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Album Review

Though not as raw and aggressive a set of rock songs like their debut, Fastway, All Fired Up nonetheless churns nearly a dozen middle-of-the-road rockers. Historically, Fastway was a second-rate act, hardly the sum of their parts. On one hand, the band's moniker derives clearly and obviously from guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke, Motörhead's second — Larry Wallis of the Pink Faries was the first — and most well-remembered, guitar player. And drummer Jerry Shirley formerly played with Humble Pie. Sure, Fastway probably borrows the melodic, soulful rock of the latter, while beefing up and stripping down with a touch of Motörhead. But the most salient influences, which were even more obvious on the first album — too much so, in fact — are Ted Nugent and Led Zeppelin. Vocalist David King certainly sings an awful lot like Plant, but that was the template of the day adhered to by many. But with songs like "Station," which reads like "Custard Pie," even Shirley — an excellent drummer in his own right — is borrowing Bonham's heavyweight percussive economy and style. Overall, it's a good album, a few tiers up from bar rock. Not cutting new ground any more than, say, Kix, but satisfying nonetheless as no-nonsense, good-times, blues-based rock & roll.

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THIS IS ROCK

One of the first records i bought on vinyl. Loved the first record so i gave this on a shot and always loved it. Not many people were jazzed about this record at the time but think it holds up. The drums in "Station" always got me off as a young drummer.

Fast Zepp

I just absolutey love the first self titled Fastway release...All Fired Up is a rockin cd...I saw them in support of this release opening for Rush on their Grace Under Pressure cd....Fastway held their own rockin Big Time...Songs of note are All Fired Up, Misunderstood, and Tell Me...Fastway has always had a Zepp feel to their music...which is not a bad thing...Fastway in a nutshell...Rocks!!!!

Firing on All Cylinders

Fastway drop the hammer with the opening title track and never let up on this album. There is an attempt to release the chutes at the end with "The Stranger" and "If You Could See" (both great songs) but by that time there is too much momentum built up. This album just lights your soul on fire and keeps flying to the distant horizon with a path clearly blazed. There are numerous influences on this group and obvious comparisons to be made for sure, but at a moment in time this was and is an amazing rock album. Blues Boogie Swing and Stomp, nitro fueled, don't want no dinner if dessert tastes this good, but please still pass the meat and potatoes, classic Rock & Roll (and make sure you go back for seconds). Play it side 1 or side 2 on vinyl, or straight up or with shuffle on CD or I-Tunes. I've played any one of these tracks so many times that I would be hard pressed to choose only a few. If you have never heard this group before though then 4 songs to get you started would be "All Fired Up", "Station", "Tell Me" and "If You Could See". Fastway's debut effort (also here on I-Tunes) is a great album certainly, but they took it to another level here. The combination of riffs, vocals and rhythm section, along with the tracks chosen, are dead on perfect. The final track sums it up nicely, "...the love that you bring takes you to where you're going to.....if you could see" . With Love and Faith served up in generous portions here, you won't leave hungry and only the sky is the limit.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

One of the most promising '80s supergroups that never was, England's Fastway was never quite able to come to grips with their sonic identity, and despite a promising start, in the end their career was an almost absolute flameout. Following his acrimonious departure from metal legend Motörhead, guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke wasted no time planning his next move with then-recently ousted UFO bassist Pete Way. With veteran drummer Jerry Shirley (ex-Humble Pie) and promising Irish newcomer vocalist...
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