|All Artists: Keel|
Title: Streets of Rock & Roll
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Frontiers Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2010
Re-Release Date: 2/9/2010
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Streets of Rock & Roll
2010 release from the veteran Hard Rock/Metal outfit led by Ron Keel. This recording contains 12 new anthems in the tradition of Keel's classic The Final Frontier, Keel, and Lay Down The Law albums: commercial Hard Rock fe... more »
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2010 release from the veteran Hard Rock/Metal outfit led by Ron Keel. This recording contains 12 new anthems in the tradition of Keel's classic The Final Frontier, Keel, and Lay Down The Law albums: commercial Hard Rock featuring the twin-guitar attack of Marc Ferrari and Bryan Jay, drummer Dwain Miller's rock solid groove, Ron Keel's powerful vocals, and a collection of songs which the band feels are their best ever. Frontiers.
KEELer comeback, coming straight from the Streets, this is R
Nikiforos V. Skoumas | Athens Greece, Cambridge UK | 02/25/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although his first claim to fame came with the "Steeler" album- his collaboration with Yngwie Malmsteen, Ron Keel can, in retrospect, take bigger pride on his personal musical outfit "Keel" for the accumulated sales of 2 million album copies (according to `Classic Rock' magazine*)which by today's music sales standards is a mega seller. Let's get this out of the way, "Streets of Rock & Roll" is a- made in heaven- comeback for "Keel". That is mainly because Ron seems not to be looking for modernity instead he draws inspiration from his four 80s classic albums and writes the most amazing follow up to the self titled 1987 album.
I have to honestly admit that I was hoping for a fair comeback album from Keel but never expected it to be THAT good. In what respect? Well the album is filled with twin guitar melodies, on the opening riffs on the bridges, within the solos, you name it. In addition, Ron undoubtedly sings the biggest ever "Keel" choruses with his trademark 80s vocal only now sounding ten times more determined. Plus the guitar riffs and solos are just as extensive as they were back in the day. Favorite tracks are the super melodic, "No more lonely nights", "Hit the ground running" and the title track.
Ron Keel is not here to convince the public he has matured out from the 80s extravaganza, on the contrary he proves that he shares every bit the same passion that elevated his band into playing with the biggest selling 80s rock acts.
And you can feel this is a proper reunion even before playing the album, when you concentrate on the band line up: drummer Dwain Miller, lead guitarists Mark Ferrari and Bryan Jay (whose hair is just as big as in 1986) all reunite with a fit Ron Keel whose vocals have not diminished one bit over the decades. So the "Final Frontier" line up is rebuilt (with sole exception of classic bass player Kenny Chaisson being replaced by Geno Ace).
I have to say that despite the intervening years "Keel" has not suffered losses in terms of band members, performance, image, but most importantly the will and right to Rock!!!
*"Classic Rock" UK magazine (issue 142) marks this album with 7/10 commenting: "Marc Ferrari's guitar playing is as stylish as the car with which he shares his name... why the left it so long to return?"
If you enjoyed the comeback albums of "Kiss", "Whitesnake", "Winger", "Europe", "White Lion", `Keel - Streets of Rock& Roll' will further complete your collection.
Kick Ass Keel
Music.Man | 03/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very cool cd. I have been a fan of Keel for many years. When I heard they were putting out a new cd I couldn't wait. Back In Action was very good, but this cd rocks. I like every track on the cd. The band is in top form and Ron's voice still sounds like it did 20 years ago. I highly recommend this cd to anyone that likes good rock music. Buy it and rock out. I just wanted to add that after having this for a bit (it is now April 6 ), I like it even better than when I first wrote this review!!!"
M. Schaaf | Lakeville, MA. United States | 02/28/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a decent comeback cd from Keel. While it nice to see the guys back togeather again, the knock against Keel and why the never made it big in the 80's is beacause they dont write great songs. All the songs on the cd are decent and my personal favorite is "Does Anyone Believe?" Ron gotta great voice and the band is talented. I feel the band would be even better if the had some else either write their songs or help them write tunes. Keel has been around since 1984 it is time they put out a greatest hits/ best of cd. Welcome back guys."