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Artist: Strangeways

Title: Strangeways

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Strangeways Strangeways Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 1984

Label: Bonaire Records

Catalog Number: None


Alan Carvell lead and backing vocals
Jim Drummond drums, backing vocals
Tony Liddell lead vocals
Tony Rivers backing vocals
Dave Stewart bass, backing vocals
Alan Thomson keyboards
Dave Stewart bass, backing vocals
Ian Stewart guitar, backing vocals


1.  The Kid Needs Love  3:32
2.  Hold Back Your Love  4:12
3.  Close to the Edge  3:41
4.  Heartbreak Zone  4:14
5.  Cry Out  4:53
6.  Power Play  3:40
7.  Breakin Down the Barriers  3:57
8.  Now Its Gone  3:57
9.  More than Promises  4:12
10.  Hold Tight  2:57
11.  Streets on Fire  3:48
Total Running Time:  43:03

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Existing comments about this CD

From: WidoMakr Date: January 17, 2002 at 17:52
For a band that not many people know they have some very good tunes...a classic? no...but definitely worth listening to if u like it a little less pounding but still maintaining a great quality sound....quote the WidoMakr...never more

From: Shoemaker Date: January 18, 2002 at 2:35
Yes, but their second album 'nativ sons ' is an classic, must have melodicrock masterpice.

From: WidoMakr Date: February 5, 2002 at 3:12
ShoeMakr...I have i believe their 3rd album Walk In the Fire....some great melodies on this one..some amazing high notes hit on it also by Terry Brock..quote the WidoMakr....never more

From: Shoemaker Date: February 5, 2002 at 7:38
Yes Mr.Widomaker but after Terry Brock left the band, they driftet into a weak and boring something.

From: music man Date: February 5, 2002 at 8:28
If you enjoy great AOR music, grab their 3rd one, Walk In The Fire. It's quite an impressive piece of music.

From: WidoMakr Date: March 15, 2002 at 20:12
ShoeMaker...seeing how u like Strangeways try the band shy...BUT find the album when they were known as Shy England...I think u will like it... Quote the WidoMakr....never more

From: Andre Date: July 16, 2002 at 14:14
A piece of the 80`s sound.One greatunderrated band.Great production,puts every instrument in it`s place.Great AOR without sounding cheesy.Razor edged vocals,rocki`n guitars good soundingdrums and keyboards never sounded so 80`s!Most people choose Walk in the Fire as their best effort.I rather prefferthis one,witch in my opinion is less comercial.Got to listen to Power play,best track!Even the album cover shows a genuine 80`s artwork.This album rocks!A must have if you`re into honest aor get it

From: yah Date: July 28, 2002 at 10:26
tony rivers rules!

From: Andre Tekken Date: July 30, 2002 at 10:57
Er..excuse-me who might be this Tony Rivers??

From: Jessica Date: January 6, 2003 at 11:56
Tony Liddell sounds great on vocals!!! Any chance of getting him back to do an album?!!!

From: JOURNEY Date: April 7, 2003 at 10:03

From: DAVIDE Date: November 16, 2003 at 7:00
un capolavoro!!! sicuramente, il loro miglior album!!!

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: December 16, 2003 at 3:54

From: vandervelde Date: May 6, 2004 at 19:33
This album has the same sound as Streets albums. IMO this is as good as Streets albums. Power Play is my favourite track here.

From: bateman Date: July 2, 2004 at 6:44
Tony Liddell has a unique voice - it sounds nasty and rotten in some ways. This adds an dimension to the great songwriting on this melodic rock album. compared to 'native sons' and 'walk in the fire' the debut is sounding less lush and is dominated more by the guitar work than the voice which became the more important factor for the next albums. If you like those, you'll also love this one!

From: Davison Bullock Date: July 16, 2004 at 19:33
Strangeways are my all time favourite band along side Journey. This first album I bought after Native Sons which is in my Top Ten AOR of all time. I like Native sons but this first album is SUPERB. This album is my favourite in my collection!!!. 80's keyboards all over the place. Hold Back You Love, Powerplay blew me away and this album still does when I listen to it with excellent vocals (Tony Lidell - You Rock!!!) and Keys, Guitars, drums. I wore out the tape after continual play over a year a

From: Geoff Date: September 18, 2004 at 23:44
This is a cool melodic rock / AOR album. Gor reasons I am not completely sure of (Similar artwork?) this has always reminded me of a lesser version of the White Sister debut. Not as hard rocking and the songs are nowhere near as good, but it's a good solid melodic rock CD. Probably not great in my books, but good stuff.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: November 1, 2004 at 17:36

From: z4roxx Date: January 19, 2005 at 19:19
A true aor masterpiece!!Their'native sons'maybe is better but this one...really in a Shy style!!That was an awesome band....

From: z4roxx Date: February 11, 2005 at 22:12
I prefer a little more'native sons'because I find it more complete but this one is great,too.Both are masterpieces in different styles as well...

From: orietto Date: February 17, 2005 at 7:40
anyone knows if it's edit officially on cd ?

From: z4roxx Date: February 17, 2005 at 12:27
Orietto,you search only originals cd pressing but it's very difficult gettin'all originals one sometimes.I think this albums was out only on vynil and press on cd for their label and I think there aren't any other re-issues...So che hai le pustole perch' pensi che sia una ristampa di carta velina ahahahahaha

From: AOR freaky Date: February 17, 2005 at 14:06
Yes, it's out on CD !

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From: Jez Date: February 18, 2005 at 7:42
This was re-issued by the band on Hangdog records a few years back, so is pretty easily avaliable on cd. And a great great album it is. I always loved David Stewarts bass playing on all of the Strangeways albums, very funky in places. I remember that my first impression was of the consistency of the songs on this, as they All feature a mega hook in the choruses. For a debut album, this is superb, although the best was to come with the phenomenal 'Native Sons' & 'Walk In The Fire' releases.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: February 19, 2005 at 6:55
What??? ranking 6.36, Is a Stupid Ranking fot this Classic of AOR. What Happen in this page???

From: ArnoldLancelot Date: March 20, 2006 at 0:21
Our friend Rafo Phoenix maybe says it too strongly but he does have a point... Even between the highest AOR rankings of all times you can't came up with something much better than Strangeways. Even the most common Toto, Journey, Survivor and the looong etc, mentioned above had to bow respect, TRUE respect to Strangeways. IMO only the frist two FM's records, can stand side by side. You can listen to your thousand of cds... but you always have to com back to this. True Classics ALL three.

From: Chris_GR_Aor Date: August 18, 2006 at 10:59
A great debut that it is as excellent as the next 2 AOR gems of this great band.Awesome melodies and great guitars..'Breakin Down the Barriers' & 'Now It's Gone' are the highlights...10/10

From: sanxdowntherainbow Date: April 8, 2007 at 21:21
Damn, it seems like Rafo loves this album more than his own life! Well IMO is a great debut, and I like most of the songs but, the singer...damn that singer just shit on the songs!...anyways, Strangeways is a legendary band, so I'll give it a 9.10

From: darobinson Date: February 17, 2008 at 18:40
This is a great release form Strangeways!!! A bit more punch on this disc than the two AOR classics to follow. The first three releases are a must have.

From: Mustaine_TW Date: April 27, 2008 at 13:42
Strangeways's self-titled album sounds like Shy imo. There are some pretty good songs.

From: hernanHRM/AOR Date: December 17, 2008 at 21:47
Hold Tight Super Song Killer...100/100

From: RicardoAOR Date: August 18, 2009 at 14:25

From: juan carlos Date: August 18, 2009 at 17:47
Good release but "Native Sons" and "Walk into the Fire" are the True Classics Gems, Terry Brock was the Man behind Strangeways, Tony Lydell does a good job but definately not great or something.. "Close to the Edge" is my fav track here. great melodies, good guitars but the best AOR album? Nahh is it a joke isnīt it? 8.8/10

From: shoemaker Date: November 15, 2009 at 13:11
Tony Liddle is not bad. Target Records recently rereleased his solo album from 1988 good AOR/melodicrock stuff.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 28, 2010 at 15:01
Excellent debut album with their first singer (or may i say original singer)Mr Tony Liddell(he lasted only one album and did more than a respected job)..amazing tracks such as "The Kid Needs Love","Hold Back Your Love","Close To The Edge","Heartbreak Zone" and "Now It's Gone"..the band broke through worldwide recognition when Terry Brock took the mic duties...shamely the band have never played these songs live (as far as i'm concerned)and is such a waste because they are really great and Terry wouldn't have any kind of problem singing them..anyway great album and a must to any self respected AOR fan!.Buy!.100/100..

From: darobinson Date: October 14, 2010 at 18:10
Anybody no if this album was release on the Bonaire label as a disc? I have Native Sons on the original label but have never see this release on the Bonaire label. The only original I have seen is a RCA release and the Hand Dog re-issue.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 14, 2010 at 21:19
Hey darobinson good question brother...i'm gonna check my vinyl......but i'm pretty sure the answer is yes!...Bonaire Records...in fact they rejected a major deal with EMI in order to sign a deal with Bonaire which somehow limited the real expansion of the band itself...cheers mate!!!

From: 707STAR Date: November 30, 2011 at 14:25

From: Luciano86 Date: December 12, 2011 at 14:40
Great Debut 100/100

From: Luciano86 Date: December 12, 2011 at 14:40
Great Debut 100/100

From: CLOUD FORCE Date: November 7, 2013 at 7:41
Everybody seems to prefer Native sons and walk in the fire.sure they are classics,but this album was more..energetic,almost "gym/training AOR".would have ben cool if they had gone in this direction.

From: titothetitan Date: December 19, 2018 at 11:07
Hi rick, the Special Limited Deluxe Collector's Edition contains 5 live bonus tracks!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 22, 2018 at 22:58
Hi titothetitan!!!...great!!!...thanks 4 the info

From: titothetitan Date: March 20, 2019 at 14:53
well, on Spotify says 'live' but actually are demos, not live songs! :/

From: titothetitan Date: October 11, 2019 at 18:18
Very good debut album by this great band even if the production is bad and the lead singer Tony Liddel is weak. However most the songs are catchy and with a lot of keyboards. Terry Brock joining the group for the follow-up albums was the missing ingredient. 88/100.

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