Album Review: Thunder, "Backstreet Symphony"

Rising from the ashes of Terraplane, guitarist Luke Morley and drummer Harry 'H' Aitken founded a band called Thunder. The album Back Street Symphony is the end result, and a very impressive result too. Gathered together are a strong collection of songs that take their cue from early 70s superstars Free. Harness that with modern studio techniques and a fresh, exciting approach and it succeeds in breathing life into a tired old form.

Don't Wait For Me could be classified as a classic in years to come. A soul-searching big ballad that you’ll want to play again and again.

Until My Dying Day begins with gentle acoustic guitar before erupting into high-octane blues. The title track Back Street Symphony conveys a swagger of confidence. Daniel Bowes is a real find – melodic vocals with a bluesy inflection.

Also impressive is Gimme Some Lovin' albeit a cover.

Produced by Andy Taylor of Duran Duran fame (he also plays 12-string guitar on one track), this splatter should be snapped up by any self-respecting rock fan.

Mark Liddell
Riff Raff
May 1990

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