HOLD ON TO SOMETHING !!!!!
J. McDonald | 06/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After the demise of the LA based rock group "The Quick", Lead singer Danny Wilde and Bass player Ian Ainsworth joined up with Phil Solem and Richard Sandford to form "Great Buildings".
Some of the material on this release is reminiscent of The Quick, which is a mixed blessing. I admire the "Legend" of the Quick more than I enjoy the bulk of the music they created. I believe that Great Buildings were at their best when breaking new ground, and moving AWAY from the Quick influences. An example of "new ground" is the opening track....
The song "Hold On To Something" is worth the price of this CD alone. An amazing adrenaline rush of powerpop energy. Truly one of the GREAT "lost" pop songs of the 80's. A masterpiece!
Danny Wilde and Phil Solem went on to forge a long lasting partnership, which lead to chart success and a #1 hit single "I'll be there for you" (as the pop duo... The Rembrandts). So, when you hear the theme song to the tv series "Friends", just remember that these guys PAID THEIR DUES.
Long overdue CD release, and a must own for powerpop collectors.
Great Buildings, Great Music.
Glennrock | ny | 11/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Had this on vinyl when it was first released back in 1981. Had not listened to it for at least 15 years but I had fond memories of it. When I saw that it was available on CD, I ordered it. It came today and it sounds great. This album has aged very well. I appreciate it more now than I did when it first came out. Catchy, memorable songs which do not sound dated. On the pop side but not cheesy. If you like the Knack, Dwight Twilley Band or the commerical side of Tom Petty, then this CD will appeal to you. Highly recommended."
Fantastic Power Pop
M. Weber | Aloha, OR USA | 05/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was working in a record store back in the day and our manager was telling us to try and promote and sell this album by Great Buildings. We didn't know anything about the band but when we played the LP we were all blown away. Catchy tunes and great songwriting - it was fantastic. Thank goodness this is being released on cd as it is a hidden gem. Anyone who likes power pop in the vein of the Knack or Dwight Twilley will love this."