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Album Review

Touch Me Tonight gathers together material from Midwestern rockers Shooting Star's first four albums (inexplicably and unfortunately ignoring their fifth album, Silent Scream). The band trades in a fairly typical late-'70s/early-'80s mainstream rock sound (think Journey or Kansas). It's hardly distinctive, but Shooting Star manages better than average results. The spiritually themed "Last Chance" and the straight-ahead singalong "You've Got What I Need" are tuneful enough. The tired cliché of small-town girl heads to the dirty city actually is worked to good effect on the dynamic, near-power ballad "Hollywood," probably the strongest track and a minor hit. Although one of the better examples of mainstream rock during their time period, Touch Me Tonight is primarily of little interest to anyone but fans. For trivia buffs, Touch Me Tonight was the first album to reach Billboard's Top 200 to be unavailable on vinyl.

Customer Reviews

Decent album that came along a little to late

Another example of a band that was very good at what it does that came along a little too late in the game. Had this album been released in say 1976 this band probably would have been as big as the others it can be compared too...Kansas, Boston, Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon or any other Midwestern American Arena Rock band. However, by 1980 the airwaves were already saturated by this stuff and despite a strong debut this band never reached superstardom. That's not to say this band does not deserve some credit. "Last Chance" was one of the best songs of this genre and is an AOR classic. There are also numerous other great tracks here but nothing they did after this matched this effort and this type of music pretty much fell by the wayside once they were hitting their stride. A great album and band though if you're looking for overlooked or forgotten stuff from the end of the 1970's.


Formed: 1977

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Muscular '80s rockers Shooting Star formed in Kansas City late in the 1970s with vocalist/guitarist Van McLain, guitarist Gary West, violin player Charles Waltz, bassist Ron Verlin, and drummer Steve Thomas. The group signed to Virgin before the end of the decade and delivered their self-titled debut album late in 1979; the single "You've Got What I Need" was a modest hit, as was "Hollywood" from 1981's Hang on for Your Life, but Shooting Star disbanded by 1985. Four years later, McLain and Verlin...
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