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on 6 July 2007
On a sabbatical after touring Iron Maiden's "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" album Adrian Smith pulled a few old ex-band mates together to record this Bruce Springsteen-esque slice of up tempo Adult Rock. And at the time, in 1989, it wasn't so much unexpected from the Maiden guitarist as completely and utterly unbelievable.

Ade's voice bears close comparison with Bryan Adams; rough and gravely and very Mid-Western American. Musically it was radio friendly AOR not a million miles away from a heavy Foreigner. Needless to say Maiden fan's hated it and the AOR community were not about to get interested in a `Heavy Metal' guitarists part-time side project. Subsequently it sold about 10 copies and sank without a trace.

In my opinion, with hindsight and a fresh pair of ears, it's a brilliant piece of Rock. Smith proves his guitar prowess, buzzing all over the place like a kid in the candy store; he's obviously thoroughly enjoying himself. His band too, is spectacular. We're not just talking straight down the line bludgeoning, hard-headed, misogynistic rock here, it's mature and thoughtful and full of light and shade. It's also worth noting that this album contains NO saccharine ballads and only one relatively slow song. Always a plus in my book :o)

So, it's not world beating by any means but like The Georgia Satellites or Bryan Adams at his rocking best, it's immense fun. It's a shame `Metal' prejudice did not give this album a chance and if any of the above mentioned artists ring a bell then you're going to love A.S.A.P.
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on 27 July 2016
better than anything that came after seventh son this and bruce's solo debut are must owns and silver and gold is screaming for a reissue with the non album tracks included
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on 26 July 2012
One of the best AOR albums I've ever heard, even though at that time there was no use of the AOR term. Adrian Smith at the TOP!
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on 30 March 2011
It would have been nice if the seller had stated that this is a copy, a very nicely done copy, to be sure, but a copy all the same. I say this, as the used CD was advertised as 'good' and I received something close to mint, which it would not be if it were a 'good used copy'. It also would have been nice if they had not charged so much for what I was lead to believe was an original CD.
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on 31 August 2014
A legendary album!
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on 4 October 2015
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