second album from 1985 of the British hard rock outfit originally signed to Deep Purples Purple label and featured vocalist Harry Shaw, ex-member of the hard rock band Hard Stuff.
Release Number: BFE 40196
Manufactured: US USA
1. Living In The Fear of The Private Eye
2. No Escape
3. Runnin’ Back (For More)
5. You Make Me Wanna
6. Closer To You
7. Tear Me Apart
8. Summer Nights
9. Can’t Say No
Harry Shaw : Lead Vocals
Steve Morris : Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals [Gillan, Grand Illusion, Heartland, Newman, Radio Silence, Shadowman, Gary John Barden, Change of Heart]
Chris Alderman : Bass, Backing Vocals
Lou Rosenthal : Drums, , Backing Vocals
George Wallace : Keyboards
EXPORT was an obscure UK band that get signed by a major american label and released a self-titled in 1984.
For their second effort, both the label and the group decided to give the music and production an Americanized sound.
“Living In The Fear Of The Private Eye” was recorded in Philadelphia during the end of 1985, with ‘big name’ producers/engineers Lance Quinn (Bon Jovi, Lita Ford) & Neil Dorfsman (John Farnham, Kiss) behind the desk, and top song writing contribution by Bob Halligan Jr.
The result was a terrific collection of commercial (yet riff-driven) melodic / rockin’ AOR songs, plenty of great choruses and catchy hooks, sounding american but retaining the typically British stamp.
The mastermind / guitarist of this band was no other than the talented Steve Morris, who later will enjoy success a part of HEARTLAND, SHADOWMAN, NEWMAN, GRAND ILLUSION, etc.
In the same ligue as their contemporaries STRANGEWAYS or RIO, Export never got the luck they truly deserved, being dropped by the label soon after this recording.
This vinyl is very hard to find and become a collectors item.
Great AOR album, 1986 the year! “Living in the Fear of the Private Eye, No Escape, Runnin’ Back, Airwaves & Closer To You” fav songs, if you like the style of Avion, Aldo Nova, Flying Foxes, Joe Lamont, Lucksinger, Eric Martin…
What a Jewel! Closer to you is a breathtaking song;acoustic guitars and then…wow pure AOR,all the songs are great,finally on cd 9/10.
Pure AOR indeed. Buy it! 9/10
Good AOR, some real pearls like “Airwaves” or “Living in the fear..” between a few average songs “you make me wanna”.
Pretty good album for sure…in 1986 AOR music was taking the world by storm and basically bands from both countries (U.S.A & England were like “exporting” great talents)…this one was the final release done by this band Export and then vanished away. “Living In The Fear Of The Private Eye” opens the album excellently,”Runnin’ Back” is a goodie one, “Airwaves” a song that combines smooth passion and solid passages,”You Make Me Wanna” another excellent cut along with the powerful ballad “Closer To You”,”Tear Me Apart” has some catchy choruses and the last song “Can’t Say No” rocks…good solid vocals(Harry Shaw) and good musicianship.
5.0 out of 5 stars Substantial Pomp AOR – an underground classic through and through!
“Living in the Fear of the Private Eye” is the second album by British AOR/melodic rock group “Export” released in 1986. Much like other melodic outfits hailing form the United Kingdom – Heavy Pettin’, Lionheart, Romeos Daughter, “Export” were signed and addressed to the North American market, essentially complying with the musical standards set by such bands as Survivor, Toto,Styx.
It is quite a challenge to describe the way “Export” approach AOR; just consider that they combing hard rocking rhythm guitars with subtle electric or acoustic guitar melodies over a rhythm section that moves from standard rock tempos, to jazzy grooves to arena-rock beats. Keyboard harmonies are also a big part of “Export”s sound though often obscured by the ever-present guitars.
So a fair label for “Export” would be `Pomp AOR’ since they do combine catchy melodic rock with clever instrumentations, all coated by colorful arrangements. Indeed “No Escape”, “Runnign Back”, “Airwaves”, “Tear me apart”, “Can’t say no” as well as the title track are the cream of encephalic melodic music.
Clearly we are looking at a very talented team of musicians including the accomplished singer Harry Shaw, guitarist Steve Morris, bassist Chris Alderman, drummer Lou Rosenthal and keyboardist George Wallace. Overall “Living…” is the experienced AOR fans album – it does force one to revise their perspective of the genre.
This obscure, Liverpool based, four-piece defied all expectations by signing to the hugely influential US based Epic Records, whilst remaining virtually unknown in not only their home town but also throughout the entire UK. Not that the deal was undeserved; far from it. Their brand of melodic yet riff-driven hard rock found the band being lauded alongside similar, and huge selling, practitioners of the art such as Foreigner, Journey and Survivor. ‘Living In The Fear Of The Private Eye’, originally released in 1985, was the bands second album for the Epic label. Boasting cool song writing co-credits (including master of the art Bob Halligan Jnr.), and recorded in Philadelphia by seasoned producer Lance Quinn (Bon Jovi, Lita Ford), it presses all the right buttons on the catchy-yet-rugged melodic rock seismograph. The music is loud yet completely accessible and chock full of catchy hooks and expressive vocals courtesy of seasoned vocalist Harry Shaw. Despite Exports valiant efforts, Epic Records dropped the ball, allowing this exceptional slice of tough-guy AOR to fall flat on its face in a market that was, actually voracious for product. Truly, this is one album that should never have been allowed to slip between the cracks. Fortunately guitarist Steve Morris would continue the good fight by going on – by way of a high profile collaboration with Ian Gillan – to form underground AOR favourites Heartland and Shadowman.