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Barnes, Don - 1989 Ride The Storm



ARTIST: Barnes, Don
ALBUM: Ride The Storm
LABEL: Unreleased
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Don Barnes - vocals, guitars * Mike Porcaro - bass * Alan Pasqua, Jesse Harms - keyboards * Denny Carmassi, Jeff Porcaro - drums * Dann Huff - additional guitars * Bill Cuomo - additional keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ride The Storm * 02 I've Been Looking For You * 03 I Fall Back * 04 Don't Look Down * 05 Do You Believe In Me * 06 I'd Do It All Over Again * 07 Everytime I Say Goodbye * 08 Feeling Stronger Everyday * 09 After The Way * 10 Johnny Ain't So Cool


Background
Here's an album that never saw the light of day, with a big budget and top-notch studio musicians on supply. Wonders never cease to amaze. Don Barnes of course is/was a member of 38 Special, and back in 1989 had this album 'Ride The Storm' ready for a big-label release. This never occurred, and the project remained a mystery ever since, except for those close to the know (i.e. 38 Special, Giant and Toto fans). Once the Internet came along and fans started talking about this unreleased album, it became an instant addition to everyone's wants-list. Don, rather than take the typical 38 Special road, has instead gone down a path made popular by the likes of Van Stephenson, Van Zant and others in that same vein.. not surprising considering the line-up of musicians on the album.


The Songs
You hear this comparison more or less immediately on the title track 'Ride The Storm', with its strutting guitar and southern tinged flavor played in an AOR style. 'I've Been Looking For You' is a pulse driven affair with a sweet chorus and tapping keys provided by the one and only Bill Cuomo. Working up a sweat in the style of Glen Burtnick is 'I Fall Back', but it's back to a streamlined sound for 'Don't Look Down', a song where you can hear Dan Huff's guitar fills rounding out precedings. The arrangement is straight out of the REO Speedwagon songbook in my opinion. Very nice track nonetheless. One should admire the Journey 'Raised On Radio' era vibe on 'Do You Believe In Me', while 'I'd Do It All Over Again' is more AOR with that southern flavor. Great stuff! Taking the punchy upbeat high-street is 'Everytime I Say Goodbye', it's followed by the Chicago cover 'Feelin' Stronger Everyday', though it's played in the style of Van Zant instead. 'After The Way' is lush-full of keyboards and gorgeous melodies, and is delivered in typical 80's style. The closing track 'Johnny Ain't So Cool' is more tremendous stuff, again Glen Burtnick styled AOR/pop is the catalyst here, but overall, there are numerous flavors to be heard on this album.


In Summary
How the hell this album missed the boat back in 1989 mystified many, myself included. Since then, Don has put up a few real audio samples up on the Internet, but you might be better off asking a melodic rock collector who may have these as a set of mp3s. Surely there is nothing to stop an intrepid reissue label from talking to Mr Barnes and get this little beauty out there as an official CD release? The fact that this album features contributions from the Toto backline and Giant mid-section, means that this should be investigated by the avid melodic rocker urgently.


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#1 | DEMONAOR on January 30 2008 14:45:52
Greatttttttttttttttt Albummusic
#2 | Keith Nagy on October 15 2008 23:17:34
Found you are able to listen to all 10 tracks at scpubilicity.com/ridethestorm/
#3 | JuniorNB on October 16 2008 15:08:49
Anyone happen to have this or can supply a link for it? Have had no luck in my search.
#4 | gdazegod on October 16 2008 19:55:34
Refer the DL Links section of the Forum in a few days Junior.
#5 | JuniorNB on October 16 2008 20:19:42
Thumbs Up
Thanks, gdaze. I'll be checking.
#6 | JuniorNB on October 24 2008 14:06:11
Hey, gdaze. Any luck finding this one?
#7 | gdazegod on October 24 2008 19:34:16
Oops.. forgot. Me bad. I'll will get onto it today.
#8 | jeffrey343 on January 06 2009 16:20:15
I just grabbed this from the downloads area this morning, and I've gone through it once. I can tell this one will be played A LOT in the future. I love .38 Special, and I love that first Van Zant album, and this is basically a similar style (moreso to .38 Special's 'Tour de Force' and 'Strength In Number' albums). Don Barnes has always been one of my fave vocalists, and he shines here.

After listening to the Khymera album 'A New Promise' many times the past few weeks, I was pleasantly surprised to hear 'I've Been Looking For You' and 'After The Way' on this album. Those are great songs. And as much as I've grown to love the Khymera versions, I might like these even better.

Good, good, good stuff. Thanks for making this available.
#9 | swazi on November 17 2011 09:07:11
I read somewhere that Don Barnes is not a fan of this release for whatever reason and does not want it to be re-issued on CD. Too bad! What a great lost gem!
#10 | jeffrey343 on May 22 2017 16:12:51
I just saw this morning that MelodicRock Records is gonna release this, with alternate versions and bonus tracks. It should have a better sound than the version that I grabbed here eight years ago. And I certainly didn't get the impression from what I read that Barnes didn't want this to be released. I'll certainly order this one Smile
#11 | swazi on May 22 2017 21:35:08
Great news from MRR! I will definitely get this long overdue CD release! Thumbs Up
#12 | swingkingandy on June 03 2017 12:10:02
Just caught this recently in its unreleased glory and like many others thought it was a crying shame it remained in a box somewhere. Low and behold MRR stepping up. Fantastic! Cant wait! clap
 
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