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Heat, The (USA) - 2008 Untold Story Vol 2



ARTIST: Heat, The (USA)
ALBUM: Untold Story Vol 2
LABEL: Tone Group
SERIAL: TTG021
YEAR: 2008
SPONSOR: Tone Group

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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 Brother To Brother * 02 Hearts Like Mine * 03 Desperation Eyes * 04 A Broken Heart * 05 Just Like The Rain * 06 When The Love Is Over * 07 Crimes Of The Heart * 08 Angie * 09 No More L.A Nights * 10 When I Fell

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WEBLINKS: www.tonegroup.com


Background
The material for The Heat's second 2008 CD 'Untold Story Vol 2' is sourced from the time frame between 1989-1991. Circumstances for the band had changed for the band by then. In 1987, they had appeared on the nationally syndicated TV show 'Star Search', and had also released a ten-track cassette 'West End Story' the year before. More significantly, the band recorded 'Too Far Too Fast' which made it onto the soundtracks of the movies 'Distant Thunder' and 'True Colors'. However due to Management shenanigans, the band never saw a bean from that involvement via royalties. The music business sucks at times doesn't it. By 1989, the band had stopped touring, but still continued to make music, the best tracks of which you hear on this CD' Volume 2'.


The Songs
The sound of the band is slightly different on this CD compared to Vol 1. More mature, and with an electric/acoustic vibe. Hearing the opening track 'Brother To Brother' reminds me of Prophet circa the Russell Arcara era. Nice track! A reminder of their flashy hair-metal/AOR past is heard on 'Hearts Like Mine', whereas 'Desperation Eyes' is a cool tune with a neat Tyketto vibe. 'A Broken Heart' is the sort of AOR that diehard fans have heard many times before, and though 'Just Like The Rain' sounded as if it was gonna be a ballad, they surprise and move this track into commercial metal territory a la Icon. 'When The Love Is Over' will be familiar to all Shy fans, as this one appeared on their 1987 album 'Excess All Areas'. This version is ok, but somehow I miss Tony Mills helium fuelled vocals. The song was co-written by Tony, Steve Harris and Michael Jay - a CBS songwriter, who was known to Anthony Pfeifer. 'Crimes Of The Heart' is another Michael Jay co-write, a cranky sort of rocker but not as fulfilling as what we've heard so far. 'Angie' is 'The Heat's trademark ballad. It gets a repeat here on Vol 2 (it was Vol 1 too), but this version is different. The band thought they could get some mileage with this song, hence a newly recorded version. I liked 'No More L.A Nights' with its Bad Company styled approach. It's the story of tales recounted from L.A by the band - who obviously thought the place was kinda weird compared to their rural digs! 'When I Fell' is the acoustic ballad closer with the electric guitar playing second fiddle. Think Poison, Extreme and Mr Big - and all those bands who did well with acoustic/electric ballads during the hair-metal era.


In Summary
Despite having a low profile by the early 90's, the band still had enough interest to get them to Japan for a three-week tour. But this was about the time grunge was becoming prominent, and the label that was financing the trip had a change of heart, saying hard rock was on the way out. So too it seemed - the flame had fizzled for The Heat. I won't go into too much detail about the band's fortunes, as GLORY-DAZE has an upcoming interview with the band very shortly. Keep your eyes and ears peeled.


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