Alcatrazz – Dangerous Games (1986)

Alcatrazz - Dangerous Games

Alcatrazz – Dangerous Games (1986, Capitol)

  1. It’s My Life
  2. Undercover
  3. That Ain’t Nothin’
  4. No Imagination
  5. Ohayo Tokyo
  6. Dangerous Games
  7. Blue Boar
  8. Only One Woman
  9. The Witchwood
  10. Double Man
  11. Night Of The Shooting Star

Total Time – 38:08

Band Lineup:
Graham Bonnet – Vocals
Danny Johnson – Guitar
Gary Shea – Bass
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Jan Uvena – Drums

Graham Bonnet official website

Mr. Bonnet takes a last kick at the can with Dangerous Games. It’s the same band except, of course, on guitar. Danny Johnson (ex-Alice Cooper) joins in the fun, replacing the now departed Steve Vai, who moved on to David Lee Roth’s solo band. It’s ’86, Hard Rock like Alcatrazz has exploded on FM radio and MTV but Alcatrazz hasn’t broken the U.S. market. Probably due to mounting label pressure, this album is more commercial (watered down).

It’s not a bad album, just mediocre, a 7 on a 10 scale. There are 2 covers: It’s My Life (The Animals) and Only One Woman (The Marbles). Both aren’t bad but are they necessary? There are some good tracks here: Undercover, No Imagination, and Ohayo Tokyo (my personal fave). Ohayo Tokyo could have easily fit on MSG’s Assault Attack or the Alcatrazz debut.

My problem with this album is lack of guitar and too much keyboard. Obviously going for a commercial sound but “guitar rock” is what sold in 1986. The drums sound bad too, electronic…..surprising because I think Uvena did an excellent job on the first two albums. Can’t blame the guys for getting softer, everyone was making money and Alcatrazz tried to ride the wave.

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