15 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A lesser-known gem from the Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd) production queue is this 1980 debut from Canada’s Kings. Led by “The Beat Goes On” and the should’ve–been–No. 1 anthem “Switching to Glide,” the set covers a terrain of well-arranged, well-wrought rock and pop. There’s perfect power pop (“Don’t Let Me Know,” “Run Shoes Running,” “Right to the Top”), a hummable ditty worthy of early Joe Jackson (“It’s Okay”), some knuckle-raising arena rock (“Go Away,” “Partyitis”), and an Alice Cooper sound-alike (“Love Store”). This set also includes five additional songs not on the original album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A lesser-known gem from the Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd) production queue is this 1980 debut from Canada’s Kings. Led by “The Beat Goes On” and the should’ve–been–No. 1 anthem “Switching to Glide,” the set covers a terrain of well-arranged, well-wrought rock and pop. There’s perfect power pop (“Don’t Let Me Know,” “Run Shoes Running,” “Right to the Top”), a hummable ditty worthy of early Joe Jackson (“It’s Okay”), some knuckle-raising arena rock (“Go Away,” “Partyitis”), and an Alice Cooper sound-alike (“Love Store”). This set also includes five additional songs not on the original album.

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About The Kings

Vocalist/bassist David Diamond, keyboard player Sonny Keyes, drummer Max Styles and guitarist Mister Zero founded the Kings in Ontario in 1979. Somewhere between new wave and rock, the band released a 1980 single, "Switchin' to Glide," that did well in the U.S. as well as Canada. The Kings Are Here appeared the same year, but the band faded quickly; a re-formed Kings appeared in the mid-'90s, and recorded Unstoppable. ~ John Bush

ORIGIN
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1979

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