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Backstreet Symphony

  • 1. She's So Fine
    2. Dirty Love
    3. Don't Wait For Me
    4. Higher Ground
    5. Until My Dying Day
    6. Back Street Symphony
    7. Loved Walked In
    8. Englishman On Holiday, An
    9. Girl's Going Out of Her Head
    10. Gimm Some Lovin'
    11. Distant Thunder
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDP7936142

  • Credits

    Thunder: Daniel Bowes (vocals); Ben Matthews (guitar, piano, organ); Luke Morley (guitar); Mark Luckhurst (bass); Gary James (drums).
    Additional personnel: Andy Taylor (guitar).
    First released on Capitol in 1990 and reissued on Geffen the following year, Backstreet Symphony is a decent hard rock offering that should have done better. Enjoyable songs ranging from rockers like "Dirty Love," "An Englishman on Holiday" and "She's So Fine" to the power ballad "Love Walked In" showed that while Thunder wasn't the most original or groundbreaking band in the world, it wasn't lacking when it came to spirit and enthusiasm. Another high point of this CD is an inspired cover of the Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'," which Thunder changes from blue-eyed soul/rock to straight-up hard rock. Rooted in the '70s, Thunder's bluesy, unpretentious sound is best described as a mixture of Bad Company and Deep Purple. Unfortunately, Backstreet Symphony didn't do much commercially on either its first or second release. ~ Alex Henderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Q - 3 Stars - Recommended as one of the five best metal albums of 1990. - "...Rock more than metal. A collection of strong melodies impressively delivered by a gang of mainly ex-Terraplaners produced by ex-Duran axeman Andy Taylor..."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t still sounds great -- catchy, raunchy radio rock the likes of 'She's So Fine' and 'Dirty Love' sit comfortable beside more subtle songs..."
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