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21 Guns – Salute


21 GUNS:
Scott Gorham (guitar, backing vocals)
Tomas La Verdi (vocals)
Leif Johansen (bass, keyboards, backing vocals)
Mike Surgis (drums)

Produced by: Chris Lord Alge
Engineered by: Chris Lord Alge
Mixed by : Chris Lord Alge
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig
Digitally Remastered by: Andy Pearce

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Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition. Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology. 12 page full colour booklet – 3,500 word essay, new interview with Randy, enhanced artwork and photos. Theres no getting away from the fact that Thin Lizzy were one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Lead guitarist Scott Gorham was, of course, an essential part of that outfit, carving out a reputation on a string of spectacular albums with his spellbinding guitar playing. After the demise of Lizzy, Scott cooled his engines and spent some time planning for the future, which eventually led to the formation of 21 Guns, a band fit for purpose, boasting both precision and power. Joining Scott in this new venture was an all American line-up, consisting of co-writer, bassist and keyboard player Leif Johansen (Phenomena), drummer Mike Sturgis (Asia) and vocalist Thomas La Verdi, who had previously fronted cult AOR unit A440. Partnering with renowned producer and mixing engineer Chris Lord Alge (Meatloaf, Creed), the band recorded their album in Los Angeles and found the finished product receiving plaudits from virtually everyone who heard it.
Originally released in 1992, all would have been well and good if only the grunge revolution wasn’t in full swing. With their melodic and polished sheen 21 Guns were ostracised by some quarters the media for sounding dated and being part of a musical heritage that was now rapidly becoming passé. Of course, with the benefit of hindsight we can clearly see that ‘Salute’ is one of the finest rock albums of any era, allowing Scott Gorham to unleash stupendous guitar work and spectacularly crafted songs.

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