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Red Dawn - 1993 Never Say Surrender

ARTIST: Red Dawn
ALBUM: Never Say Surrender
LABEL: InsideOut (Japan)
YEAR: 1993
CD REISSUE: 1994, Now And Then, NTHEN 10


LINEUP: Larry Baud - vocals * Tristan Avakian - guitars * David Rosenthal - keyboards * Greg Smith - bass * Chuck Burgi - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Flyin' High * 02 I'll Be There * 03 Liar * 04 Dangerous Child * 05 Promises * 06 I Can't Get Over You * 07 Christine * 08 Take These Chains * 09 She's On Fire * 10 Never Say Surrender

A virtual supergroup of musicians here. Goodness me, where do we start? Well for starters, the original singer with Red Dawn was the thoroughly misunderstood Mitch Malloy (the only man in melodic rock history who looked two gift horses in the mouth only to find he had his head in the wrong place and at the wrong end!). His replacement Larry Baud came from the 80's AOR bands USA and Network, Avakian was an understudy to the widdly diddly axemeister from Delaware Vinnie Moore, Rosenthal perhaps the most famous of the line-up had a distinguished keyboard career with Rainbow and Cyndi Lauper, Smith came from artsy melodic rockers Tonto Tonto, while Burgi bashed the drums for that unknown AOR act Balance (ha ha). 'Never Say Surrender' came out of nowhere in 1993, and intially stunned the melodic rock world in Japan when released. Not long after it got a general release on Now And Then Records which got it into the mainstream at least. A wonderful slice of melodic rock, somewhere in between Rainbow (though without the overly Blackmore style guitar) Night Ranger and Journey.

The Songs
There is not a weak moment here. Baud's gruff and powerful vocal style riding roughshod over the guitar histrionics of Avakian and the silky thematics of Rosenthal's battery of synthesizers. Opening up with the dynamic 'Flyin' High', this song features one of the most amazing guitar tapping and arpeggio sweep solos I've ever heard! Fast and furious rockers continue on with 'Liar' and 'Dangerous Child'. Commercial moments include the fabulous 'I'll Be There', and the brooding 'Promises'. Funny how song titles have a certain similarity .. 'Christine' reminds me of the Helix song of the same name. The intro to 'Shes On Fire' is an air keyboardists dream, luscious layers opening the way for a strident rocker. Lastly, the title track is perhaps their most pompiest moment, with keyboard and guitar interplay all over the place. But really, they're all good songs!!

In Summary
A contender for one of the best albums of the nineties so far.

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#1 | sabace on January 04 2008 17:06:12
brilliant lp
#2 | Jez on June 14 2008 16:06:41
Can totally understand why this one appeals as it mixes AOR,Melodic Rock, Pomp & virtually everything else inbetween in one big pot - something for everyone - massive keys, big guitars & most importantly great songs with class hooks to back them up, Top that off with a $100 production job & voila. My tops, 'Flyin' High', 'Christine', 'She's On Fire' & the title track. Pretty much benchmark stuff for anyone not yet in the know.
#3 | rostoned on June 28 2008 18:53:35
IMHO one of the best melodic hard rock releases of the 90s, along with Crown of Thorns debut.
#4 | reyno-roxx on July 21 2008 14:00:55
A huge record that deserves all the praise it gets.
#5 | rostoned on November 03 2008 22:01:39
Check a rare tv acoustic performance of 'I'll Be There' from a Japanese (?) show featuring Larry Baud, David Rosenthal and Chuck Burgi. Glorious stuff.

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#6 | Danielovich on May 28 2010 11:08:45
The best melodic album of the nineties. Hands down. Ten songs, ten potential singles.
Amazing guitars, amazing keys, rhythm section and of course, awesome vocals.
#7 | englandashes on August 04 2011 22:20:13
Interesting to listen to a number of these tracks with Mitch Malloy on vocals, that has just been released under the original band name Infinity, via MelodicRock Records. Malloy and Rosenthal together before they went their separate ways.
#8 | george_the_jack on August 04 2016 13:23:39
Love this one. Great quality songwriting, big production and top notch musicianship. And that singer is world class - sounds like a rougher JLT in places with pinches of Kevin DuBrow. Sad he / they disappeared.
#9 | gdazegod on August 04 2016 20:27:56
Tristan Avakian plays on the new Kaato album.
#10 | george_the_jack on August 06 2016 22:02:06
Good to know George. Will check that one out. Great guitar player he is.
#11 | rostoned on September 12 2016 20:27:03
Red Dawn logo was designed by Pat Calello, also responsibile of the similar White Lion logo as seen on Fight To Survive and Pride (back sleeve).
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