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Pride (Sweden) - 2008 Pride

ARTIST: Pride (Sweden)
ALBUM: Pride
YEAR: 2008


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



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.

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#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

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

#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!/
#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

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