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Audio CD, January 1, 2007
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British rock guitarist John Sykes is known for his guitar playing in Thin Lizzy, Blue Murder and the Tygers of Pan Tang. However, some of his best-known work was done with the band, Whitesnake. In addition to playing on their Slide It In album, John play
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If you like this kind of stuff (and somebody must, because this record saw the light of day), then go ahead and enjoy...
Yes, this is a collection of laid-back love songs, but this is John Sykes we're talking about, so they're all well-written and well-executed love songs. It reminds me a bit of Mike Tramp's Capricorn album and Jack Russell's For You in that there's real heart and soul in these songs. They're not just calculated hair metal style power ballads. The reworked version of Thin Lizzy's "Please Don't Leave Me" (here titled "Don't Hurt Me This Way") is the obvious standout, as it features the late Phil Lynott's original vocals, but the rest of the songs are quite solid, even if they don't necessarily rock.
It's not for everyone, and probably not even for every John Sykes fan. Still, if you can appreciate the lighter side of melodic rock there's a lot about Loveland to, well, love. I'm definitely glad I tracked down a copy. Like most Sykes solo albums, Loveland was originally released only in Japan. It was reissued in 2001, but has since gone out of print.
Whitesnake's self-titled 1987 album containing "Still Of The Night", "Is This Love", and "Here I Go Again" is one of my all-time favorites; and you can tell by the work that he does here that John Syke's fingerprints are all over that Whitesnake-1987 album. I think his firing or departure??? is why Whitesnake never reached the same level of quality as their 1987 album again.
If you miss the great power ballads that were around in the late 1980-s and early 1990-s, this album is just the medicine you need. It's kind of funny because during that time period the power ballad was probably too dominant, and even the bad ones got played on the radio a lot; but the form didn't deserve the total extinction that it later received either. So here somebody has finally picked up the torch again, thank you. "Thank You For The Love" is the same style of ballad as those on the Whitesnake 1987 album. "Till The Day I Die" is in a bit of a Bon Jovi power ballad style. "Wuthering Heights" is great; it is in a bit of a lighter style that kind of leads me to think that Sykes could be a fan of Electric Light Orchestra or Supertramp.
I'm an American, I live in Arkansas, and John Sykes doesn't receive any airplay on the rock-radio or the rock-video channels around here which I think is such a shame because this music is probably better than 75-percent of what makes most of those playlists. You should check this album out!