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This is a real underrated album in the AOR scene. Not many AOR fans realise how good this album is and not many AOR publishing magazines have wrote about it, so a review in our magazine is necessary. I can’t tell much about CHRIS MANCINI, because I don’t have any information about him. He is probably a New Yorker from Italian origin.

On his only (?) LP release ‘No strings’ from 1983 on the major recordlabel Atlantic Records, Chris proves to be an excellent AOR performer. Besides, he sings and wrote all the 10 songs himself, he also plays guitar and synthesizer. Still the list of additional musicians on the LP is huge and impressive. On drums appear Carmine Appice ((KING KOBRA), Jeff Porcaro (TOTO) and Anton Fig (SPIDER).

On guitar are RICK DERRINGER, Stephen Geyer and Waddy Wachtel (STEVE PERRY). Mike Porcaro (TOTO) and Lequint Jobe appear on bass. Roy Bittan (BON JOVI/Bruce Springsteen), who also played keyboards on the LP, produced the album. If you get the help of such musicians then you can’t go wrong.

The 10 songs on the LP are all very impressive and from a very high class. The LP is up there with the classic AOR releases of DAVID ROBERTS, BERNIE LABARGE or STAN MEISSNER. The album opens with “City girl”, a great laid back AOR song that is sounding like DWAYNE FORD. Next up is “(Here comes that) Hurt again”, a nice poprocker like DWIGHT TWILLEY.

Things really get going with the next track “Gonna find me a girl tonight”, this is very impressive prime-time pure AOR rock with all the ingredients to be a winner. The song sounds like BERNIE LABARGE. After this song, “Lovers in love” take things slower and this is a beautiful AOR ballad like VAN STEPHENSON in many ways.

Closing track on side-A is the sublime uptempo AOR/Radiorocker “Wild eyes” that is sounding like DAVID ROBERTS on his rockiest moments. Side-B opens with a nice hi-tech AOR song that comes close to CELLARFUL OF NOISE. “Where’s that feelin’” is one of those great laid-back AOR songs you play on a hot summernight. The song is similar in style to FRANKE AND THE KNOCKOUTS, ALLIANCE (1982), THE AUTOMATIX…

The following track “Hot streets” is a lovely uptempo AOR/Radiorocker based on the US Radiorockstations of the early 80’s. “Hot streets” is sounding like a mixture of STAN MEISSNER and STEEL BREEZE. “Let down easy” is again that laid-back AOR sound and a comparison to BERNIE LABARGE here is possible.

Closing track of this wonderful album is the wonderful AOR Ballad “I never believed” that sounds very much like VAN STEPHENSON and this song also has a lovely bridge that quite reminds me of SURVIVOR on their calmer songs. Concluded we can say that this LP is very much recommended to every AOR fan. Mostly, this LP is pure AOR and can best be compared to David Roberts’s solo-album ‘All dressed up’ without the Westcoast influences.


(Points: 9.0 out of 10)
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