In the late 80's Tora Tora
signed with A&M Records and released their debut album "Surprise Attack" in 1989. The album made a minor stir at the Billboard chart peaking at number 47. "Wild America" was released in 1992 to critical acclaim, but at that time the music business had changed and therefore this album is an overlooked gem.
hails from Memphis, Tennessee
and their bluesy Hard Rock was far away from the flashy sunset strip scene that was happening at the time. Tora Tora
uses piano and a horn section on Dead Mans Hand
, which underlines their
blues roots originated in Memphis.
worked with some heavyweight co-writers like Taylor Rhodes and Stan Bush. Amnesia
has a good drive, but is not a typical Taylor Rhodes melodic super track.
However, Taylor Rhodes braces himself as co-writer on the great power ballad Faith Healer.
The song has a characteristic
sing-a-long chorus and fantastic choir (Jimi Jamison of Survivor
is among backing vocals contributors).
The best song on the album is credited the band alone. The fantastic ballad As Time Goes B
y sounds like a successful marriage between Tesla
and Aerosmith. Anthony Corder's vocals provide the song with lots of emotion, which is supported by the warm sound of the album. The acoustic driven As Time Goes By
is timeless and definitely the musical treasure of this album
The change between acoustic and electric guitars is the trademark of the album. The songs are based in blues, but blended with hard rock and put together in great arrangements. Usually the songs are based on a great riff, which is perfectly exemplified on Lay Your Money Down
and Dirty Secrets
Anthony Corder is a strong singer and his voice has a special tone to it - a bit like Jeff Keith from Tesla
. but Corder proves to be a more powerful singer. Throughout the whole record guitarist Keith Douglas proves to be very skilled and his riffs sound original. Douglas' playing is diversified - he handles the electric on the fast rocker Shattered
and displays emotional acoustic playing on "Wild America's two highlights As Time Goes By
and Faith Healer.
Unfortunately all Tora Tora
members have disappeared from the music business. They were all very talented as musicians but also as songwriters.
Wild America" has not been available for some 10 years, but now Lemon Recordings has released the album with a bonus 12"remix of the title track. As always with Lemon releases, the packing is great with liner notes and a great remastered sound.
Written by Michael
Saturday, November 5, 2005Show all reviews by MichaelRatingsMichael: 7/10
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