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Best Of 2007 - 2007 RichardB
A summary of 2007 from Richard Baldwyn (RichardB).

Best of 2007

Melee - Devils And Angels
An old git like myself can't help being won over the youthful vigour, gorgeous melodies and strong material ranging from the punchy Biggest mistake and soaring Can't hold on. To borrow from George's restaurant analogy - I'd like more helpings please!

Saga - 10,000 Days
Like Kelv my love affair with this band spans nearly 30 years and whilst I haven't been moved by everything they've done (e.g. Generation 13, Steel Umbrellas ..) at least Michael Sadler departs on a high note. Plenty of that distinctive guitar/keyboard interplay their known for and it ranks as one of their best albums in a long time.

Harlequin - Waking The Jester
This more than makes up for the disappointing (for me at least) Harlequin II. Long time vocalist Beranger appears to have drafted in some young blood and Waking the jester is certainly not the joke some people might have been anticipating. Whilst it doesn't scale the heights of Love crimes there's plenty here for lovers of classic melodic hard rock to enjoy..

Holly Woods - Live It Up
Whilst it's not exactly new anything featuring the superb vocals of Holly is essential in my book. Full kudos for Brad Trew for getting this one out into the market place.

Harem Scarem - Human Nature
Lost interest in this band sometime after Voice of reason probably a case of over exposure they've certainly churned out the product over the years, though I would question the quality of the material. Human nature has piqued my interest - a welcome return to form.

Reo Speedwagon - Find Your Way Home
Everything they've done since Good trouble (and that was over-rated in my book) has induced a sense of apathyin me. Much as it pains me to admit it, I love this (sorry Eric - lol!). A nice well-crafted mix mixture of rockers and ballads. One of 2007's more pleasant surprises.

Rush - Snakes and Arrows
What is it with these Canucks eh? The majority seem to be enjoying a renaissance (see my comments below). A great album that has prompted me to investigate their back catalogue. I'm embarrassed to admit that I've lost touch since Moving pictures..

Burn - Global Warning
My first taste of this band. Once again I should be ashamed of myself - after all they come from Blighty. A very classy hard rock album that deserves to be played at maximum volume!

Airtime - Liberty Manifesto
Grows on me with repeated plays and forgive the lazy comparison - does remind me of Triumph in their classier moments. A tasty hard rockin' display from talented vocalist/guitarist Emmett.

Scorpions - Humanity Hour
Few could deny that this band have been one of the most consistently great live acts over the last few years even if their albums have come up short. (sorry no pun intended Klaus!). Completely blown away by this I'll be searching out 'Unbreakable' pronto!

Honourable Mentions

Eagles - Long Road Out Of Eden
The band the trendy music critics love to hate. However with multi million record sales the guys are laughing all the way to the bank..

Lynn Allen - The Horse You Rode In On
An enjoyable slice of retro 80's AOR/hard rock.

Disappointments of 2007

I'd never thought I'd say this but the prospect of a new Journey album leaves me underwhelmed.

Loverboy - Just Getting Started
Considering we had to wait 10 years for a new studio album a massive disappointment. Mike Reno may still have the pipes but it's lacking the originality the band are famous for. Back to the drawing board I'm afraid guys..

In Summary
Whilst the melodic rock scene isn't exactly in rude health it's not exactly dead as a dodo either. Despite my initial misgivings I found a few pleasant surprises in 2007. Looks like my mantle as hardened cynic has been taken over by George - LOL!

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