Title - 'Catch A Falling Star'
Artist - Jani Lane
As I'm sure you all know by now, well, heavy metal / glam rock aficionados at the very least, Jani Lane was an American recording artist and the lead vocalist, front man, lyricist and main songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant.
From Hollywood, California, the band experienced success from 1989–1996 with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million. Lane left Warrant in 2004 and again in 2008 after a brief reunion. Lane also released a solo album Back Down to One in 2003 and the album Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner with a new group Saints of the Underground in 2008. Lane contributed his lead vocals and song writing to many various projects throughout his career before his death in 2011.
The newly-released Catch A Falling Star CD is a wicked compilation of superb solo performances and covers featuring the stunning voice of the Warrant front man. Also available on vinyl (always my favorite musical listening medium of choice), it includes scintillating takes on UFO's 'Doctor, Doctor', Def Leppard's 'Photograph', and even Bon Jovi's epic 'Lay Your Hands On Me' (featuring guest appearances by two of Lane's band mates, Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon.
1. 'I Want You To Want Me' - feat. Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper / Slash's Snakepit)
4. 'The Ocean'
5. 'Doctor, Doctor'
6. 'Electric Eye'
7. 'Free For All' - feat. Jake E. Lee
8. 'No Surprise' - feat. Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.)
9. 'Lay Your Hands On Me - feat. Erik Turner & Jerry Dixon (Warrant)
The album opens with a cut-from-the-same-cloth 'I Want You To Want Me' that could so easily still be the original. Featuring Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper / Slash's Snakepit), it is a perfect example of how Lane could nail a cover without blinking an eye. For 'Panama' Lane even does his own Lee Roth opening wails and kinda-sorta nails them too, before a sub par 'Photograph' is brought forth. It lacks the urgency, the vibe of the Def original, sorry, but he does much better on Led Zeppelin's 'The Ocean.'
Next up is a stunning cover of UFO's 'Doctor, Doctor,' where he actually lets the guitars do the work for him, if that makes any sense. Then comes Jane's take on Judas Priest's thunderous 'Electric Eye,' before undertaking Ted Nugent's infamous 'Free For All' featuring Jake E. Lee. The album then comes to a close with a rousing, throaty 'No Surprise' featuring Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.), before the best cover track is revealed. A quite brilliant, evoking 'Lay Your Hands On Me' featuring both Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon (Warrant), Jon Bon Jovi (if he heard this) must be saluting Lane each and every time.