Shaw / Blades
Release date: February 16th 2007
Label: Frontiers Records
Provided by: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier/Amigo
Style: Melodic Rock
Rating: 63/100
Artwork rating: 15/100
Reviewed by: Janus 'The Jack' Lybro
Date: February 6th 2007

The ever dynamic duo is back! This duo consisting of Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw (of NIGHT RANGER and STYX respectively) have crossed each others paths yet again. 

Who doesn’t remember the flamboyant act called DAMN YANKEES wherein they first composed and sang together…? Up through the 90s and especially through these first 6 years of the new millennium they’ve tried to recapture that immaculate feel and every now and then they’ve succeeded in doing so, but let’s be honest, they’ve released just as much junk as they’ve released quality material. 

Well, fast forward and here we are once again… This time they’re paying their debts to some of the artists who’ve inspired the duo back in their childhood - long before international stardom was a fact of life. 

The good thing is that they’ve tried not to do covers of the usual bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath etc. – Instead they’ve chosen material first recorded by artists like Simon & Garfunkel, Mamas & The Papas, Buffalo Springfield and Steely Dan. A couple of quite extraordinary sources of inspiration if you ask me! 

Basically I like the idea of these tribute/”pay your respect” albums, but Shaw / Blades make me frown when they choose to incorporate acoustic guitars en masse. There’s simply too little distortion here! 

The apparent hotspot must be Simon / Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” where Shaw / Blades really get to show their vocal capabilities – A great cover version! 

Another worthy mention is the line-up – comprised of Michael Lardie (GREAT WHITE), Kelly Keagy (NIGHT RANGER) and Brian Tichy (PRIDE & GLORY, SHAMELESS) plus others. 

An okay album if you’re into acoustic cover versions performed by two of the most admired vocalists of the genre!