Rather than limit the double-shots to just the artists who created/performed the tracks, the tracks paired together on this week's edition of Lost Rock Tracks Of The Week
are paired that way because they have something in common:
Artist, year of peak popularity, or at least one common word in the song title.
Judas Priest - Heading Out To The Highway (1981)
Traveling Wilburys - Heading For The Light (1989)
Easily one of the best Metal bands of all time, this once huge AOR hit straight from the album Point Of Entry
--because it isn't named "Breaking The Law,"
"Living After Midnight," or "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"--never receives airplay anymore, even though it is considered one of the band's signature tracks.
Featuring George Harrison and Jeff Lynne sharing lead vocals, this largely forgotten track is, IMHO, the best of the eight AOR hits by this Supergroup. Only
"Handle With Care," great track that it is, seems to be the only track that anyone can recall.
Judas Priest - Heading Out To The Highway - YouTube
Traveling Wilburys - Heading For The Light - YouTube
38 Special - You Keep Runnin' Away (1982)
38 Special - The Sound Of Your Voice (1991)
IMHO, a borderline RRHOF snub. There are many inducted RRHOF artists with much weaker resumes than this Jacksonville, Fla based band.
Anyway, track number one was the follow-up AOR hit to the smash "Caught Up In You," and I never understood why, even though it was a big AOR hit, it wasn't a bigger Pop hit than it was, as it is as catchy as any 38 Special track.
Track number two, a huge AOR hit from the CD Bone Against Steel,
features Keyboardist Max Carl on lead vocals. Carl's other vocal credits with the band include "Rock & Roll Strategy" and "Second Chance," which was a smash hit back in the day on everything from Lite F.M to AOR radio. This track sounds like a Survivor song because Survivor member Jim Peterik helped write it and, IMSMC, produced it.
38 SPECIAL . THE SOUND OF YOUR VOICE - YouTube
John Waite - Change (1982)
Tears For Fears - Change (1983)
Cutting right to the chase, the aforementioned tracks--same title, different songs--were the first AOR hits from the respective artists and, IMHO, remain the best AOR hits from said artists to this day.
Track number one is from the album Ignition,
which was the first solo album by the former lead singer of the Babys, and, eventually, Bad English. For my money, one of the best Rock vocalists ever. There, I said it..
As for the eclectic Tears For Fears, this track, straight from album The Hurting,
was an AOR hit a full two years before the band really hit it big with the CD Songs From The Big Chair.
The follow-up CD The Seeds Of Love,
inexplicably released four
years later, was also great, but "Change" remains, at least to me, the definitive Tears For Fears track and AOR hit.
kshe classics john waite change - YouTube
Tears For Fears - Change + lyrics - YouTube
As always, Rock On, Redszone!
Adieu from R4Blue.