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Turgon, Bruce - 2005 Outside Looking In



BRUCE TURGON - OUTSIDE LOOKING IN (2005, FRONTIERS)
Bruce Turgon - vocals, bass, guitars, keyboards
Denny Carmassi - drums
Rocket Ritchotte - guitars
Scott McKinstry - guitars
Ronnie Montrose - guitars
Lou Gramm - backing vocals
Ricky Phillips - backing vocals
Tom Gimbel - backing vocals
Diana Mills - backing vocals


Background
The name Bruce Turgon has been around the hard rock scene for years. Trainspotters will know of his deeds through many bands. His association with singer Lou Gramm is a lifelong one, since their days together in New York band Black Sheep, then into Lou's solo career during the late 80's, then into the 90's with Shadowking and eventually Foreigner. However, Bruce spent a bit of time in Los Angeles, and was best remembered for his time with metallers Warrior (circa 'Fighting For The Earth'), as well as stints with Aussie rocker Billy Thorpe and Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys. Primarily a bassist, Bruce has excelled as a songwriter and producer, and hence this long overdue collection of his own solo material gets an airing and hearing in 2005. It would be hard not to compare 'Outside Looking In' to the period of time where Bruce was involved with Shadowking . I loved that album for what it was worth, and I feel this one is a 21st Century extension of that effort. When you consider that Bruce had a major hand in the construction of Shadowking and their material, then the songs we hear on this album shouldn't come as any surprise.

The Songs
Some of them have been heard in earlier demo versions (refer Wimpwire.. who had a working version of 'Walk Thru Fire' as an mp3). So some of us knew what was in store when Frontiers announced Bruce's signing. Now with other gems such as the heartfelt melody of 'Heart So Strong', the very Shadowking flavoured 'Any Other Time', the atmospheric 'These Tears Must Fall', or the no-restraint rock of 'Pleasure Dome'.. you'll find it all here.

In Summary
Well done to Frontiers, who have stuck their neck out this year, and delivered the goods despite my reservations. I take my hat off to them, as the last few years contained many dodgy releases indeed. Not this year though. Along with Place Vendome, Blanc Faces, Journey, Starbreaker and now Bruce Turgon, the label has at last come out of the shadows of mediocrity.

URL: www.bruceturgon.com

Track Listing
01 Living A Lie
02 Any Other Time
03 Outside Looking In
04 Wak Thru Fire
05 Faith
06 Pleasure Dome
07 These Tears Must Fall
08 Weapons Of Love
09 On A Wing And A Prayer
10 Heart So Strong
11 The Last Time
12 Where Do We Go From Here

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Comments

#1 | richardb on January 03 2008 21:45:22
A fine album. Along with 'Blanc Faces' this stands head and shoulders above most AOR releases in the last couple of years. I agree with you George I can hear the similarities to Shadowking.

For what it's worth I thought Shadowking were a criminally under-rated band. I was one of the few people lucky enough to see them live when they played in the UK. It's unfortunate that the onset of grunge (aaarggh!) at the time sounded the death knell for bands of their ilk..

Richard Bmusic
#2 | jeffduran on January 04 2008 01:39:08
I agree this and the Shadowking cd is incredible AOR. You can't compare it to Lou's solo stuff or work with Foreigner-it stands on its own. This has some great songs on it and imo in the Top 20 of AOR cd's released in the 2000's.clap
#3 | jeffrey343 on March 06 2008 16:07:52
Definitely a nice CD. It has that brooding sound, like the legendary Shadowking album. I bet that if Lou Gramm sang lead vocals on this, we'd all be saying what a classic it is. Bruce's vocals are OK - they fit the style - but I think this would be a real classic with Gramm. The one minor quibble is that this CD tends to get a bit 'samey' during the middle part, even though the songs themselves are good. If I had to drop a song, it would be 'Weapons Of Love' - it is a notch below the rest of the material (but not bad).

I spent the extra cash to get the Japanese version with the bonus track 'Walk The Walk'. That track is as good as anything else on here and is the most commercial song on the CD. If it were a Foreigner tune, it would fit very well with their big hits. Gramm's voice stands out on the backing vocals on the chorus.

This is available on iTunes and Rhapsody, as well as being widely available on CD. You gotta buy the Japanese version to get that bonus track.
#4 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:46:15
Can't make my mind up totally on this one. Sure,it has some quality tracks 'Living A Lie', 'Any Other Time' & 'Heart So Strong' standing out particularly, but Some of the tracks aren't as memorable & give the album a bit of an uneven feel in terms of song quality. Vocally it does have the Lou Gramm touch & the rest of the musos along with the production give the whole thing that quality stamp
#5 | swazi on October 30 2011 19:53:33
One of my personal top 3 CD's in 2005. Absolutely stunning as far as I am concerned.

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