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Shotgun Symphony - 1993 Shotgun Symphony

ARTIST: Shotgun Symphony
ALBUM: Shotgun Symphony
LABEL: Now And Then
YEAR: 1993


LINEUP: Tracy White - vocals, acoustic guitars * Mike Maino - guitars * Charlie Calv - keyboards * Ed Avila - bass * Ron Sivulich Jnr - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Highway To Tomorrow * 02 What Happens To Love * 03 Way Back Home * 04 Turn Around * 05 Broken Promises * 06 Lost Child * 07 She's In Love * 08 Running * 09 Bitter Sweet Poision * 10 Goodbye To The Night

This album from New Jersey's Shotgun Symphony was one of the first albums licensed by then fledgling label Now And Then. And a good call it was too, giving this band some serious international exposure at the time. The band came together in 1992, and their style borrowed heavily from the likes of Styx, and fellow Jersey colleagues Prophet. However, they weren't solely confined to the AOR/Pomp pigeonhole, with other reference points including Rush and Kiss.

The Songs
Highlights include the awesome pomp bombast of 'What Happens To Love', the track that Prophet probably never released circa their 'Cycle Of The Moon' era. Heavy and brooding. The ballad 'Broken Promises' is simply.. breathtaking. Boston like acoustic guitar passages before venturing into Firehouse like melodrama. The other ballad 'Goodbye To The Night' is kinda nice too. Sort of like Poison's 'Every Rose Has It's Thorn'. The other major talking point on here is a track recommended for all pompsters.. 'Bitter Sweet Poison', keyboard driven riffs with guitars tail gunning in behind. Wicked stuff.. Elsewhere, 'Highway To Tomorrow' and 'Lost Child' maintain the uptempo attack. A great introduction to the band, and the future pulling power of the N&T label.

In Summary
For a while these guys were the darlings of the UK press during 1993 and 1994, but they dropped the ball big time not long after, deciding instead to follow the grunge path. In the wilderness for a few years, the band came in from the cold, returned to form with the excellent 'Sea Of Desire' in 1999. Elsewhere, the band members are all busy individuals, working in separate and combined melodic rock projects to this day.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on April 21 2013 20:43:47
Dragged this one out for a long overdue spin this evening and it still sounds as good as it did upon release. I remember Dave Ling and I standing there at the Gods event in Manchester open mouthed when these guys hit the stage. What a performance!
#2 | gdazegod on July 26 2016 04:59:55
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