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Le Mans - 1983 On The Streets



ARTIST: Le Mans
ALBUM: On The Streets
LABEL: Shrapnel
SERIAL: SH 1010
YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Peter Marrino - vocals * Derek Frigo - guitars * Josh Ramos - guitars * Richard Burns - bass * Kenny Stavropoulos - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Live To Rock * 02 On The Streets * 03 Nervous Breakdown * 04 Outside Looking In * 05 Get Him Out Of Here * 06 Hard As A Rock * 07 Take Me down * 08 Hells Halls * 09 Computer Defense


Background
One of the original HM guitar bands featured on Mike Varney's Shrapnel label during the early eighties. First coming to our attention on the US Metal II Compilation album during 1982 with their sonic rendition of the track 'Waiting', these boys were doing anything but. The song was a monstrous blast of pure heavy metal, with guitarists Frigo and Ramos blazing their way through anything that got in the way. Most of the guys in Le Mans were originally from Chicago, but moved out west to San Fransisco to further their careers. Frigo in particular was a standout, an Eddie Van Halen clone but with enough tricks of his own to warrant further attention.


The Songs
Lets face it, when looking back on it, the music presented here is not particularly inventive. Just solid mind bending HM riffs played at cracking speed with breakneck guitar solos interspersed within the songs. Great for some, boring for most. However, considering we have some extreme guitar talent on display, it's worthy of a mention. In ways they are similar to Racer X, but less technical, and more rabid. Tracks like 'Nervous Breakdown' and 'Computer Defense' are some examples. On a track like 'Outside In', their sound ventures into gonzoid territory, with Frigo's guitar solo sounding like he's strangling a horse!


In Summary
The band released one further album, but changed their direction completely, to a more Journey oriented outfit during 1986. Apparently many thought this was a step in the right direction (not me.. Ed), but away from their HM roots. That album bombed big time unfortunately. Marrino went on to Cacophony with Jason Becker and Marty Friedman; Stavropoulos went on to join Starship and Big Bad Wolf. Frigo hooked up with party popsters Enuff Znuff while Ramos has since played with The Storm and Two Fires. All in all, these boys are a productive lot. But this is where it started for them.


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#1 | sabace on August 24 2010 16:47:57
excellent hard rock
#2 | rkbluez on January 10 2012 11:32:52
Love this band and think this is a a good album but agree with George that they should of stuck to their full frontal assault guitar power metal they did so well...shame these major labels want to take all the balls from bands like this...and turn them into Journey clones.
 
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