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Artist: Andy Taylor

Title: Thunder

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Andy Taylor Thunder Album Cover Andy Taylor Thunder Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1987

Label: MCA

Catalog Number: MCAD-5837


Andy Taylor lead vocals, guitars
Steve Jones guitars
Mickey Curry drums
Patrick O'Hearn bass
Brett Tuggle keyboards
Paulina da Costa percussion
Mark Volman and Howard Kaylen backing vocals


1.  I Might Lie  
2.  Don't Let Me Die Young  
3.  Life Goes On  
4.  Thunder  
5.  Night Train  
6.  Tremblin'  
7.  Bringin' Me Down  
8.  Broken Window  
9.  French Guitar  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: LSN Date: May 15, 2001 at 15:20
Amazing album. This is one of the best AOR records ever. There is not one bad song on this one. Andy Taylor sings and plays like the god he is. It`s alsoo funny to know that the old Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones has co-written and plays guitar on every song on this album. What a change in style from him. Great album. The song "Night Train" is one of my all time favourites. Get is album no matter what it will cost you. You will listen to it over and over again. I strongly recomend it!! A 10er

From: RL Date: March 27, 2002 at 12:46
This is one fine record that for some reason did not sell. Not a bad tune on it, Andy plays some good guitar, and the songs are well structured. I really thought he would hit it big on this, what happened? Good record, if you find it anywhere, BUY IT!

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: June 23, 2002 at 17:44
Excelente Hard Rock/AOR ,muy buenos temas y muy pegadizos.Si no lo tienes PILLATELO!!

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: July 16, 2002 at 22:10
Can someone fill me in on something? Is this the same Andy Taylor that produced the first album for the band Thunder? AND if so, is that the reason the name of their band is the same as the name of this album?

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: July 16, 2002 at 22:15
ALSO! Didn't Andy Taylor do a song called "Take It Easy" for the American Anthem soundtrack. That song and a song by the band Thunder called "Dirty Love" have the SAME guitar riff! As for the band Thunder, I guess I see where they get their bread buttered.

From: T-BONE Date: July 16, 2002 at 23:10
Actually jason, this Andy Taylor was the guitarist for Duran Duran.

From: Pilot Date: July 22, 2002 at 8:41
You are all right: Andy Taylor DID play for Duran Duran, and he DID produce the album by Thunder, and he DID do "Take It Easy" for the American Anthem Soundtrack. Everything he's played, produced, or been associated with has been worth listening to. He's very, very good.

From: Shane Date: August 18, 2002 at 15:49
Very good! Would have never guessed he played w/Duran, Duran!

From: robert Date: October 22, 2002 at 9:07
me gusta mucho este tio, muy buen gusto a la hora de tocar y de cantar, solo hay q escuchar la 1ª. un disco totalmente desapercibido, una pena pues a mi entender era un formidable disco.

From: Axelinger Date: October 27, 2002 at 16:55
Wasn't he also the sheriff on The Andy Griffith Show?

From: Trick Taylor Date: February 19, 2003 at 4:30
Talk about guilty pleasures. I tend to lean towards the nasty side-o-rock, but this AOR gem is hard for me to resist. "Life Goes On" is haunting, sticks in my cranium for days. "Thunder" is prototypical AOR with a bit-o-soul. This always reminded me of David Drew (remember him! He should be on here). Maybe we should call it "crooner metal". Why this didn't sell is a true mystery, not like The Throbs, we know why they didn't sell.

From: David Date: April 20, 2003 at 16:57
Hello evertbody,I'm looking for Andy's 2nd release(DANGEROUS).... Someone can help me?thanks....

From: Grant - Ontario Date: May 18, 2003 at 23:58
What a joke should've stayed with money bagged duran duran

From: Alejandro Date: June 27, 2003 at 8:24
Gratìsima sorpresa es este àlbum.Muy lejos de lo que ofreciò en una banda como D.DURAN,se me hace que TAYLOR se vuelca a un estilo,en el que se siente muy comodo.EL disco sin ser una maravilla,pasa la prueba,dentro de un estilo.Canciones simples,agradables,bien ejecutadas,hacen de este disco algo interesante.LIFE GOES ON-NIGHT TRAIN-DON`T LET ME-TRUMBIL´se destacan como lo mejorcito.La banda tàmbièn cumple el objetivo, sin descollar Agradable,serìa la palabra. 7/10

From: JLPRocks Date: June 27, 2003 at 9:25
To me this is one of the greatest little known secrets in the melodic rock world. This album is awesome....I almost couldn't believe it was Andy Taylor from Duran when I first heard it. This cd has everything one could ask for in a melodic record. Excellent songs....excellent vox...guitar is superb...just a great feel good record! And the instrumental "French Guitar" to close the record is one of my alltime favorite instrumentals...ever. Definitely would rate this one a 9/10!!

From: Patrick Date: June 27, 2003 at 11:26
Great melodic hard rock release. Note that it's now announced to be reissued this year, with bonus tracks

From: Brian Date: September 24, 2003 at 2:42
Great recording from start to finish! I bought mine for .99 cents at Best Buys. Classic production. Classic support system. What a shame it didn't sell or find the radio.

From: Christine Date: January 21, 2004 at 22:22
I've loved this album since the day it came out! "I Might Lie" is a standout - I never get tired of hearing it.

From: George Angel Date: April 1, 2004 at 7:17
This is a perfect album for reall rock n roll / sleeze / bike rock fans (AOR also). If you are looking for that cd email at

From: T-Bone Date: April 1, 2004 at 8:06
Hey George, Andy also did a CD called Dangerous. It's mostly covers, but he does them very well. It comes around on eBay once in a while so grab it if you see it. You'll definately like it if you like this one.

From: Big Papa K Date: October 26, 2004 at 18:41
In my opinion, this is one of the most overrated melodic rock albums of all time. Maybe this is because it is tough to find on cd or that it was a well known musician from new wave trying aor. I will admit, it starts off great with the hard rocking "I Might Lie" and the poppier "Don't Let Me Die Young", but after that only "Night Train" sticks out above average. Not a bad record, but not one of the best melodic rock albums ever. 6/10

From: hardrockr40 Date: October 27, 2004 at 6:51
Andy also kicked ass in Power Station and he helped Rod Stewart out on his "Out of Order" cd. I wish him and Steve Jones would do something together again.

From: Big Papa K Date: October 31, 2004 at 9:39
Hardrockr40, don't hold out much hope for Taylor and Jones working on something else in the future. I have seen interviews where Jones mentions how much he hates Taylor, which stems from money issues.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: November 1, 2004 at 23:25

From: keeper Date: November 3, 2004 at 8:17
Maybe the best AOR album out there. 10/10

From: Rockhead Date: November 3, 2004 at 8:35
In ture Freaky Freddy Voice-My dear Keeper this is nowhere near the best AOR album ever. Journey, Spys, Valentine, LeRoux, Balance, Signal, Foreigner, Survivor etc have ALL released better AOR than this.

From: keeper Date: November 15, 2004 at 3:58
Yeah, right...

From: TIM (2) Date: November 16, 2004 at 2:01
This is being re-issued very soon, so no need to pay the high eBay prices anymore. If this is "the best AOR album out there" I must have a different album, as my copy sure isn't. Perhaps there are 15-20 AOR gems being added to the re-issue that I don't have?

From: keeper Date: November 25, 2004 at 4:35
OK, it's one of the worst i've heard...Satisfied?

From: TIM (2) Date: December 7, 2004 at 3:19
Re-issues these days, it seems, are based more on album hype than quality. I have around 1,500 AOR CDs in my collection and this would be in the bottom 25. It's dated, poorly produced, and it quite rightly sold sweet FA. "Don't Let Me Die Young" is a pretty decent poppy track, but some of these tunes are appalling. "Life Goes On" is dull and repetitive, and the instrumental's aimless. And what about the vocals? Aarrgggh. You can now get this reasonably cheaply but honestly, don't bother. 5/10.

From: peter poland Date: December 14, 2004 at 6:55
It surely not the best aor album ever, but ''Night Train'' is good. Mediocre album, with a few decent AOR tracks

From: Luis Chacon Date: January 17, 2005 at 13:57
For me Andy Taylor is an Extraordinary artist and made a perfect music work with this album. In Puebla city, Mexico this record is impossible to find, so I have to wait 18 years to get it, but at last my search end in 2005. If you want to hear jewels don´t waste yuor time and play "THUNDER".

From: danoq Date: September 13, 2005 at 0:28
This is a great record with great songs. This would never have gotten anywhere because radio stations are just too damn STUPID!!! That's why FM radio will soon be phased out by satellite stations. This is the kind of release that could have made a difference with some of the crap that was released in the 80's. There were way too many bands that focused on image and forgot the main ingredient. THE SONGS!!!!!! This record has some really nice elements.

From: Ale_Carro Date: June 15, 2006 at 12:35
Gratìsima sorpresa es este àlbum.Muy lejos de lo que ofreciò en una banda como D.DURAN,se me hace que TAYLOR se vuelca a un estilo,en el que se siente muy comodo.EL disco sin ser una maravilla,pasa la prueba,dentro de un estilo.Canciones simples,agradables,bien ejecutadas,hacen de este disco algo interesante.LIFE GOES ON-NIGHT TRAIN-DON`T LET ME-TREMBIL´se destacan como lo mejorcito.La banda tàmbièn cumple el objetivo, sin descollar Agradable,serìa la palabra. 7/10

From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 1, 2006 at 20:49
This cd has been re-released with tons of bonus tracks.If you don't have it,grab it!.

From: puchimap Date: March 2, 2007 at 11:10
Hello Everybody!, ayer adquiri esta obra de arte, realmente contiene verdaderas gemas del Hard Rock AOR. Los bonus tracks de la version Japonesa son excelentes. Un disco para tenerlo de por vida!!!!!

From: swriter Date: June 16, 2007 at 23:58
got out the vinyl today, been listening to this one since the year it came out, nothing earth shattering, just a great aor/rock record, some really great songs on this baby

From: juan carlos Date: December 5, 2007 at 1:18
Muy buen MelodicHardRock/AOR. Gran producción y muy buenos temas. Pudo ser un Clásico pero como que hay temas un poco monótonos y la voz de Andy es buena pero ahi nomas. "I Might Lie" (mi favorita, grandes coros),"Bringin' Me Down" "Night Train" "Thunder" mis fav. "French Guitar" instrumental ok y el tema bonus de la reedición es nada menos que un clásico del rock: "Don´t Believe a Word" del genial Phil Lynnot y sus Thin Lizzy, como me encanta ese temazo y Andy no lo hace nada mal! 8.7/10

From: erik Date: April 30, 2009 at 10:42
like swriter wrote nothing earth shattering but what just a very good melodic rock aor record. I might Lie ,Dont Let me die Young, Thunder and Dont believe a Word ( listen to the guitar play) are killer melodic rock tracks. Would have loved to hear more of those. 80/100

From: Nick C Date: May 7, 2010 at 22:47
This is an odd one and I'm puzzled by some of the reviews too, but each to their own. I picked this up years and years ago on CD for a pittance and although it's passable calling it one of the great AOR albums is at a push a little hard to fathom...the price it goes for still is even more baffling. The first two tracks are admittedly great but after that it's very hit and miss. If you can get it cheap then do so for the 1st two tracks, I haven't sold it simply because of them. Overall I'd give it 4/10....hike an extra half point for drawn cover over the photo one as I like the artwork haha!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 23, 2011 at 18:30
Killer album & a higly recommended one!!!...the very talented Andy Taylor(Duran Duran fame) came along with this marvellous album that involves Hard Rock with some AOR moments...fave tracks are "I Might Lie"(great kicking a** starter),"Don't Let Me Die Young","Life Goes On"(nice),"Thunder"(AORish),"Night Train"(his best song ever!)& "Broken Window"...get it!.95/100

From: 123charpenay Date: May 19, 2012 at 11:18
it s always a good thing when variety s musucians plays a o the duran duran guitarist plays a very melodic but very classic a o r.his voice is not extraordinary but for this soft a o r it s great.3 songs are highlights.track 1 2 and 14.the rest is decent and easy and funny to listen.i recommand the reissue in japan import cause there is 8 bonus tracks!!!!and it s a real raritie!!!!!

From: Doug Date: May 22, 2012 at 18:31
"Life Goes On" is my favorite track.

From: hair metal again Date: October 29, 2014 at 12:08
excellent hard rock release by ANDY TAYLOR along with the very fine Steve Jones and some of the greatest session musos!many great songs ,hooks and looks!"i might lie" is a mega hit,"life goes on","dont let me die young",'tremblin","broken window" are sensational songs!essential of course!

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