Tuesday, May 23, 2017

PRIDE OF LIONS - Immortal [Japanese Edition +1] Out Of Print

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One of you asked for PRIDE OF LIONS previous album "Immortal" in its Japanese Edition including a bonus track, as this Asian release has become out of print with remaining copies being sold at eBay for $155 and higher.
You are now remembering the classic Melodic Rock revolution of the '80s. A long lost age when Survivor, Foreigner and Journey ruled the Earth with their feel-good lyrics and rockin' yet melodious tunes.
With Jim Peterik at the helm, Pride Of Lions is the direct descendant of these iconic three bands in the new Century.

The first two tracks on “Immortal” are a powerful statement that AOR / Melodic Hard Rock will never die. While the first song (title track) is hooky, muscular and the riffs are actually pretty damn heavy, the second number 'Delusional' is a catchy, totally amazing commercial Melodic Rock / AOR tune.
And both tracks summarize why Pride Of Lions are the true carriers of the '80s flag in these genres: their music is extremely commercial and catchy but owns 'real rock' bite.

PRIDE OF LIONS - Immortal [Japanese Edition +1] booklet

The combination of Toby Hitchcock’s unique made-for-AOR vocals and Jim Peterik’s continuously top-shelf songwriting has proven to be a killer special combo over three albums, and the same occurs in “Immortal”.
As you would expect the material is once again very, very good and it amazes me how many pure AOR gems manage to come out of the writing pen of Peterik.

Revelling in his reputation as a master tunesmith, Peterik provides exquisite material for Hitchcock’s four-octave vocal range. All tracks are pure gold, but just to mention highlights there should be the aforementioned 'Delusional' (a free lesson of how-to write an anthem), the incredible midtempo 'Sending My Love' and the terrific power ballad 'Everything That Money Can't Buy' in the best '80s Survivor fashion.

Special mention go for 'Vital Signs', a surging little beaut conceived yet unfinished as the title cut of Survivor’s 1984 masterpiece of the same name.
Yeah, we finally hear this greeeat song that truly deserved to be listened by the masses.

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"Immortal" is simply one of the best Melodic Rock / AOR albums from the new Century and perhaps my favorite Pride Of Lions record.
It's a mature, skillfully composed & arranged album, perfectly balanced between '80s radio-ready AORish melodies and stadium fist-in-the-air melodic (sometimes hard) rockers.
KILLER


King Records Japan ~【KICP-1639】
P R I D E   O F   L I O N S 「イモータル」

01 - Immortal
02 - Delusional
03 - Tie Down The Wind
04 - Shine On
05 - Everything That Money Can't Buy
06 - Coin Of The Realm
07 - Sending My Love
08 - Vital Signs
09 - If It Doesn't Kill Me
10 - Are You The Same Girl
11 - Ask Me Yesterday
JAPANESE BONUS TRACK:
12 - Everything That Money Can't Buy (Acoustic)

Jim Peterik - vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass on 10
Toby Hitchcock - vocals
additional musicians:
Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger): drums on 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 10
Ed Breckenfeld (Jimi Jamison Band): drums on 3, 4, 6, 7, 11
Bobby Lizik: bass on 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9
Klem Hayes: bass on 3, 4, 7, 11
Mike Aquino (Mecca) : additional lead guitar on 3, 5


OUT OF PRINT
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SILENCE LOST - Pay For It (2016)

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"Pay For It" is the full length debut CD by SILENCE LOST, a 5-piece band from Switzerland. This album slipped under our radar last year, but it's never too late for a good slice of classic (melodic) hard rock.

Silence Lost has been active since 2009, released an EP and after several gigs around central Europe the band played at verious festivals including Open Air sharing stages with the likes of Bonfire, Krokus, Shakra, etc. They even toured USA, as headliners and supporting Lizzy Borden.
Silence Lost's style is classic hard rock with a generous dosage of melody and groove.

The first comparison which comes to mind after listening the first 2 tracks - 'Slaves' and 'Now' - is Gotthard, perhaps for the same country of origin, but also for the sharp riffs, pristine vocals and overall polished production.
Then title track 'Pay for It' is definitely melodic hard rock oriented, a catchy tune with an infectious chorus akin the awesome American band Stone Soup and their album 'Spooge'. Killer melodic rocker.

The contagious 'Bad Deal' rocks is the same melodious vein, then with 'Caught' enters in the balladry territory with a bit of Shakra on it.
'Show Me The Way' adds groove not far to some '90s Thunder works. The vocals take a more punchy approach on 'How Do You Feel' displaying an Americanized feel and a great guitar solo.

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'He Died for Nothing' has a vibe that reminds me of Surgin's 'Tokyo Rose' album. More straight-to-the point is the guitar driven 'In Remembrance', while 'Down at the Ocean' close the record in a midtempo mode with a slightly bluesy background.

"Pay For It" by Silence Lost is a quite solid and very well crafted debut by this Swiss band which deserve a proper listen.
There's good, well penned & arranged songs tightly performed, recorded & produced with a polished, clear production. Perhaps a skilled producer would have provided a much more dynamic sound variation, but overall, as it is, the album rocks.
Very Recommended


01 - Slaves
02 - Now
03 - Pay for It
04 - Bad Deal
05 - Caught
06 - Show Me the Way
07 - It's Time
08 - How Do You Feel
09 - He Died for Nothing
10 - In Remembrance
11 - Down at the Ocean

Mace: Vocals
Michu: Guitar, Background Vocals
Pädu: Guitar, Background Vocals
Dänu: Bass
Mirko: Drums


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LITTLE STEVEN - Soulfire (2017)

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Steven 'Little Steven' Van Zandt, the longtime guitarist of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, actor on the TV hit series The Sopranos playing the role of Silvio, and programmer of SiriusXM satellite radio's acclaimed Underground Garage channel, debuts his first solo album in two decades. LITTLE STEVEN's "Soulfire" is comprised of 12 songs including the title track, 'Saint Valentine's Day' and 'Love On The Wrong Side Of Town' written by Steven and his friend Bruce Springsteen.

Stevie Van Zandt has certainly had an interesting career.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a couple years ago, he’s rocked the world with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, co-producing the band’s core albums; he helped end apartheid in South Africa with his 'Sun City' single; portrayed mobster Silvio Dante on The Sopranos and reunited the Rascals on Broadway.
With all this, his music gets pushed off center stage, and that’s too bad.

“Soulfire,” the brand new album from Little Steven and his band Disciples Of Soul, is a gem, a work that’s at once gritty, beautiful, soulful and rocking.
Apart from the Springsteen co-writen tunes, the album comprises songs Van Zandt has written for others over the last four decades plus some new.

With a tight wrist figure flickering against an electric guitar neck, title track “Soulfire” kicks off Steven Van Zandt’s first solo project in almost 20 years with an exultant flurry of wide open vocals, horn section rising and the backbeat pushing forward.
Rocking and hot, this is a joyous invitation to live and love that breaks down to a rhythm track and an exhortative enjoinder.

Steven’s voice isn’t as bluesy as I expected, but more graveling, raspy, and this works much better with this material. The porous shaft of muscle n’ mean brings a passion that’s utterly lacking in self-consciousness.
In a world where prettified and production-enhanced voices are standard, this is a real man bringing every ounce to the table.
That commitment to the music - the sounds that made him, and that he’s intending to make - provides a deeper meaning to the Asbury Jukes’ 'I’m Coming Back'. A pledge of commitment to a lover abandoned, the brass sliding and bass throbbing fat and muscular, he reinvents an already fervent love song as a manifesto to the music.

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At a time when classic rock & roll could be deemed quaint for some music executives, feeling the vitality and need on the cascading, staccato-blasting, string-swept betrayal reckoning 'Love On The Wrong Side of Town' and the thundering pound down 'Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre' are their own urgency. Beyond memory lane, these forms, properly rendered, are as dynamic as ever.
'I Don’t Want to Go Home' is powered by an organ bed, electric piano and background harmonies for a sound approaching rock ‘n’ roll gospel. Great one.

As a songwriter and producer, Van Zandt’s genius is he’s able to unlock the secret to combining expert musicianship with a vibrant immediacy. Here, the songs jump out at you.
There are sharp guitar riffs, drum shuffles, real horns, background singers, percussive accents, rave ups, orchestral flourishes and more, all dazzling to the ear and motion-inducing to the hip and foot.
Little Steven's "Soulfire" is a true homage to his roots, and at the same time to American classic rock from the last forty decades.
Highly Recommended


01 - Soulfire
02 - I'm Coming Back
03 - Blues Is My Business
04 - I Saw The Light
05 - Some Things Just Don't Change
06 - Love On The Wrong Side Of Town
07 - The City Weeps Tonight
08 - Down And Out In New York City
09 - Standing In The Line Of Fire
10 - Saint Valentine's Day
11 - I Don't Want To Go Home
12 - Ride The Night Away

Stevie Van Zandt - vocals, guitar
Marc Ribler - guitars
Andy Burton - Hammond B3, piano, Wurlitzer
Clifford Carter - keyboards
Jack Daley - bass
Rich Mercurio - drums
Daniel Sadownick - Percussion
Steven Salcedo - sax
Stan Harrison - flute, sax (tenor)
Jonathan Dinklage - strings
Eddie Manion, S. Jankowski, J. Martin, I. Gray, M. Davis - horns
The Persuasions, Martha Redbone, Cindy Mizelle, Tawatha Agee - backing vocals


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Monday, May 22, 2017

WIGELIUS - Reinventions {Japan Edition +1}

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"Reinventions" is the debut CD from WIGELIUS, one of the more interesting young acts recently emerged from the hotbed of AOR Sweden. This quite hard to find (and expensive) Japanese Edition includes an exclusive bonus track.

The band is built around the talents of youthful vocalist Anders Wigelius who's also is pretty skilled on the guitar / keyboards and possesses an admiration for Richard Marx, Journey, Foreigner and Toto. His voice is made to sing in the AOR / Melodic Hard Rock top division.
Anders's older brother Erik Wigelius is playing the drums and with Jake Svensson on guitars and Chris "Wielbass" Pettersson on the bass, they have created a disc full of catchy songs and tasteful melodies; their debut "Reinventions".

The first thing that grabs me about "Reinventions" is the rather tight & crisp production courtesy of Daniel Flores (who is the mastermind behind such acts as Issa), as the sonics will instantly get hooked any AOR aficionado.
"Angeline" is a great opening song with mega-strong vocals and a screaming guitar sound that offers everything expected (and more) from this type of release with smooth instrumentation, neat backing vocalisation and a catchy chorus.

The singer's performance takes center-stage once again on "Talking About Love" with all those aforementioned multi-platinum selling influences quite evident, great choral arrangements and song structure.
It's on tunes like "Do You Really Know" and "Next To Me" where that the true potential of Anders shines through in all its glory, and just take a listen to "My Cassandra", a modern day classic of the genre if ever there was one.



It's also great to hear the Wigelius band showing their harder rocking roots on "Piece Of The Action", "Too Young To Fall In Love" is pure melodic rock with a crunchy guitar but loads of keyboards and harmony vocals, while "Right Here Right Now" is a classic semi-midtempo Scandi melodic rocker that reminds you 80s Treat in style but with a modern production.
"Love Can Be That Much' is a simple beautiful acoustic piece with the softened tones of Wigelius and a spot on choral hook. There's no reason with the right promotion this couldn't dent worldwide markets, it's simply too good a tune to slip under the musical radar.

"Hold On To Love" is another solid, catchy commercial showing, and this theme continues into "There Is No Me Without You" and here I think the title gives the tune away. Yeah you guessed it, it's a piano driven love song, again with this track the global possibilities for Wigelius are glaringly evident.
"Reinventions" closes on a high with "I Reach Out" drawing a line under a collection of songs that the guys should be extremely proud of.
The Japanese bonus track is "Piece Of The Action [Acoustic Version]", recorded in a lively manner, more uptempo and festive than I expected. Very good version

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There is a new wave of high quality AOR / Melodic Rock artists coming from Sweden such as Eclipse, Houston, Work Of Art, H.E.A.T and for shure you can add Wigelius to that list.
"Reinventions" delivers a collection of polished gems superbly crafted and masterly performed in the best tradition of the genre, with an updated sound.
This music is irresistible. Period.

You've seen it first here, at 0dayrox


Spinning Records Japan ~ SPIN-39
R e i n v e n t i o n s / W I G E L I U S

01. Angeline
02. Talking About Love
03. Do You Really Know
04. Next To Me
05. My Cassandra
06. Piece Of The Action
07. Too Young To Fall In Love
08. Right Here, Right Now
09. Love Can Be That Much
10. Hold On To Love
11. There Is No Me Without You
12. I Reach Out
JAPAN BONUS TRACK:
13. Piece Of The Action [Acoustic Version]

Anders Wigelius: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Jake Svensson: Guitars, Backing vocals
Chris "Wielbass" Pettersson: Bass, Backing vocals
Erik Wigelius: Drums, Backing vocals


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

T'PAU - The Virgin Anthology [CD4 - The Promise remastered + B-Sides] (2017)

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After the huge success of the 'Bridge of Spies' Remastered Expanded Edition (featured on this blog) Universal Music / Virgin Records have been working on a follow-up release titled "T'Pau - The Virgin Anthology 4CD Box Set", to coincide with the 30 year Anniversary of the band blasting on to the music scene making their mark overseas as well as at home in the United Kingdom.

"T'Pau - The Virgin Anthology" includes 4 discs housed in an extremely impressive Super Deluxe Edition box set that brings together two discs of rare remixes and edits (singles and associated tracks) across all three Virgin albums along with half a dozen demo recordings from the band’s heyday.
A couple of further CDs include the final two (Virgin) albums 'Rage' and 'The Promise', remastered & expanded versions with bonus tracks appended.

The 4th and final CD in this Anthology includes a digitally remastered 'The Promise' which made the top ten back in June 1991 and went gold. This album was very underrated back in the day.
In typical T'Pau style, this album features an again diverse plethora of tunes. You've got a catchy dance number that opens the CD called 'Soul Destruction.'

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Then the oh-so compulsory ballads including 'Only A Heartbeat' and 'A Place In My Heart', and midtempos 'Whenever You Need Me,' 'Walk on Air,' 'Hold On To Love,'
And where would a T'Pau album be without a track with a syncopated sequence on; well you've got two: 'Strange Place' and 'One Direction.'
'Whenever You Need Me' gave the band a higher chart position than before the second album 'Rage'.

The three B-Sides included on this disc are 'All The Love,' 'Dirty Town' and 'Hold On To Love (Acoustic)'.
'All The Love' is another example of a song that has only been on cassette / vinyl so it will be great having this track on CD for the first time, as it's such a great tune.


Disc 4 : 'The Promise' remastered + B-Sides

01 - Soul Destruction
02 - Whenever You Need Me
03 - Walk On Air
04 - Made Of Money
05 - Hold On To Love
06 - Strange Place
07 - One Direction
08 - Only A Heartbeat
09 - The Promise
10 - A Place In My Heart
11 - Man And Woman
12 - Purity
BONUS TRACKS:
13 - All The Love (B-Side)
14 - Dirty Town (B-Side)
15 - Hold On To Love (Acoustic) (B-Side)


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T'PAU - The Virgin Anthology [CD3 - Rage remastered + B-Sides] (2017)

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After the huge success of the 'Bridge of Spies' Remastered Expanded Edition (featured on this blog) Universal Music / Virgin Records have been working on a follow-up release titled "T'Pau - The Virgin Anthology 4CD Box Set", to coincide with the 30 year Anniversary of the band blasting on to the music scene making their mark overseas as well as at home in the United Kingdom.

"T'Pau - The Virgin Anthology" includes 4 discs housed in an extremely impressive Super Deluxe Edition box set that brings together two discs of rare remixes and edits (singles and associated tracks) across all three Virgin albums along with half a dozen demo recordings from the band’s heyday.
A couple of further CDs include the final two (Virgin) albums 'Rage' and 'The Promise', remastered & expanded versions with bonus tracks appended.

Disc 3 houses a digitally remastered 'Rage,' the band's second Platinum selling album, released in the Autumn of 1988.
Also included on this disc as bonus tracks are 6 of the B-Sides from the singles' that were issued from this album.

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All of the B-Sides are great.
'Road To Our Dream' instrumental is beautiful and has a habit of sending shivers down your spine as it's very thought provoking. Also 'Time Of Our Lives' and 'Call Me' are delicious tunes that deserved to be included on the regular release.

'Crying' is also a B-Side on this disc. It was recorded quite early on in the band's career for the purpose of it being featured in a film, but at the last minute, the band was told they couldn't use it. Carol Ann Decker sings this song with such passion and puts her all in it. Was a shame it couldn't be used.
'You Never Notice Me' live at The Hammersmith Odeon is also a B-Side and features on the disc and I know how much of a fan favourite this is.


Disc 3 : 'Rage' remastered + B-Sides

01 - Arms Of Love
02 - Only The Lonely
03 - Running Away
04 - Between The Lines
05 - Road To Our Dream
06 - Island
07 - Heaven
08 - Taking Time Out
09 - Secret Garden
10 - Time Will Tell
11 - This Girl
BONUS TRACKS:
12 - Time Of Our Lives (B-Side)
13 - Call Me (B-Side)
14 - Road To Our Dream (Instrumental) (B-Side)
15 - Crying (B-Side)
16 - You Never Notice Me (Live Hammersmith) (B-Side)
17 - Downtown (Live At Oxford) (B-Side)


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T'PAU - The Virgin Anthology [CD2 - Remixes, Rarities And Demos] (2017)

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After the huge success of the 'Bridge of Spies' Remastered Expanded Edition (featured on this blog) Universal Music / Virgin Records have been working on a follow-up release titled "T'Pau - The Virgin Anthology 4CD Box Set", to coincide with the 30 year Anniversary of the band blasting on to the music scene making their mark overseas as well as at home in the United Kingdom.

"T'Pau - The Virgin Anthology" includes 4 discs housed in an extremely impressive Super Deluxe Edition box set that brings together two discs of rare remixes and edits (singles and associated tracks) across all three Virgin albums along with half a dozen demo recordings from the band’s heyday.
A couple of further CDs include the final two (Virgin) albums 'Rage' and 'The Promise', remastered & expanded versions with bonus tracks appended.

Disc 2 is the one that will get the fans talking and as far as completist's are concerned, their curiosity will get the better of them.
Titled 'Remixes, Rarities and Demos,' it is discs like this in any collection that are the talking point and houses the previously hard to get hold of and previously unheard.

'Rage,' the bands second Platinum selling album issued in 1988, was to be released in Canada early 1989. Four tracks from this album were remixed for this release, and the tracks were 'Only The Lonely,' 'Arms of Love,' 'Running Away' and 'Island.'
The only one of these remixes that was available in the UK was 'Only The Lonely-Guitar Remix' as this was the version that was released as a single over here.

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The other three mixes, to this day, have never been released world-wide.
Fans still search the internet trying to get hold of a copy, the majority unsuccessful.
Those three mixes are included on this disc and getting hold of these mixes has been 28 years in the making!
These are great tracks and back in 1988/89 there was talk of releasing the remixed version of 'Island' as a single in the UK. Now that would have been a great move as this version of 'Island' really rawks.
Ah, and I love the AOR Mix of 'Bridge Of Spies'...


Disc 2 : Remixes, Rarities And Demos [remastered]

01 - Bridge Of Spies (AOR Mix)
02 - Arms Of Love (Canadian Remix)
03 - Running Away (Canadian Remix)
04 - Island (Canadian Remix)
05 - Only The Lonely (Nightmare Mix)
06 - Whenever You Need Me (Extended Mix)
07 - Whenever You Need Me (Requiem Remix)
08 - Soul Destruction (Extended Remix)
09 - Soul Destruction (Heavy Bliss Remix)
10 - Heart And Soul (Demo Version)
11 - I Will Be With You (Demo Version)
12 - Soul Destruction (Demo Version)
13 - Whenever You Need Me (Demo Version)
14 - Only A Heartbeat (Demo Version)
15 - The Promise (Demo Version)


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T'PAU - The Virgin Anthology [CD1 - The Singles] (2017)

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After the huge success of the 'Bridge of Spies' Remastered Expanded Edition (featured on this blog) Universal Music / Virgin Records have been working on a follow-up release titled "T'Pau - The Virgin Anthology 4CD Box Set", to coincide with the 30 year Anniversary of the band blasting on to the music scene making their mark overseas as well as at home in the United Kingdom.

"T'Pau - The Virgin Anthology" includes 4 discs housed in an extremely impressive Super Deluxe Edition box set that brings together two discs of rare remixes and edits (singles and associated tracks) across all three Virgin albums along with half a dozen demo recordings from the band’s heyday.
A couple of further CDs include the final two (Virgin) albums 'Rage' and 'The Promise', remastered & expanded versions with bonus tracks appended.

Since the original lineup of the band split at the end of 1991, there has been many incarnations of greatest hits' releases. But none ave ever included 'all' of the band's single releases, which would have been a real big deal for the fans.
Also, some of the releases don't even have the 'single' version of some of the songs, instead using songs like the album versions of 'China In Your Hand,' 'Sex Talk' and 'Only The Lonely.'

Well, Disc 1 of the Anthology has 'all' of the band's singles from 'Heart and Soul' to 'Only a Heartbeat' in their single formats.
This is why this disc is one of my favourite's in the Anthology.

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This is a big deal for T'Pau fans.
Yes, we can compile the same list on our iTunes account or on our iPod, but it's not the same as having them on a 30th Anniversary collection, or any kind of release/collection.
This is a coup for any completist.


Disc 1 : The Virgin Singles [remastered]

01 - Heart And Soul
02 - China In Your Hand
03 - Valentine
04 - Sex Talk (Live)
05 - I Will Be With You
06 - Bridge Of Spies (US Single Edit)
07 - Secret Garden
08 - Road To Our Dream
09 - Only The Lonely (Guitar Remix)
10 - Whenever You Need Me
11 - Walk On Air
12 - Soul Destruction (Single Remix)
13 - Only A Heartbeat


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Friday, May 19, 2017

FOREIGNER - 40 [1977 Forty Hits From Forty Years 2017]

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In 1977, FOREIGNER released their self-titled debut album which featured hits such as Feels Like the First Time and Cold As Ice. Now, 40 years later, the group celebrates their 40th Anniversary with "40: Hits From Forty Years 1977-2017", a 2-CD release including ALL the band's best tunes with a fresh remastered sound plus 3 new recordings.

With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular Rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million.
At Foreigner's core is founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones, the visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate Foreigner's influence.

Of course, all the 16 single 7'' hits of the band are included, all of which have landed in the Top 30 chart.
But there's also "Too Late", a song which until now was only available on the retrospective 'No End In Sight' (2008), and for the fist time remastered here.
"The Flame Still Burns" has only been heard on the vinyl EP of the same name and, "I Do not Want To Live Without You" and "Give My Life For Love" were completely re-recorded by the band especially for this release.

FOREIGNER - 40 [1977 Forty Hits From Forty Years 2017]

"40: Hits From Forty Years 1977-2017" is a must have for all Rock music aficionados, a mammoth 40-track collection of hit after hit.


CD ONE
01 - Feels Like The First Time (Remastered)
02 - Starrider (Remastered)
03 - Cold As Ice (Remastered)
04 - Long, Long Way From Home (Remastered)
05 - Headknocker (Remastered)
06 - Hot Blooded (Remastered)
07 - Double Vision (Remastered)
08 - Blue Morning, Blue Day (Remastered)
09 - Dirty White Boy (Remastered)
10 - Head Games (Remastered)
11 - Women (Remastered)
12 - Urgent (Remastered)
13 - Juke Box Hero (Remastered)
14 - Waiting For A Girl Like You (Remastered)
15 - Night Life (Remastered)
16 - Luanne (Remastered)
17 - I Want To Know What Love Is (Remastered)
18 - That Was Yesterday (Remastered)
19 - Tooth And Nail (Remastered)
20 - Reaction To Action (Remastered)
21 - Down On Love (Remastered)

CD TWO
01 - Heart Turns To Stone (Remastered)
02 - Can't Wait (Remastered)
03 - Lowdown And Dirty (Remastered)
04 - Soul Doctor (Remastered)
05 - White Lie (Single Version) (Remastered)
06 - Rain (Remastered)
07 - All I Need To Know (Remastered)
08 - Too Late (Remastered)
09 - When It Comes To Love (Remastered)
10 - Can't Slow Down (Remastered)
11 - In Pieces (Remastered)
12 - Fool For You Anyway (Remastered)
13 - Say You Will (Acoustic) (Remastered)
14 - Save Me (Remastered)
15 - Girl On The Moon (Remastered)
16 - Break It Up (Remastered)
17 - I Don't Want To Live Without You (New Recording)
18 - Give My Life For Love (New Recording)
19 - The Flame Still Burns (New Recording)

Vocals - Lou Gramm , Kelly Hansen , Chaz West , Johnny Edwards
Guitar - Mick Jones , Ian McDonald , Thom Gimbel , Johnny Edwards
Bass - Ed Gagliardi , Jeff Pilson , Bruce Turgon , Rick Wills
Keys - Al Greenwood , Ian McDonald , Michael Bluestein , Paul Mirkovich , Jeff Jacobs , Larry Oakes , Bob Mayo , Peter Reilich
Drums - Dennis Elliot , Chris Frazer , Jason Sutter , Brian Tichy , Bryan Head , Jason Bonham , Denny Carmassi , Ron Wikso , Larry Aberman , Marc Shulman
Saxophone - Ian McDonald , Thom Gimbel , Mark Rivera


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SHADOWMAN (Steve Overland of FM) - Secrets And Lies (2017)

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It's been six years since the last album from UK AOR super group SHADOWMAN, but they're back 2017 with their fifth studio album, "Secrets And Lies", released today. The band personnel remains stable with members from FM (Steve Overland, vocals), Heartland (Steve Harris, guitar), and Thunder (Chris Childs and Harry James, bass and drums respectively).
Original FM keyboardist Didge Digital drops by to add his synth magic.

Apart from the classic line-up, on this new effort Shadowman maintains its quality both in songwriting and production.
Basically and essentially, with "Secrets And Lies", you have five very talented veterans of the genre laying down some genuine and creative AOR / melodic rock. It's merely a fusion of their respective personal and professional experience from their respective bands.

Breaking this down a little more, Shadowman delivers the AOR / Melodic Rock essentials. Overland sings melodic and smooth, with a soulful sometimes bluesy delivery. He's backed up by harmonious vocal arrangements, mostly done by himself.
Melody and harmony, rhythm and groove, envelope every arrangement whether by those vocals, the guitar lines, or the touch of keyboard accent and atmosphere. The songs also turn on catchy hooks in composition, often the chorus, largely the melody. All these things are punctuated by Harris's solid and spicy straight up hard rock guitar solos.
In other words, it's the perfect storm of Melodic Rock punch and AOR sensitiveness for Shadowman and listeners.

'Gravity' and 'Atomatic' are in the vein of the very first Shadowman record, with that kind of 2000's AOR atmosphere that works so well for the band.
There's catchy rockers like 'Contagious', title track 'Secrets & Lies', the heavier 'No Smoke Without Fire', and the groovy 'Good Times Bad Times'. A song like 'Be True To Yourself' is an arena ready anthem, crunchy in the guitar line and soaring vocals.
Shadowman lightens up for some ballads, as expected, with the effective 'Face The Night' and 'Put It All On Love'. The former has a smooth vocal arrangement, the latter a lovely twist of synths from Didge Digital.

SHADOWMAN (Steve Overland of FM) - Secrets And Lies (2017) inside

"Secrets And Lies" is an album that brings together the sound and experience from all Shadowman's members, that being a mix of FM, Heartland and in lesser degree, Thunder.
In short, classy British Melodic Rock / AOR with an '80s feel and an updated production, handled by Morris / Overland. and mixed and mastered by the great Martin Kronlund (Lover Under Cover, Gypsy Rose).
HIGHLY Recommended


01 - Gravity
02 - Automatic
03 - Put It All on Love
04 - Contagious
05 - Broken Bones
06 - Best Things in Life
07 - Face the Night
08 - No Smoke Without Fire
09 - Good Times, Bad Times
10 - Be True to Yourself
11 - Secrets and Lies
12 - Stand up and Be Counted

Steve Overland (vocals)
Steve Morris (guitar, keyboards)
Chris Childs (bass)
Harry James (drums)
Didge Digital (synths, keyboards)


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www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Lies-Shadowman/dp/B06XS9CKFN
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