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Lion - 1987 Dangerous Attraction

ALBUM: Dangerous Attraction
LABEL: Scotti Bros
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 1994, Scotti Bros, PCCY-00542


LINEUP: Kal Swan - vocals * Doug Aldrich - guitars * Jerry Best - bass * Mark Edwards - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fatal Attraction * 02 Armed And Dangerous * 03 Hard And Heavy * 04 Never Surrender * 05 Death On Legs * 06 Power Love * 07 In The Name Of Love * 08 After The Fire * 09 Shout It Out

In review, I can safely say that Lion are one of my favourite bands from the quagmire of Los Angeles based bands during the eighties. They had a magic blend of pure power melodic rock, with forceful vocals, stunning guitar work, and a world class rhythm section. Not only that, but the songs still make for great listening years later. Vocalist Kal Swan, moved from the UK to Los Angeles after a stint with the band Tytan. He joined forces with Aldrich, Best and Edwards. Edwards had played on numerous hard rock projects before then, including Steeler (with Yngwie Malmsteen and Ron Keel) but came to prominence with Lion. The guys got together in 1983, and attracted some interest from Japan with their self produced and self financed EP 'Power Love', which incidentally was only released in Japan. Lion also appeared on a couple of soundtracks, namely 'The Wraith' (with Charlie Sheen and 'that car', those who have the seen the movie will know what I mean!!), as well as 'The Transformers'. Scotti Bros soon took an interest and this album 'Dangerous Attraction' appeared during 1987, and what an album it was too!. Soaring vocals, and equally soaring guitar, coupled with an arrestingly powerful rhythm section performance. All the ingredients of a classic melodic rock album.

The Songs
Some of the highlights? The lead off track 'Fatal Attraction' (funnily enough that was supposed to be the album name, except for a movie of the same name being released around about the same time), the incredibly hooky 'Never Surrender' (first heard on 'The Wraith'), the chant-a-long gonzo rock of 'Hard And Heavy' where the guitar solo from Aldrich is killer. We also get the epicness of 'In The Name Of Love' which has a subtle atmospheric intro before filling out into a monster track. 'Power Love' is also a great stormer of a track, with booming vocals from Swan. Really, the whole album is fantastic, and is one of the stand-outs of the 1987 year.

In Summary
Twas unfortunate then that Scotti Bros (in much the same way that EMI America have done with most of their roster) failed to capitalise on what was a gift opportunity to give Lion the needed clout to get this album in the faces of the rock buying public. Consequently, the album failed to do well, Lion managed to extricate themselves out of Scotti Bros grip, and released their epitaph 'Trouble In Angel City' on the Grand Slamm label in 1989. Lion split up in 1990 when Edwards suffered a permanent injury while Aldrich went on to the band Hurricane. However, Swan and Aldrich reunited during the Nineties under the band banner of Bad Moon Rising, who have subsequently released numerous albums, as well as the band Burning Rain. In the meantime, grab a slice of this, if you can find it that is..

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#1 | dangerzone on August 07 2008 12:45:04
The follow up is on par with this debut in my opinion. I'm surprised 'Trouble in Angel City City' doesn't get much press.
#2 | opbrekke on January 25 2010 22:20:25
I recently aquired a special edition version of this album on cd, which included the ep Power Love, which I actually prefer over Dangerous Attraction, better songs me thinks. I've seen this on a couple of German mailorder sites. It must be a fairly limited edition. I doubt it is a bootleg, since it seems a rather well made product including lyrics, and a stellar sound. Just curious why this version never seems to pop up on ebay, or at least I haven't seen it so far. Not sure I agree with the love heaped upon Dangerous Attraction as it doesn't seem any better than many other similar bands.
#3 | super80boy on February 14 2016 16:30:38
Both 'Fatal Attraction' and single 'Powerlove' are standouts with Kal Swan's vocals really soaring. Those big drums and guitars in 'After The Fire' are great. Dangerous Attraction definitely gets high marks for consistency in churning out 9 high quality melodic metal cuts.

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