Turbo, 1986






Released April 14, 1986 by CBS Records


  • Turbo Lover
  • Locked In
  • Private Property
  • Parental Guidance
  • Rock You All Around The World
  • Out In The Cold
  • Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days
  • Hot For Love
  • Reckless


  • Rob Halford, vocals
  • K.K. Downing, guitar, synthesized guitar
  • Glenn Tipton, guitar, synthesized guitar
  • Ian Hill, bass
  • Dave Holland, drums

Recorded June – November 1985 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau

Produced by Tom Allom

Engineered by Bill ’Dog’ Dooley

Assistant Engineers, Paul Wertheimer and Sean Burrows

Mixed by Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing, Tom Allom and Bill Dooley January – February 1986 at the old & new Record Plant, Los Angeles

Mastered by Bernie Grundman, Los Angeles

Recorded and mixed exclusively on Sony Digital Tape Machines

Artwork by Doug Johnson


Turbo Lover (Hi-Octane Mix) edited and mixed by Freddy Bastone, coordinated by the Hellion Kid 

Turbo in Wikipedia

Lead Break Credits:

Turbo Lover – Glenn

Locked In – K.K: / Glenn / K.K. / Glenn (underlying melody K.K., arpeggios & run Glenn)

Private Property – Glenn

Parental Guidance – first half Glenn, second half K.K.

Rock You All Around The World – Glenn (solos and licks)

Out In The Cold – Intro Glenn, first half Glenn, second half K.K.

Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days – K.K.

Hot For Love – K.K. (harmony section both)

Reckless – intro both, solo Glenn, licks K.K

Single covers (click for more information):

 Fuel For Life video:

Fuel For Live

Compilation of promotional videos. Released 1986, CBS Fox Video Music.  VHS, Beta and Laserdisc.

-Living After Midnight

-Breaking The Law

-Don’t Go

-Heading Out To The Highway

-Hot Rockin’

-You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

-Freewheel Burning

-Love Bites

-Locked In

-Turbo Lover

K.K.’s personal comments 2016:

“The Turbo album was really quite some journey, by that I mean it all started in the south of Spain just outside of Marbella with myself, Glenn and Rob renting a house on the beach. This all sounds pretty nice, but it was cold and out of season… I remember the sessions coming together pretty well, and we eventually compiled enough material for two albums. Then we made the journey over to the Bahamas to record, and eventually ended up in Los Angeles to mix the album.

I remember well the mid-80s when there was a real good feel factor. I think generally then everything and every band seemed very vibrant and full of energy. Therefore I think the songs that were eventually selected for the album reflected that era well. We condensed all of the material we had, in order to concentrate it on a single album in the end, so as to end up with a record that did not sound like an eclectic mix of songs, but instead the result being an album that had a consistent character throughout. Quite a lot of the remaining ideas did go towards the Ram It Down album, but which ideas went into what songs I can’t specifically remember…

But I do remember well having loads of fun making the Locked In video in the old and redundant Los Angeles zoo. As I have said in interviews before, I think that it was pure sign of the times that bought about the flavour of the Turbo album, and it certainly brings back many great memories of when rock and metal were well and truly in full flight. Speaking of flying, the producers of Top Gun the movie wanted to have the song Reckless for the soundtrack and movie, but the decision was made to keep the song for Turbo.”

From K.K.’s personal scrapbook:



Turbo commercial 1

Turbo commercial 2

Turbo Lover

Locked In

Read original tourbooks:

Turbo Fax Fuel For Life Japan 1986

Fuel For Life tourdates 1986:

American tour support Dokken
2 May, Albuquerque, NM, USA
5 May, San Diego, CA, USA
8 May, Chandler, AZ, USA
9 May, Laguna Hills, CA, USA
11 May, Los Angeles, CA, USA
12 May, Los Angeles, USA
14 May, Fresno, CA, USA
15 May, Oakland, CA, USA
16 May, Sacramento, CA, USA
18 May, Tacoma, WA, USA
22 May, Kansas City, MO, USA
23 May, St. Louis, MO, USA
24 May, Chicago, IL, USA
25 May, St. Paul, MN, USA
26 May, Minneapolis, MN, USA
27 May, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
28 May, Detroit, MI, USA
29 May, Dayton, OH, USA
30 May, Cleveland, OH, USA
31 May, Landover, MD, USA

1 June, Philadelphia, PA, USA
4 June, Providence, RI, USA
5 June, Worchester, MA, USA
6 June, East Rutherford, NJ, USA
7 June, New Haven, CT, USA
8 June, Uniondale, NY, USA
13 June, Richmond, VA, USA
14 June, Charlotte, NC, USA
18 June, Miami, FL, USA
20 June, Atlanta, GA, USA
21 June, Houston, TX, USA
22 June, Austin, TX, USA
23 June, San Antonio, TX, USA
25 June, El Paso, TX, USA
26 June, Acton, TX, USA
27 June, Dallas, TX, USA
28 June, Norman, OK, USA

Canadian tour support Bon Jovi
14 July, Vancouver, Canada
16 July, Calgary, Canada
17 July, Edmonton, Canada
19 July, Winnipeg, Canada
22 July, Toronto Canada
23 July, Montreal, Canada
24 July, Quebeg, Canada
25 July, Ottawa, Canada

American tour support Krokus
29 July, Troy, NY, USA
31 July, Portland, ME, USA

3 August Toledo, OH, USA
5 August, Pittsburg, PA, USA
6 August, Cincinnati, OH, USA
8 August, Saginaw, MI, USA
9 August, Detroit, MI, USA
10 August, Poplar Greek, IL, USA
11 August, Peoria, IL, USA
12 August, Indianapolis, IN, USA
14 August, Green Bay, WI, USA
15 August, East Troy, WI, USA
16 August, Ceder Rapids, IA, USA
19 August, Wichita, KS, USA
22 August, Nashville, TN, USA
23 August, Biloxi, MS, USA
27 August, Baltimore, MD, USA
29 August, East Rutherford, NJ, USA
31 August, Toronto, Canada, support Loudness

European tour support Warlock
28 September, Zwolle, Holland
30 September, Offenbach, Germany

1 October, Offenbach, Germany
2 October, Stuttgart, Germany
3 October, Wurzburg, Germany
4 October, Winterthur, Switzerland
5 October, Munich, Germany
8 October, Madrid, Spain
9 October, Madrid, Spain
11 October, San Sebastian, Spain
13 October, Barcelona, Spain
15 October, Ludwigshafen, Germany
16 October, Saarbruggen, Germany
17 October, Essen, Germany
18 October, Brussels, Belgium
20 October, Paris, France
22 October, Hannover, Germany
23 October, Copenhagen, Denmark
24 October, Stockholm, Sweden
25 October, Gothenburg, Sweden
27 October, Oslo, Norway
29 October, Helsinki, Finland

Japan tour
3 December, Yokohama, Japan
4 December, Tokyo, Japan
6 December, Nagoya, Japan
8 December, Osaka, Japan
10 December, Osaka, Japan
11 December, Fukuoka, Japan
16 December, Honolulu, HI, USA