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This lost treasure is a worthy addition to your collection.

Andrew MacNeice's Melodic Rock website (apart from Firework's Rocktopia site of course) is the best place to go to find out what's going on in the world of melodic rock. So, when his Melodic Rock Records label releases a CD, you can be sure that you need to sit up and take notice. Taxxi, although British, were one of the most American sounding AOR bands back in the 80s. They released four albums and later a compilation. They secured live dates with the likes of Foreigner, Triumph and Loverboy; all a good fit for their state of the art AOR. There was enough raunch in David Cummings' vocals and guitar playing to ensure they were never mistaken as just a pop act. The eleven tracks here are demos, dating back to '87 and '88 that they recorded after the departure of their keyboard player Colin Payne, who is sadly no longer with us. These tracks would have been intended for their fifth album but it wasn't meant to be until now. The demos have been airbrushed thanks to modern technology, and we owe a debt to MacNiece for helping to get this prime AOR aired.

Although Payne had left the band, Cumming, as well as singing and playing guitar, took over synthesiser duties. While the keyboard sound was modern and up to date at the time, it now dates the material. There is no doubt this was created in the 80s. At times across the disc, there are elements of the hi-tech AOR of John Parr, David Halliday, Corey Hart and Workforce. In general, it has a more commercial feel than their earlier work. The record has been well sequenced, kicking off with the strongest track 'Writing On the Wall'. It showcases Cummings' great rock voice and it has a strident riff that drives the song. The big ballad 'I Want You Back' has a Starship feel; you could imagine Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas covering this one. It's totally designed to be played over the closing credits of an 80s rom com.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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There is a clutch of soft rockers that really grow on repeated listens. The pop rock of 'Cupids Arrow' has a host of session musicians on it, including Earl Slick on guitar which gives you the feeling that this one was being pencilled in as a potential single. 'Restless Heart' has a Jimmy Barnes vibe, albeit slightly poppier while 'Never Lived A Dream' benefits from some good guitar, and the bouncy, rockier 'Hotshot', with its big brash keyboard splurges recalls Airrace.

Several of the tracks have the cheery demeanour of a more innocent time. The (almost annoyingly) catchy 'Last Of The Red Hot Lovers' and the chant-along 'One Man One Voice' sound a tad naïve in this more cynical era and 'Lust For Gold' has a synthetic production sound, a horn arrangement and a lyrical pre-occupation with material wealth that makes this song more 80s than an episode of Dynasty.

Overall though, for lovers of 80s AOR, the good outweighs the cheese and this lost treasure is a worthy addition to your collection.

Duncan Jamieson

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  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
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  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
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  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?
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  • el nowy : Hi, how long does it take for my download license to be available? I purchased it 3 days ago. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @l.thijs: Apologies for the delay, your digital copy can now be downloaded from your "My Downloads" section.
  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.

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