Friday, December 27, 2013

"Breaking Away" by Balance

Song#:  0666
Date:  07/11/1981
Debut:  82
Peak:  22
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Signed to Portrait Records, this NYC-based group released their self-title debut album that featured this first single. It was a minor success that allowed their album to reach the low-level of the chart peaking at #133.

ReduxReview:  I've thought it unfortunate that this single didn't do better. It's really a great song and offers a lot to keep it memorable - especially the "boom - clap" part. This song got lost over the years, but thanks to a radio show by Barry Scott called "The Lost 45s" that has been in syndication for years, it has remained popular with 80s music lovers. This was a particular favorite on the show and it was included on a CD compilation of "lost" songs that Scott developed. Thanks to this, the song has been able to keep alive outside of it's Top 30 peak.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Group member Peppy Castro had some success in the 60's with the psychedelic/garage rock group The Blues Magoos. They had a hit in 1967 with the #5 "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" from their debut LP "Psychedelic Lollipop." This album is considered one of the first to include the word "psychedelic" on the cover. They remained active until 1970.


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