Malloy - Malloy '88

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Now And Then
Catalog Number: 43
Format: CD
Total Time: 50:20:00

Mitch Malloy started his career when he was 12 years old and formed a band with some of his school buddies, learning the songs that were popular at time: Cheap Trick, Led Zeppelin, Heart, ZZ Top and others. He signed with RCA/BMG and released two albums and two top 20 singles, "Anything At All" and "Tumbling Down." Now the material he recorded in 1988, with his band Malloy, is now re-released.

If you see the photo of the band in the booklet, they look like a typical 80s band and that is exactly how they sound. Malloy '88 is a song-orientated album with standard compositions that would fit perfectly on a radio station. Malloy has a good voice and the band plays very good and so is the production. But in one way the songs try to sound heavy, with a heavy guitar riff, but the compositions are too polished, sound too much like pop songs. There are some ballads with harmony vocals and a mellow guitar and some nice up tempo songs, and some sound quite good, but miss the edge.

Malloy '88 is a good album as it is well played and well sung and has a fairly good production, but it is more a popular rock album in the vein of Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams. It is not a progressive album, but a typical 80s album, so if that is your kind of music, then I say: go for it. If not, then don't buy this album and look for other great bands.

Similar bands: Poison, Bon Jovi, Sammy Hagar.

[This review originally appeared May 2003 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]

On My Way (3:32) / Rodeo Girl (3:40) / She's Young, She's Wild (4:46) / If You Were Mine (3:04) / Still In Love (4:25) / Forever (4:14) / Feel Like Falling In Love (4:32) / Angeline (5:18) / Ready For Love (3:25) / Money Can't Buy Love (4:39) / Without You (4:46) / Problem Child (3:59)

Mitch Malloy - guitars, vocals, keyboards
Mike McConnville - guitar
Tim Wheeler - bass
Phil Richford - drums

Mitch Malloy (1992)
Ceilings And Walls (1993)
Shine (2001)
Malloy - '88 (2003, rec. 1988)
The Best Of Mitch Malloy (2008?)

Live From Rock City (DVD) (2008?)

Genre: Melodic Rock-AOR

Origin US

Added: May 29th 2005
Reviewer: Marcel Haster
Artist website:
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Language: english


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