November Group

Work That Dream

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When the Ann Prim Band performed around Boston in the late '70s, they were a blues outfit. The guitarist/vocalist re-emerged and re-invented her sound with a band called Wunderkind, which evolved into November Group. This six-song release on A&M came after a four-song outing on Braineater Records titled Persistent Memories in 1983, and another six-song recording on Modern Method in 1982. "Arrows Up to Heaven" on this disc is peppered with the Jonzun Crew's timeless "Tonight," flavored with Peter Godwin's "Images of Heaven," and it sounds great. "The Promise" is some mixture of "Some Like It Hot," the 1985 hit from Power Station -- it's the same chorus, in fact, and has ABC's "Look of Love" keyboard riff and a splash of After the Fire's 1983 smash "Der Kommissar." Talk about mopping riffs -- these gals make Randy Bachman and Ric Ocasek, men who admit to nicking other's people's music, look clandestine by comparison. "Careful (A Life Is a Fragile Thing" is blatant Eurythmics. As serious as November Group was, the blues-rock so essential to Prim as an artist was absorbed by the hip sounds of the day. "Work That Dream" was released as an A&M single and featured a six-minute instrumental version and a five-minute extended mix. Recorded in Frankfurt, Germany, by producer Peter Hauke, the music is first-class, but the real hit is "Put Your Back to It," a two-minute shorter version of the song that was released on Braineater two years prior to this. Like some soundtrack to the film Metropolis, Work That Dream stands as a professional and entertaining set of sounds from an '80s band that deserved international airplay.

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