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KEEL 'THE FINAL FRONTIER' CANDY410

THERE WAS NO denying that Keel where being positioned as a band to watch. Their previous album ‘The Right To Rock’ had been well-received amongst the metal cognoscenti, and extensive touring had given them enough momentum to hold people’s attention as they prepared their third album. They were certainly coming to the table from a position of strength at a time when polished hard rock was being hailed as the next big thing. Produced once again by mentor and Kiss bassist, Gene Simmons, ‘The Final Frontier’ didn’t disappoint. Switching labels to Polygram, the band was given full support in all areas, crafting an album that fully underscored their potential. Recorded mainly in New York, at the famed Electric Lady studios and finished in their home town of Los Angeles, the record boasted ten razor-sharp hard rock nuggets, cementing a musical reputation that fully justified their new found stature. Issued in April 1986, the album climbed to #53 on the, all important, Billboard chart, setting in motion a worldwide tour that covered 14 countries including a well-received and prestigious UK run supporting Dio. Song wise the record boasted a lean and mean selection of tracks, including ‘Tears Of Fire’, ‘Rock And Roll Animal’ and a captivating cover of the Bruce Springsteen/Patti Smith penned ‘Because The Night’. Wrapped up in one of the most compelling sleeves of the era, the album stands proud as a highpoint in a career that accelerated this fine band into the hearts and minds of rock fans across the globe.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION: Fully Remastered Audio, Produced by Gene Simmons, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new liner notes by Malcolm Dome, enhanced artworK, previously unplublished photos and new band interview.

TRACK LISTING: 1. THE FINAL FRONTIER 2. ROCK AND ROLL ANIMAL 3. BECAUSE THE NIGHT 4. HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW 5. ARM AND A LEG 6. RAISED ON ROCK 7. JUST ANOTHER GIRL 8. TEARS OF FIRE 9. NIGHTFALL 10. NO PAIN NO GAIN

KEEL 'S/T' CANDY411

OPERATING FROM Los Angeles during the early to mid 80s, Keel looked as if they could well be the next in line to follow hot on the heels of neighbourhood bands such as Mötley Crüe, Dokken and Quiet Riot. They had it all; a charismatic frontman in Ron Keel, two smoking-hot guitarists and solid industry support. Kiss man Gene Simmons had produced their last two albums, helping to establish them as the next big thing. When it came time to record this, their fourth, album, they had done their homework and prepared a clutch of world beating anthems, all injected with the energy and enthusiasm of men expecting big results. Recruiting super producer Michael Wagener (Mötley Crüe, Ozzy and Accept) the band wasted little time in laying down the law at a Los Angeles studio, creating a sound that combined all the exciting elements of hard rock at the time. Wagener’s crystal clean production paid handsome dividends whilst one or two of the songs benefitted by choice co-writes from Jack Ponti (Bon Jovi co writer) and Dio’s Jimmy Bain. Check out ‘Calm Before The Storm’, ‘Cherry Lane’, the cheeky ‘I Said The Wrong Thing To The Right Girl’ and the album’s first single ‘Somebody’s Waiting’. Released in June 1987, via the MCA label, the album received a very positive reception but inexplicably failed to commercially realise its potential. And that was a shame as the album is a fine and near perfect example of red hot rock from an era that embraced the style and sound that Keel perfectly embodied.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION: Fully Remastered Audio, produced by Michael Wagener, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new liner notes by Malcolm Dome, enhanced artworK, previously unplublished photos and new band interview.

TRACK LISTING: 1. UNITED NATIONS 2. SOMEBODY’S WAITING 3. CHERRY LANE 4. CALM BEFORE THE STORM 5. KING OF ROCK 6. IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE 7. I SAID THE WRONG THING TO THE RIGHT GIRL 8. DON’T SAY YOU LOVE ME 9. IF LOVE IS A CRIME (I WANNA BE CONVICTED)10. 4TH OF JULY

FASTWAY 'TRICK OR TREAT' CANDY394

FASTWAY ROARED OUT of the starting block in 1983 with all cylinders firing. Their self-titled debut album made a huge splash, particularly in North America where the record achieved gold status in a matter of months and signalled their arrival as major contenders in the hard rock sphere. It was a particularly rewarding experience for their founding member, guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, who had recently left Motorhead under aggravated circumstances. But, even Fastway’s formative steps proved fractious when former UFO bassist Pete Way jumped ship before a note was even recorded. Despite the band’s fast acceptance and good fortune with their debut album, subsequent albums failed to capitalise on that success, leaving the band to commercially flounder, despite providing a slew of captivating tracks, solid songwriting and a sound and swagger crafted from the very best of British blues rock. ‘Trick Or Treat’ was the band’s fourth album and in some ways their swansong. It was an unusual creation, being effectively the soundtrack to a fairly successful heavy metal horror film, issued November 1986, one month after the film’s commercial release. Amazingly, the album contains a brace of raw recordings that hark back to the praised debut and 2nd albums. It was an approach that had been somewhat shelved with their previous, more melodic, record, but throwing caution to the wind their thick raunchy sound is firmly back on track, allowing ‘Fast’ Eddie to rip it up in fine form, and Dave King’s vocals to take centre stage. Songs such as ‘Get Tough’, ‘Stand Up’ and ‘Don’t Stop The Fight’ are high water marks in a career that should have seen them rise to super stardom.

SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION: Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, Features Fast Eddie Clarke (Motorhead) and vocalist Dave King, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, memorabilia, rare photos and quotes from Fast Eddie Clarke

TRACK LISTING:1. TRICK OR TREAT 2. AFTER MIDNIGHT 3. DON’T STOP THE FIGHT 4. STAND UP 5. TEAR DOWN THE WALLS 6. GET TOUGH 7. HOLD ON TO THE NIGHT 8. HEFT 9. IF YOU COULD SEE

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