonna ('Like A Virgin'), Cyndi Lauper ('True Colours') and The Pretenders ('I'll Stand By You') but 'Taking A Cold Look', the starting point, is recognised by those in the know as one of the most complete works of the era and one deserving full reappraisal. This Special Collector's Edition has been remastered with sound shaped from 24 but digital via POW-r technology and comes with a 12 page full colour booklet including original and enhanced artwork with new photos and full involvement from the band. There is also a 4,000 Word essay on the making of the album by Dave Reynolds.
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