I-Ten - Taking a Cold Look, the title track from their sole album, released in 1983. I-Ten were a bit of a "mystery" band, sort of a once-off project featuring the likes of Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro and David Paisch from Toto, Richard Page from Pages and Mr.Mister, Mike Baird from Airborne and a host of others, Tom Kelly from America and others together with at least ten other well known musicians, most of whom are session players. K errang Magazine once voted this album one of the top AOR releases of all time. This is pomp rock of the highest degree. It's Toto meets Ambrosia meets Steve Perry-era Journey - the best of everything, and is certainly worth adding to the collection, now that it's been released on CD through Sony Music. 
  
 


Biography by Steve Huey
i-Ten was a short-lived hard rock/AOR venture by the legendary '80s pop songwriting team of Billy Steinberg (guitar/vocals) and Tom Kelly (guitar/keyboards/vocals), who had had some success writing for others but hadn't yet hit the big time. Steinberg and Kelly teamed up with a number of rock session vets, including Toto's Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, and David Paich, plus Journey drummer Mike Baird, Richard Page (later of Mr. Mister), and others. i-Ten's lone album, Taking a Cold Look, was released in 1983 and co-produced by Lukather and Keith Olsen. While it produced no hit singles (and most of the musicians returned to their day jobs), the title track was later covered by Honeymoon Suite, and the ballad "Alone" was taken to the top of the charts by Heart in 1987. By that time, Steinberg and Kelly would be established pop hitmakers, penning songs like Madonna's "Like a Virgin," Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Whitney Houston's "So Emotional," and the Bangles' "Eternal Flame. 

 

 

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I-Ten - 1983 - Taking a Cold Look - 4/5

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