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4.7 out of 5 stars
Behind Closed Doors
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 February 2017
Coming off of the excellent Laughing On Judgement Day album, Thunder returned three years later with the worthy successor Behind Closed Doors. An album that by no means breaks any new ground but achieves more of the same high quality hard rock music.

It is hard to argue that after all these years that the first three Thunder albums were easily the bands creative peak (At least until recent years). After all, the first two albums gave us hits like Dirty Love, She's So Fine, Everybody Wants Her and Low Life In High Places. All quality songs from two really good albums and with their third album they give us tracks like River of Pain, Stand Up and Castles In The Sand. Songs that have aged extremely well, show the bands impressive song writing talents and are still as catchy then as they are now.

of course, Behind Closed Doors is not all about the hits. The deeper cuts are just as impressive for the most part. The heavy riff in the opening Moth To The Flame is quite hard to forget. Fly On The Wall is a superbly crafted number with the right guitar hooks and chorus. Till The River Runs Dry is a fantastic ballad of sorts, Future Train being quite underrated and that juicy heavy metal riffing in the slow groovy song Preaching From A Chair being to die for.

In terms of sound quality and style, Thunder came around at the right time. Whilst their first album Backstreet Symphony had all the right songs, the sound was clearly a product of its time with a bit too much reverb etc. Laughing on Judgement Day and Behind Closed Doors both have a professional clear sound that has aged wonderfully over the last twenty years. Despite moving up in the world, Thunder managed to retain the raw power and strength that most rock and metal bands lose within an album or two.

Some people might consider Behind Closed Doors as a little long and at an hour I can fully understand a complaint like that. As good as these songs are, I reckon shaving ten or fifteen minutes off the fifty seven minute running time would have improved the flow of the music considerably. But as it stands, Behind Closed Doors is a fantastic hard rock album that has aged well and is well worth a listen to those who desire such things in their music.

Published by Steven Lornie of Demonszone
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on 5 October 2005
This is a mature complex darker piece of work that follows the equally excellent Laughing on .... . As a guitarist I can only weep at the sheer musicality that drips from the strings and frets of Luke Morley - he handles a variety of textures and moods across the album from out and out rockers to the bluesy ballad "I`ll be waiting". Fly on the wall is slightly funky with a wailing brass section in the mix!! However this is a band that showcases the absolutely superb vocals of Danny Bowes - who is only matched by Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company for that smokey rock/blues voice!!
Add intelligent lyrics and a good production to the overall mix you have an irresistable combination.
This is a five star "must own" album for all fans of classic britrock. Only Led Zeppelin beat them for musicality! Oh and perhaps Peter Frampton with whom they played recently in Newcastle!!
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on 17 August 2010
For their first two albums, Thunder's career had been on the rise and rise, but come the third, Behind Closed Doors, the world of grunge had arrived (a subject dealt with by Luke Morley on "Preaching From A Chair") and their brand of music was not so in vogue - so this album consolidated their position but was to be their last album proper with EMI.

The album itself contains several excellent Thunder tracks, many of which were aired live by the band right up to they split - River Of Pain, Fly On The Wall, Castles In The Sand and the music runs the gamut from all out rock to quieter, more reflective ballads. The mood of several of the tracks is quite dark (eg It Happened In This Town and Til The River Runs Dry) but the album is not exclusively so, the lyrics for lead single Stand Up for example are amusingly written. The only song that really feels like filler is Too Scared To Live, but that too is at least amusing.

Is it worth buying this two disc edition over the original CD? If you don't already have the singles, then yes. It contains most of the B-sides for the three singles from the album (Stand Up, River Of Pain, Castles In The Sand), as well as the In A Broken Dream single which came out to promote Their Finest Hour (and a Bit). These are fun acoustic versions, studio songs (of which Move On, which can also be found on The Rare the Raw and the Rest, is the best, though the band revisted Life In A Day a few times) and some covers and live versions (and given they were a fantastic live band, live versions are never a bad thing).

There's also a good booklet detailing this phase of the band's career.

However, unlike the remastered collections for Backstreet Symphony, Laughing On Judgement Day, and The Thrill Of It All, the second CD of B-Sides etc is not complete for the era. The acoustic I Hear You Knocking from Castles In The Sand (with Danny Bowes doing his best crowd participation), the live version of the Who's 5:15 from River Of Pain, and the live version of 'Til The River Runs Dry from In A Broken Dream are missing - a version of the first can be found on At the BBC: 1990-1995, the second is on The Rare, The Raw and The Rest, but the third has yet to make any appearances on any CD (it was only on the cassette single before). Still, this leaves something for the collectors to seek out on ebay...

Overall, if this CD is not already in your collection, this is the version to go for. If it is in your collection but you haven't heard the b-sides, then this is still worth buying as the second CD has as much to enjoy as the first.
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on 8 March 2010
I think to focus on the shortened 'In A Broken Dream' and dismiss the quality of this album is shameful! Behind closed doors was already epic and brilliant and much loved my Thunder fans. To take it and remaster it worked wonders for it. Disc 2 is excellent too, but i bought this to hear the classic album in top notch form, and im not disappointed.
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on 14 April 2007
I cant speak for every Thunder fan but I think that this one of the best albums the band has made. The reason it's so good is because the quality of the material is just as good as the previous Thunder albums Backstreet Symphony,& Laughing on Judgement Day. Luke Morley shines on Behind Closed Doors because he is not only an good guitarist but he is a excellent songwriter. Songs like Future Train, Till The River Runs Dry (which is a true story written about domestic abuse) Too Scared To Live & Preaching From A Chair are superbly written. There are so many good songs on here such as the live favourite River Of Pain, Ball & Chain, Stand Up, I'll Be Waiting, & Castles In The Sand. The only weakness on this album for me is Fly On The Wall which sounds incredibly naff, but apart from that it is a superb album. This is an underrated album by a underated band. Give it a go. A great album for a great price.
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on 4 June 2014
I like this one tremendously. In' I'll be waiting' thunder have created a ballad for judgement day perhaps. Also there is the non power ballad types such as 'it happened in this town' an unsurprisingly unsentimental poke at the cruelty of bad problems which you can earn the right to sing along with too. It wasn't too controversial to be released as a single I thought and at that time the world needed some sort of dig, so why this never happened l have never been able to fathom. Some great moments like 'river of pain', probably the bluesiest based rocker they did and a good single choice, but 'preaching from a chair ' wins 'the tune not needed' prize for sheer cheekiness. Ivor novello was Ivor the engine for a start if you want gongs and grammy's .Another magical album confirming the hattrick in the historic stairway of the band with plenty of their own stuff to punish critics with.
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on 26 July 2001
'Behind Closed Doors' saw Thunder return the the scene after a long break following the excellent 'Laughing On Judgement Day'. The album shows a good array of tracks from the rocking 'Stand Up' to the acoustic ''Til The River Runs Dry', however the album lacks real punch towards its close, a must for true Thunder fans, but for someone coming to Thunder for the first time their debut album 'Backstreet Symphony' or 'Laughing On Judgement Day' would be a better choice.
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on 28 November 2003
The Brit-rockers' third album and the last for major label EMI, "Behind Closed Doors" marked the first change in the band's line-up, with Swedish bassist Mikael Höglund replacing original four-stringer Mark 'Snake' Luckhurst. Once again guitarist Luke Morley is responsible for writing the bulk of the material; although the other guys pop up in the credits here and there and in particular drummer Harry James starts to make his mark in the songwriting process. The album consists of the by now familiar mix of rockers and power ballads, with a funky direction taken on "Fly on the Wall" and "Too Scared to Live". The incredibly powerful and versatile voice of singer Danny Bowes enables him to handle the differing styles with ease. Highlights are the fantastic ballad "I'll Be Waiting"; another showcase for the singer in the style of the debut album's "Don't Wait For Me", and the perennial live favourite "River of Pain". The album features some darker lyrical content this time around; in particular on "Til the River Runs Dry", "Future Train", and "It Happened in This Town", although there are lighter moments such as the satirical take on tabloid health scares in "Too Scared To Live", and the excellent swipe at the fashion police in "Preaching From A Chair".
To conclude, another album with high quality songwriting and musicianship; although I would advise the newcomer to get the debut album "Backstreet Symphony" first, if you like that then you will not go wrong with this album.
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on 30 April 2014
This re-mastered Thunder cd is so much clearer and louder that the old cd . I just have to tell people to go and get these re-mastered cd .
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on 8 March 2015
Excellent album from a top band - one of Britains finest.
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