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Law Of The Order + Alive At The Whiskey

Shark Island Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Aug 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Bad Reputation
  • ASIN: B0002RUA9W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Paris Calling
2. Shake for Me
3. Somebody's Falling
4. Bad For Each Other
5. Passion To Ashes
6. Spellbound
7. Get Some Strange
8. Why Should I Believe
9. Ready Or Not
10. The Chain
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Paris Calling
2. Ready Or Not
3. Shake for Me
4. Get Some Strange
5. Passion To Ashes
6. Make a Move
7. Spellbound (Bonus Track)
8. Sanctuary (Bonus Track)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars under rated band gets deluxe treatment 30 Nov 2004
Shark island were always a mystery, why werent they bigger? why did they only get one album out?
This is a great 80's heavy rock band, which on the basis of this album should have been huge, there is much more going on than the usual 80's fodder.
Vocalist Richard Black has a rich texture to his voice which brings to mind a more versatile david coverdale. While guitarist spencer can spice up any arrangement with his impressive licks. The Bass and drum is tight and effective leading to a impressive 4 piece that deserve more.
Opening with the classic "paris calling" the band flex there musical muscle with intricate melodies and interesting arrangements building to a stomping chorus. The album leads on from this with high octane rock filled with passionate vocals and inspired fretwork. The anthemic "Spellbound" and the pulsing "Shake For Me" more than demonstrate the quality on display here.
This re issue is a deluxe package which has 3 bonous tracks on the actual album (including the classic stomp of "My City" from the film Point break) and a whole bonus cd of a live performance.
This is glorious re- issue of a classic album. They should have been huge and anyone who is interested in hard rock music will adore this masterpiece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best kept secrets in Rock & Roll 24 Jan 2007
By P. Laidlaw - Published on Amazon.com
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My only regret with this cd is that I didn't discover it at the time. But apparently this release for a few different reasons, mostly timing, didn't receive much promotion from its label at the time. I bought it after reading so many good reviews via rock mags and then the internet. There are a few filler type tracks but even those are still decent. Shake for me, somebodies calling, bad for each other, passion to ashes and their awesomely rocked up electrified version of Fleetwood Mac Chain are probably my favourite off the first cd. The second cd also has some good moments, mostly live, but also studio songs that appeared on soundtracks etc. It is really hard to compare this band to any other hard rock band that was around at the time but I would say that if you like anything from prime Bon Jovi to early 80's Whitesnake and even Bryan Adams more rockier moments then there is a good chance you too will thoroughly enjoy this package as I have. The songs are not throw away poppy sort of material with simple catchy choruses but they tend to grow with just a few listens which in turn I think preserves the enjoyment for a lot longer. It didn't take long for me to really love this/these cds. The musicianship is top class with some very melodic guitar playing plus Richard Blacks excellent gutsy and versitile range. There are also some contributions from more established musicians such as Dave 'snake' Sabo and Steve Plunket from Autograph.
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss 18 Jan 2009
By Chris Kaiser - Published on Amazon.com
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Shark Island is another victim of the grunge scene. They are a great band who just missed their time. If you can find the double CD version, buy it. You can get their bonus tracks from movie releases and a some great live material.
5.0 out of 5 stars 4-star '80s rock album, 5-star reissue 30 April 2008
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Originally released in 1989, Law of the Order was the major label debut from L.A. melodic rockers Shark Island. I'm not sure how I missed these guys the first time around. I enjoyed their work on the Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure soundtrack, and knew of vocalist Richard Black's involvement in the Contraband project, but for whatever reason never picked up a copy of Law of the Order when it was originally released.

I wish I hadn't waited so long to check out Law of the Order, because it is definitely my kind of melodic rock album, full of great melodies, catchy guitar hooks, and Richard Black's gritty, midrange voice, which sounds a bit like a less obnoxious version of Billy Idol's. Essentially, it's L.A. Guns without the sleaze. You can still hear the band's glam metal roots here and there, but this was definitely not just another lipstick and spandex kind of band. Sure, it's formulaic, but it's a formula that worked well at the time, and it's still more fun to listen to than most of what's on the radio today. Standout tracks include rockers "Shake for Me" and "Passion to Ashes," power ballad "Bad for Each Other" and the band's rocking version of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain."

Law of the Order is well worth hunting down if you're a serious fan of the 80's melodic hard rock scene, especially of bands like Dokken, XYZ, Leatherwolf, and Hurricane.

Edition Notes: Bad Records released a very nice reissue of Law of the Order in 2004. The 2-disc reissue features digitally remastered sound, the three songs Shark Island recorded for various soundtracks as bonus tracks, and the full Live at the Whiskey EP as a bonus disc (and even that has two additional live tracks that were previously unreleased). Top it off with a thick booklet full of band info, photos and lyrics and you've got one of the best reissues around. Unfortunately the reissue is just as hard, if not harder, to find than the original CD.
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