While AOR tends to be associated with America’s Midwest, one of the most authentic examples of the genre in the 90s was founded in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. Vital Escape comprises Jack Cooke (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Adrian Rose (bass) and brother Chris Rose (drums), a trio who had been playing around bars and clubs in East Anglia for several years before the release of their debut album. Ensconced on their own label, owing to years of indifference from record companies, the group’s classy, adept musicianship defied such apathy. Piling their years of experience into a single, rigidly disciplined set, Vital Escape’s debut was an honourable attempt to elevate themselves into the mainstream without pandering to current fads in the rock world.
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