Year : 1994 (Yesterrock Remastered 2010)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock , AOR
Country : United Kingdom
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 114 mb
AOR band from Essex, United Kingdom. Walk The Wire (originally known as ‘Frozen Heart’) was formed in early 1988, the musicians having been previously involved in Chelmsford bands such as Reflex, Atmospherix, and Deep Six. The band spent a year in the studio writing material and finding their own style and emerged in January 1989 with about an hour and a half’s worth of strong, melodic rock songs hallmarked by catchy choruses and powerful musical arrangements.The band started demoing material in recording studios with a view to getting local exposure and very soon radio stations had latched on to songs such as ‘Heart of the Night’, ‘Party Girl’, ‘The Knives Are Out Tonight’ and ‘Shout It To The Top’. Live appearances followed and soon the band had picked up a loyal following.After a couple of years working the London live circuit and earning support slots to bands such as Dr Feelgood, Magnum, Romeo’s Daughter, and FM, the band finally got the break it deserved and won the BBC Radio One Rock Wars contest. The reward for this got Walk The Wire into the BBC’s famous Maida Vale studios to record a session which got subsequently played several times on the Tommy Vance Friday Rock Show – a major event back in 1991!After a couple of line up changes in the early nineties, the final line up (including new guitarist Andy Webb and drummer Phil Wilson) at last managed the seemingly impossible – a record contract with EMI-Toshiba. The band’s first and only album was recorded at London’s prestigious Maison Rouge in May 1994 (at the same time other occupants of the studio were Simply Red, Bjork, and Take That!). The album got released in June ’94 to rave reviews in the rock press and it seemed that all the band had to do was to carry on their hard work touring and getting the music out there.Sadly, further line up changes were to destabilise the strength of Walk The Wire and finally in 1995 the guys called it a day.
WALK THE WIRE is one of these little gems that deserves a towering place in your collection. Through the years, their sole album "Walk The Wire" became a hard to find collectors item, but fortunately YesterRock Records rescued this true blast of British AOR with 3 bonus tracks and with an amazing remastered sound.Previously known as Frozen Heart, the band recorded a promising set of demos in the early Nineties, but this type of keyboard-driven Melodic Rock / AOR was in decline interest for record labels at the time.However Swedish label Megarock picked up the band impressed by their quality, and with the group changing the name to Walk The Wire accorded the debut release.As you can read in the booklet liner notes, the album was 'recorded in 11 days of total madness'. Well, I suspect a madness of fun, as in terms of production the result was top notch.The album starts with the keyboard / synth heaven of 'Quadrature' an instrumental piece which precedes the grandiose AOR number 'Remember'.Damn, this may have been recorded in the Nineties, but sounds like the best '80s AOR you could get; sharp guitars, pumping bass lines, soaring vocals, a monster chorus and keys to die for.More majestic tunes appear with the awesome 'Nothing To Lose', the catchy 'On The Run', 'Storm Warning', the sing-along 'Stand Up And Fight' or the pompy 'Crossfire'.Of course an album of this kind needs a ballad, and we have two, both stupendous: midtempo 'The Knives Are Out Tonight' and the sublime 'Running From My Heart'.The YesterRock team asked keyboard player Nigel Hobbs if there were any previously unreleased songs that could be added as a bonus to this reissue and Hobbs took this opportunity to remaster three old tracks: 'Shoot It To The Top', 'Party Girl' and 'Armed And Ready'.Although the sound is a little different than the main album, they certainly form a nice surplus especially 'Party Girl' plenty of sparkling keys, a characteristic of Walk The Wire and pure British AOR.For years a collectors piece, this remastered reissue of ‘Walk The Wire’ turns this CD a mandatory purchase.In the vein of early FM, Atlantic, Change Of Heart, Strangeways, etc and packed with terrific songs in the best UK AOR tradition, this is a true shining diamond !!
Paul Watkins - vocals
Andy Webb - guitars
Nigel Hobbs - keyboards
Mike Barker - bass
Phillip Wilson - drums
Steve Pierce (d on 11, 12, 13)
Kevin Skingley (g, v on 11, 12, 13)
03. Nothing to Lose
04. On The Run
05. The Knives Are Out Tonight
06. Stand Up And Fight
07. Storm Warning
08. Hold On To Your Dreams
09. Running From My Heart
11. Shout It To The Top (Bonus Track)
12. Party Girl (Bonus Track)
13. Armed And Ready (Bonus Track)
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