PROPHET – Recycled [digitally remastered]
PROPHET always gonna be one of my favorite bands from the ’80s. Their self-titled debut (1985) and particularly their second Cycle of the Moon (1988) are essential albums in any Melodic Rock / AOR collection. While the first was a marvelous Pompy / AOR recording with Kansas, Asia and Styx overtones, the other carried an immense typically Eighties melodic commercial appeal, both acclaimed by critics and fans of the genre.
But this, their third and last album “Recycled“, always has been criticized for the change in the musical style and specially for the the production / mix quality.
Truth is “Recycled” it is a pretty good album. Sure, they switched to a more arena Hard Rock oriented style (and a good one by the way) and that’s not necessary a bad thing.
On the contrary, the musical climate was changing (1991) and “Recycled” is one of the few albums of that year still capable to retain the magical late ’80s vibe.
Straight-forward (yet polished) hard rockers as “Run With The Pack”, “Restless Hunger” or “Brightest Star” have enough hooks and fire to please any fan of the genre. Particularly on these tracks is where the addition of a second guitar player to the line-up (Dave Dipietro from TT Quick) is more evident.
“Call Of The Wild’ is a killer Melodic Hard Rock track, complete with great keyboards and a catchy chorus to die for. With the same melodic fiber, “Peace Of Mind’ is a slow-burn rocker in the vein of the ‘Americanized’ Whitesnake.
And you still have your AOR numbers, such as the acoustically and emotional “Sides”, or the awesome melodic mid-tempo ballad “All I Need”.
Prophet’s “Recycled” is a very good album in my book, including strong songs and fine melodies.
This long deleted CD has been remastered and serviced with all new artwork.
And here comes the good news: now the album really sounds better, fuller, with a bright and a spacey ambiance that truly enhance the sound.
01 – Run With The Pack
02 – Call Of The Wild
03 – Street Fighter
04 – Peace Of Mind
05 – Sides
06 – Restless Hunger
07 – All I Need
08 – Brightest Star
09 – Kick It Out
Russel Arcara – lead vocals
Ken Dubman – guitar, backing vocals
Scott Metaxas – bass, backing vocals
Dave Dipietro – guitar
Joe Zujkowski – keyboards
Jim Callahan – drums
Karl Cochran – acoustic guitar and backing vocals
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