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Zinatra - 1990 The Great Escape



ARTIST: Zinatra
ALBUM: The Great Escape
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: 842 962-2
YEAR: 1990
CD REISSUE: 2004, Snakebite (Netherlands), SNB006

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TRACK LISTING: 01 The Great Escape * 02 Take It To The Top * 03 Two Sides Of Love * 04 There She Was * 05 Love Never Dies * 06 Unknown Skies * 07 Too Blind To See * 08 Candyman * 09 Hold On * 10 Only Your Heart * 11 Jekyll And Hyde * 12 The Roaring Silence


Background
A superb slice of Dutch melodic rock, which is about as classy an effort coming out this side of the Zeider Zee. For all AORsters who have a certain liking for keyboard laced rock, the mere mention of the name Robby Valentine is enough to send shivers down the spine. It does for me! Combined with the production talent of Wisselord regular Edwin Musper and some songwriting assistance from Canadian rocker Paul Laine, sees Zinatra 'upping the ante' on this album and moving into the big league.


The Songs
Quite literally there are some amazing songs onboard here, where Rerimassie's full frontal guitar is tempered by the synth blanket laid down by Valentine, while Mennen's voice though a little out of control at times powers in over the top. A regular playlist of Zinatra songs would include the Paul Laine penned and keyboard dominant 'Take It To The Top', 'Two Sides Of Love' and 'Only Your Heart' while the delicately arranged 'There She Was' climaxes with a memorable chorus. Valentine decides to have a bash at singing on 'Love Never Dies' and you can immediately hear his Freddy Mercury vocal leanings on this power ballad. The pace quickens to Pretty Maids type speed on 'Unknown Skies', where the old ticker really needs to keep in time to the beat of the double bass drums! 'Too Blind To See' is another great melodic rock workout, then there's the rollicking 'Candyman' despite the dubious song title, which is pretty good too! Big vocal chants on the choruses stand out on 'Jekyll And Hyde' while the album closer 'The Roaring Silence' is astounding for the fact that the song bears no resemblance to it's title and wimpers out without raising a breath or a heartbeat, even when they decide to heavy it up at the end..


In Summary
However, for all you melodic rockers you can't go past the majority of this effort, and it quite rightly deserves a place in your CD collection. Both Mennen and Valentine went on to respective solo careers, the former plying a solid HM type road while the latter produced some fantastic AOR.


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#1 | gdazegod on April 10 2007 20:28:20
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#2 | gdazegod on April 10 2007 20:33:14
What annoyed me about this video is that you hardly saw Robby Valentine.. it was focused totally on the front three guys, and some bimbo beside a car.. presumably 'cruising down main street'.. lol!
#3 | Eric on April 10 2007 20:47:16
Yup- Robbo was left out, but isn't the obligatory bimbo what 80's video's were all about?! LOL! Great album and fun video. One of the few bands from this era I like...
#4 | gdazegod on July 01 2008 10:43:13
I notice in the other video (Take It To The Top) there seems to be no sign of Robby Valentine at all within the clip.. hmm!
#5 | KurtmanJP on January 11 2009 19:31:36
Excellent album! My fave songs are Take It Top The Top, There She Was, Unknown Skies, Candyman, Only Your Heart and Jekyll and Hyde. The only songs that haven't grown on me are Hold On and The Roaring Silence. For those new to AOR, I'd describe them as a mix of Van Halen, Cheap Trick and Europe.
 
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