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Ice Tiger – Love ‘N’ Crime [1991]

Country Australia         

Style Hard Rock

Rating 86/100

Band Members Dave Crosby – Lead/Backing Vocals, Don Benson – Bass, Backing Vocals, Graham Greene – Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, John Calabrese – Keyboards, Steve Essex – Drums, Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. Don’t Say (2:35), 02. Turn To Fantasy (3:52), 03. All I Need Is A Friend (3:55), 04. Lonely Heart (4:08), 05. Castaway (4:27), 06. Lovin’ Crime (3:13), 07. Paradise (3:48), 08. Running For Cover (3:53), 09. Little Runaway (3:20), 10. Never Let Me Go (3:44)

Profile/Review Bloody great record, girls and boys.  The Ice Tiger story began in late 1987 in Perth, Australia when guitarist Graham Greene found himself at a loose end after five years in cover band Flash Harry and a stint in a house band at Gobbles nightclub. Feeling the need to go out and play som e fun rock and roll, he enlisted the help of Flash Harry band mate Steve Essex, Kosmic Sound co-worker Greg Garbellini and Greg’s fellow mixed emotions band member Don Benson on drums, keys/guitar and bass, respectively.

The direction Graham envisaged for this embryonic band was in the style of the melodic hard rock of the day, so he knew that the singer had to have both style and great voice. Enter Dave Crosby, who had recently disbanded his heavy rock outfit True Colours. Around this time, Ice Tiger started recording their debut album, and during the process made the firsr of two line up changes. Keys/guitar player Greg Garbellini left to be replaced by keyboardist Johnny Calabrese. Shortly after the completion of the album, Steve Essex vacated the drummers stool to be replaced by James Pool, who appeared in the album’s videos.

The album Love ‘N Crime was released in 1991 (co-produced by Graham), hitting the #1 spot on the local charts and charting nationally, and played with such notables as Bon Jovi, Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth Band), Canned Heat and Jimmy Barnes, as well as headlining their own show at Perth’s Burswood Superdome to approximately 10,500 fans.

Though being Australian, they have more of a US/Europe feel to their sound. Despite the fact that this album is upfront in the guitar stakes, the keyboards and synths of John Calabrese shine through on most of the tracks, giving it that extra edge of color. Don Crosby’s vocals are a melting pot of influences including Glenn Hughes and some of those other great rock icons of the 70s and 80s.

“Don’t Say” opens the record and rocks like a tank! A great hard rockin’ tune with hard edge guitars reminds me the hard rock guitar style of Whitesnake, followed by one of the album’s highlight and personal favourite “Turn To Fantasy” opens with a pompus key intro preparing you for an explosive blend of sparkling keyboards and guitar with a powerful and catchy chorus that will blow you away. The song was released as a single in WA and made it to #1 on the local independent charts, receiving airplay on major commercial radio stations. “All I Need Is A Friend”, was the second single, a beautiful melodic piano ballad debuted at #1 on the independent charts and again received extensive.

An incredible melody tune with many backing vocals and a catchy chorus you’ll love. “Lonely Heart” is a mid tempo bluesy song opens with a drums intro having a perfect blend of harmonic and heavy guitar riffs. “Castaway” is another highlight, having great guitar riffs and “Lovin’ Crime” is a mid tempo nifty guitar cutting reminds songs from the late 70s. “Paradise” is a killer track having all you want to hear in a hard rock/AOR song. Many keys, great rhythm guitars, harmony backing vocals and a catchy chorus. I love it.  “Running For Cover” is one more album’s highlight you should check without a second thought. A great hard rockin’ tune witch cathcy chorus and plenty of keys and the same valid for the next song “Little Runaway”. Great guitars, vocals and harmonies, create an incredible cocktail of melodic hard rock tunes, while “Never Let Me Go” ends the album like a champion does, beating everybody!!!….

This is definitely one you will want for your collection and is one of my personal favs. A great AOR mixed with melodic hard rock, and of course, you know me, enough keys to please me! A highly recommended release and a must to every lovers of that style out there….

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