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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

These guys ROCK

Shooting Star is one band that you know a lot of their songs but you jusk kind of forgot about the band.. Who could forget that electric violin.. Put together though you remember most if not all of these songs

Shooting Star-The Best of Shooting Star

I'm still amazed at how hard some people are on this consistently competent band. Their live shows always delivered, they could sing (both Van McClain and lead singer Gary West could deliver arena-quality vocals), write catchy, hook-laden songs, and most importantly, rock. Most bands, no matter what facet of rock, should be so lucky to have a "Breakout," or a "Last Chance." Most Best Of's can be disappointing by omitting certain, key songs, but this collection isn't missing a thing.

Last Chance

One of the best songs of all time-Very Underrated


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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