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F.r.o.n.t - Front 1984


01. It’s Hard to Take

02. Holy Light

03. All Under Him

04. King of Glory (Bob Wilson & Treva Shelly)

05. The Promise

06. Silent Night

07. Tonight

08. How Long

The Front : is

Bob Wilson - Drums & Additional Keyboards

Tommy Funderburk - Lead vocals

Additional musicians:

Larry Williams - Keyboards

Dann Huff - Guitars

Dennis Belfield - Bass

Kevin Clark - Guitar & Bass

Additional Background Vocals

Tom Kelly (Tracks 02 & 04)

Linda McCrary (Track 06)

Tata Vega (Tracks 04 & 06)

Andraé Crouch (Track 06)

Phyllis St. James (Track 06)

Kristle Edwards (Track 06)

Easy request to fill - I am a Big fan of Tommy, If you still don't know who is Tommy Funderburk, check the 'Labels' section, there's many posts about him on this blog.Around 1983 Tommy met Drummer Bob Wilson From the Group "SEAWIND", they formed THE FRONT and recorded this self titled album the following year, This is classy '80s material, but not your typically AOR album.

First of all, Drums are preponderant than other instrument, although the keyboards and guitars provide the essential embellishment to the songs, And of course, Tommy (angelical) vocals shine as usual, The Front, as all Funderburk eighties projects, is a christian-related band, but lyrics don't bother if you aren't a believer.

On "It's Hard To Take" the vocal sustain is incredible. A track with quirky keyboards and strong ambience "Holy Light" has more strong guitars and a terrific melody / chorus. This a great tune, play it twice and then tell me. / "All Under Him" and "Tonight" (wonderful lyrics) are calm, westcoast tracks with a smooth sound.

"King Of Glory" has very good vocal arrangement with a very late seventies style, "The Promise" is very modern for its era (reminds me '80s A. Parsons), while "Silent Night" is a stylized midtempo AOR with elegant guitars, One of my favorites of the pack is "How Long", a killer marching AOR. Seems simple at first glance, but this is a serious monster AOR song with a massive guitar solo by Dan Huff.

The album release was followed by a U.S. tour in 1984 and a European leg in 1985, As Bonus, I added a very rare bootleg recording from the band's performance at the Koinonia Festival, Sweden. The sound is more than decent (I have edited and enhanced all tracks). The live version of "The Promise" is awesome.

On the European tour the line-up was Funderburk on vocals, Wilson on Drums, "Seawind" Alums Buddy Nuanez and Ken Wild on Bass and Guitar, and John Andrew Schreiner on keyboards, "The Front" was published by a minor label named Refuge Records. This is a re-release by the mythical christian record company Benson. I don't know if it was remastered, but this CD sounds much better than the original release.

F.r.o.n.t - Live At Koinonia Festival, Sweden, 1985

01. It's Hard To Take

02. How Long

03. All Under Him

04. The Promise

05. Tonight

06. On The Boulevard

07. Christ Of Passion


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