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Turner, Joe Lynn - 1985 Rescue You

ARTIST: Turner, Joe Lynn
ALBUM: Rescue You
LABEL: Elektra
SERIAL: 9 60449-1
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2004, Wounded Bird, WOU 449


LINEUP: Joe Lynn Turner - vocals * Bobby Messano - guitars, bass * Al Greenwood - keyboards * Chuck Burgi - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Losing You * 02 Young Hearts * 03 Prelude - Endlessly * 04 Endlessly * 05 Rescue You * 06 Feel The Fire * 07 Get Tough * 08 Eyes Of Love * 09 On The Run * 10 Soul Searcher * 11 The Race Is On


In the early days of his singing career, Joe Lynn Turner was best remembered for his stints with US radio rock band Fandango but more importantly was the replacement for Graham Bonnet in Rainbow. Appearing on a handful of albums, Joe went solo when Rainbow hit the wall (or was it Ritchie?), and this first effort is an unsung closet AOR classic that diehard fans swear by. The lineup on the album is some of the best that could be assembled out of New York: Messano fresh from Franke And The Knockouts, Greenwood from SPYS, and Burgi from Balance. Wow!

The Songs
Firing up with the hi-tech babble of 'Losing You', sounding as if it could be SPYS circa 1985!!! Messano's guitar salvos throw comparisons to Bob Kulick. The restrained 'Young Hearts' is a smooth mid-tempo radio friendly piece, which is then followed by one of AOR's standout moments.. the essential listening of 'Endlessly'. Check this track out. Perfect stuff, especially the chorus and that magic bridge section. Through the middle of the album, the songs take a tougher stance: 'Rescue You' and 'Get Tough' literally up the ante, though the melody is always prevalent. A fitting finale is the trio of tracks which finish up the album: 'On The Run', the Rainbow like commercialism of 'Soul Searcher' and the aptly named 'The Race Is On' (to the finish no doubt). All excellent rockin' tracks.

In Summary
'Rescue You' is an album that sits comfortably among the members of the Foreigner fan club and the recently profiled legends here at GDM.. SPYS. If you've yet to discover this closet classic then shame on you. JLT has never sounded better, and the backing musos are legends in the genre. Of course, the price of admission is the song 'Endlessly'.. jeez, I've gotta play it again.. brilliant.

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#1 | sabace on December 25 2007 13:21:47
really under rated lp featuring the guitar of boby messano (starz)
#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 10:59:31
JLT's finest moment in my opinion, and one of the top releases of it's type released in the eighties. Where to start as every track oozes class. 'Losing You'(reminiscent of the late great SPYS),the class ballad 'Prelude/Endlessly'. Add to that a class production job and a backing band to die for and you have one mighty release
#3 | george_the_jack on May 02 2009 17:08:30
Another treasure of one of the greatest voices of all time...Personally, I enjoy all his albums the same.A great melodic rock legend!
#4 | jeffrey343 on October 19 2010 17:29:02
Pretty close to a perfect album to me. I got the vinyl as soon as I saw the video for 'Endlessly' and eventually got this on CD. Played the heck out of it in the 80s, and it is one that still gets pulled out regularly. Can't believe 'Endlessly' didn't become a major hit, as it is an AOR masterpiece and every bit as good as JLT's two big hits with Rainbow ( 'Stone Cold' and 'Street Of Dreams' - two more classics of the genre ). The SPYs comparisons are quite accurate. My wife and sons really like this one too, so they never object to me playing it in the car.
#5 | jefflynnefan on October 21 2010 00:08:44
Yep 'Rescue You' is special! It has a certain feel and sound to it like Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album or Bryan Adam's 'Reckless' album. Other great ballads such as 'Endlessly' from JLT that I like are 'Imagination', 'Shine On' and 'Can't Face Another Night'.
#6 | gdazegod on May 18 2013 04:02:00
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#7 | super80boy on November 28 2014 17:33:44
There's no doubt Joe Lynn Turner has some major pipes that are clearly fit for AOR melodic rockers. Couple that with the outstanding production skill of Roy Thomas Baker, who had done a bunch of Cars albums, two Journey albums and Foreigner's Head Games and you have one superior release.
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