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Artist: Under Fire

Title: Flames

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Under Fire Flames Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 1991

Label: Vertebrae

Catalog Number: ASKD-66011


Steve Baker lead vocals, guitar
Mykal Hudson drums, backing vocals
Chip McGurer lead vocals, keyboards
Joseph Shreve bass, backing vocals
Dave Donahoe lead guitar, backing vocals


1.  Too Close to Paradise  
2.  Loaded Gun  
3.  One Way Love  
4.  Raise a Little Hell  
5.  Waiting For Your Smile  
6.  Suicide is Forever  
7.  Ms. Champagne  
8.  White Lies  
9.  Without Sayin' Goodbye  
10.  Don't Fall in Love  
11.  Flames of Red, White, and Blue  
12.  Do What it Takes to Survive  
13.  It's Over  
14.  Suicide is Forever Acoustic Version  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Chris C. Date: January 30, 2001 at 12:25
The fisrt couple of songs show signs of potential but it quickly goes downhill. Lacks the power and songwriting of other melodic rock bands.

From: Matthew Date: February 19, 2001 at 13:23
I think the songwriting is really pretty good, but I think the biggest problem is in the production. Some songs come across as being strong, while others sound a little lost.

From: George Thatcher Date: May 8, 2001 at 10:43
Yeah, a couple of songs are killer.. 'Too Close To Paradise' and 'Loaded Gun' in particular. The rest though, lets the side down somewhat..

From: TIM Date: October 2, 2002 at 12:00
I have to agree with the other guys on this one. They had some talent but didn't make the most of it. Maybe they lacked funds or something?

From: purrfect-kat Date: October 2, 2002 at 17:28
I am sorry but I disagree with y'all about this cd. . . I think they did a great job with it and just give the tune called 'Flames of The Red,White and Blue' a good listen too . . That song should have been played for 9/11 cuz it Rocks and many of the lyrics are so true. . . This is a very cool tune about the USA and I am really suprised no one mentioned it.

From: Desslar Date: October 9, 2002 at 13:11
Raise a Little Hell is great. The rest is fairly average, but enjoyable.

From: Mykal J Hudson Date: March 13, 2003 at 5:28
Thanks for the comments everyone! The CD is actually great but suffers from poor post-production. 'Flames' was our first 'real' work as a signed entity. We were preparing stronger tracks for second CD when offered an opening slot with a couple different bands in 92 (i.e. Warrant, and The Toll). Vertabrae Records unable to support us financially despite nationwide product distribution deal with WMG. Caught between rock and a hard place, no where to go but belly-up.

From: Kristy Date: November 1, 2003 at 16:24
This band was great and it's a shame they didn't make another CD. The band was even better with live performances. There are a lot of stories behind their music that make their songs even more powerful. These guys put their hearts into their music and knowing them makes the CD even better. Sorry to see the guys out of commission.

From: TIM Date: November 1, 2003 at 16:42
They did make another cd. Just harder to find.

From: Kristy Date: November 20, 2003 at 13:14
What other CD did they make and do you know where I could find it? I have not been able to locate anything else about them. Did the guys completely disband, go on to form other bands, or attempt to regroup and start again? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.

From: TIM Date: November 20, 2003 at 13:34
It's self-titled. I believe it came out in 1986 on either the Avalon or Zero label. As far as I know it's the same band. I'll see if I can find one.

From: Rycheage Date: March 13, 2004 at 22:05
Hooks, riffs, and five part harmony vocals help fill out an enjoyable romp which clocks in at just under an hour. Admittedly it's got some filler in there too, but the best bits to stand out do so by a mile.

From: Chip Date: June 15, 2004 at 13:42
HUDSON!!!! Long time Buddy! If you get this, give me a call sometime. Joseph's brother has my numbers. Thanks for the reviews guys. It was a great time and a fun band. I am in a new band called S.W.E.L.L. A CD has just been completed. Look for us on the web.

From: Geoff Date: August 26, 2004 at 8:28
Man, these guys sure knew how to record a filler, but on the same coin they also knew how to write a pretty cool melodic hard rock song. The first 6 do nothing for me and I was losing all faith before track 7 came along. There are some pretty cool tracks towards the end of the album, but overall it's just way too ordinary. 'Miss Champagne' and 'Flames of red, white and blue' are my faves. Decent CD.

From: Heywwion Date: October 13, 2004 at 11:51
Hey guys love the cd

From: z4roxx Date: February 17, 2005 at 14:33
I love this band,first track is KILLER 10,000 times!!Totally IMO that's a great band,with particular but good production and I appreciate too much when a band shows somethin'particular than the others.I would recommend this cd to everybody,really great,IMO.The other release on this page is not from the same band but from an english aor band...

From: orietto Date: February 18, 2005 at 13:05
can't agree this time with z4roxx as this release is weak and boring, after listening the whole cd i fall sleeping all the times !!!

From: metalmastermusic Date: June 25, 2008 at 21:03
A decent first release....they do have an exceelent melodic sound but they production is lacking like some of the other have said. A little more AOR-ish than I generally like. Non the less I have both releases. I think with improved production I would have been able to rate this about 10 points higher. 65/100

From: Damienne Date: July 27, 2008 at 6:48
Hey Chip! Tried finding S.W.E.L.L. online with no luck. Defunct now? You guys should get a myspace page for Under Fire. I used to see you play at Hard Rock Station in Winter Park, FL. I have many fond memories of you.

From: hair metal again Date: January 19, 2011 at 8:33
ok hair metal release by those rockers.straight ,feel good,hard rock music is all around .the problem is that they werent so talented in songwriting and there are some fillers here .standout songs are "one way love" and "flames of red ,white ,blue".the production also isnt so good ,but overall i kinda like this release cause its very honest and real

From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 12, 2011 at 20:05
Decent album but much more better is their second self titled release of 1997...Steve Baker's vocals are just fine,nothing else...best songs are "Too Close To Paradise","One Way Love"(nice AOR),"Waiting For Your Smile"(nice mid tempo),"Ms Champagne"(catchy)& "Flames Of Red,White And Blue"...85/100

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