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Glory - 1989 Danger In This Game

ALBUM: Danger In This Game
SERIAL: VCD 5005, BOCD 5005
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 1994, Victor (Japan), VICP-5408


LINEUP: Peter Eriksson - vocals * Jan Granwick - guitars * Andy Loos - bass, vocals * Jonas Sandkvist - keyboards * Matt Driver - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Danger In This Game * 02 Never Stop * 03 Feel The Fire * 04 This Is The Love * 05 Runaway * 06 Like An Eagle * 07 Harmony * 08 I'm Hurt * 09 Tell Me (If I'm Wrong) * 10 Survivor * 11 Exhibition

Unbelievably good melodic rock/AOR from Sweden in the form of Glory. Well known throughout Europe, and with a string of releases which have included singer Goran Edman at the helm. However, the story starts much earlier than that, with the band first coming to attention during the Swedish heyday era of Europe, Treat, Alien, Dalton et al. As far back as 1988, the band had material demoed with the Bozz label, which would eventually make up the fantastic 'Danger In This Game' opus. By this stage singer Peter Eriksson had come in for Ray Alex, and the first hint of magic would unfold on some rather special tracks.

The Songs
The Dalton like power of the title track 'Danger In This Game' immediately sets the scene. It's topped by the pair of 'Never Stop' and 'Feel The Fire': two essential tracks to hear. Sonic guitars and majestic keyboards are all over the place! The latter is a brooding ballad with a killer refrain. The radio appeal of 'Runaway' contains some spiky keyboards and fluid soloing from guitar hero Granwick. He shines again on 'Like An Eagle' and despite the coincidence, one can't help think about fellow Swedes Talk Of The Town who did a similar sounding tune called 'Free Like An Eagle'. Talk about fluke? One of Glory's earlier tracks 'I'm Hurt' which initially came out on a 2 track single in 1988, is another majestic track.. Man, this is what melodic rock is all about! Chuck in a pair of anthemic belters such as 'This Is The Love' and the excellent 'Survivor' earmark this as one of the definitive Swedish releases. The last track 'Exhibition' is a full-on guitar instrumental, no 'widdly diddly'.. just pure melodic riffing.

In Summary
Follow up albums such as 'Positively Buoyant' and 'Crisis vs Crisis' show the band in a different light.. a harder direction, leaning more towards counterparts Talisman. If people have used reference points such as Glory's later albums to judge the band by and have not been impressed by what they've heard, then throw the form-book out the window in regards to 'Danger In This Game'. This is pure melodia, and IMHO, the bands best moment. I have no hesitation in recommending this album to all and sundry, particularly those who haven't heard the band, this is the one album to own. If you like Scandi AOR/melodic rock? Buy or die!

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#1 | citynights on August 12 2008 09:15:12
Another classic in my book. This is a Scandi AOR dream for all AOR/melodic rock fans. Highly recommended!
But when Jonas Sandqvist left the band they lost their familiar keyboard sound on the next album which was in the more hard-rock vein than AOR 'Danger in this game'... and a rather disappointing effort.
#2 | citynights on August 12 2008 09:20:18
Another thing I want to say is that the producer (Mats Lindfors) from this album produced Talisman's first album and gave that Scandi feeling sound when he played keyboards on that album.
#3 | KurtmanJP on January 04 2009 17:03:28
Excellent Scandi AOR from start to finish. "Never Stop" is my favorite!
#4 | gdazegod on August 12 2012 06:32:22
Glory - 1989 Feel The Fire
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#5 | gdazegod on August 12 2012 06:33:56
Glory - 1989 Survivor
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