Zinatra – The Great Escape [1990]

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The second Zinatra album, “The Great Escape”, originally released in 1990, is a melodic hard rock holocaust at its own right. The songwriting and instrumental part of the album is more focused and to the point, frontman Joss Menner has stepped up as the-singer raising his game manifold but most importantly there is one Robbie Valentine behind the keyboards also taking a leading role in terms of songwriting. 

Robby, for that matter, seems to have remained the outsider for his brief time in Zenatra having single handedly composed four of the songs on the album including the  ballad “Lover Never Dies” a vocal duet between Valentien and Menner as well as the mid tempo adult oriented epic “Too Blind to See” both glimpses of Robby’s solo work that would follow in the ‘90s.

Interestingly enough Canadian AOR hero and former “Danger Danger” singer Paul Laine contributes four songs to the set list including the outstanding single “Two Sides of Love”, the melodic rocker “Only Your Heart” and the irresistible “Hold On”.

Band founder Ronald Lieberton has his own moment of creative brilliance composing the album’s fist single, the uplifting and playful “There she was”, only adding to the list of ‘80s rock highlights featured on the remarkable second Zinatra album.

The cover artwork of “The Great Escape” is conceptually very similar to that of the Final Cowntdown by Europe, also boasting the purple color which would become a trademark of Valentine’s solo works.

Overall, “The Great Escape” is nothing less than a rare highlight in ‘80s melodic rock that brought together all the elements that make for a substantial album with an identity of its own. “The Great Escape” also produced one of the greatest songwriters in technical AOR who would hold the torch for the genre from the ‘90s and onwards. 

Band Members
Ed Rokx – Drums, Percussion
Gino Rerimassie – Guitars
Joss Mennen – Vocals
Robbie Valentine – Keyboards
Ronald J. Lieberton – Bass

Tracks
01. The Great Escape (1:03)
02. Take It To The Top (4:28)
03. Two Sides Of Love (4:42)
04. There She Was (3:21)
05. Love Never Dies (5:22)
06. Unknown Skies (3:17)
07. Too Blind To See (4:50)
08. Candyman (3:23)
09. Hold On (5:29)
10. Only Your Heart (4:28)
11. Jekyll And Hyde (3:37)
12. The Roaring Silence (5:03)

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