Sunday, November 18, 2018

MADISON (Goran Edman) - Best In Show [Digitally Remastered +2] (2018)

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Thanks to Pride & Joy Records whom seems to be jumped as well into the reissue / remastered wagon, here's another Swedish outfit from the mid-Eighties which deserve to be listened by all Melodic Hard Rock aficionados; MADISON, featuring talented Goran Edman. "Best In Show" is their second and final album, only released in Japan and very hard to find for decades.
Now "Best In Show [Digitally Remastered +2]" has been tweaked with a vibrant, bright remastering job and featuring two bonus tracks, including the rare Japan maxi single 'The Tale', for the first time on CD.

After a quite rocking debut album, Madison's second effort "Best In Show" is much more melodic and accessible according to times, 1986, featuring the earlier flexes of the Goran Edman vocal chords.
This melodic hard rock in the Scandinavian vein, but with a twist.

What separated Madison from so many others of the time is that you always had the sense that there were more possibilities at hand, a certain sense of potential grandeur and this is backed up by tracks such as 'Out of the Bunker' where there is a feeling of the epic creeping in, sort of a band very much of hard rockers proving that they knew all about the heartbeat of metal as well.

And further evidence that they also were ready for the commercial Europe style of The Final Countdown comes from the melodies and hooks of 'World Wide Man' and many other tracks here.
Additionally, the band's sound is different thanks to the very 'North American' vocal styling by Edman, not so common into a Scandi band from the era.



"Best In Show" is a quite unknown - as it is Madison - Scandinavian melodic hard rock album from the '80s, perhaps because only was release in Japan. It's a very good collection of elaborated tunes in the genre, with an occasional straight hard rocker for good effect. And you can hear a young Goran Edman with all his potential.
Limited edition of 1000 copies, so get yours asap.
HIGHLY Recommended

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01 - Oh Rendez Vous
02 - Carry On
03 - Can't Take It
04 - Drama (instrumental)
05 - Shine
06 - Look In Your Eyes
07 - Give It Back (remixed version)
08 - Out Of The Bunker
09 - World Wide Man
10 - Hotel Party
BONUS TRACKS:
11 - Mental Masturbation (Bonus Track)
12 - The Tale (Bonus Track)

Goran Edman - Vocals
Anders Kalsson - Guitars/backing vocals
Mikael Myllynen - Guitars
Conny Sunqvist - Bass/backing vocals
Peter Fredrickson - Drums/backing vocals


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MIKE TRAMP - The Bootleg Series [Private 7-CD Box] Disc 7 Mike & Oliver Brothers For Life *Exclusive*

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Here's the remaining disc from the superb MIKE TRAMP's "The Bootleg Series", a private 7-CD Box collection released some time ago in a very, very limited quantity only via Tramp's website.
This Box includes all Mike Tramp recordings since his early days with STUDS, then DANISH LIONS, WHITE LION'S pre-production / unreleased stuff, and more.
The name "Bootleg Series" is just to give the release some 'charm'. I assure that the sound quality is not 'bootleg' at all, but mostly excellent, first rate.

Disc 7 features the Mike Tramp recordings with his friend Oliver Steffensen. They meet in Spain, 1982, when Tramp was living in Madrid with the rest of Mabel / Studs members, his first band by the time re-named Lion / Danish Lions. The group was searching for another guitarist, and Steffensen came from Denmark to join.
Soon the band went to New York for the first time and spent 6 months playing the club circuit, and meanwhile Mike and Oliver become friends. When Lion / Danish Lions broke up, friendship continued.

Several years later, when White Lion disbanded in the early Nineties, Tramp called Oliver asking him to form a new band together. Both moved to L.A. and started to write new songs.
At the end of 1991 both went into the studio to record their first 5 songs. Many more followed, and soon the project was taking a name: Freak Of Nature, Mike Tramp's band post-White Lion.

There's 8-track home demos here like 'Flowers and 'If You Gonna Hurt Me', but tracks 8, 9, 10 and 11 were recorded by renowned Jimbo Barton and mixed by Michel Wagener with professional quality.
Freak Of Nature officially born and started playing the LA circuit. At the time, Mike and Oliver were the only songwriters in the band, but they had a lot of songs ready, and two record companies were interested to sing up the band.
But suddenly, Oliver decided to return to Denmak due to personal reasons.
Freak Of Nature found other guitarist and the rest is history.

MIKE TRAMP - The Bootleg Series [Private 7-CD Box] Disc 7 Mike & Oliver Brothers For Life - inlay

However, both musicians keep in contact, and when Freak Of Nature broke up and Tramp was planning his debut as solo artist, Oliver returned to America to work with him again. Tracks 12 to 15 on this CD were written by Oliver / Mike in the mid-90s, and recorded at Tramp's home studio.
Later, Oliver contributed songwriting for all Mike Tramp solo albums, continuing a friendship as real 'brothers for life'.

Unknown and very good stuff from Mike Tramp here, written and recorded with his friend and band mate Oliver Steffensen, all unreleased material.
A true collector's item


01 - Get Out Of My Way
02 - Ready To Go
03 - Too Much To Drink
04 - Real Life
05 - Things Aren't What They Used To Be
06 - Flowers
07 - If You Gonna Hurt Me
08 - Taking Out My Old Guitar
09 - Walking The Thin Line
10 - I Will Fight No More
11 - Disturbing The Peace
12 - Show Me The Way To Heaven
13 - Get Me Out Of Here
14 - Words Don't Count
15 - One Love


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MIKE TRAMP - The Bootleg Series [Private 7-CD Box] Disc 6 WHITE LION Mane Attraction Start To Finish *Exclusive*

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Here's the remaining discs from the superb MIKE TRAMP's "The Bootleg Series", a private 7-CD Box collection released some time ago in a very, very limited quantity only via Tramp's website.
This Box includes all Mike Tramp recordings since his early days with STUDS, then DANISH LIONS, WHITE LION'S pre-production / unreleased stuff, and more.
The name "Bootleg Series" is just to give the release some 'charm'. I assure that the sound quality is not 'bootleg' at all, but mostly excellent, first rate.

Disc 6 'Mane Attraction Start To Finish' is exactly what its title promises: the complete creative process of White Lion's fourth studio album Mane Attraction, from 8-track songwriting takes to professionally recorded pre-production demos with excellent sound quality.

It's the entire Amigo Studio sessions, all the recordings. Many versions are pretty different to the final LP songs, and include the great, unreleased "Back On The Streets" which did not make into the album tracklist.
It also includes Vito and Mike's 8-track home demos from the early stage of the song writing that took place at the legendary Oakwood apartments in North Hollywood.

Both musicians took the necessary time to polish the songs, refine the arrangements and discard many ideas that didn't worked for them.
Once Richie Zito came on board as producer, they did more re-writing, because Zito was truly involved with the creation of Mane Attraction.

According to Tramp, as example, Zito didn't like the title and lyrics "Like a Dog" so it became "Leave me Alone", and the bridge section for "It's Over" was re-worked 5 to 6 times.
"Warsong" isn't here, simply because it was written later in the studio while recording the album and the band & Zito decided to include it into the LP final tracklist (Mane Attraction song #7).

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Honestly, listening to these pre-production takes, all are so well recorded with attention to detail that easily could have been the final product.
As said, many songs are quite different to the finally heard in 'Main Attraction'.
Another excellent CD from this superb Box Set.
A true collector's item


01 - Time To Wonder
02 - Back On The Streets
03 - Love Don't Come Easy
04 - Out With The Boys
05 - She's Got Everything
06 - It's Over
07 - All That I Need
08 - Broken Heart
09 - Death Do Us Part
10 - Leave Me Alone
11 - Farewell To You
12 - Lights And Thunder (8 Track Demo)
13 - Love Don't Come Easy (8 Track Demo)
14 - Till Death Do Us Part (8 Track Demo)
15 - You're All I Need (8 Track Demo)
16 - Like A Dog (8 Track Demo)


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MIKE TRAMP - The Bootleg Series [Private 7-CD Box] Disc 5 WHITE LION Big Game Demos *Exclusive*

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Here's the remaining discs from the superb MIKE TRAMP's "The Bootleg Series", a private 7-CD Box collection released some time ago in a very, very limited quantity only via Tramp's website.
This Box includes all Mike Tramp recordings since his early days with STUDS, then DANISH LIONS, WHITE LION'S pre-production / unreleased stuff, and more.
The name "Bootleg Series" is just to give the release some 'charm'. I assure that the sound quality is not 'bootleg' at all, but mostly excellent, first rate.

Disc 5 features the high quality pre-production recordings from White Lion's album "Big Game".
Only just a month after finishing 18th month touring the world, White Lion were back in the studio in Los Angeles, doing pre-production with Michael Wagener at the knobs.

According to Mike Tramp, it was a strange feeling for the band being back into the studio, even if it was only the demo stage of the their new album.
Vito and Mike had spent a week in a Palm Springs Motel writing / polishing most of the material for 'Big Game'.

Compared to 'Pride' which they wrote and played over a 3 year period, the creation of the 'Big Game' album turned a bit too rushed for them, but results were more than satisfactory with some of the best songs in the band's history.
The demos tell a bit of the story about the 'pressure' from the recording label to get a new album as soon as possible.

MIKE TRAMP - The Bootleg Series [Private 7-CD Box] Disc 5 WHITE LION Big Game Demos - inlay

These demos sound terrific, and some songs, in my opinion, have a better feeling than the definitive versions that ended into the LP.
Also included on this CD as bonus are a longer version of "Cherokee" and "Cry For Freedom" unplugged (complete with keyboard arrangements), that being the last recording Vito and Mike did together in February '91. Fabulous stuff.

This is one of my favorite CD's from this already awesome Box-set.
A true collector's item


01 - Goin' Home Tonight
02 - Baby Be Mine
03 - Don't Say It's Over
04 - Broken Home
05 - If My Mind Is Evil
06 - Cry For Freedom
07 - Dirty Woman
08 - Living On The Edge
09 - Let's Get Crazy
10 - Little Fighter
11 - Till Death Do Us Part
BONUS TRACKS:
12 - Cherokee (Acoustic, Feb. 1991)
13 - Cry For Freedom (Acoustic, Feb. 1991)


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MIKE TRAMP - The Bootleg Series [Private 7-CD Box] Disc 4 WHITE LION Pride Take One 86 *Exclusive*

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Today we are presenting a must have collectors item: MIKE TRAMP's "The Bootleg Series", a private 7-CD Box collection released some time ago in a very, very limited quantity only via Tramp's website.
This Box includes all Mike Tramp recordings since his early days with STUDS, then DANISH LIONS, WHITE LION'S pre-production / unreleased stuff, and more.
The name "Bootleg Series" is just to give the release some 'charm'. I assure that the sound quality is not 'bootleg' at all, but mostly excellent, first rate.

Disc 4 is features the process of WHITE LION album Pride, from working tapes to the original recording in Germany later discarded. If you love "Pride", this unreleased set will KILL you.

This is indeed, Pride Take One ‘86. This is the full album recorded and mixed at Hotline studio Frankfurt in ‘86, and includes "Say Goodbye" which is not on the '87 Atlantic Records album.
No more than a minute after they mixed the last song, the band knew that this wasn't what they want to be their next album. It was reconfirmed when the band managers George and Michael picked Vito and Mike up from Kennedy airport, and all listened to it in the car stereo.

White Lion spent the next half-year re-writing and re-arranging the songs, and in January went out to Los Angeles to record the "Pride" album again, with Michael Wagener as producer.

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Many of the versions in this early recording / mix are very different from what became the final album a year later. Also included on this CD, are the original demos / working tapes the band did in Brooklyn before going to Germany.

A true collector's item


01 - Hungry (Work Tape)
02 - Lonely Nights (Work Tape)
03 - Sweet Little Lovin' (Work Tape)
04 - Say Goodbye (Work Tape)
05 - Turn It Up (Work Tape)
06 - Wait (Work Tape)
07 - All Join Our Hands (Work Tape)

08 - Hungry (The Original Recording)
09 - Lonely Nights (The Original Recording)
10 - Sweet Little Lovin' (The Original Recording)
11 - Say Goodbye (The Original Recording)
12 - Lady Of The Valley (The Original Recording)
13 - All Join Our Hands (The Original Recording)
14 - Tell Me (The Original Recording)
15 - Turn It Up (The Original Recording)
16 - Wait (The Original Recording)
17 - When The Children Cry (The Original Recording)


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Saturday, November 17, 2018

MIKE TRAMP - The Bootleg Series [Private 7-CD Box] Disc 3 WHITE LION Unreleased 83-85 *Exclusive*

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Today we are presenting a must have collectors item: MIKE TRAMP's "The Bootleg Series", a private 7-CD Box collection released some time ago in a very, very limited quantity only via Tramp's website.
This Box includes all Mike Tramp recordings since his early days with STUDS, then DANISH LIONS, WHITE LION'S pre-production / unreleased stuff, and more.
The name "Bootleg Series" is just to give the release some 'charm'. I assure that the sound quality is not 'bootleg' at all, but mostly excellent, first rate.

Disc 3 is a must listen; the very, very first WHITE LION recordings plus unreleased tracks.
May 24th 1983 was the day the Brooklyn Bridge turned 100 years and it was the day that the first line up of White Lion walked in to a New York City studio with Kool And The Gang Producer Eumir Deodato, to cut its first demo.
The band’s manager Danny Portilla, who also had been the one convincing Mabel aka Studs aka Lion to come to New York, hocked his Rolex watch to pay for this recording session, plus borrowed money from a few old girlfriends who showed up at the studio.

The band walked out of the studio 8 Am in the morning on the 25th, with 4 songs on a tape, but not sure of what the hell had been going on for the past 24 hours. These the first 4 tracks here; 'Deep in Love with You', 'Two People', 'Rock You Tonight' and 'Evil Angels', all written by Mike. It's the first recording of Vito and Mike, bass player Bruce Terkildsen and drummer Mike Arbeny.

August 1983 Vito and Mike are back in the studio, this time with two hired guns as rhythm section. This would also be the birth of the Bratta -Tramp songwriting team. Few weeks early they wrote 'Broken Heart', 'The Road to Valhalla' and 'How Does it Feel'.
Also from this session, is yet another go at Mike’s 'Rock You Tonight'.
1983 would end with a new White Lion line up featuring drummer Nicky Capozzi and bassist Felix Robinson. 1984 brought White Lion's first album 'Fight to Survive' into the world. And the year ended with Felix being fired and Ricky retiring.

So White Lion started 1985 with a new line up. Bassist Dave Spitz and drummer Greg D'angelo were now the beat and grove of the band. And all felt pretty good for quite a while. The band played and rehearsed as much as possible, and during that time frequently set up their gear on the stage of L'Amour Rock capital of Brooklyn. Tracks 9-17 are recorded live there the band's sound-man Joe Star.

MIKE TRAMP - The Bootleg Series [Private 7-CD Box] Disc 3 WHITE LION Unreleased 83-85 back cover

It was an interesting time, cause Vito and Tramp somehow started to write songs by themselves. The only problem was when Mike would bring down a song Vito would just only hack his way through the song and never put any of that 'Vito magic' into playing it.
'Wasted City', 'I'm on my Way', 'Tonight We’ll Change It' and 'The Rock is Falling ' (which became 'If I live Tomorrow' for Tramp's Capricorn album) are the Mike Tramp solo penned songs here.

Same problem happened when Vito would bring down one of his songs. The vocal melody would be so hard to sing and most time way to high for Tramp, cause Vito had just been sitting there singing it in a falsetto, and now giving it to Tramp to scream out. '
The Last Time', is one of Vito's own written songs, so listen and judge for yourself.
But their managers straightened them out and never again would Bratta-Tramp write on their own, and they soon got back on track with 'Ride Through The Storm', 'Rock to the Top', 'We Rock all Night' and 'Early Warning'.

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Just a few weeks after the last recording session, Dave Spitz left the band to join Tony Iommi's Black Sabbath. But White Lion were still on a roll, and not long after Dave's departure, a longhaired, tanned good-looking kid by the name of James Lomenzo came in from California to join the band.
The rest is history.

Great, rare and very interesting recordings.
A collector's item (more to come...)


01 - Deep In Love With You
02 - Two People
03 - Rock You Tonight
04 - Evil Angels
05 - After A Broken Heart
06 - How Does It Feel
07 - Rock You Tonight
08 - The Road To Valhalla
09 - Wasted City
10 - I'm On My Way
11 - Tonight We'll Change It
12 - The Rock Is Falling
13 - Ride Through The Storm
14 - Rock To The Top
15 - The Last Time
16 - We Rock All Night
17 - Early Warning


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MIKE TRAMP - The Bootleg Series [Private 7-CD Box] Disc 2 DANISH LIONS - *Exclusive*

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Today we are presenting a must have collectors item: MIKE TRAMP's "The Bootleg Series", a private 7-CD Box collection released some time ago in a very, very limited quantity only via Tramp's website.
This Box includes all Mike Tramp recordings since his early days with STUDS, then DANISH LIONS, WHITE LION'S pre-production / unreleased stuff, and more.
The name "Bootleg Series" is just to give the release some 'charm'. I assure that the sound quality is not 'bootleg' at all, but mostly excellent, first rate.

Disc 2 is a just another gem; the morphing of Mike Tramp's first band Studs to LION, also known as DANISH LIONS.
Early in the '80s Mike's first band Mabel became Studs, and Studs became Lion. Here's the story.
Tramp had the chance to meet and spend few days with Van Halen in Madrid, Spain in '81. Studs and VH shared the same record company there.

When Tramp gave Van Halen members their LP with Studs and told them his aim to establish in the USA. David Lee Roth said; "You can't call the band that in the USA, unless you aim to play for same crowd as Village People". At the time, 'Studs' was the name of a famous NYC hardcore gay club.
That night Mike changed the name of the band to Lion.

MIKE TRAMP - The Bootleg Series [Private 7-CD Box] Disc 2 DANISH LIONS inside

Lion went to New York City in July '82, and also become 5 members band, with a 17 year-old Tramp dead-ringer by the name of Oliver Steffensen, joining the band.
They played the NYC clubs for the next 6 months and in November '82 they did a show at L'Amour Rock club in Brooklyn. On the same bill was a band called Dreamer, their guitar player's name was Vito Bratta, and the rest is history...

This recording from New York taped in 1982, is the final recording of Mabel — who became Studs and then Lion. Mike and the guys were the happiest guys in town, they were recording and playing in the USA.
Four months later Lion broke up. The songs on this record are the same that the first
version of White Lion performed in the early club days
And of course 'El Salvador' made it all the way to 'Fight to Survive'.

MIKE TRAMP - The Bootleg Series [Private 7-CD Box] Studs Danish Lions - back

Great, rare as Hell recording.
A collector's item


01 - Running With The Night
02 - Brooklyn Boy
03 - Deep In Love
04 - El Salvador
05 - When Rock 'n' Roll Was Born
06 - Take Me Home
07 - How Does It Feel
08 - You're The Only Girl
09 - Two People
10 - Wild Boys
11 - Bring It On Home


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MIKE TRAMP - The Bootleg Series [Private 7-CD Box] Disc 1 STUDS - *Exclusive*

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Today we are presenting a must have collectors item: MIKE TRAMP's "The Bootleg Series", a private 7-CD Box collection released some time ago in a very, very limited quantity only via Tramp's website.
This Box includes all Mike Tramp recordings since his early days with STUDS, then DANISH LIONS, WHITE LION'S pre-production / unreleased stuff, and more.
The name "Bootleg Series" is just to give the release some 'charm'. I assure that the sound quality is not 'bootleg' at all, but mostly, excellent, first rate.

Disc 1 is a little gem; Mike Tramp's first band in Denmark STUDS and their self-titled debut originally released 1981.
Those who think they know the story of Mike Tramp might have overlooked this one.

This is in fact Tramp first band Mabel, re-named to Studs after the spiky chrome things in leather jackets and wrist bands, for the release of the LP .
Mike wrote all the songs, and in his own words; "I wanted to be AC/DC but failed!" But it is clear in this recording that USA was my goal and that I wouldn't stop before the day I would be the singer and songwriter of White Lion".

MIKE TRAMP - The Bootleg Series [Private 7-CD Box] Disc 1 Studs - inside

The album was recorded in Madrid, Spain 1981, and become a rarity over the years.
This is the first time to appear on CD, remastered by Tramp himself, including two previously unreleased songs from the sessions
A collector's item.


01 - Rock You Tonight
02 - She's Gonna Rock You
03 - Girl You Gave Yourself Too Fast
04 - Lookin' For A Feelin'
05 - Take Me Home
06 - The World Is Rockin'
07 - We Will Make It Through The Night
08 - I'm Back Again
09 - He's Always Lonely
10 - When Rock 'n' Roll Was Born
11 - Bring It On Home
12 - Street Girl


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BONFIRE - End Of An Era [Unreleased with Michael Bormann on vocals] *Exclusive*

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There has been more and more requests of BONFIRE material, and now we have here the rare unreleased recordings with vocalist Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart frontman). "End Of An Era" is the title of one of the songs, and in many ways describes what happened with Bonfire at the time of the recordings, 1993.

After many attempts to break through in the North American scene and what he thought a disappointing result, lead vocalist Clauss Lessmann left Bonfire on September 25, 1992.
His announcement was not a total shock to the rest of the band, but it did leave them with the dilemma of who would take his place.

One vocalist had the group's attention, Michael Bormann, who was singing for Letter X and had his own side-group called Jaded Heart. Moreover, he was previously in High Voltage and the J.R. Blackmore Group.
Even though he was willing to sing with Bonfire, he was committed to his other two projects so the group continued looking.
The unsuccessful attempt to find a full-time vocalist led to Bormann becoming the new frontman of Bonfire in March 1993. Although he did leave Letter X, he maintained his band Jaded Heart.

This new Bonfire started to write songs - 'End Of An Era' co-penned by Paul Sabu, 'Whisper In The Wind' with Autograph's Steve Plunkett, etc - and recording professional pre-production demos.
The record company liked all the new material, but they had no confidence the band could sell albums without Claus Lessmann as frontman.
So these recordings were shelved, and Bonfire broke-up next year.

Guitarist Angel Schleifer reunited with Bormann again in 1997, calling themselves Charade, and finally released the 1993 / 1994 Bonfire demos.
While the self-titled 'Charade' album is a great one, I actually prefer this original pre-production demos, which, by the way, sound excellent, A+ quality.
Additionally, there's some songs not present in the Charade album, as they decided to not re-recording these because were used by Bormann for Jaded Heart and Paul Sabu into one of his solo albums.

BONFIRE - End Of An Era [Unreleased with Michael Bormann on vocals] back

This is a collector's item, top class melodic hard rock, melodious and catchy. All a very well written songs, taped with an early '90s vibe.
For me, the 'atmosphere' on these recording sessions highlights the 'freshness' of the new line-up, and Bormann shows why he will release such superb albums with Jaded Heart in the furture.
Highly Recommended


1. Reachin' Out : Angel Schleifer/Jeorg Deisinger/Michael Bormann
- music was used by Sabu for "Mad Dog" while the lyrics were used by Jaded Heart for "Stop Me From Falling"

2. You're My Home : Schliefer/Deisinger/Marc Ribler
- later released by Charade

3. Heart To Heart : Schleifer/Deisinger/Ribler
- later released by Charade

4. Whisper In The Wind : Schleifer/Deisinger/Steve Plunkett
- later released by Charade

5. Somebody's Waitin' : Ribler/Schleifer/Deisinger
- later released by Charade

6. How Many Tears : Bormann
- later recorded by Jaded Heart

7. Heart Of Stone : Bormann
- later recorded by Jaded Heart as "Ain't No Love"

8. End Of An Era : Schleifer/Deisinger/Paul Sabu
- later recorded by Paul Sabu

9. I'll Be Waitin' For You : Schleifer/Bormann
- later released by Charade as "Waitin' For Love"


Michael Bormann - lead vocals, acoustic & rhythm guitar
Angel Schliefer - lead guitar, keyboards
Joerg Deisinger - bass
Edgar Patrick - drums


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DOLL HAZARD - Transatlantic Meltdown (2018)

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It’s Canada meets Norway as sleaze merchants Chris Damien Doll (Suicide Bombers) and Sandy Hazard (Dirtbag Republic) get together to unleash DOLL HAZARD on the world (yes I know it sounds like a pre-Christmas warning about dangerous toys but its not) – and their debut album two years in the making titled "Transatlantic Meltdown".

These kind of projects with musicians based / living at different continents usually generate a certain amount of trepidation before first listen – I mean how often do these team-ups really work?
Well the good news is that this one really does. It has that spark and fire and these certainly ain’t leftovers from Doll / Hazard respective bands either.

It’s here, for those interested in how this collaboration came about, that we refer to the ‘presser’:
The 10 songs here were a collaborative effort written over a 2-month period with Doll handling guitars and bass and Hazard handling drum duties and the two splitting the vocals between them.
The two made a pact to bring only their A-game and create the filthiest slab of plastic that they could muster.
The record was created with complete isolation 4500 miles from one and other.
Regardless of that distance, Doll & Hazard communicated via text and email and still managed to create exactly what they had envisioned.
A front to back kick @ss rock n’ roll so full of attitude it’s splitting at the seams.

Starting out with the sleazy New York Dolls meets Faster Pussycat riff of ‘Cat’s Got Your Tongue’ it’s a stellar start, and the foot’s not off the pedal for a second as we first motor into the threatening punk-infused razor rock of ‘Rock N Roll Prostitute’ which both have that trademark Sandy Hazard / Mike Monroe style phrasing to the fore.
They’re ably backed up by the grittier Chris Damien Doll led ‘Fire and Gasoline’ which if you’re a Hanoi Rocks fan might have you thinking of Nasty Suicide’s Cheap and Nasty.

‘No Valentine Cards’ starts with a nice chugging riff that’s cleaner than most on here and the song itself is full of melody and made to sing-along to. ‘Walk on Water’ ups the pace again with a rock-n-punk inflection before falling back into a glorious sleazy heap they’re two of the most immediate tracks here.
Half way in and we’re cooking nicely…

The title track that follows and marks the half-way point of this album is one of those songs that you swear you’ve heard before, it’s dirty, it’s gritty and it’s exactly why I love this type of music – it sinks its teeth in and won’t let go before ’21 Grams (off my Shoulders)’ adds some more fuel to the fire and a Sunset Strip slant to the mix.

It’s the next track though that might be the most intriguing: ‘Doghouse’ is a rather well-constructed piano-laden ballad with some eloquent and beautifully placed guitars. It’s one of those songs you can’t argue with, a great tune that you feel could have been that ‘huge ballad’ labels used to clamor for back in the day.
The album closes with a couple of tracks that just underline how successful this ‘project’ has been – the undeniably Hanoi-styled ‘You’re in My Head’, and the spaced-out sleaze of ‘Sci-Fi Child’.

DOLL HAZARD - Transatlantic Meltdown (2018) BACK

Jeez this worked out well - everything on here is worth a repeated listen and there are more than a handful of songs that you’ll be coming back. As it says in the Bio both Doll and Hazard are influenced by Hanoi Rocks, Kiss, early Motley Crue / Guns N' Roses and all kinds of rowdy hard rock punky rock.

I’d add a dash of New York Dolls and the glam / Sunset Strip feeling of Faster Pussycat to that mix and you have an album made for lovers of not just sleazy rock but also those who like their dirty rock and roll.
Doll Hazard have created one of the best 'classic sleazy' albums of the year with the right balance of catchiness, wonderfully simplistic riffs, and that underground '80s Sunset Strip attitude.
Strongly Recommended


01 - Cat's Got Your Tongue
02 - Rock N' Roll Prostitute
03 - Fire & Gasoline
04 - No Valentine Cards
05 - Walk On Water
06 - Transatlantic Meltdown
07 - 21 Grams (Off My Shoulders)
08 - Doghouse
09 - You're In My Head
10 - Sci-Fi Child

Chris Damien Doll - vocals, guitars, bass
Sandy Hazard - vocals, drums
Roger Salloum - piano on 8


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THE POLICE - Flexible Strategies [remastered B-sides] (2018)

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Bearing in mind their canon includes enduring hits such as ‘Roxanne’, ‘Message In A Bottle’, ‘Walking On The Moon’ and ‘Every Breath You Take’, it’s safe to say that THE POLICE remain one of rock’s great singles bands. However, as their collection of B-sides and rarities, "Flexible Strategies", demonstrates, they also kept a gem or three in reserve when it came to their flipsides.

Issued as part of the band’s exhaustive, career-spanning 6LP box set 'Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings', the vault-scouring collection is extremely welcome, not least because the post-millennial CD reissues of the band’s five studio albums eschewed its 12 standalone B-sides, which have also previously been hard to source digitally.

All fully remastered, the material on "Flexible Strategies" provides a fascinating alternative history of Sting and co’s work, and shows just how rapidly they evolved from punk-era hopefuls of 1977 to the all-conquering rock legends responsible for 1983’s multi-platinum-selling Synchronicity.

Allowing for a few wonderfully eccentric diversions, "Flexible Strategies" mirrors this remarkable career arc. ‘Can’t Stand Losing You”s frenetic, pumped-up B-side, ‘Dead End Job’, and ‘Walking On The Moon’s beefy, Sex Pistols-esque flip, ‘Visions Of The Night’, both featured in The Police’s earliest live sets, while the manic ‘Landlord’ (a scathing and still frighteningly prescient critique of squat-level living and/or homelessness in London) made for a quixotic, rubber-burning companion for the iconic ‘Message In A Bottle’.

Moving forward, the aggression subsides a tad and the tracks become increasingly sophisticated, with the iconic new wavers showing off their chops on the George Clinton-esque funk of ‘Flexible Strategies’ and displaying an admirable restraint on the dreamy Sting / Andy Summers co-write ‘Once Upon A Daydream’.
Further pleasant surprises also lurk courtesy of the vivid, cinematic ‘Low Life’ and ‘Murder By Numbers’, the latter an eerie, jazz-flavored outing which previously graced the flip of ‘Every Breath You Take’ and presaged the sound of Sting’s solo debut, The Dream Of The Blue Turtles.

As a unit, The Police will always be associated with Sting’s songwriting prowess, yet "Flexible Strategies" reminds us that his cohorts also fought hard for their credits. Drummer Stewart Copeland’s ‘De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da’ B-side, ‘A Sermon’, is stuffed with sharp hooks that stand among the best of the group’s work.

Elsewhere, guitarist Andy Summers (whose Zenyatta Mondatta highlight, ‘Behind My Camel’, won a Best Instrumental Grammy in 1982) weighs in with a diverse selection of tracks, including the atmospheric ‘Shambelle’, the disarmingly frank break-up song ‘Someone To Talk To’ and the brilliantly arcane ‘Friends’: a cheerful song about cannibalism based upon Robert Heinlein’s sci-fi novel Stranger In A Strange Land, and which was originally paired with the chart-topping ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’.

Throw in a robust 1983 re-recording of Outlandos D’Amour’s ‘Truth Hits Everybody’ and you’ve got a quirky compendium akin to The Who’s Odds & Sods or The Jam’s Extras, rating as an essential album on its own terms.
'Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings' is just released, but you can buy this "Flexible Strategies" separately.
Strongly Recommended


01. Dead End Job (1978)
02. Landlord (1979)
03. Visions Of The Night (1979)
04. Friends (1980)
05. A Sermon (1980)
06. Shambelle (1981)
07. Flexible Strategies (1981)
08. Low Life (1981)
09. Murder By Numbers (1983)
10. Truth Hits Everybody (Remix) (1983)
11. Someone To Talk To (1983)
12. Once Upon A Daydream (1983)

Sting – bass, keyboards, lead and backing vocals
Andy Summers – guitar, vocals, keyboards
Stewart Copeland – drums, percussion, vocals


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