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Stone Fury - 1984 Burns Like A Star
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on August 22 2003, In 1984 Articles , 6 Comments , 3464 Reads , Print



ARTIST: Stone Fury
ALBUM: Burns Like A Star
LABEL: MCA
SERIAL: MCA-5522
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1995, Retroactive, 85151 * 2013, Universal (Japan), UICY-76001 * 2017, Rock Candy Records, CANDY355

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Lenny Wolf - lead vocals, rhythm guitar * Bruce Gowdy - guitars, backing vocals * Rick Wilson - bass, backing vocals * Jody Cortez - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Break Down The Wall * 02 I Hate To Sleep Alone * 03 Life Is Too Lonely * 04 Don't Tell Me Why * 05 Mama's Love * 06 Burns Like A Star * 07 Tease * 08 Hold It * 09 Shannon You Lose


Background
Stone Fury was the brainchild of German vocalist Lenny Wolf. From Hamburg originally, and a singer steeped in the tradition of Led Zeppelin, in particular Robert Plant, Wolf has set about making a career out of emulating his heroes. Whether it is by design or by fluke, his striking resemblance to Plant is uncanny, to the point of derision by many rock critics. However, in saying that, what he does do, he does well, and I'd have to say that every release I've heard with Wolf involved is of high quality.. Zep rip off or not. In 1983, Lenny Wolf moved to Los Angeles, and hooked up with Bruce Gowdy to form Stone Fury. Bringing Gowdy onboard was a great move, as I consider him (alongside Doug Aldrich), to be one of melodic rock's more creative 6-string geniuses.


The Songs
Their debut 'Burns Like A Star' has been unfairly compared by critics to Led Zeppelin (lazy critics who can't see past Lenny's voice obviously). Only in very few moments does it sound like Zep, the rest is a credible melodic rock workout which many of you should investigate further. Tracks like 'Break Down The Walls' and the fantastic 'Don't Tell Me Why' (which could be China Sky) are exceptional, and sound nothing like Zep. 'I Hate To Sleep Alone' is typical 80's LAHM, and moves along at a good clip, followed by the mid-tempo balladry of 'Life Is Too Lonely'. The title track 'Burns Like A Star' is an extended workout with lots of shimmering guitarwork from Gowdy. 'Tease' for a comparison could be Kingdom Come albeit a few years earlier, while 'Mamas Love' is the closest we get to Zep, yes the Plant comparison is spot-on here!


In Summary
Lenny and Bruce's follow up 'Let Them Talk' (1986) was a disappointment, for which Lenny, the producer Richard Landis, and the label clashed. Lenny said that Landis had no idea about him, his music, or what he was trying to achieve creatively. As a consequence, the material did not have Wolf's enthusiasm, and the band folded after this. Wolf reappeared the following year with Kingdom Come, who by 1988, had gone big-time. Another band which I loved, but again, the critics panned him for aping Zep to a tee. He must have done something right, as the album sold extremely well. Gowdy meanwhile moved onto stints with World Trade, and then Unruly Child.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on April 26 2008 20:11:16
The comments Lenny made about Richard Landis are rather interesting. The two albums he produced for Desmond Child And Rouge were met with similar criticism by those involved.
#2 | jeffduran on April 27 2008 03:53:49
'Break Down The Walls' is one of those classic 80's anthems and the video above reminds me of my childhood. There were so many bands who were blatant Zep clones around this time and Stone Fury were not one of em imo! neutral
#3 | reyno-roxx on June 24 2008 20:58:10
It amused me as to how much Kingdom Come were slagged for the Zeppelin rip-off on the first album when, to me, what went down on that album was really not that far away from the direction Lenny was travelling in on this first Stone Fury album.
#4 | rkbluez on January 03 2012 07:33:22
Used to love this album...had it on CD on some kind of shit bootleg label...didn't sound that good so I got rid of it...really wish someone would take the time to re release this gem...as it would sound killer if remastered the right way...certainly a kick ass rocker of an album...as for their second record...argh!!!!!!!
#5 | gdazegod on September 30 2015 15:18:34
Stone Fury - 1984 Life Is Too Lonely [HD]
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#6 | gdazegod on July 05 2017 15:24:49
Good to see this record get a Rock Candy reissue, though it was also issued in Japan back in 2013.
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