SAM ALEX – Fly Like An Angel (2019)
After many years retired from the scene, Munich-based melodic rocker SAM ALEX is working on a new full length album to be released later this year. As advance, Alex has put out an EP titled “Fly Like An Angel” with some of the songs as advance.
The EP includes a cover of ’80s iconic pop song ‘Sunglasses at Night’ (Corey Hart) which won’t be available on the album, and we added as extras the remix / new versions of Alex’s old songs that he put on sale digitally-only some time ago.
Sam Alex’s career started in the ’80s, as member of several hard / melodic rock bands From 1985 till 1987 he joined the German group Avalon as singer and songwriter. A year later he founded his own band SHEELA, whose live shows were famous throughout the country. In these times Sam turned down many offers from other renowned groups to follow his own path and ideals.
It was 1991 when he got together with a young group of musicians under the name of “Tokyo Rose”.
From 1992 till 1994 the group Tokyo Rose recorded two LPs: “Dream Dancer” and “Fear The Winter”, both taped at Sky Studios with mainman guitarist & producer Bobby Altvater at charge. Both titles were self released, but unfortunately not available in many countries.
In the following years Alex & Altvater keep in touch with the idea of recording an album together.
After recording with / for many bands, Alex recorded a couple of songs which were heard by Altvater, who recently left German melodic hard rockers Affair – and called Alex to finally start to work in a new album.
The result was this “Pieces”, including songs which original ideas born in the ’80s / 90s, and where polished and arranged for the occasion.
Musically, on the 2019 songs included into “Fly Like An Angel” Alex keeps faithful to his ’80s pedigree.
This is timeless Melodic Rock with AOR touches as heard in ‘Once in Your Life’ (which reminds me of Casanova / Michael Voss), the very melodious ‘Fly Like an Angel’ plenty of sweet melodies and harmony vocals, then on ‘Big Price’ we find more groove and sharper guitars.
The cover of ”Sunglasses at Night’ – I love this song – is very good, with heavier electric guitars added to the mix. Among the extras, there’s a new version of ‘Hold On’ one of the best cuts from Alex’s first album.
A very cool advance from the new album, as said, timeless Melodic Rock / AOR done with that classic sound.
01 – Once in Your Life
02 – Fly Like an Angel
03 – Big Price
04 – Sunglasses at Night (Corey Hart cover)
05 – Dancing with Tears in My Eyes (Remix)
06 – Hold On (New Version)
07 – Lonely (Original Japan Bonus)
Sam Alex – lead and backing vocals, keyboards
Bobby Altvater – guitars, bass, drums, backing vocals, producer
Hans Leicher – drums
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