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Lone Star/Firing On All Six Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (31 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B0001ZXMJA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She Said She Said
2. Lonely Soldier
3. Flying In The Reel
4. Spaceships
5. New Day
6. Million Stars
7. IIlusions
8. Bell Of Berlin
9. Ballad Of Crafty Jack
10. Time Lays Down
11. Hypnotic Mover
12. Lovely Lubina
13. Seasons In Your Eyes
14. Rivers Overflowing
15. All Of Us To All Of You

Product Description

Much requested re-release from BGO. Updated sleevenotes.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. B. Ager on 18 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
One of the 70s best kept secrets, Lone Star (not to be confused with the American radio-friendly C&W/pop band of same name) shone briefly but brightly in the UK pomp-rock firmament just before the punks came along.
Someone lent me their eponymous debut LP (tracks 1-7 here) and I subsequently bought my own copy, largely on the strength of the deliciously OTT eight-and-a-half minute version of the Beatles' "She Said She Said" (curiously abridged to "She Said" on the cover), which sounded like a cross between Led Zep and Free. The rest of the album, which was produced by Roy Thomas Baker in his inimitable bombastic style a la Queen, struggled to live up to the opener; there's plenty of expansive drumming and the tracks rocked, but vocalist Kenny Driscoll was certainly no Freddie Mercury (or even Brian May) and it was hard not to make comparisons. "Flying In The Reel", which has echoes of Queen's "Tie Your Mother Down", was the most memorable.
For the second album, "Firing On All Six" (tracks 8-15 here) the band changed lead vocalist and producer; John Sluman coming in on the former and Gary Lyons stepping up from engineer to replace RTB as the latter. The result was a much tighter, almost funky rocking sound, no less powerful (although in the transfer to CD it does in one or two places sound slightly compressed) but certainly less contrived and much more tuneful. The tracks "Crafty Jack" to "Lovely Lubina" are positively catchy, and then the sucker punch is the employment of Jeff Wayne's expertise in the string department to conjure a corny but lovely ballad, "Seasons In Your Eyes", which segues nicely into the hard-rocking "Rivers Overflowing" before you know it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark53 on 12 Dec. 2005
Format: Audio CD
These are really two ends of over production and under production. The first album produced by Roy Thomas-Baker of Queen fame smothers it in his normal way which reaches its zenith on the 'unknown soldier' track where a potentially gteat middle sections is totally RUINED by special effects and explosions-just horrible. Yet on tracks like 'a million stars' it sounds like the band are in a side room smothered with echo. For Queen he was mannah (if you can stand there pomposity-i never could) but for a good rock band he really ruins their debut. Come the second album and John Sloman (he of the Plant posturing witness the BBC 'in concert'performance) is added to great effect, but this time around the sound is weak and you're longing for the guitars to be pumped up fully-instead of sounding thin and weedy. Nevertheless i can't fault chestnuts like 'bells of berlin' and 'all of us' but wish the sound was fully and POWERFUL. Still always was surprised they didn't make it big (apparently they were reluctant to leave Wales in the first place and locate to England).
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Thank God someone's had the foresight to release these two alblums. I've ditched ALL my cassette tapes but kept only one with Lone Star and Firing On All Six. I even had to keep a tape player just to listen to it. What do I think? Well, underrated, complex, harmonious, a touch of pomp-rock, Deep Purple, Zeppelin and a whole bunch of other influences thrown in make these albums absolute crackers. They were just out of time, too late to make any headway in the onslaught of NWOBHM. My favourite track is the closing one on F.O.A.S. - All of us to all of you. To sum up, if you're a 70's rock fan then these two albums should be in your collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Kevin Tierney on 29 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
god bless planet rock; i heard bells of berlin a few months ago, which reminded me that i'd seen lone star twice in the 70s80s; supporting frank marino's mahogeny rush at newcastle city hall in 77ish, and on stage after midnight at leicester university's student ball in 1980, how the mighty had fallen.

some superb songs, fantastic bass, and the more i listen to the back to back albums, the better each track get. diolch yn fawr lone star.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr RGL Williams on 12 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
I borrowed the 1st Lone Star album from a school friend, and could never get past "She said, She Said", more fool me! This is classic stuff and I can't believe they didn't do better. The songs are great (especially "A New day") and the talent in the band awesome - especially the Rhythm section of Dixie Lee and Peter Hurley, who are as tight as a tight thing and fluid as you like. I even really warmed to Kenny Driscoll's vocals (didn't like them 1st time around - too much listening to Ronnie Dio!!). My School mate and I must have been about the only ones who bought the second album, which has all the virtues of the 1st one, with John Sloman replacing Driscoll. The standard of the material and the sheer quality of the playing is mighty, and Sloman is interestingly different to Kenny Driscoll. It's a shame it all went pear-shaped after this, though a third album (also pretty darned good) eventually came out 3-4 years ago. This band had the talent to be huge, but were in the wrong place at the wrong time. John Sloman went off to Uriah heep, and then the Gary Moore band, so he was clearly no mug; Dixie Lee (absolutely awesome drummer!!)joined "Wild Horses", but then disappered; Peter Hurley is still gigging in pub/club bands apparently, whilst Tony Smith (guitar), Rik Worsnop (Keys) and Kenny Driscoll seem to have disappeared all together. The most successful Lone Star Alumnus seems to have been Paul Chapman (or "Tonka" to his mates, aparently) who finally joined the mighty UFO afer Schenker threw one wobbly too many and was just as good; after that he wound up in Waysted and has apparently sloped off to Florida, wise man! Another great Welsh band; Man, we could do with more like them!!
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