Although the guiding light of Fastway was always ex-Motörhead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke (heck, he's the reason why the group probably got signed in the first place), a main ingredient of their early sound was the Robert Plant-esque vocals of Dave King. After all, it was the merger of Clarke's bluesy riffs and King's cat-in-heat vocals that made "Say What You Will" a sizable MTV hit in 1983. But after several albums together, King packed his bags and exited the band -- replaced by newcomer Lea Hart in time for 1988's On Target. While they began as a Zeppelin-esque boogie metal band, the metallic climate had changed quite a bit by the late '80s -- hair metal and pop-metal reigned supreme -- and Clarke took note, resulting in an album full of mainstream rock. Over the years, Clarke voiced dissatisfaction with the recording, so in 1998, Hart and Clarke got back together and re-recorded the entire album, now titled On Target (Reworked). The only problem is, the material wasn't all that great to begin with, and instead of including new renditions of the entire original album, a few tracks are skipped over -- to make room for reworkings of several pre-Hart Fastway classics (including the aforementioned "Say What You Will"). Only the most devoted of "Fast" Eddie Clarke/Fastway fans will find it necessary to own a copy of On Target (Reworked).
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato