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on 22 February 2010
I got this on audio tape when I was but a lad and felt it held its own against other albums from the same era (Hysteria, Whitesnake's 1987, Seventh Son, Justice for All, et al). The songs are well crafted and the production is crisp and of its day. There are no duff songs. Just good rock.
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on 30 August 2013
As a pre teen slowly getting into real metal via the softer route of Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and Def Leppard I bought this album when it was first released in 1988, and really enjoyed it at the time. Even though it gave me a completely wrong impression of what real Saxon is all about!

The album itself is a decent offering for an AOR/Soft Rock album of its kind with some pretty good tunes on it such as the commercial sounding 'Ride like the wind', and 'Song for Emma'; and the heavier 'Jericho Siren' and 'Red Alert'.

The album is obviously over-produced as the Saxon management tried to break America with one last throw of the commercial dice with EMI, and is more comparable to Magnum than the classic Saxon sound.

However, beneath the frequently keyboard overloaded tracks, you can hear there are some decent songs trying to break through the all too smooth production. 'We Are the Strong' is a prime example of this, as if you replace the keyboards in the chorus with heavier guitars then you could imagine a real crowd pleaser would have been created.

In fact, based on the quality of the song writing, if you reproduced the whole album, minus keyboards with a heavier 2013 Andy Sneap style production, there is a good quality, traditional Saxon album fighting to get out.

The bonus bits and pieces are also pretty good with some good live B-Sides and 'remixes' (how 80s!!) of the album's singles.

Overall, you'll like this album if you enjoy the softer shades of rock/metal or are a Saxon fan who is prepared to dive beneath the production's sugary values to find some worthy songs covered beneath. I'm in the latter camp.
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on 13 September 2013
Even if some people say that this album is a weaker offering by Saxon, I don't agree.
This was one of the albums that launched me on my voyage to the search of hard rock and heavy metal.
Some songs are ballads and slower songs compared with the previous offerings by Saxon, but the whole album fells and sounds has one. I like it a lot and it spend 3 weeks on repeat on my car stereo after it arrived.
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on 10 November 2016
I bought this album on the day of release, and caught the band on the following tour for this album. For me, it’s part of Saxons dip into the water of the commercial American market, that included the preceding 3 albums, Crusader, Innocence and Rock the Nations, all good albums by the way. If you got into Saxon early, Wheels of Steel onward, or later Metalhead onward, this album is very different to these heavier periods. It however demonstrates the broad writing talents of Saxon, with very well crafted songs and a slick production. The melodic vocals and tuneful guitar solos stand out and still sound great today nearly 30 years later. I can’t wait anymore is a classy ballad, that should have been a bigger hit than it was at the time. If you enjoy Saxon for being Saxon then this is for you, if you prefer the heavier stuff of the past 15 years, it will be an oddity in your collection.
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on 6 March 2014
Awh come on guys, yep this aint the early style, but as they say, if things dont change, they will stay the same.

I had the pleasure of meeting with the Saxon men in their early days, they were a great bunch of gentlemen.

The style on this is indeedy American Rock, & Like "Boston" the band deserve a rich place in history, Ride like the Wind sets the theme for this, & Just enjoy it for what it is, fun time rock n roll.

This LP/CD/Download is truly excellent Dudes.
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on 25 January 2013
It could be a good album, but keyboards? bah, i don't like it at all, Saxon tried something and it wasn't good in my opinion.
I am Saxon fan and have all their albums, i bought it anyway even tho i don't really like it, but some songs on it still nice.
Give it a try, maybe you like it.
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on 5 November 2016
Lots of fans will disagree but I love this 80s hair rock metal era of the band. Listened to in its context there are some great tunes in there ...
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on 22 February 2013
I was lucky enough to be new to Saxon through their classic album stage - Wheels of Steel to Denim and Leather. The steady decline through albums like Power and the Glory and Crusader finally bottomed out with this awfully produced, almost AOL nonsense. For me Saxon are the standard by which all Metal bands are judged. I like Big, relentless riffs and a great story telling vocal. This album has none of those classic Saxon trademarks.
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