A.S.A.P. - Silver And Gold (1989)

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A.S.A.P. - Silver And Gold (1989)

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A.S.A.P. - Silver And Gold (1989)

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Year : 1989
Style : Hard Rock
Country : United Kingdom
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 110 mb


Bio:

A.S.A.P. were a band created by guitarist and vocalist Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden. A.S.a.P. released an album in 1989 entitled Silver and Gold. A.S.a.P. stands for "Adrian Smith and Project", and the full name of the band is incorporated within the band logo, with each word written in tiny font underneath the corresponding letter in the abbreviation.Adrian Smith formed the band in 1989 when Iron Maiden was taking a year break after spending almost a year on the road for the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son album tour in 1988. The band had its origin in Urchin, a band Smith fronted in the 1970s. Andy Barnett, Dave Colwell and Richard Young played with Smith in various incarnations of Urchin, which was disbanded in 1981 when Smith joined Iron Maiden.Further foundations for the band were laid out in late 1985 when Iron Maiden were taking a break after their massive world tour in support of their album Powerslave. Bored with the lull in band's activity as they prepared to record a new album, Adrian Smith and Nicko McBrain started playing on their own to pass the time, and they soon formed a full band which included Colwell and Barnett. Along with some other musicians they knew, they went to play a one-off gig at London's Marquee Club in 1986, under the name of "The Entire Population of Hackney".At the show, the band performed mostly original material, including the songs "Silver and Gold" (which would later become the title track of their only album,"Fighting Man", "School Days" and "When She's Gone" (all of which would later be recorded by A.S.a.P. and released as B-sides to its singles) at the show, as well as three songs that would later be recorded by Iron Maiden ("Juanita", "Reach Out" and "That Girl").When he formed A.S.a.P. in 1989, Adrian Smith invited his friends and former bandmates Colwell, Barnett and Young, as well as Zak Starkey, son of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.Originally, Smith wanted Nicko McBrain to join on drums, but McBrain was getting married at the time and was unavailable for recording.Their first and only album was a departure from the sound Smith helped create with Iron Maiden. It was not as heavy as Iron Maiden although there were elements of the more progressive sound the band had developed over the 1980s, but keyboards were more prominently featured than in Iron Maiden's music. It also featured Smith in the role of lead singer. His voice has a somewhat husky, working class feel to it comparable to Bryan Adams. The album was a commercial failure, despite the promotional tour and two singles, and the band soon ceased to exist.In 1990, Adrian Smith left Iron Maiden during the writing of their album No Prayer for the Dying,due largely to creative differences with Steve Harris. Despite staying on good terms with the band, the departure from Iron Maiden led Smith to a decision to quit the music business altogether, and between 1990 and 1993 he performed live only once, as a guest star with Iron Maiden at a one-off show in Donington in 1992.In 1993, Smith formed a band called The Untouchables, with the idea of playing only small club shows. The Untouchables never released any records, and by 1994, they evolved to Psycho Motel, which recorded two studio albums and toured with Iron Maiden in 1996 and 1997. In 1997, Smith joined Bruce Dickinson's backing band and eventually they both rejoined Iron Maiden in 1999.

Album:

Who’s that singer? It’s Adrian Smith, that’s who! We all knew he was one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, but the fact that his voice was so good had only been hinted at with the Wasted Years single B-side Reach Out in 1986, where Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson was relegated to background vocals. There’s something of Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen about Smith’s guttural but tuneful singing, and it was time to let it loose.Smith’s first solo album provides a bridge between Maiden in the 1980s, the era of hard rock and heavy metal that they ruled, and Maiden in the more challenging climate of the 1990s.Iron Maiden had decided to take a year off in the wake of their hugely successful Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son album and tour in 1988, and Smith saw a window of opportunity to indulge a different side of his musicality. It was a watershed moment, and there would be no way back to the Maiden that fans knew and loved in the 1980s.In part because of encouragement from the Maiden camp, Smith had started completing song ideas that he didn’t necessarily think would work for Maiden. Wasted Years on the Somewhere In Time album in 1986 showed the way, and in 1989 Smith decided to take things to their musical conclusion with the aid of old Urchin cohorts Andy Barnett and Dave Colwell. The Silver And Gold title track had started with the 1985 one-off side project The Entire Population Of Hackney, and it was now embellished and joined by a batch of new songs.Adrian Smith fronts his ASAP, the solo project that was designed to allow him to get some of his more commercial songwriting out of his system while Iron Maiden were on hiatus.The band was named ASAP (short for Adrian Smith And Project), after nearly ending up as the much more amusing Adrian’s Wall, and consisted of Barnett and Colwell on guitars alongside Smith, Urchin alumni Richard Young on keyboards, Robin Clayton on drums, and none other than Ringo‘s son Zak Starkey on drums.The Lion is a fine opening track, albeit of a distinctly American type. Indeed, the whole ASAP enterprise sounds like a conscious effort to jive with the hard rock that was popular in America in the late 1980s. The competent production by Stephen Stewart-Short is reminiscent of the sound of bands like Whitesnake and Def Leppard at the time. It might not have been cynical – after all, Smith had long wanted to do something more commercially inclined than his Iron Maiden day job – but it certainly sounds cynical in retrospect.The title track Silver And Gold glides along nicely, but the band soon runs out of steam. The songwriting is simply not up to the best standard of that day’s commercial hard rock, and many of the lyrics are cliché-ridden second rate examples of typical late 1980s sentiments, wallowing in the tough life “out in the jungle called the city” and encouraging you to “run with your dream right to the end, your spirit flies on eagle’s wings”.Adrian Smith emerged as a bit of a solo force with Iron Maiden’s Somewhere In Time in 1986, even singing a single B-side, and that period of experimentation led inevitably to his first solo album in 1989.The only other songs on the album to qualify are After The Storm and Blood On The Ocean, but none of the tracks mentioned are more than pretty good. At the same time there are truly terrible pop-rock tunes present, like Wishing Your Life Away and Kid Gone Astray. The latter certainly had a pertinent title…Smith’s project is very sombre and serious, a clear attempt to impress critics and record buyers. And as such it is very much unlike his Maiden companion Bruce Dickinson’s debut solo album Tattooed Millionaire (1990), which was made at about the same time.The performances are strong throughout Silver And Gold, and the real joy of the record is hearing Smith sing. The next time he produced what amounts to a solo album, Psycho Motel’s State Of Mind (1995), it would be with a different singer handling the vocals, and featuring hard rock of a very different style.Ironically, Adrian Smith decided (or commercial circumstance forced him) not to tour with ASAP, and he headed back to Maiden at the start of 1990 for a new album and tour. He would be out of his regular band within a matter of weeks, but in the meantime ASAP was no more.

Line Up:

Adrian Smith - lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitars, lead vocals - See also: Iron Maiden, ex-Hear 'n Aid, ex-Urchin, Primal Rock Rebellion, Smith/Kotzen, ex-Bruce Dickinson, ex-A.S.A.P., ex-Adrian Smith's Blues Band, ex-Broadway Brats, ex-Evil Ways, ex-Psycho Motel, ex-Stone Free, ex-The Entire Population of Hackney / The Sherman Tankers
Andy Barnetti - lead, rhythm, slide, and acoustic guitars, vocals
Dave Colwell - rhythm, lead, and acoustic guitars, vocals
Robin Clayton - bass
Richard Young - keyboards
Zak Starkey - drums

Additional personnel:

Stevie Lange - backing vocals on "After the Storm"
Johnny Diesel - lead vocal on middle 8 and backing vocals on "Misunderstood"

Tracklist:

01. The Lion
02. Silver And Gold
03. Down The Wire
04. You Could Be A King
05. After The Storm
06. Misunderstood
07. Kid Gone Astray
08. Fallen Heroes
09. Wishing Your Life Away
10. Blood On The Ocean

+ Video "Silver And Gold" (Official Video)


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