Sunday, December 09, 2018

JIMMY BARNES - For The Working Class Man [Remastered Commemorative Limited Edition] (2017)

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Here's another exclusive at 0dayrox, the fresh remastered, Commemorative Limited Edition version of Australian singer JIMMY BARNES second album "For The Working Class Man", originally appeared in 1985.
"For The Working Class Man - Commemorative Limited Edition" adds to the other excellent / remaster of Barnes following album Freight Train Heart (HERE) done by Bloodlines Records.

"For The Working Class Man" marks the first work between Barnes and Journey's keyboardist Jonathan Cain, who co-write, play and produce / mix some of the songs here.
But he's not the only well known name involved into this album, with also more than half of the songs mixed by Bob Clearmountain, the 'man of the moment' in the mid-80s.

Released in September 1984, Barnes' first solo album 'Bodyswerve' was an immediate success in Australia. It went to number one, and then his management focused on what Jimmy truly deserved – success in America.
They got a deal with Geffen Records, and their A&R man Gary Gersh suggested a meeting that would change Barnes' life.

Gersh wanted Jimmy to record a song called ‘American Heartbeat’; Jimmy was not so keen. But Gary encouraged him to give it a go, “because I think you’ll work well with this guy”. That guy was Jonathan Cain from Journey.
Jimmy met him, they talked about Jimmy’s career, Jonathan had already written a song with lyrics which summed up Jimmy’s relationship with his audience called ‘Working Class Man’.
Barnesy had his signature song and Australia had a new anthem.

Geffen wanted Jimmy’s first American album to be a mix of new songs and selections from the 'Bodyswerve album'. For the new songs – ‘I’d Die To Be With You Tonight’, ‘Ride The Night Away’, ‘American Heartbeat’, ‘Working Class Man’ and ‘Without Your Love’ – Jimmy got to work with some of his heroes.

I’m not sure if any Australian album has featured so many international stars. The players included Mick Fleetwood, Jonathan Cain, Little Feat’s Bill Payne and Kenny Gradney, Waddy Wachtel, Charlie Sexton, Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac), Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Randy Jackson (Zebra), Tony Braunagel (Bonnie Raitt), Tony Brock (The Babys) and Kim Carnes on backing vocals.
That’s a pretty impressive line-up!

So the songs mentioned above have that classic US mid-Eighties / 1985 lush production sound we all love. Just listen to 'American Heartbeat' and tell me if it doesn't sound Journey / REO Speedwagon circa 1983-84.
The great Bob Clearmountain remixed seven 'Bodyswerve' songs for the new album: ‘No Second Prize’, ‘Vision’, ‘Promise Me You’ll Call’, ‘Boys Cry Out For War’, ‘Daylight’, ‘Thick Skinned’, and ‘Paradise’.
At the time Clearmountain was on high request due the success of his work with Bryan Adams's album Reckless, also having previously worked for John Waite debut solo album. So expect a similar sound.

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Jimmy Barnes' "For The Working Class Man" was the vocalist firat world-wide exposure after being the frontman of Australian classic rock institution Cold Chisel. This album blends the rocking approach of his early band with the Americanized AORish sound of the era, something accentuated on his following LP.
It's a very good album plenty of great songs and stupendous performances. I heard better remasters, anyway, this "For The Working Class Man - Commemorative Limited Edition" is the best you can find out there.
HIGHLY Recommended

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01. I'd Die To Be With You Tonight
Backing Vocals – Kim Carnes
Bass – Kenny Gradney
Drums – Tony Braunagel
Guitar – Chas Sandford, Mal Eastick, Waddy Wachtel
Keyboards – William (Smitty) Smith
Percussion – Arno Lucas
Vocals – Jimmy Barnes

02. Ride The Night Away
Backing Vocals – Julia Tillman, Maxine Willard
Bass – Kenny Gradney
Drums – Mick Fleetwood
Guitar – Billy Burnette, Charlie Sexton, Johnny Lee
Keyboards – Bill Payne
Percussion – Sam Clayton
Remix – Jim Gaines, Jonathan Cain
Vocals – Jimmy Barnes

03. American Heartbeat
Backing Vocals – Dave Amato, Jimmy Barnes, Jonathan Cain
Bass – Randy Jackson
Drums – Tony Brout
Guitar – Dave Amato
Keyboards – Jonathan Cain
Vocals – Jimmy Barnes

04. Working Class Man
Backing Vocals – Dave Amato, Jimmy Barnes, Jonathan Cain
Bass – Randy Jackson
Drums – Tony Brout
Guitar – Dave Amato
Keyboards – Jonathan Cain
Vocals – Jimmy Barnes

05. Without Your Love
Backing Vocals – Julia Tillman, Maxine Willard
Bass – Kenny Gradney
Drums – Mick Fleetwood
Engineer – Thom Panunzio
Guitar – Billy Burnette, Charlie Sexton, Johnny Lee
Keyboards – Bill Payne
Percussion – Sam Clayton
Vocals – Jimmy Barnes

06. No Second Prize
Backing Vocals – Renee Geyer, Shauna Jenson, Venetta Fields
Bagpipes – Barry Gray, Viv Riley
Bass – Bruce Howe
Drums – Ray Arnott
Guitar – Chris Stockley, Mal Eastick
Vocals – Jimmy Barnes

07. Vision
Backing Vocals – Renee Geyer, Shauna Jenson, Venetta Fields
Bagpipes – Barry Gray, Viv Riley
Bass – Bruce Howe
Drums – Ray Arnott
Guitar – Chris Stockley, Mal Eastick
Vocals – Jimmy Barnes

08. Promise Me You'll Call
Backing Vocals – Renee Geyer, Shauna Jenson, Venetta Fields
Bagpipes – Barry Gray, Viv Riley
Bass – Bruce Howe
Drums – Ray Arnott
Guitar – Chris Stockley, Mal Eastick
Vocals – Jimmy Barnes

09. Boys Cry Out For War
Backing Vocals – Renee Geyer, S. Jenson, Venetta Fields
Bagpipes – Barry Gray, Viv Riley
Bass – Bruce Howe
Drums – Ray Arnott
Guitar – Chris Stockley, Mal Eastick
Vocals – Jimmy Barnes

10. Daylight
Backing Vocals – Renee Geyer, Shauna Jenson, Venetta Fields
Bagpipes – Barry Gray, Viv Riley
Bass – Bruce Howe
Drums – Ray Arnott
Guitar – Chris Stockley, Mal Eastick
Vocals – Jimmy Barnes

11. Thickskinned
Backing Vocals – Renee Geyer, Shauna Jenson, Venetta Fields
Bagpipes – Barry Gray, Viv Riley
Bass – Bruce Howe
Drums – Ray Arnott
Engineer – Alan Wright, Mark Opitz
Guitar – Chris Stockley, Mal Eastick
Mandolin – Chris Stockley
Vocals – Jimmy Barnes

12. Paradise
Backing Vocals – Renee Geyer, Shauna Jenson, Venetta Fields
Bagpipes – Barry Gray, Viv Riley
Bass – Bruce Howe
Drums – Ray Arnott
Engineer – Alan Wright, Mark Opitz
Guitar – Chris Stockley, Mal Eastick
Vocals – Jimmy Barnes



THE SCREAM - Let It Scream [Rock Candy remaster +6] (2018)

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Some days ago we featured here THE SCREAM's only album in its remastered version from some years ago, now Rock Candy Records not only did their own fresh 2018 remaster work, but also made the album "Let It Scream [Rock Candy remaster +6]" available again after many time out of print, and with the addition of 6 bonus tracks.

This is a really welcomed reissue of this, The Scream's only album "Let It Scream", a record that flew under the radar when it was first released, but has subsequently become one of the most respected and revered releases from the early '90s.
It represented a high point for blistering blues-based hard rock, akin Badlands (Ray Gillen guest backing vocals), Cinderella, Aerosmith, etc. But as we know, grunge engulfed them and others but at least they didn't go down without a fight.

"Let It Scream" was recorded in L.A., the result of an experienced line up that featured former members of Racer X and Americade, fronted by former Angora singer John Corabi.
The band attracted the interest of a few labels and eventually signed with the newly-formed Hollywood Records (funded by Disney).

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Produced by industry legend Eddie Kramer (Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Fastway) and originally issued in 1991, the album is a riot of riffs and thrills, with Corabi surrounded by the sort of thunderous mayhem that wouldn't sound out of place on an Aerosmith, Cinderella or Skid Row record.

Although the album failed to sell well it did turn heads, not least of all Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe who, the very day that Vince Neil had left the band, placed a fateful call to Corabi encouraging him to audition as his replacement.
Not unexpectedly he accepted the offer, leaving behind an impressive legacy before moving on to other projects, and eventually to join the The Dead Daisies where he currently sings.

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As bonus tracks we have a bunch of live tracks recorded at The Marquee Club in LA, the last show The Scream ever played prior to Corabi joining Motley Crue. These songs were put on CDr & released by Corabi himself via his website years ago (500 copies only), and the sound quality is very good.
This Rock Candy remastering job is more punchy than the previously featured at 0dayrox, yet not saturated which is really welcomed to appreciate "Let It Scream" varied atmospheres.
HIGHLY Recommended

01 - Outlaw
02 - I Believe In Me
03 - Man In The Moon
04 - Father, Mother, Son
05 - Give It Up
06 - Never Loved Her Anyway
07 - Tell Me Why
08 - Loves Got A Hold On Me
09 - I Don't Care
10 - Every Inch A Woman
11 - You Are All I Need
12 - Catch Me If You Can
13 - Young & Dumb
14 - Outlaw (Live)
15 - Give It Up (Live)
16 - I Believe In Me (Live)
17 - Father, Mother, Son (Live)
18 - Catch Me If You Can (Live)
19 - Lick & A Promise (Live)

John Corabi - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Bruce Bouillet - guitars
John Alderete electric and acoustic bass, backing vocals
Walt Woodward III - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Ray Gillen – backing vocals on "You Are All I Need"
Jeff Martin – backing vocals on "You Are All I Need"
Jimmy Waldo – Hammond B-3



Saturday, December 08, 2018

CITA - Heat Of Emotion + Relapse Of Reason [Remastered 2CD Digipak +8] (2018)

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With the recent return of Guild Of Ages and their very good comeback album 'Rise', the band signed a deal as well for the reissue / remaster of their 2 first albums, when operated under the name "Caught In The Act" or simply "CITA". Both albums, "Relapse Of Reason" and "Heat Of Emotion" are cult melodic hard rock records, for years impossible to get CD's.
Now have been reissued, remastered, with 8 bonus tracks, into a 2CD Digipak titled "Heat Of Emotion + Relapse Of Reason".

Forged from what was left of the hairspray and decadence of the '80s American hard rock scene, four high school friends were hell-bent on carving their name in the annals of rock n’ roll.
Their roots extend back to 1989 when the band was named “Caught In The Act”. These four were Danny Martinez, Anthony Trujillo, Joe Marone and Troy Benson.
Through hard work and determination they became one of the most popular bands on the Denver rock scene.

Despite being caught up in the grunge movement the band pressed on and were noticed by Bobby Barth of the band AXE, who agreed to produce their debut CD. Eventually a deal was struck with a Swedish label and the first release “Relapse Of Reason” hit the streets in 1995.
The result was explosive and put the band on the map.

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Soon after, the follow up “Heat Of Emotion” was released in Germany to critical acclaim. As success grew, then a boy-band with the same name sued the guys and so they changed their name to a more catchy “CITA”. By this time Marone and Benson had left and were replaced by James Lostetter and Steve Stuntz.

CITA eventually became Guild Of Ages, but under this name they had already made their mark with these two classic sounding melodic hard rock albums, elaborated in style with really original arrangements.
HIGHLY Recommended

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Remastered, Limited to 1000 physical copies only

Disc One: Heat Of Emotion remastered +4
01. Far Behind
02. Heat of Emotion
03. Life Goes On
04. Endless Summer
05. Livin'
06. Somebody Else
07. Fly Angel Fly
08. Miles Away
09. Say a Prayer
10. Can't We Make It
11. I'll Cry No More
12. Find My Way
13. Cold Sweat [Studio]
14. Far Behind (Live)
15. Can't We Make It (Live)
16. Say a Prayer (Live)

Disc Two: Relapse Of Reason remastered +4
01. Everytime (I Close My Eyes)
02. Through the Years
03. Stand Or Fall
04. Two Hearts
05. These Eyes
06. No Heroes
07. Relapse of Reason
08. Steal Another Fantasy
09. The Fall
10. Who Will You Run To
11. Changes
12. Silent Soldier
13. Heat of Emotion (Live)
14. Through the Years (Live)
15. Relapse of Reason (Live)
16. These Eyes (Live)

Danny Martinez - lead vocals, guitar
Antz Trujillo - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Joe Marone - bass, vocals
Troy Benson - drums, vocals
Steve Stuntz - drums, vocals
James Lostetter - bass, vocals
Bob Harris - keyboards, synths, backing vocals
Bobby Barth - backing vocals, production



EXTREME - Pornograffitti Live 25 [Japanese edition 2-CD Set]

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When you figure out that an album like EXTREME's 'Pornograffitti' - which for many of us defined one of our teenage Summers - turned more than 25 years, doesn't make you think time flies?
It happened two years ago when the band celebrated the event with "Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown", a CD / DVD concert capturing the Boston band performing the classic multi-platinum Grammy-nominated album 'Pornograffitti' in its entirety.

This Japanese release is the only available featuring the entire show on CDaudio. It includes an extra CD with the songs 'Play With Me' and 'Cupid's Dead' (in the regular release, only on the DVD-video), simply because doesn't fit into one single CD.
Additionally, the artwork is different than the regular release.

Maybe you haven’t played your copy of 'Pornograffitti' in a while. It was one of those discs that had appealing songs from start to finish, each different from the last. All 13 songs (14 if you include the solo “Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee”) are reproduced in sequence on this live CD release.

The familiar taped intro of rain and piano inaugurates the “funked-up fairy tail” that is Pornograffitti. “Trying so hard to keep up with the Joneses!” begins Gary and and the crowd knows all the words. With Nuno Bettencourt and Pat Badger helping out, the Extreme vocals are nice and thick live.
The sound is beefy goodness, wound up in electric guitar strings. Kicking it on drums, Kevin Figueiredo keeps things pretty close to the way original drummer Paul Geary did it. “Decadence Dance” is sincerely good nostalgia.

Following the vague storyline of the original album, “Lil’ Jack Horny” shows up amidst shimmery guitar harmonics and a funky lil’ riff. The horn parts (tapes?) jack up the funky little guitar number, which carries over to “When I’m President”. Nuno squeaks and squonks while Gary waxes poetic. “So go ask Alice, ah you know what he said? What did he say — remember, I wanna be elected?” Maybe one day Gary, because it is indeed true: just about anyone can be president! Cherone promises that things’ll be different. You can even be in his cabinet!

The funk peaks (obviously) on “Get the Funk Out” which remains as silly and fun as it was 15 years ago (listen for a little bit of a lyrical modernization from Nuno). It’s pure live smoke only slowed down by the obligatory audience participation section.
This appropriately segues into “More Than Words”, which is slightly more than a singalong. Stripped naked of the loud guitars, Nuno and Gary can still harmonize as clean and perfect as they always have.

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“Money” resumes the rock, as Gary bemoans the modern worship of the almighty dollar. Nimbly killing it on both guitar and harmonies, Nuno Bettencourt is a super hero. He does it again on “It (‘s a Monster)”, a stock album track that goes from point A to point B at top speed.
Some real gems start showing up a in steady string from there. “Pornograffitti” possesses some serious funk metal riffage and guitar tricks, performed at an unbelievable level of rock supremacy. Then it is time for the slow jazz lounge croon “When I First Kissed You”. Piano flourishes and Figueiredo on brushes lend it a really pretty dusky sound.

“And now back to our regularly scheduled program!” shouts Gary as Extreme once again puts on their rock and roll shoes. It’s time for “Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)”, another funky rock combo. Nuno plays some of the fastest licks ever attempted, but that is mere warm-up, for next is “Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee”, the legendary guitar instrumental that re-defined the guitar instrumental for a short while.
There is no time to recover because it’s straight into “He-Man Woman Hater”. This Van Halen-like blast contains some of Nuno’s finest fret abuse.

'Pornograffitti' was also a little different, and one aspect of that is that it ended with two ballads. Historically that has been demonstrated as a risky way to end an album, but Extreme pulled it off by using two that were different from any of the others on the CD.
“Song For Love” was a big pompous Queen-like anthem, and you can all but see the lighters and cell phones waving in the air. “Hole Hearted” was the memorable acoustic closing number, great for campfires and rock concerts alike. Live is just as solid as the studio original.

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Onto to the Japanese bonus CD with its two bonus tracks. “Play With Me” has always been a bit of a novelty, but notable for its sheer velocity and Mozart-a-go-go guitar dexterity. Few players have chops like these.
“Cupid’s Dead” is a set highlight – heavy, funky and progressive at times. Extreme III deserves as much praise as Extreme II: Pornograffitti so it is quite pleasing to have this adventurous track close.

The sound quality on "Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown" is excellent with all instruments and vocals coming out pristine and clear. This is helped by Extreme's musicians terrific onstage set-up sound gear, something that always characterized the band.
Darn, there's few acts that sound so compact like Extreme does, even more than 25 years after their heyday.
Bravo to Extreme for making this trip back in time a real treat.
HIGHLY Recommended

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Victor Entertainment 【VICP-65417 / 8】
『 ポルノグラフィティ ・ ライヴ 25

CD 1:
01 - Decadence Dance (Live)
02 - Li'l Jack Horny (Live)
03 - When I'm President (Live)
04 - Get the Funk Out (Live)
05 - More Than Words (Live)
06 - Money (In God We Trust) (Live)
07 - It ('s a Monster) (Live)
08 - Pornograffitti (Live)
09 - When I First Kissed You (Live)
10 - Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?) (Live)
11 - Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee (Live)
12 - He-Man Woman Hater (Live)
13 - Song For Love (Live)
14 - Hole Hearted (Live)

CD 2:
01 - Play With Me (Live)
02 - Cupid's Dead (Live)

Gary Cherone - Vocals
Nuno Bettencourt - Guitars, Vocals
Pat Badger - Bass, Vocals
Kevin Figueiredo - Drums



LILLIAN AXE - Out Of The Darkness Into The Light [Music On CD reissue 2018]

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Originally released in 1991 and never reissued until now, specialized Dutch label Music On CD has been made available again LILLIAN AXE's "Out Of The Darkness / Into The Light".
After turning up the heat with the release of their second album Love + War, it appeared as if Lillian Axe was poised to kick ass on the hair band front. "Out Of The Darkness / Into The Light", pulls together songs from the group's self-titled debut and the aforementioned Love + War.

Indeed, "Out Of The Darkness / Into The Light" was a record label move to capitalize the success of Lillian Axe second album, and put this compilation with songs from the band's previous album.
However, it wasn't an executives plan only, as lead vocalist Ron Taylor and guitarist Stevie Blaze were involved and personally selected the tracks for "Out Of The Darkness / Into The Light".

These include the raucous "Misery Loves Company", "She Likes It On Top", "Show A Little Love", and the big arena ballad "Ghost Of Winter", among other highlights.
Indeed, this "Out Of The Darkness / Into The Light" works like a greatest hits CD.
So the question is; it was necessary a "Out Of The Darkness / Into The Light" reissue? I mean, fans already got Lillian's first two albums.
Well, I think this is a must have for completist fans of the band, and works greatly for the casual listener who wants the best songs into one single CD and not having to purchase the original two.

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But there's another reason; I recall reading in a magazine back in the day that some of the songs for this release were re-mixed.
I can't confirm this; listening to this Music On CD reissue and comparing the songs with the original I can't find a remarkable difference... perhaps in a couple of intros, and some cymbal fills.
Anyway, "Out Of The Darkness / Into The Light" comprises Lillian Axe's best songs, some brilliant stuff from the glorious US hard rock era.
Highly Recommended

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01 - Show A Little Love
02 - Misery Loves Company
03 - She Likes It On Top
04 - Nobody Knows
05 - All's Fair In Love And War
06 - Waiting In The Dark
07 - Dream Of A Lifetime
08 - The World Stopped Turning
09 - Hard Luck
10 - Ghost Of Winter
11 - My Number

Ron Taylor - lead vocals
Steve Blaze - lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
Jon Ster - rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
Rob Stratton - bass guitar
Danny King - drums



Friday, December 07, 2018

DAMN DICE - Thriller Killer (2018)

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UK hard rockers DAMN DICE are releasing today heir self-proclaimed ‘final album’ titled "Thriller Killer". Lead vocalist Alex Davidson said about the group’s decision to make Thriller Killer its “last” album:
“Despite our decision to make this our last album, this does not mean that the band is over. On the contrary, we feel like we are just getting into our stride. We will continue to produce and release new music, but have decided that the album 'format' is not the way forwards.”

Davidson continued: “We feel like the music industry has changed completely even within the lifetime of Damn Dice. Producing and releasing a full length album is a time and money sink. It’s no longer practical to sit on new material until an album is finished, which basically means going off the radar for long periods. Now that the era of physical media is more or less over, it seems that the album format is an arbitrary throwback that doesn’t make sense for us.”

“Thriller Killer” is the second album from Damn Dice, and seems their last with an 'album' format. Well, it doesn't matter much how these guys will deliver their music in the future; Damn Dice are one of the most polished, '80s inspired arena-ready unsigned band from Britain.
The band works hard to get a place into the local scene: they are “too rock for metal and too metal for rock”. The songs are hard rock, yet some with a metal punch – and they do have one.

Take as example title track, or “Stories I Write”; it rocks with balls. It has a chug, but it has a chorus of rare quality – and a hook you can hang your big winter coat on. There are arena bands that will never do this in their lives, yet here are five reprobates from London who make this sh1t look like it’s the easiest thing in the world.

“This Time” (key line: you get out of life what you put in”) is the sound of five men who want to take on the world, “Turn Back The Clock” is the fist pumping anthem of a band that just might.
Working with producer James Loughrey (Queen, Def Leppard, The Darkness) has helped them create something mighty, “Leaving With Nothing” is right from the Stone Broken playbook (and, lets face it, there are worse role models for them to have) while you suspect the filthy sounding “Fire Below” is one they all enjoyed – key line: “heaven ain’t looking down on our bad behavior”.

In truth, there’s nothing here that doesn’t sound like the most fun ever. “Got To Know” brings some mighty double-kick drumming, and “Blood And Tears” does something a little more mid-paced, but no less superb.

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“Back Again” has some magnificent gang vocals, “Behind You” has a feel-good sentiment, to show, perhaps that even rock 'n roll has a heart these days – and they deserve credit for not making this a cloying ballad that sucks all the life out of things.
In honesty, this isn’t a record for ballads. “What A Life” hints at something a bit more bluesy, but basically does the same thing as the rest of them. And that isn’t meant as a criticism, either.
“Find Me” – the closing one – is actually as close as this gets to balladry, but it never quite gets there.

“Thriller Killer” is such an arena ready record that in ten years’ time Damn Dice are gonna be packing them. It's nothing less than thorough enjoyment from start to finish with certain stretches where it really gets to grips with wants and tastes.
Different songs will work for individual appetites but if hard rock and metal infused rock ‘n’ roll hits your sweet spot then Damn Dice is well worthy of an hour of your time at the very least.
Highly Recommended

01 - Thrill of the Kill
02 - Stories I Write
03 - This Time
04 - Turn Back the Clock
05 - Leaving With Nothing
06 - Fire Below
07 - Got to Know
08 - Blood & Tears
09 - Back Again
10 - Behind You
11 - What a Life
12 - Find Me

Alex: Lead Vocals
Wallis: Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Diego: Rythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Marco: Bass, Backing Vocals
Fransoa: Drums, Backing Vocals



CHICAGO - Greatest Hits Live (2018)

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees CHICAGO got a new "Greatest Hits Live" album out, recorded at Chicago’s historic WTTW-TV studios in November of 2017.
Greatest Hits Live features a career-spanning collection of hits, including “Beginnings,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is” to the later chart topping “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard Habit To Break,” and “You’re The Inspiration.”

Chicago began their innovative chart-topping musical rise in 1969, with the debut of their double first album Chicago Transit Authority. It was followed by another incredible full piece of work, Chicago II, also a double album.
When Chicago opened for Jimi Hendrix back in 1968, Hendrix was quoted, “Jeez, your horn players are like one set of lungs and your guitar player is better than me.”
At the end of the Seventies, Chicago’s sound switched to a softer more pop-oriented sound. By the 1990’s, after producing dozens of albums, the band's live shows had become a stale shallow shadow of the former avant-garde rock shows.

But the latest incarnation of Chicago has returned to the band’s rock roots, not just in material but style as well and their recent tours may be their best in decades.
"Greatest Hits Live" features the line-up of original members singer/ keyboardist Robert Lamm, James Pankow, and Lee Loughnane along with Tris Imboden, Keith Howland, Lou Pardini, Walfredo Reyes, Jr., Ray Herrmann, and Jeff Coffey.

Guitarist Keith Howland channeled original guitarist Terry Kath raw energy on classic songs like “25 or 6 to 4.” Lamm sang lead on many songs and occasionally would play a keytar, while Loughnane never missed a note. Ray Herrmann raged on the saxophone and also played many wind instruments, doing original member Walter Parazaider proud. Keyboardist Lou Pardini also would take turns as lead vocalist during the night, with excellent performances.

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This is a true career-spanning, with old songs but also Chicago's rock&pop hits such "Hard Habit To Break" and "You're The Inspiration (Live 2018)". Chicago has enough hit material to fill 4 discs, but the selections are really well balanced here.
"Greatest Hits Live" is a must have for any longtime fan, and a great introduction of Chicago’s brilliance to new listeners.
These veterans sound good, very good.

01 - Beginnings (Live 2018)
02 - Questions 67 And 68 (Live 2018)
03 - If You Leave Me Now (Live 2018)
04 - Dialogue (Pt. 1 & Pt. 2) (Live 2018)
05 - Call On Me (Live 2018) (Live 2018)
06 - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is (Live 2018)
07 - Hard Habit To Break (Live 2018)
08 - You're The Inspiration (Live 2018)
09 - I'm A Man (Live 2018)
10 - Street Player (Live 2018)
11 - Just You 'N' Me (Live 2018)
12 - Hard To Say I'm Sorry / Get Away (Live 2018)
13 - Saturday In The Park (Live 2018)
14 - Feelin' Stronger Every Day (Live 2018)



Thursday, December 06, 2018

STATE OF SALAZAR - Superhero (2018)

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Yes, it finally happen; STATE OF SALAZAR's new album "Superhero" will appear tomorrow via Frontiers Music. When they unleashed their debut album in 2014, these Scandinavian melodic rockers released one of the year’s best albums. With some great choruses and tunes that often paid a massive homage to the mighty Toto, the band hit upon a classic retro style that really tapped into the Swedes’ knack for a melody.
The next couple of years came and went. The more time passed, the more it felt like there would never be a follow up. But "Superhero" is here.

A four year silence was finally broken in September 2018. First, the band announced they’d be appearing at the Frontiers Rock Sweden festival with label mates Eclipse and Crazy Lixx, but better still, a digital single ‘If You Wait For Me’ appeared on YouTube.
Not only were State Of Salazar back, but it seemed they were about to make a real impact within the AOR community.

'If You Wait For Me’ is the opening track on the CD, and sums up the album perfectly. From its grandiose opening where a blanket of keys promises a huge pompy take on a classic sound, their commitment to the 80s is more than clear. By the time the main melody presents itself, a tune driven by muted guitar chords has a classic AOR sound with all the makings of one of State Of Salazar’s finest compositions. As the number progresses, various other influences are uncovered, but it’s a huge chorus that really sticks.
Marcus Nygren’s voice – as before – has a huge presence that takes a small amount of tuning in, but he’s well suited to this Scandinavian take on a US staple.
And that paves the way for the rest of the record – and "Superhero" is a disc packed full of great, fantastic songs.

With a world of harmonies and more than occasional nods to the likes of Aviator and Survivor, ‘Hold On Tonight’ opens with a spritely riff before dropping into a verse full of punchy rhythms and great vocals. With everything appropriated from 1983, State Of Salazar rarely sounded better. Nygren is in very confident voice, but for most fans, it’ll be the huge harmonies, a shamelessly retro keyboard solo and pomp-driven instrumental break that win out. In this love letter to a musical bygone age, the band really outshine most of their label mates and peers.

For those who loved the Toto inspired tracks from the debut, ‘Masquerade’ will certainly be an instant favorite with its David Paitch influenced stabbing keys, contrasting chunky guitar riff and chorus harmonies. The bulk of the number could’ve easily been lifted from the ‘Isolation’ album. With such a melodic backdrop, Nygren really excels in the vocal department, taking Toto-ish flourishes and injecting them with a rockier edge, but it’s guitarist Johan Thuresson and keysman Kevin Hosford who carry the weight and essentially make the track as brilliant as it is.
The guitar solo is beautifully played and at the point you might think it’ll be the number’s best feature, Kevin drops in with a rather cheeky piano solo taking influence from the Toto classic ‘Rosanna’ and completely steals the show. If you only need one reason to check out this CD, then this is most definitely it.

With a more buoyant quality, ‘Joanne’ is another sure fire favourite with the band taking on even more of those early '80s Westcoast AOR elements from Maxus and Airplay, but once again recycling those much loved sounds with slightly chunkier guitars. Alongside ‘Masquerade’, this is a strong contender for ‘Superhero’s finest four minutes.

Next, ‘Someone I Know’ mixes pure AOR with a tiny bit of pomp to create a retro sound that showcases more fine guitar work, while a slightly bombastic vocal lends extra power. Much like ‘Joanne’, the band have fun with a backing vocal and while everything is purposely derivative of Toto and Airplay, it’s just as much fun for the listener. Sometimes over familiarity works towards the positive and that’s definitely true in this case.

Elsewhere, ‘Love Will Find A Way’ pays gentle tribute to FM radio with a softer melody, the massive ballad ‘Lie To Me’ pushes guest vocalist Kristina Talajic into the spotlight while State Of Salazar invoke their inner Steinman; ‘She’s a Loaded Gun’ seems fairly formulaic but wins out due to some classic sounding keys, huge chorus and occasional melodies that sound like an '80s TV theme, and bringing purer AOR magic without necessarily breaking new ground for the band.

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‘To The Wire’ pleases with a hybrid sound that offers Toto’s early pomp with the smoothness of Pages. The tried and tested style provides a great base for guitar and keyboard solos and Kevin Hosford’s lead vocal spot is just terrific. Individually, these are solid soft rock tunes but when combined, each one adds a little flair to create a very consistent album.

State Of Salazar did it again: "Superhero" is a fan-damn-tastic classic AOR / Melodic Rock album: it’s got great songs, greater melodies and – just as importantly – a love for the '80s that’s so deep you can’t help but get swept along.
For me, one of the best albums of the year.

01. If You Wait for Me
02. My Heart is at War
03. Hold on Tonight
04. Masquerade
05. She's a Loaded Gun
06. Lie to Me
07. Joanne
08. Someone I Know
09. To the Wire
10. Love Will Find a Way
11. Superhero

Marcus Nygren – Lead and backing vocals
Kevin Hosford – Keyboards, vocals
Johan Thuresson – Guitars
Johannes Hansson – Bass
Kristian Brun – Drums
Kristina Talajic – guest Vocals



MAGIC DANCE - New Eyes (2018)

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Mixing AOR with Synthwave '80s retro, MAGIC DANCE was presented at this blog many years ago. Impressed by the the band's latest album, in late 2017 Magic Dance mastermind Jon Siejka was signed by Frontiers Music. For this new album titled "New Eyes" - the first via the Italian label to be released tomorrow - Jon collaborated with Jack Simchak and Tim Mackey on guitars, Mike Peniston and Kevin Krug on bass, and Kevin McAdams on drums.
While the sound is now heavier, more guitar oriented, the overall sound is still classic AOR oriented, with strong hints of the mid-Eighties (think Loverboy, Boulevard, etc).

Siejka titled the album "New Eyes", because he thinks it's a fresh perspective on the '80s style that has been writing and recording for the past six years. Indeed, on "New Eyes" Magic Dance is not a Jon Siejka / synthwave project anymore.
The recording sounds like a 'real' band, there's real drums, guitars, bass, the whole thing, and while still there's a strong synth / keyboard presence, it isn't in the 'outrun way' but more in a song format shape.
And the song format in "New Eyes" is pure '80s.

'You're Holding Back' open the CD with that 'magic synths', yet soon appears a strong rhythm section (not sequencers anymore but real bass / drums), ever present guitars and Jon's voice quite high in the mix. The 'real band' aspect is the first thing you'll notice about this new Magic Dance, but also the 'huge production'.

Then 'Never Go Back' is a gem, and a personal favorite. Yes, it's pure AOR circa 1987 but Magic Dance serves the whole thing with a freshness for this genre that only I heard from Creye this year. This is terrific anthemic tune that could have been at the opening credits for an action movie back in the day.

More quality comes with 'These Four Walls'. Remember the pristine Canadian productions from the second half of the '80s? Yeah, this song has some of Boulevard on it, and why not, some current Vega. Love it!
'Please Wake Me' is perhaps the song that most brings to mind early Magic Dance, but again, there's big drums and guitar riffs for this pristine midtempo melodic song.

There's a dreamy melody for 'Cut Beneath the Skin' with a FM Radio feel all over, 'When Nothing's Real' adds biting guitars and a big chorus (think H.E.A.T), while US radio-ready '80 poppy AOR is the nerve of 'Better Things'. All these are followed by mid-paced, semi-ballad 'For a Time (The End of My World)', plenty of heavy synths and a 1984 California Highway atmosphere.

'Looking for Love' is another winner for me. Take '87 Outside Edge, add a dash of Glass Tiger and why not some Fortune, and you have this fantastic piece of pure Eighties AOR. There's varied guitars ranging from distorted to clean, different keyboard textures and layers of vocals. One of THE songs of the year.
Closer, title track 'New Eyes' is tricky. Starts in a ballad mode with just piano and Jon's vocals, but grows and grows for an emotional chorus and then the full band explodes. Think Wild Rose type of song.

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I really love Magic Dance indie early works. However Jon Siejka has surprised me with "New Eyes": this is a 'new' Magic Dance, a band, and a band that plays '80s AOR.
Obviously Frontiers must have asked for this focus, and Siejka replied with a wonderful slice 1985-1987 stuff to die for. He managed all aspects from "New Eyes" - Frontiers Music isn't involved into the production.
All drums, bass and guitars were recorded by skilled session musicians under Siejka's supervision, all arranged by himself.

I mentioned Creye above as one of the more 'fresh' releases of the year, add Magic Dance "New Eyes" to the selected list. I mean not a 'cookie cutter' sound, but original, personal, inspired by the glorious era yet distinctive.

01 - You're Holding Back
02 - Never Go Back
03 - These Four Walls
04 - Please Wake Me
05 - Cut Beneath the Skin
06 - When Nothing's Real
07 - Better Things
08 - For a Time (The End of My World)
09 - Looking for Love
10 - New Eyes

Vocals, Synths & Programming by Jon Siejka
Guitar - Tim Mackey
Guitar, Bass - Jack Simchak
Bass - Kevin Krug, Mike Peniston
Drums - Kevin McAdams



ALCATRAZZ - Parole Denied ; Tokyo 2017 (2018)

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As part of the Graham Bonnet Band's 2017 'The Book' tour in Japan, a three night special engagement and reunion of ALCATRAZZ was presented much to the delight of the Japanese hard rock fans. Founding Alcatrazz members, Graham Bonnet (vocals), Jimmy Waldo (keyboards) and Gary Shea (bass), reunited after 33 years for a unique series of shows in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo, Japan in March 2017. For the special occasion, the band was rounded out by Mark Benquechea (drums) and Conrado Pesinato (guitars), both from the Graham Bonnet Band.

Released by Frontiers Music tomorrow, "Parole Denied ; Tokyo 2017" documents the exceptional show, and in addition, Alcatrazz raided the archives and added a Bonus Disc with unreleased tracks taken from the original sessions recorded in 1985, including one song, 'Emotion' with a young Steve Vai on guitar.

"Parole Denied" is a tribute to that musical history and encapsulates their all time together, which offers a two disc live concert and studio demo set.
For the hardcore Alcatrazz fans this will be an absolute must, founding Alcatrazz members, Graham Bonnet (vocals), Jimmy Waldo (keyboards) and Gary Shea (bass), reunited after 33 years for a unique series of shows in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo, Japan, in March 2017.

This is like stepping into a veritable time machine and has you transported back into the heart of the '80s in a flash, the songwriting, the sound, the atmosphere all captured beautifully for all to enjoy. Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing Mr Bonnet live will know how strong these songs are live and they transfer perfectly for the new millennial’s and hardcore fans alike.

And you have the previously unreleased recordings on the second disc, most of them with a pretty good audio quality, a must for collectors.
Highly Recommended

CD 1 - Live Tokyo '17
01 - Night of the Shooting Star (Live)
02 - Ohayo Tokyo (Live)
03 - Too Young to Die... Too Drunk to Live (Live)
04 - Suffer Me (Live)
05 - God Blessed Video (Live)
06 - Will You Be Home Tonight (Live)
07 - Jet to Jet (Live)
08 - Witchwood (Live)
09 - Skyfire (Live)
10 - Hiroshima Mon Amour (Live)
11 - Island in the Sun (Live)

CD 2 - Previously Unreleased Recordings
01 - Emotion (Studio Demo 1985 feat Steve Vai)
02 - No Imagination (Studio Demo 1985)
03 - Losing You is Winning (Studio Demo 1985)
04 - Please Call Me (Studio Demo 1985)
05 - Blue Boar (Studio Demo 1985)
06 - Ohayo Tokyo (Studio Demo 1985)
07 - Set Me Free (Rehearsal / Studio Demo)
08 - Rider (Rehearsal / Studio Demo)

Graham Bonnet - Vocals
Jimmy Waldo - Keys
Gary Shea - Bass
Conrado Pesinato - Guitars
Mark Benquechea – Drums



JASON BECKER - Triumphant Hearts (2018)

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JASON BECKER is releasing "Triumphant Hearts" tomorrow, an album featuring dozens of guest stars including Neal Schon, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman and more. Becker, a former David Lee Roth guitarist and brilliant solo shredder who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1990, lost the ability to move over the following years.
He communicates using his eyes and continues to create music by computer, as detailed in the 2012 documentary Not Dead Yet. “I have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis," he once said. "It has crippled my body and speech, but not my mind.”

Jason Becker's story is one of brilliance, talent, determination, adversity, and, ultimately, triumph.
A child prodigy on guitar, Jason rose to prominence as a teenager when he was one half of the legendary rock guitar duo Cacophony (with his great friend Marty Friedman).
After wowing audiences all over the world with his amazing guitar chops and deep compositions, Jason auditioned for —and got— the gig with David Lee Roth, following in the huge footsteps of Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai.

He wrote and recorded the DLR album 'A Little Ain't Enough' and was poised to take over the rock guitar world when a nagging pain in his leg was diagnosed as ALS, a debilitating and fatal condition with a life expectancy of maybe five years.
Maybe. That was 29 years ago.

Today Jason's busier and more prolific than ever, as evidenced by "Triumphant Hearts".
The album's 14 tracks showcase Jason's gift for melody and his deep knowledge of classical composition and orchestral arrangement.
Many of the guitar parts are performed by a who's-who of 6-string gods including Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Neal Schon, Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, and many others.
And, in what will absolutely delight his fans, Jason's amazing guitar playing — recorded in the '80s and '90s — graces several tunes.

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Fans of the '80s / 90s 'Shrapnel Records era' when guitar instrumental albums ruled the world are in a treat with "Triumphant Hearts". It's a pure delight of awesome solos and rhythm guitar mastery.
Ranging from hard rockin' songs to elaborated compositions, the album flow with ease and if you want to dissect deeply, grab you headphones and take free lesson of incredible riffs and scales.
Highly Recommended

1. Triumphant Heart
(feat. Marty Friedman, Glauco Bertagnin & Hiyori Okuda)

2. Hold On To Love
(feat. Codany Holiday)

3. Fantasy Weaver
(feat. Jake Shimabukuro)

4. Once Upon A Melody

5. We Are One
(feat. Steve Knight)

6. Magic Woman
(feat. Uli Jon Roth & Chris Broderick)

7. Blowin' in the Wind
(Gary Rosenberg & Jason Becker)

8. River of Longing
(feat. Joe Satriani, Aleks Sever, Guthrie Govan, Steve Morse)

9. Valley of Fire
(feat. Michael Lee Firkins, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, Paul Gilbert, Neal Schon, Mattias IA Eklundh, Marty Friedman, Greg Howe, Jeff Loomis, Richie Kotzen, Gus G., Steve Hunter, Ben Woods)

10. River of Longing
(feat. Trevor Rabin)

11. Taking Me Back

12. Tell Me No Lies

13. Hold On To Love
(feat. Codany Holiday) [Chuck Zwicky Remix]

14. You Do It



BUCKETS REBEL HEART - 20 Good Summers (2018)

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Pride & Joy Music will release tomorrow the debut album from BUCKETS REBEL HEART, titled "20 Good Summers". Buckets Rebel Heart is the new band formed by ex- Bad Company guitarist Dave “Bucket” Colwell, along with former 720 & New Torpedoes drummer, Paul “Taff” Edwards.
The line-up is completed by lead vocalist Jim Stapley (The Jones Gang) and bass player Dave “Boycie” Boyce (ex-The Quireboys). Mollie Marriott also guests on backing vocals.

Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell might be a new name to some but the guitarist has played with plenty of notable names in a career that dates back to the '80s. Colwell’s credits include being one of three guitarists in ASAP with Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden fame, key involvement as a songwriter/guitarist in the reformed Humble Pie on the 2002 ‘Back On Track’ album, plus stints in many other acts including Samson, Urchin and The Entire Population Of Hackney.

This all sounds pretty impressive but Colwell’s main claim to fame is his five years or so in Bad Company during their Brian Howe / Robert Hart years, the group AOR era. Colwell joined the band as a touring guitarist in 1991 before becoming a fully-fledged member on the final Brian Howe fronted ‘Here Comes Trouble’ album.
Colwell’s tenure with the band continued with the arrival of new singer Robert Hart for the ‘Company Of Strangers’ and ‘Stories Told & Untold’ releases and subsequent tours.

Colwell would release a solo album in 2010 ‘Guitars, Beers & Tears’ with plenty of big name friends in tow including Edwin McCain, Bekka Bramlett, Robert Hart, Danny Bowes (Thunder), Spike (The Quireboys) and Adrian Smith before things seemed to go a little quiet…
In 2018 Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell is back with Buckets Rebel Heart and new album "20 Good Summers" which has been nearly five years in the making.

It will come as no surprise that there is a more than a little bit of the Brian Howe / Robert Hart era Bad Company sound dotted through the album, none more so than on title track ’20 Good Summers’, a magical piece of melodic hard rock, made for radio and cranking up loud.
‘Rebel Heart’ is a ballad that harks back to the FM Rock era in its feel and composition, complete with female backing vocals, dreamy guitar solos, tasty bit of Hammond playing, a great tune from start to finish.

Jim Stapley has a wonderful vocal, one minute echoing Paul Rodgers on ‘When Angels Fall’, then giving it plenty of hard rock wellie on ‘Whiskeyland’, which is driven along by a lovely, big guitar riff.

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‘Radio State Of Mind’ sees Rick Richards (Georgia Satellites / Izzy Stradlin) taking the lead vocal on a fun filled country meets boogie rock tune that has a strong Georgia Satellites vibe about it.
The other song with a guest vocalist is ‘Customised Car’ featuring Lyla D’Souza (Kill For Eden), a real up and at ‘em melodic rocker, with Lyla having a deep, husky voice perfect for the song and lyrics.

Albums released in December suffer from missing the annual ‘best of’ lists, as these are often compiled before then. Hopefully this highly enjoyable CD by Buckets Rebel Heart doesn’t get ‘lost’, it is way too good an album to be ignored.
Highly Recommended

01. Animal Beat
02. 20 Good Summers
03. Rebel Heart
04. The Bridge
05. Whiskeyland
06. Mexican Sun / El Diablo
07. Radio State of Mind
08. When Angels Fall
09. Bulletproof
10. Customised Car
11. Faraway Blues
12. If You Need Me

Dave “Bucket” Colwell (ex-Bad Company, Humble Pie) - guitars
Paul “Taff” Edwards (New Torpedoes) - drums.
Jim Stapley (The Jones Gang) - vocals
Dave “Boycie” Boyce (ex- The Quireboys) - bass
Rick Richards (Georgia Satellites / Izzy Stradlin) - lead vocals on 7
Lyla D’Souza (Kill For Eden) - lead vocals on 10
Mollie Marriott - backing vocals



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