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Drift Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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In 1981 Bassist Jason Newsted moved to Phoenix and had a band with the name "Gangster". Then Jason met drummer Kelly Smith, who already had a band named "Paradox". Jason (also doing the vocals) and Kelly played their first professional gig as "Dredlox" together with guitarists Mark Vasquez and Kevin Horton. Kelly saw Eric A. Knutson sing at his ... Read more in Amazon's Flotsam & Jetsam Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Metal Mind
  • ASIN: B00142RX2Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Me
2. Empty Air
3. Pick a Window
4. 12 Year Old With a Gun
5. Missing
6. Blindside
7. Remember
8. Destructive Signs
9. Smoked Out
10. Poet's Tell
11. Destructive Signs (Radio Edit)(Bonus)
12. Fairies Wear Boots (Bonus)
13. Smoked Out (Radio Edit)(Bonus)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Drift, quite simply, defines heavy metal. Every track on this album is a piece of art. This is the best heavy metal album ever - and if you are a fan of the excellent Momentum by Enertia, you'll know what you are getting - straight up vanilla metal delivered with precision and power.
Flotsam and Jetsam's 5th album, this is also far and away their best release. Eric AKs vocals throughout must surely grant him "The voice of metal". The song writing is excellent, and as you'd expect from Neil Kernon, production is awesome. The album builds on the sound that was started with Quatro - but goes much further than Quatro did in defining everything that is great about heavy metal.
Lyrics throughout are striking - the whole album screams defiance in the face of adversity. And the clever and catching riffs keep everything moving at an energetic pace. There's also an interesting blend of sounds - with the mystic eastern flavour of the intro to Empty Air, through the melodic power of Missing, to the thundering Smoked Out.
Flotsam and Jetsam have produced a number of great albums, and two complete classics (Drift and their awesome debut Doomsday for the Deceiver - now nearly 20 years old and still sounding as fresh as ever). If you are into metal, you owe it to yourself to buy Drift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thrash Guru on 13 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
Flotsam and Jetsam are and always will be the greatest thrash metal band that no one knows!
Its such a shame they are only known for spurning Jason Newsted to Metallica and well, good riddance! Thats all i can say coz they went from strength to strength as is evident on this their 5th album. I have the first five so ive really seen them develop their unique sound.
Ever since i bought their vinyl debut Doomsday For The Deceiver back in 1987 i knew there was something v special about them, not least of all their exceptional musicianship and songwriting skills and probably thee most underrated singer in metal, Eric AK. Man, what a voice!
From the opener ME he screams "I feel guilty about being alive. Been hiding out in the basement of my mind!". A great choppy start to a splendid record filled with gems.
EMPTY AIR is my fave song and the way it builds from that sitar-esque start and explodes into a fantastic piece voicing life's frustrations, "I spent my life reaching out to empty air, slipping faster all the time and no one seems to care". You can really sense the exasperation in Eric's voice. The sitars and keys prevail throughout giving it a tastey Eastern feel.
PICK A WINDOW reveals some interesting folk influences and a disturbing lyric about someone incarcerated, "pick a window now you're leaving. I used to owe you but now we're even".
12YR OLD WITH A GUN is another disturbing lyric, "hey kid where you been? Hope not out killing again!" as the killer riffs kick in to maximise the trauma of a bad neighbourhood.
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By Matthew kelly on 30 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Love this album its just brilliant !
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Better late than sorry! 11 Feb. 2006
By Thomas Bakke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've always been very dedicated to the metal of Flotsam and Jetsam. This album is roughly somewhere in the middle of their period, counting backwards from now. If you've never heard about them before and you would like to begin a flying start. I would strongly recommend "Drift" as I believe this is one of their strongest (if not the strongest) album ever! Everything adds up for these guys! The tracklist consists of 10 songs. Normally when you decide and opening for an album you would like a track to catch the listener from the start. I believe the discussion in the Flotcamp took ages! Glad i'm not to decide! All 10 tracks are simply highest standard! Truly solid quality!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It really is that good... 1 Feb. 2004
By C Yev - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One reviewer said this was the best heavy metal album ever. That's a pretty bold statement but he just might be right. I bought this album the day it came out back in 95 and I still listen to it all the time. The lyrics are much better then your typical metal fare and Eric A.K's vocal performance is truly amazing. The production captures the energy of the band perfectly. It may take a few listens to catch all the nuances in the songs but I think that's a sign of a great album. If your a fan of heavy metal and don't have Drift then there's a problem.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
10 years old and still refreshing. 7 Mar. 2005
By Mr. Frim Fram - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In the fold-out of 'High' at the end of the thank-you's there's a line: "lesson learned: it's okay to be metal." This album is proof of why it's okay.

'Drift' was ahead of its time when it came out. It stands strong today against anything coming out. Flotsam got a little experimental in some places and it seemed to be that they peeked about a decade into the future and channeled some of that energy.

'Missing' is one of the stand-out pieces for me as one of the most mature songs on the album both lyrically and musically. They weren't afraid to search for answers, point out their shortcomings and open their souls to the listener. And they were not afraid to veer slightly from the typical foundations of what constitutes a metal composition. Yet all of those alterations still produced a powerful and heavy song that drives forward without flinching.

A.K. produces an aggressive vocal without sacrificing inflection and melody. What he started moving towards on 'Storm' and 'Cuatro' he refined on 'Drift.'

'Drift' is Flotsam's greatest album and one of the very best metal albums of all-time.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Drift - The best heavy metal album ever 14 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Drift, quite simply, defines heavy metal. Every track on this album is a piece of art. This is the best heavy metal album ever - and if you are a fan of the excellent Momentum by Enertia, you'll know what you are getting - straight up vanilla metal delivered with precision and power.
Flotsam and Jetsam's 5th album, this is also far and away their best release. Eric AKs vocals throughout must surely grant him "The voice of metal". The song writing is excellent, and as you'd expect from Neil Kernon, production is awesome. The album builds on the sound that was started with Quatro - but goes much further than Quatro did in defining everything that is great about heavy metal.
Lyrics throughout are striking - the whole album screams defiance in the face of adversity. And the clever and catching riffs keep everything moving at an energetic pace. There's also an interesting blend of sounds - with the mystic eastern flavour of the intro to Empty Air, through the melodic power of Missing, to the thundering Smoked Out.
Flotsam and Jetsam have produced a number of great albums, and two complete classics (Drift and their awesome debut Doomsday for the Deceiver - now nearly 20 years old and still sounding as fresh as ever). If you are into metal, you owe it to yourself to buy Drift.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
w00! Drift 28 Sept. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The thing I find with most metal bands is scince nu-metal stole the souls of the young, they've either had to stick to thier antequated sound or become more nu-metally. Damned if they do, damned if they don't; the purists call them sell-outs if they change to fit the market, and the newcomers call them old has-beens if they stick to the old sound.
Thankfully, FloJet haven't been clouded by their fame and remain a true band of musicians. Drift is beautiful. It really shows how FloJet haven't evolved with the times, they've evolved as musicians. Every band should develop, and FloJet have done so in a new direction which remains close to their roots. More melodious than previous efforts, this is their best album to date.
Not sell-outs, not has-beens, just excellent rock musicians worthy of more praise than they are given. Buy this album.
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