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I recently purchased Carmen Suite - The Gift LP. It's a 6 track LP which was released in 1987 on Reflex Records in very limited numbers and has never been released on CD. I can't seem to find info on this band anywhere. Does anyone know about them?

 

They are an Aussie band, presumably from Melbourne and as far as style goes, the seller I purchased from made comparisons to Safire, DeMont, Avalon, Zambelis and Roxus; though I haven't unpacked my record player after a recent move so can't comment on the style myself.

 

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Track Listing:

 

Side 1:

Sail Away

Stop It

So Alone

 

Side 2:

Call Me

Watch Your Step

Who Knows What

 

Band Members:

 

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Bob Topping - Lead Vocals

Paul Loannidis - Bass, Vocals

Vic De Marco - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Vocals

Jimmy Stoitis - Guitar, Vocals

Tony Pinuto - Drums

 

Recorded at:

 

Silkwood Sound Studios, Melbourne, 1987

 

I've never seen this one for sale before, got mine for AU$60 including postage

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Bobby was in band called Fair Warning before Carmen Suite, and release 1 ep. Then he was in a Ac/Dc tribute band "Back In Black", now happy retired from music.

But $ 60 for that ep is bit steep, I remember get my for $15 on day of released at their gig at Bell St Rock in Preston.

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I've never seen this one. Wouldn't mind hearing it, though... on a CD rip. :)

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how much crap has been compared to "Safire, DeMont, Avalon, Zambelis and Roxus" over the years on ebay though?! i just ignore those comparisons..

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carmen suite is pretty decvent i must admit, one of the songs is a pretty good... kinda def leppardy...

 

i've gota few tapes of live tunes with non e.p traxx somewhere..

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Bobby was in band called Fair Warning before Carmen Suite, and release 1 ep. Then he was in a Ac/Dc tribute band "Back In Black", now happy retired from music.

But $ 60 for that ep is bit steep, I remember get my for $15 on day of released at their gig at Bell St Rock in Preston.

 

Thanks for the info...now I'm keen to hear that Fair Warning EP. As for paying $60 for the album, yeah I was a bit hesitant but figured it was quite rare and I have to say I was really very interested in the music. BUT...after some extensive searching today I found 2 more copies, one for $10 and another for $20...why does that always happen to me? So I should have a spare copy or two soon if anyone is interested.

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how much crap has been compared to "Safire, DeMont, Avalon, Zambelis and Roxus" over the years on ebay though?! i just ignore those comparisons..

 

Yeah your right...it seems every Melodic Rock/AOR band from Australia gets compared to those bands on the basis of where they come from, not on the basis of music style. We may as well compare them all to Wildland as well.

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I hope you picked up the Fair Warning ep, it is on the Cleopatra label (Australia label) not WEA cause that the German band.

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17 hours ago, Craig Manger said:

Can anybody tell me where I can purchase the album. I used to see them at Bell Street Rock every time they played there.

If you in Melbourne area,, there a store called Radical Records in Dandenong. They got a copy for $50.

 

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