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Fair Warning - Fair Warning & Rainmaker (CD)

Fair Warning
Fair Warning & Rainmaker
by Grigoris Chronis at 11 October 2006, 12:31 PM

Due to the latest 'comeback' release of these excellent German melodic Hard Rock act, it was time for the never-stopping Frontiers label to lay down a couple of related (re)issues. First it was the release of the scarce Call Of The East DVD (available only in Japan, in prior) - see the relative review - while the 'top' two albums previously released by Fair Warning are now available again; not in a 'double CD' package - don't get fooled by this review's formatting!
Fair Warning (originally released in 1991 via WEA): I have this album on a vinyl edition and - to be honest - I'd die to see some 'obscure' label pressing the band's rest discography also. Anyway, this album sees a band assembled by Zeno and V2 members in order to perform sentimental Hard Rock music the 'marvellous' way. Produced by Rafe McKenna (Ten, Giant/Bad Company/Tesla), the likes of Tyketto, Bonfire, Giant and Zeno are featured in here. A kicking mix of both US and European Hard Rock , excellent melodies, the perfect company for vacations and a brilliant future raised in front of Fair Warning. The 'ace' voice of Tommy Heart is as 'haunting' as the excellence in the album's songwriting - e.g. Longing For Love, When Love Fails and The Eyes Of Rock - and the rest of the musicians' playing. Essential for melodic Rock (I 've said this before; the term owes a lot to Fair Warning) fans and German Hard Rock followers all the way!
Rainmaker (originally released in 1995 via WEA): Considered by many as the band's 'epitome' in their sort-lived career, Rainmaker sold really good in Japan - 140,000 copies, during the Grunge 'tornado' - and 'established' the band as a fave for lots of melody-related hard rockers. Self-produced, this effort is slightly more 'mellow' related to the 1991 debut, now keener on the AOR 'key ingredients'. Acoustic guitars here and there, great soloing, terrific - again - vocals and a 'fat' rhythm section are included. Nonetheless, tunes like Burning Heart (the band's first single/video), What Did You Find, Get A Little Closer and Desolation Angels - in a non-fillers album - will persuade you; objections overruled.
In terms of musical magic, both re-releases offer you the chance to get a grip on some excellent compositions. It's really a shame Frontiers did not grab the chance to add some 'bonus' stuff, but - anyway - who can oppose to such superiority offered by Fair Warning, a German band that - proved or not - can touch your heart really deep. You can't call yourself a Frontiers consumer and not take hold of both these top albums.

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
Disc 1

Longing For Love
When Love Fails
The Call Of The Heart
Crazy
One Step Closer
Hang On
Out On The Run
Long Gone
The Eyes Of Rock
Take A Look At The Future
The Heat Of Emotion
Take Me Up

Disc 2

The Heart Of Summer
Don't Give Up
Burning Heart
Rain Song
Get A Little Closer
Desert Song
What Did You Find
Pictures Of Love
Lonely Rooms
One Way Up
Angel Of Dawn
Stars And The Moon
Desolation Angels
The Call Of The Wild
Too Late For Love
Record Label: Frontiers Records
     


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