Silent Majority are an American duo, specialising in that AOR-prog rock crossover, and they do a mighty fine job of it from what I can hear.
Written by: gdmonline
ARTIST: Silent Majority
LABEL: Track Records
CD INFO: Discogs Info List
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
LINEUP: Kenneth Cope – lead vocals * Randy Kartchner – keyboards, synth programming * Michael Dowdie – guitars * Steve Tavaglione – saxophone *Jeff Gauthier, Jean Hugo, Steve Scharf – violins * Jane Levy – viola * Stefanie Fife – cello * Joel Hamilton – contra bass * Vincent Cirilli – tambourine * Bernadette Jones, Natisse Jones, Bryce Neubert, S.K. Chollet – backing vocals
TRACK LISTING: 01 Power * 02 Oh Lady * 03 Imagination * 04 Bitter Suite * 05 You’ll Be There * 06 Another Shade Of Gray * 07 Greek To Me * 08 Made In Japan * 09 Falling From Grace * 10 Silent Treatment * 11 Status Quo * 12 More Power
WEBLINKS: Site Link
Here’s a 1994 rarity, which I’ve just landed via Ebay. I had seen the band Silent Majority previously on a Dutch Wants List (along with a bunch of other Dutch AOR-Prog rarities too I might add). However, Silent Majority are an American duo, specialising in that AOR-prog rock crossover, and they do a mighty fine job of it from what I can hear.
After hearing a couple of tracks on YouTube, I went in search of it. You can actually acquire a copy on CD Baby, but I was after the original, and I eventually landed the big fish. Silent Majority are a Californian duo of vocalist Kenneth Cope and multi-instrumentalist Randy Kartchner, and they get a load of assistance by a team of classical players too it would seem.
Listening to this, it lands squarely in the territory occupied by Planet 3, Mr Mister, and Swedes Time Gallery etc. Chuck in a bit of Soleil Moon jazz fusion crossover and Joseph Williams flavoured vocals from Mr Cope, and this hits the spot rather nicely. So if it’s hi-tech you’re after, then this duo deliver in spades.
It gets all parpy for the opener and title-track ‘Power’, and you can hear just about everything I mentioned above all rolled into this track. Very brassy, very poppy. ‘Oh Lady’ is a tight, compressed affair, with some Dann Huff/Giant styled guitar work from Michael Dowdie. Nice. ‘Imagination’ is one for Planet 3 fans, while the short prelude ‘Bitter Suite’ leads into the lengthy ‘You’ll Be There’.
Another hi-tech smash-out is the exciting ‘Another Shade Of Gray’, again kinda Planet 3 and Tim Feehan all mixed together. ‘Greek To Me’ sits at the jazz-fusion end of the spectrum, though the arrangement could be styled on the great Airplay. ‘Made In Japan’ could be a Joseph Williams studio off-cut such is the remarkable similarity, while ‘Falling From Grace’ is not too dissimilar, though is lot more active and upbeat.
The five minute ‘Silent Treatment’ is the slow-burning candle moment on the album, and doesn’t get out of second gear, and quite frankly it doesn’t need to. Dowdie impresses again with some lovely guitar work. The hi-tech form is revisited on ‘Status Quo’, and if you recall a song like ‘Echo Park’ from Time Gallery, then this might be familiar to you. The closer ‘More Power’ is an outtro of the opener, a short 2 minute piece to close the album.
I believe this has also been reissued by Retrospect Records, but I don’t have a serial number, but I know there is a link up on their site. There are a couple of clips up on You Tube, plus, if you are really desperate and want a copy come hell or high water, then go to CD Baby, it is definitely worth it. This really could be the best undiscovered hi-tech band that you’ve never heard of. Trust me.
Silent Majority on Video
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