• Tue. Jul 16th, 2024

Joe Lynn Turner – Street of Dreams – Boston 1985 Captures a Vintage Concert from the Former Rainbow Vocalist!

Joe Lynn Turner Street of Dreams Boston 1985.

As the voice of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow in the early 1980s, Joe Lynn Turner garnered a good deal of attention from rock fans of the day. It is Turner’s voice you hear on classic hits like “Spotlight Kid,” “Can’t Happen Here,” “Stone Cold,” “Death Alley Driver,” and “Street of Dreams.” When Rainbow split in 1984 and Ritchie Blackmore rejoined Deep Purple, Turner’s career was far from over (and in fact he is still going strong to this day!)

1985 saw the release of Rescue You, the first solo album from Turner, produced by the legendary Roy Thomas Baker. While the album’s popularity never reached the heights of Turner’s work with Rainbow, it spawned its share of pop-rock hits and certainly showed the world that he was here to stay.

Street of Dreams – Boston 1985 is a concert recording from the Boston Paradise; the vintage show had never gotten a proper CD release prior to now. The concert band is mostly comprised of the musicians that played on the Rescue You album, featuring Turner on vocals with Bobby Messano on guitar, Alan Greenwood (formerly of Foreigner) on keyboards, Chuck Burgi (formerly with Turner in Rainbow) on drums, and Barry Dunaway on bass.

 

Joy Lynn Turner released his Roy Thomas Baser-produced solo debut, Rescue You, in 1985. Street of Dreams captures a recording from the accompanying tour to promote the album.
Joy Lynn Turner released his Roy Thomas Baker-produced solo debut, Rescue You, in 1985. Street of Dreams captures a recording from the accompanying tour to promote the album.

 

Rescue You was a criminally underrated album from Turner, showing off his ability to create superb rock/pop/AOR-style songs, even well after his Rainbow days. The majority of the setlist here for this 1985 concert is comprised of tracks from Rescue You, although Turner does reference his Rainbow days in the form of the two biggest hits he had with that band, “Street of Dreams” and “Stone Cold.” All songs are well performed with Turner’s signature vocal style leading the way. Yet he lets his sense of humor shine through in audience interactions, and gives his backing band the credit that they deserve.

Audio quality is admittedly not the best; this show was recorded for radio broadcast and clearly was not meant for a commercial CD release. That said, sound is still decent overall and the release is certainly listenable.

Fans of Joe Lynn Turner will want to rediscover this fantastic vintage concert. There is a great assortment of tracks from his solo debut performed brilliantly here by a fantastic band, and the Rainbow songs only add to the overall experience. As such, Street of Dreams – Boston 1985 comes strongly recommended for fans.

 

 

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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