Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes


Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
With Vinnie making his mu...
Same here, forgotten abou...
Both albums are really go...
Great band had forgotten ...
This debut is chocked ful...
The band really broadens ...
I've seen this many times...
A classic indeed and thei...
I hoped more from this al...
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
You must login to post a message.

23-01-2018 19:27
R.I.P Dave Holland, drummer, ex Trapeze and Judas Priest. Aged 69.

22-01-2018 21:32
Wonderful recent interview with Gary Numan.

21-01-2018 21:04
Lucky and now skint, judging by the winning bid!!

21-01-2018 20:47
Some lucky Jeff Lynne fan got a real rarity!

21-01-2018 09:43
Yep in Argent, especially as Rod Argent and Jim we’re cousins.

21-01-2018 07:43
Didn't Rodford also play in Argent and Charlie too?

20-01-2018 22:04
Jim Rodford, bass player, The Kinks, Phoenix (I think?), but I remember him with The Zombies, saw live a while back. RIP

17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1995 Articles » Vital Escape - 1995 Escapism
Vital Escape - 1995 Escapism

ARTIST: Vital Escape
ALBUM: Escapism
LABEL: JAC Records
YEAR: 1995


LINEUP: Jack Cooke - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Adrian Rose - bass * Chris Rose - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Time And Money * 02 Visions * 03 Give It All Up * 04 Only Your Love * 05 Silent World * 06 One And One * 07 The Last Chance * 08 Someone Somewhere * 09 One Small Step * 10 Here To Stay

I remember buying this on the back of a small review I read somewhere during 1995. The overall feeling I get when listening to this English based outfit is 'ripped off'. Well.. not entirely. How about mis-represented? Just the mere mention of the bands Giant and Tall Stories was enough to get me interested back then, however it appears someone was throwing compliments around without sitting down and giving the thing a decent listen. V.E zero in on the territory that belonged to fellow countrymen Thunder though with more 'AOR' thrown into the mix. I think there is a huge difference between layered US based AOR and good old traditional hard rock from the UK. However, in saying that V.E is good for what it is, but being described as 'the best AOR act to come out of the UK to date' (circa 1995) makes a mockery of all those 'class UK acts' which have gone before, a la Dare, Strangeways etc. Jack Cooke's reference points include Eric Martin, Danny Bowes and to a lesser degree Mitch Malloy. To be fair, he's not in the same league, but for a complete unknown at the time (as he was back in 1995), Cooke is indeed one talented individual.

The Songs
For a collection of ten songs, there are some good slices of hard rock on offer. Like the pulsating keyboard sequences of 'Visions', or the pick of the bunch pairing of 'Give It All Up' and the galloping guitar romp that is 'Silent World'. Even 'Only Your Love', with it's Alannah Myles 'Black Velvet' strut meets Gamma 'Voyager' comparison has its moment, despite the flat sounding production. Cooke's guitar phases up and down and across the soundscape on 'One Small Step', while 'Here To Stay' is a veiled attempt at bridging the sound last achieved with supergroup Bad English. Big names to emulate for sure, and good on him for giving it a crack. Overall I come away quite impressed.

In Summary
Despite its occasional moment of interest, all I can say with Vital Escape is the overall end result probably doesn't match the OTT acclaim given it at the time. When reviewed some seven years later, yes the test of time does make this one look a little less than what it actually was. However, when kept in context, and seeing this was Cooke's first album, it is ultimately, an impressive effort. Are we gonna hear from him again? If so, give him to Bob Marlette or Clif Magness. That would be something!

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

#1 | Jez on June 14 2008 16:29:53
Very solid Brit melodic rock. This lot always remind me of Thunder in places aswell as the bands mentioned above. A shame they only released this album (i think), as this was a very promising debut album.
#2 | Nick C on October 12 2008 22:01:50
Yes .. I like this little gem and I was also hoping for more. The track Silent World is brilliant (is that a rain stick I hear in the background?). I managed to see them at one of the Gods of AOR shows at Wigan and although not as polished as the album the band acquitted themselves very well.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 100% [1 Vote]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Jojo - 1988 Jojo, Hydra - 1974 Hydra, Magnum - 1988 Wings Of Heaven, Prototype - 1983 Prototype, Lamarca - 1985 Lamarca, Minds Eye - 2006 Walking On H20, Da Vinci - 1987 Da Vinci, Hoehn, Tommy - 1978 Losing You To Sleep, Renaissance - 2015 De Lane Lea Studios 1973, Newton-John, Olivia - 1978 Totally Hot, Petra - 1988 On Fire!, Silent Voices - 2013 Reveal The Change, Los Angeles - 2007 Los Angeles, Solution - 1982 Runaway, Zon - 1978 Astral Projector
EP Dreamer (USA) Tim Hunter Marseille EP Tour De Force (USA) SO Q5 Honeymoon Suite Rock Candy Records Pete Sandberg Bullet (Sweden) Ram Jam Line Up Niagara Kyf Brewer New Keys Lordi Rock Candy Records Wounded Bird Mott Stateline Lionville Black N Blue Safire Swampdawamp Morse Code Benedictum Workforce Thinkman Pilgrym Rick Springfield Actors And Actresses Love Chapter Band Mike Oldfield Aurora
All Tags
Search DDG