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Artist: 21 Guns

Title: Salute

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21 Guns Salute Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1992

Label: BMG

Catalog Number: 07863 61017-2


Scott Gorham guitars, backing vocals
Leif Johansen bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Thomas La Verdi lead vocals
Mike Sturgis drums, percussion


1.  Knee Deep  4:06   Listen
2.  These Eyes  4:17   Listen
3.  Walking  3:46   Listen
4.  Marching in Time  4:06   Listen
5.  The Rain  4:30   Listen
6.  Little Sister  4:14   Listen
7.  Pays off Big  4:25   Listen
8.  Just a Wish  4:10   Listen
9.  Battered and Bruised  3:13   Listen
10.  Jungleland  5:09   Listen
11.  Tell Me  4:25   Listen
12.  No Way Out  4:28   Listen
Total Running Time:  50:49

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Existing comments about this CD

From: scott gorham Date: April 20, 2001 at 23:12
great album with a great songs,expecially you can hear my great performances in every songs

From: Hueaheuaheu Date: August 22, 2001 at 2:11
Hi Mr scott gorham

From: Chris C. Date: December 31, 2001 at 9:24
Not sure what's going on above, but this is good album for AOR fans in the style of Strangeways or Honeymoon Suite. Not a GREAT album, but good.

From: Fonda Cox Date: January 25, 2002 at 12:45
Dear Mr Scott Gorham, I thing you are the greates musician in the whole world. How did you ever get so great? Did you take lessions?

From: David Date: May 4, 2002 at 16:59
Now this is what I call a masterpiece, surperb volcalist, exellent song writing. To me this sounds like a slighty more heavy GIANT!, that's how good I think it is. Can't wait untill I hear there new album

From: Dino Jr Date: May 9, 2002 at 1:08
This is a forgoten classic! That Thomas La Verdi is one of the best vocalists ever, what happened to him? I hopr they re-form soon!

From: jason Date: May 17, 2002 at 18:06
How many of you knew that the drummer of this band is Angus Young's nephew?

From: ThunderDan Date: June 16, 2002 at 16:50
I didn't know Michael Sturgis was related to the Youngs (that is, if it's true). One more thing about Sturgis: did anyone know he's played on 2 full Asia CDS??

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: June 16, 2002 at 18:47
Well, I had heard that a long time ago when the band first came out. I am going by memory and I think it is the drummer. Anyway, someone in this band is Angus Young's nephew. Sturgis also played on a Max Bacon album.

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: June 16, 2002 at 18:50
AND actually it was Scott Gorham that played on two Asia albums.

From: Tony Date: August 22, 2002 at 14:25
Reminds me of the first Tyketto album in that, while musically not alike at all, this album if you dig melodic pop-metal is just perfect. The fact you're even checking out this site would make me feel comfortable recommending this to you. TONS of hooks and the singer here had just the perfect voice for this. Great hummable songs here too and this album just came out at the wrong place at the wrong time and that's a shame. If the average Ebay price is really $5 what a STEAL!!!!

From: TIM Date: August 23, 2002 at 0:20
They were the ones playing the theme for Hard N' Heavy, that's how I found out about these guys.

From: kc rocker Date: August 28, 2002 at 3:25
this is another top 10 vocalist...great songs great music...this cd is almost perfect...great moods on this cd...takes you all ove the spectrum...listen to this cd on your headphones...you will hear so much going on this cd...favs 'Just a wish' & 'tell me(one of my top 10 fav songs)' get this cd

From: Baris Date: September 6, 2002 at 6:02
WOW! SUPER HARD ROCK MASTERPIECE! A perfect guitarist and an excellent singer. This is an industrious record. Something interesting is that most of the bands who include the word 'GUN' in their names became so successful (Think about Guns'n Roses, L.A. Guns and this 'gun named band'). So what's that mystery? However, after this album, this 'gun group' suddenly 'GUN with the wind!' and appeared only years after with a new staff. The result? Look at my comment on that CD.

From: Steve T Date: September 6, 2002 at 8:37
I couldn't get into the guys voice. It was nothing more than mediocre for me...sorry.

From: TIM Date: October 2, 2002 at 16:18
I agree with David- they sound like a heavier Giant. Great stuff!

From: M. Allen Date: December 3, 2002 at 19:51
These guys deserve a 21 gun salute for crafting one of the best melodic hard rock albums of the early 90s. Were it not for grunge, this band would've been huge. With a killer vocalist, tons of melodic hooks, catchy choruses, and stacked backing vocals, not to mention pristine production, this band was custom-made for commercial success. Rockers and ballads are delivered with equal skill, all of which makes this an absolute must-own for the melodic rock fan.

From: peter crisp Date: January 14, 2003 at 7:20
i initially read a review in Kerrang magazine way back in 1992, and boy what an absolute killer aor album, a lot of power, and some amazing melodies, magnificent harmonies, excellent production, some of the finest aor songs as well, even after it's initial release i still play the album, every track is great but their is one that still sends a shiver up and down my spine: 'Tell Me'if you love aor you will not be disappointed, except for 2 extra tacks which are only on the Japanese,totally wild

From: JOURNEY Date: August 29, 2003 at 6:03

From: robert Date: September 1, 2003 at 15:55
aki estan...jjj!! Sorry!! Muy recomendable este pedazo d disco!!

From: cruise Date: September 15, 2003 at 7:25
A very strong album with soaring melodies and excellent musicianship. A fabulous production makes this an all round class act. 9/10

From: Trick Taylor Date: September 18, 2003 at 11:19
Bored me at first, then one song stuck, then another, now I can't stop listening to it. I liken it to a Tall Stories meets 'Pyromania' with frequent visits from Blue Murder, Lynch Mob, and Dare. This is a thinking man's AOR type of album. Infinately more interesting than Tyketto's first two, with La Verdi proving himself to be a quality crooner. Big time mid-80's arena rock influences as well. Maybe the quality I'm trying to describe is soul, with brains, and flare. Hell, just go get it.

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From: Blue Charvel Date: October 31, 2003 at 13:32
The first thing that drew me in on this was the production, I LOVE this production. I wasn't totally thrilled with the tuneage, but then after awhile as Trick mentioned above, I couldn't stop listening to it either. Once you get the hooks, you can't get rid of 'em. Musicianship is flawless on this as well, my only (very minor) complaint being it has no rough edges whatsoever.

From: TYTAN3K Date: January 10, 2004 at 23:00
Anyone know where I can get a copy of that Hard n' Heavy song they did? Awesome song...but as far as I know, it was never released.

From: love metal Date: January 22, 2004 at 15:11
hell looks like i'm the only one who thinks this sucks, made me think of bonfire who sucks more.

From: Metal Pete Date: January 22, 2004 at 16:08
Nope, you ain't alone. this is garbage. I thought it very unoriginal, formula-driven crap. I gave mine away. Had high expectations after the great Thin Lizzy stuff, but this was miserable. A 3 rating. Without Phil Lynott, Scott had nothing going!

From: MJ (Marla) Date: January 24, 2004 at 1:02
This is another 'New to me' FANTASTIC find!!! I love this!! 'Just A Wish' is at the TOP!!! LOVE the vocals on that song!! 'Battered And Bruised' is great too!! 'These Eyes' too!! The only song I can't listen to is 'Tell Me'.....just can't do it.

From: jonyrockr Date: April 2, 2004 at 0:12
21 Guns - Amazing band. Vocalist is superb along with the harmonized guitar. Fantastic album.These eyes excellent song. A must have for melodic hard rock.

From: Melodiker Date: May 15, 2004 at 13:51
very good melodic hardrock CD ! A must have for all Melodic Fans !!! 9\10

From: Geoff Date: May 23, 2004 at 20:35
Excellent vocals, great musicianship and great songs. This is a great CD, no way around it.

From: Big Papa K Date: June 12, 2004 at 20:04
One of the better releases of 1992. Tracks 1-5 are some of the best examples of melodic hard rock. The second half slips a little, but still an essential release. Does it get any better than These Eyes? 9/10

From: chacho Date: July 11, 2004 at 14:47
its great man!!!!!!!!!

From: jessica96fish Date: July 25, 2004 at 12:09
if you like your rock.melodic but with a hard guitar edge then this ones for you.this has it all cool vocals good songs.top notch production.a must have.

From: BWH'Indonesia' Date: September 1, 2004 at 6:46
EXCELLENT album. Reminds me alot of the first House Of Lords album. La Verdi got a sexy voice, reminds me of Pepe Castro of Balance. If you want to hear a slightly softer 'Just A Wish', find it in the Far Corporation second album where Scott Gorham involved in, sung by Robin Mc Auley.

From: Chad Date: October 8, 2004 at 21:24
Great, Great album. This is power, melodic rock at its best. Thomas La Verdi is excellent. He has a stellar voice. The songs are well written and driven by La Verdi's voice. Not a bad song on the entire album. This is easily a 9.5/10. This one has its own address in my cd player.

From: Border Rat Date: October 15, 2004 at 14:47
This is one cd worth saluting.In a time when we are being constantly bombarded with modern brock rock this cd stands on a great hight above rubbish music.Great guitar sound,great vocals and this is one of the best melodic rock cds that you could listen to.As in their nothing's real cd the guitars do not hog the frontline but are perfectly suited and weave in and out at all the right places.If you like rock that grooves a little then this is one cd you will enjoy.A perfect 10!

From: Dave Date: October 15, 2004 at 20:18
Very well said Border Rat.In my view this band have 3 classic albums and i really hope we get a fourth.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Turtleman Date: October 24, 2004 at 21:31
Solid album!!! Good vocals and nice hooks!! Only problem is that it came out in the wrong year('92). Five years earlier and this album is platinium!!!!!

From: Dreamaholic Date: October 27, 2004 at 5:32
Took a chance based on comments above. Like Trick Taylor and Blue Charvel, I was unimpressed the 1st listen, but a couple more times did the trick. I really like These Eyes, The Rain, Pays Off Big, and Jungleland. The other songs I mostly skip through. My only other complaints are that the choruses are unimaginitive and it's more like hard AOR than hard rock. But in spite of that it was worth $3 to get the songs I liked.

From: mattboy71 Date: May 1, 2005 at 13:54
Great CD I pulled out of the archives...I agree with Dreamaholic, I wasn't that impressed at first, but 'No Way Out' just smokes and La Verdi is such a great singer. What happened to him?!

From: swriter Date: July 27, 2005 at 17:30
so is this good or what????? hahaha

From: DIKTATER66 Date: January 6, 2006 at 15:29
LOVE this disc. Heard Knee Deep on the radio in 93 and ran out and got it. Glad I did cuz I never even saw it in a bin since. Every track here is great and the vocals/guitar work are a great style.Pick it up if you can find it! DIKTATER66@hotmail.com Whatever happened to.....

From: sleazydog Date: March 26, 2006 at 18:23
this is the best cd of 21 guns , a melodic rock reminds me House of Lords, and the great vocals pays the rest.recommended

From: The Jackyl Date: November 10, 2006 at 11:17
Very weak release IMO.

From: z4roxx Date: November 15, 2006 at 13:07
Dear jackyl,if you love death metal(try to listen the singer of Demilich,N.1 of all times!ahahaha)I agree with you,but sorry man try to listen again this one,one of the finest cd in the genre and T.Laverdi is one of the best singers here.I also got the japanese press because the 2 inhedit bonus are something of spectacular.What a fantastic cd.10/10.

From: erik Date: November 18, 2006 at 11:28
You are right Andrea. Fantastic voice Laverdi has. Whatever became of him ? Man this guy sing !!

From: z4roxx Date: November 21, 2006 at 13:06
Hi Erik,How are U?and where is Geoff?????I did see one or two solo albums of T.Laverdi but I don t remember so well years and songs in general.But we have agree that it's one of the finest voices in the genre.Recently I always hear Niklas Infeldt of Dream Evil,best kind of voice for me in metal,not the most capable but the kind of voice that breaks my mind!!New dream Evil cd out now,the title is'United'!!!

From: lduarte Date: April 4, 2007 at 17:05
this a good cd , great singer and the band is also very good overall , no fillers and some great ballads and rockers . i highly recomend it to anybody who's into Giant ,D. Leppard , D.Danger.8/10

From: Melo Date: April 10, 2007 at 7:18
Super Melodic Hardrock ! Hier gibt es coole Rocker zuhauf.Obendrein gibt es hier sch'ne Balladen (just a wish).Wenn man die beteiligten Musiker begutachtet,kann man mit der Scheibe gar nix falsch machen ! 9 Dicke Punkte !!!

From: darobinson Date: May 7, 2007 at 21:29
When Mr. La Verdi quit the music biz we lost one of the finest AOR/Hard Rock singers of all time. This album is fantastic 10/10...

From: bozoglam Date: August 7, 2007 at 8:48
Fantastic album!!This one is in my top 10. 95/100

From: BIG-TIME Date: May 12, 2008 at 11:32
AWESOME CD it rocks from start to finish perfect commercial rock buy or die...KEEP ROCKIN ALL!!!

From: suspicious.heart Date: October 12, 2008 at 2:52
I love this album, it's been a favourite of mine since I first got it (only a couple years ago). La Verdi is like one of the best vocalists you'll ever come across. The ballads here are absolutely gorgeous and the rockers kickass, especially "Knee Deep" - could put that on repeat forever. A must have for any melodic rock fan!

From: aorluver Date: December 1, 2008 at 3:40
So worn-out and average that it HURTS

From: Kindred Date: February 7, 2009 at 12:34
One of my favorite CDs of all time.

From: Put-Put Date: August 11, 2009 at 2:12
A good album nothing more those kinds of records where 1 of 1000 that came out at the end of the hair-metal era (FUCK Kurt Cobain)

From: Bax Date: January 5, 2010 at 10:48
Great, GREAT record, well crafted & surely rockin'!!! Well talented musicians, BIG production - what else do you want?!? Maybe wanna know what Tommy (La Verdi) does these (?) days... He's together with the ex-wife of Morten Harket, Camilla Malmquist Harket (married 11 February 1989–1998) http://www.a-ha-land.de/tcs2.JPG (Camilla & Tommy) http://www.a-ha-land.de/tcs.JPG (Tommy & Camilla's daughter Savannah Fiore Blu, here with half-sister Tomine) Well, iguess he is a "family man" right now.. that's all, folks Rock on, Bax

From: 123charpenay Date: November 11, 2011 at 16:34
one of the best hard f m album ever.this record is a bomb.it is a real masterpiece.all songs are irresistible.super production super sound super singer super musicians super melodies.i stop you have understand.the japan import is hightly recommanded cause the two bonus tracks realise a miracle.they are a little better than the rest of the record!!!!!

From: hair metal again Date: November 11, 2012 at 11:58
excellent hair metal release by 21 GUNS that shoulda make it back in the day!fantastic production,sensational vocals ,beautiful songs and great guitar workby Scott!all the songs are catchy and full of hooks and they are well balanced !important release back in 92 which was a great year for hard rock!essential for sure!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 21, 2013 at 15:22
A good album with an even better singer in it(Mr La Verdi)and with a rock legend in Mr Gorham(Thin Lizzy)...the japanese release brings a couple of bonus tracks being "Cold Heart" the highlight of both...about the album itself it has these good ones in the shape of "Knee Deep","Marching In Time"(nice mid tempo),"Little Sister"(rocks!),"Pays Off Big","Jungleland"(nice rocking song)& "No Way Out"(a much nicer rocking song!)...enjoyable...84/100

From: rocksoul Date: July 14, 2013 at 5:57
The voice remember me a mix through Ted Poley and Michael Bormann. Great album, very good sound. I bought Rockcandy reissue, very very good!

From: 123charpenay Date: July 14, 2013 at 13:03
to rocksoul.try to find the japan import cause the two bonus tracks are two atomic bombs.two killer songs.trust me.

From: Ydol eM Date: December 21, 2013 at 15:13
This is really very good hard aor rock. I prefer aor-ish (ballads or semi-ballads) pieces more - where the vocal stands out. For someone who likes Tall Stories, Beggars & Thieves, Giant, Bonham, Strangeways... and this is me. 90/100.

From: $$ixx Date: December 7, 2014 at 16:39
"Cold Heart" was the bonus track on this original '92 release, and wow what a bonus track! I think it was criminal to omit this song from any of the releases of this album 'cause it's really one of the best songs, if not THE BEST song of the entire album. And often bonus tracks can be somewhat overrated, but this one's not! Amazing song!

From: JONBONPIGO Date: May 2, 2016 at 21:03
Standout Track "Knee Deep"...I Highly Recommend to any Hair/Hard Rock Fan...the rest of the songs...are more Journey/Genesis vibe...WHOM I LOVE BY THE WAY...But they are like long lost B-Sides or some such...You might find a Diamond in the Ruff...So if you take anything out of my review...LISTEN TO "KNEE DEEP"

From: Doug Date: August 3, 2017 at 18:37
Picked this up today, I like it. Good vocals, does not sound like Lizzy at all, even with Gorham's presence. Recommended.

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