From The Fire – Thirty Days and Thirty Nights [1992]

One of the finest examples of pure AOR / melodic rock that I have ever witnessed. This is truly a musical gem, a classic from the past and one of the most exciting albums of the nineties full of beautiful melodies. Filled with dripping wet keyboards and a sizzlingly clean melodic hard rock sound, big hooks, huge choruses, catchy melodies and vocals with more layers than a wedding cake but also with a great songwriting.

This melodic rock outfit was founded in New York in 1991 by J.D. (Joe) Kelly and drummer Michael Sciotto (Belladonna, Still Wicked). Guitarist Tommy Lafferty (King Flux, Voodoo X, Crown Of Thorns) joined them after his stint with Voodoo X came to nothing. This trio then bought on original keyboardist Nadine Arel as well as a bass player, and played on some local stages to an enthusiastic response. However, by this stage, bassist Thaddeus Castanis had joined but Arel had left, the band then recruited Paul Morris (Joe Lynn Turner, Doro, Rainbow) to replace her, though the actual recordings still feature most of her work and contribution. Best known at the time was Lafferty, who had been a member of Voodoo X. So it  didn’t come as a surprise when he contacted his former bandmate Jean Beauvoir and sounded him out about producing From The Fire’s debut album.

The opening pair of “Hold On” and “Same Song” has the highest addiction factor and show us the band abilities. Especially the first track “Hold On” has a catchy melody and lyrics filled with explosive keys offer us a great 80s feeling, while the killer tune of “Same Song” will leave you completely satisfied. The key melodies are recognizable throughout the whole song, with great riffs and a totally catchy chorus that will definetely stuck in your head. J.D. has an awesome voice, and it’s a shame that this band didn’t kick on. “Tears Cried In The Rain” is our first ballad with effective piano and strings. A classy stuff. “Over Your Head” is a truly melodic pearl, with a hard and catchy pop rhythm and much is made of the song, followed by the immense power ballad “Take My Heart” personally one of the best ballad ever heard with great keys, rhythm and a strong refrain you will love it. A memorable song that will bring you memories from the past. “Love Struck” is a hard rocking song with boogie tone and good workmanship parentheses, where the guitar is not out and out metal muscle, but in more refined cord.

“Spark To The Flame” is one of the album’s highlight. It’s nice to see Harlow’s Theresa Straley lending her awesome voice aswell, and her bandmate from Harlow Pat Reagan bombarding us with incredible keys. The duet Kelly and Straley on vocals are incredible, the chorus is more than catchy with greats hard edge guitars and tones of keys. A fantastic slice of melodir rock. The album ends with two songs that Eric Carmen had written in 1972. The uplifting up-tempo “Go All The Way” and the stunning power ballad “Where Are You Now”, that can blow you away for a long time.

Here we talk about Classy AOR, heavenly made, where guitars, vocals and keyboards shine through a tightly produced rhythm section, and the songs are so killer, it’s a crime. A must buy for any serious AOR fan.

Band Members
J.D. Kelly – Vocals, Keyboards
Michael Sciotto – Drums
Paul Morris – Keyboards
Thaddeus Castanis – Bass
Tommy Lafferty – Guitars

Additional Musiacians
Pat Regan – Additional keyboards
Nadine Arel – Additional keyboards
Paul St. James – Bass
Jimmy Z – Saxophone
Theresa Straley – Vocals on track 7

Tracks
01. Hold On (4:35)
02. Same Song (4:26)
03. Tears Cried In The Rain (4:46)
04. Over Your Head (3:10)
05. Take My Heart (5:14)
06. Love Struck (3:24)
07. Spark And Flame (4:42)
08. Go All The Way (3:35)
09. Where Are You Now? (3:20)

 

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