Panther feat. Jeff Scott Soto
I picked this album up sometime in 1986 or 1987 and I think I got it at Unicorn Records in Portsmouth, VA. Not important. What was important is that it had Jeff Scott Soto on vocals. I was a HUGE fan of his work on Yngwie’s first 2 albums and randomly finding this in a record store was sweet. I remember looking at the cover thinking, “Damn, they could have found someone a little better looking.” ha ha. Even in those days the big hair didn’t do much for me. Then turning the album over and seeing that Jeff was singing, I had to have it. I think I got it for $1.
I’ll be straight to the point…this is not a great album but it is good and a little better than average. JSS’ vocals are great. To me he’s one of the greatest singers in metal/rock although I haven’t liked everything he’s put out such as Talisman and Takara. He did sound great with Journey though! I wish he could have kept that gig.
Anyhoo…Most of the songs on here are mid-paced metal anthems but all-in-all pretty good. I can still remember listening to the my vinyl copy and I think this digital version retains much of that vinyl tinniness. Best song would be “Warchild” and the worst is “Panther.”
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