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Stealer - 1982 Stealer



ARTIST: Stealer
ALBUM: Stealer
LABEL: MCA
SERIAL: MCA-5292
YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Robin Miller - lead vocals, guitars * Randy Koontz - bass, vocals * Tony Russo - keyboards, vocals * Lee Kix - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 On My Own Again * 02 E.S.P * 03 If You Want Me * 04 Ready Or Not * 05 Never Again * 06 I've Got To Fight * 07 Hold Tight * 08 Your Heart Will Burn * 09 Tell Me It's Love * 10 Johnny


Background
One of the many major label tax write-off AOR albums that wonderfully cluttered record bins in the early '80s, Stealer never stood a chance but was and still is a tasty morsel of Reagan-era radio rock. Biographical information is almost non-existent and although I recognise bassist Randy Koontz from his work with glam songstress Cheryl Dilcher, the remaining Stealer line-up just doesn't ring a bell and I hope our knowledgeable staff and readership can fill in the blanks at some point.


The Songs
My first ear-bending introduction to Stealer was via the albums only single 'On My Own Again' which was played on a classic rock station in my area. A typical period piece of radio friendly pop rock, fans of All Sports Band, 4 Out Of 5 Doctors and Thrills will get a charge from this little jewel. Traces of skinny tie power pop and the Greg Kihn Band can be found in the Stealer brew much to my delight especially on cuts like 'If You Want Me' and 'Ready Or Not', but the best tune is saved for side two with 'Hold Tight'. Like a loose version of Frankie & The Knockouts and Robert Berry's Hush, the song is everything that made early '80s AOR so much fun before it became hairy and over produced with cool keys and a hook that slowly draws this listener in. 'Your Heart Will Burn' is just as nifty and while overall nothing on the album broke new ground in terms of creativity, it still stands as a nice little artefact from a bygone era and worth a spin or two every once in awhile.


In Summary
Like so many AOR albums from the early days, its unlikely this will ever see reissue on CD, but then again stranger things have happened..


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#1 | gdazegod on July 19 2009 03:54:47
I'm pretty certain this band came from Detroit, and were in the same melting pot as other bands on MCA's roster that came out of area at that time.. namely Adrenalin and The Automatix.

Robin Miller would go on to release an independent CD ten years later entitled 'If You Had A Heart', which featured Mark Andes (Firefall, Heart) on bass. We may yet review that CD in the near future.

If I understand correctly, Robin now lives in Sedona Arizona.. at last report, and is now deeply involved in new age music.
#2 | Traveller in time on July 22 2009 20:53:52
I had bougth this album in the 80's, good one.
I have also this CD from Robin Miller, but this was new for me,
that he was the singer of the band Stealer
#3 | gdazegod on July 22 2009 22:55:42
There's a news clip that you can read on Google (from 1992, sourced from a Milwaukee Newspaper) which talks about Robin's CD 'If You Had A Heart', the reporter mentions his association with STEALER.
#4 | reyno-roxx on February 20 2011 11:51:38
Downloaded this one last year - think from Kissmar - but forgot about it until now. Doh! Link on Kissmar no longer exists, so does anyone know the password for the files? It isn't any of the obvious ones!
Another one I have on LP in storage!
#5 | george_the_jack on February 20 2011 14:11:30
Paswd: Kissmar
#6 | reyno-roxx on February 20 2011 16:27:26
I clearly didn't get this from kissmar then as that was one of those I tried (including caps). Doh!
#7 | swazi on February 20 2011 22:52:13
Try this one: d-loko

Good luck!
#8 | gdazegod on February 20 2011 23:18:26
I have it Reyno. I can put up a non pwd version later today.
#9 | george_the_jack on February 21 2011 00:00:31
Try ladywinter reyno. A few posts on kissmar are uploaded by ladywinter and feature that alternate password.
#10 | reyno-roxx on February 21 2011 18:00:51
I'd tried ladywinter thanks george..Swazi...you win! Thanks very much! Grin
#11 | swazi on February 21 2011 20:13:51
Grin
#12 | retroaddict on March 02 2011 06:16:52
In case anyone hasn't noticed, the links put up for this album by kissmar, shooto, camelblue, etc. are all the same...320 kbps rips in MONO. George, do you happen to have a different version of this in stereo? keyboards
#13 | gdazegod on March 02 2011 12:12:41
I'll check tomorrow Retro. I'm out of town at the moment. I'll run it through Audacity software and check the quality..
#14 | super80boy on June 15 2014 17:03:16
The opener 'On My Own Again' is just fantastic polished AOR with classy harmony vocals and perfectly placed keys. There's the pomp AOR of 'Hold Tight', the melodic rock of 'I've Got To Fight' and more top notch AOR melodies in 'Your Heart Will Burn'. Really every song is well executed and it's hard to find any faults here. Stealer is a highly impressive slice of radio rock AOR which needs to be in most collections.
 
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