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The second album from the Glasgow based AOR act STRANGEWAYS is rightly regarded, as the finest British release the genre has thus far seen and may even be the best that has ever come out of Europe! Terry Brock had made a v... more »
The second album from the Glasgow based AOR act STRANGEWAYS is rightly regarded, as the finest British release the genre has thus far seen and may even be the best that has ever come out of Europe! Terry Brock had made a very successful career out of singing backing vocals on some of the biggest albums of the period, including for Journey & Foreigner. This was his and the band's day in the sunshine. 'Native Sons' is little short of a masterpiece! Released here in a remastered form with expanded art work, sleeve notes from Classic Rock magazine's Dave Ling and with two previously unreleased bonus tracks, this is the best this album has ever looked or sounded. Majestic Rock. 2006
Near-perfect AOR album
Justin Gaines | Northern Virginia | 12/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a difference the right singer makes. Strangeways' 1986 debut album was decent enough, but the band struck gold when they replaced outgoing vocalist Tony Liddell with Terry Brock, who sang for the Steve Morse and provided background vocals to the biggest AOR acts like Journey and Foreigner.
Brock's debut with Strangeways was 1987's Native Sons. His vocal style is like Steve Perry's with a bit of a David Glen Eisley "rock" edge, and is absolutely perfect for the kind of Journey/Foreigner/Toto/Giuffria/FM AOR that the Scotland-based band serves up. Native Sons draws the best elements from all of the era's best AOR/arena rock bands, and while it may not be all that original, it is still a fantastic album that can hold its own against any of that era's better known AOR albums. Native Sons is full of great guitar work, lots of keyboards, solid songwriting, and above all Terry Brock's powerful vocal performance.
If you're a fan of that larger than life 80's AOR/arena rock sound, Native Sons is all but guaranteed to put a big smile on your face. And if you were a Strangeways fan back in the day, you should love the reissued version of Native Sons.
NOTE: Majestic Rock (fast becoming my new favorite reissue label) reissued Native Sons in 2006. The album features much-needed digital remastering and four live bonus tracks - Stand Up and Shout, Breakin' Down the Barriers, Dance With Somebody, Never Gonna Lose It. For some reason, Amazon only lists two bonus tracks, and the wrong ones at that.