Loudness - Devil Soldier 1982

Rick Lee

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I started my Loudness kick with Thunder in the East. I saw the open for AC/DC on the Who Made Who tour. Man, Akira is such a monster player. I spent so many hours learning that album and it's still in regular rotation in my iTunes library.
 

stratjacket

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I started my Loudness kick with Thunder in the East. I saw the open for AC/DC on the Who Made Who tour. Man, Akira is such a monster player. I spent so many hours learning that album and it's still in regular rotation in my iTunes library.
Same here, I wore out Thunder in the East, still listen to it. I’ve always wanted one of his Killer guitars.
 

Rick Lee

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I saw Akira play at the ESP booth at NAMM a few years ago. That room was packed to the gills, probably way above fire marshal capacity. The crowd went nuts when Akira walked in. Though I have to say I was a little underwhelmed by what he played. It was nothing special or any signature Loudness stuff. Later on that day a buddy saw Akira play at the SD booth and said he really shredded and the crowd went nuts.
 

Speeddemon

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This album was my introduction to Loudness and Akira Takasaki in 1982. Still have the vinyl, still just as ripping, still know all the lyrics 😂

Yep, same album for me that got me into them. It was years later when Lighting and Thunder were added to my collection. And I also enjoyed Soldier of Fortune (with Mike Viscera on vocals) a lot.
 

thenine

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He always had great tone too with a hollowness in there I could never dial in on my own shiznat.
 
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