From The Fire - Thirty Days And Dirty Nights

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edited July 8 in year-1992

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ARTIST: From The Fire
ALBUM: 30 Days And Dirty Nights
LABEL: Active Records
SERIAL: CD ATV 22
YEAR: 1992
CD REISSUE: 2009, Yesterrock, 10073

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: image
LINEUP: J.D Kelly - vocals * Tommy Lafferty - guitars * Paul Morris - keyboards * Thaddeus Castanis - bass * Michael Sciotto - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hold On * 02 Same Song * 03 Tears Cried In The Rain * 04 Over Your Head * 05 Take My Heart * 06 Lovestruck * 07 Spark And Flame * 08 Go All The Way * 09 Where Are You Now?

Background

Originally from New York, this bands formative years were based around singer J.D (Joe) Kelly and drummer Mike Sciotto. Lafferty joined them after his stint with Voodoo X came to nothing. This trio then bought on original keyboardist Nadine Arel as well as a bass player, and played some local gigs to an enthusiastic response.

Signing to a local New York label Metropolis, From The Fire flew out West to L.A to record their debut album with Jean Beauvoir and Pat Regan at the controls.

However by this stage, Thaddeus Castanis had joined but Arel had left, the band then recruited Paul Morris to replace her, though the actual recordings still feature most of her work and contribution. The distribution of the album came through Active Records in the UK/Europe, though strangely, did not get a US distribution at the time.

The Songs

Onto the album, well it's AOR/melodic hard rock and has reasonable moments. The opening pair of 'Hold On' and 'Same Song' immediately elevate one's heightened awareness of the band's abilities. 'Over Your Head' gallops along at a good clip as does 'Lovestruck', where the guitar is not out and out metal muscle, but more refined sinew.

The highlights for me are the last three songs: the duet between J.D Kelly and Harlow's Teresa Straley on 'Spark And Flame', the kick-ass cover of The Raspberries hit 'Go All The Way' and to top it off the majestic semi-ballad of 'Where Are You Now?'. The other ballads only just get a pass mark, namely 'Tears Cried In The Rain' and 'Take My Heart'.

In Summary

Overall though, the mix is probably too much on the light side, even with the Lafferty, Beauvoir and Regan contribution, especially when compared to their prior projects.

Though I've never been a fan of Lafferty's guitar work for some reason, he sounds pretty reasonable on this one. The album was not well received at the time by the press, and ironically, that would send out a clarion call invitation to all melodic rockers to thus go out and get it in defiance.


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