Sunday, April 29, 2007

EIGHT SECONDS - Almacantar (1986) (Req)


Bass - March Cesare/Drums - Scott Milks/Guitar - Andres Del Castillo , Marc Parent/
Keyboards - Frank Levin/Mixed By [Assistant], Recorded By [Assistant] - Andrew Scarth/ Mixed By, Recorded By - Stephen W. Tayler/Vocals [Additional] - Rupert Hine/
Vocals - Andres Del Castillo , Frank Levin , Scott Milks/Written By - Eight Seconds

Tracklist :

01 Sincere (4:26)
02 Kiss You (When It’s Dangerous) (4:06)
03 Call And A Cry (4:10)
04 Just Pretend (4:33)
05 Commissioner St. (4:41)
06 Where’s Bula (4:38)
07 Zoe (4:53)
08 Wings (4:44)
09 Listen (5:18)
10 Land Of The Monster (4:36)

11 Kiss You (when it`s dangerous) (rare extended mix)
12 Tell Diane from (from"Big Houses")

13 Moving Day (from "Big Houses")
14 Picture (from"Big Houses")

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"Perhaps it's because of the slight rasp in Andres DelCastillo's voice or March Cesare's funky bass but Eight Seconds recalls the Fixx. The culprit is most likely Fixx producer Rupert Hine, who gives Almacantar an unmistakably '80s rock radio sheen. The Fixx was a British band that sounded American; Eight Seconds, on the other hand, was a Canadian group attempting to sound like an English band that sounded American. Best known for the single "Kiss You (When It's Dangerous)," Eight Seconds knew how to craft a hook just like their idols in the Fixx; Almacantar is bursting with them. The giddy synthesizers and sweaty vocals of "Kiss You (When It's Dangerous)" create a sensual atmosphere; the lyrics aren't deep -- you're supposed to be dancing, not thinking -- but catchy lines like "I won't kiss you if you want me to/It's much too easy with someone like you" are made for singing in the shower. "Call and a Cry" and "Sincere" borrow the Fixx's otherworldly keyboards and anthemic pop. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery then the Fixx should be blushing because Eight Seconds does it so well. Nearly every track on Almacantar could have been an FM hit -- even the oddly titled "Where's Bula" is hummable. The lads were also kind enough to include a moving ballad, "Just Pretend," for the ladies seduced by "Kiss You (When It's Dangerous)." ~ Michael Sutton, All Music Guide

Eight Seconds got its start as an entity when the members became aware of each other in various bands playing the Ottawa club scene. It was 1982 and Castillo, Levin and Milks had all just graduated from high school; encountering each other continuously in the local bars fostered a sort of mutual admiration society between them and they by the end of the summer of '82 they'd decided to form a band. They wrote and demoed their material to hone their chops until finding Cesare and Parent, and then hit the bars as Eight Seconds. They managed to slip the occasional original into their set of covers, one of which was "Where's Bula"? This song won them CHEZ 106's Sharechez '83 homegrown contest, so they contacted Corvideocom to make a video which got airplay on MuchMusic and MTV's Basement Tapes show, as well as winning the 1984 Canadian Film and Television Association's Best Music Video of the Year. These achievement's plus the band's potential attracted the attention of Allan White, owner of the video company. He sent them back into the studio to record a five-song EP, 1985's 'Ottava Rima' (pronounced Oh-ta-va Ree-ma), which charted in Ottawa both on CHEZ 106 FM and CFRA AM. Greg Torrington, music director at CHEZ 106, sent the EP to producer Rupert Hine (the Fixx, Howard Jones) in England, who was so impressed he went on the air in Ottawa and stated publicly that he wished to produce the band. This attention from Rupert caught the attention of the major labels and eventually the band signed with Polygram Records and then went to England to work with Hine. The result was their first full-length release, 'Almacantar', in 1987, and a Top 30 hit with "Kiss You (When It's Dangerous)". A second album was recorded in 1988 but management hassles and red tape kept the material on the shelf. By 1990 things had been worked out and WEA had come calling with a new deal, and their second album, 'Big Houses', was released. In 1987, however, Parent left the fold, and so they added an extra player for their live dates in 1990. The band was lost in the dissolution shuffle of their American record label, ATCO, and the band remained in limbo, effectively causing Eight Seconds to disband. Eight Seconds reunited, briefly, in 2002 to record a track for the 2004 Bullseye Records release "It Was 40 Years Ago Today: A Tribute To The Beatles" with their remake of the classic track 'Hey Jude'. (

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Blogger Miss Parker said...

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!
You absolutely ***ROCK***!!!
You are the best in all the world. :-)

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salty this is Anvilscepe. Thank you so much for the Band of Susans discography. It was such an unexpected surprise. You never cease to amaze. Cheers.

6:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

youre welcome!!!!:)


12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a coincidence! I had unsuccessfully tried to copy my Alamacantar cassette to MP3 just a couple days ago (computer issues) and was very pleasantly suprised to see it on your blog! One of my favorite Dollar Bin finds.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though I'm a big Rupert Hine fan I have never heard of this production before.

Would it be possible to upload the complete "Big Houses" album? The tracks you included sound kind of progressive and rock more than the FIXX-like stuff on "Almacantar".

1980-F, Germany

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as rupert hine "connoisseur" i'm very glad to find this post
it's a pitty for the fixx (the link is dead) but never mine it's already great
thanks again

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi again, Salty!

Since you don't have the "Big Houses" album, I looked at ebay - and found it!!! It was not the cheapest, but absolutely worth the investment. It's really a shame that this band is so unknown, that I've overlooked them all the years. It indeed has some progressive efforts (e.g. odd time signatures). And as I can see in your newer postings (e.g. Visitors - many thanks for these, too!) you're also into progressive music. :-)

So, as soon as I have the time to upload "Big Houses", I can send you the link as a thank you for all the great stuff I've found in your blog.

Best wishes

2:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely fantastic! I have the LP of Almacantar that I bought way back in 1986...but haven't transferred it to the computer. Thanks!

12:43 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Great find. I remember hearing these guys when I lived in Ottawa. It was good stuff. Too bad they didn't get the break they deserved.

5:16 AM  
Blogger stephenmalkmus said...

oh my reup this one please

3:02 AM  
Anonymous sam said...

Please... reupload.

This can't be lost.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi,the new link:


9:32 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

LOVE your blog Saltyka!

do you happen to have the "Ottava Rima" EP? If so, would you share it with us pleaaaaase?

Thank you!!!

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this link doesnt work...can someone check into?? NEED this album :)

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, is there any chance to have this in lossless format? Would be really great to have in superb quality! :)


2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Hounddoggy. Thanks so much for reposting this! Don't know if you already have it posted or not, but I have "Big Houses", 320kbps, if you want it.

6:54 AM  

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