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Adrenalin - 2002 Twenty Five Years: 1977-2002

ARTIST: Adrenalin (USA)
ALBUM: 25 Years
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Joey Bowen - vocals * Marc Gilbert - vocals * David Larson - vocals * Michael 'Flash ' Haggerty - guitars * Michael Romeo - guitars * Bruce Schafer - bass * Doug Kahan - bass * Brian Pastoria - drums * Mark Pastoria - keyboards * Jimmy Romeo - sax

TRACK LISTING: 01 U Need Love * 02 Road Of The Gypsy * 03 Outtabounds * 04 Don't Be Looking Back * 05 All I Want * 06 Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' * 07 Get Up And Dance * 08 Faraway Eyes * 09 Obsession * 10 Northern Shores * 11 All Day Sucka * 12 The Kid's Gotta Will To Live * 13 Streetgirl Named Desire * 14 Let Me Be Your Car * 15 Let There Be You * 16 Photograph * 17 Into U


Interest in Adrenalin has been rising since their reunion gigs earlier this year and to mark their 25th Anniversary they have finally released a compilation of their better known tracks. This 18 song set (17 omitting the Kiss interview opening) is slightly deceptive as nine cuts are of the offshoot band DC Drive who released a single album in 1992. For Adrenalin fans this might be a slight disappointment as they may have expected to hear more of Detroit's favourite sons. The disc covers Adrenalin's first single, 1979's 'Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' up until 1999's unreleased 'Let Me Be Your Car' (written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin). The running order is off putting - with Adrenalin tracks alternating with DC Drive tracks every other song.

The Songs
Of the nine DC Drive selections two are unreleased, 1993's 'All Day Sucka' and 'Let There Be You'. The latter is the superior song, mid tempo AOR with an easy listening feel and breezy chorus, a simple extension of Adrenalin's 80's sound. The plethora of numbers culled from DC's lone album almost ensures you own the album proper, with the inclusion of 'U Need Love', 'Outtabounds', 'All I Want', 'Get Up And Dance', 'Obsession', 'Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Into U'. The quality doesn't quite match the standards of Adrenalin, but there are standout moments. 'Outtabound' raises the hard rock with some steely riffs and 'Get Up And Dance' is a fine romp with the addition of the horns courtesy The Uptown Horns. 'Obsession' is by-the-numbers melodic rock with a charmless chorus but is obliterated by the fierce AOR of 'Streetcar Named Desire', which adds some synths and a hot sax solo. The main reason to own this CD is for the mere eight Adrenalin choices, of far reaching excellence. The late David Larson, Adrenalin's first vocalist, is represented by the crunching 'Gimme Gimme Good Lovin', rock and roll to the bone with no hints of the future AOR direction. Larson contributes some textbook vocals, raw and cool, and aided by a dangerous combination of the dual guitars and sax, this is true Detroit rock. The quality is not quite there however, with the aged tapes showing their age with a host of crackles and hisses. Elsewhere you get 1983's 'Don't Be Looking Back', strangely unimpressive compared to 'Faraway Eyes', 'Northern Shores', 'The Kids Gotta Will To Live' and 'Photograph'. Except for 'The Kids..' all are classic AOR, although the non-inclusion of 'The Pressures On' and 'Freedom Road' is a major letdown. The other notable inclusion is the 'Iron Eagle' anthem 'Road Of The Gypsy', a minor hit in 1985.

In Summary
For newcomers to Adrenalin and DC Drive, you cannot go wrong with this. For those expecting more of Adrenalin, there may be cause for concern. As a time capsule it's fascinating to hear the bands evolution from a bar room type set of rockers, into smooth melodic rockers, while retaining the homegrown midwest feel. Hopefully this set will get proper distribution to present it to a larger audience who may have heard the names but never heard the bands. All that's left now is for a proper CD release of 'American Heart'. Surely some time soon guys?

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#1 | rostoned on July 07 2008 00:41:34
The singles 'Road Of The Gypsy' and 'Northern Shores', originally from their 1986 album on MCA 'Road Of The Gypsy', are classic slices of mid 80s wonderful radio AOR.
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