JOE LYNN TURNER – Rescue You (1985 Elektra)
Post-Rainbow, Joe Lynn Turner embarked upon a solo career. With the last Rainbow drummer Chuck Burgi on hand, Joe debuted his solo self with Rescue You in 1985 on Elektra. Roy Thomas Baker, best known for his work with Queen, worked on the production. All songs were written by Joe and guitarist Alan Greenwood. The direction was heavy on keyboards, and sampled drum sounds. The only thing in common with Rainbow is the voice.
That voice cannot be mistaken. Nobody can sing soul-driven broken hearted AOR rock like Joe Lynn Turner. Opening track “Losing You” fits this description like a glove. The samples and keyboards are occasionally distracting, but the melodies are strong. Joe has always been a fine writer. Perhaps Journey should have knocked on Joe’s door for some help when they were struggling to come up with Raised On Radio. The second song, “Young Hearts” is pure pop rock like Steve Perry did on Street Talk in 1984.
“Endlessly” was the single/video, a keyboard rock ballad, and a decent one at that, but it is overwhelmed by the title track. “Rescue You” is once again very keyboard heavy, but rocks better than anything else on the album. It has a European flavour, sounding a bit like some of the material Glenn Hughes was doing in the 1980s. Back to the Americas, “Feel the Fire” is a bit limp, but sounds like something that could have been played on radio.
The LP continued on side two with “Get Tough” which isn’t that at all. The toughest thing about it is Burgi’s excellent drumming at the start. The bassline sounds like “Livin’ on a Prayer” but before that song was ever conceived. One gets the feeling that many of these songs could have been hits if only recorded by someone more famous. “Eyes of Love” is a decent moody mid-tempo song, and Joe sounds awesome on it. “On the Run” is a bit more upbeat, boasting a strong chorus that’s as good as anything on Slippery When Wet. Moving into Purple territory, “Soul Searcher” could have fit in well on their Slaves and Masters LP. One almost aches to hear what Blackmore and Lord would have added to it. Going into the closer, “The Race is On” really has the life sucked from it with the keys and samples. You can distinctly hear a heavy blazing rocker desperately trying to get out. The recorded song sounds half-arsed, with those unnecessary keys taking up valuable sonic ground.
Not a bad solo debut from Joe, but certainly inferior to the Rainbow that came before and the Purple that came after.
Songs written by Greenwood/Turner except noted
“Losing You” – 4:25
“Young Hearts” – 3:52
“Prelude” (Newman, Turner) – 0:56
“Endlessly” – 3:40
“Rescue You” – 4:31
“Feel the Fire” – 3:28
“Get Tough” (Delia, Turner) – 4:33
“Eyes of Love” (Turner) – 3:49
“On the Run” – 3:53
“Soul Searcher” (Greenwood, Newman, Turner) – 4:08
“The Race Is On” – 3:23