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Drive She Said - 1989 Drive She Said

ARTIST: Drive She Said
ALBUM: Drive She Said
LABEL: CBS (US), Music For Nations (UK)
SERIAL: ZK 45102, MFN 100
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2015, AOR Heaven, CLASSIX0028


LINEUP: Al Fritsch - vocals, guitars * Mark Mangold - keyboards, programming, drums vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 If This Is Love * 02 Hard Way Home * 03 Don't You Know * 04 But For You * 05 Love Has No Pride * 06 Maybe It's Love * 07 Hold On (Hands Around Your Heart) * 08 If I Told You * 09 I Close My Eyes * 10 As She Touches Me-Why Can't I Believe

The driving force behind this pure AOR duo is the ex American Tears and Touch keyboardist Mark Mangold. After those stints, and many credits helping out friends such as Michael Bolton and Aldo Nova, Drive She Said literally became the next vehicle (excuse the pun!) for Mark to expose his musical prowess. Hooking up with the golden voiced Al Fritsch, DSS became an AOR outfit much talked about before their Columbia debut landed in 1989.

The Songs
On the strength of their material, DSS earned a 100% rating in the UK publication Metal Forces. A rare thing indeed considering the amount of metal and thrash permeating through that magazine at the time. Would I give it 100%? Err, probably not, but there are highlights. Yes, there are many: the lush 'As She Touches Me (Why Can't I Believe)' coupled with the Aldo Nova 'Twitch' era sounding 'Love Has No Pride', a song co-penned and co-produced by the Canadian master himself. 'If This Is Love' is their trademark song, AOR of the purest kind. The Fiona co-write 'Hard Way Home' is straight ahead melodic rock with an organ base, while the Touch chestnut 'Don't You Know What Love Is' gets a make-over, though the original is still hard to.. 'touch' (hee hee). 'But For You' is a bit overly wimpy, though it's compensated for by the excellent 'Hold On' (Hands Around Your Heart).. 'hold on to this feeling, hold on to the way we are, you been too long disbelievin.. someone could put his hands around your heart..'

In Summary
Perhaps the only minor drawback is the obvious use of drum machines throughout (in much the same situation as Michael Bolton's 'Everybody's Crazy' album), despite the fact that Mark Mangold is credited as playing drums. It would be fair to say that DSS obtained more success in UK/Europe than they did back home Stateside. The UK label Music For Nations did the honorable thing and re-licenced the album for distribution. A handful of follow-up albums ensured a certain level of popularity, though the quality of material didn't quite reach the consistent heights of this one. 'Drive She Said' despite not being the perfect set of AOR is still a worthy addition to the collection.

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#1 | Vincenzo on November 22 2007 18:07:39
I disagree with George. This album, for me, is a great release: 'AMERICAN DREAM AOR'...brillant.
#2 | rostoned on April 05 2008 20:26:54
to me ears not as good and inspired as anything done by TOUCH or AMERICAN TEARS (3rd album), Mark's previous combos. I don't like Al Fritsch's voice and the music is too wimp and not well produced. A 2nd rate band in my humble opinion
#3 | richardb on April 06 2008 11:30:51
Couldn't agree more. Given Mangold's track record with Touch I was bitterly disappointed and got rid of this album years ago. Maybe if he'd teamed up with Craig Brooks it might have been a different proposition..

Richard B
#4 | Eric on May 04 2008 14:03:24
Agree, this record did nothing for me and is over rated as can be. Would have been fun to see them open for Marillion in NYC though.
#5 | reyno-roxx on May 04 2008 20:26:08
Not as good as Touch, but better than American Tears and Valhalla. I did rate this album rather highly, concurring with the MF review by giving it 5K's in 'Kerrang!' at the time.
They were a pretty good live band.
#6 | Jez on June 13 2008 22:59:17
After the 'Classic' Touch album, without a doubt Mark Mangolds finest hour. One AOR album that is full to the brim of great songs - with no filler to be seen. One deserving the 'Classic' tag in my books and an album they unfortunately never bettered in future releases.
#7 | george_the_jack on July 01 2008 17:59:41
Here is a remake of the TOUCH superhit 'Don't you know what love is'' that we all loved. Mark Mangold is great as always.
#8 | george_the_jack on July 01 2008 18:01:40
George, the 'Road to Paradise' album, which is a 'best of' is FANTASTIC!
#9 | super80boy on December 15 2013 19:19:13
I believe this debut is worth seeking out, but the subsequent albums are for the completionists. Side One does have the big radio ready single 'If This Is Love', but it also has the melodic rock gem 'Don't You Know', which has pumping keyboards and quite a catchy chorus. The rest of the songs are kind of lighter fare, but well arranged and performed. Side Two is a bit stronger with the anthemic driving 'Maybe It's Love', 'If I Told You' and the tightly arranged 'I Close My Eyes'.
#10 | englandashes on December 15 2013 20:09:48
Saw these guys at Milton Keynes, opened for FM, right at the front of the stage, excellent, again like some many gigs I only went to see the opening act, (yes I did stay for Fm...but retired to the back) although I do remember the shouts of 'BUNGLE' when the great Al arrived, he looked quite perplexed.

Other bands I went to see on purpose to see the opening act where Shotgun Symphony opening for Tyketto, and yes really.....Dokken for Ac/Dc, we have always been starved of these groups. Biggest regret, missing Giant at Milton Keynes..why didn't I go????

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