Joshua – Surrender [1985]

JOSHUA_SURRENDER

“Surrender” is the second album from JOSHUA, the band of talented American shredder Joshua Perahia. Regarded as one of the best Melodic Hard Rock records released by an American band during the ’80s, “Surrender” should have sold millions if the recording company had been properly promoted the band.

“Surrender” was originally issued in 1985 on vinyl only, and although the US public barely noticed the release, the album did it well in Japan and Europe, where Kerrang Magazine ranked the LP #1 for weeks. By 1992, Perahia received an offer to re-record “Surrender” with a bigger production budget and the promise of an international edition / distribution.

Joshua re-worked the whole thing from the scratch: everything was re-recorded with the exception of Jeff Fenholt’s vocals. There’s new guitar solos, some different rhythm tracks, new drums, multi-layered choruses, etc. The CD reissue also features the additional track “Show Me the Way” with Robyn Kyle Basauri (Red Sea) on vocals. Robyn’s leads were also added to “Loveshock”, originally performed by Ken Tamplin.

The songs on “Surrender” are superb. With a strong hard rock foundation, all are built on terrific melodies and catchy AOR choruses. Just take as example the soaring opener “Surrender Love” with it’s biting guitar riffs, stabbing keys and wonderful verses showcasing Fenholt’s top vocals. The chorus is to die for with all the ’80s charm over it. “Your Love Is Gone” is a melodic hard rock gem, same with the new cut “Show Me the Way” (with a little ‘American Whitesnake’ in it) and the more mid-tempo oriented Yardbirds’ cover of “Heart Full of Soul”. There’s more hard rockin’ numbers in between, like “Back To The Rock” or the kickin’ “Loveshock”, not ordinary compositions for sure plenty of substance and great musicianship.

While many still prefer the “Surrender” original recording (which included some Simmons electronic drums typical of the era) this re-recorded version is equally great. It’s more professionally done and sounds vibrant and punchier.

The CD was reissued several times, always with a different artwork.  “Surrender” is a superlative piece of US American Hard Rock that deserves a distinguished place in your collection.

*Japanese Realese of 1994

Band Members
Joshua Perahia – Guitars, Bass, Backing Vocals
Jeff Fenholt, Robin Kyle – Lead & Backing Vocals
Patrick Bradley – Keyboards
Loren Robinson – Bass
Craig Ostbo, Joe Galletta, Joe Tafoya – Drums
Eric Tuttobene, Ken Price, Bryan Fleming – Backing Vocals

Tracks
01. Surrender Love
02. Heart Full Of Soul
03. Your Love Is Gone
04. Stay Alive
05. Rockin’ The World
06. Back To The Rock
07. Hold On
08. Show Me The Way
09. Loveshock
10. Rockin’ The World (reprise)

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