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Giuffria - 1986 Silk And Steel



ARTIST: Giuffria
ALBUM: Silk And Steel
LABEL: MCA
SERIAL: MCA-5742
YEAR: 1986
CD REISSUE: 1999, Axe Killer (France), 3063662 * 2010, Metal Mind, MASS CD 1374 DG

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: David Glen Eisley - vocals * Lanny Cordola - guitars * Gregg Giuffria - keyboards * David Sikes - bass * Alan Krigger - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 No Escape * 02 Love You Forever * 03 I Must Be Dreaming * 04 Girl * 05 Change Of Heart * 06 Radio * 07 Heartache * 08 Lethal Lover * 09 Tell It Like It Is * 10 Dirty Secrets * 11 Say It Ain't True (Bonus)


Background
There's something to be said about the late great eighties. Some bands sounded great, and still do to this day. While others.. Well, they are best left in the past. Then there are some albums which many people rate, while others wonder what all the fuss is about. For me, Giuffria's 'Silk And Steel' is one such album. I gotta say, this album passed me by for some unknown reason. Now, the debut album did enough to tweak my interest, but it was only just a passing glance admittedly. Some good songs on that one though. Perhaps the main reason this band remained a non-event for me was the singer. Eisley's vocals are a bit coarse for my liking. He's certainly no Mark Free, perhaps described as a rougher version of Jimi Jamison. The irony of it is: most people think his voice is great. Um yeah.. The only saving grace for 'Silk And Steel' is that the arrangements aren't too bad, plus they've got a great album title and cover. And then of course there's that keyboard player by the name of .. The band have undergone two changes in their lineup: Lanny Cordola coming in for Craig Goldy, while David Sikes steps in for Chuck Wright on bass. The super-melodic elements are retained it must be said. The Journey like arrangements are oh so evident, and in some cases the results are superb, but for part of the time, the songs hold the attention span of kid in a candy store.. And that is - not for very long. A shame really because the musicianship shines out, as you would expect from musicians of this calibre. As for the songs, a couple really stand out!


The Songs
The opener 'No Escape' starts off with helicopter effects, before bursting onto the soundscape with fire and brimstone. This one is great, the chorus and solo holding it together. 'Radio' is the genuine rip-snorter on the album! Hard-edged like White Sister at their most rampant. I only wish the rest of the album was like this. They would've been onto a bonafide winner! Jumping on the L.A hair-metal bandwagon is the aggressive 'Lethal Lover' which isn't bad, while 'Tell It Like It Is' has some lovely true AOR moments. The bonus track 'Say It Ain't True' is quite radio friendly, and one wonders why it wasn't heard at the time of the initial release. Elsewhere, the album has a number of 'less intense' moments. 'Love You Forever' has that soaring ballad aspect about it, followed by 'I Must Be Dreaming' which builds in energy as it plays through and contains some neat melodies within. There were only a couple of tracks that could be considered filler. For instance, 'Heartache' has an insistent annoying chorus which surely cries out 'my ear-ache' instead! 'Girl' was sort of pointless, as was 'Dirty Secrets' with it's heavier staggered approach.


In Summary
The album was proposed for a re-release on CD in 2000 through the French Axe Killer label, though I understand that deal fell through. The only versions available on CD was the Japanese release. A collectors item it might be for some, but for many others, it's a case of leave it rather than take it. For me, I'm non-plussed about it, thinking there must be some other unknown gems out there to buy instead. I think I still prefer the debut, however, to be fair, 'Silk And Steel' is not the worst melodic rock album you'll ever hear, but conversely, it is no classic either.


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#1 | gdazegod on December 31 2006 08:47:17
I recall on a previous version of this website (using different web portal software that we are using now), we had a huge slanging match as to merits of this album. I rated this Giuffria album as one of the most overhyped AOR albums of the entire genre.. while some disagreed.. I feel like reigniting the debate.. lol! Shock
#2 | Eric on April 20 2007 22:23:27
A bit late, but debate reignited! I agree. The first Giuffria album was a huge letdown, and this album left me shaking my head wondering why I even bought it? I remember playing it in my car several times (cassette version of course!) and trying VERY hard to get into it, or find at least one song of value, but I kept drawing a blank. I still have that cassette and played it again a few years ago. It hadn't aged well.
#3 | dangerzone on April 21 2007 01:49:28
While I agree that 'Silk And Steel' was a disappointing followup, I have to completely disagree however that the debut was a letdown. I have never tired of the album in all the many years I've owned it and I cannot understand why it is frowned upon. Obviously many expected an album to reckon with the material Angel conjured which to them never materialised. For me it did and exceeds it. It's one of my favourite AOR albums of all time and some of the songs here ('No Escape, 'Radio' and 'Dirty Secrets') are on par with the debut also. Aside from that let the argument continue!
#4 | Vincenzo on November 16 2007 17:29:33
I discorg with George this time. Silk & Steel for my is a great pomp AOR effort with incredible keys and songwriting. The arrogance of the opener No Escape is the perfect start for an AOR top album.
#5 | gdazegod on November 17 2007 08:37:15
Ah well.. good that we disagree from time to time. Word on the grapevine is that Giuffria may reunite for 2008? Do we really care? hmm!
#6 | Eric on November 17 2007 13:45:27
No.
#7 | gdazegod on November 18 2007 06:21:55
Second that. However, a few eggheads over on the mr.com Noticeboard might simulate a few orgasms in celebration. Yeah right..
#8 | reyno-roxx on June 24 2008 09:56:08
I remember being tremendously letdown by 'Silk And Steel' having been a big fan of the debut. I was flattered to be asked to write the liner notes for the original UK release of the first album on CD by MCA, which surfaced in 1988.
#9 | Nick C on August 31 2008 15:58:00
I way preferred the debut, but this too has some great songs on it especially Radio, I Must be Dreaming. Girl was almost a remake of Call to the Heart in my book and there are a couple of clunkers Dirty Secrets especially.
#10 | gdazegod on June 10 2012 06:12:45
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#11 | gdazegod on June 10 2012 06:16:44
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#12 | AOR Lee on April 09 2013 13:13:55
I'm thoroughly enjoying most of this album (just got the metal mind version). I agree the s/t was more consistent, but this is no letdown. No Escape, I Must Be Dreaming, Change Of Heart, Radio, Lethal Lover are all killer AOR like an 80's Angel. The bonus soundtrack song equally stunning keyboards
#13 | super80boy on June 03 2014 03:10:54
Agreed, this follow up effort is subpar and really only has two or three standout songs, although it's not bad, it's just filler prone at times. 'Girl' is a good semi-ballad until the harmonica makes its presence known in the middle. Both side lead offs are rousing numbers and then things get hard and heavy with 'Lethal Lover'. One of the standouts is 'Tell It Like It Is'.
 
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