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Biloxi - III - In the wake of the storm

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Reviewer:
Kaj Roth Format: Album
Year: 2008
Label: Biloxi
Genre: AOR
Producer: Clyde Holly/Mark Allen Lanoue/Rob Gronkoski
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Review

The Biloxi albums "Let the games begin" (1993) and "Right the music" (2002) are two great pieces of work in the history of AOR, now 6 years later another Biloxi album is available only at their website.
Bandleader Clyde Holly sadly passed away in his sleep on Sept.10th, 2006 before the album was completed but the remaining members of Biloxi decided on putting the final touches on the 3rd album to honor the late Clyde Holly.

It was noble of the new member Mark Allen Lanoue to finish it, Mark isn´t a bad singer, he does a decent job on these new songs but he just cannot match Clyde Holly who in my opinion had a fantastic voice and was a big part of the Biloxi sound.
There are no original members left of the line up on the classic debut "Let the games begin" (1993) except Clyde himself who only tracked lead vocals on the songs "Pray for rain" and "Synchronicity II" before he sadly passed away.
Mark added new vocals to the other songs using Clyde´s melodies on some of them, and it´s very nice to see special guest Dean Fasano (Message, Prophet) as a vocal coach and backing vocals on "I pray".

The band did a cover of Mountain´s "Mississippi queen" on the first album and Creedence Clearwater Revival´s "Have you ever seen the rain" on the second, this time Clyde decided on doing The Police´s "Synchronicity II" and the version is great.
The instrumental "Fly into the sun" is one of the highlights and damn if not the song brings thoughts to Neal Schon´s solo work, my favorite however is "On the other side" which is a nice pomp/AOR song in the vein of the first album.
The album was mixed by Rob Gronkoski who joined the band on the previous album "Right the music", the sound quality of the songs aren´t as good as the first 2 albums though because its just aint the same without Clyde Holly.



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