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Girls with guns (1984) [VINYL]

Tommy Shaw Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000091XHY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,064,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still sounding good after all these years 20 Feb 2003
By Bruce
Format:Audio CD
This recording is almost 20 years old, but still sounds good to me. Tommy Shaw recorded this solo CD after the break-up of Styx in 1984.
I just dug it out of my old cassette collection and have been listening to is for the past few days, it still sounds great and i still enjoy all the songs, how often do you enjoy every song on a CD?
Unfortunately neither Amazon UK or US can offer a CD copy, but i'll keep checking.
It is typical Tommy Shaw; with good tunes, songs, vocals & guitar work; i'm sure that all Tommy Shaw, Styx & Damned Yankee's fans and anybody who enjoys good music will like it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising solo debut for a terrific musician 24 Dec 2007
By J. HARMON - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Tommy Shaw was in the throes of anger, frustration and substance abuse when he left the band STYX to pursue a solo career. GIRLS WITH GUNS was his moderately successful solo debut.

It has been noted in interviews that some of the songs contained within were rejected by the band for previous STYX releases but Tommy recorded them (and others) to create a sometimes eclectic, often amazing and always wonderful album.

From the jaunty tribute to independent women title track, through the nearly overly-sweet LITTLE GIRL WORLD, through the haunting power ballad of emotional exploration KISS ME HELLO, to the spirited RACE IS ON, Tommy shows his penchant for diversity within this album, while holding on to remnants of the STYX sound that propelled his rise to stardom.

FREE TO LOVE YOU, OUTSIDE IN THE RAIN and LONELY SCHOOL all meld into a wonderful album that emotionally ebbs and flows to take the listener for a roller coaster ride of phonic delight, while holding court with subtle autobiographical self-analysis - "I left the band, steadied my hand and learned a trade" - woven throughout the songs.

While my favorite album, by my favorite musician is his sophomore release WHAT IF, GIRLS WITH GUNS is unquestionably tied for my second favorite album of all time, along with 7 DEADLY ZENS.

If you are a fan of emotionally driven, introspective songs with more than a hint of STYX style, then GIRLS WITH GUNS is a must have for your musical collection. As much, people who disliked STYX and listened to this album gave it remarkably positive reviews. It is true rock and roll.

Viva la Tommy Shaw.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Shaw "Girls With Guns" 22 Dec 2007
By L. K. Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Excellent CD!!! Tommy's solo work is definitely cherished. Favorite song off of the CD is "Kiss Me Hello".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad this is so hard to find......great material from Tommy 12 July 2005
By Pink Floyd06 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been recently transfering all my CD collection onto my PC, and finally got to the "S"'s, where of course I ran across my "Girls with guns" CD. From seeing what the recent prices for this CD have been, it may pain some of you to hear that I bought my copy at a used CD store back in "88" or "89", for a whopping .99 cents. Any way, this is a very solid solo effort from Tommy. Back in 1984, when I first heard "Girls with guns", I ran out and bought it in cassette right away. Along with "Girls with guns", "Heads up", and "Outside in the rain", these three songs alone make it more than worth owning. Those three songs would MAKE any Styx album a stand out (much as "Crystal Ball" did for the album of the same name, and "Renegade", and "Blue Collar Man" did for "Pieces of Eight). I don't know if this CD was ever re-issued along the way, but my A+M copy still sounds great even by today's standards.

On a side note, I also remember seeing Tommy on MTV back in 1984 talking about the GWG's video. He said they originally made a video with Tommy and his band jumping up and down and bouncing around all over the place. He said after he'd wathced it, he felt sick about it and so they re-shot the video with the black and white, filmed in one take with no breaks in the video, version. Yes, I do believe this is Tommy's most solid solo effort, and still feels great to listen to 21 years later.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great album 30 Jun 2004
By Trent B. Mcdaniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a classic, and no, Girls With Guns is not the best song on the album, though that is the only song that most people remember. Lonely School was also a top 40 hit, though it didn't go as high as Girls did. The other tracks, however, are the hidden jewels here. Come In and Explain, Kiss Me Hello, and Outside In the Rain are classics. Free to Love You and The Race is On are great tracks as well. What I like about this album is that it is built on a great mix of guitar, vocals, and piano/synthesizer. Also, the backing vocals are predominantly a montage of Tommy Shaw. Most of the music is just good rock and roll, though at times there are points where synthesizer and saxaphone give a song more of a pop lean. Back when this album came out in 1984, I was into Van Halen, Ozzy, Ratt, Motley Crue, etc. I would have been the first to try and discredit this album even though Tommy is from my hometown. This album wasn't what I was used to listening to in the way of heaviness, but the music was so good, I couldn't do anything but admire this album. I still have this cd in my collection today and would rate it in my top 25 rock albums of the 1980's.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 27 Sep 2006
By R. Harlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like others, I also bought Tommy Shaw's solo album Girls With Guns when it first came out on vinyl. Sadly, I gave my record collection away years ago and am now anxious to find this album on CD. I refuse to pay the grossly inflated prices that I'm seeing on-line ($225.00 and up!) and am hopeful someone will remaster and reissue this high-quality effort by TS.
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