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2.26 | 65 ratings

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1 stars "Fight for the Rock" is the first album to feature the young and talented Johnny Lee Middleton on bass, however this record is not Savatage's best by any means.

Jon Oliva, a gifted songwriter, himself wrote some music for his tentative solo album and also wrote some songs for another artists from Atlantic Records as well. However the management pushed the band to put those songs on a "Savatage album". The band (still with some lack of experience) agreed to record that material and were somewhat manipulated by the record company. Jon Oliva remember that period as a "learning experience".

Therefore, the songs on "Fight for the Rock" are softer and more AOR oriented, there are even two covers: "Day after Day" by Badfinger and "Wishing Well" by Free, tha later being recorded because it was the favourite song of the president of Atlantic Records! Go figure!

The best songs of this album are Hyde, The Edge of Midnight and the title track, the rest is all easily forgettable.

As I said this is not Savatage best, so sadly I'll give it only one star. In a heavy metal context my rating would be also low. The band's next release will be "the turn of the tide", though.

Prosciutto | 1/5 |


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