Listened to all FIONA albums
Posted by: Shade ()
Date: April 07, 2013 11:27PM

yesterday and today and (ha!) finally my first entry of this selection:

1. Fiona (1985)

Excellent debut. Musicianship is great (well it would be with a list like that) and for a debut album, Fiona's vocals are excellent throughout.
From the 8 songs, I totally dig 7 of them and glad my name is not "James" ...hm that song is a filler, I guess....( if I can even use this word on an otherwise absolutely phenomenal album, and no, I didn't just always look on the picture on my original vinyl album with the first cover (not the later dancing cover)

Standout tracks are of course:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cu4FqZKXfY

and who doesn't like this woman when you look at this video ??
Fiona Flanagan - Small girl with the big voice. 1985 -Big Hair days!
and of course:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Y66R3mtzlU

"When I see you my mouth gets dry..." ...still...

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8-EBEs9ZzU

and the album closer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bporhkvZkXY

In MelodicRock.com standards I would rate this album with a 91 out of 100.



2. Beyond the pale (1986)

also excellent, more Hi-tech than the debut, and a more mellow but great songs

Listen to the full album here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY3SGa9BzJs

Standout tracks are funny enough both of the cover versions, first the cover (from the equally stunning beautiful Chi Coltrane of a decade before Fiona) "Thunder & Lightning" and
the song "Living in a boys world" ( I didnt know it was a cover, maybe one of you knows who Wolf & Wolf are ?!?) and in my opinion

On "He's on my side" Fiona sounded very much like another singer-icon Laura Branigan (R.I.P.)

In MelodicRock.com standards I would rate this album with a 92 out of 100.


3. Heart Like A Gun 1989

"Everything You Do (You're Sexing Me)" is one of the greatest melodic rock/aor duets of all time:

"Here it comes again":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCdi3WsQETc

Listen to the full album here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12EQHJMBjSo

In MelodicRock.com standards I would rate this album with a 85 out of 100.


4. Squeeze (1992) - A hard time for our beloved music and a totally different approach: Fiona is now a band of 4 people who play on the album and not the 25 who were on the first three, they are now on Geffen but for how much longer...?

"Treat Me Right"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzOxiRRZBAI

The Jani Lane-penned 'Life on the Moon' is nothing short of sensational:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnTdZgh4bIk
"I bet you smiled a million times today - I wish I could have seen one"

In MelodicRock.com standards I would rate this album with a 87 out of 100.


5. Unbroken (2011) : After a wayyyyyyyyyy too long time and help from James Christian and Robin Beck, FIONA returned after 2 decades with a great album ! FIONA is back and covering the classic PROPHET song "Everything You Are" and boy, díd she an awesome job:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oif6LbTvQWA

and does a wonderful duet with Robin Beck in "This heart":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztamt81wFio

"Badge of love" here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCYJBOUMQFI

In MelodicRock.com standards I would rate this album with a 83 out of 100.

Ok, enough links, sorry for the long post, I guess you could call me a fan(boy...) Still an outstanding voice with a very own distinctive charisma in her expression. I didnt had the chance to catch one of her 2 ever small showcases here in Germany last year which I still regret, hope one day she has a chance to return. I know she got mixed reviews @ Firefest, checked out those links and though she still sounds good.

So how would YOU rate those 5 albums ?

( @ Tommy Denander: thanks for the great songs on "Unbroken" ! So you can only vote for the first 4 ! ;-) :-)

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SubjectViewsWritten ByPosted
Listened to all FIONA albums487 Shade 04/07/2013 11:27PM
Re: Listened to all FIONA albums 238 adolfo 04/07/2013 11:43PM
Re: Listened to all FIONA albums 201 SEAN1 04/08/2013 12:18AM
Re: Listened to all FIONA albums 216 MetroGnome 04/08/2013 12:21AM
Re: Listened to all FIONA albums 210 backwhereubelong 04/08/2013 12:40AM
Re: Listened to all FIONA albums 263 Shade 04/08/2013 01:11AM
Re: Listened to all FIONA albums 182 Tony Bainbridge 04/08/2013 01:15AM
Re: Listened to all FIONA albums 253 Tommy-Denander 04/08/2013 02:51AM
Re: Listened to all FIONA albums 332 Shade 04/08/2013 08:33AM
Re: Listened to all FIONA albums 98 Tony Bainbridge 04/09/2013 01:23AM
Re: Listened to all FIONA albums 167 alliedforces 04/08/2013 08:59AM
Fiona's movie songs... Hearts of Fire etc. 92 Maro 04/09/2013 07:52AM
Re: Fiona's movie songs... Hearts of Fire etc. 76 Shade 04/10/2013 06:40AM


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