I Hear Thunder: The Best of Seventh Avenue

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All Music Guide
With a total of 23 "vocalists" credited on this best-of package, it's clear that Seventh Avenue was more of a conceptual studio group than a cohesive band with chemistry. Guided by famed English dance producer Ian Levine, the moniker Seventh Avenue began with a 1979 disco album -- distributed in the U.S. by AVI -- which featured four males seemingly in their mid-thirties boasting a decidedly gay appeal in their look and material. It would be a few years before any further releases ensued, but the return in the mid-'80s of the "group" brought a more youthful, sexy lineup and replaced the strings-oriented disco of the former with synth-laden Hi-NRG numbers. The music here represents both stages, ranging from the mellow ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
With a total of 23 "vocalists" credited on this best-of package, it's clear that Seventh Avenue was more of a conceptual studio group than a cohesive band with chemistry. Guided by famed English dance producer Ian Levine, the moniker Seventh Avenue began with a 1979 disco album -- distributed in the U.S. by AVI -- which featured four males seemingly in their mid-thirties boasting a decidedly gay appeal in their look and material. It would be a few years before any further releases ensued, but the return in the mid-'80s of the "group" brought a more youthful, sexy lineup and replaced the strings-oriented disco of the former with synth-laden Hi-NRG numbers. The music here represents both stages, ranging from the mellow disco arrangement and sublime vocals of "Miami Heat Wave" to the catchy pop refrain and slightly new wave inspired, carnival-esque programming of "The Right Combination." Besides those entries, other strong numbers include the jingle-worthy "Ending Up on a High," the anthemic "Armed Robbery," and the purely pop "Standing by Your Side." Even if all of the vocalists aren't the strongest, the delivery is always heartfelt and personable. This, combined with solid hooks and accessible production, is proof enough that the producer-oriented "boy band" concept was alive and strong well before the advent of New Kids on the Block or Take That. Fans of either of those groups or their more recent successors, such as Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, will enjoy hearing the rudiments of that sound here. ~ Justin M. Kantor
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/1995
  • Label: Hot Productions
  • UPC: 053993002926
  • Catalog Number: 29

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Seventh Avenue Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Mo Foster Bass
Alan Carvell Background Vocals
Nick Glennie-Smith Keyboards
Luis Jardim Percussion
Alan Jones Bass
Mike Pender Vocals
Chris Rae Guitar
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Nigel Stock Keyboards
Gary Travers Background Vocals
Peter Van Hooke Drums
Mel Wesson Keyboards
Tony O'Keefe Vocals
Pete Butler Bass, Background Vocals
Danny Daniels Background Vocals
Alistair Clay Background Vocals
Steve Harper Vocals
Mark Long Vocals
Mark Malloy Vocals
Patrick Ward Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave Ford Programming, Engineer
Ian Levine Composer, Producer
Craig Milliner Engineer
Adam Moseley Engineer
Robin Sellars Engineer
Stephen Short Engineer
Nigel Stock Arranger
Fiachra Trench Composer
Hans Zimmer Programming
John R.T. Davies Engineer
Alistair Clay Engineer
John Davies Programming
Steve Wagner Producer
Andy Darby Programming
Phil da Costa Engineer
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