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Salute

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Tracks include: 1. Knee Deep 2. These Eyes 3. Walking 4. Marching in Time 5. The Rain 6. Little Sister 7. Pays off Big 8. Just a Wish 9. Battered and Bruised 10. Jungleland 11. Tell Me 12. No Way Out

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Knee Deep
  2. These Eyes
  3. Walking
  4. Marching In Time
  5. The Rain
  6. Little Sister
  7. Pays Off Big
  8. Just A Wish
  9. Battered And Bruised
  10. Jungleland
  11. Tell Me
  12. No Way Out


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 28, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000008LSO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Released in 1992, "Salute" had a snowballs chance in hades of ever making an impact on the music scene. The sad thing about when grunge hit was, that's when it seemed a lot of bands were making their best records! 21 Guns were no different, the album is first-rate melodic rock throughout, and could have easily made some headway in a differen time.

I'm sure the big draw for most people to this album is ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham. I'm not a monster Lizzy fan, so that really didn't woo me in any way, but man do I love all these melodic rock from the late 80s/early 90s. 21 Guns follows essentially the Bon Jovi meets Def Leppard formula of catchy songs and big hooks, with some good production sprinkled in to even it out. The album is a pretty strong outing for the guys, but this record also has some filler to its possession as well. Those songs though weren't enough to weigh this album down though, and songs like "Knee Deep," "Just A Wish," and "These Eyes" make this more than your average melodic rock release.

For the going price of this record you should definitely check these guys out. It's more than worth the whole penny you'd spend guys! If you like bands like Steelheart, Slaughter or any other early 90s hard rock bands, I'd buy this album quick.
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This album definately rates up there in my top ten favourite. On first hearing, it sounds very much the same as the majority of hair metal bands around during that era. Im not saying that hair metal isn't great, but a lot of bands lacked originality in terms of their sound and production. But every now and again an album will just shine with uniqueness and quality, this is one of those albums. It reminds me a little of Mr Big's Lean into it album in terms of its ability to give you goosepimples and not wear off particularly quickly. It boasts emotional melodies, fast guitar riffs and Thomas La Verdi's unique vocal talent to make this a great listen. There is a good variety of songs, most containing powerchord choruses with catchy feelgood melodies and a superb atmospheric production. It is definately one of the best albums to come out of that era, but unfortunately they just weren't recognised as much as they should have done. If your a fan of well produced classic AOR such as giant, queensryche, Bad english, Winger etc, then you'll definately love this album :o)
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Effectively put together around the axis of former Thin Lizzy luminary Scott Gorham this album is essentially the mans shot at some serious dollars via the medium of late 80's AOR/hard rock. However it came out in 1992 - one of the years deluged with second and third tier hair metal and in such a market it must have been hard to get press for yet another entry into an already heavily overcrowded pack. And in many ways that is a pity as this album is easily classy enough with a combination of sugar sweet pop cack and occasional heft from Gorhams six strings that, combined with the perfect-for-the-genre voice of Thomas La Verdi, really it should have been selling at least a few pancakes.

To specifics: the vocals of La Verdi really are spot on for this sort of overwrought power balladeering and good time loud rock 'n' roll. Currently I've no idea what happened to him after 21 Guns but I hope he got to enjoy singing for years to come. He injects all the expected moves of the genre into what he is doing and if any complaint is to be made it is that it would be hard to buy into him as a wheeling, dealing, wicked woman stealing debauched troubadour - but this G rated released rarely asks him too. In fact his puppy good looks were almost certainly one of the reasons for his being hired - in interviews Gorham enthused how the female audience was really going to like him (true! Try to track down some of the press interviews this band did!).

Musically it is all pretty smooth. It is a testament to how professional a project this was that everything down to the last note sounds planned. Gorham isn't suited to restraint all the time and while he keeps it all polite there is a heck of a lot of lively fun in a range of the louder tunes here such as Knee Deep and Little Sister.
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Originally released in 1992, Salute was the debut (and for a long time only) album from melodic rockers 21 Guns, which was founded by former Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham. This is one of many great melodic rock debuts - think Tyketto, Tall Stories, Von Groove as well as this one - that hit just as grunge was sweeping this kind of music off the charts.

21 Guns finds Gorham paired (and quite perfectly) with singer Tommy La Verdi, whose strong, steady voice was ideal for the songs Gorham and bassist Leif Johansen came up with. The music on Salute is very much in the arena rocking AOR/melodic hard rock style that bands like Bad English, Damn Yankees, Bad Company and Giant were delivering at the time. Salute is a very strong album from start to finish, and features some very catchy, and very well-written pop/rock songs. Leadoff single "Knee Deep" starts things off with a bang, and it just keeps going from there. Had they hit just 2-3 years earlier, songs like "These Eyes" and "Marching in Time" would have been radio/MTV staples.

This one's a winner folks. If you missed it the first time around, you owe it to yourself to track this album down, especially given now that it has been reissued. If you enjoy AOR, melodic rock, and/or hair metal - anyone from Bon Jovi and Def Leppard to Bad English and Damn Yankees to Aldo Nova and Firehouse - you'll love 21 Guns' Salute.

Edition Notes: British reissue specialists Rock Candy Records released a first class reissue of Salute in 2013. The reissue features digitally remastered audio that breathes new life into the album. There are no bonus tracks, but the booklet is loaded with vintage photos and a band bio/interview. The remastering alone ought to make this a worthwhile upgrade, and pushes this 4-star album into 5-star territory.
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