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Ok Bob you're going to have to help me out. I've checked out all the major sites I know of (Canadian and U.S.),as well as some of the lesser-known sites, and no one has anything by Artful Dodger anymore. Although, did you know there is now a UK band with the same name? In any case, do you have their music on cd? Where did you get it from? If my search continues to be fruitless, how about making me a copy?

Marvin

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When I went to: www.allmusic.com (All Music Guide), it seems that the Artful Dodger CD's are no longer made. What a shame! I have never heard of Artful Dodger though. Their last two albums "Honor Among Thieves" & "Rave On" went to # 208 & # 209 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Album Charts. They did NOT hit the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts. Matt

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Yeah, I read some of that Shakespeare stuff YEARS ago, but it just didn't dawn on me.....

Anyway, since someone mentioned "Rave On", that also brings to mind a story about a relatively new Swedish band.

They call themselves the "Ravon-ettes", after the Buddy Holly song.......but in a recent interview, they mentioned that people assumed that they named their band after "Raisin-ettes" candy--something not generally available in Sweden.

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I've spent this weekend listening to a bunch of Artful Dodger that was given to me by Bob and Pat Pierson - most of which I had never heard before. All I can say is, now I know how people who missed out on the 'berries the first time feel. How did I miss out on Artful Dodger? The music is simply incredible. I remember when the band first came to prominence, and I recall reading reviews in Circus and Hit Parader, but why I never caught onto them, I have no idea.

Sigh! Another band that time and people have sadly forgotten.

Marvin

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Wow...what a great thread Marvin! I'm a HUGE Artful Dodger fan. 4 albums...all great. John you hit it right on the head about Rave On...I still can listen to that album from start to finish, some 23 years later. Not nearly as rock as the 1st two albums but a great pop record. They played a reunion show at the Agora in Cleveland circa 1990 and it was amazing. "Think Think", "Wayside", "Honor Among Thieves", "Scream", "It's Over" (talk about two great power ballads!)Their downfall was that they had the same managers as another up and coming band who had shown greater initial success - and the managers decided to focus on the other band instead. Anybody know the other band?

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Tell us who that other band was, please?

I have to say one thing about AD, their songs are chock-full of strong melodies and songs that stick in your head. The one knock against them, and this is personal preference, I would have liked to have heard more harmonizing. At times the lead singer Billy Paliselli(on songs such as "Scream") reminds me a heck of a lot of a combination of Rod Stewart and Cinderella lead singer Tom Kiefer.

Marvin

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Yeah...and the Rod Stewart comparison was very much an item at AOR radio...it actually hurt the band at the time - in the mid 70's it wasn't cool to be thought of as a blatant imitator of another's sound. Unlike today where an "artist" can't do anything original if they tried, and it still sells millions. The other band...AEROSMITH. The managers - LEBER/KREBS.

Al

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It's been a heck of a long time since I've been as floored by a rock band the way I was when I listened to these AD songs last week. Too bad the band and the song are over 20 years old. I'm going to dig up my old Hit Parader and Circus mags to see what they had to say about the band.

Marvin

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