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Kingdom - 1988 Lost In The City


ARTIST: Kingdom
ALBUM: Lost In The City
LABEL: Frontrow,
SERIAL: 8.26778
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 1996, Teldec, 8.26778


LINEUP: Bernie Kolbe - vocals, bass * Axel Ritt - guitars * Cliff Jackson - guitars * Volker Sassenberg - keyboards * Freddy Diedrichs - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lost In The City * 02 The Run * 03 We Got Love * 04 Sign From Your Heart * 05 Waiting For Love * 06 Riding Through The Night * 07 Rollin' * 08 Love Child * 09 On The Line * 10 Back From Hell

1988 was a great year for German melodic hard rock and AOR. There were a spate of good bands in operation. Think: Victory, Zeno, Aidean, Bonfire, Craaft and many more. Let's not forget these guys Kingdom. Later on they became the band Domain who released some great albums from 1989 onward. In fact, this album, and Domain's debut album 'Our Kingdom' are in fact, the same album! Not quite sure what was going on there, maybe naming rights (Kingdom Come perhaps?), a management conflict, but anyway I digress. As mentioned in our previous article on Domain's 1989 album 'Before The Storm', Bernd Klobe and Cliff Jackson came from 70's rockers Epitaph, however, Kingdom/Domain have absolutely nothing in common with that band musically.

The Songs
'Lost In The City' is a great scene-setter with Volker Sassenberg's dominating from the opening bars. The chorus is good too, like a Celtic assault a la Gary Moore. 'The Run' is a hard rocker, and reminds me of Q5, and a track off their 'Steel The Light' LP called 'Lonely Lady'. I've been listening to that album on my Deezer streaming service recently, and that popped into my head immediately. 'We Got Love' is very radio friendly while 'Sign From Your Heart' is the band's power-ballad moment which has Zeno flavours within. Kingdom get into some serious hard rock thanks to 'Waiting For Love', a tried and true song-title given a blast of Teutonic melody and power. 'Riding Through The Night' is severe pumping hard rock, and I'm comparing it to Syndia, that great band from Poland which I have raved about here on GDM. 'Rollin' is a notch below what we've heard thus far, 'Love Child' is the album's second ballad and has some good things happening, 'On The Line' is a straight-up hard rocker, the album finishing up with the power-ballad 'Back From Hell', which is drenched in atmosphere.

In Summary
The album did see some reissue action around 1996, plus 2000 and 2001, but one can assume these are long out of print, and one should resort (like I did), to finding a fileshare online somewhere. You can also try and track down 'Our Kingdom' too, you might have better luck there. It will be well worth your while, as Kingdom/Domain contains some of best pompy keyboard work this side of the black stump!

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#1 | gdazegod on January 27 2018 04:24:43
There you go Emda, all done.
#2 | rostoned on January 28 2018 20:54:14
US band Valentine certainly heard Kingdom album before composing the song "Tears In The Night" which bears let's say a few similarities with Kingdom's "Sign From Your Heart", especially in the chorus but not only....secret
#3 | Emda on February 01 2018 16:29:19
Thank you George Thumbs Up
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