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Alcatrazz - 1985 Disturbing The Peace



ARTIST: Alcatrazz
ALBUM: Disturbing The Peace
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-12385
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2007, BGO, BGOCD763 * 2011, Store For Music, SFM CD 248 (bonus CD, remastered)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Graham Bonnet - vocals * Steve Vai - guitars * Jimmy Waldo - keyboards * Gary Shea - bass * Jan Uvena - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 God Blessed Video * 02 Mercy * 03 Will You Be Home Tonight * 04 Wire And Wood * 05 Desert Diamond * 06 Stripper * 07 Painted Lover * 08 Lighter Shade Of Green * 09 Sons And Lovers * 10 Skyfire * 11 Breaking The Heart Of The City


Background
Alcatrazz rebounded from the loss of Yngwie J Malmsteen and promptly replaced him with another guitar wizard, Steve Vai, who had been playing with Frank Zappa's band. How Bonnet tempted him to join Alcatrazz is a mystery but he at least helped them record a startling hard rock album. AOR shadings are always present in their sound, mainly in the melodic guitar and keyboard solo's. Bonnet is too much of a rocker to be strictly AOR thankfully. This was miles ahead of the ragged debut, Vai and Bonnet composing all but three songs themselves.


The Songs
It is impossible when listening to this not to think of either Vai's later work in the David Lee Roth Band or Bonnet's time in Rainbow or MSG. Their styles are so identifiable with both acts that the sound is an agreeable combination of the two. 'God Blessed Video' is scathing in lyrical content, Bonnet tearing into the fake glam rockers of the decade. Musically there is an abundance of synths and a vast array of trickery from Vai. 'Will You Be Home Tonight' starts off as a ballad, but turns up the heaviness in developing a vehicle for Bonnet's gruff vocals. 'Wire And Wood' is a street-gang anthem, suitably hard rocking for such a theme. Bonnet nails perfectly the feeling of teenage anger, a good tough delivery. 'Stripper' is a speedy blur with lightning fast work from Vai. This could be classified as metal, based on 80's thinking ( I say it is, then and now). 'Painted Lover' sounds like a cut off Roth's 'Eat 'Em And Smile', showing how heavy Vai's influence was in the direction of both bands. This and 'Sons And Lovers' have radio friendly choruses, but Vai is the man shining by this juncture. His fills are timely and well placed. Bonnet compliments him with one of the best efforts of his long career. Just a few highlights of a near perfect album.


In Summary
This lineup was far superior to the Malmsteen one and David Lee Roth must have liked what he heard, snapping up Vai for his debut solo album a year later. Bonnet recruited another six stringer, Danny Johnson for one further album. 1986's 'Dangerous Games', but the damage was done. This is just another solid hard rock moment to fall by the wayside over the last fifteen or more years. For fans of Bonnet and Vai this is a must have, but also for all melodic rockers in general.


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#1 | gdazegod on February 06 2008 08:00:00
Alcatrazz - God Blessed Video

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#2 | vinyldinosaurus on February 07 2008 14:18:16
Another great vocal performance by Bonnet on this one. 'Mercy' is probably my favorite track off of this oft overlooked piece of vinyl.
#3 | Jez on June 13 2008 10:34:54
Of the 3 (studio) Alcatrazz releases,this is the by far the strongest,although opinion may differ depending on if you're a Vai Fan (which I most certainly am) or a Malmsteen afficionado (Some good albums but not in the same league). The first album, while good, suffered from the lack of real quality in the songs, a problem that this certainly doesn't have. 'God Blessed Video', 'Will You Be Home Tonight' 'Wire & The Wood', 'Mercy' all outweighing the material on 'No Parole' and 'Dangerous Games'.
#4 | reyno-roxx on June 13 2008 11:23:04
Love 'God Blessed Video'..Vai's contribution here reminds me of the work he did with John Lydon in Public Image Limited. 'Album' might be worth a review George!
#5 | Danielovich on December 20 2009 18:35:11
No filler on this album, it just rocks! Love Vai's guitar work and Waldo's phenomenal keyboards.
If you can, track down an audio version of his live in Japan'85 (Power Live).Is just awesome to listen to Vai shredding on "Since you've been gone" and other Bonnet projects!
#6 | melodiapositiva on May 18 2012 19:13:27
for me the first album is far superior than this, malmsteen's best solos are in that album.
#7 | gdazegod on May 08 2014 00:44:01
just giving this one a fresh listen for the first time in ages. I really enjoyed this back in 1985, my opinion hasn't changed in all that time, fantastic album! Thumbs Up
#8 | tompa on February 06 2017 18:37:14
Prefer this to the debut, better songs and Vai is more of A teamplayer than the, already att that young Age, egocentric Malmsteen. Great vocals all around by Bonnet, as always. So many good songs but MERCY is THE standout for me.
 
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