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Album Review

Quarterflash's debut album sported the fiery saxophone playing of lead singer Rindy Ross, helping it achieve platinum status, as well as posting two Top 20 hits. "Harden My Heart" reached the number three position in 1981, thanks to a complimentary blend of sax and expert bass riffs from Pilot's Rick Gooch. The second single, "Find Another Fool," was bolstered by Ross' high-pitched vocal attack, gaining a respectable number 16 chart position. While the album's novel appeal of having a sexy female saxophone player at the forefront was well worth the attention, it didn't mean the rest of the album lacked in pop attractiveness. Marv Ross' guitar playing is more than substantial throughout the nine tracks, making songs such as "Valerie," a song about the then taboo subject of lesbianism, and "Right Kind of Love" stand out, and ballads like "Critical Times"and "Williams Avenue" are typical keyboard-aided love songs. After this album, Quarterflash's allure began to fizzle, and the material on their next couple of releases lacked the contagious riffs or congenial radio formula that made this album a success.

Customer Reviews

Their Only Good One

This is a fantastic debut album. There are only 2 kinda so -so songs. The rest is great. Give it a test spin. After this one, they went downhill very fast and faded into oblivion. Maybe they should have kept their original name of Seafood Mama. It might have helped.......

Good old rock and rolll

this is a blast from the past. some good ole rock and roll from the early eighties.

An 80's gem for all time

Many people immediately think of fluffy 80's bands when they think of Quarterflash and only remember the hits Harden My Heart and Find Another Fool. This album is so much more than those songs and displays a rather talented group of musicians and diverse blend of styles. If you only buy one song from this album, get Williams Avenue -- it's one of the best jams of all time! I'd give it five stars if only it wasn't such a poorly engineered album.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Portland, OR

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The sax-heavy pop/rock band known as Quarterflash formed in early 1980, joining together two of Oregon's more popular acts: Seafood Mama, which contributed singer/saxophonist Rindy Ross and her guitarist husband Marv; and Pilot, which added guitarist Jack Charles, keyboardist Rick DiGiallonardo, bassist Rich Gooch, and drummer Brian David Willis. The band would release four albums, starting with its 1981 self-titled debut, which sold over two million copies and spawned two of the group's biggest...
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