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Heat, The (USA) - 2008 Untold Story Vol 1

ARTIST: Heat, The (USA)
ALBUM: Untold Story Vol 1
LABEL: Tone Group
YEAR: 2008
SPONSOR: Tone Group


LINEUP: Dave Pfeifer - lead vocals * Kori Wilcox - lead guitar, vocals * Anthony Pfeifer - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Danny Pfeifer - bass, vocals * Tim Pfeifer - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Girl Like You * 02 Caroline * 03 Heartaches * 04 No More Promises * 05 Angie * 06 Too Far Too Fast (Movie Version) * 07 You Stand Strong * 08 All The Way * 09 My Love Is True * 10 Right Before My Eyes * 11 Through The Night * 12 Too Far Too Fast (Original Version)



Late last year, we were made aware of a website containing mp3 samples of a long-lost American AOR band from the eighties. Known as The Heat, the band with a whole set of brothers and family members making up the personnel surely looked and sounded the part - but why had the whole world passed them by? From the rural Kansas town of Hays, stuck slap-dab in the middle of Highway 70, the band may have been unknowns to the rest of the world, but had played support slots to 38 Special, John Waite, The Producers and steel Breeze during the 1985-1987 timeframe - their playing territory anywhere from Colorado to the west, Nebraska to the north and Kansas and Missouri to the east. As with regional AOR bands, The Heat also have an identity to match. With a sound that integrates Airkraft, Surgin, Bon Jovi, these boys fatten up the sound with masses of vocal choruses. I am astounded that we are only finding out about this lot twenty years later! How many other obscurities from the mid-west are going to be discovered from the vaults of yester-year? Blimey!

The Songs
The band have an interesting story to tell, but we'll cover that off in another instalment here on G-DAZE. In this current day and edge, the band have released a couple of CD's to commemorate their history and discography. This first set 'Untold Story - Vol 1' covers the timeframe between 1985 and 1987. It is probably their most active period, and the quality of the songs indicates a band that lived and breathed AOR - without question. Starting out with 'Girl Like You', the song comes at with you with an Airkraft delivery, but their infectious brand of party-like AOR is evident early on with 'Caroline' - a short and sweet number with prominent vocal choruses that makes for easy listening to the die-had AORster. Fans of mega-keys AOR should take a lash with 'Heartaches' - a choice song. Revving up into party mode with a dash of hair metal is the brilliant 'No More Promises' - another to contain a mind-meld like chorus! The ballad 'Angie' is well presented, but the sucky drum mix and use of harmonicas doesn't do the song any justice. There are two versions of their best known song ''Too Far Too Fast'. The movie version is by far the best - with a bigger sounding production, and a Bon Jovi circa 'Slippery When Wet' type sound - the original version is a bit raw and underdone by comparison, but nice to have both versions on the CD. 'You Stand Strong' is another ballad, a bit better than the one we heard just prior, but still quite ordinary when compared to the excellent rockier material on this album. 'All The Way' is a straight-ahead semi hair-metal rocker, followed by 'My Love Is True' another ballad which is probably the pick of the three thus far. Getting back onto the AOR path are the excellent pairing of 'Right Before My Eyes' and ''Through The Night', again, with big choruses, strong rhythm section and prominent guitars and keys.

In Summary
At this stage of their career, it is obvious this band excelled at the rockier aspects of AOR, the sound is tight and the songs well played and produced. We have another review of their material between 1988 and 1989 on their album 'Untold Story Vol 2' coming up shortly. In the meantime, pop over to the band's website, and pick up both the 'Untold Story' CD's. This is a pretty good investment, and it won't take long before these are out of print I reckon. Going back to my earlier point, just what other obscure outfits are out there that need to be found? This website won't rest until we've found them all.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on March 19 2008 23:15:28
This is indeed great stuff! These two cd's by The Heat are on most of the aor/melodic rock dealers top ten best sellers list. I'm glad to see the band's songs finally getting a cd release. And it's good for them to get reviewed here!
#2 | gdazegod on March 20 2008 00:32:28
An interview with Anthony Pfeifer is to follow. Hopefully I will dig a bit deeper than the (extensive) biography found on their website. A few print-mags including Power Play (UK) are also running interviews too.
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