Soldier of Fortune (Loudness album)

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Soldier of Fortune
Loudness soldier of fortune.jpg
Studio album by Loudness
Released September 17, 1989
Studio The Village Recorder, Los Angeles
Studio 56, Los Angeles
Quantum Sound Studios, New Jersey
Skip Saylor Studios, Hollywood
Gold Rush Studio, Tokyo
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Length 45:29
Label ATCO
WEA Japan
Producer Max Norman, Roger Probert
Loudness chronology
Soldier of Fortune
On the Prowl
(1991)On the Prowl1991
Singles from Soldier of Fortune
  1. "You Shook Me" / "Faces in the Fire"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 7/10[2]

Soldier of Fortune is Japanese heavy metal band Loudness' eighth studio album, and their first with American vocalist Mike Vescera. It's the third Loudness album produced by Max Norman after Thunder in the East in 1985 and Lightning Strikes in 1986. The album is co-produced by Fates Warning's producer Roger Probert.[3] Despite the good critical reception[1] and the strong support given by the label, the album failed to chart in the USA.

Track listing[edit]

All music by Akira Takasaki. Lyrics are credited to Loudness

  1. "Soldier of Fortune" - 3:55[4]
  2. "You Shook Me" - 4:42
  3. "Danger of Love" - 5:02
  4. "Twenty Five Days from Home" - 4:22
  5. "Red Light Shooter" - 4:50
  6. "Running for Cover" - 4:21
  7. "Lost Without Your Love" - 4:56
  8. "Faces in the Fire" - 4:08
  9. "Long After Midnight" - 4:38
  10. "Demon Disease" - 4:34


Additional musicians
  • Max Norman - producer, mixing
  • Roger Probert - producer
  • Bill Freesh - engineer
  • Charlie Brocco, Steve Sisco, Dave Carpenter, Joe Barresi, Pat MacDougall, Masanori Ihara - assistant engineers
  • Chris Bellman - mastering


  1. ^ a b Hinds, Andy. "Loudness Soldier of Fortune review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 202. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ "Loudness : Soldier of Fortune (1989) : Liner Notes". Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Loudness - Soldier of Fortune". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-03-29.