I remember Huey Lewis once said that the less popular stuff is always the best, and I think he was right! I bought this CD after listening to a sample from one song somewhere, and because I’m such an Atlantic Records fanatic. This is a really great album! I really like it alot! Lots of great AOR music! It’s like a cross between Survivor (Jimi Jamison-era in particular) and Journey. Definately worth checking out!
Streets was the group that Steve Walsh & Billy Greer started after they left the group Kansas. They released two albums on Atlantic Records between 1983 and 1985. Crimes In Mind was originally released in 1985. Wounded Bird Records. 2002.
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I own both Streets albums on lp and they are both damn good; very few low points. Like other reviewers said compares with Loverboy and Foreigner (who ,though entertaining, are not as talented as these musicians.) if you like 80’s Foreigner, Loverboy, Reo Speedsnorter, etc, with a little more pizzaz and Van Halen guitar solos, you’ll like Streets. ( 1st gets 4 stars; Crimes in Mind gets 5- It should have been promoted more).I’m gettin ready to order the King Biscuit flower hour album and I don’t normally buy live albums but I think it’s worth it.
Seventeen years after its original release, this album has been issued for the first time on compact disc. It’s about time! This is a very strong album with only a couple weak tracks. Just for some backround information, Streets was the brainchild of Kansas frontman Steve Walsh. Steve left Kansas in 1981 to form a band with a more straight-ahead rock style than what Kansas was putting out. He surrounded himself with bass player Billy Greer, guitarist Mike Slamer, and drummer Tim Gehrt, and the results were phenomenol. This is the second and final album by this virtually unknown band. Steve Walsh is at his vocal peak on this album, he simply could not be touched, not even by Journey’s Steve Perry. The album begins with the fiery rocker “Don’t Look Back” which features great guitar riffs and catchy hooks. It starts the album off on the right foot. This track is bettered by the following “The Nightmare Begins” which is all that one could want in a rock song, great melody, hard hitting drums, thought provoking lyrics and soaring vocals all contributing to a great melody. The lyrics on this album illustrate the darker side of life. Mike Slamer’s guitar work on these two cuts and throughout the album is mindblowing. He has a very adventurous style, sleak yet agressive but it always sounds classy and beefy. “Broken Glass” is the only real “ballad” on the album, but is extremely powerful. The song’s structure is intricate slowly building from delicate layers of keyboards to a memorable chorus with beefy guitars. Walsh’s performance is earnest and it is a classic power ballad. The next track “Hit ‘N Run” is a very average, mediocre rocker and one of the only tracks I would classify as “weak”. Next up is the album’s title track and it’s a very pleasant anthemic rocker. The chorus is very catchy, but I must admit it is missing something. The verses could have been constructed better but it is still above average. The album regains it’s momentum with “I Can’t Wait” and “Gun Runner”. “I Can’t Wait” has lyrics everyone can relate to, dealing with the frustrations of life while yearning for the good times. Walsh gives it all he has on both these tunes. “Gun Runner” is just amazing. The melody is dark yet memorable and the chorus will stick in your head for a long time. This is a sleak and brooding piece of rock with it’s relentless hook and dark lyrics, is one of the best songs on the album. “Diseree” is rather amusing with it’s sexual lyrics about a very “agressive” chick isn’t bad, and has some great guitar riffs, but is one of the more average cuts. The following two cuts continue the high quality of the album, Rat Race, sung by Greer (who sounds just like walsh) is a nice commentary on trying to get ahead in the world, and “Turn My Head” brings the album to a hard-rocking end. All in all, this is very, very strong collection of hard rock tracks. Slamer and Walsh are the standouts. Slamer is the best guitarist you’ve never heard of and Walsh just uses his pipes to their maximum ability. Billy Greer is very competent and adds much to the backing vocals and of course the hard hitting Tim Gehrt can’t be left out, his fills really add to the mix. The production is crisp and not all that dated. Wounded Bird Recods did a fine job transfering the master tapes to CD! The sound is crystal clear. If you are a fan of 80’s Kansas, Steve Walsh, or bands like Survivor, you will not be disappointed in this album.
I can’t say enough about these two CDs, until now, all I had was copy of them on CDR that were badly recorded. If you like this album, the one titled 1st, is another strong release. Listen to the track Fire on that album and tell me it wasn’t ahead of its time. The only thing left out of the previous review, is the fact that Mike Slamer comes from a band named City Boy, another wonderful progressive rock band of the 80s. With 4 part harmonies. These days, Mike is doing lots of side projects with the Kansas boys and a few other rockers like Chris Thompson. But my favorite thing he’s done since Streets, is Steelhouse Lane, his own band. If you like this guitar work, I suggest you pick the two CDs they’ve released, up. Metallic Blue and Slaves of the New World. Solid great guitar work. But, to end this review, make sure you pick these two up for your collection, if you are a Kansas/Steve Walsh fan, or a City Boy fan at all. The only thing different I have to disagree with in the review above, is I love the track Hit And Run, its a great workout tune… Enjoy! David Davis
Something of a minor supergroup in AOR circles this has to be one of the most talented bands ever formed. The nucleus of the band was Steve Walsh (ex-Kansas), who teamed up with Englishman Mike Slamer (previously with UK AOR/Pop sensations City Boy) who had moved to the States to further his aspirations. The debut Streets album was a good solid effort, produced by Neil Kernon, but it was this one that took the band to another level altogether. The songs on this CD are more dynamic and compare very favourably to material released around the same time by quality acts such as Foreigner…. The mood is set with a classic AOR opener ‘Don’t Look Back’, which pulses along in great style, followed up by ‘The Nightmare Begins’ a hauntingly atmospheric track replete with a huge refrain… Steve Walsh really stamps his authority on ‘Broken Glass’ while Slamer gets an opportunity to shred on ‘Hit ‘n’ Run’with some outstanding guitar threatricals. All the album’s tracks display extreme melodic sensibilities, like ‘Gun Runner’, ‘Crimes In Mind’ and the humourous ‘Rat Race’. But it was not to be; Streets as a band weren’t the commercial success Atlantic were hoping for, and it wasn’t long after that Walsh returned to Kansas taking Greer with him, while Slamer turned his hand to production. Bassist Tim Gehrt played with a couple of christian rock projects, Joshua’s fantastic ‘Intense Defence’ being the most notable. I’m sure this album will be on most AOR collectors lists..I’m replacing my vinyl copy pronto..