Shooting Star

The Best of Shooting Star

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Touch Me Tonight gathers together material from Midwestern rockers Shooting Star's first four albums (inexplicably and unfortunately ignoring their fifth album, Silent Scream). The band trades in a fairly typical late-'70s/early-'80s mainstream rock sound (think Journey or Kansas). It's hardly distinctive, but Shooting Star manages better than average results. The spiritually themed "Last Chance" and the straight-ahead singalong "You've Got What I Need" are tuneful enough. The tired cliché of small-town girl heads to the dirty city actually is worked to good effect on the dynamic, near-power ballad "Hollywood," probably the strongest track and a minor hit. Although one of the better examples of mainstream rock during their time period, Touch Me Tonight is primarily of little interest to anyone but fans. For trivia buffs, Touch Me Tonight was the first album to reach Billboard's Top 200 to be unavailable on vinyl.

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