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Back in the 80-ties I used to have a tape with some songs from english band Moritz, which was very good

melodic rock in the typical UK fashion. So you can imagine that the next piece of news that I got from a friend makes me quite happy:

 

THE MORITZ BLITZ…

 

The eagerly awaited "City Streets" release from London AOR rockers MORITZ is finally released on September 1st 2008 on the 'Harmony Factory' label (Harmony Factory records HF002). Stablemates of HARTLESS, its another class release.

 

The CD features all the songs from the 'Shadows of a dream' EP, originally released on vinyl only in 1987, plus the later tracks recorded in 1988 shortly before the bands demise, where Greg and fellow members Andy Stewart, Andy Elphick & Ian Edwards moved on to form IF ONLY, with Peter Scallan joining SAMSON on vocal in early 1989.

 

Whilst in the eighties the likes of FM, Strangeways, Airrace, Tobruk, Romeo’s Daughter and Shy were the entire proud possessor’s of major label deals, the likes of AOK, La Paz, Zero Zero, Tora, Peroux and Tara Zara were all, in their own rights, damn fine bands that should have gained that elusive deal. However, out of all the unsigned British AOR bands one shone more brightly than the rest… Moritz!

 

Six lads from London who, if there was any justice, should have shook the world, or at the very least, the UK! Formed in the mid-eighties, they crafted songs that were a pure AOR indulgence. In Greg Hart they had a master craftsmen who knew how to take the Yanks on at their own game. Their output may have only amounted to just a 7" single and a 12"EP, plus a few demos that surfaced later on, but their legacy is timeless. As DEREK OLIVER from KERRANG! stated in the review "...Makes Journey sound like Air Supply..." - A bold statement, maybe, but this release shows just how Moritz really did have the 'AOR rock' format sewn up.

 

These songs have been hidden away for over twenty years but thanks to a chance meeting on Myspace and an enthusiastic Journalist (Rob Evans, Powerplay. www.myspace.com/aorundergroundrobevans ) they have finally seen the light of day. Take a trip down memory lane and order the CD from www.hartworksart.com Priced at £7.99

 

Tracks are:

 

Can't stop loving you, Place in your heart, City Streets, Break It Up, Love this time, Don't walk away, Caught up in the action, Hearts on the line (1986 demo)

 

Featuring some classic liner notes from both Greg and Rob Evans of AOR underground, this is an essential purchase.

 

You can read all about Greg, and the review of the 'City Streets' CD in 'POWERPLAY' magazine issues 101 & 102. www.powerplaymagazine.co.uk

 

Thanks, Greg Hart.

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Hello mate and welcome :tumbsup:

 

I just noticed that one of the main chaps here - Jez, has posted that he`s been playing this one!

 

With your fabulous taste in music - judging by your cd collection, I guess you`ll get on very well here :tumbsup:

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Thanks Mate,

I've been aboard for quite some time already but so far mostly on the quiet side.

Made trades with some of the members of this board and always looking to make some more.

My only fear is that by the time I have enought time to listen to everything I will be retired, because

there are still so many cd's that I haven't even listened once !!

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The Moritz is excellent for all the FM, Airrace and Brit AOR fans in general. It's not the big production budget of those bands, but it sounds great all the same. Nice one to have released finally on cd.

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Great news, I love the "Shadows Of A Dream" EP. Add another one to my stack of cd's to buy.

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This really sounds interesting. I'd like to listen.

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Wow, colour me impressed. I'm sure there are people out there who read a lot of my thoughts on current AOR releases and think I'm being way too harsh. But it's a release like this that re-confirms to me that I am not. It just proves that AOR can actually sound good. ;)

 

This is just great stuff. The quality of song-writing on songs like 'Can't Stop Loving You', 'Place in Your Heart' and 'Break It Up' is just superb. 'Don't Walk Away' is another HUGE fave of mine. I have to spin it a few more times, but delightfully impressed with my first spin.

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Wow, colour me impressed. I'm sure there are people out there who read a lot of my thoughts on current AOR releases and think I'm being way too harsh. But it's a release like this that re-confirms to me that I am not. It just proves that AOR can actually sound good. ;)

 

This is just great stuff. The quality of song-writing on songs like 'Can't Stop Loving You', 'Place in Your Heart' and 'Break It Up' is just superb. 'Don't Walk Away' is another HUGE fave of mine. I have to spin it a few more times, but delightfully impressed with my first spin.

 

 

What we've been trying to tell you all along - The Older AOR bands are generally the best ones - 1980 - 1988, pretty much the wonder years.

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Wow, colour me impressed. I'm sure there are people out there who read a lot of my thoughts on current AOR releases and think I'm being way too harsh. But it's a release like this that re-confirms to me that I am not. It just proves that AOR can actually sound good. ;)

 

This is just great stuff. The quality of song-writing on songs like 'Can't Stop Loving You', 'Place in Your Heart' and 'Break It Up' is just superb. 'Don't Walk Away' is another HUGE fave of mine. I have to spin it a few more times, but delightfully impressed with my first spin.

 

 

What we've been trying to tell you all along - The Older AOR bands are generally the best ones - 1980 - 1988, pretty much the wonder years.

You mean 1984 - 1988, right? ;)

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Wow, colour me impressed. I'm sure there are people out there who read a lot of my thoughts on current AOR releases and think I'm being way too harsh. But it's a release like this that re-confirms to me that I am not. It just proves that AOR can actually sound good. ;)

 

This is just great stuff. The quality of song-writing on songs like 'Can't Stop Loving You', 'Place in Your Heart' and 'Break It Up' is just superb. 'Don't Walk Away' is another HUGE fave of mine. I have to spin it a few more times, but delightfully impressed with my first spin.

 

 

What we've been trying to tell you all along - The Older AOR bands are generally the best ones - 1980 - 1988, pretty much the wonder years.

You mean 1984 - 1988, right? ;)

 

 

Er No - I mean 1980 - 1988. ;)

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Wow, colour me impressed. I'm sure there are people out there who read a lot of my thoughts on current AOR releases and think I'm being way too harsh. But it's a release like this that re-confirms to me that I am not. It just proves that AOR can actually sound good. ;)

 

This is just great stuff. The quality of song-writing on songs like 'Can't Stop Loving You', 'Place in Your Heart' and 'Break It Up' is just superb. 'Don't Walk Away' is another HUGE fave of mine. I have to spin it a few more times, but delightfully impressed with my first spin.

 

 

What we've been trying to tell you all along - The Older AOR bands are generally the best ones - 1980 - 1988, pretty much the wonder years.

You mean 1984 - 1988, right? ;)

 

 

Er No - I mean 1980 - 1988. ;)

 

Backed.

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I still need to get this, sounds right up my alley.

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I still need to get this, sounds right up my alley.

 

Yes, you should, mate !! :drink:

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Me likey.

 

 

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Missing this one from my collection.

New material coming out later this year. :D

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nice..

I take it they had no official release in the 80's and this is a compilation of unreleased songs?

 

These songs were previously released in 1987 on the 'Shadows of a Dream' 12" EP, a couple on a 7" single plus a couple of unreleased demos.

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