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Reckless - 1980 Reckless

ARTIST: Reckless
ALBUM: Reckless
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2008, Rock Candy Records, CANDY031


LINEUP: Jan Melanson - vocals * Steve Madden - guitars * Gene Stout - bass * Gil Roberts - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Victim Of Time * 02 Givin' It All Away * 03 Ready For Action * 04 Heartache Rock And Roll * 05 Too Much To Bear * 06 Reckless * 07 Child Of The Night * 08 All Night Woman * 09 Could This Be Love? * 10 Yesterday's News * 11 Passion And Pain * 12 Searching For A Dream

Why this band didn't do better at the time still remains a mystery to me. There are some absolute pearlers on this their first album, produced by the very talented Paul Gross. I remember the buzz Reckless got in the UK media during 1981, even though the album was released the year before. 'The next big thing', according to the AOR scribes of the time, namely Paul Suter and Geoff 'Def' Barton. Unfortunately Reckless had to compete with some very good albums at the time, i.e.: REO Speedwagon's 'High Infidelity', Foreigner 4, Y&T's 'Earthshaker' and a certain unknown group called Journey and a certain unknown No 1 best seller called 'Escape' (ha ha). Seems this album was actually recorded some time before (1979 by my reckoning), so why it took so long to hit the stores remains a mystery.

The Songs
However, the strength of this album lies in the solid melodic overtones permeating right throughout. 'Victims Of Time', 'Ready For Action', 'Reckless', and 'Searching For A Dream' are near classics. Twelve tracks all up makes for some fairly spectacular listening, considering this dates back to 1980 - or even earlier..

In Summary
The International Encyclopaedia of Hard Rock And Heavy Metal described Reckless as a Poor Mans' Van Halen'. I think the guy who wrote that (was that you Mr Jasper?) was probably on something at the time. They sound nothing of the sort! Again, if you see it in the bins, grab it. Word of warning. If you see their other album 'Heart Of Steel' ignore it altogether. It's rubbish, and doesn't feature Jan Melanson but some other singer, who looks as if he should be auditioning for a Glam band instead! As at 2008, 'Reckless' the album finally saw a CD release on Rock Candy Records.

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#1 | sabace on March 22 2006 13:53:15
superb guitar work great songs vocals are a bit dodgy!
#2 | gdazegod on March 22 2006 19:37:08
Some interesting history about this album, most of it not too complimentary. It seems that Madden and Melanson's contrasting styles were not a match made in heaven.. lol Sad
#3 | phil storace on December 03 2007 10:01:56
An absolutely all time classics, great guitar work and strong melodies! clap
#4 | Jez on December 06 2007 18:19:39
Coming in '08 in shiny digital form on Rock Candy - Can't wait.
#5 | sabace on March 12 2008 13:25:46
purchased the cd release and it is superb, includes 3 worthwhile bonus tracks - buy or die!
#6 | richardb on June 13 2008 09:50:05
Whilst I remember the guitar work being superb I couldn't get used to the vocals. With a different singer (like Darby Mills) they might have been a different proposition altogether!

Richard B
#7 | rostoned on June 28 2008 19:27:22
THE worst cover artwork ever???? oh my god, this is so embarassing that for the reissue the band asked Rock Candy not to put this one but a new artwork, and this happened. Unheard or what?
#8 | Jez on December 31 2008 14:58:21
I remember the frst time I heard the delights of 'Victim Of Time' literally blasting out of the radio on the Friday Rock Show all those years back and rushing out to find the LP the next morning. Don't be out off the the cover I told myself, when I finally found it and preceded to blast the hell out of it for the coming weeks, once I had got it home. 'Victim Of Time' is still a major rock out, even by todays standards and is a fine song indeed, showing the band at their meanest. In stark contrast, is the light and shade of the fantastic 'Too Much To Bare' and 'Child Of The Night' alongside the 'poppy' 'Heartache Rock 'n' Roll' and 'All Night Woman'. Unfortunately, the Reckless album was not followed up by a second disc with the same line up, which is a real shame, unless you count the 'Heart Of Steel' disc released in '84, by the same band in name, but certainly not in style or quality for that matter.
Finally this has been released on CD for the first time, and Rock Candy have done a fantastic job of it, even replacing the ghastly original artwork (which the band insisted on with the re-issue), aswell as giving us 3 demo bonus tracks that are great to have and give a taster of more potential this band had. For all it's originality and variation, what this disc does add up to is a tour de force of huge proportions and even nearly 30 years on after it's initial release, it still holds up as a quite brilliant, criminally overlooked piece of music history, that people now have a chance to hear again in all it's glory.
#9 | gdazegod on March 02 2013 11:42:36
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#10 | gdazegod on March 18 2016 18:07:02
I didn't get to hear this LP until early 1981. At the time, I was living in Wellington NZ, and to my shock, this was featured on a Sunday night radio show (2ZM, John Barry, DJ). He was playing tracks of the LP during the evening, so I rang him up on air, and we talked about Reckless, as I did have the Sounds Magazine article about the band on hand, and how they received a five star rating (I think it was Paul Suter that wrote the review). John B was good enough to mention our discussion on air not long after. For a young 17 y.o at the time, that was a bit of a buzz.. lol!
#11 | super80boy on December 11 2016 15:34:17
Unfairly thrashed in modern reviews, this debut album is an impressive slice of melodic hard rock. 'Too Much To Bear' reminds me of Aldo Nova's debut album, lot's of stylish guitar work with melancholic vocal arrangements. The title song is a cool snotty female hard rocker coupled with a killer guitar riff. Along with single friendly opener 'Victim Of Time', 'All Night Woman' and closer 'Searching For A Dream' stand up as the best songs. Yes, the production job is sub-par, but it's easy to get over that obstacle with the overall high quality guitar work and well heeled melodic rock rhythms.
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