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02 Mar 2017 - 08:18:09 pm

LIONVILLE - Lionville [Expanded Special Edition +3] (2017)

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Capitalizing the recent, new LIONVILLE album, their previous record label are re-releasing the band's two first CD's in an Expanded Edition. "Lionville", the group's first self-titled release, in this 2017 "Lionville Special Edition" includes 3 must have bonus tracks.

Founded by guitarist Stefano Lionetti, LIONVILLE was created to bring back the pure AOR from the '80s to the new generation. With the help of such prominent musicians as Pierpaolo "Zorro" Monti (Shining Line) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge Of forever, Eden's Curse) onboard, they went in the search of a lead vocalist to fit the band's style.
The inclusion of one of the best new singers in the scene - Lars Säflund of Work Of Art - was the best choice they could have done.

Some of the other notables guests are Bruce Gaitsch (Richard Marx, Chicago, Peter Cetera), Tommy Denander, Eric Martensson (W.E.T., Eclipse), Sven Larsson (Street Talk), Arabella Vitanc (Alyson Avenue) and more. 
The tunes on Lionsville's self-titled debut are all lead unwavering with a bouncing oomph featuring great vocals and lead guitars from all the special guests. 

Where to start... if you’re a Melodic rock / AOR fan you will have much to enjoy on this fantastic, very well done record.
Opener "Here By My Side" is a melodic rock dream from star to finish, featuring a radio-ready friendly hook and killer harmonies."With You" is a terrific melodic mid-tempo with some Bad English-like keyboards but definitely European, while "Center Of The Universe" is a lovely AOR throwback to the '80s TOTO with some nice guitar leads.

And now comes one of the gems (in fact all are bright gems!); "Thunder In Your Heart", a cover of the marvelous AOR song performed by John Farnham for the Eighties movie RAD. Lionville's version is harder, guitar fueled but extremely melodic. A track to die for.
Another homage or tribute to the classic '80s AOR sound comes on the Richard Marx ballad "World Without Your Love". Superb vocals and arrangements here. 

"Power Of My Dreams" rocks again, with a more predominant presence of keys and a passionate vocal performance. "Chosen Ones" is just a brilliant intricate duet between Lars and new Alyson Avenue's Arabella Vitanc vocalist, a fast and upbeat modern melodic rocker with all the magic of Tommy Denander through it. Awesome.
"Dreamhunter" is more relaxed, very Swedish, reminding you Thomas Vikström / Talk Of The Town stuff.

The bonuses o this 2017 Special Edition are true collectibles: 'No End in Sight (AOR Remix)' resulting more midtempo and radio friendly, 'World Without Your Love (Modern AOR Remix)' adds subtle synths to the background, while 'Say Goodbye (Acoustic Remix)' is pretty different in this stripped version.

"Lionville" is remarkable debut, essential for all fans of classy Melodic Rock / AOR with that special '80s touch. All songs are fully equipped with the essential attributes for this type of music; melody, hooks galore, terrific harmonies and great musicianship / production.
Lionetti wrote most of the material but also received help from master Tommy Denander and Robert Sall from Work Of Art. Lars Säfsund shines on vocals and all the super guests give this recording a top notch plus.
A Must Have


01 - Here by My Side
02 - With You
03 - Centre of My Universe
04 - Thunder in My Heart
05 - World Without Your Love
06 - Power of My Dreams
07 - No End in Sight
08 - The Chosen Ones
09 - Over and over Again
10 - Dreamhunter
11 - Say Goodbye
BONUS TRACKS:
12 - No End in Sight (AOR Remix)
13 - World Without Your Love (Modern AOR Remix)
14 - Say Goodbye (Acoustic Remix)

Lars Säfsund - Lead Vocals
Stefano Lionetti - Lead & backing Vocals, Guitars
Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Pierpaolo "Zorro11" Monti - Drums
guests:
Bruce Gaitsch
Tommy Denander
Eric Martensson (W.E.T., Eclipse)
Sven Larsson (Street Talk)
Arabella Vitanc (Alyson Avenue)
Mario Percudani
Andrea Maddalone
Anna Portalupi
Amos Monti .
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