BOYS FROM DORAVILLE, released in 1980, didn't reach the number
of listeners the last few albums had - the music scene was shifting
and what had been labeled Southern Rock wasn't getting the attention
it had previously. It was too bad the audience didn't stick around,
because they missed out on another fine collection of songs. The
group continued the softer, pop approach of Underdog while
injecting a swinging country/western feel into these nine original
songs. The majority are uptempo, with a couple classic slower
selections-and they are all generally shorter, with only two over
Popularity of Southern Rock - Diminishes
Boys From Doraville didn't reach the audience that previous
albums had-while it was a solid set there were no breakout singles.
While the band's sound continued to evolve on its own path, the
music business had gone down other roads marked disco and new
wave. ARS continued to do their own thing as the Southern Rock
scene faded. When they went to record their next album there was
again pressure to come up with a success. While the next album
also didn't match previous sales, musically it stood along with
any of their top albums.
ARS' next recording, was one of their best. Some of the audience
that helped the group achieve the height of their popularity had
moved on, and they missed out - the group was continuing to make
great music. Released in 1981, this album starts out rocking harder
than the last couple had and then transitions into the great pop,
with an occasional country/western influence, that the group had
been refining over the last couple albums. It's another classic.
song Alien was a top 30 single in the U.S. The band continued
to play live. In fact, a show recorded in New York City in Oct.
1981 and featuring three songs from Quinella would eventually
be released on CD in 2000.
"Live at the Savoy" wasn't released until 2000,
it dates from almost 20 years earlier during the tour following
the release of Quinella. It was recorded at a show at the Savoy
in New York City, so the Southern band was playing to an urban
Yankee audience. From that perspective, the warm support of the
crowd is testimony to the group's broad appeal. While the sound
isn't top quality, the energy of the band's performance and the
collection of classic songs makes this a nice timepiece.