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Ice Tiger - 1991 Love n Crime

ARTIST: Ice Tiger
ALBUM: Love 'n' Crime
LABEL: Self Released
SERIAL: I.T. 003
YEAR: 1991
CD REISSUE: 1995, Long Island Records, LIR 00114


LINEUP: Dave Crosby - vocals * Graham Greene - guitars * John Calabrese - keyboards * Don Benson - bass * James Pool - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Say * 02 Turn To Fantasy * 03 All I Need Is A Friend * 04 Lonely Heart * 05 Castaway * 06 Lovin' Crime * 07 Paradise * 08 Running For Cover * 09 Little Runaway * 10 Never Let Me Go

Ice Tiger hail from Perth, and released this fantastic hard rockin' album in 1991 to an unsuspecting rock and media audience, though we only saw it a couple of years later. Though being Australian, they have more of a US/European feel to their sound, like 220 Volt and Pretty Maids (though without the latter band's penchant for their occasional mad dash style) and this CD is very well produced to boot. In fact, such is it's quality it's become a bit of a collectors item over time. Despite the fact that this album is upfront in the guitar stakes, the keyboards and synths of John Calabrese shine through on most of the tracks, giving it that extra edge of colour. Dave Crosby's vocals are a melting pot of influences including Glenn Hughes and some of those other great rock icons of the 70's and 80's.

The Songs
My favourite tracks include the AOR tastic 'Paradise' which sounds like it could be right at home on Fate's 'A Matter Of Attitude' album, the bombastic 'Castaway', the rollicking 'Turn To Fantasy', as well as the melodic 'Running For Cover' and a cover of 'Never Let Me Go' initially featured on the 1st Avion album from 1983.

In Summary
By all accounts, not much happened in the Ice Tiger camp after the release of 'Love 'n' Crime'. A shame really. A fine album which any self respecting rock fan should hunt down. As a footnote, James Pool later joined up with that other fine Perth based heavy rock outfit Empire who have released a couple of albums so far. See the review of that album elsewhere on the site.

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#1 | george_the_jack on July 06 2008 16:05:58
This album is a hidden treasure! Excellent hard rockers pearled with beautiful keys keeping a good balance between melodic Hard rock and AOR! A must have! Track this one if you find it!
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