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Taking a Cold Look
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
2009 reissue of this AOR project led by musicians/songwriters Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg, who would later find fame as a very successful writing team throughout the '80s and '90s. Originally released in 1983 and produce... more »
2009 reissue of this AOR project led by musicians/songwriters Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg, who would later find fame as a very successful writing team throughout the '80s and '90s. Originally released in 1983 and 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. However, its 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 ). Rock Candy.
Taking a cold look (I-ten) A very nice album
An artist | Chile | 10/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought the cassette tape in 1983, since then I've enjoyed the songs from this album, being Lonely in each other arms my favorite. Now it's on Cd, and that's a really great thing. I've always preferred I-ten's Alone, Heart's version didn't capture the 'spirit' of the song. I don't know who the performers are or what music style they are in, I just like the music, and this is a very nice music. If you are planning to buy a good Cd, buy this.Note: Excuse me for mi English. Alex"
A forgotten gem
Darrin Matteson | Aurora, IL USA | 02/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In 1983 songwriters Billy Steinberg (guitar/vocals) and Tom Kelly (guitar/keyboards/vocals) formed the short-lived hard rock/AOR band I-Ten.
Steinberg and Kelly have quite an impressive resume as songwriters, having penned the hits Alone for Heart and Like a Prayer for Madonna among several others they had significant cred in the music industry.
Although MTV was still in its infancy, video had already killed the radio star... If this album had been released in the pre-image concious age of music videos, it very likely would have been a hit.
As it is, 3 of the songs on this album ended up being covered by other bands-- the aforementioned Alone became a hit for Heart, Taking a Cold Look was shortened to Cold Look and covered by Canadian hard rockers, Honeymoon Suite, and I Don't Want to Lose You showed up as a bonus track on REO Speedwagon's The Hits.
The original versions have a certain fire in them that, aside from Heart's Alone, is sorely lacking in the cover versions perpetrated by other artists. Steinberg and Kelly's vocals, while not extraordinary, are certainly of a professional calibre that warrants taking them seriously and giving them further consideration than they ended up receiving.
This album was available on CD for a brief period in the late 20th and early 21st century, but is unfortunately once again out of print commanding upwards of one hundred dollars from some of the more avid AOR music collectors. This album is a musical time capsule of all that was GOOD about music in the early eighties. For the quality of music on this album, it remains somewhat of a mystery to me why I-Ten weren't more well received at the time of this release. If the opportunity to listen to this lost gem ever presents itself to you, by all means close your eyes, turn up the volume and enjoy!"