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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Ride The Tiger'
Artist - Greg Lake & Geoff Downes

For those not in the know, Greg Lake is the co-founder of King Crimson and Emerson Lake And Palmer (ELP). Indeed, Lake actually wrote the hit "Lucky Man" and co-wrote "I Believe In Father Christmas". Geoff Downes is the keyboardist in The Buggles, Asia and Yes and he himself co-wrote the hits "Video Killed The Radio Star" and "Heat Of The Moment".

Their "new" collaborative release, Ride the Tiger contains six songs which the duo wrote together, of which one went on to became an Asia song ("Love Under Fire") and two became ELP songs ("Affairs of the Heart" and "Street War"). Four of these tracks have been released on compilations before, but this is the first time they have been collected together with two previously unreleased tracks plus one alternate mix.

1. "Money Talks" - 3:34
2. "Love Under Fire" - 5:21
3. "Affairs of the Heart" - 4:04
4. "Street War" - 5:25
5. "Check It Out" - 4:41
6. "Blue Light" - 4:00
7. "Love Under Fire (Alternate Mix)' - 4:56

Geoff Downes and Greg Lake had first played together back in 1983, when the latter briefly joined the former in ASIA for a Japanese jaunt. Still, it wasn’t until five years on from there that the two came up with a project called RIDE THE TIGER. At the time it didn't actually turn into a physical album, per say, although some tracks were "repurposed", shall we say, as aforementioned above, and although their arrangements should sound a bit dated here now – it wasn’t a finished product, after all – the melodic quality of it is still rather delightful to hear. [Although I truly wish I had this on vinyl to listen to. Oh boy!]

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