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Streets - 1985 Crimes In Mind

ARTIST: Streets
ALBUM: Crimes In Mind
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 81246-1
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2002, Wounded Bird, WOU 1246 * 2013, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY202


LINEUP: Steve Walsh - vocals, keyboards * Mike Slamer - guitars * Billy Greer - bass, backing vocals * Tim Gehrt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Look Back * 02 The Nightmare Begins * 03 Broken Glass * 04 Hit 'n' Run * 05 Crimes In Mind * 06 I Can't Wait * 07 Gun Runner * 08 Desiree * 09 Rat Race * 10 Turn My Head

In retrospect this band is a bit of minor supergroup. In mainstream circles that might be the case but in AOR circles they are major news. Some talent in this band that's for sure. Streets came about after the very public fallout by Steve Walsh from the band Kansas, after several of their members decided to crank up the christianity within the band. He teamed up with Englishman Mike Slamer (previously with UK AOR/POP band City Boy) who had since moved to the States to further his aspirations. The debut Streets album was a good solid effort, and despite the fact it was produced by Neil Kernon, it's this one 'Crimes In Mind' their second I prefer best. The songs on here are more dynamic and compare similarly to material released around the same time by Foreigner and Airrace.

The Songs
The mood is set with a classic AOR opener 'Don't Look Back', which pulses along in great style, followed up by 'The Nightmare Begins' which features some great hooks. Steve Walsh really stamps his authority on 'Broken Glass' while Slamer gets an opportunity to set his guitar ablazing on 'Hit 'n' Run'. All the other songs are extremely melodic, catchy, like 'Gun Runner', 'Crimes In Mind' and the humorous 'Rat Race'.

In Summary
Streets as a band weren't the commercial success Atlantic were hoping for, and it wasn't long after that Walsh returned to Kansas taking Greer with him, while Slamer turned his hand to production. Gehrt played with a couple of Christian rock projects, Joshua's fantastic 'Intense Defence' being the most notable. Just for the quality personnel involved, this album should sit somewhere in your AOR collection, preferably at the front. As at late 2002, the album now has an official CD release courtesy of Wounded Bird Records.

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#1 | ROBERT on November 25 2007 15:10:04
This Album Is Of 1985!

Congratulationsclap From the Fantastic Web, and Saludations From Barcelona, Spain!Grinin lovebye
#2 | gdazegod on November 25 2007 19:25:41
Yes, correction. Should be 1985. It is now changed. Thanks Robert.
#3 | sabace on December 25 2007 13:20:10
great lp
#4 | george_the_jack on May 31 2008 11:56:10
Middle 80's, Steve Walsh on the vox, Mike Slammer on the guitar, it is a rarity, great melodies with a sometimes dark atmosphere of the criminal streets in the 80's decade! What else you want? A GEM 9,5/10
#5 | rostoned on May 31 2008 12:05:00
I have a soft spot for the ballad 'Broken Glass', the vanhalenesque fretboard work of Slamer in 'Hit 'n' Run' and the wonderful 'Rat Race'. Excellent work produced by Beau Hill, even if I feel that a different producer could have given a better, fuller and warmer sound to this one, especially in the drums and bass department.
#6 | DEMONAOR on July 13 2008 11:49:58
Great Albumgunsgunsgunsgunsguns
#7 | Vincenzo on October 09 2011 13:03:11
Great review. Great album but for me this is a great slice of melodic Hard Rock and not "pure" AOR. Sophistication apart, in any case this is a real masterpiece.
#8 | AORboyo on September 28 2013 20:10:18
Give this a revisit today after a number of years of NOT being anywhere near my player....one of the reasons I give it some volume was due to both albums being re-issued / remastered by the mighty 'Rock Candy' label.

Why have I stayed away from playing Streets for soo long???... totally forgot what tremendous hook infectious MHR grooves this band once churned out...Simply outstanding.
#9 | aaasreg on August 06 2014 18:49:22
Great album. Listen to the new version of 'The Nightmare begins' by Steelhouse Lane. What a killer version. And the nightmare never ends because it only exists on CD. What a desaster.
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