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Kidd Glove - 1984 Kidd Glove

ARTIST: Kidd Glove
ALBUM: Kidd Glove
LABEL: Morocco
SERIAL: 72149
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1995, Long Island Records, LIRC 00110 * 2010, Yesterrock, 6412238


LINEUP: Paul Sabu - vocals, guitars * Bobby Sandstrom - keyboards * Jeff Steele - bass * Mike Baird - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Good Clean Fun * 02 Killer Instinct * 03 Street Angel * 04 Spirit Of The Night * 05 Fade To Black * 06 Hellzarockin' * 07 Somewhere In A Song * 08 Secrets * 09 Susie Wants To Be A Star


The second stage of the career of L.A guitar hero Paul Sabu kicks off with his Kidd Glove project. Already held in high regard as a melodic rock demi-god, Sabu straddles the fence between disco/pop and melodic guitar based rock. A confusing mixture for sure, but when it's played the Sabu way, it sounds pretty convincing to me. I'm sure half the reason for his popularity were his drop-dead gorgeous looks, and I'm sure he's had a bevy of blondes and brunettes waiting to get in to his backstage room, and not just to get his autograph either! If any of you have heard his self titled album releases from 1979 and 1980 you'll know his music style varies from the not so convincing disco (refer the 5 track album from 1979 and I gotta say yukk!!) to pure melodic rock the following year. For the Kidd Glove project he's moved into a harder radio oriented style and it's a bit of a blast too!

The Songs
'Good Clean Fun' opens up the account, and is a bit of a furious pop/rock ditty. 'Killer Instinct' has that undercover lover theme throughout. My favourite track by Sabu for many a year is the incredible 'Street Angel'. This to me is his ultimate, and is not matched by any of his other material, even to this day. The next two tracks 'Spirit Of The Night' and 'Fade To Black' are dominated by keyboards though nice just the same. 'Hellzarockin' is an anthemic high energy workout, the drums are relentless on this one. 'Secrets' is an AOR track very much out of the John O'Banion school of rock. With the final track 'Suzie Wants To Be Star' Paul gives Stevie Nicks and Pat Benatar a plug in the chorus.. 'Suzie Wants To Be Star, another Nicks or Benatar, Oh She Wants her songs to shake the night..'

In Summary
Perhaps the one let down of the album are the mundane and at times silly lyrics. I suppose when you're writing this review years after the event we can all tell that we've moved on somewhat in time. Lets just say that the subject matter was relevant to that era. Oh well, Sabu could never be accused of taking himself seriously. However, Kidd Glove as an album? The track 'Street Angel' is worth the price of admission alone.

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#1 | sabace on March 15 2006 14:03:23
I like the diso ep and this lp is great as well! excellent songs and very good production what makes sabu's early material great up to ONLY CHILD is the fact he actually plays all guitars himself as opposed to his stuff today he has other guitar players .
#2 | jeffrey343 on January 31 2008 17:12:53
This is the album that led to me discovering this great site many years ago, back in the 'Heart Of The Rock' days. A friend made a copy of this record onto a cassette for me when it came out, but that tape got stolen in 1992. I sure was glad to see this available on iTunes a couple of years ago. I haven't heard his earlier AOR tunes (I have heard the disco tunes - not bad but not my cup of tea), but for me this is the best thing he's done. I've read that he's not a big fan himself of this effort, and his latter work is definitely on the harder side. My very very short list of favorite tunes includes both 'Killer Instinct' and 'Susie Wants To Be A Star'.

To me, it is too bad that he has continued to move more and more into a harder direction over the years. His next two projects after this - 'Heartbreak' and 'Only Child', plus the album he did with Alexa, are excellent too, but I just can't get into anything he's done after that. The CD (and iTunes album) he put out with the 'Kidd Glove' material included seven of the ten 'Only Child' tunes, plus three later-period tunes, providing a very uneven experinece in the sequence they are on that compilation.

But this is good stuff. Very good stuff.
#3 | richardb on June 15 2008 14:13:25
A fine album and one I would favour of his later material even if the lyrics are a bit cheesy at times!

Richard B
#4 | rostoned on June 28 2008 22:41:33
It seems that the US copies were (all?) released on gold vinyl. I have a japanese LP copy so I can't tell. Anyone can help?
#5 | reyno-roxx on June 29 2008 10:22:55
I have a UK copy on black vinyl.
#6 | jeffrey343 on April 19 2010 18:14:25
This just got re-released. I got a copy from NEH Records. It is digitally remastered, and it sounds great. It is the original release with the songs in the original order, plus a few bonus tracks. It includes lyrics. There is a video for 'Good Clean Fun' that I had never seen.

Again, I just want to state what a great album this is. It's quirkier than what I usually like, but it works perfectly for me on every level. Firmly entrenched in my top 5 ever.
#7 | super80boy on March 01 2015 00:51:26
The supremely talented Sabu cranks out an impressive album full of robust melodic rock and one which has received repeated spins throughout the years. Yes, that chorus in 'Street Angel' coupled with the guitar and keyboard - is tops!
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