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Streetheart - 1982 Streetheart



ARTIST: Streetheart
ALBUM: Streetheart
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-6491
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 1996, EMI Canada (Northern Heritage Series)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kenny Shields - vocals * Daryl Gutheil - keyboards, vocals * Jeff Neil - guitars, vocals * Ken 'Spider' Sinnaeve - bass * Herb Ego - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Without Your Love * 02 Mad As Hell * 03 Miss Plaza Suite * 04 Wired * 05 What Kind Of Love Is This * 06 Snow White * 07 Look In Your Eyes * 08 Ain't In No Hurry * 09 One More Time

WEBLINKS: www.kennyshieldsandstreetheart.com


Background
This was a very successful fifth album for these Canadian AOR legends, and deservedly so. From the opening bars of 'Without Your Love' you know there's a 1982 classic on the cards. Comparisons with Loverboy are inevitable, since Paul Dean and Matt Frenette were members of Streetheart in the late 70's. Certainly the riffing and percussive momentum are reminiscent of Loverboy, but the overall melodic approach is refreshingly distinctive, showcasing Shields' unmistakable vocals and Gutheil's pulsing keyboards.


The Songs
The opener 'Without Your Love' is the most obvious Loverboy comparison, based on a crunching riff that wouldn't be out of place on their two records. The superbly played keyboards manage to be melodic and percussive, pulsing along in grand style. 'Mad As Hell' comes across like Judas Priest gone AOR, with an aggressive chorus but still boasting a high anthem factor. Coming in third is 'Miss Plaza Suite', to these ears the showpiece of the record. After a Rush like intro, a combination of sheer AOR keys and riffing sweeps us into the most spine chilling anthem chorus this side of Roadmaster. 'Wired' is really the only let down on show, rattling along at a furious pace but lacking the requisite hooks and melodies. Next up is 'What Kind Of Love Is This', the first of two stately power ballads. It's flowing harmonies were heard all over Canadian radio at the time. 'Snow White' kicks off with a memorable sha la la la vocal motif, and builds into a classic slice of early 80's AOR, all hooks and choruses. 'Look In You Eyes' is the other ballad, not as slow paced as the previous one, but equally plaintive and catchy. The last two tracks are a very pleasant surprise, since this is where you'd usually find the filler material. 'Ain't In No Hurry' is very reminiscent of Le Roux's 'Yours Tonight' from their 'So Fired Up' record. It glides along at mid tempo, with a simple yet ethereal melody providing the magic. Closing the record is the stomping 'One More Time', again built on a great riff, and featuring a chorus chanted over a melodic descending keyboard hook.


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#1 | Eric on December 23 2007 00:29:50
Saskatchewan's favorite sons, this is my favorite Streetheart album with 'Meanwhile...' A terrific album with 'What Kind Of Love Is This' as the standout. I used to tune into AM radio late at night and was able to pick up a station from Moose Jaw, SK that played that song and this album endlessly.Thumbs Up
#2 | reyno-roxx on July 16 2008 15:33:11
I have always adored 'Miss Plaza Suite' ('..in her stockinged feet...'). One of the best melodic rock songs ever recorded.
#3 | Nick C on August 23 2008 12:57:33
I think my fave album by Streetheart is the wonderful Quicksand Shoes as it's 'feel' just enchants me. But this is another killer album - I love the pulsing rhythm of Without Your Love and Mad As Hell to a lesser extent.
It's a disgrace that a band such as Streetheart haven't had their full back catalogue released on shiny CD properly...mind you I guess there are a few bands you could say that about.
#4 | sabace on August 19 2011 14:22:03
excellent lp!
#5 | rkbluez on March 09 2012 21:38:17
Excellent band an as Nick has mentioned it's criminal not all of their albums have been reissued on CD while 100's of lesser bands and albums have been out for decades.
#6 | super80boy on December 06 2015 16:29:48
Their best album that demonstrates high quality consistency across the entire set - with only one slight misstep in 'Wired'.
 
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