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Artist: XYZ

Title: XYZ

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XYZ XYZ Album Cover

 

Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1989

Label: Enigma

Catalog Number: 7 73525-2

Personnel

Marc Richard Diglio guitars
Terry Ilous vocals
Patt Fontaine bass
Paul Monroe drums

Tracks

1.  Maggy  
2.  Inside Out  
3.  What Keeps Me Loving You  
4.  Take What You Can  
5.  Follow the Night  
6.  Come On N' Love Me  
7.  Souvenirs  
8.  Tied Up  
9.  Nice Day to Die  
10.  After the Rain  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Adrian Date: February 3, 2001 at 7:01
This is a band that has been with me through my teenage years. The first time I fall in love, the first kiss and the fall broken heart. Songs like Souvenirs and After the Rain was always there when I am facing life, growing up. I hope one day the radio stations will play After the Rain again, it is the best ballad that I've ever heard. No bells and whistles, no materialist facts about the world today, just plain good old ballad. This song is still in my mind today and I am from Singapore.

From: harvesgt Date: April 10, 2001 at 19:10
one of the best rock albums of all time. everyone should own it.

From: Jennifer Date: April 26, 2001 at 13:22
Yes! Great album from superb band. So melodic and wonderful-a treat to listen to. You need it!

From: Lou Date: April 27, 2001 at 22:35
This one is just great! I've loved it for years.

From: Sandy Date: April 30, 2001 at 9:45
One of my faves ever. Great music here!

From: crathopper Date: May 4, 2001 at 18:00
Great disc. Extremely underrated band. One of my all time favs.

From: Billy Date: May 18, 2001 at 1:20
I got this when it came out and have loved it ever since I first listened to it. After The Rain is one of the best songs I have ever heard. I haven't heard too much of their other stuff but this one is a DAMN FINE album.

From: RockDude Date: May 29, 2001 at 14:49
Excellent stuff! AFTER THE RAIN is a terrific song.

From: T-BONE Date: August 12, 2001 at 15:34
Totally killer guitar work from another underrated guitarist, Marc Diglio. This guy could put Nuno Bettencourt to shame (and i'm a big Nuno fan!) Great hooks and rhythms. Catchy guitar riffs. Both cd's are a must have for any Rock/Metal collector!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Chris Date: September 3, 2001 at 17:50
Excellent 80's style guitar driven rock album. This would be a standout in any era. This disc just kicks!! Not a bad song on the entire disc. This a must have disc. Pay whatever you have to to get it although it was recently reissued. Run out and snag your own copy NOW!!

From: D. Marak(India) Date: September 27, 2001 at 11:31
XYZ is my fav. from my teenage days till now. Songs like SOUVENIRS & AFTER THE RAIN are classic. I simply love these guy's music. Thanks to XYZ. They are the ABC of the life. Thanks dudes. Mail me at dipumarak@yahoo.com Bye.

From: 3rd_rail@37.com Date: October 19, 2001 at 8:29
THIS IS A KILLER DEBUT ALBUM PRODUCED BY DON DOKKEN IT HAS HIS TOUCH FOR SURE GREAT SONGS KILLER GUITAR ACTION VERY UNDER-RATED I HAD IT SINCE 89 I LOVE IT

From: vladi - bg Date: November 5, 2001 at 6:34
'What Keeps Me Loving You'-FANTASTIC NIGHT-ROMANTIC SUPERSONG WITH KILLING GUITAR AND GREAT VOICE.THIS SONG JUST TURN BACK THE YEARS!!!

From: Ronnie Date: November 5, 2001 at 18:19
Now this is music....I LOVE this CD...One of my top 10 out of 1500...

From: Harvey Date: November 16, 2001 at 10:00
Good but a little too close to the Dokken sound (I suppose it would be since Don boy produced it but there you go). More browny points for not having songs about 'Rocking Hard' or 'Black Widows' (see complaints about the first Rough Cutt album)

From: Jenni Date: December 2, 2001 at 14:03
I actually broke my tape player because I rewound this tape SO much. I played it over and over and over. 'What Keeps Me Loving You' ahhh what a song! I cherished this band! I still have my cassette single of Inside Out w/Blue Side of the Night on the B-side. These guys take me back to the day when metal was alive and kickin! 80's METAL LIVES ON IN MY HEART!!!

From: koogles Date: January 1, 2002 at 17:25
Why these guys never rubbed shoulders with the Wingers and Warrants is beyond me. 'Souvenirs' was better than 990f the other power ballads on the late 80s metal market. This band had it all... too bad they never got it all. Recommended.

From: WidoMakr Date: March 6, 2002 at 21:20
This band had/has some sound....the song 'After the Rain' is simply awesome...call me crazy but kinda whitesnakish.(thats a good compliment by the way)..great song and album...great melodies...worth the price people...Quote the WidoMakr.....never more

From: Francesco Date: April 3, 2002 at 22:47
'After the rain' is a very great rock ballad!

From: Desslar Date: April 8, 2002 at 1:38
'After the Rain' is great and 'Inside Out' is fun, but the rest is a bit generic.

From: Richard H. Date: May 13, 2002 at 17:03
Cool band ,Cool songs and the chops to to blow away most in their genre.Terry Illous sounds a lot like Don Dokken( I wonder if it had anything to do with Don pushing the buttons behind the console.) Not a classic but recommended.'What Keeps Me Loving You' is a killer ballad along with 'Souvenirs'.'Maggy' & 'Inside Out' are kick ass.

From: jason Date: May 14, 2002 at 20:58
I regret not buying this album when it came out. I still don't have it, but I think I would have liked it. The only thing I have of them is a video of the song 'Inside Out.' I love the guitar riff in that song. Terry has a pretty cool voice and the chicks in that video .......well..... You know......

From: TIM Date: May 14, 2002 at 23:25
jason, the 1st album is great but I'd recommend you get the 2nd release. Whichever you get, ask the store nearest you to get the 'Axe Killer' version if possible. They come with bonus tracks plus enhanced guitar which I think sounds better than any gold disc. These are listed on Ebay all of the time. They're usually called 'French Import' and sell for around $17.00.

From: JUAN CARLOS Date: May 16, 2002 at 14:03
GREAT ALBUM I HOPE FIND THE LYRICS FROM WHAT KEEPS ME LOVING YOU IF SOMEONE HAVE IT, PLEASE SEND ME TO MY MAIL ingjcgo@yahoo.com.mx thanks very much

From: TIM Date: May 16, 2002 at 18:45
This is a great album, but I found one flaw. The song After The Rain borrows too much from Love Of A Lifetime from Firehouse and is not as good in my opinion. The guitar riff shows it the most. It's not bad by any means, but I thought they should have been original.

From: jason Date: May 16, 2002 at 22:45
TIM, just off the top of my head....didn't this XYZ album come out before Firehouses 'Love Of A Liftime?' If this XYZ album came out in 1989, then it is older than Firehouse. I think Firehouses first album was 1990 or '91.

From: TIM Date: May 16, 2002 at 23:00
Your right jason. I should have stuck my foot in my mouth there. Anyways, I think Firehouse's song sounds much better. I guess Firehouse ripped off XYZ. The guitar riff sounds almost identical. For some reason I thought XYZ came out later. They were definately underrated. I can't understand how they didn't catch on. I guess I didn't like After the Rain since I'm such a Firehouse fan. Sorry for the screw up.

From: Reno Date: May 17, 2002 at 0:13
Hey TIM, If you want to check out 2 songs that sound extremely similar check out Nasty Nasty from Black 'N' Blue and then listen to Domino from Kiss. Nasty Nasty came out in 1986 and Domino was 1992. I know Gene $immons produced Black 'N' Blue back then, but Domino is a complete rip off of Nasty Nasty right down to the song intro and guitar work. As far as Firehouse goes, the closest song to Love of a Lifetime I've heard is When I Look Into Your Eyes off the Hold Your Fire cd.

From: Reno Date: May 17, 2002 at 0:27
Get both cd's from this band jason. If you like the guitar work on the Inside Out song, check out the song H.H.Boogie off the Hungry cd. Marc really lets loose. Like TIM said, get the import version if you can find it.

From: Reno Date: May 17, 2002 at 0:48
Just to add, if you like Terry's vocals, check out his newer band Cage also on this site. There's alot of great musicians with him on this cd.

From: TIM Date: May 17, 2002 at 8:23
Reno, I pulled out my copy of Black N' Blue. I'd forgotten about that one. I'm not a major BNB fan. By the way, I don't like Domino on the studio vesion just on Alive III. I usually like studio better but not in this case.

From: Desslar Date: May 18, 2002 at 15:24
Love of a Lifetime, while good, is ten times cheesier than After the Rain.

From: TIM Date: May 18, 2002 at 17:46
No offence Desslar, but I always thought the word 'cheesier' actually fit into the category it is attempting to describe. I think Love of A Lifetime is over 10 times better. Well, I like your taste in music- I just disagree in this case.

From: TIM Date: May 18, 2002 at 18:18
If I remember correctly, you're not too much into the softer music. I'm not either, that's one of the few I can tolerate. I do like After the Rain though, just not as much.

From: jason Date: May 19, 2002 at 14:50
Sorry but I can't stand 'Love Of A Life time.' I saw Firehouse life and still don't care for them. Vixon should have sang that song. As for 'After The Rain' wasn't that a album by Nelson? Good God!?!?

From: jason Date: May 19, 2002 at 14:51
I mean I saw Firehouse LIVE!

From: JK Northrup Date: May 21, 2002 at 23:57
Another FYI. Be looking for the a XYZ CD coming this year. www.jknorthrup.8k.com

From: TIM Date: June 2, 2002 at 15:39
Does it feature the original lineup? By the way jason, I just bought the 'Inside Out' vhs promo off of Ebay- It's great!

From: Mattia Date: June 6, 2002 at 16:30
XYZ....THE BEST BAND I EVER HEARD

From: dokken6008 Date: June 27, 2002 at 4:48
Terry's vocals are absolutely stunning. It's like Dokken mixed with SteelHeart (vocally). How much better can you get than that? True, maybe a lot of the album wasn't that great but it was still their first and they improved in time (i.e. 'Hungry'). Personally I think that the two kick-ass rockers 'Maggy' & 'Inside Out' plus the great chorus melody in the ballad 'Souvenirs' are worth the price alone for their self-titled debut cd. The solo in 'Come On & Love Me' is also another big highlight.

From: THE ROCKER Date: July 8, 2002 at 12:50
UN DISCO SIN DUDA ALGUNA APOTEOSICO,CHICOS VOLVED EL ROCK AMERICANO OS RECLAMA

From: Photomaker Date: July 25, 2002 at 5:57
Great bunch of guys-I did some publicity/portfolio work for them. I lost the free tape that they gave me and rushed out and bought another since it was so good. Alas, my ex-wife took 'Hungry' with her, but I still play this one. What a great sound!

From: Youngterk1 Date: July 28, 2002 at 15:42
I loved this CD from day one, but I have one question--in the beginning line of 'After the Rain' does he mess up the word tear?--Maybe it's just me but I think I hear 'Tewww in your eye'---any thoughts?

From: dokken6008 Date: August 9, 2002 at 5:43
Maybe I'll check on that one. But who cares, really, man? XYZ kicked ass! Keen observation, I suppose.

From: Dokkenfan Date: August 10, 2002 at 0:26
The song ' Nice day to die ' has the same riff than ' Don't close your eyes ' from The Tooth and Nail album. Check this one out !

From: SEBSFOX Date: September 5, 2002 at 13:38
Love these guys. Great vocals! Maggy, Take What You Can, And Nice Day To Die are awsome tunes. Although it's a must-have album, 'Face Down In The Gutter' is their greatest song on their follow-up album.

From: Steve T Date: September 6, 2002 at 8:42
Maybe it's just me but I found this album to be a little 'run of the mill' Sorry......musically they are excellent but something doesn't gel.

From: TIM Date: September 6, 2002 at 10:22
I think there was more filler on this one Steve T. That's probably what didn't gel. Hungry is by far their best IMHO.

From: Drag-in-Bones Date: September 16, 2002 at 0:03
Attitude, luck, strippers, musicians, letters in the alphabet, Don Dokken--all are essential elements in this Rock N Roll equation. A tight band thats getting up in front of perfect strangers and exposing themselfs and there feelings. So It's easy to see why, when the band was planning their record-release party, they insisted on having it at a swank strip joint in Hollyweird (Hollywood) to capture all the right moments. Hay, anyone know that 'XYZ' did a Coors beer jingle? Later!!!

From: TIM Date: September 30, 2002 at 15:20
Has anyone heard the Metallization or Asian Typhoon albums by these guys?

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From: Blue Charvel Date: September 30, 2002 at 18:28
Hey TIM, I've managed to download 4 songs off 'Metalization' and hot damn does it suck. It sounds more like EZO, but without the talent. Very disappointing...

From: T-BONE Date: September 30, 2002 at 19:09
Those cd's are a totally different band TIM and Blue Charvel. They are a Japanese band with the same name. Check out this site and scroll down a little bit: http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Pavilion/3290/xyz.html

From: TIM Date: September 30, 2002 at 20:00
Thanks Blue Charvel and T-BONE. I saw those 2 and wondered why I hadn't heard of them. Thought I was missing out.

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From: Blue Charvel Date: September 30, 2002 at 20:36
T-BONE, thanks for the tip, I guess I was closer than I thought with the EZO reference...

From: Reno Date: October 1, 2002 at 6:40
You didn't miss out on shit TIM. I accidently downloaded those 2 cd's from Napster thinking that they were imports or something back about 2 years ago. I was not impressed in the slightest. They are nothing to write home about.

From: Reno Date: October 1, 2002 at 6:41
oops...the guitarist was pretty good, but the rest of the songs seemed like they were going nowhere. The original XYZ is supposed to be putting out a cd soon though. I can't wait to hear Marc Diglio on guitar again

From: dokken6008 Date: October 3, 2002 at 8:09
Reno--disagree. Terry's vocals overshadow everything. Even the Marc's soloing. Terry has an incredible voice.

From: T-BONE Date: October 3, 2002 at 10:56
I think the entire band is incredible. They had very talented members all around. I think their first cd is a 9.5 and Hungry is a 9.0.

From: dokken6008 Date: October 4, 2002 at 6:28
'Hungry' is where it's at. The band really progressed into something great. Love that cd.

From: Reno Date: October 5, 2002 at 20:58
Dokken, who are you disagreeing with on your October 3rd post? The XYZ that T-BONE, TIM, and Blue charvel were just referring to was a Japanese band with the same name that released cd's called metalization and Asian Typhoon. THEIR guitarist was decent, but the rest of the band sucked.

From: dokken6008 Date: October 6, 2002 at 1:09
First, Reno, thanks for that tip you gave on the 'Hell's Bells' and 'Stevie' AC/DC/Britny Fox comment I stated about a few weeks back. As for the XYZ sucking controversy, I was thinking about the XYZ that partook in creating the great self-titled cd and even greater 'Hungry'. Wasn't really aware of a Japanese band of the name XYZ. Actually, I'm glad I found out. Terry's the man!!

From: Reno Date: October 6, 2002 at 2:17
No prob. The American XYZ kicks ass. Both cd's are in my top 10 favorites list. The Japanese XYZ band however is nothing to get exited about. I'm trying to figure out how they used that name without concequences?

From: Desslar Date: October 9, 2002 at 13:30
The Japanese band used the name only briefly before someone affiliated with the American band complained. Thereafter, the name of the Japanese band was changed to XYZ-A. Recently their singer reunited with Loudness so XYZ-A is no more.

From: portuguese fan Date: October 21, 2002 at 11:15
Anathor 1989 jewel... Does anyone know what is Marc Diglio doing now?

From: izzy Date: November 21, 2002 at 20:41
damn where the hell can u find this album??

From: Rocker76 Date: November 26, 2002 at 15:21
Great album from a band that could have had more impact had they debuted sooner! 'What Keeps Me Loving You' is straight-up classic hard rock ballad.

From: drummerfish Date: December 19, 2002 at 9:09
ITS ONE OF THOSE DISCS THAT ARE HARD TO FIND BUT WORTH IT.TRY TO FIND THE SONG 'ON THE BLUES SIDE OF THE NIGHT' RELEASED AS A B-SIDE OF I BELIEVE 'INSIDE OUT'.AND IF ANYONE HAS IT OR KNOWS IF ITS EVER BEEN RELEASED ON CD PLEASE LET ME KNOW.THANKS.THECPOND@JUNO.COM

From: ANITA + ADRY Date: January 1, 2003 at 1:05
Hi! We've just got to know this band, though they worked so long ago... Souvenirs and What keeps me loving You are evergreens.. ) Don Dokken is a great producer ))

From: angry Date: January 5, 2003 at 15:27
Great debut!! F#%? off to those who dont like this.Unless you can play better than Marc Diglio(musically & tecnically) This album is timeless.!!

From: Date: January 6, 2003 at 21:31
Besides the 6 bonus tunes from the live disc, here are some other tunes you may not know about:Straight In The Night, Only Get You On The Phone, Connected To You and Slow Me Down from their EP, On The Blue Side Of The Night(ST import), Two Wrongs Can Make A Right and Highlife(Hungry imports) and You Got Me Wrong. Enjoy.

From: Reno Date: January 10, 2003 at 0:48
XYZ have wrapped up work on their new studio album One Is Enough To Tango. The release is scheduled for April 2003. Original singer Terry Ilous, JK Northrup is playing guitars, Sean MacNabb plays bass and Paul Monroe is on drums. Vinnie Appice appears as a guest drummer on a few songs. The album features 2 remakes of previous XYZ hits - Inside Out (the band's first hit) and What Keeps Me Loving You (XYZ's second hit). Original guitar player Mark Diglio co-wrote several of the albums songs.

From: Blue Tequila Date: January 10, 2003 at 4:53
does XYZ have a website for their new album info?

From: Reno Date: January 10, 2003 at 8:21
I'll look around. I just saw the info I posted on melodicrock.com and brought it over here.

From: Reno Date: January 10, 2003 at 8:26
The only info I can find on XYZ at the moment is here: http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Pavilion/3290/xyz.html

From: Reno Date: January 10, 2003 at 8:28
There's some rare XYZ demo's on Terry's MP3 Site: http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/376/terry_ilous.html

From: rocks Date: February 24, 2003 at 17:34
maggie... stars in your eyes!

From: Swede Date: March 19, 2003 at 16:21
I just heard the new album 'Letters from God' from XYZ. I have to say that it's a big dissapointment. I've heard so many great stories about this new album and I was really looking forward to hear it. Some of the songs sound like they could be from Dokken's terrible album 'Shadowlife'. The remake of 'Inside Out' and 'What keeps me loving you' are also less than average. To summarize the new album........2 out of 5

From: JHONNYROCKER Date: May 5, 2003 at 11:04
WITH NO PROMOTION EVEN JESUS CHRIST WOULDN'T SELL ANY COPY OF HIS RECORD....GREAT JOB GUYS..YOU SHOULD BE AT THE TOP

From: freddy de keyze Date: May 14, 2003 at 18:00
Perfect Dokken clones. Good, but I still prefer the original masters and that's Dokken. And they miss the talent of Winger too ! Good music, sure, but 0/10 for originality. And that's pity. So, they only deserve to stay in the second division. Listen to the first Dokken records, that was the real stuff !

From: razor2467 Date: June 23, 2003 at 11:20
GREAT CD!! One of my favorites from this time period. I had the pleasure of meeting these guys when they played in Milwaukee, WI, on this tour, VERY nice guys!! Oh yeah, and they played great too!!!

From: vandervelde Date: August 29, 2003 at 7:22
Great band that made one of the best debut releases of all time. Similarities to Dokken are obvious but XYZ have a much better vocalist than Dokken.Terry have in his voice so much feel and passion... Solo in 'Come on 'n love me' is simply brilliant. Best songs are two ballads 'Souvenirs' and 'After the rain'.

From: Date: September 15, 2003 at 17:02
A very fine melodic metal album that sounds very European with its classy hooks and melodies. One of the finest debut albums in its genre. 8.5/10

From: Big Mike Date: September 21, 2003 at 23:18
Blue side of the night MP3 on melodicrock.com enjoy

From: Metal T Date: October 7, 2003 at 19:52
Great Band--this album is a real treat to listen to.Terry Illous'vocals on this-some of the best you'll ever hear.Get it!

From: howe Date: December 15, 2003 at 12:14
This is probably the most underrated album from the great 89 blast. The band has a lot of singles here that could / should have brought them a 'Warrant-like' success. The production is very good and songs like 'Inside Out', 'What Keeps Me Loving You', 'Souvenirs', 'Nice Day to Die' and 'AFTER THE RAIN' are true brilliant Hard Rock moments.

From: ROB GARCIA Date: February 2, 2004 at 17:19
dokken have in xyz their perfect substitutes.smashing album all the way!!.

From: Impaler Date: February 22, 2004 at 1:01
Saw these guys back in '89 in St. Louis, O.K. live show. This album is quality. For fans of Dokken, Killer Dwarfs, Firehouse, Hurricaine, & King Kobra. 'Hungry' is a better album.

From: Date: February 27, 2004 at 7:29
This was a very well crafted 80's album. Do these guys have a website?

From: MJ (Marla) Date: February 27, 2004 at 10:24
Yep.....they sure do! GREAT pictures too! http://www.xyzmusic.com/main.html

From: manos Date: April 14, 2004 at 19:26
ATTENTION! This is a dokken clone! They are good though! Is Dokken teaching vocal lessons to this singer except producing his band? 8.5/10

From: dave Date: April 29, 2004 at 1:54
Grew up listening to this cd! whole record is good tight as a drum production Maggy and What keeps me loving you are forever classics in my book the 2nd record rocks even better. God I wish this music would come back. I hope all the rappers kill themselves and rot in hell! Enough said. Metal forever and I'm out!

From: Lynchomaniac Date: May 1, 2004 at 10:37
This album just couldn't be better as far as I'm concerned!

From: Date: June 2, 2004 at 10:44
Man what a VOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!This one keeps me through the years!A must for everyones collection. Maggy, Inside out, souvenirs, after the rain are Classics and the song What keeps me lovin you so memorable....(always remind me Whites(h)akes Is this love-but its much beter-)

From: Big Papa K Date: June 12, 2004 at 20:00
Sure sounds like Dokken, but then again Don Dokken does produce it. Inside Out was a nice single and Souvenirs is a great ballad, but I don't remember much else. 6/10

From: Metal T Date: June 27, 2004 at 23:35
Easily ten of F**king ten...10/10 !

From: Uusiolli Date: August 5, 2004 at 17:53
Better vocals than Dokken, sounds like Dokken but no George Lynch around. Nice Day to Die really rocks 8/10.

From: Geoff Date: August 16, 2004 at 2:34
If not for 'follow the night' this would have been perfect. A brillant peice of melodic hard rock and gems like 'Maggy', the beautiful 'What Keeps Me Loving You', the killer 'Take What You Can' and 'Come On N' Love Me', the lovely 'Souvenirs' the massive anthem 'Tied Up', the absolute killer 'Nice Day to Die' and the sentimental 'After the Rain' all make this CD essential. 9.7/10

From: Border Rat Date: September 30, 2004 at 15:48
XYZ should have been huge.This was produced by DON DOKKEN and this cd is a work of art.Great vocals,great songs and great guitar solos make this a classic.There are a few demos lying about in a vault somewhere of unreleased material which got the band signed.I hope someone takes the initiative and sees that these are re recorded and released.

From: onemorecast Date: November 11, 2004 at 22:41
Dokken clones. Still a could album though, good songs, great players.

From: Harry! Date: December 11, 2004 at 18:46
I can't understand why people say this is just an immitation of Dokken. This is far much better than Dokken! 10/10

From: Harry Date: December 18, 2004 at 18:21
AFTER THE RAIN!!!... One of the best songs in the history of rock music! I always show this song to everyone I know. And you know what? Everyone I know is crazy for this song! No one that listens to it can possibly remain indifferent!!! 2 and a half minutes of pure celestial beauty!!!... This album is a must-have!!!

From: Kim HP Date: December 26, 2004 at 16:10
I've given this album numerous try's...but somehow I can't really get into it. It's good hard rock, but IMO not as good as some people make it out to be. A matter of taste I guess...

From: WhiteLion Date: January 4, 2005 at 21:47
Good One , Not Awesome, the second one is more complete. still, fan of 80's music, a must have great album melodic. 8/10

From: Metal T Date: January 5, 2005 at 6:53
Not Awesome ??? --This album is totally awesome. Easily one of the best recordings ever by any band.'Hungry' which was heavier (which i prefer)was equally incredible as well . ----10/10 for both !

From: Tony Date: January 9, 2005 at 0:10
Never quite dug this one as much as 'Hungry'. I remember hearing 'Inside Out' & immediately picking up the disc and wasn't blown away. Terry's voice is incredible and the guitar work is amazing to say the least. I'll still pop this in the cd player every once in a while and it brings back some awesome memories. Incredible musicianship but maybe just a tad too slick for me. XYZ's first two discs have always been kind of 'cult classics' for fans of this genre of music.

From: Big Mike Date: February 2, 2005 at 0:40
A bit overated. Has a good vibe but is not especially melodic except for tracks 3 and 8. The sound is not the same as badlands but sort or badlands style. Heavy/hard edged yes, Melodic, not really.

From: razorsharp2467 Date: March 1, 2005 at 9:43
GREAT debut by a GREAT band!! I think that the Dokken comparisons are only slight though, these guys have much better songwriting & originality than Dokken ever did. Check out their 2nd cd 'Hungry', that one is great as well!!

From: Det. Gadget Date: March 12, 2005 at 22:35
How many times do you need to read it ? This is AWESOME.... One of my top 10 of all time. Bought the LP when it first came out. Then bought the next on cassette when it came out. Thats also in my top 10.... just get it........

From: Swriter Date: March 28, 2005 at 16:07
being an ex metal musician(where's the aqua net?? hehehe) This is one of my favs, I never got the Dokken thing,I guess it is the vocals at times??? good original sound to me. This one had some heavy stuff and some very cool aor type stuff, listen to What keeps me loving you, what a tune!!! Other strong ones are Rain, Maggy, Souvenirs and Come and love me. One of the best!!!

From: AOR freaky Date: March 29, 2005 at 15:44
Swriter, this is good, but not original at all ! It's a Dokken copy, from start to finish ! They made it with their second one, which is far classier ! And you really should listen to Dokken ,mate. Lynch is the ultimate guitarist !!!

From: Geoff Date: March 29, 2005 at 20:34
I agree with Harry above. I wish that Don had not produced this album and then see if anyone ever said it sounded like Dokken! The only comparison this disc has with Dokken is that both guitarists are f*cking sensational, they have long hair and they play hard rock... like 1000s of other bands of the era. Musically, these songs are not that similar to Dokken at all. Both are simply excellent bands, but XYZ are not even remotely close to being Dokken clones... at least no more than 1000 others.

From: howe Date: April 11, 2005 at 8:48
This album has been reissued with a bonus track, 'on the blue side of the night', which imediately became a XYZ fav to me. It's a nice acoustic bluesy ballad. I would really like to get the lyrics for this one, but I can't find it on the net. Can anyone help me here? xviii@sapo.pt

From: diktater66 Date: April 22, 2005 at 11:59
Actually have the cd single w/Blue Side of Night. It does exsist but pretty hard to find. It's on the 'Inside Out' single.

From: hardrock85 Date: October 11, 2005 at 12:54
1! 2!! oohhh, danger, empty fame.........sounds like another great melodic hard rock disc in the veins of Dokken, well duh! its produced by Dokken so its obviously gonna have some Dokken influences in there. which is fine, it made their debut disc excellent!! Souvenirs, Tie Me Up, Maggy (is that some slut?), Take What You Can, and Inside Out really rock hard!! good bass driven songs if ya ask me.......i think i'm Hungry for more........

From: Mediaab Date: December 18, 2005 at 17:30
This is a wonderful cd!!! Fantastic vocals by Mr. Ilous, great range and the perfect raspiness, super tight rhythm section by killer drummer and bass man, and not to forget the monster guitar work which is really breathtaking - many killer riffs and solos. The songs are super, all winners. What keeps me loving you, so damn good, + there are two more killer ballads on this cd. Maggie, Take what you can, Tied up etc - monster rockers. 100/100, yes, it's that good! On my top 10 ever!! Love it!!

From: DIKTATER66 Date: February 26, 2006 at 0:44
16 drivin in my car with my girl and Inside Out! Awesome. But once I heard After The Rain......what a beautiful masterpiece!!! Souveniers Nice Day To Die cool. A little differetn style but that's what made them unique. Great buy if you find it.

From: speed demon Date: March 27, 2006 at 22:43
One of the best albums to come out during the BIG HAIR era. Excellent throughout. A must have for your collection. They had their own style or swagger if you will. Not like Dokken at all in my opinion. A real pleasure to listen to! Again a MUST have!

From: headbanger4life Date: May 30, 2006 at 4:37
Well damn, what can I say that already hasn't been said about this cd. IMO it is an essential part of any metalheads collection. It rocked from beginning to end. 'What Keeps Me Loving You', 'Souvenirs' and 'After The Rain' are my faves. I even have the added pleasure of having the Japanese version with a bonus track. Just when you thought this one couldn't get any better.

From: japaner Date: March 3, 2007 at 4:47
japan press feat. 1 bonus track ( you get me wrong)

From: fenixx Date: June 13, 2007 at 19:08
it was great to see by the end of the 80's just when this type of music was saying good-bye and so many shit was beeing done, bands like XYZ appeard and did such magnificent master pieces! it's strange but some say and i agree that the end of 80's and beging of 90's saw the best albums of melodic rock! probably rockers knew what was coming and gave they're best to fight the monster: 'grunge' if that's the case, you can be shore that XYZ gave they're best here!

From: Baltasar Date: July 31, 2007 at 18:58
This CD it's a masterpiece... Good songs, good melodies, excelent vocals... It was made in 1989 but look's like was recorded yesterday... Excellent songwritting... What's Keep me Loving You is an excellent song...

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: February 5, 2008 at 2:17
Great Hard Rock & MHR, best songs Maggy(from the OST 'I Come In Peace' with Dolph Lundgren a Killer style) What Keeps Me Loving You(Super Ballad remember me a lot 'Is This Love' from Whitesnake ) Take What You Can, Come On N' Love Me, Souvenirs, Nice Day to Die

From: Jonni Jigolo Date: February 21, 2008 at 1:39
I love XYZ and I love this album! It's in my top-5 all time albums, every track has a different feel and cruisin' around West Hollywood with "Maggy" blastin' outta the stereo is a real trip! It's got hard rockers like "Take What You Can", the sing-along element with "Tied Up In Love" and "Inside Out" and 3 of the best ballads I have ever heard in "What Keeps Me Loving You", "After The Rain" and my personal favourite "Souvenirs". Also the fact that Don Dokken produced the record gives it a real w

From: hernanHRM/AOR Date: July 15, 2008 at 23:20
Very Go

From: opec Date: August 4, 2008 at 17:17
killer dokkenesque album great stuff

From: calitos10 Date: December 13, 2008 at 11:29
Itīs a really good band. I love Terry Ilouss voice. But I prefer the earlier great-white-like sound of the band. They shouldnīt have changed their sound to a dokken like sound. Maybe thatīs why they were underrated. I prefer Rainy Days and Forbidden demos albums. I donīt understand why they edited Souvenirs. That song was just perfect before "dokkenīs touch". I donīt like dokkenīs touch. I HATE DOKKEN!!!

From: Hollywood Tease Date: May 18, 2009 at 21:59
What an awesome album... Classic!

From: 123charpenay Date: February 12, 2010 at 17:08
one of the best hard rock album ever.only hits all songs are classics!!!!!a pure gem fantastic singer fantastic guitarist bass and drums at the top super production this album is a dream for all hard rock fans of the world!!!!!!

From: hair metal again Date: April 23, 2010 at 0:53
amazing hair metal release from XYZ back in 89.don dollen in production,enigma records with its dollars and the boys are set to begin their rockin trip.everything is so easy when you have a guitar player like mark diglio.he is astonishing!excellent songs like the incredible "what keeps me loving you",the rockers "inside out","tied up","come on n love me" and the sensational "after the rain".hair metal ruled the planet

From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 18, 2011 at 17:17
Great debut produced as many people wrote above by Don Dokken..similarities with Dokken???,yes,here and there but the band IMO has its own personality...best shots 4 me are the opening track "Maggie","Inside Out","What Keeps Me Loving You"(killer mid tempo ballad and one of the band's most successful song ),"Take What You Can","Come On N' Love Me"( ),"Nice Day To Die" ( ) & the beautiful acoustic ending ballad "After The Rain"...get it!!!.90/100

From: halfordhughes Date: April 30, 2011 at 23:59
What Keeps Me Loving You

From: the rocker Date: January 2, 2012 at 22:35
I'll start by say that(What Keeps Me Loving You) is one of the best ballads ever and is my favorite from the band, also they sound nothing like Dokken! Dokken is probably in my top 5 of all time. This is a good band and a good cd, but I do prefer Hungry over this. Other good tracks are Maggy, Inside Out, Come On And Love Me, Tied Up, & Souvenirs.

From: edwithmj Date: August 3, 2015 at 17:27
This is another scintillating debut with excellent vocals, cool riffs and pounding rhythms. The opener Maggy is quite weak I always thought; Inside Out has a superb riff, catchy vocals and a dreamy solo, I love it; What Keeps Me Loving You is a nice ballad which would be mediocre if it weren't for the vocal range of Ilous; Take What You Can shows off again the range of Ilous and the riff is very Dokken-ish in this one too; Souvenirs is probably my favourite ballad off this disc - it has a lovely acoustic intro and it builds to a wonderful crescendo and solo; Tied Up: not much else to say about this one, just a super rhythm and the vocals are top-notch; Nice Day To Die is another Dokken-ish rocker while After The Rain is a decent ballad to close with but while it falls short of Souvenirs, the lyrical theme is more fitting I feel. Great debut and one I keep coming back to.

From: WidoMakr Date: September 26, 2015 at 20:48
Well its been awhile since I posted...Just listened again to this album...especially What Keeps me Loving You...has there ever been a better hard rock balled produced? between the singing of Terry and the passion of the guitar work by Marc imo this stands alone...Quote the WidoMakr...Never More


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