JACK STARR’s BURNING STARR – Jack Starr’s Burning Starr [digitally remastered +4] (2018)
Originally only released in Japan, this is a more than a welcomed reissue of JACK STARR’s BURNING STARR self-titled album (their last from the ’80s), fully digitally remastered with the addition of 4 bonus tracks.
Jack Starr’s Burning Starr was created in 1985, one year after Jack recorded his solo album Out Of The Darkness, and two years after he left the band Virgin Steele which he founded in 1981. Burning Starr existed as a band from 1985 to 1990, and came back using that name in 2009 recording a bunch of well received albums.
Jack Starr is a guitarist / songwriter of French origin, who came to the rock and metal scene at the beginning of the ’80s with the band Virgin Steele. I don’t know you, but Virgin Steele was a favorite metal group during my ‘young metal years’.
By the very end of 1984 Jack formed his own project, ‘Jack Starr’s Burning Starr’, enjoying moderate success in the USA during the explosion of hair metal in the second half of the Eighties, essentially with their Ratt / Dokken oriented ’85 release ‘No Turning Back’, featuring in the line-up future Danger Danger members Frank Vestry and Bruno Ravel.
But at the end of the decade, Starr recorded one of the most unknown American hard rock albums from the era, the self-titled “Jack Starr’s Burning Starr”, named by the fans as “The Orange album”.
This album set a departure from the band’s hard ‘n heavy style into a more commercial sound, full of keyboards and catchiness.
“Send Me An Angel”, “Love Can’t Wait”, “Fool For Love” or “Hold Back The Night” could have been huge hits on the radio and MTV. Unfortunately, it was a little too late when the album came out (almost 1990) and the labels started to drop artists playing this kind of stuff.
The album only was released in Japan and Germany, but due to poor world-wide distribution it went unnoticed to the major audience, especially in America.
Skillfully written and performed, “Jack Starr’s Burning Starr / The Orange album” is a solid melodic hard rockin’ album with inspired guitar work, blasting drums (including cowbell), heavy keyboards and more than competent vocals and choruses. The overall sound / style reminds me my loved Icon (the Phoenix, Arizona band), Keel and Dokken.
Really good remastered reissue, plus 4 bonus tracks of material recorded at the same sessions.
You’ve seen it first here, at 0dayrox
01 – Send Me An Angel
02 – Bad Times
03 – Fool For Love
04 – Hold Back The Night
05 – Love Can’t Wait
06 – Out Of The Blue
07 – New York Woman
08 – Tear Down The Wall
09 – Break The Ice
10 – Remember Tomorrow
11 – Good Girls Gone Bad
12 – Under The Influence
13 – Forever
Jack Starr – Guitars
Mike Tirelli – Vocals
William Fairchild – Bass
Jim Harris – Drums
Edward Spahn – Keyboards
Chris Collins – add. Vocals
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