“Rare tracks and Demos” are songs never released plus pre-production demos of tracks already known but featuring different vocalists, mix, etc. by “AOR”, the project of melodic rock songwriter/guitarist Frederic Slama released in November 2017. Much like the previous “AOR” albums, this could be regarded as an all-star project featuring some incredible singers like Michael Kisur, Sarah and Mélissa Fontaine (Chasing Violets), Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn’s Dream), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) and More.
It has to be said that the more one moves along the track-list, the more rocking “Rare and Demos” becomes. The first few songs are mainly bluesy-westcoast AOR but sure enough tracks that follow lack nothing of the attack and performance intensity long-term fans expect from a melodic rock/AOR compilation. Favorite tracks include “Desperate dreams”, “Closer to Zero”, “Dark Whirlpool” and “The Crystal Heart”.
Still it is easy to outline the key contributors of the project being guitarist Tommy Denander who also provide the keyboards, the charming Michael Thompson and Michael Landau on guitars, the great Tom Keane on Keys, Abraham Laboriel on bass, drummer John Robinson and more.
AOR it is an all star project that sounds incredibly cohesive and evidently professional. A must have for any serious collector!
Frédéric Slama – All Instruments
Michael Kisur – Lead & Backing Vocals
Sarah Fontaine – Lead & Backing Vocals
Mélissa Fontaine – Lead & Backing Vocals
Mikael Erlandsson- Lead & Backing Vocals
Kelly Keaggy – Lead & Backing Vocals
Tommy Denander – Guitars, Keyboards
Michael Thompson- Guitars
Michael Landau – Guitars
Tom Keane – Keyboards
Abraham Laboriel – Bass
John Robinson – Drums
01. Listen To Your Heart
02. Mary Ann
03. Lost In The Wrong Direction
05. The Last White Wolf
06. Dinosaur Moves
07. How Will She Find Her Way Back ?
08. Tears In The Rain
09. Secrets In Her Heart
10. Desperate Dreams
11. Carry On
12. Closer To Zero
13. Circle Of Danger
14. The Crystal Heart
15. Once Off Guard
16. Dark Whirlpool
Review by http://melodic-hardrock.com