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Artist: Fair Warning

Title: Fair Warning

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1992

Label: WEA (Germany)

Catalog Number: 9031-77043-2


Tommy Heart lead and backing vocals
Helge Engelke guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
Andy Malecek guitars
Ule W. Ritgen bass, backing vocals
CC Behrens drums


1.  Longing for Love  3:49
2.  When Love Fails  3:41
3.  The Call of the Heart  4:13
4.  Crazy  3:50
5.  One Step Closer  3:59
6.  Hang On  4:03
7.  Out On the Run  3:53
8.  Long Gone  4:39
9.  The Eyes of the Rock  3:47
10.  Take a Look at the Future  3:55
11.  The Heat of Emotion  3:03
12.  Take Me Up  4:25
Total Running Time:  47:17

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Mentalizer Date: August 5, 2001 at 22:34
The rating is not a 10?????? 'Out on the Run' and 'The Call of the Heart' are unbelieveble!!!

From: Garnet Date: August 6, 2001 at 2:12
The best album I have ever heard!!! But unfortunately I don`t have it...

From: DRAGONFLY Date: December 13, 2001 at 6:30
This group puts out hit after hit on any of their releases. You can't go wrong with any of their stuff. If you don't have any, well all you have to do is try one and you'll be hooked.

From: Mischlermaxe Date: February 24, 2003 at 9:33
Simply one of the best CD's in melodic rock history!

From: howe Date: March 7, 2003 at 17:47
This is one of the best albums I've ever heard. There is not one only mediocre song, they're all great catchy tunes. Vocals and Guitars among the best ever done in hard rock!

From: HG Date: May 24, 2003 at 4:33
Great CD in the Scorpions/PC69 tradition. I would not call it AOR. It is more hard rock to me. This band has one hell of a singer, and the catchy guitars to match.

From: Desslar Date: May 25, 2003 at 7:01
Solid hard rock that leans toward AOR. Some great ballads, but it could use some more rockers.

From: jayglam@hotmail Date: August 21, 2003 at 10:11
I absolutely Love this cd, amazing. It is similar to the fantastic Fireworks album by Bonfire. They sound similar to Bonfire, especially the vocals, but have their own originality. Top class melodic europeon rock. Just listen to Longing for Love, Crazy and take me up and you will be hooked on Fair warning. An absolute must for any die hard melodic rock fan. Jay from Australia.

From: Eugenio 'Waite' Date: December 23, 2003 at 16:03
If you think all kind of attempt in getting the perfect, beutiful, touching melodic rock sound, I think nothing can ever beat 'The Heat Of Emotion'. That song got it all in 3 minutes long. Just Rippin' !!!

From: ROB GARCIA Date: January 17, 2004 at 7:25
oh god!!...nothing in the world has prepared us for this!!,what you get here is a very high class release of bombastic melodic rock that rivals both : bonfire 'fireworks' & mad max 'night of passion' for the best melodic rock album ever to come out of germany.the following albums are also excellent but somehow they lack the magic of that first album.dont let this album pass you by and get it pronto! you'll love it to death!.

From: George Angel Date: March 25, 2004 at 17:47
UNBELIEVABLE good band...when you find them get them...check also their live cds...more information e-mail wildangelfree69@hotmail.com

From: Thanos Date: May 2, 2004 at 21:17
Great album!!! This is a classic one!!! Check out a review of the album on Grande-Rock.com in the Hall Of Fame... Good hard rock music never dies...

From: Wily Date: June 17, 2004 at 6:35
One of the Best AOR album ever!! 5/5 can't find a track on this album who gets 3/5 from me . Hang On Boys!!

From: TIM (2) Date: June 29, 2004 at 6:54
If there's a better rock album ever that's come from Germany then I haven't heard it. Bonfire, Jaded Heart, Frontline etc are all great bands but never produced one as consistent as this. 'When Love Fails' is my fave track, but this is huge hook-laden melodic rock with some killer ballads, and a better version of 'Heat of Emotion' than Zeno could manage. All Fair Warning's albums are excellent, but this was never quite beaten.

From: Rockhead Date: June 29, 2004 at 9:10
Bonfire's Fireworks gives this a run for its money!!

From: TIM (2) Date: June 29, 2004 at 9:43
Agreed Rockhead. I wouldn't say EVERY track on 'Fireworks' was a killer, but it is close. As is ROKO's first. Close as they are, they're not THIS good.

From: Rocker76 Date: June 29, 2004 at 13:00
I'm with Rockhead on this one. As good as Fair Warning are, they are no match for Bonfire. Bonfire's first 2 records are unbelievable (and the 3rd one is right up there) and totally outrock anything Fair Warning did. Don't get me wrong..I love Fair Warning and their debut is a great great melodic rock album. But there is absolutely no comparison - Bonfire wins hands down.

From: Rockhead Date: June 29, 2004 at 13:39
And I am in agreement with Rocker76 in that Frontline are much more consistent. State of Rock and Heroes are right up there with Fair Warning. Again I love Fair Warning but they are a little hit and miss. Victory's Culture Killed The Native and YOu Bought It You Name It are also excellent Germanic slabs of melodic rock.

From: TIM (2) Date: June 30, 2004 at 7:59
Guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this one, as I'd take F.W over Bonfire myself. Victory are a good shout (although I personally find their songs a little samey), and 'State of Rock' is classy stuff, but I'd probably take F.W's 'Go' and '4' over them both. On a more obscure note, Ocksenknecht had a great debut CD of mostly Mark Spiro written tracks that is pretty special too if you can find this...

From: Rocker76 Date: July 2, 2004 at 9:33
FW certainly set the bar way high for themselves on this debut. Killer tracks such as 'One Step Closer' and 'Take a Look at the Future' display the AOR/melodic genius that was possible for FW to create. They reinforce that ability with 'Long Gone', 'Out on the Run', 'When Love Fails', and 'Longing for Love'. Not a really weak track on this record (some weaker than others). Newer fans of FW should def. start with the S/T and relish what they hear. FW never reach this plateau again.

From: TIM (2) Date: July 2, 2004 at 9:45
Well said Rocker76! Dreamtide never got near this either (or haven't so far..), and be careful with the V2 stuff too as it doesn't have the melody of the Fair Warning S/T. This is certainly the best Tommy Heart ever sounded...

From: K.K. Poland Date: July 17, 2004 at 5:58
The Heat Of Emotions!!!! AMAZING, SUPERFANTASTIC!!!!!!!!

From: mj Date: September 10, 2004 at 9:16
oh yes!

From: Geoff Date: September 13, 2004 at 0:03
This is good melodic hard rock. Maybe my favourite Fair Warning CD, but I can't be sure. I like the guys, but unfortunately they just never blew my mind. 'Heat of emotion' is great but I probably prefer the Zeno version. Yeah, it's good but not much more than that IMO...

From: mj Date: October 15, 2004 at 4:17
What an album! A MUST! 10/10

From: Border Rat Date: November 20, 2004 at 14:29
I have all four studio albums by this great band and although this one comes in at number four the cd is a fine listen.The other three albums do not sound as dated as this one.Tommy Heart is a fine vocalist.Some people have compared ROKO's debut with this cd.Although this FAIR WARNING cd is good it would not beat the filler free ROKO S/T cd which is one of the greatest cds of all time in my book.When love fails,one step closer and out on the run are fine songs.A good cd overall.

From: Axe Machine Date: November 28, 2004 at 9:07
Unfortunately, the class of Fair Warnings catalog begins and ends here. This album is a pure slice of bombastic AOR, but after this one they went too soft. This album however is class and worth the import price for the first track alone! Recommended.

From: keeper Date: January 13, 2005 at 6:22
Definately a must aor album. Fair Warning still sounds great IMO! 10/10

From: Axe-Machine Date: February 7, 2005 at 10:36
Worth the money for Longing For Love and The Heat Of Emotion alone, although the whole album is strong enough and classy enough to enter the 'All Time Classic' Category. Top Notch AOR.

From: fairwarning24 Date: January 23, 2006 at 10:53
this is a far better album than bonfires fireworks although fireworks is very good.The best fair warning album by far and a top ten of all time in melodicrock cds

From: strangeways1 Date: May 24, 2006 at 16:21
This is one of the best album ever made in the whole music world, not only in AOR. Top rate 10/10 Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Andriy 203/A Date: June 30, 2006 at 15:32
One of the ubelieveble, amazing, fantastic hard rock album of all the times..the riffs, the solos, the voice (absolutely angelic)..everything is wonderful.. Longin for love, when love fails, the call of the heart, Long gone and Take me up the best ever...

From: Melo Date: December 1, 2006 at 1:01
Simply genial ! Music that makes me smile ! Greaaat ! 9,5

From: Metalmusicman Date: December 9, 2006 at 21:07
Without a doubt, one of the very best cds ever to come out of Germany or anywhere else in the world for that matter!!! This is one of my all time favs! A musical utopia. Every song is an instant classic. One of the best melodic rock albums of all time and the best this band has ever done. Any fan of melodic rock MUST OWN this album!!!

From: metalizzer Date: March 18, 2007 at 8:47
'the best cd of AOR/hard rock i ever had' a lot of you guys say!!! are you crazy? this is not bad it's as good as the best of bonfire and similar stuff (a problem with german bands : they always sound german). Saying this your forgeting in terms of AOR bands like: Giant,Danger Danger,firehouse,hardline, tyketto,journey etc... In terms of hard rock (and here is the complete stupidity) do you remember when you say: the best band (fair warning), bands like: thin lizzy, whitesnake, led zepplin,ac-dc

From: metalizzer Date: March 18, 2007 at 9:01
wait, wait!! i'm sorry i was giving legends as an exemple, let's just say: great white, tesla,badlands,mr. big etc... Come on guys before you write something down think first!!! ok??? So that other people that are beggining to hear hard rock don't get junk for gold, because of your comments! PS.. why do i have the right to say this??? because i've been in rock since 1977. (not as long as the Stones but enough to say what i'm saying!!! LOL)

From: newscandi Date: July 12, 2007 at 16:39
After listening mainly to hi tech acts in the last couple of month I thrown in this into my stereo, and yep --it's one of the best album in melodic rock that's for sure. Very powerful and yet so melodic and not too 'hard'. Good mix of ballads and rockers here, while it's not easy to seperate songs to give as references

From: YNGWIEVIKING Date: October 7, 2007 at 13:10
GREAT CD 93/100 VERY GERMAN AOR in the old fashion way !// Great singer , HUGE guitar player & good songs with great hooks it was one of my favorite back in the days and it's still is !

From: george_the_jack Date: June 15, 2008 at 10:59
Maybe the best hard rock record come out from Germany ever.....With no exaggeration, the Scorpions would never make something like this....Simple things. 96/100

From: erik Date: April 19, 2009 at 4:37
I wouldnot say maybe the best ever record to come out of Germany, Boysvoice, Vice, Coracko, 48 Crash might have something to say againt that . I'd say one of the 10 best cd's to come from Germany This is one cracking melodic rock cd. For me their finest effort. Excellent song, great hooks and chorusses. Yep i like it a lot ! Longing for Love, When love Fails, Crazy,One step Closer, The eyes of Rock, Take a look at the future, The heat of Emotion r for me the best songs. 92/100

From: Eva Galli Date: September 15, 2009 at 21:13
Awesome songs, cool hymns and precious ballads, one of my best discovery of all time, just a 100/100

From: metalmaniac777 Date: January 21, 2010 at 11:49
It's fair to say that this is a classic European melodic hard rock album, as essential to fans of the genre as meat is to a carnivor. This CD should come with a warning to only be handled while wearing protective gloves due to it being packed with so many razor-sharp hooks. The Bonfire comparisons are bang-on (though I prefer Bonfire) and any fan of that band should devour this release like a starving Ethiopian at the Golden Corral buffet.

From: edwithmj Date: April 21, 2010 at 5:32
Truly one of the finest albums I've picked up in a long time. Hang On is almost a perfect song for me. 10/10 definitely.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 29, 2010 at 22:39
Yeah this debut rocks!!!..Germany is a rock country exporter per excellence !!!...Tommy Heart did a great job vocally and the rest of the guys were awesome too!!!..."Longing For Love" a blast,"When Love Fails" is a highlight,"The Call Of The Heart" is a catchy mid tempo song,"Hang On" another highlight,"Out On The Run" is a killer one along with "The Eyes Of The Rock","The Heat Of Emotion" is another goodie one & "Take Me Up" is a wonderful solid ballad...get this!!!.90/100

From: JOVIAOR Date: July 19, 2011 at 17:01
Wow this is how AOR/MHR should sound, the energy is a killer and the songs are all winners! I just say BUY BUY BUY!!

From: the rocker Date: December 16, 2011 at 19:29
Good cd, but wish it was a little better. Not enough above average songs for me on here. I love When love fails(probably one of my favorites from the band), One step closer is cool, I like Crazy, Longing for love, and The Heat of emotion.

From: 123charpenay Date: December 20, 2013 at 2:32
exceptional first effort.in 1992 at the start of the rotten grunge wawe ,fair warning have the balls to make a record hyper melodic.this jewel was in 1992 totally out of fashion.beautiful mélodies,irresistibles choruses,sensational singer,big sound,superb and powerfull production.this record is a must have for all hard f m lovers.i recommand the japan import cause there is two bonus tracks track 13 a ballad and track 14 a top class a o r song.

From: titothetitan Date: November 6, 2017 at 6:29
I agree with all the positive comments. What an amazing album! Filled with catchy songs, killer guitars, and an outstanding singer. 'The Heat of Emotion' is the best song, it sounds better than the Zeno version and I always loved Zeno! Production is great too. Tracks 2,3,5,7,11 are my favourites. If you love the band then look for the 'Live in Japan' Dvd.

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