This is one of those underrated
classics in the genre of early 80’s AOR/Radiorock. Not many people know
of this record and the high quality of the music on it. SILVER CONDOR was
formed by a bunch of New Yorkers who all had their success in different
The leaders of the band were
guitarist EARL SLICK and vocalist Joe Cerisano. The latter had a brilliant
voice that is similar to MICHAEL BOLTON (when he was into AOR and especially
during his BLACKJACK time). Musically the radiorock was also in the same
direction as BLACKJACK. Besides Earl and John also ex-BABYS keyboardist/guitarist
John Corey, drummer Claude Pepper (session player) and ex-AXIS bassist
Jay Davis completed the line-up of SILVER CONDOR on their debut.
The album was produced by
MIKE FLICKER (HEART) and they just couldn’t go wrong on their same titled
debut album that was released in 1981 on CBS Records. Like I said this
album is a classic in the genre of early 80’s AOR/Radiorock. A lot of comparisons
can be made when listening to the 10 songs.
The first 3 songs are all
classics. “For the sake of survival”, “Angel eyes” and “Sayin’ goodbye”
are such terrific polished early 80’s uptempo aor/radiorockers and are
all similar to acts like AXE, SHERBS, BALANCE, PREVIEW, JOURNEY, MAYDAY,
early SURVIVOR, STEEL BREEZE… The songs have got it all, classy keys, beautiful
and very melodic lead and harmonyvocals, great guitarsolo’s of Earl and
those memorable choruses. Pure Radiorock that was very popular in the US
about 15 years ago. It is easy to listen to and very suitable to play in
After these 3 classics, we
can hear a southern AOR ballad “Carolina” that is quite sounding like BLACKJACK.
The closing track on side-A is “The one you left behind” and this is the
classic Radiorocksound again. Side-B opens with “We’re in love” that carries
a lot of the Dave Bickler SURVIVOR sound with it. Classy paino-keys open
the next track “You could take my heart away”. A fantastic semi-AOR-ballad
that reminds me of FRANKE & THE KNOCKOUTS on their 2nd album.
Track number 3 of side-B titled
“It’s over” has got that Radiorock feeling again, those harmonyvocals are
so perfect and the song is right up there with AXE and early SURVIVOR.
The last 2 songs of the LP are the least interesting, but still from a
good source. “Standin’ in the rain” is like “Carolina” on side-A and closing
track “Goin’ for broke” is more sounding like AUTOGRAPH going Radiorock.
The latter is being compared to Autograph, due to the fact that their leader
STEVE PLUNKETT wrote it.
‘Silver condor’ was a true
classic in the aor/radiorock genre and must be in the collection of every
fan of this genre. Sadly, it was their only worthy release. Silver Condor
released another album with only Joe Cerisano as original member and Steve
Plunkett as guest gitarist, but that album (‘Trouble at home’ and released
in 1983) isn’t interesting for us as it has a more rock’n’roll appeal.
Sadly, this album is going to be re-issued on CD later this year. Why don’t
they re-issue the classic debut-album on CD? That would be like a dream