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Strangeways - 1989 Walk In The Fire



ARTIST: Strangeways
ALBUM: Walk In The Fire
LABEL: Bonaire
SERIAL: 209 777
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2006, Majestic Rock, MAJCD071 * 2011, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY099
SPONSOR: Rock Candy Records

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Terry Brock - vocals * Ian Stewart - guitars * David Stewart - bass * Jim Drummond - drums

Guest: David 'Munch' Moore - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Where Are They Now? * 02 Danger In Your Eyes * 03 Love Lies Dying * 04 Every Time You Cry * 05 Talk To Me * 06 Living In The Danger Zone * 07 Modern World * 08 Into The Night * 09 Walk In The Fire * 10 After The Hurt Is Gone

RATING:


Background
I can't say it any clearer than this: 'Walk In The Fire' is immense AOR of the finest sort. If there are two albums you need in your CD collection (that is: if you're more than a half serious follower of melodic rock), then it's their 1987 predecessor 'Native Sons' and this one 'Walk In The Fire'. Very much strangers in their homeland of Scotland, these Glaswegians plus American import Terry Brock continued the tradition of Journey in the purest sense between 1987 and 1989, when San Francisco's finest went into hiatus. Whereas Brock's vocal style was a deadringer for Steve Perry on 'Native Sons', his voice had by this stage taken on a husky rasp, though the sheer quality of it is awesome to say the least. The ten songs onboard are an aural treat.


The Songs
Getting underway with 'Where Are They Now', it just whets the appetite for the rest to follow. What about the classic movie dialogue intro to 'Danger In Your Eyes' .. 'I couldn't do that, could you do that? How can they do that? .. who are those guys?' The music which follows is compelling too. We are then ushered in by the rather awesome 'Love Lies Dying', lyrically teary-eyed, but played with so much class. That special line 'I'm losing this war with my own pride, I'd die before I let you down' is a message all guys should take note of when it comes to keeping relationships from going under. 'Every Time You Cry' is one of my all time favourite Strangeways tracks, those keyboard lines are like FM on their 'Indiscreet' album. 'Living In The Danger Zone' is AOR pitched at the very best level, as is the hi-tech sounding 'Into The Night'. Precedings slow up for the final two tracks: the title track 'Walk In The Fire' which melts away all musical inhibition, while we end with the subtle perfection of 'After The Hurt Is Gone', a predominantly soft meandering piece about the heartbreak of participating in war; with some spiky bursts of guitar and heavy drums through the middle.


In Summary
After this album, Brock left the band and returned to the US where he continued on as a session singer, until recently getting back into the scene again with The Sign, Phantoms Opera, Seventh Key, Slamer and as a solo artist. The remainder of the band continued on, though musically, they moved in a completely different (and non melodic rock) direction. The fact that Strangeways are currently a pale imitation of their former selves, belies the fact that 'Walk In The Fire' is still an incredible slice of melodic rock. Even if the Stewart brothers still persist in dabbling in their current Dire Straits/Pink Floyd style, and refuse to revert back to the style that made them underground legends with their first three albums, at least we are safe in the knowledge that the recorded output is locked away permanently onto CD, reminding us how good they were. Thank god for that! However, wouldn't it be great if Ian and David changed 'horses' (excuse the pun). I dare them to..


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#1 | george_the_jack on June 02 2008 16:43:41
This is slightly better than ''native sons' IMO'. Anyway both albums reach AOR perfection! 2 monuments of the genre that alongside the two ''virginia wolf' and the st 'Heartland' are being included in the list of my very favourite eternal albums!
#2 | jeffduran on October 13 2008 09:38:42
Great but not on the level of 'Native Sons' IMHO...Still a classic AOR release!
#3 | Eric on January 29 2009 21:31:54
Both 'Native Sons' and this baby are stellar AOR albums. Late 80's AOR didn't get much better than these two records.
#4 | RobLynott on September 03 2010 08:31:25
An average aor-album for me. Never understood the hype surrounding them. Still, their debut from 1985 is absolutely excellent and their best piece of work by a country mile!
#5 | gdazegod on August 23 2011 09:40:33
Four bonus tracks on the Rock Candy reissue:

11 Jackie's Gone
12 Big Tom
13 Liberty
14 The Last Chance

These were co-written by their (then) new singer Charles Bowyer. 'Liberty' reappeared on Strangeways 2010 comeback album 'Perfect World'.
#6 | jeffrey343 on December 24 2013 17:22:02
I got this and "Native Sons" at the same time five years ago, and I preferred this one at the time. The production was more along the lines of what I listened to in the latter half of the 80s. I replaced my Majestic "Native Sons" with the Rock Candy version a month ago, and it was a big improvement sound-wise. I replaced this one last week. Not quite as big an improvement, but the RC version does sound better. I do believe "Native Sons" is now my favorite of the two. The songs on NS resonate with me a little more than the songs on this one. They tried some deeper subject matter on a couple of tracks here. The one song I've loved from first listen is "Danger In Your Eyes". I've been playing these two albums a good amount lately. They never were that immediate to me five years ago, but I probably just didn't give them enough time.
 
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