Racer X ‎– Street Lethal

Shrapnel Records ‎– SH-1023
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Frenzy
Written-By – P. Gilbert*
A2 Street Lethal
Written-By – J. Martin*, P. Gilbert*
A3 Into The Night
Written-By – J. Martin*, P. Gilbert*
A4 Blowin' Up The Radio
Written-By – J. Martin*, P. Gilbert*
A5 Hotter Than Fire
Written-By – J. Martin*, M. Lehman, S. Fontano*
A6 On The Loose
Written-By – J. Martin*, P. Gilbert*
B1 Loud And Clear
Written-By – J. Martin*, P. Gilbert*
B2 Y.R.O.
Written-By – P. Gilbert*
B3 Dangerous Love
Written-By – J. Martin*, P. Gilbert*
B4 Getaway
Written-By – J. Martin*, P. Gilbert*
B5 Rock It
Written-By – J. Martin*, P. Gilbert*



All recording done at Prairie Sun, Cotati, CA.
Mastered at Fantasy Studios, Berekely, CA.

Made in the U.S.A.

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
KICP 91501 Racer X With Paul Gilbert Racer X With Paul Gilbert - Street Lethal(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Pap) Nexus (3) KICP 91501 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
SH-1023 Racer X Street Lethal(LP, Album, Lab) Shrapnel Records SH-1023 US 1986 Sell This Version
RR 9705 Racer X With Paul Gilbert Racer X With Paul Gilbert - Street Lethal(LP, Album) Roadrunner Records RR 9705 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
1214 Racer X Street Lethal(Cass, Album, Unofficial) 501 1214 Thailand 1986 Sell This Version
MP32-5107 Racer X Street Lethal(CD, Album) Far East Metal Syndicate, Roadrunner Records MP32-5107 Japan 1986 Sell This Version


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May 9, 2016
I have 1 copy with a black label and another with silver. Does anyone know the significance?


January 30, 2016
edited over 2 years ago

Growing up a town away from Shrapnel Records, I recall coming alongside a late model Mercedes traveling southbound Highway 101 driven by a guy wearing a German WWII officer cap, torn tank top and fingerless black gloves and obviously rocking out. Singing at the top of his lungs as he shot down the road, I laughed when he happened to look over in full on rock scowl mode. The guy was into it. It wasn’t til later discovering Racer X that I realized that had been their singer, I imagine maybe working up parts while listening to a work in progress cassette from practice.

80’s metal eventually played out as does every “new thing”. Everyone climbs aboard the train, and the music becomes predictable and loses its exiting edges. I didn’t know who I was listening to the first time I heard Nirvana’s “Smells Like..” coming through mall speakers in Japan in 1991, but I dug it and you just knew there was no way that sound was not going to be the next welcome new thing.

Regardless of the times or the genre, a well honed talented hungry band is a force to be reckoned with. Shredding done well was/is exiting when it rises above wanking and conveys some truth, ie the honest emotions of driven players.

On this debut, you’ll hear the influences of Van Halen, Dokken’s George Lynch, Judas Priest’s Halford and Yngwie’s neoclassical riffing, as well as Paul Gilbert and Racer X kicking it hard with their own heavy rock shred thing..come for the alternate picking, stay for the lyrics like "hotter than fire". ;)