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This compilation includes the band's best-known hit, 1981's "Don't Let Him Know" (co-written by Bryan Adams), and showcases the rest of their modest collection, which is mostly spirited attempts at a bland genre of music: watered-down synth rock. Call them art-rock lite, or hard adult contemporary. A hybrid of Sweet, Styx and the Little River Band, Prism goes for space-oddity flavor with lines like "On Mercury they're crazy about my stellar rock and roll, and I always seem to sell out at the Martian astrobowl" (from "Spaceship Superstar") and "The planet dies and no one cries" (from "Take Me to the Kaptin"). And oddest of them all, "Armageddon's" drum intro sounds quite similar to Metallica's intro to "Am I Evil?" (recorded several years later). Eerie.

Biography

Formed: 1976 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Genre: American Trad Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The Canadian soft rock group Prism were formed in 1976 by vocalist Ron Tabak, guitarist Lindsay Mitchell, bassist Allan Harlow, drummer Rocket Norton, and keyboard player John Hall. Originally known as Stanley Screamer, the Vancouver group signed to GRT Records and released a self-titled debut album in 1977, See Forever Eyes the following year, and Armageddon in 1979. After Hall and Tabak left (Tabak was replaced by Henry Small), Prism signed with Capitol, releasing Young and Restless in 1980, Small...
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