John Sykes – Out Of My Tree [1995]

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Having released two studio albums and a live package under the band name of “Blue Murder”, guitar legend John Sykes deemed a change of brand name necessary, also coinciding with a new management approach as the “Sykes” albums that would follow, would be marketed mainly in the Japanese market. Still the line up on this first “Sykes” release is the same that cut the previous two albums “Nothin’ but trouble” and “Screaming Blue Murder”, featuring drummer Tommy O’Steen and bass-master Marco Mendoza.

Originally released in 1995, “Out of my Tree” could arguably be regarded as the best, or most complete, album in the “Blue Murder/Sykes” catalogue mainly because the guitarist/vocalist revisits all rock subgenres he represented in the 80s and early 90s. Though a daunting task, the guitarist/vocalists has proven himself time and time again an extraordinary songwriter and an equally stellar performer, also being backed by such a versatile rhythm section making the creative possibilities endless for the trio.

“I don’t wanna live my life like you” is the up tempo rocker in good “Blue Murder” tradition its narrative and provoking lyrics becoming the tip of the spear. If you ever need love is a brilliant “Whitesnake”-like ballad featuring such stimulating vocal and guitar harmonies as “Is this Love”; while “Black days” is the mid tempo melodic opus in the style of “Crying in the rain”. “Soul Stealer” sounds as if taken out from the “Blue Murder” debut, built on inventive groove and lyrics. There is also “Do or die” a direct reference to John’s NWOBHM days, a no-nonsense speedy rocker with extra rebellious lyrics.

Overall “Out of My Tree” peaks in both songwriting and performance while also standing as John’s most diverse album to date. Long term fans of the guitarist who have followed his career from “Tygers of Pan Tang”, “Thin Lizzy” “Whitesnake” and “Blue Murder” are expected to make the most of this stellar work.

Band Members
John Sykes – Vocals, Guitars
Marco Mendoza – Bass, Backing Vocals
Tommy O’Steen – Drums

Tracks
01. Soul Stealer (3:39)
02. I Don’t Wanna Live My Life Like You (3:12)
03. She’s All Action (3:22)
04. Standing At The Croosroads (3:56)
05. I Don’t Believe In Anything (5:03)
06. Black Days (5:05)
07. Jesus & Mary (4:16)
08. Do Or Die (3:16)
09. If You Ever Need Love (4:19)
10. Sleep On (4:46)

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