Jeff Paris – Wired Up [1987]

Photobucket“Wired Up” is the second solo album by American songwriter/singer Jeff Paris originally released in 1987. Despite the glamorous image that the band put forward on “Wired Up”, the album has a clear AOR identity, strongly differentiated from the glam/sleaze metal sound of the time. A fantastic slice of melodic rock

where every song is a potential single in the AOR kind of music, there are great melodic hooks in each song, with lots of big backing vocals, catchy choruses, great guitars, punchy keys, strong lyrics and amazing songwriting. Everything is just so cool!!!.

The album produced by Tony platt (AC/DC, cheap Trick, Bob Marley, Iron Maiden, Foreigner, Shy, etc.), where found Paris working with a new band line-up. An all star band consisting of bassist Gary Moon (later to join Night Ranger for the “Feeding Off The Mojo” and well known for his work with Brad Gillis and Kelly Keagy), drummer Matt Sorum (who would find more fame and fortune replacing Steven Adler in Guns N’ Roses, but also with Velver Revolver, The Cult, Johnny Crash, Slash’s Snakepit and Glenn Hughes), and the noted session guitarist Michael Thompson (Robin Beck, Doro, Richard Marx, Tim Feehan, Harvest, Mark Spiro, Radioactive, etc.), nothing could go wrong.

The album opens with the rocking “Saturday Night”, a rock club dancefloor filler song without doubt. Very crunchy and sleazy vocals, hard riffs, harmony backing vocals and a strong catchy chorus brings you memories back from the 80’s. A great rock party song that I always having such a good time hearing. “One Night Alone’,

Cryin'” and “Charmed Life” all appeared on the debut Vixen album, but these are the better versions overall. Great guitar riffs, amazing keyboard melodies, harmony vocals, outstanding backing vocals with a great stimulating rhythm section and of course the amazing and catchy choruses. Especially “Cryin” the AOR radio hit, arguably sums up all the qualities that make melodic rock a great genre. The trip to AOR heaven continues with the smash-hit “Heart To The Flame”, one of the best AOR composition you will ever heard. The song walks on a perfect melodic line with beautiful harmony and melodic vocals, an amazing beat and a catchy refrain, talking about temptation and the warning voice you hear inside you telling you to not give in. The best moment of the album in my opinion comes with “I Can’t Let Go”, a great song with chorus that are so infectious. Jeff signs with attitude and with a voice extremely appropriate and melodic, while the amazing and fluffy keys mix perfect with the guitar riffs give us a perfect sample of AOR at its best. It doesn’t get better than this.

The ballad of the album has name and that is “A Matter Of Time”. An excellent and beauty ballad so sensitive that worth a place in the top ten ballads of the 80’s. The lyrics spell out real emotions and avoid cliches. Having harmony and touchy vocals, nice keys and great rhtythm guitars that get me a pain of nostalgia in my heart listening to them. “Trial By Fire” and the album’s title “Wired Up” had a harder edge with great solos, lots of backing vocals, great keys and hooks soar higher than the Eiffel Tower while Jeff just plugs in his electric guitar and rocks out like a hot spark-hurling livewire. What more to say about this guy. “Illusions” finishes the album off with a nice kind of off the wall rocker. Just listen the dynamics of guitars in the intro with the keyboard passes that will blow your mind away. Definetely a song to be heard on high volume. Without doubt an album to track down at all costs. Highly recommended!!!

Band Members
Gary Moon – Bass, Backing Vocals
Jeff Paris – Lead/Backing Vocals, Guitars, Keys
Matt Sorum – Drums, Backing Vocals
Michael Thompson – Guitars

Tracks
01. Saturday Nite
02. One Night Alone
03. Trial By Fire
04. Cryin’
05. Wired Up
06. Charmed Life
07. I Can’t Let Go
08. Heart To The Flame
09. A Matter Of Time
10. Illusions

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