Second Heat

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Second Heat
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Studio album by Racer X
Released February 11, 1987 (1987-02-11)
Recorded November–December 1986
Studio Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, California
Genre Heavy metal
Length 35:51
Label Shrapnel
Producer Steve Fontano, Mike Varney
Racer X chronology
Street Lethal
(1986)Street Lethal1986
Second Heat
Extreme Volume Live
(1988)Extreme Volume Live1988

Second Heat is the second studio album by heavy metal band Racer X, released on February 11, 1987 through Shrapnel Records.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Rock Hard 9/10[3]

Andy Hinds at AllMusic gave Second Heat four stars out of five, calling it superior to its predecessor and describing it as having "some of the most amazing dual-guitar work ever recorded" thanks to the addition of second guitarist Bruce Bouillet in accompaniment with Paul Gilbert. The rhythm section of drummer Scott Travis and bassist John Alderete was also praised as being "one of the most formidable around." Highlights listed included "Hammer Away", "Living the Hard Way" and the instrumental "Scarified". However, criticism was directed at the band's cover of "Moonage Daydream" by David Bowie: Hinds dismissed it as a "backdrop for (you guessed it!) more shredding" at the expense of "all the charm and subtlety of the original".[2]

In 2005, Second Heat was ranked No. 480 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sacrifice" Jeff Martin, Paul Gilbert 4:03
2. "Gone Too Far" Martin, Gilbert 2:55
3. "Scarified" (instrumental) Gilbert, Scott Travis 2:40
4. "Sunlit Nights" Martin, Gilbert, Bruce Bouillet 3:35
5. "Hammer Away" Martin, Gilbert 3:44
6. "Heart of a Lion" (Judas Priest cover) Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing, Rob Halford 4:04
7. "Motor Man" Martin, Gilbert, Bouillet 3:46
8. "Moonage Daydream" (David Bowie cover) David Bowie 3:30
9. "Living the Hard Way" Dave Gonzales, Gilbert 3:33
10. "Lady Killer" Martin, Gilbert, Bouillet 4:01
Total length: 35:51



  1. ^ "Music". 2006-09-14. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  2. ^ a b Hinds, Andy. "Second Heat - Racer X". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  3. ^ Stratmann, Holger. [1]. Rock Hard. issue 23. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  4. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 15. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 

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