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From the opening wailing sax and upbeat pace, and the snarling guitars that come late in the song, "Harden My Heart" was Quarterflash's first big hit, and some say only, though given the fact I have all three of their albums, I take issue with that. OK, so it was their only Top Ten hit, but since when do chart positions alone determine greatness? Rindy Ross delivers of those bittersweet lyrics with great aplomb. She reminds me of Cyndi Lauper without the gooniness, more polished, and with a higher range.
With its breakneck bass and drums, with jangling electric guitar, slamming riffs, "Find Another Fool" rivals Pat Benatar's "Heartbreaker." Yet another song of being let down and disappointed, and Rindy's upper register is pretty to listen to. Bruce Sweetman has a violin solo accompanied by that fierce guitar, adding to the exoticness of Q's sound.
"Critical Times" proved the template for future sad introspective Styx-like ballads backed with string synths like "Eye To Eye" and "It All Becomes Clear." Like those two, this is sung by Jack Charles. The sense of insecurity of a fading love is highlighted here. "you lose all track of yourself when you're feeling that way/you can always hide yourself in a corner/worrying about the miserable pain/but everyone seems to swim in it/it makes the world go round.Read more ›
This is a terrific set of songs. Several have mentioned "Williams Avenue", which best represents the jazz-tinged Seafood Mama sound. Some of my other favorites are "Right Kind of Love", "Cruisin' With The Deuce", and "Valerie", which kinda weirded me out on first listen, but grew on me. "Critical Times" grew on me, and I, for one, am glad Jack Charles sang it. If you only know Quarterflash from "Harden My Heart", check out this CD, you'll be glad you did.
Aside from the two hits (most people seem to forget that Find Another Fool had plenty of airplay too), they had some great songs showcasing their abilities. Williams Avenue is one of those perfect songs, great vocal work on the first three minutes followed by a groovin' 4+ minute jam with a great solos on violin, sax and guitar with Rich Gooch's moovin' bass under it all.
I'd happily buy this album just for this tune alone, and then enjoy the other great tracks such as "Critical Times", "Valerie" and "Crusin' with the Deuce"
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A "one hit wonder" of the early 80's! 9 tracks, of which 7 feature vocals by Rindy Ross! Thanx!Published 3 months ago by Samuel E. Smith
as an old 70-80s guy have liked this group
she has a good voice and most songs utilize a saxophone
Fantastic! Remember them as Sea Food Mama back in Portland Oregon in the early 70's.Published 10 months ago by Eric Wiggins
Wish Qaurterflash was still playing,Rindy Ross,what a voice,good looks too.Published 14 months ago by rick johns