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Pack Is Back

RavenAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 10, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000819160
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Pack Is Back
2. Gimme Some Lovin'
3. Screamin' Down the House
4. Young Blood
5. Hyperactive
6. Rock Dogs
7. Don't Let It Die
8. Get into Your Car
9. All I Want
10. Nightmare Ride
11. How Did You Get So Crazy
12. Seen It on the T.V.

Editorial Reviews

Formed in Newcastle, England in 1980, Raven were one of the first bands to be associated with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement. The Gallagher brothers, John (vocals, bass) and Mark (guitar), were joined by drummer Rob "Wacko" Hunter. Unleashing a wall of noise punctuated by searing guitar work and shattering vocals, they signed to local independent label, Neat Records. Their reputation grew with the release of a single, "Don't Need Your Money", and the ensuing live shows that promoted it. John Gallagher's trademark high-pitched vocals and the band's then-innovative speed metal were heard to best effect on four albums for Neat Records, including the excellent Live At The Inferno. They then relocated to America and secured a contract with Atlantic Records. Adopting a more melodic approach, Stay Hard emerged in 1985 and sold well, but only in their adopted territory - the home-grown fan base was left somewhat aghast. Since then the band has reverted to its former blitzkrieg style, releasing a string of competent, but rather dated and pedestrian albums. Drummer Rob Hunter moved into production work in 1988, to be replaced by Joe Hasselvander. Despite receiving plaudits from more commercially successful bands, albums such as Glow and One For All confirmed that their influence now lay firmly in the past.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The infamous "commercial" Raven album January 4, 2009
By ctlr
Format:Audio CD
Ah yes, here we have the ill-fated 1986 commercial metal album by British metal legends, Raven.

Early Raven fans who had followed the band from the beginning HATED this album. It was polished, over-produced, included songs with horn sections, and featured the guys in crotch-hugging spandex on the cover. It was nothing like their previous four studio albums, which featured trail-blazing raw, fast heavy metal. Dismissed by critics and reviled by fans, The Pack is Back effectively ended Raven's seemingly guaranteed ascendancy to the top of the metal world.

So, is it really that terrible? Is it just so horrible you'd as soon jam a meat thermometer in your ear than ever listen to Raven again? No. It's actually not bad. In fact, there are some pretty good songs here. The problem is the production. It's just way too slick for Raven.

But don't blame Raven. Their record label, Atlantic, pressured their producer, Eddie Kramer, to make it as commercial as possible. Raven, being starving young musicians and living in America for the first time, had little choice but to go along with the plan. They brought their fresh batch of new material into the studio only to have Kramer make them record the songs with a click-track and overdub horns and guitar synthesizers.

Next to other Raven albums, The Pack is Back stands out like a sore thumb as the least heavy. But having said that, it stands alone quite well. The title track, "Youngblood," "All I Want," and "Nightmare Ride" are timeless, well-written hard rock songs. And the cover of "Gimme Some Lovin'" does not disappoint. Another highlight is "Rock Dogs". It may be the catchiest song on the album. And "Screaming Down the House" will make you want to throw a party.

If you like catchy 80s metal/hard rock (ala Def Leppard), you can do much worse than The Pack is Back. Decide for yourself and give it a listen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced rip-roaring highway ride of excitement August 5, 1998
Format:Audio CD
The pack is back is probably the best over all recording that Raven ever did in the eighties.(except for a five song EP called Mad). It blended various styles and daring instrumental appearences. The cover of "Gimme Some Lovin" is the best that I've ever heard as a remake. Raven showed the energy on this album that reflected what kind of live band they were, with their upbeat tempos and crunching guitar. There's not much more you can say about this album except for, and I hate using the term, It Rocks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This Is When They "Sold Out?" March 6, 2009
Compared to the other album of theirs that I have, this is a much slicker effort and at least the vocals are mixed better. This time around there are keyboards and other instruments that were absent from Wiped Out.

From the history I've read on the band, this album signaled their "selling out to the man" by letting a corporate mentality run how the band sounded. This happened when they moved from their native Britain to America.

I can see why fans felt the way they did, at least as far as their basic sound was concerned. However, I actually liked this album better than Wiped Out because it was more balanced with the vocals.

My problem is that like their earlier album, nothing on here rocks my boat. Though they are especially accomplished musicians, they just don't do it for me. Maybe if I saw them live (and they didn't beat me up for giving this review), I might have a different opinion. It could be that their live energy just doesn't come out on record. Then again, if I heard them live, I probably wouldn't be able to recognize any of the songs off this album anyway.

I still recommend this to metal fans as it is well done and just might be the best thing since sliced bread to you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars They did it again! August 8, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Atlantic Records has done it again and screwed over another great band because it didn't fit their mold. Is this really that bad of an album? No but the raw edge of Raven was gone for slick and produced sound. They stayed around for another album or so with Atlantic Records before they were dropped from the label and drummer Wacko leaving the band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ravens underrated disc. March 16, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Raven is one of the most under rated bands to come out of the greatest decade EVER. This disc, although over engineered and overly produced, is actually a decent disc. It takes a little getting used to, but then it grows on you.
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