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Spellbound - 1985 Rockin' Reckless



ARTIST: Spellbound
ALBUM: Rockin' Reckless
LABEL: Sonet
SERIAL: SNTF-952
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 1995, Sonet, SNTCD 952/ 527 526-2

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LINEUP: Hans Froberg - vocals * JJ Marsh - guitars * Al Strandberg - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Thomas Thompson - bass * Ola Strandberg - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rockin' Reckless * 02 My Kinda Girl * 03 Love On The Run * 04 Drinking Alone * 05 Shot Of Love * 06 Streetprowler * 07 Dying For Your Touch * 08 Mistrusted Heart * 09 Heat It Up * 10 Sing You Goodbye


Background
If you like your Swedish melodic rock with a bit of party fun in amongst all the swagger and bravado, then Spellbound are your boys. Dressing up in full eighties regalia and looking like regular pretty boys (check out the album cover, seems sorta silly when we look back on it), Spellbound come across as clones of the superb band DaltonTwo albums was about as much as Spellbound could conjure up in their brief career unfortunately, and like stablemates Madison, slipped off the map permanently sometime in 1987. Only Hans Froberg has reappeared of late, singing with other smalltime Swedish projects. If you are a fan of Dalton, then you will be very interested in this band. , fellow Swedes as well! Hans Froberg's vocals in particular are a carbon copy, whilst the double handling of guitar duties are also thrown in the same direction. 'Rockin' Reckless' is their second album, following on from their 1984 debut called 'Breakin' The Spell'. Second time around it's more of the same, though the quality is exceptionally good. The band came over to England for the production of the album, undertaken by Vic Maile.


The Songs
Immediately the Dalton comparison is evident on the title track and opener 'Rockin' Reckless', which kicks off in great storming fashion. 'My Kinda Girl' heads off into Heavy Pettin' territory, after which 'Love On The Run' has us moving at breakneck speed, very much like the sound effects at the beginning of the song. Spellbound decelerate on the nice ballad 'Shot Of Love' which has some subtle Triumph influences in it. We're back into it with the powerhouse 'Streetprowler', with guitars crunching and biting as severely as the vocal attack by Froberg. 'Dying For Your Touch' is straight ahead rock while 'Mistreated Heart' starts out slow and winds up for an all-out assault of epic proportions by the time we get to the end. An ending with a difference is the ballad 'Sing You Goodbye', an approach which though admirable, doesn't do them any favors as it sort of goes nowhere .. fast.


In Summary
Two albums was about as much as Spellbound could conjure up in their brief career unfortunately, and like stablemates Madison, slipped off the map permanently sometime in 1987. Only Hans Froberg has reappeared of late, singing with other smalltime Swedish projects. If you are a fan of Dalton, then you will be very interested in this band.


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#1 | makaullister on July 06 2007 01:14:19
this is a great albun
#2 | rkbluez on December 31 2011 22:26:10
Like to see both Spellbound's get reissued especially Rockin' Reckless!!
#3 | dtabachn on September 17 2015 22:06:14
After years of research, I've just found a Rockin' Reckless original CD. I've had the debut Breaking the Spell for years. RR is very similar, just brighter production and maybe slightly more appealing at first. The song Rockin' Reckless reminded me of David Lee Roth in the pre-chorus. Hair Metal at its best, with some dumb lyrics as well Grin. JJ Marsh joined Glenn Hughes band in the nineties and recorded and toured for several GH albums. His sole effort 'Music from Planet Marsh' is worth checking, good old style hard rock with some Hendrix touches. Cheers!
#4 | tompa on September 18 2015 23:53:34
JJ Marsh is now in Bridge To Mars, a trio with Tom Broman on drums. Recording an album right now.
#5 | gdazegod on April 02 2016 01:06:55
I originally had this down as n album released in 1986, but it actually came out in December 1985.
 
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