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Sneaker - 1982 Loose In The World

ARTIST: Sneaker
ALBUM: Loose In This World
LABEL: Handshake
SERIAL: 205 069-320
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 1999, Cool Sound (Japan), COOL-023


LINEUP: Tim Torrance - guitars * Mitch Crane - vocals, guitars * Michael Carey Schneider - vocals, keyboards * Mike Hughes - drums * Michael Cottage - bass * Jim King - keyboards, synthesizers, vibes

TRACK LISTING: 01 Believe Me Tonight * 02 Quit Crying * 03 Before You * 04 The Fight * 05 Voices * 06 Never Get Over You * 07 Where You Gonna Run * 08 Pour It Out * 09 Someone To Blame It On * 10 Did You Order One * 11 Nothing From You * 12 I Can't Imagine (released on Japanese LP only) * 13 All Or None (previously unreleased) * 14 Loose In The World (previously unreleased) * 15 When It Came (previously unreleased - Sneaker Demo 1980)

This is the second studio album from Los Angeles based band Sneaker. This outfit had been in existence for some years prior to their label signing with Handshake Records, and their musical styles dabbles in the likes of Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, Venice and Ambrosia. A lovely amalgam of west coast and AOR, which saw success on their 1981 self titled debut, and the single 'More Than Just The Two Of Us'. That album is considered by many West Coasters as a closet classic, and the band duly returned a year later with 'Loose In The World', which is just as good. For the hardened AORster, it may even be more appealing due to the appearance of a few rockers.

The Songs
The album opens up with one of those rockier tunes. 'Believe Me Tonight' shows a different side to the band, perhaps demonstrating what they would've sounded like live. We're back into Sneaker Territory Central with 'Quit Crying', followed by the tender heartfelt sweetness of 'Before You'. The short instrumental 'The Fight' segues into 'Voices', which is more terrific funky based west coast with a hint of Michael McDonald in the mix. The ballad 'Never Get Over You' follows suit with the McDonald comparison, a lush tune nonetheless. The instrumental 'Pour It Out' is the second of the rock-out tracks on the album, guitars are really cranked up here. 'Someone To Blame It On' could be loosely compared to their previous hit 'More Than Just The Two Of Us', many of the attributes making a reappearance. The album finishes up with an excellent AOR oriented track 'Nothing From You', though it takes a minute and a half to get into the body of the song. Great ending though.

In Summary
During the 1982 year, Sneaker's world caved in on them. Their label Handshake went belly-up, as a consequence the band weren't as well promoted as they could've been, though the band did 'sneak' away with a Japanese tour before they disbanded, from which a live album would result many years later. A great band, who fortunately for us, have most of their back catalogue out in the digital realm now. This album was re-released in 1999, and is not as hard to find now as it once was. The CD features a slightly different track listing to the original LP release, a different cover, plus there are a number of bonus tracks added on. If you are a West Coast music fan, then these guys will already be known to you. If not, well, here is your invitation.

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#1 | richardb on July 25 2006 22:16:20
Their debut never really did much for me but second time around Sneaker are the 'real deal' The material is much stronger, ranging from the heartfelt 'Never get over you' to the fantastic AOR of 'Nothing from you'.

A classic for sure, buy or die...etc (sorry run out of cliches!)

Richard B
#2 | rostoned on August 04 2008 00:44:02
It looks like this one was their 'Danger Zone'! hilarious
I mean like Player Sneaker had a second album, following the first which featured their biggest hits, which was better and more AOR than the first but less succesful. I have to investigate then, the LP is well hidden in my huge vault but will have a good spin during this hot and sticky Milano summer daze...phfew!
#3 | Emda on February 11 2011 17:41:40
I received this LP today on the recommendation of the holy Glory Daze site in excellent condition, bought it via ebay for a very good price, seems the seller didn't know what a pearl he is offering.
Can't believe how many hidden classics are still out there.
It's perfect early 80's AOR the way I love it.
#4 | swazi on July 11 2011 08:33:38
The review inspired me to look for a CD release. I found a reasonably priced copy on ebay, from a seller somewhere in the Phillipines. Here is the link, if anyone is interested:

Very nice Westcoast/AOR indeed!
#5 | code4 on October 24 2015 16:16:51
I too definitely prefer this slightly quirky sneaker album to the first one. I think it has a little more variety and edge to it. 'Nothing From You' is a great early toto-like rock song from it's clean guitar introduction (that should send a warm shiver up your spine) to the electrifying upbeat chorus and even exciting tempo changes that break in at certain places (such as during the second verses). The opener is another rocking song that despite minimal lines of lyrics (some say it is repetitive and underdeveloped sounding and maybe they have some point) nevertheless grows on you and showcases the incredible guitar tone (during the solo break) heard also on the aforementioned song. 'Voices' is begun by a cool almost psychedelic flavoured into (I see it's called 'The Fight' but on my Philippines cd which swazi mentioned about above it is not listed and instead just made to be the intro to Voices track) and the clean guitar in the verses reminds me of the Byrds. However it's chorus is pure westcoast and will satisfy any lover of the first album as will songs like 'Did You Order One?' while Pages meets Steely dan vibes collide on the tropical, 'Where you gonna run?' another excellent track. 'Never get Over You' is a strong softer one too. Enjoyable album and you can still find that official late 90's Philippines cd version on ebay very cheaply from time to time (at least as of 2015) if you are looking to save money vs buying the expensive Japanese editions (however it does not contain any of the japan version bonus songs).

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