Street Lethal

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Street Lethal
Studio album by Racer X
Released January 1, 1986 (1986-01-01)
Recorded Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, California
Genre Heavy metal
Length 35:35
Label Shrapnel
Producer Steve Fontano, Mike Varney
Racer X chronology
Street Lethal
Second Heat

Street Lethal is the first studio album by heavy metal band Racer X, released on January 1, 1986 through Shrapnel Records.[1] The instrumental track "Y.R.O." stands for "Yngwie Rip-Off", as it bears similarities to "Black Star" by guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen (from his 1984 album Rising Force), with an almost identical bassline. It later appeared in the 2009 video game Brütal Legend.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[4]

Andy Hinds at AllMusic gave Street Lethal 4.5 stars out of 5, calling it "essentially a showcase for then teenaged guitar prodigy Paul Gilbert" and "skillfully executed, Judas Priest-style metal". Jeff Martin's singing was also likened to that of Judas Priest's Rob Halford and the rhythm section praised for "their part in maintaining the excitement." Hinds recommended the album for fans of shred, saying that it "has plenty to drool over."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Frenzy" (instrumental) Paul Gilbert 1:45
2. "Street Lethal" Gilbert, Jeff Martin 3:41
3. "Into the Night" Gilbert, Martin 3:34
4. "Blowin' Up the Radio" Gilbert, Martin 3:10
5. "Hotter Than Fire" Steve Fontano, Martin, Mark Lehman 3:02
6. "On the Loose" Gilbert, Martin 3:07
7. "Loud and Clear" Gilbert, Martin 3:42
8. "Y.R.O." (instrumental) Gilbert 3:13
9. "Dangerous Love" Gilbert, Martin 3:13
10. "Getaway" Gilbert, Martin 3:10
11. "Rock It" Gilbert, Martin 3:58
Total length: 35:35



  1. ^ "Music". 2006-09-14. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  2. ^ Williams, Ryan (2009-08-09). "The most metal game soundtrack ever unveiled". Brutal!. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  3. ^ a b Hinds, Andy. "Street Lethal - Racer X". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  4. ^ Henderson, Paul (1986-06-26). "Racer X 'Street Lethal'". Kerrang!. 123. London, UK: Spotlight Publications. p. 12.

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