Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes


Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
With Vinnie making his mu...
Same here, forgotten abou...
Both albums are really go...
Great band had forgotten ...
This debut is chocked ful...
The band really broadens ...
I've seen this many times...
A classic indeed and thei...
I hoped more from this al...
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
You must login to post a message.

23-01-2018 19:27
R.I.P Dave Holland, drummer, ex Trapeze and Judas Priest. Aged 69.

22-01-2018 21:32
Wonderful recent interview with Gary Numan.

21-01-2018 21:04
Lucky and now skint, judging by the winning bid!!

21-01-2018 20:47
Some lucky Jeff Lynne fan got a real rarity!

21-01-2018 09:43
Yep in Argent, especially as Rod Argent and Jim we’re cousins.

21-01-2018 07:43
Didn't Rodford also play in Argent and Charlie too?

20-01-2018 22:04
Jim Rodford, bass player, The Kinks, Phoenix (I think?), but I remember him with The Zombies, saw live a while back. RIP

17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2003 Articles » First Shot - 2003 Midnight Madness
First Shot - 2003 Midnight Madness

ARTIST: First Shot
ALBUM: Midnight Madness
LABEL: Escape Music
YEAR: 2003


LINEUP: Marc LaFrance - vocals, percussion * Dave Pickell - keyboards * Peter Clarke - bass, vocals * Doug Edwards - guitar, keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dealer Of Love * 02 Skin Deep * 03 Somewhere In Time * 04 All Through The Night * 05 I Can't Get Over You * 06 Into The Night * 07 Don't Take Me For A Fool * 08 Girl Like You * 09 Midnight Madness * 10 It Must Be Magic * 11 The More Things Chang

I must say, after hearing 2001's disappointing 'From The Hip' album (well I thought it was), this new one from this bunch of Vancouver session legends called First Shot is a bit of a wake-call/kick start.. call it what you will. It seems that they've found their groove, and the overall record (yeah I still call them records!) has a much more consistent feel to it. You're gonna get no qualm about the quality, I mean the question to consider is: how many other artists have this collective bunch played with? I would guess and say 'absolutely heaps', and the results are obvious. Twenty years ago we had Night Ranger releasing an album called 'Midnight Madness'. Coincidental or not, the title suggests these guys want to revisit the glory days of radio rock, and to a certain extent they do. It's not diffcult to pick the eyes out of their sound, an amalgam of many Vancouver based outfits from yesteryear rear their head: Prototype, Prism and Straight Lines/Body Electric are a couple that stand out, and is it turns out, most of the First Shot band members have had dealings with those bands in any case.

The Songs
The songs are varied, which helps embellish the interest factor. The opener 'Dealer Of Love' is a fantastic 'happy-go-lucky' tune, in the same vein as Doug And The Slugs for instance. 'Skin Deep' has the same sort of sound as heard on the latest Body Electric release, while the ballad 'Somewhere In Time' is probably best described as a working mans version of I-Ten. Not bad, but if put into the hands of Steinberg and Kelly, well.... 'All Through The Night' is very keyboard dominated, some rough 'n' tough guitar lines in there too. 'I Can't Get Over You' is straight out of the 80's radio rock format, commercial and easy on the ear while on the other hand, 'Into The Night' has that same brooding feel last heard on the classic Preview album. Now, we're not in the same league here obviously, but the style and intent is there. 'Don't Take Me For A Fool' features some galloping riffs on the chorus which I'm sure will invoke some cries of joy from those 80's AORsters out there. My fave track is the lovely velvet smooth 'Girl Like You'. Very nice indeed. 'It Must Be Magic' recently heard on Body Electric's 'Walking Through Walls' CD gets a revamp here, probably not as good, with 'The More Things Change' finishes things off rather nicely. Look out for the bonus track (I think it's called 'Oh Why') toward the end.

In Summary
I'm quite impressed to be honest. This album gets released later next month (Nov 2003) and is definitely worth having a listen to. We'll get an MP3 medley up shortly so you can take a listen. For those who were put off by last years 'From The Hip' album, a pleasant surprise awaits you. 'Midnight Madness' without doubt, is a far superior release.

Related Articles
First Shot - 2001 From The Hip
First Shot - 2003 Midnight Madness

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 02:24:04
As with 'From The Hip', another Vaults release. Very much the same comments as for that one, although i will add that i prefer a few more of the tracks on this one. Definately a case of cherry picking the best tracks from both and putting them on one compilation.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
Articles Cloud
MPG - 1981 MPG, Utopia - 1974 Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Quatro, Michael - 1976 Dancers, Romancers, Dreamers And Schemers, Hollies, The - 1973 Out On The Road, Fleetwood Mac - 1975 Fleetwood Mac, Witness - 1988 Witness, Freedom Call - 2002 Eternity, Boys Of The Band - 2010 Does I Can, Jillson - 1990 Deadly Girl, Dalbello - 1984 WhoManFourSays, Hinterland - 1990 Kissing The Roof Of Heaven, Iconic Eye - 2014 Well Begun, Bad English - 1991 Backlash, Danger Danger - 1989 Danger Danger, Evile - 2007 Enter The Grave
Sparks Vixen Kane Roberts Yesterrock Oakley The Outfield Loverboy Backseat Sally Rochester Rock Boulevard Striker (Canada) Zuider Zee Private Lightning Korea Rush Pagans Mind Street Legal Jaugernaut Rox Diamond Big Big Train Hurricane Boy Slayer Death Angel The Essential Series Artillery Anthrax Exciter Metallica Exodus Megadeth Annihilator Sepultra Dirty Looks Rock Candy Records Nobodys Fool Styx Faragher Brothers Landslide Tony MacAlpine Live Albums House Of Mirrors Supreme Majesty Rainbow
All Tags
Search DDG