FASTWAY – Fastway (Rock Candy Records)

FASTWAY – Fastway (Rock Candy Records)

Formed by former Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clark and UFO bassist Pete Way (the latter immediately jumping ship), Fastway released their eponymous debut in 1983 to much acclaim, and rightfully so as this Is a classic rock album. With Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley on board, and the fantastic solid loud and ranging vocals from Dave King (often sounding like Robert Plant), the album was completed with uncredited session bass player Mickey Feat.

 

Opener ‘Easy Livin’ (Not the UH) song, as an uptempo boogie glam tinged number with screaming guitars and solid vocals. ‘Feel Me Touch Me’ is more a 70s number, a solid riff. ‘All I Need Is Your Love’ is not the only track to have a Diamond Head feel, and ‘Another Day’ has more acoustic intro before building, and a hint of Zepplin-esque metal. The Eddie Kramer production adds to the classic sound as well as the all star cast.

 

A near essential classic album, bolstered by interviews in the extensive notes and 7 bonus tracks (including one from the original CD, omitted from the subsequent release). 8/10

Joe Geesin

 

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