TNT – 30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Review

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Release Date: Out Now!!!

Genre: Melodic Hard Rock

Links: https://www.facebook.com/TNTtheband

 

 

Tracklist:

01. Fanfare For The Common Man
02. Invisible Noise
03. Substitute
04. Refugee
05. As Far As The Eye Can See
06. Downhill Racer
07. Intuition
08. Northern Lights
09. Magica Lanterna (Tekrø Solo)
10. Sabre Dance
11. Harley Davidson
12. USA
13. Eddie
14. June
15. My Religion
16. Everyone’s A Star
17. 10.000 Lovers (In One)
18. Seven Seas

 

TNT has been a main musical staple in my metal/hard rock diet since Tell No Tales hit the market. Without a doubt their music has brought me much joy for a number of years now. I was sad when Tony Harnell left the band, but I thought Tony Mills did a bang up job filling in for him. I always secretly believed that it was inevitable that Harnell would be back with Ronni and the guys again someday, and that dream became a reality very recently. What seems to have ignited this reunion was the 30th Anniversary show TNT did with the Trondheim Orchestra in 2012, bringing together all three era’s and singers of the band for this momentous occasion.

I have been chomping at the bit to check out this show and now with the release of the audio being released I have made that happen. I want to see the DVD as well, but haven’t had that opportunity yet. At any rate, I prefer audio most of the time as it’s hearing the songs that does it for me more than the visuals. The album opens up with a few selections from Mills and his era with the band. He sounds great and the songs selected were ones I was partial to, but frankly I was waiting to hear Harnell back with the band. There is something so amazing about his voice on these songs that is just…right. No one has any business singing these songs than the man responsible for making them so amazing to begin with. I have also followed his career in the interim since his departure, so I’m definitely 100% biased in favor of what he does. So now you have one of my favorite bands back together being backed by an orchestra playing songs that have been a part
of my collective life the better part of my formative years, what more could a man ask for? I even love how original singer Dag Ingebrigtsen returns to sing a couple songs from their s/t debut album he performed on. But it’s the return of Harnell that gets the most crowd reaction. From the sound of the album it seems to be a truly live document of the evening as there are some obvious moments that might have benefitted some reworking in the studio, but for me that is what makes the live a show a true experience, those little missed instances. The tracklisting is full of the strongest and best songs of the bands 30 year career, and everyone involved gives everything they’ve got for the privileged fans in the audience.

My only complaint about the album is that Tony Harnell didn’t sing it all. Much respect to Mr. Mills, but he simply doesn’t have that level of abilities. It’s made very evident when he sings “Everyone’s A Star.” I’m so glad to have, more or less, the version of TNT that I have loved for so long back together. Now for some new music and hopefully making the dream come of actually getting to see them live finally, that would make me very happy. I’m not typically a fan of live albums save for certain ones. 30th Anniversary 1982-2012 is a wonderful celebration of such an amazing band that is far more deserving of acknowledgment and respect in this business than they get on this side of the globe that it’s worth a spin. Even with my issues with it I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this album.

 

Written by Chris Martin

Ratings    Chris    8/10

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  1. Agree that it is great to have my favorite singer and guitarist combination working together again but due respect to Mr. Mills for his efforts during those few years of estrangement. Looking forward to adding this CD/DVD to the collection and thank you for the review!

     

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