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Studio Album, released in 1986

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fight For The Rock (3:55)
2. Out On The Streets (3:58)
3. Crying For Love (3:27)
4. Day After Day (3:40)
5. The Edge Of Midnight (4:52)
6. Hyde (3:51)
7. Lady In Disguise (3:08)
8. She's Only Rock 'N Roll (3:14)
9. Wishing Well (3:20)
10. Red Light Paradise (3:56)

Total 37:54

Bonus-track on the European Edel re-release (1997):
11. If I Go Away (acoustic version) (3:50)
Bonus-tracks on the European SPV re-release (2002):
11. The Dungeons Are Calling (live) (3:45)
12. City Beneath The Surface (live) (5:01)

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Line-up / Musicians

- Jon Oliva / vocals, piano
- Criss Oliva / all guitar, back-up vocals
- Johnny Lee Middleton / bass, backing vocals
- Steve Wacholz / drums, percussion

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Atlantic 781 634-1

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SAVATAGE Fight For The Rock ratings distribution


2.11
(35 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
0%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(6%)
6%
Good, but non-essential (17%)
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Collectors/fans only (51%)
51%
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Review by Marc Baum
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2 stars Savatage tries to go pop with this album. The album was quite poorly received by the fans, and did not break the band into the mainstream, as the record company hoped for.

The band themselves are ashamed of this album, and have not played anything off of it live since the 1980s.

The title track opens up the album, and starts off decent, but then falters right after that. "Out on the Streets" is a remake of the ballad at the end of the debut album, Sirens. I guess that because they were going commercial, they would re-record one of their more commercial songs from a previous album. The original is a great song, and the cover is a pale imitation. It's not cringe worthy, like much of this album is, but the original version of the song owns it.

"Crying for Love" is a rather crappy song. "Day After Day" is a cover of a song by some other band, and man, does it ever suck. I know it's a cover, but it's probably the worst song Savatage have ever recorded.

"The Edge of Midnight" actually had potential, and could have been a good song, easily, with a few tweaks. But it's got some rather lame parts, which bring it down. Some of the fills here are quite cool. One of the better tracks on the album.

"Hyde" is probably the heaviest song here, and is probably the best. Either way, it is easily the closest thing to a original Savatage song to be found on this album. "Lady in Disguise" -- here come the crap police, and they're here to invade our ears again. "She's Only Rock N Roll" has a somewhat catchy riff, but a horrendous chorus. "Wishing Well" is another dullfest. "Red Light Paradise" closes the album, and is another one of the heavier cuts, and probably the second best song here. Solid main riff.

So there you have it. Three or four good songs and the rest pretty poor and forgettable. I am lucky that this album failed commercially, because if it did, they likely would have had to continue in this direction instead of go back to the old style or progress towards symphonic metal. The result of this album's failure? One year later, they recorded their best old-school album. FFTR is not at all for the casual Savatage listener and only recommended to fans who want a complete collection.

album rating: 5.5/10 points = 54 % on MPV scale = 2/5 stars

point-system: 0 - 3 points = 1 star / 3.5 - 5.5 points = 2 stars / 6 - 7 points = 3 stars / 7.5 - 8.5 points = 4 stars / 9 - 10 points = 5 stars

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Posted Saturday, May 01, 2004

Review by The Crow
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2 stars The worst Savatage's album! They went to England trying to record an AOR album, in an obvious attemp to increase their sells... But what a deception! This one was their less sold album with difference, and they lost many fans with it.

The song Fight For The Rock isn't bad, but others like Crying for Your Love or She's only Rock And Roll they aren't worthy of a trajectory like the Savatage's one. Nevertheless, there are a pair of interesant facts here... The song Hyde can be taken like an advance of the Hall of the Mountain King sound, and the presence of keyboards in the whole album it's an indicative of the great capacity of Jon Oliva to play them, although this is something that until Gutter Ballet we will not verify in all its splendor...

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Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Savatage trying to go comercial after the powerfull Power of the night, in a way they succeded, but the fans were disappointed. Not a bad album but not so good as the late releases. You can still find the Savatage sound in 2 of the best tracks of the album: "The Edge Of Midnight" and "Hyde", are really good and fans of the '80 Queensryche and Crimson Glory will like this, as i do. The rest of the tracks are something between good and mediocre. Savatage will take wings with the next one witch is 100% better. I find Fight for the rock good, but if you want to check Savatage at his best try from the next one Hall of the mountain king till' Wake of Magellan with the strong recomandation to listen Streets from '91. So, here are 2 covers on this album Day after day by Badfinger ( i don't know the original, but here souns good) and Wishing Well by Free again good but aimless in this context. My rate is 3 stars, and if you listen from time to time is quite enjoyble.

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Posted Friday, June 29, 2007

Review by UMUR
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2 stars Fight For The Rock is the third full-length studio album by American power metal act Savatage. After a strong second album in the raw and powerful Power of the Night (1985), I was really looking forward to listening to Fight For The Rock, even though evil tongues had spoken bad things about the album. Iīm not happy to admit it, but they were right.

Fight For The Rock is still unmistakably the sound of Savatage, but itīs certainly a watered down and commercial version. There are several pop elements in the songs which didnīt do much to satisfy the fans back when the album was released and unfortunately for Savatage, neither the critics. Fight For The Rock turned out to be both an artistic and a commercial failure. Songs like Crying For Love and Day After Day are simply not worthy of the Savatage name. Even the more rock oriented tracks like Fight For the Rock and Sheīs Only Rockīnīroll sound pretty lame and uninspired to say the least. Lead vocalist Jon Oliva sounds restrained on many of the songs and he was always best when he bellowed out his lungs IMO. There are some rocking parts on the album that suits my taste but even those are scarred by the weak production on the album. Now youīre welcome to call me old and grumpy but this is just not a good album in my book. The music on the album is still basically traditional heavy metal/ US power metal but for the first time the band experiment with slightly progressive ideas ( very, very few though) and unfortunately fails badly both at the hard rocking and the more pop oriented sections ( and the slightly progressive ones too).

The music on this album sounds like an intentional attempt at creating a commercial succes. Something that is rarely succesful when forced. And thus Savatage arguably created what most fans of the band see as the black sheep in the bandīs discography. I canīt say I enjoyed myself one bit either and a 1.5 - 2 star rating is warranted. Quite the disappointment after the strong Power of the Night.

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Review by J-Man
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2 stars Fight For The Rock is often considered to be the "thud" in Savatage's discography, and after hearing the album it's not hard to understand why. This is a really weak album. Even the band is upset with the complete artistic failure of this album. I am a pretty big fan of Savatage, and I consider them to be one of my favorite metal bands. Unfortunately, I have a tough time defending any of the material on Fight For The Rock, as most of it is pretty weak.

Fight For The Rock is Savatage's third album. Their first two albums are small classics in the early to mid 80's heavy metal scene, and I must imagine that this was a big disappointment when it was released in 1986. All of intensity and power in Savatage's music isn't present on this album, and instead we have a formulaic pop metal album. There are quite a few parts on Fight For The Rock that are just pure mainstream pop, and most of the album is without any of the metal sounds that Savatage is known for.

One of the biggest flaws of Fight For The Rock is the fact that a good amount of the album is either uninspired cover tracks, and even a rework of a previous song. I like it when things like these are used as bonus tracks, but I often get frustrated when they eat up a good amount of the playing time on an album, especially when the album is a mere 38 minutes. It doesn't really matter though, because the original compositions aren't that good anyway.

The only songs from this album that I actually enjoy is the proggy The Edge of Midnight and heavier Hyde. The rest of the album is passable at best. Songs like Crying For Love, She's Only Rock 'N' Roll, Wishing Well and Day After Day are more than skip-worthy.

The musicianship is much weaker than I'm used to hearing from a great band like Savatage. Most of the album is lackluster and uninspired, and the simple riffs get very trivial by the end of the album. I've heard this band do much better.

The production is a typical 80's heavy metal sound, and it's something that I don't really enjoy very much. It's not terrible, but the entire album sounds like it was just mixed on the whim to sound like a top 10 hit (which, of course, is very true, if you know anything about this album). The annoying drum sound and vocal production doesn't help make this weak album any more appealing.

Conclusion:

Fight For The Rock is always considered the weakest Savatage album, and I must say that I agree. When I first bought this album I was pretty excited since I really do love this band, but I'm afraid to say that I really don't care for Fight For The Rock at all. This is worth a 1.5-2 star rating at most.

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2 stars The short: The 'Tage make a foray into pop as per instructions from Atlantic or else... I love the 'Tage, but this album is the "so-so" pop effort made by the band at the request of the record company, complete with PMRC type warning stickers... yet there were no curse words in any of the son ... (read more)

Report this review (#951300) | Posted by Monsterbass74 | Sunday, April 28, 2013 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Riding on so much momentum after 'Power of the Night', Savatage seem to hit a bit of a brick wall with this one. Although not as terrible as some people make it out to be, this is easily the worst album the band has released. After three releases that made Savatage a force to be reckoned with, t ... (read more)

Report this review (#308210) | Posted by Valarius | Thursday, November 04, 2010 | Review Permanlink

2 stars The nadir of the 'Tage, and why all great bands need at least one terrible album to light a fire under their ass... This takes all the "bad" ideas from Power Of The Night and makes that the entire focus. I feel this album is a concept one. How to be the perfect glam metal band. No, that is a bit ... (read more)

Report this review (#194968) | Posted by Alitare | Thursday, December 25, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars i can't really understand ratings about this album which is absolutely ok for me. Yes it's hard FM, but really catchy songs and melodies vary alot which is rare in 80s heavy metal... It's really different from other albums of the band, that's a point but songs like "The Edge Of Midnight" and " ... (read more)

Report this review (#82171) | Posted by fairyliar | Wednesday, June 28, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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 ... (read more)

Report this review (#44899) | Posted by Prosciutto | Tuesday, August 30, 2005 | Review Permanlink

1 stars I hate this album,its when Savatage tried to began to sell out,the toughness has now gone replaced by tracks like ,Day after Day,Wishing Well ?,Yuk..There are only a few good tracks Hyde,and Red Light Paradise,(a song about prostitution),are brillant,the recording is brillant in quality .Not p ... (read more)

Report this review (#27450) | Posted by Heidi | Monday, April 25, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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