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Tora Tora - 2011 Revolution Day

ARTIST: Tora Tora
ALBUM: Revolution Day
LABEL: FNA Records
SERIAL: 247365-036-2
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Anthony Corder - vocals * Keith Douglas - guitars * Patrick Francis - bass * John Patterson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Revolution Day * 02 Mississippi Voodoo Child * 03 Candle And The Stone * 04 Blues Come Home To You * 05 Time And The Tide * 06 Shelter From The Rain * 07 Living A World Away * 08 Rescue Me * 09 Little Texas * 10 Memphis Soul * 11 Me & You * 12 Out Of The Storm


Though Memphis might be the home of more famous celebrities in the world of music (think Elvis..), one shouldn't forget the contribution of 80's hard rockers Tora Tora. Coming to the fore in 1989 with their 'Surprise Attack' album plus the well-played video 'Walkin' Shoes' on MTV, Tora Tora hung around long enough in the consciousness of the late 80's metal audience, and their high energy brand of melodic hard rock infused with a southern rock vibe went down well with many. 1992's 'Wild America' added to their credentials, but by then, everyone in the game knew that the landscape had changed, and though Tora Tora were quite prolific in recording many songs during that early 90's timeframe, none of them came to pass, until fifteen years later, courtesy of FNA Records. One of those retrospective albums were a bunch of songs recorded in 1994 under the banner 'Revolution Day', now re-released by FNA during 2011.

The Songs
There is undeniable blues flavour to this set of songs. Mind you, the same could be said for their previous albums. What sets Tora Tora apart is their ability to keep things moving along at a crisp speed whilst keeping the Memphis blues influences close to their chest. It's represented in their song titles too, such as 'Mississippi Voodoo Child', 'Blues Comes Home To You' and 'Memphis Soul'. There's a bunch of songs which are played in a subdued manner: 'Candle & The Stone', 'Time And Tide', 'Shelter From The Rain' and 'Rescue Me' would count among those, but when Tora Tora crank it up, as on songs such as 'Living A World Away', 'Little Texas', 'Me And You' plus 'Out Of The Storm', they sound completely within their element as a hard rock band. Singer Anthony Corder sounds similar to former XYZ voice Terry Ilous, and if one was to listen to this years Bridger album featuring Ilous, then this might make a good fit.

In Summary
Bootleg copies of 'Revolution Day' were spread among filesharing sites, but were poor copies dubbed from second or third generation cassette. Both Corder and Douglas denounced those versions saying that they were in fact played 'too fast' and had poor fidelity. The FNA CD release is the closest to the original recordings says Anthony Corder. FNA released another three compilations of Tora Tora, namely: 'Before And After', 'Bombs Away' and 'Miss B Haven'. So, there is now no excuse to obtain all Tora Tora material on CD, as everything is available in the digital realm.

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#1 | swazi on January 02 2014 23:13:31
If FnA Records wasn't such an useless and shitty label I would actually buy this disc. I could write a book about my recent experience with them. middle finger
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