Tom De Luca – Down to the Wire [1986]

TOMDELUCA_DTTWCountry USA

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 88/100

Band Members Tom DeLuca – Vocals,Guitar, Derek O’Neil – Guitar, Mickey Feat – Bass,Backing Vocals, Jamie Lane – Drums, Danny Schogger – Keyboards, Taylor Rhodes – Keyboards,Backing Vocals, Gary Barnacle – Sax, Martin Ditcham – Percussion

Tracks 01. 57 Chevy, 02. Runaway Hearts, 03. Chasing Shadows, 04. Dirty Fingers, 05. Fire In The Night, 06. Down To The Wire, 07. Going The Distance, 08. Stone In Your Heart, 09. Betrayed, 10. Reunion, 11. Don?t Need Your Kind Of Love, 12. Can?t Stop Love Can?t Stop Money, 13. Love Train

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Profile TOM DE LUCA started his career basically as songwriter, established in Nashville at the end of the seventies. He co-wrote the Jennifer Rush hit ‘Heart Over Mind’, songs for Aldo Nova, Joe Perry of Aerosmith and most of the tracks in Molly Hatchet’s 1984 album ‘Deed Is Done’. This successful work with the Hatchet attracted Epic / CBS Records to sign Tom as solo artist, and send him to England to record his debut with James Guthrie (Pink Floyd, Judas Priest).

After a year and a half of hard work, “Down To The Wire” was ready to be out at the beginning of 1986. Unfortunately, the same week of the release there was an unexpected executive staff change at Epic, and the new crew decided to not promote De Luca’s album. Few cassette and vinyl LP copies reached selected stores, and the album become a collectors item instantly. Much sought after for years, fans had to wait more than twenty years to see “Down To The Wire” released for the first time on CD.

This album is a lovable slab of midwest American AOR / Melodic Rock with a sharp guitar sound and catchy choruses akin John Waite, Stan Bush and Kane Roberts early solo works, Aldo Nova, Jeff Paris and Steve Plunkett’s projects. A must have for any ’80s American AOR / Melodic Rock fan.

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