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Loverboy - 1981 Get Lucky

ARTIST: Loverboy
ALBUM: Get Lucky
SERIAL: FC 37638
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2006, Sony/Legacy, 07464 62082 2 (with bonus tracks)


LINEUP: Mike Reno - lead vocals * Paul Dean - guitar, vocals * Doug Johnson - keyboards * Scott Smith - bass, vocals * Matt Frenette - drums

Additional Musician: Nancy Nash - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Working For The Weekend 02 When It's Over * 03 Jump * 04 Gangs In The Street * 05 Emotional * 06 Lucky Ones * 07 It's Your Life * 08 Watch Out * 09 Take Me To The Top


With its iconic sleeve, Loverboy's sophomore album 'Get Lucky' catapulted the Vancouver based band into the big leagues, selling over four million copies and keeping the group on the charts for two years. In hindsight their 1980 new wavey pop rock debut was just a taster of things to come and following a gruelling tour supporting Prism, Cheap Trick, April Wine, ZZ Top and Kansas while riding the success of their first top ten hit 'Turn Me Loose'; Loverboy primed the pump and went straight into the studio, again with Bruce Fairbairn to create what I think their hands down masterpiece.

The Songs
The expression 'all killer, no filler' more than applies to 'Get Lucky' which incredibly boasted no less than four charting singles. 'Working For The Weekend' kicks-off the album at an unstoppable pace, becoming a blue-collar anthem for the ages right out of the box and coupling the top notch mid-tempo ballad 'When It's Over' with the pumping out of your seat rocker 'Jump', you've clocked-in for what is arguably some of the most exhilarating twelve and half minutes in the history of AOR. 'Lucky Ones' serves as an incognito title track and a good one at that and while the boulevard smarts of 'Gangs On The Street' and the driving power popper 'It's Your Life' are lesser known, in my opinion the pair are two of the record's finest moments not forgetting the light and fluffy 'Watch Out'; an obvious throw-back to their Streetheart prairie rockin' roots. Last but far from least 'Take Me To The Top' with its BTO-ish riff is the set's peak; mid-tempo, under-the-skin catchy and a cherry on the top of a melodic rock classic that few could even attempt to replicate.

In Summary
A coveted spot on Journey's 'Escape' tour followed by an unbelievable headlining schedule that would kill most band's by today's standards; Loverboy became red leathered platinum-plated superstars who could do no wrong outside the snobbish rock establishment. Of course sadly like headbands and spandex all good things come to end and by the time 'Wildside' long boxes hit the shops in 1987; the band was finished, temporarily of course. A couple lackluster studio discs and milking the graying classic rock circuit for all its worth Loverboy are still active, although why they haven't received as much mileage from reuniting as Foreigner, Journey or even Night Ranger is a question their management should be answering.

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#1 | gdazegod on October 10 2011 15:08:18
Those red trousers.. get me everytime. I wonder if Sammy Hagar got a pair? lol!
#2 | jeffrey343 on October 10 2011 17:32:47
I'm surprised we don't have all the Loverboy albums reviewed yet... This one came out in my 10th-grade year, when I was just starting to get into rock, so it holds a special place in my heart. And it has aged well, as I still play it frequently. In fact, the wife and I played the whole thing through a couple of weeks ago, singing along, while sitting in the car waiting for our older son to finally arrive back at school after a marching band trip.

I was at a high-end stereo shop in high-school one day when they did a demo of a pair of huge speakers with "Gangs In The Street" - pretty cool.

The one big improvement they could have made with this album is having Reno sing "Emotional". While Dean sings it fine, it just doesn't fit for me, and I've skipped over it more often than I've played it (being at the end of the album side or cassette side made it easy back then). But I think it would have sounded just fine with Reno singing it.

Their sound definitely evolved over their 5 80's albums, from the heavily new-wave sounds of the debut to more pure AOR by "Wildside". And I like all of it. To me, Loverboy was definitely at the top of the heap back then.
#3 | gdazegod on October 10 2011 23:40:33
You're right Jeff.. the two missing Loverboy albums (1983 and 1987) are in the queue.
#4 | sabace on April 14 2012 22:30:18
great lp their best in my opinion!
#5 | airborne on September 02 2012 23:14:08
The expanded issue, is the best, with songs, that sounded like they were destined for the album.
#6 | englandashes on May 27 2013 22:19:26
Only just picked up the follow up, Keep It Up, from a charity shop last week, and been really impressed, can't believe I never brought it, after having all the other Loverboy for years!

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