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Artist: Dakota

Title: Runaway

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Dakota Runaway Album Cover


Category: Westcoast AOR

Year: 1984

Label: MCA/Aorchives-Melody Blvd.

Catalog Number: 0001


Jerry Hludzik vocals, guitars
Bill Kelly vocals, guitars
Rick Manwiller piano, keyboards
Neil Stubenhaus bass
Bill McHale bass
Danny Seraphine drums
Steve Porcaro additional guitars
Chris Pinnick additional guitars
Richie Zito additional guitars
Paul Jackson Jr. additional guitars
David Hawk Wolinski additional guitars
Jeff Mitchell electric piano on track 11
Tony Romano drums on track 11
Bill Champlin backing vocals on track 7


1.  Runaway  5:03
2.  Tonight Could Last Forever  4:41
3.  Heroes  4:13
4.  When the Rebel Comes Home  4:17
5.  Love Won't Last  4:11
6.  Into the Night  4:52
7.  Angry Men  4:37
8.  If Only I'd Know It  4:27
9.  Over and Over  4:29
10.  Believin' bonus track  4:19
11.  More Love bonus track  3:22
12.  National Runaway Hotline Radio Spot  0:35
Total Running Time:  49:06

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Existing comments about this CD

From: freddy de keyze Date: March 24, 2003 at 9:45
Boy, what a CD ! One of the best AOR albums (with little westcoast influences) ever made! This is a real MASTERPIECE. Listen to the title track. Perfect AOR, can't be better. A MUST !!! BUY BUY !! Class, SUPERB. CLASSIC !!!!!!!!!!!

From: koogles Date: March 25, 2003 at 14:13
YES! Freddy speaks the truth! Was I ever glad when this was FINALLY re-issued last year. A dream of an album... Survivor-style, midwest AOR done to perfection. Not a bad track on this CD: from the pounding 'American Heartbeat'-style keyboard intro to 'Runaway' to 707 'Megaforce' style choruses like 'Love Won't Last', this is an AOR wet dream so wet you'll need to post flash flood warnings around your stereo system. BRILLIANT!! The epitome of early 80's AOR. BUY or DIE SLOWLY!

From: ROB GARCIA Date: March 27, 2003 at 14:54
well man!! what can i say ....they dont make em like this anymore.a total classic in every sense of the or be buried.

From: freddy de keyze Date: March 29, 2003 at 9:36
Some idiot (idiots ?) are finding it interesting to destroy ratings given by people like me, who only want to give you honest information. Nearly 5OO ratings to give this fantastic band only a rating of 5. Shame on you, little children ! If you don't like class AOR or music, visit other websites, but don't be childish. By the way, the one who does this (also with Intruder and all other bands I like !): have the guts to say who you are! Now you're only a coward !

From: peter Date: April 6, 2003 at 22:02
this was made in heaven,thank you jerry fi you ever get a chance to buy there 'lost tracks ' album,grab it. you'll find the best aor ballad ever:ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT

From: MelodicMan Date: May 20, 2003 at 8:25
Awesome AOR with a touch of westcoast music. A classic record. Great with a CD release after all these years. Their debut is also very good. Released on CD as well. Before the became Datota they called Jerry/Kelly. Released one halfgood record in 1978. That one is also released on CD now.

From: robert Date: October 1, 2003 at 20:34
q maravilla!! q lujo! q clase! ESTOY ALUCINANDO CON este pedazo d discazo q me habia pasado inadvertido tanto tiempo! Muy a lo Chicago, pero mas duros. falta el Bestial MR . LUCKY Del 96' ¿verdad? y el del 80' (dakota) Q PEDAZO D GRUPAZO, CON MAYUSCULAS!!!

From: DAVIDE Date: November 15, 2003 at 10:48
la prima canzone è da infarto!!!!! per non parlare poi delle altre!!! eccezionale album alla preview, i-ten,frankie & knockouts, everest!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: November 25, 2003 at 9:08
Brilliant ! What do I say ? ! BRILLIANT !!!!! WOW ! What a CD ! Pure genius AOR ! Glad I did buy this ! A MUST HAVE !

From: PressChief Date: February 9, 2004 at 13:25
Rob Garcia said 'The don't make them like this anymore. But, they do! Check out The Last Standing Man, Little Victories, Mr. Lucky, or Deep 6, all by Dakota, who has never stopped making great music. Runaway is one of my all time favorites! I was glad when it was released on CD, because the old cassete tape I had was wearing pretty thin. The bounus tracks are a nice addition.

From: Rycheage Date: March 13, 2004 at 22:25
There is a musical warmness exemplified on the next track 'Tonight Could Last Forever'. 'Heroes' is an anthemic ballad, for want of a better description while 'When The Rebel Comes Home' has a more urgent beat to it. The albums 'piece de resistance' come in the shape of three songs in a row, the magnificent AOR of 'Into The Night' which reminds one of Beau Coup, the super melodic rhetoric of 'Angry Men' and the subtle balladry of 'If Only I'd Known It'. All wonderful statements to AOR music.

From: Manwiller Date: May 4, 2004 at 7:29
Pingo Pongo !!! What can i say. Timeless classic AOR westcaost. Buy ! Released now on CD.

From: perry.k Date: January 26, 2005 at 5:08
My 1st contact with the band was the "Last Standing Man"cd.I was very much impressed by the quality of the album and started to collect any info related to DAKOTA.Already knew that in the early80's had been released 2lps in the vein of my beloved STYX and Trillion,but when i got the remastered cds oh boy, these albus are made in heaven,no doubt."Into the night"is so hooky that once u hearit never forgetit, the awesome"Runaway"opus,let alone"If only id known it"a pearl of a ballad.IMMORTAL CD.

From: AOR freaky Date: January 26, 2005 at 7:00
Right, perry.k : this is a GEM !!!!!!!!!

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: March 28, 2005 at 0:08
Claro que si robert, este es un buen album de AOR bueno wescoast AOR, muy en linea Chicago, Franke los temas que ma me gustan Runaway, Into the Night, Love Won't Last, Angry Men, Tonight Could Last Forever. el resto de temas mas con el sonido de los ultimos años 70.

From: Kim HP Date: May 15, 2005 at 10:27
I agree with all the comments on this CD. This is an AOR masterpiece. Songs like "Runaway" , "When The Rebel Comes Home", "Into The Night" and "Heroes" are all KILLER. And the 2 bonus tracks are very enjoyable as well. Highly recommended!

From: swriter Date: August 28, 2005 at 12:36
what a classic, just the drums get to me at times, and Danny from Chicago, and Bill Champlin, is he on backgrounds on all the good stuff, wonder why there r no albums by Bill anywhere, Runaway is great, as is the entire album, laid back/west coast aor with some great lead guitar!!! Also, trivia, Jerry in the early 70's was in a band called The Bouys and had a hit with the song Timothy, very cool, I read that somewhere and do remember the song

From: AOR freaky Date: August 29, 2005 at 3:32
Yeah, swriter : spoken of a CLASSIC ! This one is SUPERB from one of the world's most underrated acts (together with the mighy Shooting Star !) EVER ! BRILLIANT ! And spoken of The Buoys : not Timothy, which is a cool song, is their masterpiece, but 'Give Up Your Guns', one of the BEST SONGS EVER WRITTEN ! If you don't know that one, check it out immediately, swriter ! FANTASTIC, mate !

From: Geoff Date: September 16, 2005 at 9:01
Man, another very light one. I do have to say I like the vocals a lot, but not really into this style of song-writing. Reminds me of 80's pop and I can picture a curly haired mullet-owner bopping his head around behind a wall of synthesizers with a massive toothy and goofy grin, which dampens it a litte for me. It does pick up at track 6 though. 'Into the night', 'Angry men', 'Over and over' are all good songs, but not overly into the rest. Another for AOR fans I suspect.

From: AOR freaky Date: September 16, 2005 at 12:49
Yes, Geoff : leave this ALL-TIME CLASSIC to the REAL AOR fans, as you seem to realise ! Finally ! This is SUPERB, one of the top 5 all-time AOR albums IMO. PAUL, this one is for you, mate ! We leave Geoff listen once again to Ra and Stryper ! So everyone will be happy !

From: Kip Date: September 16, 2005 at 20:55
I wonder if we're listening to the same albums today Geoff. I thought tracks 1, 3 and 5 were the best ones here. Another top notch AOR gem. I've been agreeing with Freaky a lot haven't I? I hope that doesn't taint my reputation any. But this is a balls solid, rock hard AOR effort. This rocks well for an AOR album, its melodic as hell, great vocals, good keys, good production, perfect 80's feel, what more to say? If you love AOR you need this. 8.4/10

From: perry.k Date: November 13, 2005 at 10:03
2nd time around 4 me to comment this beauty and all i can say:'cant get enough of it!'Been 'bout a year since i firstly got it and play it so regularly...but always seems its never enough!From track1 till the last one,this is melodic heaven all the way!Only get mad that didnt come my way when i was younger,but better in my early30s than never!Here in south Europe such albums were a bitch 2 track down.Delicious stuff either you're a heavyrock fan or just a pure melodic freak.Music4peoplewithtaste

From: AOR freaky Date: November 15, 2005 at 4:24
perry.k : this is indeed music for people with taste, mate. For me this is PURE AOR HEAVEN ! How good some current releases may be, they can never touch the CLASS of CLASSICS like this one ! PHENOMENAL !

From: TomStavely Date: June 12, 2006 at 8:36
Just want to say a another big thanks to Heavyharmonies for finding me a superb album i would never have heard otherwise Awesum record well worth the money it goes for 9/10

From: Clayton77 Date: December 12, 2006 at 12:03
Classic AOR...and simply a MUST HAVE!!! My Top-Fave here is "Runaway"!

From: ROBERT Date: February 8, 2007 at 11:20
Con estos Monstruosos Magos q participan, Es imposible q no saliera una Obra Maestra!! Cierto una Gran Debilidad por este Grupazo!! Pedazo d Produccion del Genial Mago RICHIE ZITO!! Sonido antologico, d ese memorable q se recuerda con Gusto y Placer mas d 20 años dp. Aki imperan los Grandes Teclados de Gran Rick Manwiller!!

From: ROBERT Date: February 8, 2007 at 11:21
INTO THE NIGHT, es d mis Prefes y la voz me recuerda a un cruce del Gran BOB CARLISLE con el no menos Grande JIMMY BARNES.. Este es el Tipo d A.O.R. q esta Fronterizo al Mas Majestuosos WEST COAST, siguiendo la Estela d Grupazos Miticos y Primogenios tipo: AMBROSIA, PLAYER, LE ROUX... etc etc Q PEDAZO D GRUPAZO, CON MAYUSCULAS!!! Ojito tb al Bestial MR . LUCKY Del 96' El bonus track Believin' es Brutal!! Melodias Nostalgicas y En Onda (Chicago, John O'banion Total) Pero Absolutament todos los Te

From: ROBERT Date: February 8, 2007 at 11:21
Absolutament todos los Temas estan a una Grandiosa Altura. 9 d 10!!

From: sanxdowntherainbow Date: June 22, 2007 at 17:03
Damn right dudes, this is one of the best Westcoast AOR albums ever made, and the best from 1983 with Charlie and Preview. For those who cant find it anywhere, well you can order it on & Pure Gold just for real collectors. 10/10. Sit back and enjoy the magic...cheers!

From: juan carlos Date: July 19, 2007 at 14:48
Tremendo y auténtico clásico del AOR, así de claro. Inigualable comienzo con Mega-temas como "Runaway" y "Tonight Could Last Forever" y "Heroes", y para seguir en ello pues tenemos a "Into the Night" "Angry Men" y las baladas "If Only I'd Know It" "Over and Over" no pueden pasar desapercibidas. Totalmente la razón le doy a AOR FREAKY. MEGA-CLASICO. 9.5/10

From: YIRO SEVENTH Date: October 30, 2007 at 21:16
Discazo. La calidad de este disco no acepta rezongos, los temas estan muy trabajados y son muuuy agradables al oido. AOR Westcoast de primer nivel con estos mas que reputados musicos con temazos como: "Heroes", "Tonight Could Last Forever" y ese esplendido "Runaway"

From: Photochromic Steve Date: December 14, 2008 at 18:01
All of the Dakota albums are good - but this one is the best of the lot. Dakota are one of my best finds here at HH - I'd never heard of them before finding them on this site.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 28, 2010 at 20:17
This one is a must have!,very good melodic AOR with some poppy moments but with class!."Runnaway" enthusiastic opener and with a nice lyric,"Tonight Could Last Forever" is just excellent,"Heroes" is a beautiful track ala Chicago kind of stuff,"When The Rebel Comes Home" remindes me of the song Maniac by Michael Sembello,the beat is similar,"Love Won't Last" is one of my faves and has good lyrics too,"Into The Night" is another fave,"Over And Over" is a lovely smoothy song..."Believin'" is a top notch track!.Classic album,a essential for AOR fans and a jewell of the 80's 4 sure.96/100

From: Monzter Date: October 18, 2015 at 7:08
Easy in the top 10 albums ever! "Love Won't Last" is a great song, no doubt, but not as fantastic as some of the rest, so have to lower the rating a wee bit. I give it 95%. Not easy to pick the best songs, but even on this album that are packed full of fantastic songs, "Tonight Could Last Forever", "Angry Men" stands out. Amazing stuff.

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