Great Buildings

Band members               Related acts

- Ian Ainsworth - bass, keyboards, backing vocals

- Richard Sandford - drums, percussion

- Phil Solem - lead guitar, backing vocals

- Danny Wilde - vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion,





- The Quick (Ian Ainsworth - Phil Solem and Danny Wilde)

- The Rembrandts (Danny Wilde and Phil Solem)

- Phil Solem (solo efforts)

- Thrush (Phil Solem)

- Danny Wilde (solo efforts)





Genre: pop

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title: Great Buildings

Company: Columbia

Catalog: JC-36920

Year: 1981

Country/State: Los Angeles, California

Grade (cover/record): VG+ / VG+

Comments: --

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4392

Price: $15.00

Cost: $66.00


Bass player Ian Ainsworth, guitarist Phil Solem and singer/rhythm guitarist Danny Wilde started their musical collaboration as members of the L.A.-based The Quick.  While The Quick attracted the attention of critics, they did little commercially and by the early 1980s had called it quits.  


The three quickly elected to continue their musical partnership as Great Buildings.  With the addition of drummer Richard Sandford, the quartet was signed by Columbia Records, resulting in the release of 1981's criminally overlooked "Great Buildings".  Produced by Ed Thacker (John Boylan handling one track), the result was an immaculate collection of early-1980s pop-rock.  Largely penned by Ainsworth, Solem and Wilde, tracks such as 'And the Light Goes On', 'Dream That Never Dies'  and 'Maybe It's You' were full of irritatingly catchy melodies and tight vocal harmonies.  The boy-girl lyrics may not be the year's deepest, but then who cared when virtually every one of these ten tracks would have made a dandy single.  Musically the album also made it easy to see the direct of Solem and Wilde's forthcoming work as The Rembrandts, though to my ears this set has a certain energy that the pair never recaptured.  Elsewhere, Columbia tapped 'Hold On To Something' b/w 'Combat Zone' as a single (Columbia catalog number 11-02008).  Columbia also released the single in a special 12" picture disc format:



- 1981's 'Combat Zone' and ' Maybe It's You' b/w 'Hold On To Something'  (Columbia catalog number AS 927).

"Great Buildings" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Hold On To Something   (Ian Ainsworth - Phil Solem - Danny Wilde) - 3:46

2.) And the Light Goes On (Ian Ainsworth - Phil Solem - Danny Wilde) - 3:15

3.) Dream That Never Dies (Ian Ainsworth - Phil Solem - Danny Wilde) - 3:42

4.) Combat Zone (Ian Ainsworth - Danny Wilde) - 3:34

5.) Maybe It's You (Ian Ainsworth - Danny Wilde) - 5:07

(side 2)
.) One Way Out (Ian Ainsworth) - 3:38

2.) Another Day in My Life (Ian Ainsworth - Danny Wilde) - 3:09

3.) Heartbreak  (Danny Wilde)- 4:42

4.) Love Goes Blind  (Ian Ainsworth - Danny Wilde)- 3:53

5.) Apart From the Crowd (Ian Ainsworth) - 5:11