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Vandenberg

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Wounded Bird Records reissue of 'Vandenberg', their first release from 1982, features the massive single, 'Burning Heart'.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 19, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000060O2C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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. . . and still his best one (although the other two were really good also).

"The Flying Dutchman" (he stands 6'5" tall!) is a great guitarist. He had a solid trio of musicians backing him up.

The best songs on here are "Your Love Is In Vain", "Burning Heart", and "Nothing To Lose". There is a power ballad here ("Burning Heart" - not as good as the ballads on his next two albums), but the rest of this is your early 80's hard rock. There is not really any "speed metal" on this release, but there are three fairly uptempo songs here ("Ready For You", "Too Late", and "Out In The Streets"). Most of them feature acoustic and electric guitars in the same song. This is one of the first hard rock releases I remember hearing that. It's a unique combination that worked well here. Adrian Vandenberg has a great flair for the genre, and he produced a very unique style of hard rock that holds up well, even after more than 20 years from its release.

Why these guys were never huge in the USA is a mystery to me. But you're missing out on some great music if you overlook them. And be sure to listen to Vandenberg's other two CD's - Heading For A Storm and Alibi - I think the latter probably showcases Adrian's guitar skills the best.
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By A Customer on October 9, 1999
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This CD is a definite "must have collectible" for anyone who wants to listen to a CD from beginning to end, without having to skip over any songs, unike most of today's music artists CD's. This CD contains a wide array of music styles that are both timeless & classic. Songs included in this CD are acoustical tracks like "Burning Heart" plus heavy double bass drum pieces like "Lost in the City" which is a song that most people can relate to.It took me awhile to locate this CD simply because it gets reprinted only once every so often, so order yours today before its taken off of the market again.
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Vandenberg, the Dutch hard rock/heavy metal bands featuring young guitar wizard Adrian Vandenberg (in his pre-Whitesnake days) debut in 1982 with this self-titled album. The early Vandenberg sound walked the line between melodic rock and heavy metal, and was clearly influenced by bands like The Scorpions and MSG.

Vandenberg is a really rockin' album, and one that's fairly fast-paced throughout. It's wall-to-wall with catchy riffs and blazing solos, and there's plenty of melody and polish to make it, if not quite AOR, then at least radio friendly. MSG seems like the obvious point of comparison, but there are also similarities to Uriah Heep's early `80s albums as well. The lyrics tend to be a bit silly, and Bert Heerink's vocals aren't as strong as most, but the songs are well-written and there's just a great early `80s hard rock vibe throughout the album. You hear it especially on songs like "Burning Heart," "Nothing to Lose" and "Out in the Streets," but the whole album is rock solid.

It doesn't have the same metal edge of Heading for Storm and Alibi, but Vandenberg is probably the strongest overall album of the three. If you're a fan of guitar-driven early `80s hard rock along the lines of Rail, Grand Prix and especially MSG, you'll definitely want to check out Vandenberg. The Best of collection is probably enough for casual fans, but if you like what you hear, come back around to the debut.

Edition Notes: Wounded Bird reissued Vandenberg (along with the rest of the Vandenberg catalog) in 2002.
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This CD features one of Vandenberg's best-known tunes, "Burning Heart". Compared to other Vandenberg offerings, this album seems to feature slower tunes and somewhat darker production than the two follow-up discs, "Heading For a Storm" and "Alibi". Both "Heading..." and "Alibi" sound like they featured bigger budgets but that doesn't mean that the debut is lo-fi.
I can remember an old Guitar Player review of this disc that mentioned that Adrian's acoutic guitar playing was perhaps even better than his electric style. Indeed, this disc features more acoustic guitars than later CD's. As for his electric playing, Adrian's style features a lot of classical/European influences and I think you can hear some Michael Schenker in him also. Interestingly, even though Adrian and Eddie Van Halen are both Dutch, I don't hear much overlap in style between them.
This is very good album, especially for fans of more melodic hard rock. "Burning Heart" makes this album worth picking up.
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I purchased this on vinyl when it first came out and it became an instant favorite and remains so. I was also fortunate enough to see the band sometime after that. Call it hair metal or whatever you want, I choose to simply call it very good music. No, they didn't create anything new with this release but who cares, how many bands REALLY do? I love the songs and I love the musicianship, everything else is moot. I have no problem recommending this to any fan of good hard rock.
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