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Vandenberg, "Alibi" LP, ATCO Records, 90295-1, hard rock. Side One: All the Way / Pedal to the Metal / Once in a Lifetime / Voodoo / Dressed to Kill. Side 2: Fighting Against the World / How Long / Prelude Mortale / Alibi / Kamikaze.

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: ATCO Records
  • ASIN: B001834824
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John DeWald on April 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First of all, it's nice to see this great record from 1985 re-issued. The ridiculous import prices made me say "alleluia" when Wounded Bird re-issued it several years ago. (By the way, I purchased it from Wounded Bird for about $10.99 if I recall correctly).
This is Vandenberg's third and final studio disc. The production is pretty clear and the instruments and vocals balance well. The songs retain a strong flavor similar to those on "Heading for a Storm". Standout tracks are the uptempo tracks "Voodoo" and "Fighting Against the World". "All The Way" and "Pedal to the Metal" kick off the disc in a rockin' fashion.
Another highlight is "Prelude Mortale" which leads into "Alibi". "Prelude" is a solo classical piece from Adrian and it's terrific. Apparently, Adrian's mom loves his classical guitar playing, so he always tried to put at least piece on Vandenberg's records. "Alibi" is a truly catchy tune with a hooky chorus.
Overall, I wish Adrian had never left for Whitesnake. As good as Whitesnake's "1987" album was, Adrian only played one solo on one song. All three Vandenberg albums stand up well to this day, so search them out if you like great songs with stellar guitar parts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1985, Alibi was the third (and final) album from Vandenberg, the band formed by Dutch guitar wizard Adrian Vandenberg before he helped make Whitesnake a platinum success. The early Vandenberg sound walked the line between melodic rock and heavy metal, and was clearly influenced by bands like The Scorpions and MSG.

Alibi is just a terrific example of the mid `80s hard rock sound. It straddled the line between hard-hitting heavy metal and radio-friendly melodic rock perfectly, delivering equal amounts of polish and punch. It's like half a Scorpions album and half King Kobra (or all Dokken). The songwriting, vocals and production are all solid, and naturally it's Vandenburg's flashy and melodic guitar work that takes the album to a higher level. I'd consider "Fighting Against the World," "Pedal to the Metal" and the title track to be the album's best moments, but Alibi as a whole is totally enjoyable.

Vandenberg, of course, left to join Whitesnake soon after this album was released, so Alibi ended up being the final Vandenberg album. It's probably not an essential album, but if you're a fan of guitar-driven melodic rock, especially the early `80s variety, there's a lot to love about the Vandenberg albums. The Best of collection is probably enough for casual fans, but if you like what you hear, come back around to Alibi.

Edition Notes: Wounded Bird reissued Alibi (along with the rest of the Vandenberg catalog) in 2002. It's a typical Wounded Bird reissue - no remastering, no bonus material and almost non-existent liner notes. The reissue is already out of print though, which is usually a sign that a better reissue (fingers crossed for a Rock Candy upgrade) may be on the way.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NFL Fanatic on March 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Vandenberg's third and final release came out in 1986. This guy belongs in the same class as guitarists like Tony MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore and Micheal Schenker. Metal guitar with classical overtones - he is great.

One of my favorite ballads of all time is "How Long" from this release. Great bass accompaniment with the slow guitar sounds - it amazes me that this was never released as a single as I'm sure it would have been a huge hit.

The other ballad here is "Once In A Lifetime" that is also excellent. I'm sure Adrian Vandenberg probably got a higher paying gig with Whitesnake in the late 1980's, but I wish he had continued to write things like this - I really miss him.

This album is a good listen from start to finish. The all out rockers are "Dressed To Kill", "Fighting Against The World", and the incredible instrumental "Kamikaze". Vandenberg's fret work on "Kamikaze" make this a must-buy along with the ballads.

"Prelude Mortale" is a short instrumental of classical acoustic guitar. Put this one in the same league and Edward Van Halen's "Spanish Fly" from VAN HALEN II.

The rest of this straight ahead hard rock. I had this on cassette back in 1985 and it had not been available on CD's until Wounded Bird Records re-released this 80's gem a few years ago, with Vandenberg's other two albums. Can't tell you how delighted I was to see this again. If you see this at a good price, grab it - you never know when it will be unavailable again.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By flashgordon on June 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm going to review all three of Adrian's pre-Whitesnake band. The band is pretty talented all around; the singer might not be Axl Rose(just to throw a quick name out there), but he either gets the job done or sometimes does something pretty good; but, bottom line is Adrian Vandenberg is the highlight of his band.

I feel that saying this was a good experimental band is a good description of the quality of songs on all three 'Vandenberg' albums; the band seems young and willing to experiment; when you do this, you get a range of good to bad; Vandenberg on all three albums puts up some real hidden gems for music lovers. I don't see any album standing out amongst the three. Alibi however could have been the best but Vandenberg in my opinion actually doens't deliver the goods on guitar; i think he was trying to play more economical; maybe if he played more bluesy licks at those times, it would have worked; and really, I think Alibi could have gone down as a lot more of a musical masterpiece; some of those songs that come to mind are 'All the way' and 'How long'; the song writing is innovative, the music works and yet the solos just seem uninspired.

I had 'The Best of Vandenberg' tape since the eithies and it finally got warped; so, I finally went out of my way to get all three Vandenberg albums hoping to get more of the same; i found that on average, there was only like one or two more songs that were quite as good as all those songs on the Best of album; on Alibi, it's 'Dressed to Kill' mostly; and, you could throw in 'Once in a Lifetime.' On Heading for a Storm, 'I'm on Fire', 'Heading for a Storm' will entice you to find more than is actually there, but ultimatelly, 'Waiting for the Night' is the best new song beyond what's on the Best of album.
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