on 18 November 2011
For those who like 80's Classic Rock this one is for you. This is excellent from start to finish and really showcases the talents of Eddie Clarke, Toby Jepson and Matt Eldridge. Been on the ipod constantly since Friday 11th and I can't get enough!
Got to admit I am a Motorhead devotee of 33 years who had the privelage of seeing the "Classic" line-up on more occasions than I care to remember and for me Eddie shone out then and still does on this album. This guy must be the most under-rated guitarist of the past 40 years - his playing here is sensational and proves rockers never grow old. This must be some of Eddie's finest work since Motorhead - the solos throughout are sensational - On & On, Living Fool, Sick As a Dog and Love I Need are some of the finest I've heard.
This is no one man band though - Matt's drumming is perfect / relentless and really pulls the sound together, the production is spot on and then there's the vocals - for those that can't stomach Fastway without Dave King - your loss! Toby Jepson's vocals meld perfectly with this iteration and Dead & Gone showcases what a fantastic singer he is.
Come on guys let's now see it live! Support for Motorhead 2012 - I can see it now - Toby's vocals on "eddie's number" (Step Down) would be a fantastic addition to the Fastway live set - not to mention what these guys could do with Iron Horse (Born to Lose).
Buy this - go beyond Dave King - you wont be disappointed!
on 1 May 2015
This album got a pretty indifferent review in Classic Rock. Listening to it, you can only assume the writer had a hangover and couldn't deal with the power on display here. But there's a lot of class and imagination too. Eddie Clarke's found some nifty singers during his Fastway career, and teaming up with Toby Jepson seems to've been a masterstroke. I didn't realise how good this guy was. He sings with clarity and soul - Glenn Hughes or Richard Page would be proud of this performance. Eddie himself is a rather underrated guitarist; he's not a speed-freak, but tasteful and effective. The drums sound really good here, and the production in general is great. Most importantly, the songs are memorable, and so is the cover/concept. Nice work.
I put this in my pre-order basket as soon as I discovered there would be a new release from Fastway. I did enjoy it on the first listen but it has been on many replays since that the album has really grown on me. I really like Jepson's vocals, if you're not familiar at times he reminds me slightly of Glenn Hughes, and sometimes Ronnie Dio but be in no doubt It's Eddie Clarke who cranks out the riffs and bloody fine they are too. Nice Crisp hooks populate songs that It will take days to shake off and there are songs like Sick as a Dog that given an overdriven Rickenbacker bass would nestle quite happily on any Motorhead album, there is a strong appetite for this type of nostalgia rock but that does Fastway a disservice to thier relevance today, Deliver Me, Fade Out & Who Do You Believe which is a really strong song and quite unique and could drop onto a Rainbow album. Leave A light on is classic Fastway, It's an indication that the album grows on me and how much I enjoy it that I think it will outlast others on my play list. Well done chaps Fastway lives on and so some live dates in the UK (somewhere in East Anglia would be nice) would really make 2012.
Nothing to lose get the album.
on 24 December 2011
This album will most utterly please MHead fans of old days, and Fastway fans too. Fast Eddie himself, who should have remained alongside Lemmy, is still here. And in good shape!!! Look at Lem and Eddie, both rocking away, knowing they should be together :-((( ANyway, this is really good stuff, and Eddie is pretty much making a whole bunch of great new songs, with the usual MHead solo in the middle. Must have, must buy, great enjoyment guaranteed. But I can't help feeling a bit sad at what we have missed, had the great Lem and Eddie remained together.
on 27 October 2012
Never been a fan of Motoread and the first I'd heard of Fastway was seeing this album in my recommendations. Listened to a few samples, surely thats Toby Jepson of Little Angels on vocals?? So I read a couple of reviews which confirmed it was and next thing I was pressing the order with one click button! I was not disappointed!! Great vocals, amazing guitar solos, crisp no frills production, top notch songwriting, good all round musicianship. This is just straight ahead rock served up how it should be!