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5.0 out of 5 stars Red-tastic rock (& roll) !
If you like classic early '80s American west-coast rock, you'll enjoy this and you're guaranteed high-energy performances throughout (all but two Sammy Hagar originals).

This is great driving music for rocking along Route 66 - or maybe even the A66 - although you might feel frustrated if you're parked on the M25 (you have been warned!).

There's a...
Published on 10 May 2012 by Derek Clacton

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3.0 out of 5 stars handing stampton
not too bad an album,a very good example of early 80"s american rock.Mix could of been beefed up a bit more but overall ok.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red-tastic rock (& roll) !, 10 May 2012
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If you like classic early '80s American west-coast rock, you'll enjoy this and you're guaranteed high-energy performances throughout (all but two Sammy Hagar originals).

This is great driving music for rocking along Route 66 - or maybe even the A66 - although you might feel frustrated if you're parked on the M25 (you have been warned!).

There's a very live feel to the album and a sense of urgency at the start - no lengthy intro; quick drum, just 2 chords and it's straight in with the lead vocal on the optimistic "I'll Fall In Love Again". The opener is followed by a dramatically long pause, as if the Red Rocker was making sure he had enough breath, before launching into the heavyweight "There's Only One Way To Rock". Although the claim may be open to debate, the song itself (familiar to fans of Hagar-era Van Halen) is powered along by a classic double-stop riff and Mr Hagar convincingly stakes his claim that this is, indeed, the only way. The original Side 1 closed with, the even weightier, "Heavy Metal"; kicking off with another classic riff and ending with a terrific guitar solo - SH and Gary Pihl share guitar duties and both are highly capable plank spankers. The riffs on "There's Only One Way ... " and "Heavy Metal" shine enough on their own for me to give this album 5 stars!

The original Side 2 opened in a much calmer manner, with the heartfelt "Baby, It's You" - power-ballad verses and a poppy chorus - and the following 2 tracks, "Surrender" and "Inside Lookin' In", continue a pop/rock emphasis. With the penultimate track being a more up-tempo rocker, the live feel to the album is reinforced by the final song, "Piece Of My Heart", which acts almost like an encore. Although Janis Joplin's will always remain the definitive version, SH certainly does the song justice - he is an absolutely superb rock singer and every song here is sung with complete conviction.

In terms of arrangements, there are some great touches such as a short but sweet guitar harmony on "Baby .." which sounds very Thin Lizzy. Some of the songs seem to go on a bit too long, perhaps (especially "Can't Get Loose" at 5:34) without really going any further and would have been stronger slightly shorter. Top sax player Tom Scott features briefly, although it's hard to tell it's not just any sessionista.

The CD is not remastered - sounds fine and has no extras - none the worse for it though. Sammy Hagar toured this album in the UK (where he even played Lancaster University Students' Union - those were the days!) so there may be some live tapes somewhere, which would confirm how good the band was live (it was really good).

PS - To reinforce the SH theme, yes, he does mention "red" (3 times) and apart from one, perhaps inevitable, reference to "long blonde hair" there's not even a hint of any other colour - now that's commitment for you!
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3.0 out of 5 stars handing stampton, 8 Mar 2013
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not too bad an album,a very good example of early 80"s american rock.Mix could of been beefed up a bit more but overall ok.
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