LOVERBOY – Loverboy [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded] (2021) *0dayrox Exclusive*
Rock Candy Record has done their own remastered version of LOVERBOY‘s debut album ”Loverboy”, a fully 24-bit sonic treatment from the original source tapes. This Vancouver slick melodic act became one of the most successful Canadian acts in America with their self-titled debut including the single hits “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid Is Hot Tonite” which sold more than 2 million copies.
While previous remastered versions of “Loverboy” are a good, this Rock Candy fresh release not only sounds huge and detailed, but also is welcomed reissue making this ’80s essential album available again.
Formed in 1979 in Calgary, Alberta, Loverboy was a hit machine from the start, with their self-titled debut spawning the classics ‘The Kid Is Hot Tonite’ and ‘Turn Me Loose’ plenty of synths & steady guitars, which have become arena rock staples.
With a sonic dream-team including Bruce Fairbairn producing and Bob Rock &Mike Fraser engineering, the band fronted by talented vocalist Mike Reno and conducted by guitarist Paul Dean created a catchy, almost danceable melodic rock / AOR / rock&pop debut here.
The most impressive songs are the ones that earned the band their early airplay: ‘The Kid Is Hot Tonite’ is a radio-ready rocker that slickly balances midtempo guitar riffs with surging synthesizer lines, and “Turn Me Loose” is a clever multi-genre hybrid that blends hard rock guitar, a jumpy beat, and AOR keyboard flourishes into a final product with across-the-board appeal.
The remaining tracks are just as interesting as these hits because they are similar in style and energy: ‘Teenage Overdose’ blends gritty hot guitar riffs with snarling lyrics and a pop melody, while ‘Little Girl’ filters classic rock through new wave sonic techniques to create a retro-styled power pop tune worthy of Cheap Trick.
These ambitious hybrids are performed with style and economy by the band, and special note should also be taken of Mike Reno’s vocals: whether he’s paying tribute to the greats on ‘Little Girl’ or hitting the peak of his falsetto range in ‘Turn Me Loose’, he tackles every number with vivacity and verve.
The end result alongside the bright production makes perfect car stereo listening – the ultimate compliment for an AOR record.
In short, ”Loverboy” is a must for the group’s fans and an excellent pick for anyone who enjoys the classic, unrepeatable ’80s sounds. This is a really good remaster by Rock Candy.
A Classic (contributors get lossless)
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01 – The Kid Is Hot Tonight
02 – Turn Me Loose
03 – Always On My Mind
04 – Lady Of The 80’s
05 – Little Girl
06 – Prissy Prissy
07 – Teenage Overdose
08 – DOA
09 – It Don’t Matter
Mike Reno: lead vocals
Paul Dean: guitar, vocals
Doug Johnson: keyboards, vocals
Scott Smith: bass, vocals
Matt Frenette: drums
Wayne Kozak: saxophone
Nancy Nash: lead and background vocals
Maggie Ryder: background vocals