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6 days ago
GuitarheroAndy
Songs Venus Rocket Science Snake King is one of the few RS albums I've moved on. Bored me to tears...
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17 days ago
GuitarheroAndy
I was just gonna post the very same thing!
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17 days ago
GuitarheroAndy
Well, exactly!
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17 days ago
GuitarheroAndy
It's not. They are an excellent country band. Of course, if you hate country, then you'll think they suck. Fair enough. They fell foul of the American public years ago by anti-Bush statements and it ruined their previously promising career for years. They normally have more balls than many male artists, so I'm suspecting that this will have been forced on them by the record company. Lady
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21 days ago
GuitarheroAndy
I'm the opposite. I never heard the debut but Don't Just Stand There is, to my ears, killer pop/AOR. I bought it the same day I bought Michael Bolton's 'The Hunger' and much to my surprise, ended up playing it as much as 'The Hunger'. I didn't really rate the others that highly, but then I have generally tended to prefer the more pop-based AOR sound rather than the heavier side.
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28 days ago
GuitarheroAndy
4 stunning albums. I prefer Native Sons because it always seems to have more variation in tempo than Walk in the Fire, although individually, the songs on both are stunning and hard to choose over each other. The best Giant songs are on that debut for me. TTB is utterly fabulous too though. TTB also rocks harder I think. So glad I got to see them on the short UK tours for both albums...
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4 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
Quite right! Stepping into Schenker's shoes was never going to be easy, yet he managed it with considerable style and aplomb and the minimum of fuss! Great guitarist! RIP Paul
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4 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
I've got loads, but the best one was at the Country to Country festival in 2018 when Little Big Town headlined the Sunday night. I was in the second row at the O2 and during the set, a chap I know who was on the front row waved at acoustic guitarist Philip Sweet, opening his hand in a 'please throw me a pick' kinda way, which Philip did. I was three to the left and obviously a row back, so a fair
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4 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
*Chuckle* If you say so, buddy!
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4 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
Sorry, Icon all the way for me. Stone cold classic, every track a winner. Melidian, average and dull by comparison. Didn't even hear it til I found a download a few years back and thought I'd give it a whirl as I'd heard good things about it. Listened a few times and deleted it.
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4 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
Fair points. I agree that a lot of this stuff doesn't sound great. Some of that is a 'kitchen sink' approach to production and arrangements whereas back in the day, less was often very much more, but obviously compression and the demands of streaming and MP3 which seem to dictate the need for everything on a level don't always do it any favours. At least with this band, there's less going on.
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4 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
What's up with the mix Carl? Everything sounds like it's in the right place to me, but then 40 years of loud music may have destroyed my ears!!
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4 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
I love it! Monstrous guitar and huge vocal hooks galore. What's not to like? Even the overall production/mix is good! Two out of two for me on this album thus far...
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4 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
I've reviewed the Lionville single on MetalPlanetMusic.com: Nothing Without You Review I like it (and love their first two albums) as I love the softer side of AOR, but I can understand the negativity around both it and them from those who prefer their rock a bit harder.
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4 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
I really like that. I found it neither insipid nor lifeless. I found it quietly reflective and I like the subtleties in the production (like the bottleneck guitar effects that sneak in near the end.) Given the age of the performers, the vocals were pretty decent. That'd go nicely on a playlist for a quiet evening at home.
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5 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
Change is probably my favourite JW song. I always felt that his albums were inconsistent - lots of great songs and lots of filler. Interesting production too, on the early ones, with some real new wave flavours that probably did little to endear some of the tracks to me. But when he's good, he's very good!
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6 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
That is bloody good! Great sounding vocal especially...
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7 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
Not the same, perhaps, but Gun were still excellent at Nottingham on that tour!
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7 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
I recall videoing this from late night TV when it was first aired! Great stuff... I still prefer their first album to all those that followed it.
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7 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
Yeah, that's exactly my definition of 'safe' in this context - commercial and viable for sales. Which is exactly what '1987' was at the time. It took Whitesnake slap bang into the arena of huge sales, helped by the fact that it was a bloody great bunch of songs with colossal production and image to match. Exactly what the 1985 S/T album was for Heart...
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7 weeks ago
GuitarheroAndy
Heart's first couple of albums have some cracking stuff on them, but let's face it, they'd run out of ideas by the time of the woeful Private Audition in 1982. Personally, I love Passionworks from '83, although I suspect many disagree. I love the S/T album and Brigade. Bad Animals is less consistent to my ears. The songwriting is very 'pop' oriented on all those three albums from '85 onwards, but
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2 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Actually, with a slightly more country type vibe included, I'd second Robert Jon and The Wreck and I'd add Kyle Daniel who is really superb!
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2 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Jon Kilzer's first album (Memory In The Making) is superb, as are any of Danny Wilde's three pre-Rembrandts albums (The Boyfriend, Any Man's Hunger and Danny Wilde), Henry Lee-Summer has his moments (Wish I had a Girl is is best song) I'd class those as AOR/Melodic Rock variants on the Heartland or Mid-Western rock style... Hope that helps...
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2 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Rick Springfield's 'like Father, Like Son' from Living In Oz - entirely orchestral instrumentation...
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2 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Sonically soooo much better than anything off the debut! Cool song too....
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2 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
I played Fame & Fortune for the first time in about 20 years on Monday while having an iTunes clearout. I'd forgotten what a superb record it is! RIP Brian - one of the great 80s rock vocalists without a doubt!
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2 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Christopher Cross' debut is the ultimate yacht rock album and, while not quite matching those heady heights, this is a cool example of the genre. Very nice! Love the percussion and horns...
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2 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Interesting to hear it called 'derivative'. I thought it was one of the least derivative albums of its time and didn't really quite fit into the niche occupied by many of the AOR acts that did far better with their albums. For what it's worth, I always thought that was a good thing about it and I agree with most people that it is a classic of its time. I had a massive clearout of CDs when I had
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2 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
The post on their Facebook page simply stated that Chris was 'unable to commit' to the autumn 2020 shows and that 'he remains a friend' and 'the door remains open'. So who knows? Tony will do a great job I'm sure...
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2 months ago
GuitarheroAndy
Agreed! Not a bad song on it...
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