Lightning Strikes (Loudness album)

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Lightning Strikes / Shadows of War
Studio album by Loudness
Released Japan March 24, 1986
United States July 25, 1986
Recorded Sedic Studio and Take One Studios, Tokyo, Japan, December 1985 - February 1986
Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, NY, USA
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Length 39:23
Label ATCO (Lightning Strikes)
WEA Japan (Shadows of War)
Producer Max Norman
Loudness chronology
Thunder in the East
(1985)
Lightning Strikes
(1986)
8186 Live
(1987)
Shadows of War cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[2]

Lightning Strikes is the sixth studio album by the Japanese heavy metal band Loudness. The album, which was released on July 25, 1986, remained 15 weeks in the U.S. charts, peaking at #64 (Billboard 200).[3] The album was produced by Max Norman. Lyrics for the album are credited to Loudness, even if producer Max Norman did a lot of uncredited work on them.[4]

The album begins with the most commercial sounding song on the album, "Let It Go." However, the rest of the album is in a heavier mold, and is in a relatively similar style to the previous album, Thunder in the East.

The album is known as Shadows of War in Japan, where it was released on March 24, 1986. The tracks are in a different order, and the song "Ashes in the Sky" is known as "Shadows of War." There is also a slight difference in some vocal melodies[5] and arrangements, Most notably an extended Musical Outro to 1000 Eyes.[6]

Track listing (Japanese Version)[edit]

  1. "Shadows of War" - 6:02
  2. "Let It Go" - 4:13
  3. "Streetlife Dreams" - 4:28
  4. "Black Star Oblivion" - 3:55
  5. "1000 Eyes" - 5:02
  6. "Complication" - 4:00
  7. "Dark Desire" - 4:19
  8. "Face to Face" - 3:49
  9. "Who Knows (Time to Take a Stand)" - 4:02

Track listing (U.S. Version)[edit]

  1. "Let It Go" - 4:13
  2. "Dark Desire" - 4:19
  3. "1000 Eyes" - 4:35
  4. "Face to Face" - 3:49
  5. "Who Knows" - 4:02
  6. "Ashes in the Sky" - 6:02
  7. "Black Star Oblivion" - 3:55
  8. "Street Life Dream" - 4:28
  9. "Complication" - 4:00

All music by Akira Takasaki, except "Face to Face" by Masayoshi Yamashita. Lyrics by Loudness

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Masanori Sasaji - keyboards

Production[edit]

  • Max Norman - producer
  • Bill Freesh - engineer
  • Masachi Goto - assistant engineer
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering
  • George Azuma - supervisor

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Loudness Lightning Strikes review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  2. ^ Putterford, Mark (1986-06-26). "Another fine 'ness". Kerrang! (123): p. 10. 
  3. ^ "Lightning Strikes - Loudness". Billboard. 1991. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  4. ^ Fischer, Michael (2007-06-19). "On Yer Bike with Studio Wizard Max Norman". Knac.com. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Loudness - Lightning Strikes". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  6. ^ Lundberg, D.C. (October 2007). "Loudness Shadows of War". Sleaze Roxx. Retrieved 2010-03-29.