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Takara - 2002 Eternal Faith [Reissue]


TAKARA - ETERNAL FAITH (2002, LION MUSIC)
Neal Grusky - guitars
Jeff Scott Soto - vocals, keyboards, bass, drums
Gary Schutt - bass
Robert A Duda - drums


Background
An oldie but a goodie. Re-released from 1993 after initially getting air-time from both Zero Corporation in Japan as well as Now And Then in UK/Europe. This version of 'Eternal Faith' has a new cover, but in essence, it's the same package as it was back then. Actually, listening to this nearly a decade after the event, it sounds great, and one wonders why I parted with my original CD a few years ago? The vocals of Soto are as ever-present as those Talisman and Eyes albums he sang on previously, though one has to realise this is Neal Grusky's baby. Initally Jeff was bought in as producer, but the original singer couldn't cut it, so Jeff helped out, and eventually became a fixture in the band.

The Songs
The music is anthemic driving hard rock, like an American version of Yngwie J Malmsteen and Talisman, though perhaps without the same 'Euro edge' as those two. Musically though, tracks like 'Two Hearts Together', 'Just Like Yesterday' and 'Fallen Angel' are absolute winners. Massive choruses and kick ass rhythm-work. The ballads 'Restless Heart' and 'Colors Fade' show the other side of the band. On these two Grusky shows off some searing guitar solos. Just to reinforce the fact that this is a melodic hard rock album, tracks like 'First Attraction' and 'Passions Of The Heart' are full to the brim with strutting keyboards - great for the AORsters who like it a tad heavy.

In Summary
If you're unfamiliar with the band, or wanna know how and when these guys formed, then grab this album for starters. Fans of the first Talisman album or 'Odyssey' era Malmsteen should see a lot of similarities here. Yes it's in the same ball-park and worth a listen. The band have released many albums since then, and the discography is a consistent resume of Neal and the boys.

URL: www.takararocks.com

Track Listing:
01 Spotlight
02 Two Hearts Together
03 Don't Walk Away
04 Just Like Yesterday
05 Restless Heart
06 First Attraction
07 I Don't Believe
08 Fallen Angel
09 Colors Fade
10 Passions Of The Heart

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