Shadow King – Self Titled 1991 album review. 4.5 star rating.

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Shadow King

“Self Titled”

1991 release from Atlantic.

Shadow King – Once Upon A Time video, audio only.

Lou Gramm – Lead and background vocals. Bruce Turgon – Rhythm guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, programming, backing vocals. Vivian Campbell – Lead guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals. Kevin Valentine – Drums, backing vocals.

4.5 out of 5 stars rating.

Reviewed by David.

  1. What Would It Take.
  2. Anytime, Anywhere.
  3. Once Upon A Time.
  4. Don’t Even Know I’m Alive.
  5. Boy.
  6. I Want You.
  7. This Heart Of Stone.
  8. Danger In The Dance Of Love.
  9. No Man’s Land.
  10. Russia.

 

A short lived super group consisting of Foreigner’s Lou Gramm, Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell, Bruce Turgon (Lou Gramm Band, ex-Foreigner) and Kevin Valentine (Donnie Iris And The Cruisers, session player, ex-Cinderella touring drummer).

Formed in 1990 after Gramm’s departure from Foreigner, the band released this sole record in 1991, planned a tour but only ended up playing one show before Campbell announced his departure to join Def Leppard. The band disbanded shortly after and Gramm rejoined Foreigner with Turgon the following year in 1992 and released, arguably, one of the bands best albums, “Mr. Moonlight” in 1994.

I have always thought that, in his prime, Lou Gramm possessed one of the absolute best voices. He could sing anything, running the gamut between ballads and rockers with ease and sounding phenomenol on both. This record falls right in his prime with his voice sounding as good as ever. The music itself really leans more towards the sound of his solo work then anything from Foreigner but there are some similarities to the band also.

The band sounds incredible, as is expected with musicians of this caliber. The production is great for the year it came out and everyone is in top form. It is just a shame that this only produced one album, Hell of an album though it may be.

It is just as strong, if not stronger, then anything Gramm has done before. His first two solo albums are great and he has produced some of the most recognizable songs in AOR with  Foreigner, but with the exception of two tracks that just aren’t the best, I Want You and Russia, (neither of which are bad songs, just not favorites of mine personally) this whole album is excellent. Sadly it is yet another great album that is out of print. It is available online and the cost is not outrageous but it is also available through a few of the pay and download type sites. Check it out, I am sure you will find something here you like.

Highly recommended for fans of Lou Gramm and Foreigner. 

 

Standout Tracks:

 

What Would It Take.

Anytime, Anywhere.

Once Upon A Time.

Don’t Even Know I’m Alive.

Boy.

This Heart Of Stone.

 

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