Craaft - Second honeymoon - 2012 reïssue
01. Run Away
02. Twisted Up All Inside
03. Chance Of Your Life
05. Gimme What You Got
06. Running On Love
07. Hey Babe
09. Don’t You Know What Love Can Be
10. Are You ready To Rock
11. Right To Your Heart
12. Don’t Stp To Rock
13. Something For Nothing
14. Long Long Time (Demo 1987)
15. Break Away (Demo 1987)
16. Take It Easy (Demo 1987)
„It was in August 1984, I had just returned to Frankfurt from a 6-month long USA tour with Tony Carey. At the time I owned a small studio above the disco “Music Hall” at the Volta Street in Frankfurt. Music manager Uwe Block contacted me one day and played me a couple of songs that had been written by Klaus Luley and Franz Keil. He asked me if I could imagine working together with them and I immediately said yes since I was enthusiastic about the music.
As a threesome we spent the next couple of months at my studio, working on the songs and recording some demos on an 8 track Fostex tape machine. Klaus played most of the guitar parts, Franz handled the keyboards and I was in charge of the bass duties and some additional guitar work.
At the end of 1985 we flew over to Bearsville near New York to record the debut album by our group CRAAFT at Bob Dylan’s studio. Mixing of the affair was done by Brian McGee and Andy Lunn. After the release we toured all over Europe and performed on a lot of TV shows as well. One of the club gigs took place at the legendary Marquee Club in London where we were joined by Meat Loaf bass guitarist Steve Buslowe and drummer Sandy Gennaro. The highlight for everybody involved was the European tour as support act for Queen.
Our second album „Second Honeymoon“ was recorded in a similar way. At the same time I had established myself as a studio producer for both commercials and films and I left the band shortly after the second album saw the light of day.” (Reinhard Besser- 2012).
If you like your melodic rock to be solidly built with catchy choruses and damn good playing then you will love this. The overall sound is at the Bonfire end of the AOR spectrum and has more than enough balls to avoid being labeled as fluffy.
'Second Honeymoon' (or just 'Craaft' in the US) was originally released in 1988 and is a lot heavier than the band’s debut. The keyboards were reigned in and while the guitars were cut loose a bit more.
The first 3 tracks 'Run Away', 'Twisted Up All Inside' and 'Chance Of Your Life', are just killer, the latter being particular noteworthy.
'Illusions' (a powerful mid tempo cut), 'Running On Love' and 'Gimme What You've Got' also have what it takes to leave an impression but so do many of the other tunes on offer.
As a bonus there are three demos from ‘87 which are pretty damn good but you can hear why they are just demos, 'Take It Easy' especially gets dangerously close to the sort of insipid Euro rock that Eurovision viewers love.
The label has done a bang up job on the re-mastering but there are still elements that firmly peg 'Second Honeymoon' as a product of the eighties like the Power Station styled synths that merrily toot away, the presence of synthdrums and the disc’s few ballads (and thank God they’ve only included a couple) which tend to get a bit too cheesy, especially 'Jane'.
Yet these are small hick-ups considering you get sixteen tracks of typically crunching eighties German melodic rock with a running time of seventy five minutes and in any one’s book that is considered some excellent value for money.
Some regard this album along with Bonfire's “Fireworks”, as the best AOR album to ever come out of Germany.
While I don’t subscribe to this point of view fact is that this is another cracker of a re-release from Yesterrock. A must have album for the fan of AOR in general and eighties AOR in particular.
Klaus Luley - guitars, lead vocals, bass
Franz Keil - backing vocals, keyboards
Marcus Schleicher - backing vocals, guitars
Thommy Schneider - drums
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