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Rail - 1985 Three

ALBUM: Three
LABEL: Dynasty
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: Included on the 2001 CD 'Adio'


LINEUP: Terry Young - bass, vocals * Richard Knotts - guitars * Andrew Baldwin - guitars * Kelly Nobles - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Another Side Of Blue * 02 Live With The Wind * 03 Diamond Dasher * 04 Her Majesty * 05 The Way * 06 Speed Limit * 07 Don't Take Your Love Away * 08 Turn Out The Lights * 09 Kings And Queens * 10 Song Of Solomon


The third album by Pacific Northwest band Rail was a return to the band's legacy, and was released on their own label Dynasty. The previous year, the band had released a four track Mini LP for EMI America, but the deal didn't extend beyond that unfortunately.

The Songs
Rail immerse themselves into a fantasy metal styled sound, accentuated by Terry Young high vocals. In some places he sounds similar to Shy's Tony Mills, though not quite as high, but you get the picture right? This is apparent on the opening 'Another Side Of Blue', wheereas 'Live With The Wind' is typical of those many early U.S heavy metal acts from the early 80's, many of which have dated very badly. 'Diamond Dasher' sounds pretty good actually, like a watered dowen version of Great White from this same era. The fantasy metal theme comes home to roost on 'Her Majesty', even if it sounds lukewarm, though the lead guitar work of both players helps stiffen things up. Synths help break up the guitar patterns for 'The Way', then the band go full-tilt on the suitably named 'Speed Limit'. Very good. 'Don't Take Your Love Away' is a bit hit and miss, not quite deciding what it wants to be. It's not helped by having the guitar pushed so far back in the mix, that it could be in another galaxy. 'Turn Out The Lights' is a half decent rocker, while you can skip 'Kings And Queens', an acoustic interlude that segues into the rather pointless 'Song Of Solomon'. Not a good way to finish the album.

In Summary
Also during 1985, Rail would hook up with Ronnie Montrose for a series of dates. The former Gamma man was looking for a new band to collaborate with, but things did not venture beyond those gigs, Montrose instead put a new band together for 1987's 'Mean' album. In later years, Rail would release the 'Adio' CD in 2001, which was a combination of both the Rail 'Mini LP' and 'Three' albums. That CD is pretty hard to come by now, but it's worth it just for the double-up alone. The band surprisingly, are still a going concern. Check out their website (link above).

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#1 | Nick C on July 25 2017 12:25:54
I've got a real soft spot for Rail - I ended up picking up all their releases but I think their first album Arrival is still my favourite. I never managed to actually track down Rail Three on vinyl in pre-internet days, but I did pick up Adio.

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