DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH – st +2 [AOR Heaven Limited Reissue / 500 copies] (2020) *EXCLUSIVE*

Originally released in 1988, DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH and its self-titled album resulted a one-off project, but a what a great one. This album comprises all the best from second half of the ’80s Canadian AOR; that meaning class, gusto, smoothness and clinical production. Now AOR Heaven Records is reissuing this little gem (only 500 copies).
With TRIUMPH’s Rik Emmett dropping a guest solo on the awesome opener ‘Walk On The Wire’ you get an idea of what this is musically. But David Buckthorpe (DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH’s mastermind, singer & songwriter) also adds a radio-friendly, rock&pop energy to many tracks, resulting in a terrific collection of pure Eighties stuff akin GLASS TIGER, TOTO, etc.
Thanks to AOR Heaven we can enjoy this lovely ’80s ‘diamond in the rough’ indeed. The sound quality is much better than the previous Long Island Rec reissue, fuller.
Hurry up, it’s limited to 500.
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