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Renegade (Canada) - 2004 On The Edge



ARTIST: Renegade (Canada)
ALBUM: On The Edge
LABEL: Renegade Productions
SERIAL: RS002
YEAR: 2004
SPONSOR: Renegade Productions

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Steve Foster - vocals * Geraldo Dominelli - guitars, vocals * Kenny Geatros, Terry Kellogg - guitars * Paul Minshall - keyboards, vocals * Darren Pasdernick - keyboards * Jim Buckshon - bass, keyboards, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Angel Of Love * 02 It's My Life * 03 Friends And Lovers * 04 On The Edge * 05 Call To Glory * 06 Testify * 07 It's Only Make Believe * 08 Take A Chance On Romance * 09 Kid's Runnin' Wild

WEBLINKS: www.renegadeproductions.net


Background
When I was a kid growing up in the 70's, I always looked forward to reading about Canadian AOR bands courtesy of that prestigious UK newsweekly 'Sounds' magazine. I would wait with bated breath to see what my journalistic hero Paul Suter would write about next. To this day, Canadian bands still hold a very special place in my heart, and particularly bands from that 70's and 80's era. Now along come a band who epitomize everything I hold dear about that sub-genre of melodic rock. All the ingredients are in place for Vancouver's Renegade to carry on the flame many years after the popularity of this style wimpered out. Even long after the nurtured pen of Mr Suter was laid to rest, there are pockets of resistance.. men who have no inkling that the 21st Century is upon us, and that the glory-days decades of melodic rock/AOR were some 2 or 3 score years ago! If Ray Roper, Worrall and Joseph Lee Wood styled AOR is your bag, then start packing, because Renegade will deliver you a motherload of music you'll be hard-pressed to carry home! This is Renegade's brand new CD 'On The Edge', a follow up from their 2001 effort 'Back From The Dead'. They are hardly dead, more sleeping than anything, however, the urge to deliver quality music is back, and we are all the more lucky for it.


The Songs
Opening up with 'Angel Of Love', it's a crisp zingy entree once we get underway. Track two 'It's My Life' carries a Bon Jovi like vocal, the track though owes more to those aforementioned artists listed above. Even 'Friends And Lovers' and in particular 'Take A Chance On Romance' is an absolute deadringer for the material we heard on the 2002 album from Joseph Lee Wood. Glorious slices of uplifting melodic rock appear in the shape of the title track and the incredible pomp of 'Call To Glory'. The latter has a bit of that Straight Lines/Body Electric style within it, as does the parping keyboards on 'It's Only Make Believe'.. indelibly Canadian me thinks! The last track 'Kids Runnin' Wild' finishes with a flurry, it's played in the vein of uptempo Orphan or Urgent, circa 'Cast The First Stone'. A great way to end a fantastic CD!


In Summary
We'll discover a bit more about Renegade in an upcoming article/interview. Stay tuned. In the meantime, start living dangerously and add this lovely slice of 80's AOR into your CD kitty!!


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#1 | Jez on June 14 2008 17:25:44
Highly recommended Canadian band and a very good release. Loved the 'Back from the Dead' disc, but this one is even better. If you're into 80's canadian melodic rock ala Loverboy, Blvd, then this is for you
 
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