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Artist: Captive Heart

Title: Home of the Brave

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Captive Heart Home of the Brave Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 1996

Label: MTM (Germany)

Catalog Number: 199614


Rick Tratar lead and backing vocals
Chuck Kawal guitars, bass, backing vocals
Scott Bahry keyboards, drums, percussion, backing vocals
Paul Balsamello bass
Guy Dominick bass, backing vocals
Steve Moss drums, percussion, backing vocals
Tim McGovern guitar, backing vocals


1.  Outlaw  4:06   Listen
2.  It's Too Late  3:36   Listen
3.  Home of the Brave  4:46   Listen
4.  Shattered Dreams  3:15   Listen
5.  Over You - Over Me  4:04   Listen
6.  Helpless  4:13   Listen
7.  Just One Touch  4:31   Listen
8.  Can't Stop  4:24   Listen
9.  Heartache  5:37   Listen
10.  Ride of Your Life  4:46   Listen
11.  Til the End  5:32   Listen
Total Running Time:  48:50

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Existing comments about this CD

From: freddy de keyze Date: September 5, 2002 at 7:55
What, not one comment about this GEM ! ? This is perfect AOR, ladies and gentlemen !! Don't miss this pearl ! Listen to the opening song ' Outlaw', and you'll be hooked. One of the best AOR songs EVER. This is together with the mighty Harlan Cage the best release ever on MTM ! ESSENTIAL aqain !!!!! BUY !!!

From: FBI Date: January 20, 2003 at 15:32
This album is not bad, but I think 450 votes with an average of 9.36 is much too high. There are much better cd's out there! I'd give a 5.0!

From: freddy de keyze Date: June 14, 2003 at 20:18
Not bad, FBI, and you give it a 5 ! For me this is one of highlights of the nineties. Brilliant ! And the openingtrack 'Outlaw' is phenomenal. Buy or die !!!

From: Peter-Poland Date: June 22, 2003 at 5:41
Very good, clear AOR album. Some good ballads and faster tunes, with good lead guitars and nice keyboards addition. I rate it like that: 7.5/8 /10 Recommended

From: Rycheage Date: July 20, 2003 at 17:11
Debut CD for American commercial rockers. Given a hand with songwriting by Survivor dude Jim Peterik. Shades of Signal, Survivor, Diving For Pearls, just not quite in the same league. Still, nice tunes and good melodies. For fans of USA brand AOR.

From: AOR freaky Date: November 24, 2003 at 7:25
Forgotten (but not by me ) AOR masterpiece from the US ! Where are these guys now ? What a voice Rick Trater has. Listen to 'Outlaw' and you know what I mean ! Great, great stuff ! A MUST HAVE !!

From: BobbyRock Date: March 13, 2004 at 17:24
Captive Heart, one of Chicago's greatest AOR endeavors... Some of the best vocal work I've heard out of an indie lable. As for the fate of this band, they did not record any more materail after an ill fated attempt with Capitol Records and the band faded away into the sunset. Almost every person is still very active in the Chicago scene so keep the faith that they will record again... For more info on Captive Heart: Bobbyrock@xglobal.net

From: Cherokee1975 Date: October 29, 2004 at 14:05
Bueno,bueno,no veo aquí a ningún español/a que exprese su opinión ¿es que no lo habeis oido?yo ahora mismo lo estoy escuchando.Para mí que decir,una gran obra maestra entre el AOR y el hardrock melodico, canciones muy bien compuestas y una gran voz al frente de la que espero que sea una gran banda por todo lo alto ¿a quien me suena? pues para mí entre House of Lords (la voz) y Unruly Child, ya digo, una pasada. See ya!

From: JUHANAL Date: December 19, 2004 at 16:44
bueno pus el segundo español pues claro que es bueno, muy bueno tienes toda la razon cherokee jejej saludossssssssss

From: mike niss Date: December 21, 2004 at 0:18
yes i new Paul Balsamello well..great bass player..he should get in touch with an old guitar player..jackofhearts38@hotmail.com and tell his brothers hello

From: MikeL Date: January 6, 2005 at 20:30
I heard so much about this group. It took me a while to get this and honestly while the CD is pretty good I was a little disappointed. Outlaw and Ride of Your Life are the best songs.

From: AOR freaky Date: September 14, 2005 at 9:47
Does someone know what happened with this great act ? Where is Rick Tratar and what is he doing these days ? (Koogles ? ? ? !). Hell, that guy has a famous voice ! Great record !

From: TIM (2) Date: September 14, 2005 at 11:01
This one is okay. No more, no less. "Just One Touch" & "Outlaw" are the highlights by a million miles - & are almost worth buying this for alone - with the rest being fairly standard AOR. A little samey in places. If you see it cheap buy it, but you will probably only ever play 2 tracks... 6/10.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: February 1, 2006 at 10:40
Good AOR/Melodic Rock si estan buenos estos muchachos onda Harem Scarem por poner un ejemplo peo sin llegar al nivel de ellos un 7/10 para mi.

From: WILMERKINGKOBRA Date: April 23, 2006 at 20:54
buen disco ... alucinante .... saludos a todos los aor del mundo !!! wilmerparedes33@hotmail.com

From: Melodiker Date: August 1, 2006 at 18:42
Everybody must check out this nice Album.Melodic from start to finish ! highlights are Outlaw,Shattered dream & just one touch,but the rest ist also very fine AOR ! 9/10

From: Clayton77 Date: January 3, 2007 at 8:19
Highly recommended and 10/10 for this AOR-Masterpiece!!! Listen to "Outlaw" and will be in Rock-Paradise!!!!

From: captive Date: March 5, 2007 at 12:10
As one of the founding members of this band, I just wanted to thank everyone who had nice comments about the CD. It's a shame that in the U.S. our style of melodic rock went out of favor just as we were completing recording. For those wondering, this music was actually only meant to be used as demos to land a U.S. deal, and never really intended to be released. MTM thought it was put together well enough to be released. The band actually broke up two years before the release.

From: z4roxx Date: March 5, 2007 at 13:14
Glad to hear a founding member,it's maybe the first cd I did buy when I went to aor,it's surely the first!Because It was the first one I didn t aprreciate too much that genre but from now on It has become a very good cd!I have a particular affection for this band and cd,bought when it has been released,11 years ago....

From: juan carlos Date: June 14, 2007 at 21:58
Alucinante inicio con "Outlaw" (el mejor del disco)pero aún siendo muy bueno no mata con el solo de guitarra soñado, "It's Too Late", "Over You - Over Me" y "Can't Stop" las mejores. De las baladas(4,7,9) me quedo con "Shattered Dreams" lindo solo. Fino AOR, Correcto album pero hecho en falta solos de calidad y tambien temas que realmente maten. 8.5/10

From: hernanHRM/AOR Date: June 15, 2007 at 20:06
el tal juan carlos me parece estar siguiendo los mismos pasos de el maestro The Phoenix "rafo", esta en casi todos los comentarios, valgame dios este albun lo hiba a comentar hace mucho tiempo pero pues siempre encuentro a mas peruanos en esta gloriosa pagina jaja y pues el albun esta de puta madre que puedo decir ,,

From: hernanHRM/AOR Date: October 19, 2007 at 16:54
Agregando algo mas a este buen albun de AOR, pues es que las baladas de este albun tienen unos sonidos magicos con ese toque de teclas fabulosos "Home Of The Brave y HeartTache" temas que simplemente son espectaculares.. claro en su nota de baladas y como olvidar a tremenda joya de AOR Over You Over me 9/10

From: YIRO SEVENTH Date: October 23, 2007 at 20:09
AOR/Melodic Rock entre SURVIVOR y HARLAN CAGE (por las teclas nomas, lo demas es muy diferente). No lo consideraría una obra maestra aunque de repente hay muy buenos temas como la inicial "Outlaw" y algunas de las baladas contenidas en este disco. Necesita de varias escuchas para finalmente agarrarle el hilo y llegar a la conclusión de que se trata de un BUEN DISCO, y es todo

From: george_the_jack Date: June 17, 2008 at 13:16
Outlaw is simply one of the best AOR songs I've ever hear....A genius piece of art!!!!!!!!!!

From: jstoyz Date: May 6, 2009 at 23:49
Fantastic slice of commercial AOR highlighted by "Outlaw"- one of the most blissfully brilliant tracks ever to grace the genre. Rick Tratar's vox. on "Shattered Dreams" also ought to be heard by all up and coming AOR singers as a model for how to patently "get it right"- since I'm not a singer, that's where my technical expertise and advice giving begins and ends (LOL). Hyperbole aside, while the album as a whole may not be as consistently remarkable as the second and third releases from labelmates Harlan Cage, this band really should have struck gold (figuratively and literally) with a couple of these songs. If any unreleased material remains, I hope these guys seriously consider getting it out to us given the resurgence of AOR/MHR and the success of some of the reissue labels.....Jeff.

From: Blue Monday Date: August 24, 2009 at 20:12
not that good as some of you tell there are much better out there for me is just average 7/10

From: Blue Monday Date: August 24, 2009 at 20:15
not that good as some of you tell there are much better out there for me is just average 7/10

From: happy2849 Date: January 21, 2011 at 14:25
While there are better out there, this still has some decent tunes. Considering the crap the music industry was putting out in the mid 90's this is way ahead of most. Another I have to play once in a while when I'm in the mood for mid-tempo rock with some melody!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 20, 2011 at 18:10
Lovely AOR/Rock album...sutile yet powerful in some songs...but basically AOR..."Outlaw" is such a nice piece of AOR,liked it a lot ,"It's Too Late" is a very good one,"Over You-Over Me" is a wonderful track,probably the best of the album,"Just One Touch" beautiful strong ballad,"Ride Of Your Life" rocks & the bonus track "Time Out" rocks too! ...a very good vocalist(Rick Tratar) and excellent musicianship...get it!!!.93/100

From: 123charpenay Date: August 3, 2017 at 11:15
decent american aor very nice and easy to listen but not more.not a masterpiece but a great a o r realise.i can add that the singer is really excellent.

From: hair metal again Date: June 13, 2018 at 8:03
sensational debut for CAPTIVE HEART and i must say that i was really impressed !divine commercial hard rock music of the early 90 s and if i had to describe them i d say that this is WALL OF SILENCE with James Christian fronting them wow!!!i m really enthusiastic cause i cant find anything missing and EVERY note of it is superb!"heartache","it s too late","over you over me","helpless" are fantastic songs and overall this is a clear masterpiece of the 90s hard rock scene

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