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Artist: James Christian

Title: Rude Awakening

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Category: AOR

Year: 1994

Label: Now & Then/Frontiers Records (Reissue)

Catalog Number: FRCD 029


James Christian vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, piano, drums
Lanny Cordola guitar, mandoline
Mike Slamer guitar, drums
Bruce Gowdy guitar, keyboards, drums
Danny Jacob guitar
Mitch Perry guitar
Chris Allen Lane guitar
Chris Goldsmith bass
Scott Greer piano, violin
DeWayne Barron drums
Jean McLain backing vocals
Aina Olsen backing vocals
Diana Dewitt backing vocals


1.  Don't Start Me Up  3:55
2.  Pleasure and Pain  4:56
3.  Brighter Day  4:31
4.  Where Does Love Go When It's Gone  4:03
5.  The Warden  4:23
6.  Katie  4:13
7.  Best Girl  3:31
8.  Labour of Love  4:30
9.  Mother Night  4:25
10.  Cold Day in Hell  4:06
11.  Love Should've Brought You Home  3:43
12.  Candle in the Window bonus track  3:54
13.  Woman Enough bonus track  4:21
14.  After All bonus track  3:48
15.  Love Has No Mercy bonus track  4:21
16.  Demons Down original demo  3:32
17.  Acoustic Medley live at Gods '95  7:21
Total Running Time:  73:33

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Xabofar Date: March 24, 2003 at 15:29
Good album, great voice and...Candle in the Window (What a song! perfect!)

From: Dryan Date: March 24, 2003 at 17:11
DON`T START ME UP...magic,animal,beautiful...

From: freddy de keyze Date: March 29, 2003 at 9:58
Good record indeed. You should add it to your collection. Not really a classic, but still great AOR, worth every penny !

From: M. Allen Date: April 4, 2003 at 22:32
Debut solo outing from this House of Lords singer, one of the greatest vocalists in all of melodic hard rock. This CD is good enough to make angels weep, thanks to the great production, big AOR hooks, excellent choruses, and stacked backing vocals. Just about any fan of this genre should instantly fall in love with awesome songs like 'The Warden' and 'Love Should've Brought You Home.' If you don't own this album, you need to wake up and see--or should I say, hear?--what you've been missing.

From: Rycheage Date: July 1, 2003 at 21:38
His solo album is also a little softer than House Of Lords, a more AOR blend of mid paced AOR anthems like 'Pleasure And Pain', 'Brighter Day', 'Labor Of Love' and 'Mother Night' unplugged ballads 'Katie' and 'Where Does Love Go When It's Gone' and the major power ballad 'Love Should Have Brought You Home'. If you don't have this yet, go out and get it.

From: John Date: July 25, 2003 at 14:27
I like his version of Steelhouse Lane's 'Brighter Day a LOT. Good album.

From: AOR freaky Date: December 16, 2003 at 9:33
Good AOR album, nothing special, but worth having in your collection ! A bit softer indeed than House Of Lords.

From: howe Date: January 15, 2004 at 12:48
Great album. Still apart from 'Candle in the Window' I prefer the ballads to the rockers... I doubt James played everything on this album, so who the hell are the musicians behind the music?

From: TIM (2) Date: July 13, 2004 at 9:11
I notice a lot of the original versions are all over eBay at the moment, probably because the one to own is the re-issue with the bonus tracks. The 2 Judith Randall written songs are excellent: "Candle in the Window" and "Love Has No Mercy" (that Airkraft had previously used). The album itself is up and down, and generally is more pop/rock than the bombastic AOR of House of Lords, but has some decent tunes. I'd take H.O.L or Giuffria product over this though. 7/10.

From: RODOLFO Date: November 4, 2004 at 18:34

From: Geoff Date: March 8, 2005 at 4:23
This is a good release to have sitting in your collection, as AOR Freaky notes. Sort of like a bunch of 'Demons Down' b-sides is what it sounds like to me. 'Brighter Day' is a great track, but better by Steelhouse Lane, 'Katie' is a delightful tune and a clear winner for me, 'Best Girl' is killer commercial hard rock, as is 'Woman Enough'. Though this is nowhere near as good as 'Demons Down', if you like the sound of that disc I think you'll like this. Good album.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: March 16, 2005 at 20:15
Esperaba mas, no es el tipo de AOR que me llama la atencion, mas esta en plan Hard y Rockero(me gusta que un grupo o solista haga un estilo bien definido ya sea AOR, hard-Rock/Melodico, Hard AOR no me gustan mezclas desabridas y si lo hacen que tengan estilo y clase, y aca no encuentro mucho) claro tiene sus temas AOR pero le falta mucho a este album, falta Magia si quiere llamarse album de AOR. bueno no esta tan mal de todas maneras.

From: roxas Date: August 25, 2005 at 12:51
Just recently got back to this on the old ipod. Best girl...what a "tune" that is, "Jimbo" now playing "music" out of this world..nobody can live with this.

From: jrscan77 Date: February 9, 2006 at 18:16
Uno de los mejores disco de hard aor melodico q escuche, buena producción y un toke preciso en la composición de los temas 8/10

From: ROBERT Date: February 9, 2006 at 20:11
Buenisimo!! No tan Genial como los House Of Lords, pero muy interesante!! Recomendado!! Sobre todo ese super-baladon:Love Should've Brought You Home Magico!!

From: DANTE Date: June 2, 2006 at 7:12

From: Melodiker Date: August 1, 2006 at 19:24
The man,with the golden voice ! For me,this is a classic Album ! 9/10

From: HouseOfLordsBrisba Date: July 2, 2007 at 19:50
One of my alltime favorite artists, a real classic album. My favorite tracks are, Don't Start Me Up, Pleasure & Pain, Where Does Love Go When It's Gone, Best Girl, Mother Night, Cold Day in Hell. Great ballads, killer rock tunes, this album has it all.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 28, 2011 at 18:59
Very nice album...basically a mix of ballads,mid tempos and rocking tracks...James kind of singing's superb as usual...the re-edition brings 17 songs(11 in the first print)...anyway my faves are "Don't Start Me Up","Pleasure And Pain"(beautiful),"Brighter Day"(great!),"The Warden"(rocks!),"Best Girl","Cold Day In Hell","Love Should've Brought You Home"(beautiful),"Woman Enough"(choruses ala Def Leppard)& "Demons Down"(original demo of this song that appears in the House Of Lords album of the same name)...recommended album...92/100

From: the rocker Date: December 16, 2011 at 18:52
You want to talk about great openers!, Don't start me up is awesome and right up there with Tyketto's Forever young for openers. Elsewhere we have The Warden, Woman enough( which Alias also did), Katie ( good ballad), Cold day in hell, and Best girl (good commercial rocker). I recommend!

From: 123charpenay Date: February 6, 2012 at 13:19
james christian is a fantastic singer one of the best of the world with steeve lee (rip),david coverdale,michael bormann and mr scott soto (talisman).i recommand the reissue with 7 bonus tracks.cause the original record is soft.(too many ballads).with the 7 bonus the result is excellent.i have in my collection jamas christian early demos vol 1 vol 2 ;28 songs japan import no official.several fillers but many super songs with a decent sound!!!!!!!!

From: Ydol eM Date: November 1, 2013 at 17:22
I regard James Christian as an excellent singer similar to those ones 123charpenay writes above. This album is well-written, very well-sung, only the final mix could have been more precise. Despite this fact this is great melodic hard aor rock with bluesy vibes. If you are stuck among bands like House Of Lords (of course), Gotthard, Whitesnake or even Giant (listen to #5) you surely have this album at home. 85/100.

From: 123charpenay Date: February 7, 2014 at 16:35
to ydol track 5 "the warden" is a fantastic southern (i love) track who reminds me masters of this style like doc holliday or lynyrd skynyrd.of course i ve this fantastic record at home.

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