Escape Music [Release date 23.05.14] www.escape-music.com
This is an interesting one, as it sees the return of Robert Hart, formerly of Bad Company, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and the excellent Distance album working with FM’s guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick.
Drummer Jimmy Copley (MMEB/Paul Rodgers) and bass player Pat Davey complete the band’s line-up. They also have FM’s Steve Overland adding his distinctive backing vocals and Adam Wakeman on keyboards.
Loving the title track which sounds like a UK version of Night Ranger, as Jim Kirkpatrick is playing some Brad Gillis approved riffs and solos. ‘Fortune Favours The Brave’ sounds like a Hart-era Bad Company rocker meets FM (the latter due to FM’s Steve Overland helping out on backing vocals).
For a little variety ‘Coming Home’ adds some horns, although it’s the rockers like ‘Bitter & Twisted’ when the band really comes into their own. The guitars and Hart’s vocals work a treat and the little keyboard flourishes of Adam Wakeman round things off nicely.
The blues hard rock influence is strong on here and you can’t help but stomp your feet to ‘Let’s Take The Long Way Home’. ‘Skin & Bone’ is another fine hard rock tune and overall the album is a veriatble feast of uptempo hard rock with no real ballad in sight.
If you liked FM’s ‘Rockville’ and the Bad Company eras of Brian Howe and Robert Hart this album will be right up your street. I’d be very surprised if this album didn’t make some year end ‘ best of’ lists. Highly recommended and here’s hoping for some live shows and definitely another album! ****1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
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In this show, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 2 February 2020, David Randall plays a selection of tracks from some of the artists who impressed at this year’s Giants Of Rock event in Minehead (24-27 January).
Featured Albums w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 NEWMAN Ignition (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 BLACK SWAN Shake The World (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 CORMAC O CAOIMH Swim Crawl Walk Run (indie)
Power Plays w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)
SHAKRA Turn The Light On (AFM Records)
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Transmissions (Nuclear Blast)
RYDERS CREED Lost Soul (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
FRAMING HANLEY Puzzle Pieces (Thermal Entertainment LLC)
ROBERT HART Mysterious (Escape Music)
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