1 Scheme Of Things (3:46) 2 Shelter (4:07) 3 Dark Horse (3:06) 4 Light The Dark Sky (4:33) 5 Someday (4:42) 6 Dream Of Love (3:03) 7 Ashes And Gold (4:19) 8 Cities In The Night (4:12) 9 On My Way Back Home (6:43) 10 Riding Elevators (4:40) 11 In The End (3:06)
Not the vaguely-gothic British band using the name with a fair share of success today, Paradise Lost was a vaguely-progressive rock band hailing from the United States that never received the share it deserved. They released a self-titled LP on MCA Records in 1989 that would be considered 'progressive' in much the same way one might consider Asia 'progressive', though there were certain shades of Triumph certainly in the mix as well.
There are two faces to this album, one fitting a bit better into the pseudo-prog zone, the other being when the band pulled the 'cut loose' thing in an attempt to rock a little harder. They succeeded rather well when aiming for the prog feel, but didn't hit it quite so well when trying to cover the heavier gamut. Solid enough performance across the board, however, and there seemed to be some potential. A full album focused in the pseudo-prog direction could have been quite interesting; unfortunately they seem to have disappeared off the face of Earth.
David Privett - vocals
Mark Seely - keyboards, bass, vocals
David Howard - drums
Dale Howard - guitar (on album)
Alan Phelps - guitar, vocals (after album)
Produced by Glenn Rosenstein
1989 MCA Records (MCA-6289)
highs - Scheme of Things, Shelter, Dark Horse, Light the Dark Sky, In the End