KINGDOM COME – Kingdom Come [Japan SHM-CD remastered Ltd MiniLP] Out Of Print
KINGDOM COME‘s founder Lenny Wolf announced this week the official end of the band. It’s a great opportunity to revisit the band’s more successful – and best – albums in its Japanese remastered editions and pressed on a great sounding SHM-CD.
“Kingdom Come“, the band’s self-titled debut, was a hit.
“Kingdom Come” released their well-received, self-titled debut album appeared in early 1988. Led by German born frontman Lenny Wolf who co-wrote most of the album’s material with the group’s manager Marty Wolff, the band scored their most popular and best-selling album right out of the gate.
After the band’s lead single generated tremendous buzz well ahead of the album release, Kingdom Come went gold on the same day it was put on sale, and eventually went Platinum status in the United States, Germany and Canada and peaked at #12 on the U.S. Album charts.
Part of the initial attraction (and later critique) of the band was their audio likeness to classic-era Led Zeppelin.
Most of that comparison is predicated on Wolf’s vocal resemblance to Robert Plant. In fact his timbre is often remarkably similar. He also shares Plant’s ability to shift his tone suddenly from teasingly sultry to pyrotechnic.
However, outside the vocals, the Kingdom Come-Led Zep comparison crumbles.
Sure, there’s a couple of tracks with a Zeppelin-esque vibe, but which band has not been influenced by these Rock ‘n Roll legends?
Lenny Wolf & Co. have said: “Led Zeppelin was not any of the band members favorite band”. And listening the entire disc proves it.
Wolf comes from an European AOR background with his band Stone Fury (two really good records), and the same can be said from the rest of the guys. Just listen “Now Forever After” below.
The album was co-produced by Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe) who forged a crisp and solid rock sound at Little Mountain studio in Vancouver and mixed it at the famous Electric Lady studios in New York City.
This fresh Japanese remaster is simply wonderful, with a punchy yet warm balanced sound. As usual, the quality is excellent, reproducing the entire original album artwork (Mini LP).
Out of print I’m afraid…
Universal Japan ~ UICY-76002
01 – Living Out Of Touch
02 – Pushin’ Hard
03 – What Love Can Be
04 – 17
05 – The Shuffle
06 – Get It On
07 – Now Forever After
08 – Hideaway
09 – Loving You
10 – Shout It Out
Lenny Wolf – lead vocals
Danny Stag – lead guitar
Rick Steier – rhythm guitar
Johnny B. Frank – bass
James Kottak – drums
Out Of Print