Into The Fire
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- Released: March 10, 2009
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Renaissance
- 1.Rock & Roll Lover
- 3.Where Do We Go From Here
- 5.Don't Go To Soho
- 9.Here Comes The Hurt
- 10.I Will Be There
Personnel includes: Russ Ballard, Bob Henrit, Dave Wintour, Bill Roberts.
Personnel: Russ Ballard (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards, background vocals); Bill Roberts (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Richard Blanshard (vocals); Dave Wintour (bass instrument, bass guitar); Robert Henrit (drums, percussion); Bob Henrit (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Ken Robertson.
Recording information: Rak Studios, London, England.
Photographer: Govert de Roos.
Into the Fire is cut from the same cloth as Barnet Dogs and is perhaps even slicker, thanks to the introduction of synthesizers. It is, however, a bit more varied than the single-minded Barnet Dogs, finding space for the power ballad "Where Do We Go from Here" and the soft rock "Strangers," which suggests the hits he'd soon have writing for America. This alone brings some welcome variety to Into the Fire, but Ballard also dabbles with arena power-pop on "Here Comes the Hurt" -- by some measure the best, radio-friendly cut here -- a piano-pumping New Wave rocker called "I Will Be There," and the gonzo mock-disco of "Don't Go to Soho," which is genuinely bizarre. Elsewhere, the record sounds like a genetically engineered hybrid of Loverboy, Aldo Nova, and Billy Joel -- a blast of 1981 that's a garish and occasionally fun time capsule. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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