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Runaway Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rock Candy
  • ASIN: B00751JYUE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Special Limited Deluxe Collector s Edition / 1st Time on CD / Two bonus tracks / Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology / 16 page full colour booklet 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, memorabilia & rare photos FORMED IN PENNSYLVANIA the duo of Jerry Hludzik and Bill Kelly first met each other as members of early seventies pop band the Buoys - who scored a massive American hit single with a song titled Timothy - before going on to record for Epic records as the Jerry-Kelly Band. Moving closer to harder melodic rock, the duo continued their partnership but this time under the newer, more AOR friendly handle of Dakota, releasing in 1980 a truly riveting self-titled album, full of melodic pomp rock goodness. Switching labels to MCA, Dakota would then record an album that is regarded as one of the high points of the 80s AOR genre. Titled Runaway , released in 1984, recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine, the album contains nine of the most celebrated melodic rock tracks ever recorded. It is the song writing of Hludzik and Kelly that makes an immediate impact; laced with copious melody, huge hooks and musical support from a long list of the best West Coast session players. Runaway marks a high point in mid-eighties melodic AOR. Radio friendly yet aggressive enough to punch home a message, the album set the tone for years to come, laying the foundations for the likes of Survivor, Mr Mister, Bon Jovi and many more.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Wilding on 11 July 2012
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I think that this must be one of the most underrated soft rock releases ever. I'd heard little of Dakota before this was re-released, but it is fantastic.
The opening title track starts off building slowly, with synths bubbling, before bigger chords come in, followed by great vocals. Finally, the guitar comes in to add a bit more clout, and then come the drums. Great start to a song. When the percussion comes in it's very empowering, the vocals become more impassioned.
Later on comes "Heroes", a slower number with overtones of the classic 80s power ballad, complete with soaring chorus vocals.
Towards the end, you get "Angry Men". It starts very slowly and unremarkably. But once you hit the chorus, it's all going on.
This album is a great blend of light and dark. I think that a lot of songwriters these days forget the need to use contrast, but it works beautifully here.
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One of the best AOR bands of the times 13 Jan. 2014
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This is a high energy album with one great song after another that will take you back in time. Think Foreigner meets Journey. Could it get any better? It took 20 years for this album to be released in CD format, so don't miss your chance to own a true lost treasure of the 80s.
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