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Straight Ahead

(Van McLain/Gary West)

The second track, written by Van McLain and Gary West, from Shooting Star’s fourth album, Burning.  If the kids ever ask you “What was ’80s power pop?” play them this record.  This has everything, from driving electric guitars to Van Halen-esque guitar hooks (“Panama”, anyone?) to athletic drums and the obligatory keyboard solo.  Fans and non-fans have likened this band to Journey, and the similarity is in evidence here.

Shooting Star recordings
Epic 34-04025 ZSS 171295 (US demo 45)