The Highlands (AirCraft AC-106) 1983
The Highlands continues to present creative music with a stately progressive edge that makes equal use of synthesizers and guitars. Cuts like ‘Learning To Dance’ and the brisk electric piano-backed opener ‘Upward Road’ bear strong resemblance to Dan Fogelberg, as do the acoustic ballads ‘Valentine Song’, ‘A Broken Heart’ and ‘Wheelchair Row’ (in fact Dan is cited as an inspiration on the back cover). There’s one excursion into new wave: ‘Dear John Letter’, a fast driving ATF-ish rocker with power synths and a scurrying electric guitar lead that sizzles. Art-rock inﬂuences surface on the hard-rocking ‘Heart Of Darkness’. Fogelberg is once again paid homage on the closing majestic title track. Beautiful pen/ink cover illustration of a castle. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet.