Artist : Shooting Star
Album : Silent Scream
Source : CD
Year : 1985
Genre : Rock
Encoder : Unknown
Codec : Fraunhofer
Bitrate : 192K/s 44100Hz Joint Stereo
ID3-Tag : ID3v2.3
Ripped By : NMR
1. Summer Sun (3:55)
2. Some Where in Your Heart (4:27)
3. Heat of the Night (4:15)
4. When You're Young (3:37)
5. In Her Eyes (3:26)
6. I'm Getting Out (4:10)
7. Don't Walk Away (4:10)
8. Time (3:53)
9. Little by Little (3:23)
10. Don't Stop Me Now (4:13)
11. Get Ready Boy (4:28)
12. Take It (3:31)
13. [Untitled Track] (4:13)
Total Playing Time: 51:46 (min:sec)
Total Size : 71.4 MB (74,899,848 bytes)
Shooting Star was a band that never came close to getting the recognition they deserved. Completing the travesty is the fact that, after some low-level radio hits, they released this, their apex, and it received no airplay at all outside their native midwestern enclave.
So what sets Shooting Star apart from the slew of 80s arena rock/AOR groups. The answer that comes to most minds is the violin. True, Shooting Star makes the most effective use of a classical instrument in a rock band this side of Kansas, but the answer is much more than that. There is a very pure, middle American authenticity in their music; a purity of purpose that the formulaic appeal to the mindless masses of Survivor or the saccharine sickliness of Journey could never even approach. Finally, while no single musician stands out as a dominant virtuoso, the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.
The opener, "Summer Sun" is a well-crafted tune that serves as a preparation for the real genius that is to follow. "Somewhere in Your Heart" turns it up a notch both in scope and intensity. "Heat of the Night" leads you even further down this path and then they give it to you full on with both barrels with and epic anthem of American youth, the unparalleled "When You're Young." I defy you to listen to that one without turning it up way loud and recalling your teens/early twenties, especially if you hit that stage in the eighties.
Then there's a little relief with the ballad "In Her Eyes," but not much because, while the pace slows, the intensity remains high. Then we get the angst ridden "I'm Getting Out" which speaks universally our human frustrations. A beautifully plaintive song follows with "Don't Walk Away." Back between the eyes with "Time," alternately semi-soft with "Little by Little," and the final cut from the original album, "Don't Stop Me Now," which will have you so fired up, you'll be ready to conquer the world.
The CD throws in a ocuple bonus tracks, which are weak by comparison, but if they were on a Survivor or REO Speedwagon album, they would rule it. Thanks for throwing them in.
True, this is not their last album, but it is the last album with lead vocalist Gary West, whose voice and emotional range was the perfect match for this group. Later efforts had lost the magic.
In short, this album is the pinnacle of AOR; more than just rock and roll, it's meaningful and speaks to us in a way other AOR groups rarely even attempted and certainly never succeeded. GET IT and you will have a new lease on your youth as well as one more injustice to rail against--that these guys never got their due.