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Craaft - 1988 Second Honeymoon

ARTIST: Craaft
ALBUM: Second Honeymoon
SERIAL: PD 71826
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Klaus Luley - lead vocals, guitar, bass * Marcus Schleicher - guitar, backing vocals * Franz Keil - keyboards, backing vocals * Thommy Schneider - drums

Additional Musicians: Reinhard Besser - guitar * Ken Taylor - bass * Curt Cress, Tommy Lee - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Run Away * 02 Twisted Up All Inside * 03 Chance Of Your Life * 04 Jane * 05 Gimme What You Got * 06 Running On Love * 07 Hey Babe * 08 Illusions * 09 Don't You Know What Love Can Be * 10 Are You Ready To Rock

I will make this declaration, and say that Craaft's 'Second Honeymoon' is one of the finest melodic hard rock albums coming out Germany. Period. The main guy Klaus Luley some will remember came from the band Tokyo, while the other members all have a history through their local Frankfurt scene. Their origins can be read on the first article we wrote some years ago (see tag below). I quite liked that first Craaft LP from 1986, but for mine, 'Second Honeymoon' goes up an extra notch. Craaft's sound is given a huge boost by master engineer Michael Wagener, and the original ten songs here are some of the best you'll hear in this sub-genre.

The Songs
The lead-off 'Run Away' takes your breath from the strains. Unfortunately, the video for this song which I found on YouTube is a bit silly yes? (see below). The melodic overload continues into 'Twisted Up All Inside' with glorious slabs of hard rock being sliced off the anvil. Kettle drums and organ announce the fantastic 'Chance Of Your Life', a pumping track with stark verses and thickened choruses. Changing course, is the wonderful ballad 'Jane', if only they played songs like this on the radio today.. sigh.. It's dual guitar duty on 'Gimme What You Got', a rollickin' number, an anthem from the era. My highlight from the album is 'Runnin' On Love', a song that has all the attributes I look for in a melodic rock track, especially that winning chorus. 'Hey Babe' takes a different path, sort of funky, not quite Electric Boys or It's Alive, but you get the picture. There's lots of swirling synths on 'Illusions', with the band toning down the tempo a notch or two. Luley's vocal comparing well to Tony Martin in places. 'Don't You Know What Love Can Be' is Craaft's pure ballad on the album (more so than 'Jane'), it is dominated by Franz Keil's piano work. Finally, we get the crash, bang, wallop of 'Are You Ready To Rock', another pumping track to get the circulation going.

In Summary
The album saw an American pressing from RCA in the following year, with a new album-title ('Craaft') and a new album cover. In the years that followed, Yesterrock put out a significant reissue in 2012, containing an extra six tracks. Either version (the original or the YR reissue) should be easy to track down. Unfortunately, I cannot locate it on the Deezer streaming service (only the debut is available), but it maybe on others like Spotify. Go to it.

Craaft - 1988 Runnin' On Love

Craaft - 1988 Run Away

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#1 | gdazegod on January 28 2018 07:27:51
That video for 'Run Away' is one of the wackiest rock videos I've ever seen, which doesn't involve the late Sam Kinison.. lol It's a wonder Kerrang never included it on their video compilations back in the day. hilarious
#2 | bpdp3 on January 29 2018 00:53:23
As you mentioned, my US copy of this is simply called "Craaft" and has a different, grey cover (in fact, discogs shows my cover as being the cover of their 3rd release!). My US version of the debut album is also called "Craaft" but has a slightly different track listing from what you show in your review. Odd!

You're right, the "runaway" video is a blast. Refreshing to see these German singers who are not afraid to rock the receding hairline... no bandanna or goofy hat needed!
#3 | englandashes on January 29 2018 19:12:24
Yes, I was stupid enough to buy this album twice with different covers, thinking they were different, not the first time this has happen, in fact I brought Shotgun Messiah and King Pin, in fact at the same time, how stupid is that!
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