Drive She Said – Drive She Said [1989]

PhotobucketAmazing debut….the beginning of a band that consits of two marvelous musicians, keyboardist Mark Mangold (American Tears, Touch, Valhalla, Mystic Healer, etc.) and Al Fritsch (Mystic Healer, Voodooland) delivers a great vocal effort, both of highly reputation in the music business, deliver us great songs packed with whole hearted passion and emotion tipically of AOR bands but with the difference that these guys knew exactly how to reach feelings and sensations.

The self-titled debut from Drive, She Said released in 1989. The caliber of musicians guarantees a high quality level features guitar work from Saraya’s Tony Rey and a guest appearance from Balance and Meat Loaf guitarist Bob Kulick. Other cobtributors include ex-Dust, Rick Derribger and H.S.A.S. bassist Kenny Aaronson, session drummer Kenny Aaronoff (Two Fires, Lenita Erickson, IOMMI), Aldo Nova who also co-wrote the song “Love Has No Pride” on the record, Benny

Mardones and Fiona, the latter co-writing “Hard Way Home”.

There many highlighted tracks on this album starting from the opener “If This Is Love” their trademark song. A perfect sample of class pure AOR with fantastic keys by maestro Mark Mangold and a perfect crystal, clear vocal performance from Al Fritsch. Fiona co-write next song “Hard Way Home” a straight ahead melodic rock with an organ base, with great hooks, fluffy keys and a memorable catchy chorus while on the backing vocals we heard Fiona. A perfect song and one of my favourite song of the album that has stuck in my head for more than 15 years. The Touch chestnut “Don’t You Know” gets a make-over, AOR in the purest form while “But For You” gave us our first ballad with a superb performance from Al Fritsch. The first part of the album closing with “Love Has No Pride” that co-writen and produced by Aldo Nova. A heartly song full of emotion and passion that definetely will touch you. Our dream to AOR heaven continues with “Maybe It’s Love” a powerful song, with a great opening chorus and perfect keys on background, big backing vocals and a catchy refrain should satisfy any AOR fan. One of the album’s highligt, followed by another ballad “Hold On (Hands Around Your Heart)” a song with perfect songwriting and a touchy melody brings me memories back from the high school. A breathaking song having great hooks, fantastic keys and a catchy chorus that you’ll sing it again and again. “If I Told You” a song plenty of keys while in “I Close My Eyes” the style is more poppy with a great key intro reminds me the 80’s disco sound but with a powerful and catchy chorus and the amazing guitars of Bob Kulick make it one of the hit of the record. “As She Touches Me” close the album, a pure AOR melody, where Mark expose his musical prowess for once more, hooking up with golden voiced of Fritsch.

Drive, She Said unapologetically waded into pure AOR territory at a time when that sound was being overshadowed by Hollywood hair metal bands. This is a magic album that is gonna be absolutely massive and needs no further write up from me. This is how AOR should sound! PERFECT and RECOMMENDED!!!

Band Members
Al Fritsch – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Mark Mangold – Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Drums

Tracks
01. If This Is Love
02. Hard Way Home
03. Don’t You Know
04. But For You
05. Love Has No Pride
06. Maybe It’s Love
07. Hold On (Hands Around Your Heart)
08. If I Told You
09. I Close My Eyes
10. As She Touches Me (Why Can’t I Believe)

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