Jack Blades

Jack Blades

by Jack Blades
     
 

Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and former Night Ranger and Damn Yankee Jack Blades has had a lucrative post-'80s career. A capable tunesmith in the industry, Blades has penned material for Aerosmith, Roger Daltrey, and Cher, asSee more details below

Overview

Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and former Night Ranger and Damn Yankee Jack Blades has had a lucrative post-'80s career. A capable tunesmith in the industry, Blades has penned material for Aerosmith, Roger Daltrey, and Cher, as well as a reunited Night Ranger and a record with frequent collaborator Tommy Shaw. A great many aging rockers put out solo albums for all the wrong reasons -- money, midlife crisis, a misguided sentiment of fan obligation -- but a select few do it simply for the love of music. Jack Blades belongs in the latter category, and the 11 surprisingly solid tracks on his self-titled debut are a welcome surprise. Opening with the bright, melodic "Shine On," Blades unleashes an arsenal of hair metal soldiers -- Shaw, Neal Schon, Great White's Michael Lardie, Warren DeMartini of Ratt, and his former Night Ranger cohorts Kelly Keagy, Brad Gillis, and Jeff Watson -- to flesh out brutal rockers ("We Are the Ones"), power ballads ("Alone Tonight"), and rock anthems ("To Touch the Sky") with supreme pop
ock acumen. Schon is instantly recognizable on the opening notes of "Sea of Emotions," and Blades does a convincing Steve Perry on a track that wouldn't have seemed out of place on Journey's Escape. However, the veteran's not content with simply re-creating his heydays. "Sometimes You Gotta Have Faith" utilizes the sunny bounce of Sublime, while the beautiful "Breaking It Down," co-written with son Colin, could've been an ELO song. The Beatlesque leanings and acoustic arrangements lend themselves well to his voice, and his harmonies with Shaw are syrupy sweet. Blades has crafted a record without pretension, star-crossed ambition, or irony, and that alone is worth paying attention to. While by no means groundbreaking or spectacular, Jack Blades is a mirror image of its creator -- tenacious, capable, and enamored with all things musical.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768468627
catalogNumber:
84686

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Blades   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Neal Schon   Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
Tommy Shaw   Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Brad Gillis   Guitar,Soloist
Jeff Watson   Guitar
Michael Cartellone   Drums
Warren DeMartini   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
Damon Johnson   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Kelly Keagy   Drums,Vocals
Michael Lardie   Guitar,Keyboards
Colin Blades   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Neal Schon   Composer
Randy California   Composer
Tommy Shaw   Composer
Jack Blades   Composer,Producer
Damon Johnson   Composer
Michael Lardie   Engineer
Matt Cohen   Engineer
Giulio Cataldo   Artwork,Cover Design
Colin Blades   Composer
Dave Donnely   Mastering

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