Alliance – Answer Beyond the Pieces

Answer Beyond the Pieces
1988 (no label)
West Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Lonnie Smith – Keyboards, vocals
Tony Feliciano – Guitars
Mark Poole – Bass
Tracy Hollingsworth – Drums, percussion

Side 1:

  1. Eye Contact
  2. Answers
  3. Journey’s End
  4. Great Expectations
  5. Hope of the Ages

Side 2:

  1. Breakaway
  2. Just Say No
  3. Bridges
  4. Genesis
  5. Worlds Apart

This is a good quality album of keyboard-based hard rock/AOR – a style that was popular in the mid-80s due to bands like Journey. However, it was kind of in decline by 1988. The songs on this demo ride the line between keyboard ballads and guitar-crunch rockers. There is even a slight hint of prog rock on some tracks like “Worlds Apart.” I believe this band had some other demos as well, but I am not sure what style they did on those. This is one of many bands that seemed to dial in the 80s rock sound really well, even if getting it done a few years later than it was in style. They had a demo called Spiritual Battle before this one in 1986.







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