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August 9, 2017

Vandenberg – Vandenberg (1982) – Lp

by Record Facts

Vandenberg was a Dutch hard rock band named after guitarist Ad “Adje” van den Berg (a.k.a. Adrian Vandenberg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Vandenberg
Title:  Vandenberg
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  ATCO Records
Catalog#  ATC 50904

In 1981, Van den Berg worked with vocalist Jos Veldhuizen, bass guitarist Griff “Studly” McGrath and drummer Bico De Gooijer in a band called Teaser. This line-up did not last long, and Van den Berg then hired Bert Heerink (vocals), Dick Kemper (bass guitar), and Jos Zoomer (drums). With this line-up, Teaser recorded a demo that came to the notice of the popjournalist Kees Baars. Baars offered to manage the group, and contracted the band at Atlantic Records in the U.S..

Their first album, Vandenberg, was recorded at the former Led Zeppelin‘s guitarist Jimmy Page‘s studio, Sol Studios, and in 1983 their first single, “Burning Heart”. reached No. 39 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts. Vandenberg toured the U.S. as the opening act for Ozzy Osbourne and KISS, and toured independently in Japan in 1984.

Legend has it after a failed audition with mega-group Thin Lizzy, Adrian Vandenberg went back to the drawing board and decided to start his own band. Poised with an axe to grind and several hard rock influences easily spotted from a mile away, Vandenberg and his band of gypsies were poised to take over the hard rock scene with their 1982 debut. Overall, Vandenberg is a fiery testament to Vandenberg‘s skill as a guitarist. He shreds with the best of them, taking cues from Hendrix, Page, and a little bit of Tony Iommi. Of course there are the gratuitous moments of guitar acrobatics (“Wait”) and the obligatory power ballad (“Burning Heart”) but that really doesn’t detract too much from the band’s main focus: to deliver a solid hard rock record that is easily one of the most underrated debut metal albums of the ’80s.

 

Side one
1.  Your Love Is In Vain  (4:10)
2.  Back On My Feet  (3:48)
3.  Wait  (5:05)
4.  Burning Heart  (4:06)

Side two
1.  Ready For You  (3:53)
2.  Too Late  (4:13)
3.  Nothing To Lose  (3:23)
4.  Lost In A City  (3:56)
5.  Out In The Streets  (4:04)

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