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Grimm, Steve (Band) - 2009 History Of A Bad Boy

ARTIST: Grimm, Steve (Band)
ALBUM: History Of A Bad Boy
LABEL: Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 09-05-0006
YEAR: 2009
SPONSOR: Gregor Klee


LINEUP: 'Prisoner Of Passion' sessions: Steve Grimm - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Dave Christopher - guitars * Buzzy Ouellette - bass * Ron Kalista - drums

'Turn The Key' sessions: Steve Grimm - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Scott Stephan - guitars * Gordy Wayne - bass * Billy 'Friday' Johnson - drums

'Heavens In Your Heart' sessions: Steve Grimm - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Dave Dettlaff, Scott Finch - guitars * Randy Paul Jones - bass * Billy 'Friday' Johnson - drums, keyboards, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Too Cool * 02 She's Ready * 03 Wounded Heart * 04 Hurt So Much * 05 Teaser * 06 Ready To Rock * 07 Prisoner Of Passion * 08 Turn The Key * 09 Look Of Temptation * 10 New Kinda Woman * 11 Vacant Eyes * 12 Be Somebody * 13 Running Out Of Tomorrows * 14 How Many Times * 15 Change Of Heart * 15 Change Of Heart * 16 Heavens In Your Heart * 17 She Said Goodbye * 18 Take Me * 19 Flames * 20 Edge Of The Night * 21 You Can Believe



Steve Grimm is well known to many of us as the glue that holds the Wisconsin band Bad Boy together. There are a few reviews of that band here on GDAZE, less known is his solo career which has spanned a lengthy history on its own merits. The Steve Grimm Band has released a handful of albums dating back to 1989, and it is on this compilation album forged together by Avenue Of Allies, that you hear all of these songs on one CD.. all 21 of them! When Bad Boy took a back seat by the late 80's, the Steve Grimm Band became the focus for Steve, releasing the EP 'Prisoner Of Passion' in 1989, 'Turn The Key' in 1992 and 'Heavens In Your Heart' in 1995.

The Songs

'Prisoner Of Passion'
There are seven tracks here, all exceptional, it's a wonder why these haven't been mentioned in their own right as a separate recorded piece of work. Gotta love the opening 'Too Cool', with a hard driving (near rampant) style of rock, complete with a big booming drum sound. 'She's Ready' is deep brooding hard rock, similar in style to that Agentz 'Stick To Your Guns' track. 'Wounded Heart' is an organic rocker with the saxophone as a focal point, whereas 'Hurt So Much' mixes up so many soundalike comparisons to other acts in the sub-genre, you'll be trying to figure it out for yourself! We then get our asses kicked by the superb little rocker 'Teaser',with it's tight guitar riffs and street attitude. Equally captivating is the slinky 'Ready To Rock', with a hint of Shooting Star in the mix. I like this one a lot. The title track finishes up this seven-tracker. It's a bit moodier in style, with swirling synths and razor sharp guitar licks.

'Turn The Key'
'Turn The Key' appeared in 1992 as a cassette EP, and only contained four tracks in total, so it's pretty rare. The opening title track has a Cheap Trick/Enuff Znuff flavour to it, guaranteed to get the harder power pop fans excited. 'Look Of Temptation' has that shuffle beat made famous by Billy Squier a decade earlier, unlike the next track 'New Kinda Woman' which is very heavy by comparison, containing some raw guitar work. 'Vacant Eyes' is probably the most familiar song here, and wraps up this little EP with great vocal melodies fattening the sound immeasurably.

'Heavens In Your Heart'
This album was a ten-tracker released in 1995, but recorded between 1994 and 1995. This album is a contrast yet again, with a somewhat lighter sound, more of a power-pop/classic rock affair rather than an all out hard rock collection of songs. This is evident on the lead track 'Be Somebody', which touches Cheap Trick again, a band that has had a huge impact on the careers of both Bad Boy and Grimm. The organ is the featured instrument on 'Running Out Of Tomorrows', while the intro piano motif on 'How Many Times' will have many of you comparing it to the best radio rock sounds coming out of the 70's. 'Change Of Heart' is another beautiful 70's influenced affair, the song is quite nostalgic sounding, sweeping melodies bringing back memories of a past decade. The title track brings back the hard rock quotient, but still it's hard to ignore the 70's thread of influence that runs through this album. 'She Said Goodbye' starts out as an acoustic piece, before it revs up with some heavier guitar riffs. Listening to this reminds me of a slew of Led Zeppelin clones from years past, think Centaurus et al. Returning to the predominant 'lighter style' of this album, 'Take Me' definitely has a Zebra influence running through it, must be those acoustic guitars swinging away in the background. Steve for once throws a heavy rocker into the running order.. 'Flames' living up to its name, as a fiery little number, but it is outnumbered on this album. Trying to balance out the mix of songs is another rocker 'Edge Of The Night'. The strutting guitar lines has this track compared to the many hair metal acts doing the rounds at the time. The album finishes with the anthemic and stirring 'You Can Believe'. It's an acoustic/electric mix, not too far removed from that Farcry album we heard earlier in 2009.

In Summary
This is a lovely little anthology. It captures Steve Grimm at different stages of his solo career, and while the first two albums of this collection are enjoyable, it is the 'Heavens In Your Heart' collection that appeals the most. I feel for the most part that Steve Grimm is a highly underrated musician in the hard rock/AOR genre, and that a CD like this will only enhance his reputation. Mind you, we've been singing Steve's praises long enough at this website, just read all the Bad Boy material to see why. If you have a spare $15 or $20 handy, it might pay to throw it at this compilation CD, before the thing goes out of stock. Another great release from AoA.

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