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Cherry Pop

Title - 'Street Of Dreams - Boston 1985'
Artist - Joe Lynn Turner

As I'm sure you all know by now, Joe Lynn Turner is an American singer known for his works with hard rock band Rainbow. During his career, Turner fronted pop rock band Fandango, had the short-lived collaboration for neoclassical metal guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple.

From the mid 1990s, he worked with various musical groups (progressive rock band Mother's Army, funk rock duo Hughes Turner Project, AOR side project Sunstorm, etc.), while pursuing a solo career. He is currently the vocalist for Rated X, based on Mother's Army. Their album was released in 2014.

Personally, I have always been a massive Rainbow fan, although the early years with Ritchie Blackmore were a wee bit OTT for me, the JLT years were good, but the Graham Bonnet years were fantastic! Anyway, moving on, as this review is about Joe Lynn Turner, borrowing from an old Rainbow album title, Street Of Dreams - Boston 1985 showcases both Turner's vocals and musical artistry perfectly in this never-before-heard on CD live 1985 set.

Having left Rainbow the same year, the album kicks off with the drum thunder of 'I Found Love,' and immediately you hear that Turner's vocals are stretched, sure, but still possessing that Rainbow quality. 'Losing You' is another high vocal showing and he hits most every note, sounding just like the mid-80's rock scene always sounded like in this genre, for sure. In fact, he comes across a little John Waite-esque here for a lot of the songs, which I never noticed at the time.

'Soul Searcher' is an interesting mix of synth and guitar, before both the pop rock trio of 'Young Hearts,' 'Endlessly,' and the synth happy 'Rescue You' come to the fore. The Rainbow classic of his time period - and which became their first Top 40 hit - 'Stone Cold' is up next and an extended version at that! Lovely! That's followed by another Rainbow cut in 'Street of Dreams,' before the pulsating 'Feel The Fire' is showcased.

After a rip-roaring, just incredible 'Guitar Solo' is laid out for us, that leads perfectly into 'Good Girls Gone Bad,' which in turn leads into 'Get Tough.' This brilliant live album then comes to a close, sadly, with 'On The Run' and then, finally, the frenetic 'Them Changes'.

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