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Esquire - Esquire [Geffen GHS 24101] (1987)

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Released: 1987
Label: Geffen
Catalog: GHS 24101
Genre: Rock

Matrix / Runout (Side A):

Matrix / Runout (Side B):
T R A C K L I S T:
01-To The Rescue
03-Knock Twice For Heaven
04-Up Down Turnaround
07-Moving Together
08-Silent Future
09-Special Greetings
10-What You've Been Saying
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Album Review

Mike DeGagne []

Esquire sported a sound that represented the buoyant side of progressive rock, and with Chris Squire's wife singing lead, the band resembled Renaissance in their airy but stable musical approach. With their 1987 debut album, Charles Olins keeps the tracks flowing with his fluent keyboard activities, and guitarist Pat Thrall, most notably of Asia fame, pinches in with some arousing string work that evens out the synthesizer. There are traces of the Yes family all over this album, with Alan White playing drums and Chris Squire singing backup vocals. Even former Yes singer and Buggles mastermind Trevor Horn is involved with the mixing of the tracks. With all these Yes counterparts, it's no surprise that the songs simulate the same type of instrumental and, to an extent, lyrical composition as Yes. With titles like "Up Down Turnaround," and lines such as, "Could you conceive/How it read/A book in a still room/Life is a silent movie," the comparisons are evident. But even with such correlations, tracks like "Hourglass" and "Blossomtime" emit a certain prog flair that sheds its own character and individuality, giving the album some differentiation. This album stands up much better than 1996's Coming Home, which contains barely any artistic motivation.

Esquire's Biography

Tom Demalon []

Esquire was an act formed around lead singer Nikki Squire, then wife of Yes bass player Chris Squire. Growing up in London, Nikki Squire studied drama and played music. She met Chris Squire in 1970 and for the next decade she would busy herself with raising their children. In 1983, she saw a band which included two of her cousins and Esquire spent several weeks in the studio with with them and bassist Nigel McLaren, with no success. She continued to write with McLaren and, that same year, the pair were signed to ZTT by Trevor Horn. They were joined by keyboardist Charles Olins and continued to write while awaiting Horn's schedule to allow him time to produce the fledgling trio. After several failed attempts, John Kalodner heard some of the act's material and, following legal wrangling, signed them to Geffen. In 1987, Esquire finally released a self-titled debut. Comparisons to Yes were inevitable as Chris Squire (from whom Nikki was now divorced) appeared on the record, as well as producing portions. Yes drummer Alan White also guested, as did guitarist Pat Thrall (whom would later join Asia, another act with strong ties to Yes). Despite the high-profile associations, the record failed to attract much of an audience outside of Yes fans. It would be another decade before Esquire would resurface with 1997's Coming Home.
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