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Artist: GUN

Title: Taking on the World

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GUN Taking on the World Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1989

Label: A and M

Catalog Number: CD 5285


Mark Rankin vocals
Giuliano Gizzi guitar
Baby Stafford guitar
Dante Gizzi bass
Scott Shields drums


1.  Better Days  
2.  The Feeling Within  
3.  Inside Out  
4.  Money EVerybody Loves Her  
5.  Taking on the World  
6.  Shame on You  
7.  Can't Get any Lower  
8.  Something to Believe In  
9.  Girls in Love  
10.  I Will be Waiting  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: TT Date: November 22, 2001 at 9:24
Pleasantly surprised by this when I got it in the cutout bin. While classified as hard rock, by todays standards they may be considered closer to pop. I enjoyed this, but it does not get as much play as others. The rhythm and guitar work was pretty good as well.

From: tinman Date: May 7, 2002 at 16:00
excellent band, when's the next album? this album rocks.......buy it!

From: Kim Date: July 15, 2002 at 17:18
This band rocks, I can recommend all their releases, except, the one called G:U:N 0141 532 6328, which is a stinker. There is NOT one second of good music on this one. Their other 3 releases are great though.

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: November 12, 2002 at 4:52
Todavia me acuerdo cuando los escuche por primera vez,salieron en aquel programa que presentaban Carlos Herrera y Bibi Andersen los sabados por la noche,(creo que el programa se llamaba asi)en aquel lejano 1989,y cantaron el primer tema Better Days,que junto con Inside Out son mis ,favoritas del disco,¿de que palo van? Rock comecial,o AOR rockero como querais.NO ESTA MAL.

From: Drag-in-Bones Date: November 24, 2002 at 12:48
DEAD-ON BULL's EYE of album! "GUN" is a real Scottish band through and through! Their musical style has elements that may seem to some as odd companions. At times there is a groove similar to the pulsating style of "INXS" cut against a rhythm section that is driven by "AC/DC"-like powerage. Occasional moments may be too heavy for the dance crowd, but also not bludgeoning enough for you rivet-heads! On the record, "GUN" is brilliant. Their debut album, an interesting mix of infectious styles.

From: TIM Date: November 24, 2002 at 13:01
Yep, this is a fun album.

From: MALLORCA´S ROCK Date: December 30, 2002 at 13:21
Por las pintas que tienen quien diria que el contenido del cd seria tan bueno. Es una mezcla entre hard , retazos de pop rock y ligeros toques AOR. Muy buen disco. Tambien destacar el erótico video que les hizo famosos

From: Metalhead Date: March 7, 2003 at 14:38
I saw this one in a bargain bin. Do they really sounds like AC/DC? And most importantly, do they really belong here in heavyharmonies? I need some comments.

From: TIM Date: March 7, 2003 at 15:15
Yes they belong on HH but they sound nothing like AC/DC.

From: Blue Tequila Date: March 7, 2003 at 23:54
Had this on cassette. Never heard the AC/DC similarity. I actually thought of them as more of a heavier U2. Not a bad album but I have passed on buying the cd the last couple of times i've come across it.

From: John Date: August 13, 2003 at 15:13
My favorite on this one is 'Inside Out'. Standout track on a standout album. Man is it refreshing to hear a band just play rock and roll without gimmicks or worrying about an image.

From: Jordi Bormann Date: November 7, 2003 at 6:11
Impresionante el trabajo de estos escoceses. Uno de los mejores cd de toda mi discografia. Temazos a lo feelin´within o ya, hasta llegar a la mejor de todo el disco: TAKING ON THE WORLD. Irrepetible.

From: ROBERT Date: December 16, 2003 at 21:25
Muy buen disco!! normal, era 1989!! 6'5 sobre 10!!

From: Metal Pete Date: January 2, 2004 at 15:22
I like it. 'Better Days' got radio time and is the 'hit' here. 'Inside Out', 'Can't get any Lower', and 'Feeling Within' are nice too. Some good tracks, if you can find it cheap I recommend it!

From: Veninet Date: January 30, 2004 at 15:57
Really i own all their albums from the beginning and i've never heard so trong guitars mixed with so Mark Rankin's harmful voice, so from its last album i haven't heard from them, really i miss a non commercial band like this in rock scene so my rating could be 10/10 for all their albums except last one.........My prefered one>Gallus

From: El Presidente Date: February 22, 2004 at 8:28
This album kicks B*tt! There is a GUN site I found the other day and it rocks! (search yahoo with 'GUN dante joolz') I heard a rumour that Spectrum records were considering releasing 0141 as produced by GUN...after hearing the demos that could be the best news since swagger! Taking on the world has to be a classic album with strong lyrics and fine melodies as well as some cracking guitar riffs....

From: mark adams Date: March 16, 2004 at 14:11
first got this album for the one song "better days" but was very surprised by the whole thing, just love the songs and love the vocals and now its in my top ten albums ever. should be up there with the best live act,s aswell

From: Hazim Date: March 19, 2004 at 10:44
Bought all their albums except the last one. They got worse with each album. Taking On The world and gallus are superb. Those two albums are worth 10 albums by todays standards. GO OUT AND BUY THEM. Cheers.

From: Eddie Date: March 22, 2004 at 13:37
Great album from a band that should have been bigger.

From: Dick Les Date: March 24, 2004 at 14:00
Sound like AC/DC? Are you on crack? Great record.

From: Sergio Date: November 20, 2004 at 9:27
Este es el primer CD que compré. Muy buena mezcla de pop, rock melódico y AOR. Una mezcla entre BON JOVI, AEROSMITH e INXS. Las mejores: TAKING ON THE WORLD, BETTER DAYS, INSIDE OUT e THE FEELING WITHIN. 9/10

From: Teer Date: January 7, 2005 at 3:26
Great hard rock album. 9/10 Vocals by Mark are awesome. Great band all in all with who for some reason thats beyond me just didnot make it big. So on the last album they released they tried a different approach and that sucked big time. Would be great to see this talented band back together tho. Saw them play live in holland as a support act for Simple Minds and they kicked major ass. Great live band also !

From: rick kerch Date: February 9, 2005 at 20:40
I have read in many messages that they are similar to AC/DC but i think they were more towards Bryan Adams or Slide sort of band.Anyway,good band that dissapeared with the time...I was really lucky to see this band live as a support act to Thunder back in the 80's when they released this album,shamely they couldn't continue doing this with their latest releases but i guess it's life.

From: Erik Date: February 10, 2005 at 1:51
You are spot on Rick. Gun is no way similar to AC/DC. Its all about (melodic) rock music. Similar style like Roadhouse ( Uk Band ). I saw these guys open live myuself twice back in the 80's and they really rocked and had a high energy show. The singer is even better live. Always thought they would make it big(ger). Their last album sucked tho.

From: Geoff Date: February 14, 2005 at 19:40
This band was all about class. In regards to class, they remind me of a slightly less melodic and more mellow Giant, in places. 'Better Days' could not be a better start to the album with it's melodic brilliance, 'Inside Out' is another classy commercial rocker, 'Taking on the World' is as beautiful as ballads come - such atmosphere and depth, 'Can't Get any Lower' is a nice slower track and overall you really have yourself a very good album. Also a plus is you'll find it cheap if you look.

From: Teer Date: June 27, 2005 at 11:31
Geoff summed it all up perfectly. I always thought Mark Rankin was a sensational vocalist. His voice fitted the music like a glove. "Better days"is a killer track. All in all a very good album indeed. Bought this one in 89. Looking back its unbelievable what amount of awesome melodic rock cd's released between 88 and 92. But with bands like Outland, Hartmann, Gotthard, Final Frontier, Teer ,Sha Boom, Northen Light, Blanc Faces the future looks bright.

From: Lovedrive Date: January 6, 2006 at 7:03
Parece que no pasen los años con este grupo! sigue sonando de putísima madre. BETTER DAYS, INSIDE OUT...

From: Figge Date: October 25, 2006 at 13:06
A masterpiece of an album, if you ask me. Just brilliant and infectious melodies with an almost U2 vibe. One of the best CDs in my collection along with their third release "Swagger". Strongly recommended! Better Days, Inside Out, The Feeling Within and the title track are all awesome tracks.

From: z4roxx Date: August 24, 2007 at 11:49
Excellent debut for this surprising band for me.I did discover them only the last year and i find all cds'very good,this one is less energic and more rock oriented than the next 2 with some great melodick moments even if there isn't a really stunning song but I hear maybe a couple of fillers,the rest is very good indeed!8/10 for me!

From: YNGWIEVIKING Date: February 18, 2008 at 4:40
GOOD CD 78/100 NOT EXCATLY MY CUP OF J.D. but good anyway VERY BRITISH pop MELODIC ROCK sOmetimes like contemporary THUNDER Or HEAVIER U2 If you like DEF LEPPARD's SLANG you'll absolutly love this one MUCHmuchMUCH better

From: juan carlos Date: June 27, 2008 at 22:57
This band reminds me of Simple Minds/U2/Billy Idol/Van Halen... Songs like "Shame On You" will remind you of U2/Simple Minds. Great PowerPop/Melodic Rock indeed. My favorite are "Can't Get any Lower" "The Feeling Within" "Taking on the World" "Inside Out" "Something to Believe In" "Shame on You" in these order. Mr. rankin has a stunning voice! If you like modern bands like 7th Heaven or The Maxx etc you will enjoy this album and i guess you already got this one!. This is My Cup of Tea for sure. Super-Recommended. 9/10

From: hair metal again Date: August 11, 2009 at 1:23
magnificent debut by this scottish band.pure ,straight rock music with great melodic moments , terrific vocals and much of heart.listen to "better days","inside out","can't get any lower" so much talent in their music.at that time we listened to hair metal bands but these guys made us look and smile at scotland.as for the comparisons with u2 just laughing.gun is a much better band

From: Leykis101 Date: July 8, 2012 at 23:20
I decided to comment on all these GUN albums after hearing their new FUCKING GARBAGE SOUNDING ALBUM, this debut is a great disc, absolutely worth picking it up, Better Days is a strong opener, Inside Out is the song that sounds like it may be the single, but my absolute favorite off this disc that Ive heard nobody mention yes, GIRLS IN LOVE!! killer bass line, with kind of an off sounding swing to it, fucking tits song, tits CD, go buy it, I promise if you like just plain old rock, perhaps on the verge of hard pop rock, this album will not let you down.

From: gallus1992 Date: September 30, 2012 at 19:33
This album is a lost gem of the era! It is quite difficult to pick just one good song out of the 10 included on this 1989 offering. The only song I haven't given much thought to is "Girls In Love", which is good, but not as memorable. The musicianship on here is incredible. Mark Rankin is in my book as one of the greatest vocalists of the era. My favorite out of them all has to be the climactic title track and the track that follows, "Shame On You", as well as "Better Days", "The Feeling Within" and "Inside Out". All have sort of a U2 meets The blues of the Rolling Stones all with the pomp and delivery of Bon Jovi in my honest opinion. Overall, I think Taking On The World is a PHENOMENAL disc and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone, young or old, it is that great! This one is not gonna let you down, You'll love it, I guarantee it!!!

From: Leykis101 Date: September 7, 2013 at 0:11
A pretty decent album, I got a hell of alot more then I bargained for when I found this at Tower Records in Phoenix around 1994, for .35 cents, I had seen it around alot, but never heard it, well grabbing this and Gallus for $1 It didnt matter if it was the worst album ever made(ironically I found Crisis Party on that same rack that same night)I was so suprised listening to this, Inside Out was a huge catchy radio sounding song, but I must admit my fav off this disc, is the infectious, bass groove oriented, almost dance sounding track, Girls In Love, a stroke of genius? I found something fucking mind altering about that track, to this day I still have to jam it at least once a month, a pretty good attempt at a debut, though not even remotely in the same class as their following album Gallus, and then Swagger, find this, and buy it, you really wont be let down.

From: Doug Date: January 15, 2015 at 17:45
A friend just turned me on to this album. Nice surprise.

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