Year : 1983 (Rock Candy Remastered 2012)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock
Country : United Kingdom
Audio : 320 kbps + front
Size : 164 mb
Fastway is a British rock band formed by guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke, formerly of Motörhead, and bassist Pete Way, formerly of UFO.In 1983, both players had been disgruntled with their own bands and decided to work together in a new outfit. They recruited drummer Jerry Shirley, formerly of Humble Pie, and the then-unknown vocalist Dave King. They took their name from a combination of the founding members' names. However, Way then discovered that he could not escape from his recording contract with Chrysalis Records, and then received a tempting offer to play for Ozzy Osbourne, so he abandoned the project without ever playing on a single record. Bringing in session bassist Mick Feat, the band then recorded their debut album, Fastway (Feat was uncredited on the album).After critical and commercial success, the band toured to promote the album (with one-time Fixx bassist Alfie Agius as their session bass player). The band then recruited Charlie McCracken, formerly of Taste, as "permanent" bassist, and released another success in the form of All Fired Up the following year. After the hardships of touring, Shirley and McCracken subsequently left.In 1986, Clarke and King reformed Fastway with a new line-up. Recruiting Shane Carroll (second guitar), Paul Reid (bass), and Alan Connor (drums) from Dave King's first band, Stillwood, this line-up released Waiting for the Roar. The record took an album-oriented rock approach instead of the driving bluesy-metal of the previous albums. The success of the record was limited, and it disappointed many fans. The same year, Fastway was approached to make the soundtrack for the heavy metal horror film, Trick or Treat. The film flopped, but the soundtrack re-established Fastway as a hard-hitting metal band. The soundtrack was a moderate success, and stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for eleven months. The success of the soundtrack, combined with the very little money the band received, caused in-fighting, and the group disbanded. King took most of the band with him and started Q.E.D., a more AOR styled outfit. They released a two-track single.King then got a call from David Geffen and John Kalodner to come to the United States to head up a heavy metal "supergroup" called Katmandu. Katmandu also featured Mandy Meyer from Krokus on guitars. The band was rounded out by Caine Carruthers of the soul band The Untouchables, and Mike Alonso of the Detroit rock band The Meanies. Katmandu released one self-titled album and had a couple of minor hits. Dave King would go on to form and front the widely successful Los Angeles-based Celtic punk band Flogging Molly, where he continues to this day.Meanwhile, Clarke decided to restart Fastway again from scratch in 1988 using vocalist Lea Hart and session men, quickly releasing On Target in the same year, but it sold poorly.In 1990, this duo of Clarke and Hart released Bad Bad Girls, employing various session musicians including members of Girlschool. It was widely ignored and sold poorly. After calling it a day in 1991, they released a perfunctory live album Say What You Will LIVE (an older recording, curiously with King on vocals). In 1997, Clarke and Hart reunited and released a reworked version of On Target, but there was no commercial success.On 25 May 2007, Toby Jepson, former lead singer with Little Angels, announced he had accepted an approach from Fastway to perform lead vocal duties during the year's festival appearances. An updated line-up played Sweden Rock Festival, Japanese Hard Rock Hell, and the Download Festival at Castle Donington. Besides guitarist Clarke and Jepson, the new band featured drummer Steve Strange (not to be confused with Visage singer Steve Strange) and John McManus (Mama's Boys).In an interview with Komodo Rock at the Hard Rock Hell Festival in November 2007, Eddie Clark confirmed that he and Toby Jepson would be working on new material. He said "Toby and I are going to sit down and maybe do a few tunes over the winter. See if we can write some tunes." As of 2008, Toby Jepson announced he would go on to front Scottish hard rockers Gun full-time.In late 2010, "Fast" Eddie Clarke returned to the recording studio to record a new album with Toby Jepson, titled Eat Dog Eat. The album was released on 14 November 2011, by SPV/Steamhammer, and it is the first album of entirely new material from Fastway in over twenty years.
Perhaps one of the most overlooked albums in Hard Rock history, FASTWAY's self-titled debut is now digitally remastered & expanded deluxe edition by Rock Candy Records.Featuring no less than 7 bonus tracks including hard to find B-sides and BBC sessions, these additional songs never appeared on CD before.UK's Fastway was originally formed by "Fast" Eddie Clarke and former UFO bassist Pete Way. Men out on the hunt looking to start a new and improved musical unit that would fuse traditional British Hard Rock with the energy and enthusiasm of the NWOBHM.Sadly Pete Way’s tenure was short-lived leaving Fast Eddie to write and record the album with session bassist Mickey Feat, drummer Jerry Shirley (from Humble Pie) and - then unknown - Irish vocalist David King.Issued in 1983 and produced by veteran studio wizard Eddie Kramer (Zeppelin, Hendrix, Kiss) "Fastway" cut an impressive form in a world obsessed with glam rock and thrash metal.Embracing traditional values and emitting a sense of rough-hewn charm, Fastway’s music was big on riffs with clever use of melody and songs that packed a punch. In America the record found an enthusiastic home, helping to propel it into the Billboard top 30 charts attaining gold status.Opener ‘Easy Livin’ is an uptempo rocker boogie-tinged number with screaming guitars and outstanding vocals from Dave King (often sounding like Robert Plant), one of the best songs from the early '80s in this vein.‘Feel Me Touch Me’ is more a 70s number driven by a monster riff, ‘All I Need Is Your Love’ has a killer groove, and ‘Another Day’ has more acoustic intro before building, and a hint of Zepplin-esque melodies.The Eddie Kramer production adds to the classic sound as well as the all star cast.This Rock Candy treatment on "Fastway" easily is one of the best remastering jobs the have done.Everything sounds clear and punchier with a fantastic dynamic range.And we have 7 awesome bonus tracks; the very hard to find B-sides 'Crazy Dream', 'Back In The Game' & 'Far Far From Home' - all which quality deserved to be in the main album - plus the terrific BBC Session at the Friday Rock Show taped 15/4/83.
Dave King - vocals, harmonica
"Fast" Eddie Clarke - guitars
Jerry Shirley - drums
Mickey Feat - bass (uncredited)
Eddie Kramer - producer, engineer, arrangements
01 - Easy Livin'
02 - Feel Me, Touch Me (Do Anything You Want)
03 - All I Need Is Your Love
04 - Another Day
05 - Heft!
06 - We Become One
07 - Give It All You Got
08 - Say What You Will
09 - You Got Me Runnin'
10 - Give It Some Action
11 - Crazy Dream (B-Side 12'' Single) (Bonus Track)
12 - Back In The Game (B-Side 12'' Single) (Bonus Track)
13 - Far Far From Home (B-Side 12'' Single) (Bonus Track)
14 - We Become One (BBC Session Friday Rock Show) (Bonus Track)
15 - Easy Livin' (BBC Session Friday Rock Show) (Bonus Track)
16 - Give It All You Got (BBC Session Friday Rock Show) (Bonus Track)
17 - You Got Me Runnin' (BBC Session Friday Rock Show) (Bonus Track)
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