The first ever solo album by one-time vocalist with prog rockers Flash. This was a band who shared some similarities with early Yes not least because their guitarist Peter Banks was the original Yes guitarist. Sadly Banks died in 2013 although in the preceding years there were attempts at reunions and several new recordings.
As Colin Carter explains, the tunes on his solo debut have gestated slowly and been carefully honed and polished before seeing the light of day. It would be tempting to think they have been gestating for rather too long as it’s as if the seventies never finished.
Carter’s vocals do of course remind of Flash but the music on offer ranges from straight-ahead pop/rock (‘Wings’, ‘Star Crossed’, ‘Underground’, ‘Obsession’), to semi-swing (‘Reachin’ Out’) to Flash-esque prog (‘Highway To Oblivion’, ‘Café Elektric’, ‘Munich Song’). The Flash credentials are bolstered on four tracks with drummer Mike Hough.
As can often happen with solo albums, the range of styles on offer – including the folksy ‘Tortuga Tonight’ – makes for an uneven listen.
To be frank, this solo album is very welcome but can only be of real interest to Flash completists. ***
Review by David Randall
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