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Fate - 1988 Cruisin' For A Bruisin'



ARTIST: Fate
ALBUM: Cruisin' For A Bruisin'
LABEL: EMI
SERIAL: 7 91264-1
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 2000, Rip Tide * 2001, Metal Rendezvous * 2007, MTM Music, 0681-187

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jeff 'Lox' Limbo - vocals * Hank Sherman - guitars * Jacob Moth - guitars * Pete Steiner - bass, keyboards * Flemming Rothaus - keyboards * Bob Lance - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Beneath The Coconuts * 02 Love On The Rox * 03 Knock On Wood * 04 Lovers * 05 Dead Boy Cold Meat * 06 Babe, You Got A Friend * 07 Lock You Up * 08 Cupid Shot Me * 09 Diamond In The Rough * 10 Send A Little Money

WEBLINKS: www.fatetheband.com


Background
Without question, the 1986 release 'A Matter Of Attitude' by the Danish band Fate remains an essential moment in mid 80's AOR. It's is probably the most American sounding album by a European band from that timeframe. Unfortunately, the promise was not retained, with later albums drifting off the mark. Fate's next album 'Cruisin' For A Bruisin' kept some of the previous lineup, though listening to the material, it wasn't quite as classic as its predecessor, but had some decent moments nonetheless. The band underwent personnel changes, with original guitarist Hank Sherman leaving, replaced by Jacob Moth, whilst adding a new keyboardist Flemming Rothaus.


The Songs
The point that has been taken with the material on this LP is the humour quotient. 'Dead Boy Cold Meat', 'Cupid Shot Me' and the opener 'Beneath The Coconuts' - all three are a little offbeat lyric wise but offer something useful musically. Probably the two most AOR efforts are 'Love On The Rox' (which is a re-badged version of the song which appeared on the 1985 debut 'Fate' album), and the single from the album: 'Lovers', the latter featuring some genre approved keyboard work from Rothaus. 'Babe, You Got A Friend' is a mid-paced affair. Pretty good musically though the lyrics are a bit dodgy. 'Diamond In The Rough' is propelled by a fast paced tempo with a synth arpeggio pattern holding the fort in the background, not unlike A.S.A.P.


In Summary
The album was reissued in 2000 by Rip Tide, but apparently the quality was awful. Metal Rendezvous turned up with a new reissue the following year which was much better, and also included the entire 1985 debut album as bonus tracks. It is unfortunate for Fate that they released such as good album in 'A Matter Of Attitude' that nothing they released since could ever match it.

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