Jack Blades

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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, ...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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: 4/6/2004
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768468627
  • Catalog Number: 84686

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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, 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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