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  • Audio CD (4 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Frontiers
  • ASIN: B0052AJ1WQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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25 plus years for your second album, but hey it is totally worth the wait ! They should have been massive first time round but that is the luck of the music business. This album is superb, a lot of these tracks were written in the 80's for the follow up album to shaft of light but until now have never seen the light of day. They sound fresh and deserve attention in light of some of the music that is about today. Give this album a chace you won't be disappointed. Guys try not to take another 25 years for the 3rd album.
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I'm more of a prog-head to be honest but I liked the sound of a couple of tracks on this album and purchased it for a good price. I listen to it now and again, but it lacks the depth that I really like from my music. From an AOR standpoint though, it's pretty good!
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Having seen Airrace live at The Cambridge Rock Festival a few years ago, I was amazed at how good they were.

Several other gigs later, usually supporting other AOR bands, they proved what a fantastic live band they are, with a great first album. The good news is they also proved they weren't a one hit wonder, with this great follow up album, made up of songs originally recorded over 20 years ago for the second album they never recorded, and new songs written by Mansfield and Morrell.

For anyone who loves great AOR music, pick up their legendary first album Shaft of Light, and then buy this as well. It's a great follow up, and it's a great shame they couldn't quite find enough of an audience to continue as a viable band anymore.
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This album is a real rare gem nowadays. The first Airrace album (Shaft of Light) was always a favourite of mine when it was released and despite the massive amount of time between releases, Back To The Start actually manages to retain continuity. Also, like the first album, the standard of songwriting here remains exceptional with every track having its merit. Another positive point is it has really good production quality so it comes across nice and loud and crisp.

I really can't stop listening to this cd, it still remains in my car cd player where other artists releases have come and gone. The simplest summary I can give is take a fist full of Airrace, add a pinch of Styx and Magnum at their very best, bring it all up to date and you have this album. Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x9e6ac420) out of 5 stars Incredible melodic hard rock - seemingly out of nowhere! 3 May 2012
By Nikiforos V. Skoumas - Published on Amazon.com
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"Back to the Start" is the second studio album by British melodic hard rock group "Airrace", released in 2011. With their debut dating back to the early '80s a new line-up of "Airrace" was put together to tour and record a brand new studio album for "Frontiers Records".

"Back to the Start" is that album, and a huge surprise for any melodic hard rock/AOR fan who has not heard of "Airrace" before. "Back to the Start" mixes the best out of the British and North American school of melodic rock, baring the melodic essence of "Shy" and early "Survivor" while integrating masterful/technical arrangements in the style of "Toto" and "Styx".

"Back to the Start" delivers the optimum in both melody and groove, add to that the stellar songwriting, intense performances, a very convincing lead vocalist Keith Murrell and you have one of the best melodic hard rock albums of the 2011. Honestly it is quite amazing how artistically credible this "Airrace" album is, while I have to say that I was not a big fan of their debut. "Airrace" really got everything right on this second studio effort- melodic guitar lines, thick rhythmic keyboard harmonies, inventive-AOR rhythm section and sensational vocals. "Keep on Going", "Two of a kind", "Call me anytime" and "So long" are perfectly indicative of the class of `Back to the Start".
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HASH(0x9f192a8c) out of 5 stars Unexpected comeback album 4 Aug. 2012
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Even in an era that has seen a lot of unanticipated reunion of `80s rock acts, did anyone ever expect to see another Airrace album more than a quarter century after their debut? The band, which featured a young drummer named Jason Bonham, released exactly one album before fading away, but that album - 1985's Shaft of Light - remains an absolute classic in AOR/melodic rock circles. In 2011 the band returned with the appropriately-titled Back to the Start, which features an almost complete original lineup. Bonham is gone, but vocalist Keith Murrell and guitarist Laurie Mansworth - both critical elements of Airrace's sound - as well as keyboardist Toby Sadler are back on board. They're joined by drummer Simon Dawson (The Outfield), guitarist Dean Howard (T'Pau) and bassist David Boyce (Samson).

Obviously following an album as highly regarded as Shaft of Light is no easy feat, but the guys have been performing for a year or so and seem to have gotten back in the groove quite well. Back to the Start lacks that earnest, driven identity that only a young band in the `80s could have, but as soon as you hear opening rocker "Keep On Going" you definitely get a feeling of Déjà vu. This is the real Airrace all right, even if it's an older, wiser Airrace. The band definitely knows their way around a set of upbeat melodic rock songs, and the album has a good-time, bar-rocking attitude that's not too far removed from recent albums from Great White and Y&T. Listen to songs like the swinging "Better Believe It" and the rocking title track and you can almost see the smiles these guys must have had recording this album. The upbeat "Just One Kiss" and the keyboard-laden closing anthem "What More Do You Want From Me" have that old school AOR energy.

No, it's not Shaft of Light Part 2, but Back to the Start is still a welcome return from one of melodic rock's more overlooked bands, and a very solid, very enjoyable album at that. Here's hoping it won't take another 26 years to hear a follow-up!
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