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Main » 2010 » February » 26 » SHADOW KING - SHADOW KING (1991)

# Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
# Original Release Date: 1991
# Quality: Flac-eac
# Label: Wounded Bird Records
# Genre: Hard/aor/classic rock

Shadow King is a supergroup of sorts featuring ex-Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm and ex-Dio (and current Def Leppard) guitarist Vivian Campbell alongside bassist and longtime Gramm collaborator Bruce Turgon and drummer Kevin Valentine. I have no idea how the band's self-titled debut album managed to get ignored when similar bands Bad English and Damn Yankees were tearing up the charts, but unfortunately that is what happened.

Given Lou Gramm's presence here, it shouldn't surprise anyone that the album bears more than a passing resemblance to Foreigner and Gramm's solo material. It sounds a lot like a heavier version of Ready or Not. This is no doubt due to Vivian Campbell's presence. Vivian's scorn for hard rock and metal is well documented (lucky for him Def Leppard hasn't played anything remotely heavy in at least two decades), but he definitely brought a hard rock edge to Gramm and Turgon's AOR songwriting. Between his guitar playing and Gramm's signature voice, Shadow King definitely feels like an "all star" album.

If you're a fan of Foreigner or Lou Gramm, this album is a no-brainer. It's also a fine example of the early 90's melodic rock sound, so fans of Bad English, Tyketto, Damn Yankees, Bonfire, etc. should enjoy this as well.

NOTE: Wounded Bird reissued the Shadow King debut in 2006, and while it's nice to see the album back in print, it does not feature any bonus material, nor has it been remastered. If you don't already own the album, you're probably better off with a used copy of the original release, which is still readily available for a buck or two.

01) What Would It Take (4:22)
02) Anytime, Anywhere (4:27)
03) Once Upon A Time (5:25)
04) Don't Even Know I'm Alive (5:09)
05) Boy (4:05)
06) I Want You (4:30)
07) This Heart Of Stone (4:37)
08) Danger In The Dance Of Love (3:58)
09) No Man's Land (4:14)
10) Russia (3:47)


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