This is one live album that hit me from the first few notes. Only a handful of bands have the ability to grab a listener, pull you in AND keep you there–hard rock fanatics, you know what I mean. The headliners must’ve been nervous following Winterhawk…these guys are sharp and play with a rare charisma and ability. A few other hard rockers have done it (to much more fame, a pity): Thin Lizzy, BOC, Wishbone Ash, Rush, Montrose….Winterhawk soars high!!!
We’ve raided the archives to bring you this trip back in time to the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago circa 1978! Jordan Macarus deals out solo after solo of some of the hottest hard rock fretwork I’ve ever laid ears on! Massive Winterhawk classics like ”Off the Bat,” ”There and Back Again,” ”Creatures of the Sea,” ”In the Wake of Things Yet To Come” amd more revealed for the first time in over 20 years!!
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Download the MP3 if you can. I was blown away on the first listen. Imagine an amulgation of Michael Schenker-era UFO, Argus-era Wishbone Ash, early Rush, and some NWOBHM influences and you have Winterhawk. Now take into account that this album was recorded a few years before the NWOBHM explosion and on this side of the Atlantic, and you can see that this band was possibly ahead of their time and geographically displaced for what should’ve been huge success. This album abounds with great guitar work and performances. Even production for this era of a live album doesn’t disappoint. Glad I found this. It’s albums like this that deserve wider recognition in classic rock circles.
If you’ve already explored the works of the better known 70’s hard rock/metal bands and feel there’s nothing left to discover then please check this out. It’s amazing that this band was never more than a regional attraction in their heyday. This is my favorite Monster Records release so far, and they deserve a lot of credit for bringing stuff like this to light.
Incredible!!! It sounds like it always did…Hard driving and solid.I remember listening to these guys play all over Chicago. It is wonderful to have the sound available again!! Thank you for keeping the music alive all these years!!Buy this CD.. you will thoroughly enjoy it.