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MOTHER'S ARMY ‘Fire on the Moon’ (1998)

This is the ‘supergroup’ consisting of Night Ranger’s Jeff Watson, Bob Daisley (Ozzy/Uriah Heep/Rainbow), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) and Aynsley Dunbar (Frank Zappa/Journey/UFO). The album kicks-off with the guitar heavy ‘N.D.E.’, a great slab of hard rock. ‘Way of the World’ has some very Sabbath-like riffs and a great vocal from Joe Lynn Turner. The whole album has great riffs, which coupled with Turner’s vocals gives the album a very Rainbow like feel – especially ‘’The Code’. Highlight of the album for me has to be ‘Common Ground’ which is enhanced with some sitar and Indian backing vocals – a truly awesome track! It reminds me of Crimson Glory with their ‘Strange & Beautiful’ album. Mellower moments come in the shape of ‘The Lonely’, with a slow burning acoustic guitar leading into a power ballad. The album finishes with ‘Another Dimension’, a stomper to round the album off – again it reminds me of Tuner-era Rainbow or even classic Dio, with the added touch of some violin.

The bottom end of Daisley and Dunbar work well, with the production very clear and crisp. Jeff Watson does some great soloing – he can really shine when away from the twin guitar sound of Night Ranger. This album must also be one of Joe Lynn Turner’s best vocal performances – ranging from the rockers to mellower moments.

If you enjoy Rainbow, Night Ranger, Dio or Joe Lynn Turner’s recent solo efforts, then get hold of this album.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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