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Artist: Tora Tora

Title: Surprise Attack

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Tora Tora Surprise Attack Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1989

Label: A and M

Catalog Number: CD 5261


Anthony Corder vocals
Keith Douglas guitars
Patrick Francis bass
John Patterson drums


1.  Love's a Bitch  
2.  Twenty-Eight Days  
3.  Hard Times  
4.  Guilty  
5.  Phantom Rider  
6.  Walkin' Shoes  
7.  Riverside Drive  
8.  She's Good She's Bad  
9.  One for the Road  
10.  Being There  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Bryon Date: October 10, 2001 at 21:41
Good cd from a great band. hard/blues/southern rock all in 1. my picks from this one are Walkin shoes, Being there, Loves a bitch. boath cd's worth getting.

From: dokken6008 Date: March 17, 2002 at 5:28
Really a different kind of band to have gotten signed on a label like A&M after debuting on the label with their 'Dancing With A Gypsy' tune on Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure soundtrack. At the time, glam was IT and here you have these down to earth southern blues hard rockers jamming without the ridiculous make-up and Aqua Net all over the place. That's something you can respect about a band like Tora Tora. From the cover art to the music, I pretty darn good release. Highlight track: 'Guilty'

From: Desslar Date: March 26, 2002 at 12:20
Good band, terrible singer. And I do mean bad. Guilty rocks though.

From: dokken6008 Date: April 2, 2002 at 15:53
Terrible singer? What? I can make absolutely no sense out of that statement. What, the guy's not up to par with Steelheart and doesn't hit the high notes like a girl? So, who gives a fuck? Really there is more to 'Surprise Attack' than 'Guilty' & let me say that all of the band members are good, including the vocals. Corder kicks ass and he has 1 of the more distinctive voices in the genre; I can recognise his voice in about half a second. Also check out Wild America. Terrible singer, bull-SHIT.

From: Desslar Date: April 4, 2002 at 12:15
Listen to that guy screech and wail on Phantom Rider. Guaranteed to make any pets in the room squirm with discomfort.

From: dokken6008 Date: April 4, 2002 at 15:16
You have a real bad tedency to post negative comments after each message I leave--almost like how a dog pisses over clean kitty litter. What it all comes down to is that you get bored sitting around in your little dorm room & you decide to have fun typing stupid shit up. As for Corder?Jealousy is all it is. We all wish that we could sing even half as good as him but guess what? We can't. You're jealous, I'm jealous--we're all jealous! At least I have the fucking balls to give the devil his due.

From: jason Date: May 6, 2002 at 20:48
HEY! would you guys cool it! Besides it doesn't matter what either of you have to say. What matters is what I think and lucky for Dokken6008 I think that Tora Tora was pretty damn good! This album is a great hard southern rocker! A PREFECT 10!! And if you want to know what bad singing is just listen to Don Dokken....Now that is horse shit! I would rather listen to a toilet flush.

From: Wild Kenny Date: May 8, 2002 at 13:30
An average band for an ordinary cd. Jason please! How can you compare the ordinary Cordel to the mighty Don Dokken. Dokken have influenced lots of hard rock bands with their style. C'mon Jason keep on rewiwing, you really make me laugh.

From: jason Date: May 8, 2002 at 16:48
Hey Wild Kenny, You sound pretty cool. Sorry if I was a little hard on Don Dokken (Not!). But if you want a really good laugh than check out the winger/pull page. Now that's a riot!

From: d.a.n 69 Date: June 18, 2002 at 23:05
hey jason.don dokken is a bad singer. listen man or child...you realy make me laugh 'if you don't like don .shut your young mouth and listen dokken before speak ass h...........

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: June 19, 2002 at 18:59
Hey Danny 62 (or what ever), maybe you didn't hear me! I have listened to Dokken and I'm not trying to be funny about it. Oh, and I'm a child?..... That is real adult of you to put 69 as part of your name! Don't be a punk!

From: Boutch69 Date: June 22, 2002 at 11:28
Criss Jason tu connais pas ca la musique Wake up ostie

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: June 22, 2002 at 14:46
Good call on that one, Boutch69!

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: June 22, 2002 at 15:04
I know that we all have are own picks on what album/band we feel is underrated. This one is mine. This is a great rock album strait out of Tennessee, these boys rock! Top to bottom, every song is good. It's hard to pick a favorite song off this one. I think of it as one of those CD's that you put in and just let it play! This is one of my fav's of all time.

From: dokken6008 Date: June 27, 2002 at 4:03
Calling Don Dokken a bad singer is a joke. As for Corder, at first it took some time to adjust to his unique singing voice (make no bones about it, this guy ain't 'ordinary') but once I did I found him to be another great under-rated singer. Corder has great potential to advance as a singer. Tora Tora should reband (just like KIX and RATT should) again.

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: June 27, 2002 at 16:57
Oh, you finally got around to reading this.... I was woundering what you would say? I'm just pushing buttons with ya....... No harm

From: Altay Date: August 10, 2002 at 18:30
this one is of the best cd's of hard rock stuff.hard rock with high quality.corder is not my favourite but i think he sings ok.don't waste him for one mistake(i agree that 'phantom rider' comment)i'll always respect this band for their music.also i've heard that keith douglas is working in a damn factory and doesn't want to hear anything from 80's.that's his words.sad to hear him sayin' this.

From: Date: August 20, 2002 at 18:01
just picked up this for the second time since its release and can't figure out why i ever got rid of it - it rocks! god i miss this kinda music! ya know, the kind that took talent to write and play and wasnt all whiney 'my life sucks, i hate my dad' crap (aka Staind, Korn, Limp Bizkit, etc). yeah, i know the time for this music is over, but what a shame we've went from music that 'kills,' to the stuff out now that makes you actually want to.

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From: Blue Charvel Date: August 21, 2002 at 7:09
I gave this a fuckin' 10, but I have to admit the last point was for bringing back memories. This just kicks ass from one end to the other. Even their ballads rock. A better production would have given this an 11, my only complaint being the way the guitars start off crankin' but then get pushed way back in the mix when the rest of the band comes in. Sounds like what we used to call a 'basement tape' but fuck it still kicks ass!

From: Baris Date: September 10, 2002 at 5:35
A strong rockin' album. Corder's voice is unique. Some problem in guitar tunes but not bothering. I have a good time while listening.

From: The Fizzy One Date: September 15, 2002 at 20:41
DOn't have the full album, as I was only nine when 'Walkin' Shoes' was the video all over MTV, but aI wouldn't've minded having it even then. It was just that a $2-a-week allowance could only take Young Master Fizz so far, ya know? Corder's voice ... well, it's not terrible, but it IS very nasal, I'll grant you that.

From: TIM Date: September 15, 2002 at 20:58
I have both Fizzy if you want them. I'm at rio1harris@aol.com

From: Metal_Ed Date: October 7, 2002 at 0:10
At the time the: Crue, Bon Jovi and Poison where being over played. Tora Tora came along with this heavy bluesy sound,like a breath of fresh air! I liked them because they were different and a well organized and talented bunch of guys.

From: The Fizzy One Date: October 20, 2002 at 21:50
I came, I heard, I shall speak! Got both these the other day (THANKS!) and here's how I figure this band. Midway between Great White and Tesla. Heavier than GW but less complex than Tesla sometimes got. Excleent guitars all around here. Corder's voice is like a rougher Jack Russell or a higher, more nasal Jeff Keith. Not bad at all in most places, and better on the second one. The Fizz Picks: Tracks 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9.

From: Rycheage Date: February 27, 2003 at 2:54
Excellent hard rock with an excellent singer. 'Lov'e A Bitch', 'Guilty', 'Walking Shoes' and 'Phantom Rider' are the best tracks. This is a 9.0/10.

From: softkitten Date: June 8, 2003 at 2:11
I dated Anthony a long time ago and watching them play was wonderful! He has always had a wonderful voice, and the band has been thru alot in their time.....hope they are all still ok.....

From: Gar Date: July 16, 2003 at 19:42
I'm dating Anthony now... just kidding . I agree with the ones who didn't care for the vocals. While they're not bad, they do keep this from being a classic disc. I'd compare Tora Tora to Tesla, except Corder doesn't have the vocal range of Jeff Keith. Still, this is a worthwhile disc to get. The songs are consistantly good, as is the musicianship. Their followup 'Wild America' is slightly better.

From: pepe/peru Date: October 7, 2003 at 14:40
ok guys...this group its great, and im acord with the people who thinks that actual music ..sucks!!!! This guy sings like the first slashsnakepits vocalist..ot not? I download all this songs from mp3 imesh...

From: PauloFernandes Date: November 4, 2003 at 23:07
Expected more of this one, much - and i mean MUCH weaker album than 'wild america' (which actually has a bunch of good songs) - still love the vocals though - 5/10

From: rock star Date: December 4, 2003 at 7:00
ya know i have to disagree with most of you sorry. anthony the singer is so good, great range and alot of power. sebastian bach? no but still being a singer i have to give this guy props,

From: Jamie Date: January 3, 2004 at 15:58
I've got this CD and it is pretty good. It is worth getting. I'm going to try and get their other release.

From: Britney Spears Date: January 10, 2004 at 4:37
this album can't make me dance!

From: Airik Date: February 6, 2004 at 11:12
hey .. i never hear dhtis band till the other day ... there bad azz ... the song phantom rider is AWESOME ... and i think the the singer is awesome too

From: Guille Date: April 4, 2004 at 21:33
Good album,good singer,good band.

From: MJ (Marla) Date: May 20, 2004 at 21:02
Whoa!!! I just pulled this one out tonight after having been asked if I liked it......OMG......I LOVE IT!!! Funny how you forget sometimes how great something is! 'Guilty' kicks my a$$, big time!!! Followed very closely by 'Love's A Bit@h' and 'She's Good She's Bad'. Like Blue Charvel said......it just kicks a$$ from one end to the other!!!

From: fallen angel Date: June 15, 2004 at 1:26
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From: Big Papa K Date: July 23, 2004 at 18:20
Came across this one recently in a bargain bin and it turns out to be a pretty good find. Some southern rock influence in this one. I'm not a big fan of the hit 'Walkin' Shoes', but 'Phantom Rider' is the bands best song, in my opinion. 6/10

From: Geoff Date: August 30, 2004 at 0:01
I really like 'Guilty' - killer catchy hard rock, and 'Phantom rider' is cool too. Not an expectional band by any means, but they did what they did well. Good solid hard rock CD.

From: Date: October 7, 2004 at 5:52
Love's a bitch is rock, and Phantom Rider....hummmmmmmm

From: Date: October 17, 2004 at 21:07
liked the first video they put on Headbangers. I actually like it but somehow liked it more when I was Hi*h It was awesome when I was on ac*d.

From: ChrisSlade Date: November 23, 2004 at 16:45
Damn Anthony`s voice is off the charts!!! And the guitar playing is so raw. Every song just jams and keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next...Freakin` Amazing album start to finish!

From: Date: March 24, 2005 at 7:41
Ooops it was called Surprise Attack, my mistake! Still bloody good though. I cant believe some of the comments on this one. It rocks from beginning to end and some songs are just riff city esp '28 days' and the amazing 'One for the Road' ! Also Guilty is one hell of a song.....highly recommended!

From: teslakid Date: May 31, 2007 at 19:42
casi veinte años ya pasaron de este disco y aun lo escucho como ayer.otra de las buenas bandas como love/hate que se quedaron en el camino y aun siguen sonando como ayer.grandiosos 10/10

From: juan carlos Date: June 4, 2007 at 22:33
La producción me parece excelente y el grupo aceptable, la voz no es de mi particular agrado diré por contra. 'Guilty' para mí es de lejos la mejor, grandes coros y solos!. La 1,5,7,8 y 9 aceptables. 8/10

From: metalalways Date: August 4, 2007 at 12:09
this cd kicks ass it rocks from beginning to end they're glam mixed with a southern rock touch that works well love phantom rider, guilty, walkin' shoes, love's a bitch and 28 days really rock this band could've made it big but grunge had to rear it's ugly head.

From: BIG-TIME Date: August 17, 2008 at 12:38
For some reason I know I should like em but I don't??? They bore me...not sure why, voice ain't bad but sounds the same nearly on every song, and the songs (for me) are just not catchy enough. 'Guilty' is good but just misses the mark to be a great song, solos are great and are the only thing that keep me interested, and the Don Dokken thing...DD ain't bad but he ain't a great singer like David Coverdale, Jeff Soto, Rick Hughes, Larry Elkins and Mike Matijevic...KEEP ROCKIN ALL!!!

From: Metal T Date: August 17, 2008 at 20:17
Tora Tora "Surprise Attack"=Good Stuff! Some gold ol' Tennesee boys here...Don Dokken=great singer!-----KEEP ROCKIN ALL!!!

From: ghettonation73 Date: December 14, 2008 at 8:39
Surprise Attack is good. I like Wild America Better though, Love the song Amnesia.

From: metalmastermusic Date: December 15, 2008 at 8:22
This is a must have album....still one of my faves to this day. I prefer this album over all of their others for sure. There really just is not a bad song on this one. My faves are Walkin Shoes, Guilty and Riverside Drive. These guys should have been much bigger. Chalk it up to bad promotion from the A&M label. The awesome cover doesn't hurt either. 89/100

From: hair metal again Date: December 11, 2011 at 4:17
killer hard rock music from start to finish!howling guitars,hard rockin groove and great songs like "walkin shoes","guilty" ,"phantom rider".for us 80s hard rockers this is a classic from the golden era of our beloved music.10/10

From: metalmastermusic Date: March 1, 2012 at 7:59
One of my fave albums...cranking guitars and some great vox in my opinion.One of the few albums I can spin anytime and it never gets old.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: March 1, 2012 at 11:23
In his book, Life On Planet Rock, former Rip magazine editor Lonn Friend mentions going to Memphis to attend a showcase gig by a guitarist whose rich daddy wanted his boy to have a try at a major label with his "Van Halen clone" band. He doesn't name the band, but he was obviously talking about Tora Tora, and the characterization is unfair, to my way of thinking. Yeah, Keith Douglas's guitar style is somewhat EVH-like, but much bluesier. Overall, the band comes off a bit like a less Zep-obsessed Great White (Anthony Corder's vocals in particular), with a little bit of early Tesla. This is a good disc overall, catchy tunes with ripping guitars, good production, and jcool cover art. The only weak track is "Being There," a lame, whiny ballad, but my favorites would be "Love's A Bitch," "28 Days," "Phantom Rider," and lead single "Walkin' Shoes." Really, everything's good except for the last track, but I tend to prefer the band's second album a little better.

From: hair metal again Date: October 10, 2016 at 3:41
superb hair metal debut for TORA TORA ,a band that has a great groove that we 80 s hard rockers love!great musicianship ,guitars ,songs and a sound that reminds me of TESLA in general!"guilty","walking shoes","love s a bitch" and "phantom rider" are exceptional!essential and brings back great memos of my youth!

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