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  • Audio CD (25 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers Records
  • ASIN: B000GRUSQ8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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As with the previous reviewer i also bought this album along with Slammers Nowhere Land & The Richie Zito Project Avalon. As has been stated there are to many soft slowish tunes here for my taste. Not enough Rockers & for me AOR lives in its rockier moments. The last 4 tracks here are all slow to mid paced tunes & boy are they dull !!

The big problem here is that there arn`t any outstanding tunes here. "Fame & Fortune" being for my money the best & certainly the most accessible track here. "Fist Full Of Heat" comes in a close 2nd & opening track "Keep Tonight" deserves a mention. The rest is well recorded forgettable, dull, unremembered mediocrity i`m afraid. There`s no really big driving guitar sounds aka Slammers Nowhere Land & there's no descent song writing consistency aka Richie Zito Projects Avalon. JLT`s voice is OK but this albums proof that he`s far better as a hired hand. This album should`ve been much better. For die hard JLT fans only.
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I think this is considerably weaker than the other 2 Sunstorm albums, which I love. As another reviewer said, there are a few good songs on here but a lot of very ordinary and very cliched slower ballad songs that are totally forgettable and don't show off JLT's amazing voice. If you're new to these, go for Emotional Fire first - I was blown away by the powerful, well-written songs and vocal performance of JLT on that one. And House of Dreams is almost as good. You can live without this one though.
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IMHO, "Sunstorm" is the best Joe Lynn Turner record since "Slaves and Masters" by Deep Purple. Here Joe returns to idea for which he was fired from Deep Purple - to write melodic rock hits in company with Jim Peterik (Survivor) in style of Rithcie Blackmore. To be honest, I don't think that "Eye of the Tyger" by Survivor is impressive rock song, but result of cooperation between Turner and Peterik on CD "Sunstorm" is brilliant.

If "Straight Between the Eyes" or "Bent Out of Shape" by Rainbow and "Slaves and Masters" by Deep Purple are among your favourite records - you should add this album to your collection. Of course, there is no Ritchie Blackmore's solos on "Sunstorm", but postive energy, melodic themes, quality sound are close to style and mood of Turner-Blackmore albums of the 1980s. And of course voice by Joe Lynn Turner is emotional and brilliant as always. Back in 1989 "Sunstorm" could be sensation. Now this album is pleasant surprise for the lovers of classic rock and AOR of the 80s.
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I bought this album at the same time as Mike Slamer's latest 'Nowhere Land'. I can safely say I think this is the better album. There are some absolutely brilliant songs on here. My favourite is probably 'Love's Gone Wrong' which is an up-tempo rocker straight out of the beverley hills cop films.. quality AOR. I think my only real gripe with this album is that there are a few too many slow songs present. And some of them just seem to sound very similar, not that they are badly written or poduced or anything. There are some great riffs present on the album, some fantastic vocals, not only the best I've heard from Joe Lynn Turner but some of the best I've heard from anyone in recent times. Well worth buying this album. Let's hope there will be a Sunstorm 2.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 20 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AOR album of the year! 11 Jan. 2007
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When it comes to these "project" albums, no one can touch what Frontiers has done lately with some of the genre's best vocalists. In 2004 it was From the Inside (featuring Tyketto's Danny Vaughn) and Starbreaker (featuring TNT's Tony Harnell). In 2005 they gave us Place Vendome (with ex-Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske). And to close out 2006 we get Sunstorm, which features none other than the great Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple) on vocals.

Sunstorm is easily the best AOR album of 2006. Sometimes all of the planets are in alignment and everything just works perfectly, and Sunstorm is a great example. I loved Turner's work with Rainbow and Deep Purple, but haven't been crazy about his recent solo material. On this album though, he is in top form, sounding every bit as good as he did on Rescue You. In addition to the incredible vocal performance, the songwriting is first class. Turner is joined by AOR heavyweights such as Jim Peterik (Survivor), Jack Ponti (Surgin') and Dan Huff (Giant), who have put together a collection of songs that take you back to AOR's glory days. To top it all off, the album was mixed and produced by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69), who is probably the best in the business. Ward also provides guitars for the album.

Sunstorm is classic, old-school AOR all the way, and will put a huge smile on the face of anyone who still loves Journey, Foreigner, and Survivor. This is a guaranteed winner, and will take you back to 1986 before the first song is done!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock has finally come full circle 15 Mar. 2007
By 80'S MAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are very few albums available today that one gets excited over. After the 1990's destroyed rock and roll with its uncanny ability to promote the worst production sound, most untalented vocalists and abysmal musicianship, most of the 70's and 80's bands packed it in. A few made some very strong comebacks but were always compromised by trying to adhere to the idiot model of the 1990's grunge scene. Joe has been coming back strong making excellent albums with Brazen Abott as well as with his own band. This album brought back the clear, high energy production that made 80's music so great. I think it is a credit that he held back nothing and brought back the 80's sound on this one. After all the refuse from the 90's, that is still being promoted as "rock" today, its refreshing to see that someone had the guts to bring back music. If its untalented droning vocalists with 3 chord pseudomelodies you want, go to a local seedy bar. If you want professional talent and production, listen to this..In short, rejoice! Rock is back.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece From JLT 11 Oct. 2006
By P. Basile - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Another great release from JLT. All the songs are great. His voice has never sounded better. If you liked the usual supsects the you will love sunstorm. Enjoy.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even twenty years later, Joe Lynn Turner knows how to please his die-hard fans 15 Feb. 2007
By George Dionne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Good

You'll feel that the 80s melodic rock scene is back when you hear the opening keyboard and guitar tones of "Keep Tonight." When you hear Joe Lynn Turner's scratchy yet melodic vocals kick in, you'll swear you were back in the 80s. After all of these years, Turner can still belt it out. "Fame and Fortune" is by far the best track on the album. It has that high production sheen to it, and lots of chucky riffs and pulsing keys. The lyrics make you wonder if this is about someone Turner knows, or if it's autobiographical. What a great chorus hook.

The synthesizer is traded for a piano on the heartfelt ballad "Heart Over Mind." Like most power ballads, this one starts off slow and unassuming, but builds to an over-the-top crescendo. Sunstorm keep the power balladry going with a string of them; "This is My Heart," "Strength Over Time," and "Another You." Each range from slow to mid-tempo and showcase Turner at his touching and melodic best. Sunstorm set their guitar phasers on rock on "Fist Full of Heat." "Night Moves" is full of passion and power as Turner challenges his insatiable lover.

The Bad

Nothing

The Verdict

12 tracks of over-the-top rockers and ballads full of catchy rhythms, pulsing keyboards, driving guitars, and powerful melodic vocals. It even comes complete with all of the gloss and sheen of a classic eighties arena rock production. Even twenty years later, Joe Lynn Turner knows how to please his die-hard fans.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even twenty years later, Joe Lynn Turner knows how to please his die-hard fans 15 Feb. 2007
By George Dionne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Good

You'll feel that the 80s melodic rock scene is back when you hear the opening keyboard and guitar tones of "Keep Tonight." When you hear Joe Lynn Turner's scratchy yet melodic vocals kick in, you'll swear you were back in the 80s. After all of these years, Turner can still belt it out. "Fame and Fortune" is by far the best track on the album. It has that high production sheen to it, and lots of chucky riffs and pulsing keys. The lyrics make you wonder if this is about someone Turner knows, or if it's autobiographical. What a great chorus hook.

The synthesizer is traded for a piano on the heartfelt ballad "Heart Over Mind." Like most power ballads, this one starts off slow and unassuming, but builds to an over-the-top crescendo. Sunstorm keep the power balladry going with a string of them; "This is My Heart," "Strength Over Time," and "Another You." Each range from slow to mid-tempo and showcase Turner at his touching and melodic best. Sunstorm set their guitar phasers on rock on "Fist Full of Heat." "Night Moves" is full of passion and power as Turner challenges his insatiable lover.

The Bad

Nothing

The Verdict

12 tracks of over-the-top rockers and ballads full of catchy rhythms, pulsing keyboards, driving guitars, and powerful melodic vocals. It even comes complete with all of the gloss and sheen of a classic eighties arena rock production. Even twenty years later, Joe Lynn Turner knows how to please his die-hard fans.
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