SHERIFF – Sheriff

Rock Candy

Canadian AOR / hard rock from 1982, that somehow didn’t take off at the time. The music is incredible in that the songs are strong, the guitar work outstanding, and Freddy Curci’s vocals with a range to match Steve Perry and Freddy Mercury. At the higher end there’s definitely a Rush feel, mixing strong vocals with strong riffs.

The rhythms are solid, the keyboard lines work well, and the power ballad “When I’m With You” strangely became a #1 hit in the US 6 years later. Contrast that with “Kept  Me Coming” which is all out thunder, mixing Girlschool with AC/DC. Good stuff!

Not only is this album well packaged, it restores the original ending to the final track that was edited on the original CD (issued in 1989 on the back of the success of the single), and it features 7 live tracks originally issued in 1983 as a promotional only set.

A great album and package all round.


Joe Geesin

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