Jump to content



Recommended Posts

Wow, I just did a search on these guys and there's not a single thread on them here. Surprising for a band with a discography the size of theirs, not to mention three albums with Jeff Scott Soto on vocals.


Anyway, what are the general thoughts on these guys? Would I be right to assume the lack of enthusiasm around them is because the albums with JSS were released in a time when it seemed like he was on 48 different CDs per year?


I always thought 'Eternal faith' was a great disc. The next two were also great, but maybe a bit JSS-by-numbers, though in hindsight they sound pretty good. Possibly made to sound even better by the extremely weak 'Perception of Reality' - their first Soto-less CD.


Anyway, the point of this thread? I pretty much gave up on them after 'Perception of Reality' but it just happened that I picked up 'Invitation To Forever' is a 'why-not kind of trade. I put it on expecting to take it straight out and put it onto my trade list, but it's actually not too bad. The new vocalist is okay at best and the production is simple at best, but I'll be cursed if songs like 'This Story Has To Be Told' and 'Place Under The Sun' didn't really surprise me. Pretty damn good stuff. I'm only up to track 9, but so far only 'Riders On The Road' has been a truly dreadful filler and the rest is pretty decent. Not essential, but a nice return to form of sorts from these guys.


Any other thoughts on the band?


Here's their myspace page for newcomers:



Oh, and why the hell is there a logo for 'Progrock' (a distribution company?) on the back sleeve? Along with the terrible title of the CD, it scared the shit out of me and I wondered if the reason I'd never heard anything about this CD was because they'd become a prog band. Thankfully not.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have Taste of Heaven and it's a damn good Melodic Hard Rock disc and Jeff sounds great as always.

I've never heard or owned anything else by them. I think they released a new one with a different singer in the last couple of years.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have Taste of Heaven and it's a damn good Melodic Hard Rock disc and Jeff sounds great as always.

I've never heard or owned anything else by them. I think they released a new one with a different singer in the last couple of years.

They've had 2 new vocalists since JSS. The latest CD, 'Invitation to forever' was released in 2008 and is the one I'm spinning. Not too bad. But you could do without the two recent ones and just pick up the three JSS ones which are all pretty decent.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I love what I hear on most Takara songs, new vocalist Gus Monsanto's got a fab melodic rock history if anyone cares.

Gus's vocals can be found on fabulous Brasilian melodic rock outfit Astra who's debut & only ever album is imho the best slab of mhr from that country.

If you love your mhr like 80's Dokken then you'd love Astra.


Gus also sang with another Brasilian band Angel Heart who's debut & only ever album is a pretty cool melodic rock outing.


Back to Takara, I am still undecided if I like his vocals more than SS since I've got acustomed to Jeff being the voice of Takara.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well......for me, "Taste Of Heaven" was awesome commercial hard rock with some symphonic influence and of course, Soto leading the way on vocals....this was from 1995.


Move forward to "Perception Of Reality" (their 5th album) and vocalist Michaal Flatters (ex-James Byrd) enters the picture.......now the irony here is there's a kind of like a mix of Talisman and Dokken on this high quality release.....go figure that one out?


I was one of those who were just addicted to Soto's voice on all those various albums. Human Clay was another project that drew my interest. Let's just say Jeff has a melodic hard rock voice among voices!!!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Posts

    • How did I not think of this one?! Brilliant album and the project just tanked afterwards...
    • I don't. Hate it with a passion. Even that is so 1986. Retire Tesla please. You are an embarrassment now.
    • Tracklist: 1. Super Fine Sugar  2:48 2. Drive It Like I Stole It (featuring Berton Averre of The Knack)  4:25 3. Cherry Cola (featuring Jon Auer of The Posies)  3:50 4. Ex Machina (featuring Jesper and Jacob Binzer of D-A-D)  3:40 5. Pay My Rent  4:25 6. Dirty Earth (featuring Tony Harnell)  4:16 7. Take Me To The River  2:47 8. This Means War  4:36 9. Trouble (featuring Brian Forsythe of Kix)  5:00 10. Clown Parade (featuring Jon Auer of The Posies)  3:36 11. Zero At The Bone    4:46 12. Rattle The Cage  4:42 Band members: David Shaw - lead vocals, bass George Giannoulis - lead guitar, vocals Alex Rude - guitar, vocals Erik Fehrenbach - drums, vocals Produced by Streetlight Circus Recorded at Snake Mountain Studios - Monroe, New York Mixed and Mastered by Bob St. John for PDQ Productions Bio: Born in New York City, raised on rock ‘n’ roll, Streetlight Circus has become a fist-raising juggernaut.  With two independently-released full-length albums and one EP, consistent touring in the United States and overseas, invites to major American rock festivals, and bills shared with countless venerated artists, Streetlight Circus has become a name synonymous with the new wave of hard rock. The band's new album, Super Fine Sugar, represents a huge leap forward for the hard-hitting quartet. Streetlight Circus showcases the urgent songwriting and soaring vocals of David Shaw, the fiery and passionate guitar work of George Giannoulis, the thunderous drumming of Erik Fehrenbach, and the smooth rhythm guitar work of Alex Rude. What’s more, Streetlight Circus has captured the attention of industry stalwarts who have eagerly participated in the creation of the new album. The songs were mixed and mastered by Grammy-winning producer and engineer Bob St. John. Guest appearances are made by Berton Averre (The Knack), Tony Harnell (TNT), Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow (The Posies), Brian Forsythe (Kix), and Jesper and Jacob Binzer (D-A-D). Streetlight Circus has been invited to rock thousands at festivals such as Rock Fest (Wisconsin), Rocklahoma (Oklahoma), Rock N’ Derby (New York), Wolf Fest (Colorado), and the M3 Rock Festival (Maryland) among many others. The band has managed to comfortably fit on bills featuring bands as heavy as Avatar, Anthrax, and Megadeth and as accessible as The Doobie Brothers, Buckcherry, and Night Ranger. In 2018, Streetlight Circus embarked on a successful headlining tour of the United Kingdom taking them from Wales to Scotland and many British points in between. Supercharged and ready to roll with Super Fine Sugar, Streetlight Circus is prepared to rock stages around the globe. Don’t miss your chance to rock under the band’s big top. It’s a show you won’t want to miss. Watch the video for "Dirty Earth" featuring Tony Harnell at the link below  https://youtu.be/08_IuFTqwTM  
    • warrant?? CP and DED destroy the debut imo. 🤷
    • Eric Clapton-Chronicles Best Of John Fogerty-Centerfield Genesis-...And Then There Were Three... Jimi Hendrix-Electric Ladyland Billy Joel-The Stranger L.A. Guns-S/T Bruno Mars-Unorthodox Jukebox Motley Crue-The Dirt Soundtrack Simple Minds-Glittering Prize Patty Smyth-S/T U2-The Joshua Tree    
    • Such was commonplace around here years ago. 
    • That's an oxymoron-even KarpetRyd knows that !  
    • Checked this out....not too bad but not sure how memorable it'll be. There's a few tunes I thought sounded pretty good after my first listen and do think Ronnie sounds excellent on the album  Songs like Scream and Shot in the Dark both stood out to me a bit.  I thought Last Man Alive sounded decent too. Much of the rest kind of feels like it falls in line with the first 2 singles that were released.  It's kind of heavy which is cool but just not coming off as being that catchy or memorable initially which was sort of my same problem with the last album.   We'll see what happens with more listens.  Here's a link to the whole album:  
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.