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  • Vinyl
  • Original Release Date: 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: Atco
  • ASIN: B00302IOW6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,550,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Track listing: 1. Soldier Of Fortune 3:55 2. You Shook Me 4:42 3. Danger Of Love 5:02 4. Twenty-Five Days 4:22 5. Red Light Shooter 4:50 6. Running For Cover 4:21 7. Lost Without Your Love 4:56 8. Faces In The Fire 4:08 9. Long After Midnight 4:38 10. Demon Disease

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "born2rock" on December 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For the uninformed, the junk called 'Nu Metal' today has caused a backlash of sorts in the live rock clubs, and has revived the metal of the 80's and early 90's. I'm a guitarist in a *working* metal band who is enjoying this surge and I must say I don't understand the bashing of this disc from some of the previous reviewers. From a strictly musical POV 'Soldier Of Fortune' is first rate; from Akira's guitars to Mike's vocals, the bass, drums, lyrics, engineering, production, composition, etc. all are AAA+. I **highly** recommend 'Soldier Of Fortune' because it simply **rocks**.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Loudness's 1989 album Soldier of Fortune was one of the Japanese metal band's more controversial releases. Replacing original vocalist Minoru Niihara with American singer Mike Vescera (ex-Obsession) was obviously a cynical maneuver by Loudness and/or the record label in order to break through to a wider US audience. Watering down the band's heavy metal sound (however slightly) in favor of the more popular hair metal style was another. Neither of these decisions endeared the band to their longtime fans, nor did they really succeed in making Loudness a viable US act.

Whatever you may think of the decisions behind the new lineup and musical direction, the end result is actually pretty impressive. Mike Vescera probably wasn't the best fit for this band, but the fact is he's a much better singer than Niihara, and he does a terrific job on Soldier of Fortune. It doesn't hurt that guitar wizard Akira Takasaki turned in an outstanding performance as well, and that the songs - despite a couple of missteps ("Lost Without Your Love" comes to mind) are both accessible and still very "metal" at heart. Great melodies, smokin' guitar work, and a powerhouse vocal performance...there's a lot to love here.

Soldier of Fortune really is one of the better Loudness albums, and one that people shouldn't write off simply because of the vocalist change or the politics involved. It doesn't have quite the same exotic charm as Thunder in the East or Lightning Strikes, but it's a very well written and executed metal album, and one that should appeal to most fans of the 80's metal scene.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Bigio on November 12, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is one of Loudness' best albums - and one of the finest examples of 80's speed metal. Perhaps people are comparing this album to current 2010 metal, but that would be like not giving credit to Iron Maiden for all their original content, and saying that they suck when compared to Iced Earth... just a thought.

Anyways, listen to initially simple sounding "You Shook Me" - and that particular solo - to get a good idea of how good this album is. Other tracks such as, Soldier of Fortune are some of the best in this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Loudness's 1989 album Soldier of Fortune was one of the Japanese metal band's more controversial releases. Replacing original vocalist Minoru Niihara with American singer Mike Vescera (ex-Obsession) was obviously a cynical maneuver by Loudness and/or the record label in order to break through to a wider US audience. Watering down the band's heavy metal sound (however slightly) in favor of the more popular hair metal style was another. Neither of these decisions endeared the band to their longtime fans, nor did they really succeed in making Loudness a viable US act.

Whatever you may think of the decisions behind the new lineup and musical direction, the end result is actually pretty impressive. Mike Vescera probably wasn't the best fit for this band, but the fact is he's a much better singer than Niihara, and he does a terrific job on Soldier of Fortune. It doesn't hurt that guitar wizard Akira Takasaki turned in an outstanding performance as well, and that the songs - despite a couple of missteps ("Lost Without Your Love" comes to mind) are both accessible and still very "metal" at heart. Great melodies, smokin' guitar work, and a powerhouse vocal performance...there's a lot to love here.

Soldier of Fortune really is one of the better Loudness albums, and one that people shouldn't write off simply because of the vocalist change or the politics involved. It doesn't have quite the same exotic charm as Thunder in the East or Lightning Strikes, but it's a very well written and executed metal album, and one that should appeal to most fans of the 80's metal scene.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lawrence on February 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Wow. This was my intro to this band I'd only heard underground rumblings about. This album can be listened to from one end to the other. The searing class of the guitar playing. How this wasn't huge can only be down to a few reasons - a) bad luck or b) poor management or c) the band not being American. My guess is C given that even in 2005 one foreign band was told by their american record company "why would we want bands from overseas when we have our own bands" (not to mention any names).

I'd love to sit here and talk about each track but your better off just buying this album and enjoying it. Michael Vescera is in top form, nobody can accuse him of not trying to make this work - at least in the studio. One track I must mention is Demon Disease. Listen to the damn lyrics. Foreboding but uplifting and that's not an easy line to walk. Not to mention that by the time this album is over you need something emotional to let you down from the blast you've just experienced.

Alas the band didn't hit this high very often, I've reviewed a couple of their other albums for anyone who'd like to check out my thoughts on some of their other releases.
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