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Thunder

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The Duran Duran guitarist's 1987 solo album MCA.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B0001ZDN62
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Odeo on September 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Considering his background as the guitarist of Duran Duran, Andy Taylor can be easily underrated and any project launched by him could be candidate for not be taken into account for lack of seriousness. Don't fall into it.

My first contact with "Thunder" was hearing the opening track -"I Might Lie"- on the radio without knowing who was playing, and it surprised me when I eventually knew. I immediatly recorded in its whole on tape from a borrowed LP. It makes you understand how restrained Taylor was when he was part of Duran Duran.

When Andy left the band, he wanted to prove he was a good guitar player and made an album that let everybody knew his idea of being a Hollywood rocker: its sounds reminds the hair metal bands in their early ages. Althought not a shredder, there's plenty of soul in his solos -just listen "Life Goes On" and "Bringin' Me Down"-, and the songs have a Bon Jovi-esque catchiness. Guitar riffs? Think Def Leppard's "Hysteria". Lyrics have a bluesy-dark feel that gives the whole album an almost depressing mood.

When "Thunder" came out, it didn't get good critics at all, and may be the reason why Andy didn't made a second effort. Maybe it wasn't Durannie enough... maybe it wasn't as heavy or shredding as other contemporary albums... "Thunder" ain't anything of them, that's why it's worth the buying.

If you like his playing out of Duran Duran, you can even get Rod Stewart's "Out Of Order", the 2 Power Station CD's or his collaborations on "Miami Vice" and "American Anthem" soundtracks.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. FOXWORTH on March 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had not listened to this CD in a long time. When I saw the new EXTENDED 1987 FORMAT I just had to have it!

I had forgotten what a great album this is! The man's voice! The guitar playing! I first discovered Andy Taylor many years ago when I saw and heard him playing guitar on Belinda Carlisle's video and song 'Mad About You'. I instantly fell in love with his talent.

This CD may as well say remastered even though it does not say that. The sound quality is awesome! It sounds as good as any Japanese import CD which almost always boast better sound quality. And just in case you are wondering why it's called EXTENDED... the original 1987 issue had 9 songs. This CD has 12. Here is the track list below. So pick this up. Awesome classic rock sure to please!

1 I Might Lie
2 Take It Easy (bonus track)
3 When The Rain Comes Down (bonus track)
4 Don't Let Me Die Young
5 Bringin' Me Down
6 Thunder
7 Tremblin'
8 Night Train
9 Life Goes On
10 Broken Window
11 French Guitar
12 Wings of Love (bonus track)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George Dionne VINE VOICE on September 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Not too many people know that shortly after his departure from Duran Duran, lead ax-man Andy Taylor released a solo album; an album that shows Andy's hard rock side, rather then the mechanized sounds that people were used to. "I Might Lie" comes at you like a freight train with hard charging riffs, and one that mimics Michael Jackson's "Beat It". Dual vocal harmonies add dimension. Andy's delivery takes more of a soulful approach on "Don't Let me Die Young". Boogie-woogie piano and bluesy licks can be heard throughout. "Life Goes On" has a simple, understated message that Taylor tries to get across. Just so it sticks in your head, he adds a chant-like chorus section.

The mid-tempo title track "Thunder" has a great resonation lick that's played over some muted riffing. The addition of chimes to the track reminds you that Andy was a part of "Do They Know It's Christmas". This song could have easily been the theme for any Molly Ringwald movie of the eighties. When "Tremblin'" rolls around, Taylor slips back into Duran Duran mode. It's very synthesizer and effects heavy, but Andy pulls off a great wailing guitar solo. A water guitar effect enhances the bluesy "Bring Me Down". A guitar and synth instrumental "French Guitar" closes out the album. It's very melodic, but not too flashy.

The Verdict

Who knew the guitarist from Duran Duran knew how to rock?! Thunder is a strong guitar rock album from a man who usually relied on lots of effects. A true gem, if you can find it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis W. Alvey on November 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is still a pretty great rock record. Its defnitely dated and hasn't aged as well as wine but it has maintained its ability to rock. There are moments that make it clear that this record is 20 years old but at the same time... im still happy to sing along. It is what it is.. a catchy, rock record from a guitarist who just wanted to do more than The Reflex.. not that i have a problem with that. I love Duran Duran, too. But this record shows that the guitarist had more to offer. I'm glad he offered it up...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Pelletier on December 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I originally bought this on cassette back in the late 80's. I had this thing back back then--every week I would buy one new album from a band I knew and one from an unknown or unheard artist. This was one of the latter. At the time, I didn't even put together the name with his former band-Duran Duran--it was just looking through the jacket that I realized his roots. Being a metalhead at the time, I almost tossed my cookies (and the tape). I'm so glad I didn't---this album is a solid 10! Every track is phenomenal--it's addicting! The riffs just pull you in and the vocals finish it off perfectly. Searing! It's one of those albums where you really can't pick the best song--it'll have you arguing with yourself if you even try. As a matter of fact, I listened to it so much that I wore the tape out. Now, years later, i stumbled across the old battered cassette and, rattling it around in my hand, sat down at the computer and began my search for a new CD. Well, needless to say I found it here and I'm darn glad I did. It was so good to hear these songs again. I just might wear out this disc as well! I recommend this to anyone who likes music, period. It rocks, it has soul, and it has a passion behind the tracks that will pull you in!
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