am 5. Januar 2012
Fast Forward was a band formed in 1984, featuring Ian Lloyd, former lead singer of Stories and a solo artist. The band relaesed one album, Living in Fiction.Prior to the formation of Fast Forward, Ian Lloyd, had developed a solo career, following the breakup of Lloyd's former band, Stories, in 1974. Lloyd released three solo albums between 1976 and 1980, including 3WC (Third Wave Civilization), in 1980. The 3WC album was notable for its inclusion of Lloyd's cover of "Straight from the Heart", three years prior to Bryan Adams releasing his own version, to worldwide acclaim. It also was co-produced by Bruce Fairbairn and featured Adams' then songwriting partner, Jim Vallance, contributing many of the songs and playing drums.
Many of the people involved with 3WC in 1980 returned to become involved with the Fast Forward project in 1984. The project was initially to be another Ian Lloyd solo album, but Lloyd requested that it be recognized as a band effort. The recording band was primarily Bryan Adams' band. The album, Living in Fiction was co-produced by Bruce Fairbairn and Ian Lloyd. Bruce Fairbairn also contributed horns and backing vocals, as a principal member of the band, which also included Jimmy Lowell (bass and synthesizers), Andrew Kirin (sythesizers), Patrick Mahassen (guitar, backing vocals) and Jim Vallance (credited as Rodney Higgs), (drums). Lowell had previously been a member of Spider, a band that also included Holly Knight and Anton Fig, and which released two albums in 1980 and 1981. After Holly Knight left the band to pursue a solo career, Lowell and the remaining members of Spider joined with keyboardist Beau Hill to form Shanghai, which recorded one album in 1982, prior to disbanding. Guest musicians on Living in Fiction included Bob Rock (guitar) and the aforementioned Beau Hill (keyboards and backing vocals). Hill also wrote the title track.
The band appeared to be primarily a studio band. One video was released for "What's It Gonna Take" and there was one live band performance on Canadian radio. Following the lack of commercial success of the record, the band broke up.After the breakup of Fast Forward, Ian Lloyd continued his solo career, while the rest of the band members also continued in music. Bruce Fairbairn continued as a musician and record producer, and was particularly notable as the producer of Permanent Vacation (1987), the comeback album for Aerosmith, among other Aerosmith albums, and other notable albums. Fairbairn died suddenly in 1999, at the age of 49. Jim Vallance contributed to various albums, such as those of Aerosmith, as a songwriter and musician, in addition to his songwriting with Bryan Adams. Guitarist Patrick Mahassen later contributed a co-written song to Loverboy. Following a ten year career as a musician, Mahassen developed an international communications career, including a position as Switzerland resources director for Transparency International. Andrew Kirin, a stage name for Andrew Krehel, became a noted jazz accompanyist, as well as a member of power pop band The Jetsonz. Kirin died in 2007.
am 13. Dezember 2013
Anfang 1984 veröffentlicht die neugegründete Bandunternehmung Ian Lloyd's "Fast Forward" ihr einziges Album. Trotz Top - Mitstreitern blieb der Erfolg aus , obwohl man sich dem damaligen Zeitgeist des Melodik - Rocks verschrieben hatte. Anhand der Komponisten könnte man von einem verkappten Brian Adams - Album sprechen , stammt doch die Hälfte des Materials aus der "Feder" Brian Adams und seinem Co-Autor Jim Vallance. Bei den Studioarbeiten wurde Ian Lloyd unteranderem von Bruce Fairbairn , David Sinclair , Beau Hill und den Foreigner - Köpfen Mick Jones und Lou Gramm unterstützt. Ergebnis ist ein rockiges AOR - Album das sich spieltechnisch an Bands wie Asia , Journey und Foreigner orientiert ;-) Der Titelsong "Living In Fiction" rockt gleich ordentlich los. Leider werden die Gitarren von den Synthesizern dominiert! "Play To Win" ist ein typischer Adams/Vallance Song aber leider ohne Biss. Mit "Whats It Gonna Take" wird's auch nicht deutlich besser. "Tonight" ist eine schöne poppige Adams -Ballade. Erste Höhepunkt des Albums. Mit "She Broke Your Heart" findet ein Lloyd - Titel aus dem Jahr 1979 seinen Weg auf dieses Album. In der hiervorliegenden Version deutlich rockiger und mit einen tollen Background (Lou Gramm) ;-) "Dont Walk Away" die Überballade des Albums könnte von Foreigner stammen! Unüberhörbarer Einfluss von Mister Mick Jones... "Youre Mystery To Me" und "Draw The Line" rocken dann nochmal unauffällig das Album. Mit dem gemächlichen "Where Did The Time Go" bringt sich nochmal Adams ein , bevor mit den Instrumental "Watermusic 2" man Bands wie Yes huldigt. Fazit: Synthesizer dominanter Rock! Leider nicht der erwartete große Wurf! Eher ein Rohdiamant! Die musikalische Umsetzung ist des öfteren etwas fade und drucklos. Die CD - Auflage besteht aus der unbearbeiteten Vinyl - Version...