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Mon
18
Nov

Rock Candy Latest - KEEL & FASTWAY

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3 new Rock Candy releases are available now from the website www.rockcandyrecords.co.uk
 

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

 
Tue
17
Sep

Rock Candy Latest - FASTWAY, ANGEL & WIGGY BITS

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5 new Rock Candy releases are available now from the website www.rockcandyrecords.co.uk
 
ANGEL 'LIVE WITHOUT A NET' CANDY418
 
IN THE 1970s double live albums were often the calling card of an act that had either made its mark or were about to explode to international fame. They were a marker of confidence by both the record label and the artist. Angel was no exception as all eyes had been on the band for some considerable time in preparation for an anointment to the premier league. Because label mates KISS had exploded with their epoch-making ‘Alive!’ double album it seemed as though Angel could have the same success. Sadly, however, that success was not to be.
 
With five studio albums behind them there was no shortage of material from which to compile this album.
Recording two concerts in California during 1978, the band had a red hot selection of tracks that incorporated such nuggets as ‘Tower’ and ‘Feelin’ Right’ (complete with a Jeff Beck tribute) from their very earliest, prog-influenced, days to the pop metal of ‘Ain’t Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore’, ‘Got Love If You Want It’ and ‘White Lightning’. They also found room to include some surprises, such as a fine rendition of the Mott The Hoople standard ‘All The Young Dudes’ and a brand studio track, ‘20th Century Foxes’, recorded for the 1980 ‘Foxes’ film soundtrack.
 
Despite the album’s explosive content and no-holds-barred performance, the record failed to connect in the way that everyone had hoped for. In addition, Casablanca Records were fast losing traction as a company and facing massive destabilising forces, which left the band pretty much rudderless. They had in many respects reached the end of the line but at least they went out with a bang!
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new liner notes by Angel expert Dave Reynolds and enhanced artwork.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. TOWER 2. CAN YOU FEEL IT 3. DON’T LEAVE ME LONELY 4. TELEPHONE EXCHANGE 5. I AIN’T GONNA EAT OUT MY HEART ANYMORE 6. OVER AND OVER 7. ANYWAY YOU WANT IT 8. ON THE ROCKS 9. WILD & HOT 10. ALL THE YOUNG DUDES 11. ROCK & ROLLERS 12. WHITE LIGHTNING 13. HOLD ME, SQUEEZE ME 14. GOT LOVE IF YOU WANT IT 15. FEELIN’ RIGHT 16. 20TH CENTURY FOXES
 
 
ANGEL 'WHITE HOT' CANDY416 (2 BONUS TRACKS)
 
THE STORY OF Angel is quite remarkable. Launched as the diametrical opposite of KISS (who shared the same label) the band was supposed to reflect the less intimidating qualities of their great adversaries. It was a polar position reinforced by progressive musical attributes and an image that featured angelic all white costumes. KISS was being sold as bad boys but Angel, like the name suggests, were knights in white satin. Their complex, prog-infused, pomp rock suggested that they were superior musicians cut from a very British-influenced musical heritage, with shades of Yes, Led Zeppelin, Procol Harum and Genesis underscoring their style.
 
‘White Hot’ was the band’s fourth album, following three highly praised but commercially disappointing previous records. This time around, they decided to take stock and plan a different musical strategy. One that saw them refining their style, drawing on hard hitting pop rock rather than overt prog touches. In addition, they brought in a new producer, Eddie Leonetti, a man who had been building a healthy and respectable reputation as the hard rock producer de jour. His previous work with fellow LA rockers Legs Diamond helping to cement the decision to use him.
 
Originally released in 1978, and housed in a beautifully illustrated album sleeve, the record boasted ten tracks of lean and mean rock, with the emphasis on hard hitting hooks and hip kicking riffs. Tracks such as ‘Don’t Leave Me Lonely’, ‘Ain’t Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore’ (previously recorded by the Young Rascals), ‘Hold Me, Squeeze Me’ and ‘Over And Over’ underscored the band’s intention perfectly. Look out to for the, bonus, rare Canadian only single B-side ‘Better Days’.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 2 Bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new liner notes by Angel expert Dave Reynolds and enhanced artwork.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. DON’T LEAVE ME LONELY 2. AIN’T GONNA EAT OUT MY HEART ANYMORE 3. HOLD ME, SQUEEZE ME 4. OVER AND OVER 5. UNDER SUSPICION 6. GOT LOVE IF YOU WANT IT 7. STICK LIKE GLUE 8. FLYING WITH BROKEN WINGS (WITHOUT YOU) 9. YOU COULD LOSE ME 10. THE WINTER SONG BONUS TRACKS: 11. BETTER DAYS (single B-side) 12. THE CHRISTMAS SONG (single)
 
 
ANGEL 'SINFUL' CANDY417 (2 BONUS TRACKS)
 
AFTER FOUR ALBUMS there was a strong feeling that Angel were building towards some sort of creative crescendo. Of course, they had already moved through a fledgling progressive rock stage, working towards a more accessible style, perfectly framed by their previous album, ‘White Hot’. The focus was now on pure pop metal, the band crafting exquisite melodic hard rock with riffs and hooks to die for. They were also defining their image, as the ‘Sinful’ the album sleeve showcased the band with perfectly coiffed hair and in stunning all white superhero style outfits. It was an angelic sight to behold.
 
Issued in 1978, recorded in Los Angeles and produced once again by Eddie Leonetti (Legs Diamond, Moxy, Rex) the record packs an impressive sonic punch, easily outpacing their previous works and positioning the band as potential superstars. In a bizarre move, the record was originally titled ‘Bad Publicity’ and had a suitably debauched album sleeve that was in complete contrast to their previous image. At the 11th hour after an intervention from the label boss at Casablanca this sleeve was abandoned, although several thousand copies were printed and ready to ship to stores. That sleeve has been included in this re-issue.
 
Musically, the album contained some of the band’s most identifiable tracks, songs such as ‘Don’t Take Your Love’, ‘Waited A Long Time’ and ‘L.A. Lady’. Sadly the big breakthrough failed to materialise, leaving both band and label mystified as to their lack of progress. Musically however it was a triumph of enormous significance and is often hailed as the pinnacle of their creative achievements.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 2 Bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new liner notes by Angel expert Dave Reynolds and enhanced artwork.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE 2. L.A. LADY 3. JUST CAN’T TAKE IT 4. YOU CAN’T BUY LOVE 5. BAD TIME 6. WAITED A LONG TIME 7. I’LL BRING THE WHOLE WORLD TO YOUR DOOR 8. I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN 9. WILD AND HOT 10. LOVERS LIVE ON BONUS TRACKS 11. VIRGINIA (Foxes Soundtrack) 12. WALK AWAY RENEE
 
 
FASTWAY 'ALL FIRED UP' CANDY391
 
WHEN GUITARIST ‘FAST’ Eddie Clarke left Motorhead in 1982, few would have expected him to go on to eclipse the success of his former band. Motörhead, although hugely successful as a live act and feverishly lauded in the UK media, had not enjoyed significant record sales in North America; not unsurprising considering the raw ferocity of their sound. For Clarke this was an opportunity to take stock and build a musical outfit that could break into that market with a far more wide screen approach. It was a smart move as Fastway’s debut album struck gold in the USA, elevating their profile far beyond Motörhead’s niche appeal.
 
Surrounding himself with a mixture of well respected band members, including former Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley, ex-Taste bassist Charlie McCracken and, sparkling new discovery, Irish vocalist Dave King, the band immersed themselves in blues rock but with a contemporary edge. It was a sound that won much respect and fitted in nicely with the emerging commercial interest in hard rock. Continuing their progress they recorded ‘All Fired Up’, a record that stylistically mirrored the band’s debut album and was produced once again by industry legend Eddie Kramer (Kiss, Hendrix, Humble Pie) who had so successfully guided the previous record.
Issued in July 1984, ‘All Fired Up’ was positively received, getting off to a good start and attracting rave reviews. The album boasts a selection of tough, no-nonsense tracks, including such gems as ‘Steal The Show’, ‘Tell Me’, ‘If You Could See’ and the title track. It was a record that further enhanced Fastway’s reputation as one of the best band’s of the 80s.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new liner notes by Malcolm Dome and enhanced artwork.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. ALL FIRED UP 2. MISUNDERSTOOD 3. STEAL THE SHOW 4. STATION 5. NON STOP LOVE 6. HURTIN’ ME 7. TELL ME 8. HUNG UP ON LOVE 9. THE STRANGER 10. TELEPHONE 11. IF YOU COULD SEE
 
 
WIGGY BITS 'S/T' CANDY415
 
THE RATHER ODDLY named Wiggy Bits were formed from a long line of well known New York East Coast musicians during the early seventies. The various members had seen active duty in bands ranging from the Blues Magoos & Balance (vocalist Peppy Castro), Barnaby Bye & Aviator (drummer Mike Ricciardella) to psych rockers the Illusion (guitarists Ritchie Cerniglia and Mike Maniscalo together with Mike Ricciardella). With their various individual projects falling apart, Wiggy Bits were than formed as a rather effective hard rock band and handled by, none other than, Hall And Oates manager Tommy Motolla, a man who would eventually become the CEO of SONY music.
 
Recording at the Record Plant in NYC, the band’s lone album is a fine example of strong yet melodic mid seventies hard rock with the emphasis on edgy dynamics, powerful riffs and the soaring vocals of Peppy Castro. Signed to Polydor, their album was produced mainly by the band (engineered by future superproducer Jimmy Iovine) was issued in 1976, and despite its quality received little fan fare outside of a handful of critics and fans from their previous groups.
 
The album, building on a ground swell of solid hard rock tracks such as ‘Free To Ride The Wind’, ‘Oh Captain’, ‘I’ll Write You Off’ and ‘Place In The Sun’, showcase a band with an ambitious mandate, employing lots of solid lead guitar and impressive arrangements. Sadly the project faltered but several other better known successful splinter projects emerged from the ashes, including Network, Balance and Aviator.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new liner notes by Dave Reynolds and enhanced artwork.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. FREE TO RIDE THE WIND 2. OH CAPTAIN 3. LIES 4. ELLIE 5. PLACE IN THE SUN 6. WIGGY 7. LOVE TRACKS 8. ALONE AGAIN 9. BAD SITUATION 10. I’LL WRITE YOU OFF
 
 
Thu
08
Aug

Rock Candy Latest - EUROPE, SHY & OZZ

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These new Rock Candy releases are available now from the website www.rockcandyrecords.co.uk
 

EUROPE 'THE FINAL COUNTDOWN' CANDY401

THE ENORMOUS SUCCESS of ‘The Final Countdown’ single and album, undoubtedly took the world by surprise. Who among us would have imagined that an, up until then, obscure Swedish hard rock band would have the reach and good fortune to elevate their profile to international superstar status so easily. It was a turn of events that reinforces the notion that anything can be possible as long as the stars are in alignment and the songs are undeniable.

Europe was formed during the late 70s, initially under the name of Force, before they scored a record deal with CBS and switched their name to Europe. They had recorded, as Europe, two well received albums in their native Sweden but were then taken under the wing of CBS in New York who encouraged the band to pull out all the stops for their third album. It was, in effect, a Cinderella story (albeit a seven year overnight success) and they grasped the opportunity to craft one of the greatest melodic hard rock albums of the ‘80s. On release the record faced slow progress but gradually the title track started to gain traction across the globe, hitting the top spot in several territories, selling over three million copies of the album in the USA alone.

Produced by Kevin Elson (Journey, Mr Big) and issued in March 1986, the album contains a concise and extremely well written selection of tracks, including the rousing ‘Rock The Night’, ‘Cherokee’, ‘On The Loose’, and the glorious ballad ‘Carrie’. Of course, it’s the indelible mark left by the title track that the album will be best remembered for. Look out too for some searing guitar work from John Norum.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 6 Bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork

TRACK LISTING: 1. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 2. ROCK THE NIGHT 3. CARRIE 4. DANGER ON THE TRACK 5. NINJA 6. CHEROKEE 7. TIME HAS COME  8. HEART OF STONE 9. ON THE LOOSE  10. LOVE CHASER BONUS TRACKS: 11. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (LIVE) 12. DANGER ON THE TRACK (LIVE) 13. CARRIE (LIVE) 14. SEVEN DOORS HOTEL (1986 VERSION) 15. ROCK THE NIGHT (B-SIDE REMIX) 16. ON BROKEN WINGS (B-SIDE)

SHY ‘BRAVE THE STORM’ CANDY413

THERE WAS AN interesting development in British rock during the mid 80s. Having moved through the traditional NWOBHM style for a while, a number of artists were developing a taste for the sound of America. Artists such as RATT, Dokken and White Lion had consistently influenced the more melodic aspects of the genre. Some British bands seemed to be enthralled by that sound so it was no wonder then that UK record labels caught on and looked to feed their American counterparts with similar acts. Stand up Airrace, Virginia Wolf, Lionheart, Strangeways and…Shy. There was no sign that Shy were in any way inferior to the American AOR groups of the day.

They had the sound, the look and the desire to take their music all the way to the top of the charts. With the emphasis on songs and melodic hooks it seemed, for a short while at least, that they could do no wrong. Singer Tony Mills possessed one of the most striking voices of the scene, a powerful mid-range which soared to a high falsetto, providing the band with a unique calling card and an identity that singled them out as a band who would go the distance if all the pieces fell into place.

Issued in 1985 and produced by Tony Platt (AC/DC, Krokus, Gary Moore), the album is a vessel for some of the best British melodic hard rock of the era. Tracks such as ‘Hold On (To Your Love)’, ‘Keep The Fires Burning’ and the brilliant ballad ‘Reflections’ are fabulous examples of just how superior the band were and how well they compared with all the other musical competition.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 6 Bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork.

TRACK LISTING: 1. HOLD ON (TO YOUR LOVE) 2. MY APOLLO 3. REFLECTIONS 4. KEEP THE FIRES BURNING 5. THE HUNTER 6. BRAVE THE STORM 7. WILD WILD WOMAN 8. CAUGHT IN THE ACT 9. WAS I WRONG? BONUS TRACKS : 10. HOLD ON (TO YOUR LOVE) (Extended Version) 11. STRANGERS IN TOWN 12. DEEP WATER (Once Bitten Mix) 13. GIVE ME A CHANCE (Twice Shy Mix) 14. TWO HEARTS (Live) 15. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (Live)

SHY ‘EXCESS ALL AREAS’ CANDY414

DURING THE MID-eighties Shy were perceived as one of the best hopes to ignite the British homegrown hard rock scene. They were tipped to follow in the footsteps of similar leaning melodic rock bands such as Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, who were enjoying huge success appealing to both poprock and traditional hard rock fans. With this, their third album, the band refined their sound and made a concerted attempt to square up to the challenge before them.

Evidence of their new-found focus was the selection of a world-renowned and highly respected producer; Neil Kernon, a man who had overseen many successful records, including Autograph, Dokken, Kansas and Queensrÿche. The band also seriously immersed themselves into writing and refining their material, often co-writing with the likes of Michael Bolton, Don Dokken and Bob Kulick. The result was a masterful album that certainly caused heads to turn and platitudes to spill forth.

Originally issued in January 1987, the album boasts several important tracks, and is blessed with superb production touches that made the record, at the time, extremely competitive with songs such as ‘Emergency’, ‘Young Heart’, ‘Break Down The Walls’ and the plaintive ballad ‘When The Love Is Over’. Although it’s infused with massive harmonies, precision musicianship and superb arrangements, the record is most noticeably propelled and driven by Tony Mill’s extraordinary lead vocals. It’s fair to say that this album is a perfect slice of eighties melodic hard rock, one that remains a benchmark for a style that actually still sounds fresh and relevant.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 5 Bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork.

TRACK LISTING:1. EMERGENCY 2. CAN’T FIGHT THE NIGHTS 3. YOUNG HEART 4. JUST LOVE ME 5. BREAK DOWN THE WALLS 6. UNDER FIRE 7. DEVIL WOMAN 8. TALK TO ME 9. WHEN THE LOVE IS OVER 10. TELEPHONE  BONUS TRACKS: 11. RUN FOR COVER (single version) 12. ONLY YOU (single version) 13. DON’T WANNA LOSE YOUR LOVE (single version) 14. BREAK DOWN THE WALLS (concrete mix) 15. BREAK DOWN THE WALLS (7” single edit)

OZZ ‘NO PRISONERS’ CANDY385

WHEN IT COMES to tough no-nonsense hard rock then you’d have to look long and hard to find an album better than ‘No Prisoners’ by Ozz. Stuffed full of top riffs, killer songs and impressive vocals it certainly made its mark on the hard rock cognoscenti despite a lack of sales and relative obscurity. Even now, the album is given appreciative nods and familiar knowing smiles from those who have heard it. Indeed, the lack of mainstream attention seems to have given it almost mythical status in a world where praise is heaped upon even the most inconsequential records currently in circulation.

Ozz was initiated by two hugely talented individuals: Chicago born guitarist Gregg Parker and vocalist Minnesota raised Alexis T. Angel. Parker had established something of a reputation for himself backing a number of musicians and leading a recording band by the name of The Infernal Blues Machine who released an album on the London label in 1976. Despite his high profile and musical ability it wasn’t until he met Angel a few years later that sparks really began to fly. The two decided to form Ozz as a vehicle that would crystallise their desire to harness the rampant energy of Led Zeppein and Aerosmith.

Issued in 1980 on the Epic label and produced by British whiz-kid Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Free, Hughes Thrall) the album is a blistering collection of red-hot hard rock leaning heavily on the Plant/Page and Tyler/Perry call and response axis. Songs such ‘Sail On’, ‘Hungry Love’ and ‘Given’ Up On Love’ lead the way but there is not one weak track on this record which in itself is a major victory. Why the album failed to attract even a modicum of commercial recognition at the time is a major mystery.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 12 page booklet, 3,000 word essay, enhanced artwork

TRACK LISTING: 1. Sail On 2. Ain’t No Money 3. Givin’ Up On Love 4. Sister Madness 5. Checkin’ It Out (Baby Don’t You Cry) 6. Hungry Love 7. Dreams 8. Lonely Rider 9. Just Got Back

IF ONLY 'NO BED OF ROSES' CANDY427

IF YOU THOUGHT the making of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ was fraught with difficulty then spare a thought for British melodic rockers If Only. Their trials and tribulations may not have been on the same widescreen international scale as the Mac, but the amount of frustration, angst and disappointment was probably even more crushing. Here was a band with all the promise of a bright career ahead of them that was continuously derailed, mostly through no fault of their own, unable to capitalise on their rising star status.

Formed in 1988 and driven by guitarist and talented songwriter Greg Hart (who later went on to form Cats In Space), the band was fronted by singer Jackie Bodimead who had built up a solid reputation as a member of both Girlschool and Rock Goddess, two of the most successful and well known of the all female British hard rock bands. Jackie’s voice lent the material a world class sheen that quickly attracted industry attention, led by former Yes and then Asia keyboard player Geoff Downes who signed them to his boutique label and set about producing their debut album. However, nearing completion, Jackie decided to leave the band.

Fortunately a saviour was at hand in the form of Tina Egan who stepped into Jackie’s shoes, recording new vocals and giving the project fresh life. Sadly however, the musical times had changed by then, with the likes of Nirvana forging a rough and raw sound, leaving the melodic delicacies of If Only stranded and killing all hope of scoring a meaningful release. Time, however, has done nothing but enhance the band’s music and here we present tracks from both vocalists, confirming that this record, with either singer, is indeed a buried treasure.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and unpublished artwork

TRACK LISTING: 1.LOADED GUN 2. TUMBLIN’ DICE 3. IF LOVE COULD LAST FOREVER 4. I’M NO ANGEL 5. NO BED OF ROSES 6. EASY LAY 7. ROCK AND A HARD PLACE 8. RED HOT HEAVEN 9. GHOST OF YOU  10. FOREVER MY LOVE 11. LONG WAY FROM HOME 12. MAN AGAINST THE WORLD 13. ALL OVER 14. STAND LIKE A STONE 15. DON’T LET GO 16. SHOTDOWN 17. TIGHT JEANS

 
Thu
30
May

Rock Candy Latest - BATON ROUGE, GODDO & AVIATOR

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6 new Rock Candy releases are available now from the website www.rockcandyrecords.co.uk
 
GODDO ‘S/T’ CANDY 395
 
THERE’S SOMETHING quite compelling about Goddo. Like Max Webster, they enjoyed a reputation as one of the most magnetic and quirky Canadian hard rock bands operating in the late 70s. Employing an off-kilter psyche and a penchant for the absurd, Goddo’s high octane brand of tough-guy rock was further enhanced by some of the most amusing lyrics of the era. The man mostly responsible for this intriguing direction was bassist and main songwriter Greg Godovitz. Like a contemporary court jester his brand of wit and wisdom cast an exceptionally warm glow on the Canadian music scene, even if the content failed to secure huge commercial rewards. As a former member of seasoned Canadian rockers Fludd, he departed that band to create a brand new vehicle following his own vision; melodic hard rock with enough lee-way to include quirky detours. Although primarily a supercharged high octane power trio, they also included elements of jazz and crushing blues rock. Godovitz together with drummer Doug Inglis and guitarist Gino Scarpelli set about recording their debut album in Montreal, unleashing one of the most striking Canadian debut albums of all time. Issued in early 1977, and housed in a superbly illustrated gate-fold cover, the album kicks off with ‘The Bus Driver Blues’ a lyrically hilarious track written about the band’s previous drummer who left the group to drive a school bus. Other tough-nut rockers include ‘Drive Me Crazy’, ‘Let That Lizard Loose’ and ‘Hard Years’. Of course the jewel in the crown is the jazz tinged ‘Under My Hat’, a song complete with a truly memorable hook and menacing vocals from Greg.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, Two bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview with Greg Goddovitz and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. THE BUS DRIVER BLUES 2. DRIVE ME CRAZY 3. LET THAT LIZARD LOOSE 4. I’M LOSING YOU 5. LET IT SLIDE 6. TWELVE DAYS 7. UNDER MY HAT 8. HARD YEARS BONUS TRACKS; 9. THE BUS DRIVER BLUES (remix) 10. UNDER MY HAT (remix)
 
  
 
GODDO ‘WHO CARES’ CANDY 396
 
WE’VE SAID IT on numerous occasions before but Canadian rock has always offered up something quite unique and impressive. We don’t know if it’s something to do with the water supply or that their musician’s brains are wired differently, but Canadian recordings are, more often than not, overflowing with a depth of complexity that dwarfs similar acts from other countries. It’s a strange phenomenon for sure but entirely true and Goddo are no exception to that rule. Formed as a crushing power trio during the midseventies, led by polymath Greg Godovitz on bass, the band quickly rose to prominence on their debut album; laying down a foundation of meaty riffs and intriguing songs laced with acerbic lyrics and the sort of wit that still raises a chuckle. But let’s not for one moment suggest that Goddo were a comedy act; far from it. The serious musical assault and intense lyrical delivery suggests a band with a keen eye on the bigger prize. ‘…WHO CARES…’, recorded in Toronto, and issued in 1978, showcases a band on the move. Whilst their debut album made a firm case for pummelling hard rock, ‘…WHO CARES…’ lays down the law in similar fashion but also pushes the envelope, introducing more complex arrangements and acoustic parts, like the cello accompaniment to ‘Tough Times’. But if its meat and potatoes rock that you desire look no further than ‘Cock On’, ‘Too Much Carousing’ and – the could have been hit single - ‘Sweet Thing’. This album is one of the cornerstones of Canadian rock, make no mistake.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, Eleven bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview with Greg and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. TOUGH TIMES 2. COCK ON 3. YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK ANYMORE 4. DROP DEAD (THAT’S WHO) 5. SWEET THING 6. ‘PEOPLE IN THE NEWS’ 7. THERE GOES MY BABY 8. OH CAROLE (KISS MY WHIP) 9. ONCE AGAIN 10. TOO MUCH CAROUSING BONUS TRACKS: 11. TOUGH TIMES (orchestral dub) 12. GREG DISCUSSES WHO CARES 13. ONCE AGAIN (alt mix) 14. SWEET THING (alt mix) 15. TOUGH TIMES (acoustic mix) 16. THERE GOES MY BABY (7” edit) 17. DROP DEAD (THAT’S WHO) (alt mix) 18. TOO MUCH CAROUSING (Instrumental dub) 19. GREENSLEEVES 20. HITCHCOCKIAN OUTTAKE 21. ZOMBAT GREETING
 
 
GODDO ‘AN ACT OF GODDO’ CANDY 397
 
THE GREAT THING about the record business during the 1970s was the fact that labels allowed bands to develop organically, often over several albums. For those of us with an interest in more obscure acts it provides a great education and Goddo were no exception. A predominantly hard rock, Canadian, power trio who’s musical growth was spectacular, chomping their way through crunchy blues-based rock tracks and introducing some highly refined twists and turns such as horns and even an orchestra. ‘An Act Of Goddo’, is the culmination of the band’s insatiable appetite for pushing the envelope. Recorded and mixed not in their native Canada but this time in Orlando, Florida, the music is enhanced by a choice selection of tracks, written with one singular intention, to astound the listener. Produced, once again, by Thomas Morley-Turner (actually a pseudonym for band leader Greg Godovitz) the record benefits from some terrific tracks, including tough nut rockers such as ‘So Walk On’, ‘Take Care’, ‘Work It Out’ and arguably the band’s greatest song, the English/French lilting ballad ‘Chantal’. Most spectacular however is the opening, and closing, instrumental ‘Anacanapanacana’, a musical palindrome performed by the Florida Symphony Orchestra consisting of a mash up of melodies found on the rest of the album. It’s a great introduction and one that sets up – and ends - the rest of the record perfectly. There’s no question that this was Goddo’s finest hour, leading us to one singular conclusion, that they were one of Canada’s best kept musical secrets.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview with Greg Goddovitz and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. ANACANAPANACANA 2. SO WALK ON 3. CHANTAL 4. YOU’RE SO CRUEL 5. THE VERDICT’S IN 6. SIGN ON THE LINE 7. ROSIE (JUST HANG ON) 8. TAKE CARE 9. WORK IT OUT 10. ANACANAPANACANA
 
AVIATOR ‘S/T’ CANDY 381
 
WE OFTEN CHAMPION overlooked albums, music that was, for one reason or another, sidelined in favour of more commercially successful records and, as we’ve proved time and time again, there is often no difference between those that sold millions and those that sold next to zero. Sadly, that is the great shame of the music business but we at Rock Candy are always happy to right wrongs and shine a light on injustice. Aviator, from the US East Coast, was formed by musicians with a history of time spent in various class acts, including Barnaby Bye, Blues Magoos, Balance and Network. The band was fronted by world-class vocalist Ernie White and managed by Tommy Motola (later the CEO of Sony Music), who secured them a deal with RCA records. Produced, at Electric Lady studios in New York, by man of the moment Neil Kernon (Kansas, Autograph, Dokken), to exacting standards, their album was issued in 1986, making an immediate impact on those who heard their tough, yet melodic, hard rock. Despite the excitement amongst the cognoscenti it appears that, due to machinations beyond their control, the record was left to flounder and given very little promotion. Crammed full of superior songs, such as ‘Front Line’, ‘Back On The Streets’, ‘Don’t Turn Away’ and ‘Never Let The Rock Stop’, the album is unquestionably one of the greatest slices of heavy AOR ever recorded. If you’ve never heard it then it’s time to sit back and be amazed.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 2 Bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. FRONT LINE 2. BACK ON THE STREET 3. DON’T TURN AWAY 4. WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME 5. NEVER LET THE ROCK STOP 6. COME BACK 7. MAGIC 8. CAN’T STOP 9. TOO YOUNG 10. EVERY SCHOOLBOY KNOWS 11. THROUGH THE NIGHT BONUS TRACKS: 12. WOMAN IN LOVE 13. HOLDING ON
 
 
BATON ROUGE ‘SHAKE YOUR SOUL’ CANDY392
 
1990 WAS FAST becoming a crucial time for traditional hard rock music. Although the tide hadn’t entirely turned there was a feeling amongst the music media that times were due for a change. It was an odd time as a number of great bands had been signed and were all readying albums for release so the competition was fierce. Baton Rouge were one such act that had the opportunity to establish a power base before the sea change in public taste built a wall of indifference towards the swagger and strut of classic rock. Originally formed in Louisiana during the mid-80s, using various names, the band, led by guitarist Lance Bulen and vocalist Kelly Keeling, opted to move to Los Angeles in 1987, where the scene was ripe for aiding and abetting young bands. They would not be disappointed as their manager hooked them up with seasoned producers David Foster and Mike Clink (Clink was finishing up the Guns N’ Roses ‘Appetite…’ album at the same time) who helped them record a set of impressive demos. The band’s appearances on the LA club circuit soon attracted record company attention, eventually signing with Atlantic records and being taken under the wing of label founder Ahmet Ertegun. ‘Shake Sour Soul’ was produced by early Bon Jovi co-writer Jack Ponti, in New Jersey, and issued in 1990 to positive reactions. The album hits hard in the melodic rock style, boasting strong tracks such as ‘Walks Like A Woman’, ‘Bad Time Comin’ Down’ and ‘Baby’s So Cool’. It wasn’t surprising that reaction was favourable, affording the band a good following with solid airplay, and establishing them as ones to watch.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. DOCTOR 2. WALKS LIKE A WOMAN 3. BIG TROUBLE 4. IT’S ABOUT TIME 5. BAD TIME COMIN’ DOWN 6. THE MIDGE (INSTRUMENTAL) 7. BABY’S SO COOL 8. YOUNG HEARTS 9. MELENIE 10. THERE WAS A TIME (THE STORM) 11. HOT BLOOD MOVIN’ 12. SPREAD LIKE FIRE
 
 
OVER KILL ‘UNDER THE INFLUENCE’ CANDY405
 
WHENEVER THE TERM thrash metal is mentioned most people instinctively drawer a connection with the American West Coast and in particular San Francisco’s Bay Area, where the likes of Metallica, Megadeth and Exodus found fame. However, America’s East Coast scene had, by the mid 80s, also produced a batch of acts, including Anthrax and Nuclear Assault. Both scenes proved to be fertile breeding grounds for the genre and acted as magnets for newer groups to join and feed off the excitement. Overkill, originating from New Jersey, was one such act, throwing themselves into the ring at a time when anything in the world of thrash metal was possible. Signing to the much loved and influential Megaforce label, they cut two well received albums prior to unleashing ‘Under The Influence’ in July 1988. Recorded in Upstate New York and produced by well respected studio wizard Alex Perialas (mixed by Michael Wagener), who had worked with Testament, Anthrax and Nuclear Assault, the album refined the band’s style and sound, turning them from an interesting curio into world-class contenders. Overkill’s secret ingredient was not just their intense sonic assault, but an inherent ability to condense riffs into an almost symphonic cacophony, employing a strong melodic sensibility imbued with thick crunching guitar work. The songs resonate with muscle and melody, a trait not often found in the majority of thrash metal outfits, and the production is crisp and clean, lending the sound a decidedly sophisticated sheen.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview with Bobby Ellsworth and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. SHRED 2. NEVER SAY NEVER 3. HELLO FROM THE GUTTER 4. MAD GONE WORLD 5. BRAINFADE 6. DRUNKEN WISDOM 7. END OF THE LINE 8. HEAD FIRST 9. OVERKILL III (UNDER THE INFLUENCE)
 
 
Tue
19
Mar

Rock Candy Latest - NIGHT, ORPHAN, BITE THE BULLET, RIOT

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5 new Rock Candy releases are available now as follows from https://www.rockcandyrecords.com/new-releases
 
RIOT 'RESTLESS BREED' CANDY402
 
THIS WAS RIOT’S 4th album. It followed a period of intense activity both physical and emotional, having survived a series of knockbacks over the years that would have decimated lesser contenders. The fact that they had recently survived several line-up changes, an underfunded UK tour supporting Sammy Hagar and bagged a spot on the 1st Monsters Of Rock festival was a minor miracle.
 
With interest building amongst grass roots fans the future was actually beginning to look bright. That was until frontman Guy Speranza made a decision to leave the band. Fatigued by years of touring and (literally) banging his head against a brick wall, he moved aside for Rhett Forester, a man seen as a golden ticket to bigger and better things. Now signed to Elektra Records, the band once again retreated to their management’s downtown New York studio to craft ‘Restless Breed’, a record that although well received in their circles, edged the band slightly towards the centre ground. It was less the full-on NWOBHM - inspired frenetic energy of their previous records and more disposed towards power metal.
 
Still led by guitarist Mark Reale, this record was in many respects hamstrung by a new label who really didn’t know how to market their kind of act. Previous releases had benefitted from the band’s resourceful managers and an ability to connect with an underground fan base, but this time around they were left constrained by a label that refused to support them on tour and were dropping the promotional ball at every turn. Still, hats off to the band for crafting another album that still impresses to this day.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. HARD LOVIN’ MAN 2. CIA 3. RESTLESS BREED 4. WHEN I WAS YOUNG 5. LOANSHARK 6. LOVED BY YOU 7. OVER TO YOU 8. SHOWDOWN 9. DREAM AWAY 10. VIOLENT CRIMES
 
  
 
ORPHAN 'LONELY AT NIGHT' CANDY407
 
WE AT ROCK CANDY have always kept a special place in our hearts for Canadian artists, from Coney Hatch and Harlequin to Aldo Nova and all points in between. We feel there’s something unique about their songwriting and musical ability that sets them apart from their cousins in the USA. Orphan are a perfect example of this special ingredient, lending their music a magical appeal and a sound quite unlike anybody else recording at the time.
 
Formed in Winnipeg from the ashes of a band called The Pumps (who had links to obscure RCA act Max Damian) the band quickly signed to the Portrait label, an offshoot of CBS records, who were bathing in the recent and unexpected success of fellow Canadian group Loverboy. With the record label deeming their name to be too new wave leaning they switched to Orphan, a more conventional and less restrictive moniker. Recorded in New York at the world famous Power Station studios and co-produced by its owner Tony Bongiovi (cousin of Jon Bon Jovi) and Lance Quinn (Bon Jovi, Danger Danger) the album hits the melodic hard rock nail firmly on the head.
 
As one of the best Canadian albums of the era, the record embraces all the great elements that make for compelling listening; great hooks, unrelenting melody and musical ability that takes full advantage of clever arrangements. It’s a similar, but not identical, sound to both Loverboy and Aldo Nova. Check out tracks such as ‘Miracle’, ‘Saved By The Bell’, ‘Hello’ and the title track for proof. And if it’s epic widescreen songs you like then look no further than ‘Night Parade’.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new band interview and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. LONELY AT NIGHT 2. WHAT KIND OF LOVE IS THIS 3. MIRACLE 4. SHE TOLD ME 5. SAVED BY THE BELL 6. ANY TIME AT ALL 7. HELLO 8. ALL OVER THE WORLD 9. NIGHT PARADE
 
BITE THE BULLET 'S/T' CANDY378
 
IT MAKES LITTLE difference to us at Rock Candy whether a record sold a million copies or just a handful to a smattering of supportive friends and family. If the record is of a certain quality then facts and figures are irrelevant - all we’re interested in is shining a spotlight on music that has stood the test of time and continues to impress. Bite The Bullet are hardly a household name but to a select few who heard their one and only album they are one of the most invigorating and accomplished melodic rock bands of the era.
 
Formed by Mick Benton who had already had some degree of experience as a member of obscure NWOBHM related rock band Mother’s Ruin and a subsequent solo deal with Atlantic Records, that produced a well-received EP. The seeds of Bite The Bullet came together in 1986, their demos attracting the attention of industry heavyweight Don ‘Mr Big’ Arden, the notorious owner of Jet Records, home to ELO and Ozzy Osbourne, who subsequently signed them and financed their lone album. Sadly, by the late 80s, though, the label had contracted to the point where it was no longer a powerhouse.
 
Originally issued in 1989 and recorded in London, the record oozed class and sophistication, conjuring up immediate comparisons to other dynamic UK melodic rock outfits such as FM, Strangeways and Dare. Tracks such as ‘Change Of Heart’, ‘Edge Of The Rain’ and ‘Finished With Love’ showcase a band in full command of both their style and direction; a sound that could’ve been made for the American airwaves.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. CHANGE OF HEART 2. FINISHED WITH LOVE 3. EDGE OF THE RAIN 4. FAITH HEALING 5. COLD SURPRISE 6. RUNNING TO STAND STILL 7. DARK AGE 8. PLAYING AT LOVE 9. BIG MOUNTAIN 10. SAILORS SONG 11. WATERSHED
 
  
 
NIGHT 'S/T' CANDY379
 
THE STORY BEHIND Night is arguably one of the most intriguing and, by implication, frustrating in the history of rock. As a mini supergroup, with a super-slick FM radio style, they had the potential to fit neatly into the heavy-hitting platinum rock niche occupied by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, the Doobie Brothers and Air Supply. However, despite signing to an American record label and giving birth to two hit singles, their valiant efforts to compete fell short of expectations.
 
It’s therefore surprising to know that the band were actually formed in the UK, by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band lead vocalist Chris Thompson (he sang on the #1 single ‘Blinded By The Light’), together with celebrated backing vocalist Stevie Lange (wife of ‘Mutt’ Lange). Indeed, the band were well-known faces on the UK pub and club circuit before being unexpectedly signed up by Planet Records, a US-based label helmed by celebrated producer Richard Perry (Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Pointer Sisters). The band moved to Los Angeles, and Perry recorded the album over an exhaustive twelve months, enlisting the help of special guest players, including Bobby LaKind, Steve Porcaro and Michael McDonald.
 
The results are pretty spectacular. Musically the sound was very much in vogue with FM radio, featuring strident yet powerful rock tracks and emotive power ballads. It was an album that yielded two American hit singles with ‘If You Remember Me’ and the anthemic ‘Hot Summer Nights’. However, despite this chart success, the album failed to perform as well as it might have been expected and it was back to the drawing board for the follow up.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. HOT SUMMER NIGHTS  2. COLD WIND ACROSS MY HEART 3. IF YOU’VE GOTTA MAKE A FOOL OF SOMEBODY 4. AIN’T THAT PECULIAR 5. IF YOU REMEMBER ME 6. COME AROUND (IF YOU WANT ME) 7. YOU AIN’T PRETTY ENOUGH 8. SHOCKED 9. LOVE MESSAGE 10. PARTY SHUFFLE
 
NIGHT 'LONG DISTANCE' CANDY380
 
ARGUABLY NIGHT ARE one of the great lost acts of the late 70s/early 80s. Formed in London as a somewhat ad-hoc pub rock band going under the handle of Filthy McNasty, and fronted by two superlative vocalists, Chris Thompson (of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) and Stevie Lange (wife of superproducer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange). They secured a loyal following on the club circuit and were eventually offered a record deal from Planet Records, an American-based label affiliated to Warner Bros.
 
Night’s debut album certainly garnered critical and commercial attention, enough in fact to secure two hit singles in the lucrative American market place. Whilst the album stalled sales wise, the future still looked extremely promising and so with enthusiastic support they set about recording the follow-up record, ‘Long Distance’. Whilst the debut had been recorded during an extensive sojourn in Los Angeles, this time around, mainly for financial reasons, they opted to record in London. They also chose to switch producer and enlisted the services of bright young upstart Tim Friese-Green (Touch, Praying Mantis). It was a wise decision, as the album showcased a more strident style, moving away from the previous comparison to Fleetwood Mac, towards more forceful and harder rock laced with tougher guitars and solid hooks, a sound somewhat reminisant of REO Speedwagon and Survivor.
 
Released in 1980, the album, despite its sound quality and the undeniably good song writing displayed, failed to ignite commercial interest. It also suffered from label politics, with Planet Records dropping the band and album, despite some great reviews and encouraging reactions at several American FM radio stations. But ‘Long Distance’ is one of the best overlooked albums of the era.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. DR. ROCK  2. DON’T BREAK MY HEART 3. LOVE ON THE AIRWAVES 4. THE LETTER 5. CALLIN’ ME BACK 6. YOU CRIED WOLF 7. STEALIN’ 8. MISS YOU (LIKE I DO) 9. DAY AFTER DAY 10. GOOD TO BE BACK IN YOUR ARMS
 
 
Mon
26
Mar

Latest From Rock Candy - LEGS DIAMOND, MORNING STAR & NUTZ

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The following seven new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price.
 
LEGS DIAMOND ‘S/T’ CANDY340
 
IF EVER THERE was a band that should have taken their music to the very top of the rock charts and beyond, then Legs Diamond were surely it. Feted by the cognoscenti, yet forever living in a shadow, the band’s influence and reputation has actually increased as the years have flown by. To many, their music has come to represent some of the greatest hard rock to have emerged from North America, with some calling them, quite accurately, the American Deep Purple.
The band’s debut album came to represent the very soul of a movement that was in full swing, led by the likes of Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, BOC and Montrose. There was nothing shallow about the band’s music or message; it was a full on assault of cock sure riffs, sublime vocals, intricate arrangements and a confidence that you only witness in the most talented acts.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION 2CD EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 12 BONUS TRACKS, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEW AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: CD 1: 1. IT’S NOT THE MUSIC 2. STAGE FRIGHT 3. SATIN PEACOCK 4. ROCK AND ROLL MAN 5. DEADLY DANCER 6. RAT RACE 7. CAN’T FIND LOVE. CD 2 BONUS TRACKS: 8. COME WITH ME 9. RAT RACE 10. THRIL SEEKER 11. HIGH SCHOOL QUEEN 12.  NOT YOURS NOT MINE 13. DEADLY DANCER 14. ONE WAY TICKET 15. AVALANCHE 16. TRACES 17. STREET RUNNER 18. CLOSER 19. FOOD FOR THOUGHT
 
LEGS DIAMOND ‘A DIAMOND IS A HARD ROCK’ CANDY341
 
HAVING RECORDED ONE of the best debut hard rock albums of the 1970s, Legs Diamond had set a seriously high standard that attracted the attention of connoisseurs worldwide. Against all odds, the band’s second album was not only a more impressive statement but also one that solidified the group’s reputation for years to come. Produced this time around by Eddie Leonetti (who worked with Angel, Moxy and Rex) the record is an astonishing continuation of their debut, helping the band to fully realise their enormous potential.
Released in the fall of 1977, it showcases the band at the very peak of their powers, unleashing a veritable barrage of rock solid material. Cleverly bridging the gap between balls to the wall hard rock and more constrained content, the album builds on their reputation as a band that could easily combine clever instrumental prowess with hard as nails riffs.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 6 BONUS TRACKS, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEW AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. DIAMOND IS A HARD ROCK 2. WAITING 3. LONG SHOT 4. WOMAN 5. JAILBAIT 6. I THINK I GOT IT 7. EVIL 8. LIVE A LITTLE 9. FLYIN’ TOO HIGH. BONUS TRACKS: 10. HIGH SCHOOL QUEEN 11. TEASER 12. IT TAKES MORE SOUL (TO ROCK & ROLL) 13. STUMBLER 14. SHOWTIME IN CHICAGO 15. EVIL
 
  
 
LEGS DIAMOND ‘FIRE POWER’ CANDY342
 
HAVING RECORDED TWO sensational albums for well heeled Mercury Records, the band were cast adrift when sales figures revealed unexpected and disappointing results. But with deep resolve they opted to carry on and found a new home with independent label, Cream Records. Unfortunately, as things turned out it was not the saving grace they had hoped for but it did provide them with the opportunity to record yet another album that significantly added to their reputation.
 
Issued in 1979, the record actually received well intentioned promotion and contained arguably one of their greatest tracks, namely ‘Underworld King’, a song that further bolstered their reputation as the American comparison to Deep Purple. Other highlights include ‘Come With Me’ and ‘Man At The Top’. It is an album of light and shade, clearly the result of behind the scenes influences, but at least the band’s heart and soul was still beating loud and clear, letting us know that they were still very much contenders to the throne.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 11 BONUS TRACKS, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEW AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. UNDERWORLD KING  2. MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE  3. YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’  4. REMEMBER MY NAME  5. CHICAGO  6. MIDNIGHT LADY  7. HELP WANTED  8. COME WITH ME  9. TRAGEDY  10. MAN AT THE TOP. BONUS TRACKS: 11. WINDS OF FORTUNE 12. BETWEEN THE LEGS 13. HOUSE ON FIRE 14. SYMPTOMS OF PASSION 15. DANCE HALL GIGOLO 16. FIGHT FOR IT 17. HIDIN’ 18. GAMBLIN’ ON YOU 19. URBAN DESPERADO 20. CARD SHARK 21. SMOTHER ME
 
MORNINGSTAR ‘S/T’ CANDY300
 
YOU MAY NEVER have heard of Morningstar, but that’s no reason not to make a space in your life for them now. Formed in Kansas City during the early 70s, their debut album is a fitting period piece, eliciting comparisons to similar sounding mid-west champions such as Roadmaster, Trillion and Head East; all groups with a penchant for melody displaying respect for classy arrangements and impressive musicianship.
Issued in 1978, their hard driving edge and progressive flourishes made several tracks standout, such as the pounding ‘Turn Out All The Lights’, the epic six minute ‘Through The Night’ - a veritable stylistic cornucopia of heavy but melodious rock - and ‘Sad Lady’, a classy pomp rock prima donna blessed with layers of soaring vocals and impressive keyboards.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 2 BONUS TRACKS, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEW AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. SHOTGUN ROMANCE 2. PREMEDITATED RENDEZVOUS 3. SUNSHINE (CHANGIN’ OF THE SEASON) 4. THROUGH THE NIGHT 5. SWEET GEORGIA PEACH 6. SAD LADY 7. ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL SHOW 8. TURN OUT ALL THE LIGHTS 9. TOO MUCH TO LOSE.  BONUS TRACKS: 10. GENTLEMEN OF  FORTUNE 11. REMEMBER WHEN
 
MORNINGSTAR ‘VENUS’ CANDY301
 
‘VENUS’ WAS MORNINGSTAR’S second album, issued in 1979, on the Columbia label and like their debut, it failed spectacularly to bother the charts despite the quality of their music. However, to a select few, the band’s penchant for playing in a style later labelled as pomp rock (think Trillion, Roadmaster, Starcastle) gave them an undeniable edge, creating a small but dedicated following; one that would grow in later years with the Internet helping to tap into a scene ripe for reappraisal.
 
The album builds on their debut yet demonstrates a slightly more mainstream approach, best exemplified by the epic, Foreigneresque vibe of ‘Never Meant To Be’, the poptastic s groove of ‘Rosie’ and the classical pomp rock of ‘Let Me Dream’, with its majestic finale.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEW AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. ANGEL 2. EVERYBODY I LOVE YOU 3. LADY LOVE 4. ROCK & ROLL RODEO 5. NEVER MEANT TO BE 6. ROSIE 7. GIMME SOME LOVIN’ 8. HARD BARGAIN DRIVER 9. LET ME DREAM
 
  
 
NUTZ ‘S/T’ CANDY367
 
WITH THE RISE of British rock as a major, worldwide, force during the early seventies a slew of up and coming home grown acts also appeared including Nutz. Formed in their home city of Liverpool this four man unit fitted right into the scene and not surprisingly secured an influential deal with the A&M label. Issued in 1974, and housed in a highly controversial sleeve, the album attracted strong reviews and saw the band instigate an intense gigging schedule (including opening for Queen on their 1974 tour). The album is an impressive mixture of powerful hard rock, and more ambitious compositions such as the hard hitting ‘Ain’t No Thanks To You’ (featuring superb slide guitar), ‘As Far As The Eye Can See’ and ‘Poor Man’.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 1 BONUS TRACK, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEW AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. POOR MAN 2. AIN’T NO THANKS TO YOU 3. SPOKE IN A WHEEL 4. I CAN’T UNWIND 5. CAN’T TELL HER WHY 6. AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE 7. LOVE WILL LAST FOREVER 8. LIGHT OF DAY 9. ROUND & ROUND 10. JOKE.  BONUS TRACKS: 11. JUST FOR THE CRACK 12. JUST FOR THE CRACK (Live) 13. JOKE (Live) 14. I CAN’T UNWIND (Live) 15. AIN’T NO THANKS TO YOU (Live) 16. POOR MAN (Live) 17. ROUND & ROUND (Live) 18. LIGHT OF DAY (Live)
 
NUTZ ‘TOO’ CANDY368
 
WITH A POSITIVE reputation established via their debut album, Liverpool based quintet Nutz set about recording their follow-up album in London’s Trident studios utilising, once again, producer John Anthony who had so successfully guided their debut. It wise a wise move as the resultant record showed distinct maturity and a great gift for constructive arrangements. It also continued to showcase the inventive guitar playing of Mick Devonport and the impressive vocals of Dave Lloyd. Issued in 1975 ‘Nutz Too’ contained a brace of intelligent and well constructed tracks veering from on-point mid-seventies hard rock such as ‘Take It From Me’, ‘Cool Me Down’ and the jewel in the crown ‘Sinner’, to more introspective fair like ‘Dear Diary and ‘The Love You Lost’.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. NATURE INTENDED 2. I WANT NEVER GETS 3. TAKE IT FROM ME 4. CHANGE’S COMING 5. DEAR DIARY 6. IS IT ALL FOR REAL 7. COOL ME DOWN 8. R.S.D. 9. THE LOVE YOU LOST 10. SINNER 11. KNIFE EDGE BONUS TRACK: 12. LONG SHIPS
 
 
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Dec

ROCK CANDY Issue 5 Out Now: RANDY RHOADS

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The New ‘Old School’ Rock Mag By The Writers Who Were There

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It Just Got Even Louder!
Issue 5 of Rock Candy Mag (December 2017 - January 2018) is here, packed to the rafters witth fantastic features and photos from rock’s greatest era, including-
RANDY RHOADS
RANDY RHOADS - Remembering OOzzy’s guitar genius who died 35 years ago.
MÖTLEY CRÜE
MÖTLEY CRÜE - Behind the sccenes on their wildest tour.
BON SCOTT
BON SCOTT - New revelations about thee unforgettable AC/DC frontman.
JUDAS PRIEST
JUDAS PRIEST - Unleashed In The East..
CHEAP TRICK
CHEAP TRICK - The making of  --At Budokan’.
ANTHRAX
ANTHRAX - Scott Ian opens up on everrything.
WHITE LION
WHITE LION - They demand respect!
LED ZEPPELIN
LED ZEPPELIN - Diamond Head guitarisst Brian Tatler picks his all-time favourite moments.
MARK WEISS+
MARK WEISS - The legendary rock phottographer shares his greatest images.
 
AND NOT FORGETTING-
Ian Astbury
The Cult’s Ian Astbury and his trouser ironing fetish.
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Rock Candy Mag is available from UK retailers and in shops around the world via distribution from industry giant Marketforce. Also available direct from us at www.rockcandymag.com

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Thu
03
Aug

ROCK CANDY Issue 3 Out Now: SCORPIONS

 
The New ‘Old School’ Rock Mag By The Writers Who Were There
It just got louder!
Issue 3 of Rock Candy Mag (August-Sepptember 2017) is here, packed to the rafters with features and photos from rock’s greatest era, including-
SCORPIONS
SCORPIONS - The band reveall the real stories behind their most famous photos
STYX
STYX - Dennis De Young wants one more tourr
VAN HALEN
VAN HALEN - The ‘1984’ albbum goes under the Rock Candy microscope
MANOWAR
MANOWAR - The most misunderstood band in mmetal?
URIAH HEEP
URIAH HEEP - Vocal disharmony
PANTERA
PANTERA - The rise and rise of the Dallass Cowboys
FREE
FREE - Mr. Big’s Eric Martin reviiews Free’s catalogue
GREAT WHITE
GREAT WHITE - Jack Russell on why he-’s never getting back with the band
 
AND NOT FORGETTING-
ROBERT PLANT
ROBERT PLANT - He owes us 50 quid
Rock Candy Magazine is a new bi-monthly physical mag, with a digital download thrown in. Yes, it’s actually printed on actual paper!

It’s the brainchild of Derek Oliver, Howard Johnson and Malcolm Dome, three Kerrang! writers who lived it all in the ’80s.

It’s aimed at the discerning fan who wants to wallow in nostalgia and relive the glory days of classic rock.

Rock Candy Mag isn’t available in the shops. You can only get it through our website at www.rockcandymag.com

It’s 100 pages of the purest classic rock from the ’70s and ’80s, with no room for punk, new wave, skinny tie pop or post-industrial claptrap! And it’s all treated with respect and illustrated with the finest photography of the era.

 

 
Tue
04
Jul

Rock Candy Records Latest - BAD ENGLISH, ALANNAH MYLES, DOKKEN, JETBOY

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ALANNAH MYLES ‘S/T’ CANDY354
 
WHEN CANADIAN CHANTEUSE Alannah Myles issued her debut album few expected it to attain a level of success that would elevate her to international acclaim and see her become one of the biggest selling female artists of the era. Alannah continues to exude an undeniable air of confidence, but the sheer scale of her accomplishment and the ramifications of the exposure are, in many respects, still being felt by her to this very day.
Born and raised in Toronto, Alannah’s rise to fame was initially littered with frustration and slow progress but bolstered by an unshakeable belief in her abilities. It was this faith in her own talent that fuelled her determination to succeed at all costs, eventually winning an impressive deal with Atlantic Records in the US. Her debut album issued in 1989, and produced by fellow Canadian David Tyson, is a record that mined the lucrative space between all out hard rock and considered pop.
On this record, we are left in no doubt as to Alannah’s vocal credentials. Raspy, sultry and uniquely distinctive her voice permeated a work that had immediate appeal, from cock-sure rockers such as ‘Still Got This Thing For You’, ‘Kick Start My Heart’ and ‘Rock This Joint’ to heart rending ballads like ‘Lover Of Mine’ and ‘Who Loves You’. But of course it’s the huge international hit single ‘Black Velvet’ that created her position in the marketplace, helping to propel the album to sales in excess of 6 million units worldwide.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. STILL GOT THIS THING  2. LOVE IS  3. BLACK VELVET  4. ROCK THIS JOINT  5. LOVER OF MINE  6. KICK START MY HEART  7. IF YOU WANT TO  8. JUST ONE KISS  9. WHO LOVES YOU  10. HURRY MAKE LOVE
 
  
 
MICHAEL WHITE ‘S/T’ CANDY350
 
MICHAEL WHITE’S STORY has always been closely linked to the ghost of Led Zeppelin by virtue of the fact that he fronts one of the world’s preeminent Zeppelin tribute acts, The White. Over the years he has carved out a lucrative career presenting an accurate and entertaining testimonial to an act that redefined the course of rock music.
Interestingly, Michael’s stab at solo success included an unexpectedly successful entrée into the business. Encouraged by Robert Plant himself, he submitted demos to Atlantic Records that were eventually sanctioned by the most important executive at the label, namely label founder, and the man who originally signed Zeppelin, Ahmet Ertegun. Label hopes were high that Michael could cut an impressive solo album and not entirely ape Zeppelin’s sound.
Paired with hot-shot producer Mack (Queen, Billy Squier) he was sent to Munich to record, but problems emerged almost immediately when Mack dismissed Michael’s band (incuding future W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper and former Moxy drummer Danny Bilan) after only a handful of tracks had been taped. Michael suddenly felt that the project slipping away from him when Mack insisted on using session players and utilising electronic programming.
Issued in 1987, the album received positive acclaim for not only its content but also the way it steered clear of immediate Zeppelin comparisons. Indeed, if anything, the record displayed a decided nod to solo era Robert Plant, and it boasted an impressive selection of wide-screen epics such as ‘Matriarch’, ‘One Good Turn’, ‘Fantasy’ and the crowning glory ‘Psychometry’.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. FANTASY  2. I KNOW YOU NEED SOMEONE  3. BRING ON THE NIGHT  4. MATRIARCH  5. ONE GOOD TURN  6.    PSYCHOMETRY  7. DÉJÀ VU  8. JUMPIN’ THE FENCE  9. RADIO  10. DIRTY DANCER
 
JETBOY ‘FEEL THE SHAKE’ CANDY329
 
WHEN YOU THINK about the LA rock scene from the mid eighties there were a lot of winners (Guns N’Roses, Poison, Motley Crue) and a heck of a lot of losers. However, in a strange alternative universe, many of the also ran’s were more revered than the pantheon of heavy hitters. Take Jet Boy for instance, one of the most revered acts on the scene who, through no fault of their own, were lost to obscurity yet attracted a devoted and passionate fan following.
Formed initially in San Francisco, the band, like so many others, soon gravitated to Los Angeles where they cemented their line up, including former Hanoi Rocks bassist Sam Yaffa, and rubbed shoulders with other hopefuls in a scene that was rapidly exploding. In late 1986 they signed a coveted record deal with Elektra Records and set about recording their debut album with British producer Tom Allom (Judas Priest, Def Leppard and Krokus etc). However once the record was completed disaster struck when Elektra reshaped their roster and cast the band adrift
Fortunately MCA Records snapped up the band issuing ‘Feel The Shake’ in 1988. Informed by the sounds of the Rolling Stones, The CULT, Guns ‘N’ Roses and, most succinctly, Hanoi Rocks, the record won much acclaim but failed to connect commercially. Songs such as ‘Bad Disease’, ‘Fire In My Heart’, ‘Snake Bite’ and the title track, lodge them in the top echelon of low slung guitar mavericks.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. FEEL THE SHAKE  2. MAKE SOME NOISE  3. BAD DISEASE  4. FIRE IN MY HEART  5. HOMETOWN BLUES  6. LOCKED IN A CAGE  7. TALKIN’  8.  HARD CLIMB  9. BLOODSTONE  10.  SNAKEBITE
 
  
 
STONE FURY ‘BURNS LIKE A STAR’ CANDY355
 
WE’VE SAID IT before and, no doubt we’ll be saying it in the future, that some records sink into obscurity with no obvious explanation. Quality and class, it would appear, don’t always lead to success in the music business, leaving omissions from the list of winners that have no obvious reasons. The fate of Stone Fury is one such example; an exemplary band, with great songs and superb musical arrangements, left behind at the starting gate, whilst others with lesser abilities made larger commercial impact.
Based in Los Angeles, and formed by the talented duo of German born singer Lenny Wolf (who would later taste success as the leader of Kingdom Come) and American guitarist Bruce Gowdy, Stone Fury concocted an immediately identifiable sound that led to much industry interest. The band’s demo eventually secured them a coveted deal with the giant MCA Corporation. Utilising the services of top British producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Free, Hughes/Thrall), their album was recorded in Los Angeles and issued in 1984, to strong critical reaction but, surprisingly, precious few sales.
Very much a heavy yet melodic outfit, their sound appeared to lean towards the 70s but Wolf’s near falsetto vocal style gave the songs a contemporary edge, bolstered by Gowdy’s impressive guitar work and adventurous, sometimes progressive, musicianship. Not to put too fine a point on it, songs such as ‘Break Down The Walls’, ‘I Hate To Sleep Alone’ and ‘Hold It’ show the band to be superior composers, with the ballad ‘Life Is Too Lonely’ easily demonstrating an ability to take the music to more emotional heights. Certainly an album that requires a lot more recognition.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1.  BREAK DOWN THE WALLS  2.  I HATE TO SLEEP ALONE  3.  LIFE IS TOO LONELY  4.  DON’T TELL ME WHY  5.  MAMAS LOVE  6.  BURNS LIKE A STAR  7.  TEASE  8.  HOLD IT  9.  SHANNON YOU LOSE
 
BAD ENGLISH ‘S/T’ CANDY320
 
THERE WERE MANY attempts at piecing together supergroups during the late 80s but few were as successful as Bad English, a project born from the mash-up of two hugely influential outfits, namely the Babys (John Waite, Ricky Philips) and Journey (Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon and, later, Deen Costronovo). Both groups had featured talent to die for so anticipation was extremely high for this noble alliance, Fortunately, unlike similar collaborations, the results were spectacular, leaving no one in any doubt that Bad English had delivered a cornerstone record, one that is still revered to this day.
Fronted by the stunning and instantly identifiable voice of John Waite, and ably supported by guitar firebrand Neal Schon, the album contains a brace of superior tracks that elevated the record to platinum status and beyond. Signed to the Epic Records label and produced by Richie Zito (Eddie Money, Cheap Trick, Heart) it boasted no less than five hit singles, including ‘Price Of Love’ and the chart topping #1 power ballad ‘When I See You Smile’. It was a record constructed with pin point accuracy crushing the competition by a country mile.
Issued in June 1989, their commercial accomplishments belies the band’s true depth, a powerhouse rock band laying down the law with grit and determination, as demonstrated on tracks like ‘Possession’, ‘Best Of What I Got’, ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Rockin’ Horse’;  all scorching examples of a style and sound that has not diminished one jot over time. No wonder the album sold Platinum and beyond.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. BEST OF WHAT I GOT  2. HEAVEN IS A 4 LETTER WORD  3.  POSSESSION  4.  FORGET ME NOT  5.  WHEN I SEE YOU SMILE  6.  TOUGH TIMES DON’T LAST  7.  GHOST IN YOUR HEART 8. PRICE OF LOVE  9.  READY WHEN YOU ARE  10.  LAY DOWN 11. THE RESTLESS ONES  12.  ROCKIN’ HORSE  13.  DON’T WALK AWAY  BONUS TRACKS: 14.  PRICE OF LOVE (REMIX)  15.  FORGET ME NOT (REMIX)
 
 
DOKKEN ‘BEAST FROM THE EAST’ CANDY345
 
THE IMPRESSIVE THING about Dokken was that they not only crafted great songs, looking and sounding very much like the archetypical eighties LA rock band, but that they were also an extremely musically gifted unit. Each member was at the cutting edge of their craft, delivering maximum impact in both the studio and on stage. This combined talent produced several big selling albums and paved the way for the recording of this their career-defining double live album.
However, all was not well within the ranks of the band. Leader and vocalist Don Dokken and guitarist extraordinaire George Lynch were involved in a long running feud, one that was played out in public, but one which also added colour to the project, giving the band an edge that provided a palpable frisson to their appeal. In many respects ‘Beast From The East’ benefits from this tension, giving the music a sense of purpose and energy that easily eclipsed the studio recordings.
Taped in Tokyo in early 1988, during an eight date Japanese tour, and released later that year, the record received tremendous reviews and featured seriously impressive versions of Dokken classics such as ‘Dream Warriors’, ‘Unchain The Night’, ‘In My Dreams and ‘Just Got Lucky’. George Lynch’s guitar playing is off the hook, while the rest of the band lay down the law like men possessed. Look out too for a new studio track ‘Walk Away’, giving some indication of where the band might have gone had they remained together.”
 
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TRACK LISTING:  DISC ONE:  1.   UNCHAIN THE NIGHT  2.   TOOTH AND NAIL  3.   STANDING IN THE SHADOWS  4.   SLEEPLESS NIGHT  5.   DREAM WARRIORS  6.   KISS OF DEATH  7.   WHEN HEAVEN COMES DOWN  8.   INTO THE FIRE  9.   MR. SCARY.  DISC TWO:  1.    HEAVEN SENT  2.   IT’S NOT LOVE  3.   ALONE AGAIN  4.   JUST GOT LUCKY  5.   BREAKING THE CHAINS  6.   IN MY DREAMS  7.   TURN ON THE ACTION  8.   WALK AWAY
 
 
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