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Artist: The VU

Title: Phoenix Rising

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The VU Phoenix Rising Album Cover The VU Phoenix Rising Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 2000

Label: Frontiers Records (Italy)

Catalog Number: FR CD 045


Ross Valory bass, vocals
Prairie Prince drums, percussions
Steff Burns guitars, vocals
Tim Gorman keyboard, vocals
Kevin Chalfant lead vocals
Josh Ramos additional guitars
Marty Friedman additional guitars


1.  Who Ya Gonna Believe?  4:39
2.  Keys to the City  4:15
3.  One Track Mind  4:01
4.  Save It for Me  5:18
5.  Hard to Get  4:36
6.  If I Had You Back Here  4:03
7.  Walk Through the Fire  4:25
8.  Dreaming Your Life Away  4:16
9.  Somewhere Here  5:12
10.  So Long  5:05
Total Running Time:  45:50

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Existing comments about this CD

From: freddy de keyze Date: March 31, 2003 at 7:43
MONSTER CD !!!!! BRILLIANT AOR, better than everything done by Kevin Chalfant, and that means a lot. Yes, Two Fires and The Storm are fantastic, but this is PHENOMENAL !!! BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY !!!!! You don't have to believe me, but if you're an AOR fan you MUST have this MASTERPIECE !!! And now we'll see the ratings nailed down by some idiot who seems to hate me. CHildish !!!!

From: freddy de keyze Date: March 31, 2003 at 7:53
Not online yet to destroy this rating, mate ? I'm waiting till I see the rating for this gem is down to 2 ! Thanks !

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From: Jez Date: June 2, 2003 at 16:39
Originally recorded in '85, this was a pre-cursor to the debut Storm cd.How they didn't get a record deal at the time with this is beyond me. Anyway, Good to finally have this on a proper release. Very strong throughout, especially Ross Valory's bass playing and of course Kevin Chalfant's vocals, along with a good set of songs. Not the best ever release of it's type, but definately recommended if you're into the Journey/ Storm etc etc style Aor.

From: James Date: June 28, 2003 at 9:18
this was an ok album. about 8.0 on the scale so it blows my mind that this thing has 364 rating's but only 3 comments. It does have hints of the STORM but it is average. worth having, the ebay price it pretty good for it.

From: Janxy Date: October 21, 2003 at 13:17
A vibrant AOR gem that keeps its spirits high and a great party atmosphere. Standout tracks in Keys To The City, Dreaming Your Life Away and the show closer So Long.

From: tzarsky Date: October 23, 2003 at 7:13
It seems there are two different releases of this CD. The other one is with 'Lonely Heart' i.o. 'Somewhere here' but I don't know whether it is Japanese or European or..?

From: AOR freaky Date: November 24, 2003 at 5:40
Indeed, indeed ! A TEN for this pure AOR MASTERPIECE ! A shame so few people seem to know this phenomenal keyboard driven AOR disc ! Anyway, this is one of the very finest AOR albums you will ever hear ! BUY IT ! You won't regret it !

From: Scandinavia Date: November 25, 2003 at 15:23
Hey Freddy! Good to see you're back...Gotta try this album on for size one of these days...

From: AOR freaky Date: November 26, 2003 at 4:39
Scandinavia, good friend, you have to check this out ! Listen to the song 'Keys to the city' ! Boy, oh boy, what a song ! Keys all around ! It's nice talking with guys like you, Koogles, Chris, freddy, AORMilwaukee etc. You guys have taste and know what's pure classic AOR and pomp is all about ! All the best !

From: AOR freaky Date: November 26, 2003 at 7:55
By the way, Scandinavia : have you already the mighty Pride Of Lions, without any doubt album of the year ! KILLER AOR ! Also good are Double Cross, Outland and a bit heaviër the new Dream Theater, Cornerstone, Brazen Abot, Hughes/Turner 2,Silver etc. I forget a lot, but the V.U. is also KILLER AOR !

From: Lynchomaniac Date: May 1, 2004 at 10:47
Manificent AOR, the way it should be done! I'm a bit confused by the fact that these guys never secured a deal in the late 80's, if they had I'm shure they would have been huge!

From: AOR freaky Date: May 6, 2004 at 10:43
Can't repeat it enough : MONSTER CD ! Brilliant keys !

From: jessica96fish Date: July 20, 2004 at 7:25
agree with aor freaky.this is a must have cd.and stands shoulder to shoulder with all the other big aor albums.so do yourself a favour and go get this brilliant album.

From: TIM (2) Date: July 20, 2004 at 9:22
This is a real gem, and fully agree with most of the above. I think this is more consistent than the 2 Fires albums (and better produced) and the first Storm album, but I'd probably take 'Eye of the Storm' over this myself. Is all down to personal taste though, and I wouldn't have a bad word said against this one. 'Keys to the City' is magnificent, and the last 3 tracks are just killers. This is essential keyboard-driven mid-80's AOR. 9.5/10.

From: Wotty Date: August 13, 2004 at 15:25
Played this twice today,it was well worth it.Keys to the City is superb.It is just worrying in the U.K. that we dont get quality new releases as quick as everyone else.But they say the older ones are the best.

From: Geoff Date: August 26, 2004 at 6:30
Wow, just heard this for the first time last night and today! I love it. I'm a really big fan of Mr Chalfant's voice (Just had the two brilliant The Storm CDs on this week too!). This is really good AOR / melodic rock and a lot better than I was expecting (Thus why I only heard it now). Great voice, great songs and a great CD!

From: Wotty Date: August 26, 2004 at 6:57
Geoff,I am glad you like this gem and The Storm as well.Concerning AOR/WESTCOAST I am afraid I am stuck in the fluffy keyboard driven world where you have say luurrrve at every given opportunity.I do like some more modern material,but I cant escape the void that is AOR.

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From: Jez Date: August 26, 2004 at 7:01
Wotty - don't say the 'MODERN' word on this site please - you'll get his master upset. :- () Excellent cd all round.

From: Wotty Date: August 26, 2004 at 7:21
Jez,what if I say,Up to date from the perspective of this still being 1987,I WISH.....I really am rambling now.

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From: Jez Date: August 26, 2004 at 7:23
That is much more exceptable, now go wash your mouth out!!!!

From: Wotty Date: August 26, 2004 at 7:30
Jez,you have got to be English judging by the banter.Now to find an album to stir up some emotion,now where is my keyboard?....

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From: Jez Date: August 26, 2004 at 7:37
Yes, good old blighty - Bedford to be exact. You???? come on over to the message board.I could list quite a few but would get told off!!!by the Lord & Master. How about Mushroomhead - XX (keyboards aswell)that should get him going a bit.

From: Wotty Date: August 26, 2004 at 7:45
Jez,Blighty indeed,I reside in the mighty rock capital approx,20 miles south of you.Come on you HATTERS,do you know where is yet???

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From: Jez Date: August 26, 2004 at 7:47
Not bloody Luton - oh my god. Used to live in Leagrave - Family still there.

From: Wotty Date: August 26, 2004 at 7:59
Jez,Not bloody Luton,what a scandalous thing to say.You know it is the rock capital of the U.K....Hold on a sec,they are just playing the stuff on the radio we are supposed to like,House and Garage,Lovely..

From: giorgos-greece Date: January 2, 2005 at 8:31
fantastic AOR !! Chalfant's best effort , so much better than two fires ,as good as the storm maybe a bit better. Songwriting and production are perfect.Low credits for the cover though , what a trash design!

From: Stu Date: March 17, 2005 at 13:19
The VU is an all-star cast of AOR musicians. The songs are very well written & very catchy. 'Who You Gonna Believe?' was on Cher's Love Hurts Cd & Keys To The City was supposed to be on Starship's No Protection Cd. How they did not get a record deal is beyond me. This is a classic!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: March 17, 2005 at 17:37
Right damn it is ! A real masterpiece of AOR ! BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!!

From: Swriter Date: March 17, 2005 at 17:57
oops, thanks Freaky, how did I not review this one, wowowow, what a stand out indeed!!! It may be my fav Kevin disk!!! Just with the right touch of keys and melodic rock, fantastic, no need for a song review, it's all fantastic, especially Keys to the City!!!!! man, what a song, this is a must and far too little reviews here, this is a must!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: March 18, 2005 at 12:56
Yes, swriter ! It's for songs like 'Keys In The City' that I love this kind of music so much ! FANTASTIC !

From: DeKozzen Date: March 22, 2005 at 1:28
Ooh my God ! What a fantastic cd. Brilliant !! Give us the keys to the city once more.

From: swriter Date: August 4, 2005 at 21:41
Keys to the City still stands as one of my all time fav songs, this is a good album, just wish they were all as strong as Keys, really good stuff though!!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: August 5, 2005 at 5:02
Hell, what a song that is, swriter ! IMO one of the very best in history ! And I find the whole CD OUTSTANDING ! It's one of my all time fave AOR records. I only wish that the current AOR releases were that good ! They aren't !!!

From: Heavy.AOR Date: June 22, 2006 at 11:16

From: Nick C Date: August 18, 2006 at 20:56
As I've not bought anything much for a couple of weeks I've been looking for stuff to play. Ah The VU! Not played this for a while and bang onto the CD player. I'd forgotten just how good this little release is - there's some superb songs. I wouldn't call it a bona fide classic but it's not too far off. If you like slick radio friendly AOR it's definitely worth searching out, maybe even essential. After a little looking up on the web I was surprised to discover it's now deleted, pity. 8.75/10

From: poproxx2007 Date: November 13, 2006 at 16:34
This is amazing!! Excellent musicians and top class AOR songs. Makes my Top 20 best AOR releases of all time.

From: juan carlos Date: October 13, 2008 at 23:07
itīs not a classic for me but this one is a Very Good AOR/MR album. Kevin Chalfantīs voice is excellent of course as keyboards sound too. "Keys to the City" defines this album (Brilliant keys as FREAKY said). 8.7/10

From: Photochromic Steve Date: November 3, 2008 at 16:28
This sounds like a decent album rather than the classic that some reviewers are calling it. Tracks 3,5 and 9 are fillers, and while I like the first track "Who you gonna believe", Cher did it better! It's probably heresy to say that here!

From: KurtmanJP Date: March 17, 2010 at 17:24
No one has mentioned how awesome "Walk Through The Fire" is yet? Seriously, that song is what AOR is all about!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: August 17, 2012 at 15:43
A very pleasant one solo album project with former members of Journey and The Storm...nothing can go wrong with such luminaires in it...best tracks for me are "Walk Through The Fire" & "Dreaming Your Life Away"...other goodies are "So Long"(solid mid tempo),"Who Ya Gonna Believe?","Keys To The City" & "One Track Mind"...enjoyable...87/100

From: 123charpenay Date: September 2, 2016 at 17:12
ok with my two south american friends,the two masters of this site rick and juancarlos.great a o r in the vein of two fires or the storm pleasant ,easy to listen but absoluty not a classic.i ve the feeling to hear one million times the same songs.no surprise ,no genius ,great but nothing new under the sun.

From: hair metal again Date: July 26, 2017 at 6:45
superb release for THE VU and what we have here are the pre STORM recordings with an all star band !Kevin s voice and Steff s guitar work are outstanding and really shining!the songwriting is of the highest level with songs like "who you gonna believe","i f i had you back","walk through the fire" ,'somewhere here" and "so long" !essential

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