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Heat (Germany) - 1993 Heat



ARTIST: Heat (Germany)
ALBUM: Heat
LABEL: Rockwerk
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 1993

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Elke Klein - vocals * Lutz Korndörfer - keyboards * Torsten Weber - guitars * Marcus Rippl - bass * Ralf Deutscher - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rasie Your Hands * 02 What About Love * 03 We're Gonna Rock * 04 Could Have Been Love * 05 2nd Hand Show * 06 Wild Times * 07 Give Me Your Love * 08 Cryin' * 09 Got It Made * 10 Never Say No * 11 A Song For You


Background
During the early 90's, there were two bands running around Germany calling themselves Heat. This version released their only CD on the Rockwerk label, while the other version released two albums (for Long Island Records and A2Z) and called themselves The Heat. Both were pretty good, but this lot, with a female singer in Elke Klein took the edge. Formed in 1989 and based in Frankfurt, the band toyed around with different styles, and at one point included former At Vance vocalist Oliver Hartmann in their ranks. Lutz Kornd”rfer and drummer Ralf Deutscher had previously played in a German metal band called Wolfen, but by 1990 had found their calling with a strong melodic hard rock direction backed by Klein's impressive vocals. It would be safe to say that other acts of the era, such as Laos, Joal and Swedes Treat were good reference points. I'd also factor in German faves Frontline, even though they didn't appear until the following year. That's because Elke Klein could be a female version of Stephan Kaemmerer!


The Songs
The fun begins as early as track one. 'Raise Your Hands' contains big splashes of keyboards and razor sharp guitars. Klein is clearly the star of this show however. That Kaemmerer influence is evident on 'What About Love', while 'We're Gonna Rock' romps along like fellow German Joal as per her 1989 solo CD. '2nd Hand Show' comes complete with pumping bass lines and a typical early 90's style of assembling songs together. The blues intro to 'Wild Times' eventually converts to a Treat styled rocker. This one is quite racy too, some good vocal melodies added for good effect. 'Give Me Your Love' could have done without the brass parps, a likeable song nonetheless, while it was hard not to think of Vixen when listening to 'Cryin', a song written by Lutz Korndörfer I must add. 'Never Say No' is the best track on the album for mine, a racy number that just does the business.


In Summary
'Heat' was recorded toward the end of 1993, and was eventually released in the early Spring of 1994. Despite the excellence of the material, the band only hung around for only a few months, splitting up during the middle of 1994. The German label Rockwerk has released some great albums in their time. I took a trawl through Ebay to see what bands were released, and there was a handful which came out during the 90's. Unfortunately this one was not on the list, such is its growing reputation and high asking price out there in the second hard market. If you pick up an original, store it away for safe keeping for a very long time!


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#1 | Emda on October 13 2014 20:16:02
Check out the fantastic soundfiles at facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/heatgermany/app_2405167945?ref=page_internal

....bring this album out on CD again!
 
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