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Steffanie - 1985 Hideaway

ARTIST: Steffanie
ALBUM: Hideaway
LABEL: Warner Bros (Japan)
SERIAL: K-12516 (LP), 32xl-93 (CD)
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 1992, Warner Bros (Japan), WPCL-601 * 2012, Warner Bros (Japan), BTH-050-WQCQ-432


LINEUP: Steffanie Borges - vocals * Takayuki Hijikata, Kenji Kitajima, Jeff Northrup - guitars * Kohki Itoh, Norio Sakai, Yasuo Tomikura, Soul Tohru - bass * Junko Miyagi, Yasuharu Nakanishi, Masanori Sasaji, Satoshi Nakamura - keyboards * Jun Aoyama - drums * Motoya Hamaguchi - percussion * John Digiorgio - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Survival In The Streets * 02 Run For Your Life * 03 Hideaway * 04 Change Of Heart * 05 Believe In Me * 06 Born To Be Free * 07 Hot Night In The City * 08 Get Out Of My Heart * 09 Rock The Planet (For Everyone)

I must say, this is an album I've had for years, but only recently dragged out of the closet. Taped for me many moons ago, I'd always admired this album by Japanese American Steffanie, who comes across as a metal/pop vixen a la Lita Ford and Lee Aaron. I'm sure some Japanese Record Executives were looking for the next best thing in female oriented metal during the mid-eighties. The closest they came to finding suitable talent for the Japanese market was in fact this young singer who as it turns out, comes from California, USA and is of Japanese origin. Her real name is Steffanie Reiko Borges, and after wrapping a deal with a Japanese label, worked with a very young Jeff Northrup (King Kobra, XYZ, Northrup) to produce this well produced affair 'Hideaway'. Unlike most things you'd associate with Japanese rock, this ain't no lightweight effort at all. Mr Northrup put paid to that, steaming guitar riffs coming at you from all quarters. I have no idea who else plays on the album.. even an extensive search across the Internet failed to drudge up any clues.

The Songs
Northrup goes 'solo-crazy' on the metal/pop anthem 'Run For Your Life', strangling his fretboard toward the end there. The title track 'Hideaway' features an excellent chorus with tinker-tap ivories cascading over the Kiss like riff-fest provided by Jeff. My favourite tracks would have to be the awesome 'Change Of Heart', coupled with the moody 'Get Out Of My Heart', (two songs featuring 'heart' simultaneously on this website surely must be a fluke?) both containing chugging guitar rhythms and an AOR approved verse/chorus structure. These two strike a merry chord for me. The solo on 'Change Of Heart' in particular is off the planet! 'Born To Be Free' is a continuation of this aggressive style, while 'Believe In Me' is perhaps the poppiest track on offer, though still appealing for melodic rockers for sure.

In Summary
All in all, some very good melodic rock despite the poppy image. Steffanie released a follow-up album called 'Pink Noise' the following year. After a few years time out, she hooked up with Japanese female rockers Show-Ya between 1991 and 1992. These days she is doing vocal and voiceover work for movies. This album is now starting to be seen on Ebay. Tell you what, if my scratchy tape sounds good, then a proper CD would sound exceptional.

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#1 | gdazegod on June 10 2012 03:14:37
Steffanie - 1985 Hideaway
#2 | gdazegod on December 17 2015 11:55:22
Steffanie - 1985 Change Of Heart
#3 | gdazegod on December 17 2015 11:58:54
Steffanie - 1985 Survival In The Streets
#4 | gdazegod on December 17 2015 12:01:10
Steffanie - 1985 Rock The Planet (For Everyone)
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