Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NIGHT RANGER: "24 Strings And A Drummer"

Rating: N/A
Label: Frontiers 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Can You Still Rock In America? The Night Ranger group: Jack Blades (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass), Kelly Keagy (Lead Vocals, Drums, Percussion), Brad Gillis (Lead Guitars, Background Vocals), Joel Hoekstra (Lead Guitars, 12 String Guitar, Background Vocals) and Eric Levy (Keyboards, Background Vocals) have recently done the eighteen months long U.S. tour which included sold out dates and plenty of feel-good moments. Average European - hardly aware of their excistence and not likely to rush for tickets in a desperate attempt to catch them live?

The Secret Of Their Success? Indeed, they've always been the true, red, white, and blue American band with little or none success on the other side of the pond. It's a shame really since they have plenty of feel-good songs and the musicians are better than most other bozos out there. "24 Strings & A Drummer" - their "MTV Unplugged" album if you so like. Live in an intimate all-acoustic setting, with a select number of fans at The Studio D Recording in Sausalito, CA in May 2012. The band perform laidback renditions of the band's classic eighties hits with new, refreshing arrangement.

Night Ranger - the 80's AOR/Melodic Rock version of The Eagles and thus why it makes perfect sense to cover Don Henley's 80's hit 'Boys Of Summer'. It's otherwise the standard, but oh-so-fine set list, nearly just as interesting unplugged as in their original versions. Track Listing: This Boy Needs To Rock, When You Close Your Eyes, Sing Me Away, Growin' Up In California, The Secret Of My Success, Sentimental Street, Four In The Morning, Let Him Run / Goodbye, Forever All Over Again, Don't Tell Me You Love Me, Sister Christian, (You Can Still) Rock In America, Boys Of Summer (Bonus Track).

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