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From The Fire - 1992 Thirty Days And Dirty Nights

ARTIST: From The Fire
ALBUM: 30 Days And Dirty Nights
LABEL: Active Records
YEAR: 1992
CD REISSUE: 2009, Yesterrock, 10073


LINEUP: J.D Kelly - vocals * Tommy Lafferty - guitars * Paul Morris - keyboards * Thaddeus Castanis - bass * Michael Sciotto - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hold On * 02 Same Song * 03 Tears Cried In The Rain * 04 Over Your Head * 05 Take My Heart * 06 Lovestruck * 07 Spark And Flame * 08 Go All The Way * 09 Where Are You Now?

Originally from New York, this bands formative years were based around singer J.D (Joe) Kelly and drummer Mike Sciotto. Lafferty joined them after his stint with Voodoo X came to nothing. This trio then bought on original keyboardist Nadine Arel as well as a bass player, and played some local gigs to an enthusiastic response. Signing to a local New York label Metropolis, From The Fire flew out West to L.A to record their debut album with Jean Beauvoir and Pat Regan at the controls. However by this stage, Thaddeus Castanis had joined but Arel had left, the band then recruited Paul Morris to replace her, though the actual recordings still feature most of her work and contribution. The distribution of the album came through Active Records in the UK/Europe, though strangely, did not get a US distribution at the time.

The Songs
Onto the album, well it's AOR/melodic hard rock and has reasonable moments. The opening pair of 'Hold On' and 'Same Song' immediately elevate one's heightened awareness of the band's abilities. 'Over Your Head' gallops along at a good clip as does 'Lovestruck', where the guitar is not out and out metal muscle, but more refined sinew. The highlights for me are the last three songs: the duet between J.D Kelly and Harlow's Teresa Straley on 'Spark And Flame', the kick-ass cover of The Raspberries hit 'Go All The Way' (I'm sure Eric Carmen would've been interested in this version..), and to top it off the majestic semi-ballad of 'Where Are You Now?'. The other ballads only just get a pass mark, namely 'Tears Cried In The Rain' and 'Take My Heart'.

In Summary
Overall though, the mix is probably too much on the light side, even with the Lafferty, Beauvoir and Regan contribution, especially when compared to their prior projects. Though I've never been a fan of Lafferty's guitar work for some reason, he sounds pretty reasonable on this one. The album was not well received at the time by the press, and ironically, that would send out a clarion call invitation to all melodic rockers to thus go out and get it in defiance!

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#1 | reyno-roxx on July 16 2008 15:31:18
Was it just me that thought this was all a bit too 'by numbers' and lightweight? Having said that Paul Elliott and Jon Hotten at K! loved it.
#2 | gdazegod on July 16 2008 23:09:22
No Dave, it's not just you. I was never a fan of Tommy Lafferty's guitar work, and I think in hindsight, this band had too many issues and distractions going on in the background for them to be truly effective.
#3 | jeffduran on July 17 2008 09:14:49
'Spark and a Flame' is a classic though!
#4 | rostoned on July 26 2009 18:30:37
tasty moments an' vibe inside the worst cover artwork ever?
#5 | Jez on July 26 2009 19:26:08
Wouldn't quite give this the 'Classic' status, but it is a very good, consistent AOR album. Jean Beauvoir is all over this, so if you are familiar with his solo or Crown Of Thorns work, this should be pretty easy to get into. I must say that I think JB's solo version of 'Same Song Plays On And On' from his 'Drums Across The Mohawk' album kills the version on here, but the rest of the songs are pretty damned good. Nice to see Harlow's Theresa Straley lending her awesome voice to 'Spark To The Flame' aswell, which is one of the album highlights. So all in all, this is a very nice re-issue from the YesteRock guys, who seem to be going from strength to strength.
#6 | george_the_jack on October 17 2009 01:14:02
This is now offered by 'Yesterock' in a reasonable remastered version.Certainly worths its money.Hold on/Spark to the flame/Take my heart and Go all the way can be good credentials to make someone buy this very strong AOR album.
#7 | gdazegod on October 24 2013 04:03:46
If you've been following the Facebook feeds, you'll now know that FTF have reformed, and are working on their new album for 2014. Tommy Lafferty, J.D Kelly, Mike Sciotto and just within the last few days.. Paul Morris, are now onboard. A bloke called Nick Moroch is handling bass duties.
#8 | gdazegod on December 26 2014 05:33:29
Yep, new album 'Evil Men Do' now reviewed.

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