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Shooting Star - 1985 Silent Scream

ARTIST: Shooting Star
ALBUM: Silent Scream
LABEL: Geffen
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2007, Renaissance Records, RMED-335


LINEUP: Gary West - vocals, keyboards * Van McClain - vocals, guitars * Charles Waltz - violin, keyboards * Norman Dahlor - bass * Steve Thomas - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Summer Sun * 02 Somewhere In Your Heart * 03 Heat Of The Night * 04 When You're Young * 05 In Her Eyes * 06 I'm Getting Out * 07 Don't Walk Away * 08 Time * 09 Little By Little * 10 Don't Stop Me Now * 11 Get Ready Boy * 12 Take It * 13 Get Ready Boy (Reprise)


Episode 5 of the Shooting Star story. Well, if you liked Episodes 1 to 4 then here is the cream of the crop. Well in my humble opinion it is. I followed this band right from day one. The very first day this was released in New Zealand I bought it, and so history began. Perhaps one of the archetypal AOR bands in the history of AOR and still there or thereabouts. Depending on who you talk to (Shooting Star fans that is), this album is either their best one or their worst. It's because it takes a more commercial approach, and sounds less heavy handed than their previous albums. The Ron Nevison production job moves this album right alongside Survivor (a la 'Vital Signs' and 'When Seconds Count'), and as far as I'm concerned .. awesome!! The Kansas comparison is still there, but the major difference between the two bands is that Kansas tend to go off in a progressive direction while Shooting Star don't.

The Songs
All the songs are worth a mention, but 'Summer Sun', 'Heat Of The Night' and 'Don't Walk Away' are perhaps the best examples of their stylish sound. 'Somewhere In Your Heart' is the archetypal crossover between ballad, symphonic rock and AOR. I don't think a band has come close to this style ever since. That hard-edged Survivor influence can be heard on tracks like 'When You're Young' or the fabulous 'Time'. The album closer 'Don't Stop Me Now' rocks like there's no tomorrow, reminiscent of their earlier stuff. The production is quite spacious, and allows the subtler side of the band to come through, ie: intricate keyboards and Charles Waltz' violins. All in all, a tremendous album by a band who by this stage, were ready to throw the towel in.

In Summary
For me, along with the debut from 1979, this is the pick of Shooting Star's albums. Unfortunately it was also the last album to feature Gary West and Charles Waltz, though the band did go into hiatus for a wee while before Van McLain resurfaced in 1989 with a new album, and then into 1991 with the aptly titled 'It's Not Over' album. Even now, things are far from over for this much loved band.

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#1 | Eric on January 11 2008 01:25:08
Shooting Star's first five records are classics. Always a major concert draw up here in Upper Midwest back in the day (headlining in big auditoriums and hockey arenas was not unusual), 'Silent Scream' was a perfect close to the classic line-up and hearing 'Summer Sun' still makes me happy. A true gem.Thumbs Up
#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 10:52:29
After the debut, my favourite in their catologue. Some great songs on this 'Summer Sun', 'Somewhere In Your Heart' & 'Heat Of The Night' being my picks. That being said, this does lack the one total killer track that the 'S/T' (Last Chance) & 'Burning' (Preview/Straight Ahead) contained and subsequent albums didn't.
#3 | richardb on June 20 2008 21:56:34
A good album but for me (debut aside) like most of Shooting Star's catalogue not consistently good enough to warrant the 'Premier' AOR band status. 'III wishes' in particular is a very patchy affair IMHO.

Richard B
#4 | englandashes on May 23 2009 00:09:49
Always my favourite Shooting Star album, I feel it does have that killer song, being the excellent ' Time', Along with their debut, doesn't get better than this.
#5 | super80boy on May 27 2013 16:51:18
Great album with anthemic melodies and a polished production that creates a very consistent effort.
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