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Released - 1981
Producer - Bruce Fairbairn & Paul Dean
Label - Columbia
Chart Position - #7 Billboard
Singles - Working For The Weekend, When It's Over
RIAA Certification - 4 X Platinum
 
Track Listing:
 
1. Working For The Weekend *
2. When It's Over **
3. Jump *
4. Gangs In The Street **
5. Emotional *
6. Lucky Ones **
7. It's Your Life **
8. Watch Out *
9. Take Me To The Top **

Welcome to Classic Rock Bottom's Album of the Week feature.  This week's spotlight is on Get Lucky.  Get Lucky, released in 1981, is Loverboy's
second studio release.  It was a pretty big seller and had two singles
that I remember hearing on the radio quite often back in those days. 
Those two singles were Working For The Weekend and When It's Over.  But
for me, what really makes this album, is the rest of the album.

Jump is the third track.  I like it.  That's followed by the first of what I
consider to be hidden gems.  Gangs In The Street is somewhat heavy
(even with the synthesizers), and I think this is a great song. 
Emotional is a change up with someone else singing.  I
believe that's Paul Dean.  Not a bad voice, but not as good as Mike
Reno.  This song has a driving, honkytonk sounding piano and some nice
guitar work by Dean.  Lucky Ones sees Reno back on the lead vocals.  I
say this is another hidden gem.  I also think It's Your Life is a hidden
gem.  It just has an infectious sound to me and I love to sing along
with this song.  More nice playing by Dean, sort of a call and response
with Reno's vocals.  I think Watch Out is decent, but this album ends on
an exceptionally strong note for me with Take Me To The Top.  This is
probably my favorite Loverboy song.  I dig the synthesizer intro.  This
is a strong, emotional vocal performance by Reno.  And Dean's guitar
work is phenomenal.  Great song.

Overall, as you can tell, I really like this album.  One asterisk means it's a good song, two means it's a fantastic song.  Although it's fairly heavily driven by
synthesizers, they don't cover up the outstanding guitar
work at all.  This album was released during a time when you could hear
great rock music on the local radio station.  Basically, rock and pop
went pretty well together.  To bad those days are gone.  The only
drawback for me is the album art.  I could do without the dude's butt
and the tight leather pants.  I guess it's out of print now, but you can
pick it up used on Amazon Marketplace for $1.28 plus shipping.  Not
bad. 

For any new folks, I'll post a music player with the complete album in the first reply.  Also, if available, I'll post a couple of videos from songs featured on the album.  Please feel free to offer your
comments.  I love to see what other people think.

Hidden Gems:

Gangs In The Street
Lucky Ones
It's Your Life
Take Me To The Top

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Hey Scott,,,What tracks were odd to you? I did like that album also, thought hair of the dog and so much for love was a little strange, love big picture and love of money.  The last gong, tortured sounds like it could have been released in the early 80s...
Agree with you on So Much For Love, but I also thought Secrets and Tortured were a bit off.  Hair of the Dog is just ok, but the rest I like quite a bit.
And guess what song off that album I like the best?
Loverboy always puts out a fun album. Yes, most of their work can be a little bit "cheesy" but I mean that in a good way. This is definitely a worthwhile addition.

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