Released: April 4, 1990
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: EMI, Geffen Records
Producer(s): Andy Taylor
Certified: Gold (BPI)
I would like to draw your attention to this wonderfully done rock album by Thunder – an often forgotten British band which unfortunately couldn’t become as big as they should have, for one reason or another. It’s an absolute pity because there was and still is a huge chunk of talent over there – Danny Bowes is a brilliant vocalist and he absolutely kills it on this record.
“Backstreet Symphony” was their coming-out party; a debut album, full of enjoyable, spirited and full of enthusiasm rockers. The record doesn’t really offer any groundbreaking surprises in terms of lyrical approach or musicianship, but that doesn’t make it a bad one. From start to finish, “Backstreet Symphony” displays a great deal of skill and class, all wrapped up in a satisfying selection of hard-rockers, power-ballads and even blues-inspired tunes. “Love Walked In” is a terrific power-ballad and the finest moment of the record (and I’m not just saying it because I’m a power-ballad person). “Dirty Love”, “She’s so Fine”, “Backstreet Symphony”, “Distant Thunder” – all sensational tracks you can rock all day and all night with. “Until My Dying Day” is an interesting tune, transforming from acoustic to a quite intense, guitar-driven composition. The straight-up hard rock cover of the Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’” adds another star to the record.
The unpretentious, spirited sound of “Backstreet Symphony” is what makes it so good. Any track has the potential of giving you some sweet time. Don’t pick just one, grab and listen to the entire album!
(1990 Original release)
“She’s So Fine”
“Don’t Wait for Me”
“Until My Dying Day”
“Love Walked In”
“An Englishman on Holiday”
“Girl’s Going Out of Her Head”
“Gimme Some Lovin'”
“Distant Thunder” (CD only)
2 thoughts on “’90S ROCK BLAST: THUNDER – BACKSTREET SYMPHONY”
Leaving a reply for a 2 year old post – but I am just discovering your site now and I love what I am reading.
I purchased this album soon after it was released and I still own it.
By far the best album from Thunder and yes, amazing vocalist and very skilled lead guitarist!
I went to one concert with them when they played in Denmark – great band.
I think my favorite track is “She’s So Fine” – especially live.