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Kingdom Come - 1988 Kingdom Come

ARTIST: Kingdom Come
ALBUM: Kingdom Come
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 835 368-1 (vinyl), 835 368-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 2004, Lemon (UK), CDLEM30 * 2011, Bad Reputation (France), BAD110501


LINEUP: Lenny Wolf - vocals * Danny Stag - lead guitar * Rick Steier - rhythm guitar * Johnny B. Frank - bass * James Kottak - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Living Out Of Touch * 02 Pushin' Hard * 03 What Love Can Be * 04 17 * 05 The Shuffle * 06 Get It On * 07 Now Forever After * 08 Hideaway * 09 Loving You * 10 Shout It Out


Do we all remember the slagging this band got when they released this debut back in 1988? Talk about overkill. Even Robert Plant was known to jump into the debate, giving his opinion on Lenny Wolf's near doppleganger vocal delivery. Do you think Lenny cared? Heck no, he was laughing all the way to the bank! Wolf had already proven himself in America with his previous L.A based outfit Stone Fury - working alongside Bruce Gowdy and Jody Cortez, though the second SF album 'Let Them Talk' was a bit of a failure, as Wolf will freely admit to. Walking away from MCA, Wolf signed on with Polygram, and assembled a new band in 1987 which took in membership from all over the USA. The debut Kingdom Come album was releasd in 1988 to much derision - many calling it a Led Zep rip-off. However the MTV audience and hair metal brigade thumbed their noses up at classic rock know-it-alls, and bought the album in droves - the album eventually going platinum in the USA.

The Songs
Look, let's not kid ourselves here. Quite clearly Led Zep is a major factor here, but when it's aped, copied, replicated (whatever) this well, we should all sit back and admire them for their dedication to the cause. Remember too, it's mainly the vocal which gets all the criticism, not that Wolf is a bad singer.. quite the contrary - he is superb! But he is so close to Plant it's scary! First single off the LP was 'Get It On', which contained every Zep cliche not left untouched by Wolf. Elsewhere too, you can hear traces of it through songs like the ballad 'What Love Can Be', the folk oriented 'Loving You', plus 'Pushin' Hard' (particularly the bridge section before the solo) let the sun stream on down from the sky, and let the moment slip on slowly by'..... you get the drift. However, there are many other great songs here. 'Living Out Of Touch', '17' the commercial 'Now Forever After' and the very Stone Fury sounding 'Shout It Out' all strike a chord with me.

In Summary
As mentioned, the album racked up healthy sales - despite the media indifference. However, the label thought otherwise as excellent viewership through MTV and gold (then platinum) sales put the band right up in the spotlight. Kingdom Come toured with Magnum in England, and also The Scorpions in the USA - where they eventually got booted off because of Lenny Wolf's stage antics. Undeterred, the band went back into the studio for album number two: 1989's 'In Your Face'. Admittedly, another good album, but it didn't sell as well as the debut, plus their appeal was waning in light of the Led Zep backlash which continued to plague the band. Unfortunately for Wolf, his American cohorts all decided to exit stage left - leaving him with a band name but no band. To his credit, Lenny has continued to keep the Kingdom Come banner flying, albeit with mainly German personnel.. but it's this debut which set the wheel in motion..

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#1 | reyno-roxx on February 12 2008 16:51:33
Kingdom Come were f**king great. I loved this record and the three that followed. 'Bad Image' is VASTLY underrated in my humble opinion.
It really pissed me off at the absolute slagging they got. Especially from 'Kerrang!', mainly by certain individuals with their tongue up Jimmy Page's arse! If they thought the debut sounded like Zeppelin then they clearly hadn't heard the first Stone Fury album....well, I KNOW they hadn't...LOL
KC were superb live too. I saw them on the UK dates with Magnum and also at the Monsters Of Rock tour on the same bill as Metallica and Van Halen at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.
I still play this record a great deal...but not as much as 'Bad Image'!
#2 | gdazegod on February 13 2008 20:22:22
I saw on Wikipedia somewhere.. saying..

On that Monsters Of Rock bill, the guys from Metallica would walk past Lenny Wolf and cough/talk at the same.. 'Robert Plant'..!

I can just imagine Lars and James doing that! clap
#3 | george_the_jack on July 06 2008 19:01:06
Big favourite of mine. I also adore the couple more that followed this one.
#4 | Emda on June 13 2013 21:35:30
This album, In Your Face and Bad Image are superb albums. It's time to review that classic 1993 Bad Image album here isn't it?
#5 | gdazegod on September 30 2015 04:28:07
Kingdom Come - 1988 What Love Can Be
#6 | gdazegod on September 30 2015 04:28:51
Kingdom Come -1988 Get It On
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