Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes
Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
With Vinnie making his mu...
Same here, forgotten abou...
Both albums are really go...
Great band had forgotten ...
This debut is chocked ful...
The band really broadens ...
I've seen this many times...
A classic indeed and thei...
I hoped more from this al...
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

gdazegod
23-01-2018 19:27
R.I.P Dave Holland, drummer, ex Trapeze and Judas Priest. Aged 69.

jefflynnefan
22-01-2018 21:32
Wonderful recent interview with Gary Numan. https://youtu.be/.
..

Explorer
21-01-2018 21:04
Lucky and now skint, judging by the winning bid!!

jefflynnefan
21-01-2018 20:47
Some lucky Jeff Lynne fan got a real rarity! https://www.ebay....fr
esh=true

englandashes
21-01-2018 09:43
Yep in Argent, especially as Rod Argent and Jim we’re cousins.

gdazegod
21-01-2018 07:43
Didn't Rodford also play in Argent and Charlie too?

englandashes
20-01-2018 22:04
Jim Rodford, bass player, The Kinks, Phoenix (I think?), but I remember him with The Zombies, saw live a while back. RIP

englandashes
17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

Explorer
17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

gdazegod
17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2008 Articles » Pride (Sweden) - 2008 Pride
 
Pride (Sweden) - 2008 Pride



ARTIST: Pride (Sweden)
ALBUM: Pride
LABEL: AOR-FM Records
SERIAL: AOR 0802
YEAR: 2008
SPONSOR: AOR-FM Records

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dan Kristiansson - vocals * Jonas Ohlund - guitars * Johan Agerberg - bass * Stefan Karlstrom - keyboards * Anders Henriksson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 You're The Only One * 02 Dreamer In The Night * 03 Playing With Fire * 04 Someone's Calling Your Name * 05 Turn It Up * 06 Good Intuition * 07 Love Is Hard To Live With * 08 Movin' On * 09 Let It In * 10 Changin' * 11 Over The Guideline

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.aor-fm.com


Background
Isn't modern technology a wonderful thing? Some might disagree, but for us AORsters when it comes to hearing music from the glory days era that previously went unheralded, it is a god-send. Take for instance this Swedish outfit Pride who operated out of the Ostersund area during the hair-metal era of the late 80' and early 90's. Formed from the remnants of local area bands Silhouette, Grime Crime and Grandeur, Pride debuted in early 1988. During this period, the band released a 12 inch single but delays meant they were unable to get it out until a year later. The same occurred in 1990, but the band's label (Lynx Records) at the time delayed the release of a second 12 inch single citing quality issues. However, by 1990 the label fell over, and the single was never released. The band struggled on, recording a seven track demo. Personnel friction reared its ugly head, and from 1990 to 1991 Pride lost momentum and enthusiasm and by April 1991 the band were no longer. However, their recordings have been preserved, and kudos goes to Bruce Donachie at AOR-FM Records - the fledgling new label for taking this onboard and making it AOR-FM's inaugural release!


The Songs
Being Swedish, it's easy to see where Pride drew inspiration from. At the time, Sweden was awash with great melodic hard rock/AOR bands. In Pride's case, bands such as Treat, Glory and Bad Habit could be considered reference points musically - their brand of keyboard based rock an ideal fit. The songs on this CD are made up of three different sessions:

1989 Single*
1990 Unreleased Single +
1990 7 Track Demo #

The lead single 'You're The Only One' has a very commercial flavor to it. The sound is in the same zone as Bad Habit. The change-up section for the solo spot is very nice!

The 1989 flipside 'Dreamer In The Night' is a faster paced affair which gallops along at a good clip. Comparisons to a less heavy-handed Dalton are in order here.

For a pure dose of AOR, Pride offer up the excellent 'Playing With Fire', which can be heard on Pride's MySpace page.

'Someone's Calling Your Name' continues that purists form of AOR, with some lovely keyboard layers tracking the guitars. It's typically Swedish and typically good.

'Turn It Up' is the first of the 1990 demos to appear. The band get a bit tougher on this track. Unfortunately the keyboard sequence which continually drives this song gets to be a tad annoying after awhile.



'Good Intuition' chugs away in an anthemic way, kinda like Treat.

'Love Is Hard To Live With' is the band's first ballad and it's damned good. Swedish bands and ballads are usually 100% compatible, so I needn't say anything more that hasn't already been said on the subject. Enough said!

'Movin' On' is one of the better songs onboard, it's generally fast-paced with Glory like attributes. Choice cut.

There are lots of guitars on offer with 'Let It In', it has a big wall of keyboards underpinning it, with the occasional synth parp and a good chorus.

'Changin' is similar to 'Playing With Fire', the structure and arrangement has a familiar touch about it.

'Over The Guideline' finishes up the CD, initially a brooding mid-tempo affair, the band wind it up for the final section - which is a fast and furious close-out to the end.


In Summary
Despite the problems which seemed to beset this band from start to finish, they at least did the right thing and recorded material as a testament to their existence. Some excellent bands haven't even been able to do that much! Of interest, was the much talked about controversial cover for the 1989 single, which is shown on the CD cover jacket of this CD. Good to see a CD by this band out there in the public domain at long last. With great intrigue, we await the next instalment of AOR-FM Records with much interest.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
Comments
#1 | aor-fm on March 30 2008 10:45:25
thanks to George for the review...better than I anticipated.
For fans info...there are only 30Copies remaining of this CD, so get em while you can. Smile
#2 | Traveller in time on March 30 2008 11:24:40
Hi Bruce,

thanks for this masterpiece: booklet and the remastered songs
are absolutely great. I have since a long time the single and the other songs, but it`s great to hear them with a very good quality.

And thanks for putting my name in the booklet, it was a very great
surprise:-)

This is a must for all AOR Fans all over the world!

Alf
#3 | Linehouse on March 30 2008 12:03:12
Hi George! What can I say...Thanks! One couldn't ask for a better first review. GrinI never thought that these old songs would get such a positive respons. Cheers!/
Jonas
Linehouse/Pride
#4 | swazi on January 09 2011 22:29:54
And another one that was sold on ebay yesterday. For $209.16! WOW! I should have bought those 30 copies that Bruce is talking about on top .... Sad
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 100% [1 Vote]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
 
Articles Cloud
New Man - 1986 New Man, Optimystical - 2009 Distant Encounters, Pawlak, Jace - 2016 Promise, Stranded - 1999 Long Way To Heaven, Southern Governor - 2013 It's My Time, Widow - 1985 Rock It, Secrets - 1983 Everyone's A Spy, Beckett - 1991 Beckett, Richrath - 1992 Only The Strong Survive, Blue - 1991 Blue, Trower, Robin - 1973 Twice Removed From Yesterday, Savage - 2015 7, 100% Whole Wheat - 1978 Ice, Fire And Desire, Foreigner - 1981 4, Rail - 1984 Rail Mini LP
Tags©
Chilliwack The Scorpions Merry N State Of Rock At Vance Rescue Black Sabbath Rock Candy Records REO Speedwagon Ambition Harem Scarem Sphere Of Souls Rainbow Darlins Darlin Neuron Metal Church Metallica Snowball (Germany) Daylight Robbery Wavelength Marillion Uriah Heep Steve Hackett Alien (Sweden) Live Albums April Wine Blanc Faces Live Albums New England Tori Amos Y Kant Tori Read B.J Thomas Chameleon Dugan McNeill Valet Parking
All Tags
Search DDG