GLASGOW: Zero Four One LP with press release. Don Airey (Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Deep Purple) keyboards. NWOBHM / Hard Rock
GLASGOW Label: Zero 41 Vinyl (1987)
Glasgow Zero Four One
Label: Sonet 041
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
A1 We Will Rock
A2 Secrets In The Dark
A3 Back On The Run
A4 My Heart Is Running In The Night
B1 Meet Me Halfway
B2 Under The Lights
B3 No More Lonely Nights
Bass Neil Russell
Drums: Paul McManus [La Paz, GUN, Mamas Boys]
Guitar Archie Dickson
Keyboards: Don Airey [Alaska, Graham Bonnet, Colosseum II, Deep Purple, Empire, Forcefield, Gillan, The Kick, Jorn Lande, Bernie Marsden, Brian May, Michael Schenker Group, Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Phenomena, Cozy Powell, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Zeno]
Lead Vocals Michael Boyle
One Of The Best NWOBHM bands!
Formed in 1982 and disbanded in 1988, releasing only one full-length album during that time, Glasgow never gained deserved attention from metal fans. Their music is closest to “melodic NWOBHM” or NWOBHM with some pop metal touch, and that mix works great. Both songs on this single are masterpieces in the same league with greatest NWOBHM bands.
Glasgow had a great vocalist, Mick Boyle, who mostly used mid/high pitched vocals and who had a great unique voice. I don’t know what is he doing these days, but he could have became much more known than he is now. The rest of the band is also very good, especially the songwriters, because all of their songs are radio-friendly, heavy enough, and when you hear them you would sing them to yourself for many days. That reminds me of Scorpions.
The song “Secrets in the Dark” is one of my favorite songs of all times and it should be rated with more than just 100%. Great melodic riffs, instantly recognizable melody – really fantastic. Recommended to all rockers and not just metalheads, as it is more of a melodic metal song in the vein of Scorpions, mixed with Deep Purple and Whitesnake. (Secrets is written and originally recorded by Chris Thompson from Manfred Manns Earth Band, then in 1985 by Eric Martin and this is the third version).
“Meet Me Halfway” is much more standard NWOBHM song, maybe a bit more melodic, but still heavy, also recommended to both rockers and metalheads. Riffing in this song reminds me a bit of Saxon, especially on their very early albums.
All in all, this is an unknown NWOBHM masterpiece that every metalhead should listen to.
this song is written and originally recorded by Chris Thompson from Manfred Manns Earth Band https://youtu.be/yf7gfG1CBHo, then in 1985 by Eric Martin https://youtu.be/pvaSnn8kEb0 and this is the third version…
Musically they drive right through the heart of melodic hard rock territory, demonstrated with a blend of power usually associated with UK bands. Similar to Mammoth and Export,and though classy in its own right. The lead off track ‘We Will Rock’ is a primal anthemic track with the same sort of drive as the aforementioned Mammoth mixed in a with a dash of AC/DC. One of their older tracks ‘Under The Lights’ gets a rework here, sounding like early Grand Prix. Top songs: “Meet me halfway”, “No more lonely nights” and “Back on the run”
Three awesome tracks , Breakout, We Will Rock, and Under The Lights. Enjoyable hard rock.
These guys deserved a lot more than the little recognition they got back in the day…”We Will Rock”,”Secrets In The Dark”,”Meet Me Halfway” are killer tracks but add 2 that the likes of “My Heart Is Running With The Night” & “No More Lonely Nights”….powerful & solid vocals by Michael Boyle plus the contribution of Don Airey(Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow) on keyboards…by the way Paul McManus is related with the boys of Mamas Boys(the band)they are relatives(the McManus brothers)…recommended album…94/100
Chris Thompson – Secrets In The Dark (original version)
Eric Martin – Secrets in the dark (cover version)