This UK rock band was formed in 1980 by former Hardstuff vocalist Harry Shaw and guitarist Steve Morris. Enlisting the services of bass player Chris Alderman and drummer Lou Rosenthal, they specialized in Americanized AOR. Their material was characterized by note-perfect harmonies, sterling guitar work and infectious hooklines similar to Kansas, Starz and REO Speedwagon. After a well-received self-titled debut in 1981, they were picked up by Epic Records, who recognized their enormous potential. Two albums were delivered, with Lance Quinn at the production helm for 1986’s Living In Fear Of A Private Eye. Surprisingly, the band failed to take off in the USA and Epic dropped them owing to poor sales figures. Steve Morris produced Torino’s debut album in 1987, while Export continued to search for a (not forthcoming) new contract.
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