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Black N Blue - 1988 In Heat

ARTIST: Black N Blue
ALBUM: In Heat
LABEL: Geffen
SERIAL: 24180 (LP), 9 24180-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 2003, Majestic Rock, MAJCD012


LINEUP: Jaime St. James - lead vocals * Tommy Thayer - guitar * Jeff Warner - guitar * Patrick Young - bass * Pete Holmes - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock On * 02 Sight For Sore Eyes * 03 Heat It Up Burn It Out * 04 Suspicious * 05 The Snake * 06 Live It Up * 07 Gimme Your Love * 08 Get Wise To The Rise * 09 Great Guns Of Fire * 10 Stranger


Here is another album which we are backfilling to complete the entire catalogue for Black N Blue. This band were still hanging in there towards the end of the decade, but because they hadn't sold that well for their record label Geffen, their time was drawing to a close. They did have enough chances to succeed, but they just couldn't get over the line in four attempts. Their material was ok, but when compared to the big guns, it probably was on the underside of success. Having Gene Simmons in the production background didn't help the band any. The songs sound neutered when compared to the other three BnB albums. Opting for a Def Leppard styled soundalike was a recipe for disaster. I'm not the first to fire salvos at Simmons and his handling of 'In Heat', suffice to say this eventually killed off the band.

The Songs
So, let's take a brief listen to the last album of the 80's decade for Black N Blue. When we think of 1988, what stands out? Black N Blue certainly didn't. Most of the big hitters came the year before. Def Leppard, Whitesnake, while Kingdom Come and Kings X made breakthroughs in 1988. None of the opening tracks cracked open my attention span. Boring formularised rock anthems huge on predictability. Really, the only song which stood out for me was the hardened rocker that was 'Great Guns Of Fire'. A song-title where the music matched the name. Other than that.. yawn..

In Summary
This band were much better than this album. Give this a wide berth and go back and listen to the first two albums at least. [word count 272]

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#1 | Explorer on February 03 2016 09:19:40
Quite right George,`Without Love` in particular is a superb slab of Pop/Metal.
#2 | rkbluez on February 03 2016 11:18:13
There fist album is my favorite and IMO a classic of that era...but In Heat was an improvement over the mediocre Nasty Nasty.
#3 | Carl Noonan on February 04 2016 18:01:59
I like them and think they were an underrated band, much better than the likes of Poison and Warrant etc. A good album but Nasty Nasty was there best for me.
#4 | GSpar77491 on February 05 2016 22:21:25
The first four songs of the album never did anything for me but from 'The Snake' on to the end I really love it. That being said, I think the first three are all great albums with Nasty and Without Love being my favorites.

I thought they were a really good second tier band who just never could break it....
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#5 | reyno-roxx on February 06 2016 13:13:10
A great band that really got ruined by the record company, despite being able to release four albums during the time with Geffen.
#6 | super80boy on February 07 2016 00:21:47
Formulaic rhythms coupled with programmed sounding drums obviously hurt this album's chances. That's probably why it was only a few bucks still sealed when I recently found it in a local store. Songs that don't display the negative attributes mentioned above are standouts - 'The Snake', 'Live It Up' and 'Great Guns Of Fire', otherwise Def Leppard fans should enjoy this one.
#7 | jeffrey343 on February 07 2016 01:08:19
I got the first three pretty much when they came out, but this one passed me by in 1988. I finally got it as part of that set with the other three about ten years ago. I think many of us are in agreement. I do generally like this one. But it seems like Thayer and Warner were neutered in the first four songs. Gone is the riffage and the typical solos of their earlier work. Thankfully, the album does start to return to form more and more as it progresses. I particularly like 'Stranger'.
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