Tuesday, December 6, 2016

RECORD REVIEW: Night Ranger "35 Years and a Night In Chicago"

Night Ranger
35 Years and a
Night in Chicago
Frontiers Music

Simply put, the latest from
San Fran's platinum-selling
powerhouse sells itself.

The secret to Night Ranger's success during the '80s was a no-brainer. Touting poster boy cuteness, the combo created consistent catchy arena rock anthems, punctuated by razor-sharp riffs and glossed with soaring vocals. Hence, the appeal of their newly-released "Best Of" live record is equally palpable — a superb recording of a superb performance, captured onstage in front of an turbo-charged crowd.

Released December 2, 2016 on CD, DVD and Blu-ray via Frontiers Music, 35 Years and a Night In Chicago delivers exactly what die hard Night Ranger enthusiasts would expect — hit after chart-busting hit, all performed to perfection, PLUS generous amounts of engaging, in-between-song chitter-chatter, resulting in a career-spanning, must-have, double-slab set.

Perennial members, bassist/vocalist Jack Blades, guitarist Brad Gillis, and drummer/vocalist Kelly Keagy lay it all out nicely with signature style, along with the assist from newer recruits, keyboardist Eric Levy and go-to guitar ace Keri Kelly — leading their energized House of Blues flock through a cavalcade of classics (and a fistful of more recent faves), including "Sing Me Away," "Sentimental Street," "When You Close Your Eyes," "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" and "Sister Christian." Apparently, you can still rock in America.

-Christopher Long
(December 2016)

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