Spot on analysis TR. The hits are truly great songs. Shaw and Blades in particular are a good combination.
Thanks RJhog! I have a copy of Don't Tread on cassette so I'm going to do that album as a Cassette Chronicles article someday.
Oh,and because I noticed some issues with this particular cassette, I ended up picking up a copy of the album on CD to replace it.
Damn Yankees were one of the 3 supergroups of whose formation I learned at the dusk of the '80s and was eagerly anticipating the quantum leap.
After endlessly waiting for any of the record companies back home to release Mr. Big & Badlands, when Damn Yankees came around I went to the guy who owned a CD renting business and sold him my kidney in exchange for those 3 albums.
Needless to say, my excitement went through the roof when he finally arrived with them. In fact, I don't think I ever scored 3 albums I liked as much as these. The hype in the media was huge prior to the releases, but they did not disappoint. At the time I got those LPs my ranking would have been:
1. Mr. Big
3. Damn Yankees
1. Damn Yankees
2. Mr. Big
Interesting you posted this album right now. I just acquired the Rock Candy reissue on CD. (BTW, this is the 3rd time I bought the project. Also had it on an older version CD). The remaster sounds great.
However, as much as I like the first Damn Yankees album (and I think it's obvious how much I do) I'm absolutely flabbergastered by the sophomore release. It has all the melody and fiery guitar theatrics from the first one, except... On adrenaline.