This is the debut album that Def Leppard should have made. Instead Leppard gave us the inconsistent and, at times, immature On Through the Night. Heavy Pettin's Lettin Loose should have been a landmark debut album like Van Halen's first album or Thunder's Back Street Symphony -debuts that take on classic status that are hard to follow. While Heavy Pettin certainly found it hard to follow, they didn't get the recognition they should have.
Lettin Loose was produced by Queen's Brian May and that band's long time producer, Mack, or Reinhold Mack to give him his full name. And it was probably because of the band's association with May that they got some prime support slots in support of this album.
Originally released in 1983, Lettin Loose is chock full of brilliant melodic rock, a mixture of Leppard, Van Halen and Gun - who followed later. With classy riffs, cool melodies, songs like In and Out of Love, Love on the Run, Victims of the Night, Love Times Love and Rock Me, are the type of songs that many bands aspire to but few actually manage to carry off.
This CD has been remastered and includes two bonus tracks, Roll the Dice is a single that preceded the album by a year and didn't actually end up on the original album. Although it's not a bad song, you can see that it has more in common with a softer Saxon than what eventually ended up on this album.
Sadly, Heavy Pettin lost all credibility when they entered the Eurovision Song Contest with Romeo in 1987 - a disappointing Journey-esque tune. It was a bad career move and the band were never cool again. Hailing from Glasgow, the band split up shortly after, but their debut Lettin Loose is a CD that every self-respecting rock fan should have in their collection.
I knew this album inside out by the time it was released as I used to watch them play the pubs and clubs in Glasgow. The songs had the raw energy of youth but were polished and melodic-definite influences of Lizzy and Kiss shine through. Wonderful guitarwork, solid bass and powerful drumming throughout make this a great debut album. Having just found it on CD it's not been of out the car in about 2 weeks. Just listening to 'Roll the Dice', 'Love x's Love' and 'Hell is Beautiful' will take you back to the 'good old days' when of NWOBHM. Buy it and you won't be dissapointed-guaranteed. It's a real pity that they never received the recognition they deserved.
Had this album previously on vinyl but was particularly interested in the bonus tracks that I had as poor recordings but are excellent tracks. The CD is an excellent example of 1980s Heavy Rock. This bands best recording by a long way. They mellowed out after this which to me was a mistake but there is a raw edge to this that threatened to bring the band great success. Cant fault Lettin Loose and with the bonus tracks it must be classed as excellent!!! They were support on the Ozzy Osbourne Bark at the Moon tour which was largely cancelled due to Ozzys voice problems so never got to see them live.
Quality album from a criminally ignored band. They never surpassed this gem of hard melodic rock though, and indeed had a dreaded Eurovision entry with a wimpy song called "Romeo" - pass the sick bucket. This still sounds great all these years later, and is a welcome replacement for my worn out vinyl copy. Hamie may look like a heavy metal Rod Stewart, but his voice is unique, and some of the melodies on this opus are unforgettable. Buy.
One of the most underrated bands of the NWOBHM movement. I played this constantly in the early Eighties. Having lost the tape I had of it years ago the reissue on CD stands the test of time and ranks up there with best, Def Leppard, Saxon etc. Never capitalised on their quality which is a shame. Great hooks and vocals apart from some of the chorus sections which have a slightly out of place Queen operatic quality a consequence of the Brian May production. Definitely a must have.