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9.0 - 1990 Too Far Gone

ALBUM: Too Far Gone
LABEL: Shrapnel (USA), Roadrunner Records (Europe)
SERIAL: SH 1048, RR 9344 2
YEAR: 1990
CD REISSUE: 1991, FEMS (Japan), APCY-8042


LINEUP: Craig Small - guitars * Peter Marrino - vocals * Michael Andrews - bass * Ray Luzier - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Too Far Gone * 02 Live For The Moment * 03 Gypsy Queen * 04 Louisana Overload * 05 First Of My Generation * 06 I'm Ready * 07 Little Sister * 08 Wish You Were Still Mine * 09 Hands Up * 10 9.0

I remember this album being released at the time and paid very little attention to it. Stupid me. Many moons later I discovered what I've being missing out on. This California based outfit play high-energy riff-based melodic rock, bordering on metal. Stylistically, we're talking a mix of Van Halen and Mr Big. Former Le Mans and Cacophony vocalist Peter Marrino does the Dave Lee Roth thing admirably, while guitarist Craig Small has plainly listened to a few Racer X albums to get the gist of Paul Gilbert's guitar style. The combination works supremely well, and I found all of the songs highly enjoyable! The album cover is a goodie, one would suggest that the earthquakes of 1989 in San Francisco made for perfect inspiration!

The Songs
Whether it's the swamp rock and wah-wah sonics of 'Louisana Overload', to the heavily influenced Paul Gilbert flavouring of 'Gypsy Queen', the band have got their chops down perfect. Take nothing away from monster tunes like 'I'm Ready', 'Little Sister' and the riff-fest that is 'Hands Up'.. these all smoke. But my favourites are the magnificent title track 'Too Far Gone' and the power ballad 'Wish You Were Still Mine', which is a minefield full of melodic Def Leppard and Saint And Sinners detonators! All good stuff!

In Summary
My guess is that this album got 'lost in the wash' during the 1990 year. The fact that the album was on a perceived metal and thrash label might have disguised it unwittingly away from keen melodic rock fans. The fact remains, this is a great album, and for fans of riff-based guitarists like Richie Kotzen, Reb Beach and of course the aforementioned Paul Gilbert, then check out the axework of Craig Small. He could've been a star in the making! Actually this is an album for guitarists! 9.0 as a band-name sounds as if the band might have been trying to emulate an album rating. With this one-off effort, I think they are dead on the mark or perhaps higher! Investigate with all-guns blazing and with ears and eyes wide open.

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#1 | Jokerdean on January 12 2008 04:05:35
Looks like a good one...guess I need to find this one also...
#2 | gdazegod on March 02 2015 21:15:01
9.0 - Too Far Gone
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