OUTSIDE EDGE – Running Hot [AOR Heaven Classix digitally remastered] Out Of Print
Alongside FM, Shy or Virginia Wolf, OUTSIDE EDGE was one of the most representative acts from the British Melodic Rock / AOR scene during the ’80s. AOR Heaven Records released via their Classix Series a superb remastered reissue of their debut “Running Hot“, now out of print and a must have in your collection.
Having tried their luck in bands like Gift and the underrated Blackfoot Sue, British brothers Tom & David Farmer and guitarist Eddie Golga decided to go for a more Melodic Rock approach and adopted the moniker OUTSIDE EDGE.
At the beginning of the ’80s they lived and played in France for a while and it was the French department of WEA that picked them up for the release of a self-titled debut album in 1984.
At the time the band was criminally ignored elsewhere in the Melodic Rock world, but things changed for the better when they gained the support slot for a Bryan Adams UK tour a year later.
These live presentations resulted in a record deal with 10 Records (a subsidiary of Virgin), and two albums worthy of your attention.
The label put a lot of money into the production of Outside Edge’s debut with them and recommended Terry Manning to produce, a man who already worked with Led Zeppelin and ZZ Top.
Under his experienced guide the band recorded “Running Hot” in 1986, a wonderful slice of Melodic Rock AOR in the classic British mid-Eighties fashion very similar to Airrace, Virginia Wolf and Shy, plenty of soaring melodies, catchy choruses and lots, lots of awesome keyboard flourishes.
So it’s no wonder that the album includes such memorable tracks like opener “Hearbeat Away”, the rocking’ Melodic Rock blast of title track “Running Hot” or the soulful “Wait”.
There’s other gems in the keyboard-driven “Louella”, the atmospheric “Don’t Be A Hero”, the elegant midtempo “Heartbreaker” or the AOR diamond “You”.
AOR Heaven Classix had the honor to digitally remaster for the first time both classic Outside Edge albums with stupendous results.
This “Running Hot” remaster sounds crystal clear like never before, warm in frequencies and slightly ‘reverberated’, very well balanced in all the sonic spectrum.
Some kind of a Melodic Rock / AOR cult classic, “Running Hot” is a must have into any fan’s of the genre collection.
01 – Heartbeat Away
02 – Wait
03 – Louella
04 – Don’t Be A Hero
05 – Running Hot
06 – Don’t Leave Me Tonight
07 – You
08 – Heartbreaker
09 – Hold On
Tom Farmer – vocals, bass
Eddie Golga – guitars, vocals
Peter Giles – keyboards
David Farmer – drums
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