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Tue
20
Feb

CHRIS ANTBLAD – Collected Works Vol. One, 6CD Set Due March 29 on MRC

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MelodicRock Classics is thrilled to reunite with an old friend – Swedish singer/songwriter CHRIS ANTBLAD – for a 6CD Box Set ‘Collected Works, Volume 1’, a Limited Edition (500 Units) set, which takes in 6 of Chris’ studio albums from recent years, all previously only available via streaming and digital outlets.
This is Chris Antblad’s first physical CD release since ‘A New Dawn’ in 2012.
Chris first worked with MRC’s Andrew McNeice for the release of his debut solo album ‘Century’, back in 2011.
 
This limited box set captures 6 acclaimed albums, plus several bonus tracks, exclusive for this release.
 
Available for pre-order NOW, ‘Collected Works Volume 1’ will be released March 29 on MelodicRock Classics.
 
About Chris Antblad:
Chris Antblad was a big part of the songwriting and vocal talent behind the Spin Galley release ‘Standing Tall’, which came out on Atenzia Records in 2004.
That's just the start - Chris Antblad has spent the better part of his adult life as a musician and primarily as a songwriter. A mix of versatility and exceptional lyricism, has led to many interesting collaborations over the years. Primarily, the songwriting has been concentrated on adult oriented rock music and country. Two styles of music that both are reliant on advanced vocal-parts and arrangements.
After a few years of songwriting, the necessity for good demos fostered a vocal ability that in later years led to more and more vocal work. Growing up outside the Swedish music scene, there was little to choose from, in terms of vocalists, and necessity once again turned out to be the mother of invention. He was forced to learn the art of singing, and after a couple of uncomfortable years, he found himself a decent singer. Combined with the experience as a session keyboard player, with a lot of jazz under the belt, and decent abilities on guitar and bass, the quality of the work started to reach a professional level.
The songwriting led to Nashville and collaborations with some of his heroes like John Bettis, Gary Baker, Eric Martin, Paul Carrack, Michael Jay, Joe Lynn Turner, John Capek, Randy Goodrum, Jay Graydon, Brett James and Wayne Kirkpatrick. His interest for AOR always lingered as a result of growing up in the 80-ies and has led to a long-time collaboration with Joe Lynn Turner and a few noted appearances, one of which was the noted one-off Spin Gallery project.
 
‘Chris Antblad – Collected Works Vol. 1’ Features:
 
Disc One - Age Of Concord III: The Last Day Of Summer (2020)
Disc Two - Age Of Concord: America (2020)
Disc Three - Age Of Concord IV (2021)
Disc Four - Age Of Concord 80 (2021)
Disc Five - Sweet Surrender (2022)
Disc Six - The End Of The Beginning (2022)
 
Full Track Listing:
 
DISC ONE Age Of Concord III: The Last Day Of Summer
01. Unbroken   
02. Lion               
03. The Last Day Of Summer       
04. Mr. Preacherman    
05. A Painting   
06. My Heart's Forever Young    
07. Tattoos        
08. I Played The Piano And She Danced 
09. I Prayed For Rain      
10. When It Was Only You And Me          
11. Words
12. Another Pointless Song (Bonus Track)
13. Hell Is Empty (Bonus Track)
14. Long Live The King (Bonus Track)
 
DISC TWO Age Of Concord: America
01. When The Rain Is Done
02. Keep On Running
03. Bring Me Down
04. I Knew That Love Was Over
05. Just Hold On
06. Cry On My Shoulder
07. Love Is Nothing More
08. I’m Not Scared
09. A New Girl in Town
10. While Our Broken World Is Weeping
11. Show Me
 
DISC THREE Age Of Concord IV
01. I Just Needed To Know
02. Breaking Away From The Hero
03. A Summer That Won’t End
04. White Man’s Overbite
05. Everyone Knows
06. Love Was Never Lost Along The Way
07. Mr. Primeminister
08. There Is A Light
09. The Days
10. Summer Has Finally Come
11. Music City
12. Song For My M
13. I Play The Game (Bonus Track)
14. Noice (Bonus Track)
 
DISC FOUR Age Of Concord 80
01. It’s Summer Once Again
02. Lonely Nights
03. Through The Open Door
04. What If We Never Say Goodbye
05. Not Today
06. You Knew This Was Love
07. Run
08. I’ll Be Waiting
09. I’m Not Afraid To Come Closer
10. Here Between Now And Forever
 
DISC FIVE Sweet Surrender
01. Love Was Easy
02. Once Again
03. What’s Not To Like
04. Time To Catch Another Wave
05. One-Way Ticket
06. When There Is Nothing To Hide
07. More Than We Dared To Pretend
08. Play Me A Song From The Old Days
09. Sweet Surrender
10. Praying For Another Day
11. Lie To Me
12. A Box Of Moo-Juice
13. How Do You Know When It’s Done
14. Looking For A Place To Hide
15. I Have Faith
16. Fine, Fine, Fine
17. Anything, Anywhere
18. Wild Women
 
DISC SIX The End Of The Beginning
01. Deep In Your Eyes
02. You Started Something New
03. Now When The Brighter Days Are Gone
04. They Don’t Live Here Anymore
05. I Will Never Run
06. Maybe I’m Dreaming
07. We Had It All
08. Summeryoung
09. The One That Got Away
10. She Is Waiting By The Telephone
11. Cigarettes And Photographs (Bonus Track)
12. Faded Pictures (Bonus Track)
13. The Teremana Song (Bonus Track)
 
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31
Jan
 
Sat
27
Jan

MARTEE LeBOW 'Rock Anthology' Gathers 80s Material & Unreleased Demos

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MelodicRock Classics is excited to announce the first ever CD release for New York City rocker Martee LeBow’s two popular 80s records ‘Crimes of The Heart’ and ‘Love’s A Liar’. 
 
And to sweeten the deal, the 2CD set includes Martee’s out of print 1993 three track EP plus 11 previously unreleased bonus demos.
 
The double compilation ‘Rock Anthology (1986-1993)’ will be released February 23.
 
About Martee LeBow:
Martee LeBow is an acclaimed recording artist, singer/songwriter from upstate NY.
She taught herself to play the piano at age 3 and began writing songs at 10. In her teens she recorded her first album, "The Lady Wants To be A Star" produced by Charlie Calello, featuring NYC session royalty including Will Lee, The Brecker Bros, John Tropea and Jeff Mirinov. She supported the critically acclaimed release of that debut album with a nationwide tour before moving to NYC to continue to play her brand of bluesy rock in the clubs with her band.
 
In the 80s Martee signed with Atlantic Records and released "Crimes of the Heart" EP (prod. Robbie Buchanan) and "Love's A Liar" album (prod. John Jansen). 
 
Martee has collaborated with some great writers including, the late, great Keith Reid (Procol Harum) and Grammy award winner Will Jennings ("Roll Away", a sentimental favorite recorded by Dusty Springfield on her very last album).
She has also had a successful jingle career, singing on many commercials over the years such as Coke, Folgers, Budweiser, JC Penney, AT+T, Mercedes Benz, Sears, Dominos, Mc Donald's, Charmin', and Dannon, just to name a few.
As a background singer, she has supported other artists, including recording and traveling the globe with world music band, Alabina and Ishtar (singing in 5 languages!)
 
Her favorite gig for many years, has been as lead singer of The Mar-Tays, a slammin’ A-list NYC band with Irwin Fisch, John Siegler, Frank Vilardi, Ira Siegel, Larry Saltzman, and Robbie Kondor.
 
Most recently, she is very excited about the in-development show ”Last Night at the Rue Bayou”, for which she is the musical composer.  https://www.ruebayoumusical.com
 
Martee describes herself as ”still having too much fun!”
 
 
CD1: Crimes Of The Heart (1986) & Love’s A Liar (1987)
01. Crimes Of The Heart 3:47
02. Stranded in the Moonlight 3:43
03. Love Just Ain't Enough 3:32
04. One Down 3:43
05. Hearts Of Stone 4:12
06. Where Do I Stand 3:34
07. Another Lonely Heart 4:04
08. Love's A Liar 4:04
09. Maybe You'll Remember 3:31
10. Learning The Hard Way 3:30
11. Hang On (To My Reckless Youth) 4:04
12. Fallen Angel 3:45
13. Forbidden 5:05
14. I Must Be In Love 3:58
15. One Good Reason 3:18
 
CD2: Roll Away (CD Single) & Unreleased
01. Roll Away 4:31
02. Gone 3:05
03. Sail On 3:53
 
Unreleased Bonus Tracks:
04. Written In Stone 4:03
05. Running Out Of Time 4:24
06. Lost To The City 3:36
07. Remember Me 4:27
08. Crest Of A Wave 3:34
09. The Real You 4:23
10. Shade Of Green 3:50
11. Moonshine 3:17
12. Under The Sun 4:13
13. Hurtin You 3:36
14. In Your Own Backyard 4:06
 
Sat
27
Jan

AVION Finally Gets Official CD Release via MRC February 23

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MelodicRock Classics kicks off their 2024 Release Schedule with some long-awaited gems, starting with four new titles on February 23.
 
To start, MRC is thrilled to partner with Randall Waller to bring fans the first ever official CD releases from the classic Aussie melodic rock band AVION.
 
Avion’s two acclaimed studio albums: ‘Avion’ (1983) and ‘White Noise’ (1986) have both been the subject of bootlegs but have never had an official CD release.
In addition to the two studio albums, Avion released an independent live album on cassette only in 1987 and that too is now going to find its way to CD a part of this reissue series.
 
All 3 CDs are remastered by JK Northrup from the best available master sources and will feature non-album singles and B-sides as bonus tracks.
 
Check out Randall’s brand-new solo album ‘More’ at: https://randallwaller.bandcamp.com/album/more
 
About Avion:
Avion's lead guitarist and lead singer, Randall Waller had previously released two albums as a solo artist, Oasis (1978) and Midnight Fire (1980). In 1981 Waller formed pop rock group Lionheart in Sydney with Evan Murray on keyboards, Martyn Toole on guitar, and his two brothers: John Waller on drums and Kendall Waller on bass guitar - the group was soon renamed as Avion.
Avion signed with RCA Records and, in September 1983, released their debut self-titled album, mixed by Bob Clearmountain at the Power Station recording studio in NYC. The album spawned three singles, "I Need You" (March 1983), "Diamond Eyes" (September) and "Never Let Me Go" (October).
In August 1984 the group issued a non-album single, "Still the Night". Paul Gannell replaced Toole on guitar and, in September 1985, released "We've Got Secrets" on RCA. In 1986, the band signed a deal with EMI Records and "Celebration" appeared in September. In 1987 the band's second album, “White Noise”, followed.
In September 1987 Evan Murray died in a car accident while the group were on tour and the band essentially disbanded.
Randall Waller remaining in the industry, working as a producer, engineer, and then guitarist in Shania Twain’s band.
 
TRACK LISTINGS:
 
Avion – Avion (1983)
01. I Need You
02. Diamond Eyes
03. Lady Of The Night
04. We Can Try
05. Warrior
06. Never Let Me Go
07. Where Do We Go From Here
08. Always Waiting
09. Who's Crying Now
10. Once Bitten, Twice Shy
 
Bonus Tracks:
11. Still The Night (1984 Single)
12. Southern Cross (1984 Single B-Side)
 
Avion – White Noise (1986)
01. Celebration
02. Berlin Wall
03. Elle
04. In My Mind
05. Ships
06. We've Got Secrets
07. Calm Before The Storm
08. The Next Big Thing
09. On And On
10. Never Too Late
 
Bonus Tracks:
The Bigger You Are (1985 B-Side)
Ransom (1986 B-Side)
 
Avion – Live (1987 Release)
01. Long Night
02. Where Do We Go From Here
03. In My Mind
04. Ships
05. Secrets
06. Warrior
07. Ransom
08. On And On
09. Money Or Love
10. Berlin Wall
11. Celebration
12. I Need You
13. The Bigger You Are
14. Never Too Late
 
Bonus Tracks:
15. Ransom (Alt. Live Mix)
16. Money Or Love (Alt. Live Mix)
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Wed
17
Jan

AVION, MARTEE LeBOW, CHRIS ANTBLAD & BRICKLIN Coming to MelodicRock Classics

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MelodicRock Classics kicks off their 2024 Release Schedule with some long-awaited gems, starting with four new titles on February 23.
Individual expanded Press Releases with full title details will follow shortly.
 
To start, MRC is thrilled to partner with Randall Waller to bring fans the first ever official CD releases from the classic Aussie melodic rock band AVION.
Avion’s two acclaimed studio albums: ‘Avion’ (1983) and ‘White Noise’ (1986) have both been the subject of bootlegs but have never had an official CD release.
In addition to the two studio albums, Avion released an independent live album on cassette only in 1987 and that too is now going to find its way to CD a part of this reissue series.
All 3 CDs are remastered by JK Northrup from the best available master sources and will feature non-album singles and b-sides as bonus tracks.
Check out Randall’s brand new solo album ‘More’ at: https://randallwaller.bandcamp.com/album/more
 
 
 
February 23 will also be the release date for a much-needed compilation featuring New York singer/songwriter MARTEE LeBOW.
Martee is of course responsible for some classic 80s American rock anthems, as featured on her 1986 EP ‘Crimes Of The Heart’ and the full-length follow-up ‘Love’s A Liar’ in 1987.
In 1993 there was a new 3-Track single ‘Roll Away’, before Martee moved on to other roles in the music world.
The debut EP and LP were never released on CD at the time, so with the assistance of JK Northrup, all of this material has been remastered for a 2CD ‘Rock Anthology 1986-1993’, which will be released February 23.
Martee graciously went through her musical archives to dig up a selection of previously unreleased songs, which will round out the compilation, including one song that surely would have been a hit single! Full details shortly – along with pre-order links.
 
 
MelodicRock Classics is excited to announce a March 29 release from the great Swedish singer/songwriter CHRIS ANTBLAD! A 6CD Box Set will gather 6 individual Chris Antblad/Age Of Concorde digital solo albums, previously released worldwide on streaming platforms only – now gathered for the very first time on a 6CD Box Set titled ‘Collected Works – Volume One’; strictly limited to 500 Units worldwide.
Full details soon!
 
 
On April 26, the retail release of the 8CD BRICKLIN Box Set ‘Anthology – The Complete Story’ will arrive. Pre-orders will be shipped out as soon as the sets arrive, with wholesale orders filled with any remaining copies.
Pre-orders and full details of the set can be found here: https://melodicrockclassics.com/bricklin.html
All those that pre-order will receive the full set audio in the coming couple of weeks.
 
 
Two May 31 releases will be announced shortly. Two very cool box sets and a really obscure cult melodic rock title.

 

 
Mon
11
Dec

BRICKLIN - Anthology - The Complete Story (1979-1999)

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Bricklin will be best known to AOR fans for their massive cult anthem ‘Walk Away’ and their much-loved debut album ‘Bricklin’, but there has always been so much more to the band. From Schoolboys to Bricklin to Martin’s Dam, the core has always been brothers Brian and Scott Bricklin and together with MelodicRock Classics, are finally putting all their recorded work together in the one place for the first time – with an absolute plethora of additional demos and unreleased songs.
 
Bricklin – Anthology – The Complete Story (1979-1999) gathers the Bricklin debut and both Martin’s Dam albums along with the best of their song recordings over the years, the majority of being previously unreleased until now. We also get a dive back into the start of the brothers work in their first band Schoolboys. This 8CD Deluxe Box Set leaves no stone unturned in showcasing the guys’ unique writing style.
 
As a special treat for Bricklin fans, MRC and the band are excited to announce that Disc 2 of the set will include a brand new 2023 Bricklin song – ‘Backseat Driver’, which will be released as a single soon!
 
PRE-ORDERS for the 8CD DVD Size Package are available now for $129 (including tracked worldwide express shipping).
 
The set is limited to strictly 500 units worldwide. Those familiar with MRC’s first release Hollyridgeland will be familiar with the packaging.
 
The official retail release and delivery of the sets will come in April. The package complexity requires a 12-week manufacturing window, but digital audio will be delivered well in advance for all pre-orders.
 
Full track listing below, but the set comprises of the following discs:
 
CD1 – ‘Bricklin’ (Album Released 1986)
CD2 – ‘Bricklin’ Album Demos + New Track
CD3 – The Unreleased Bricklin Demos Part 1
CD4 – The Unreleased Bricklin Demos Part 2
CD5 – The Unreleased Bricklin Demos Part 3
CD6 – Martin’s Dam ‘The Healing’ & Demos (Album Released 1994)
CD7 – Martin’s Dam ‘Sky Above’ & Demos (Album Released 1998)
CD8 – Early & Later (More Unreleased Demos)
Martin’s Dam (Unreleased) and Schoolboys (Tracks Recorded 1979 - 1982)
 
PLUS DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS!
 
About Bricklin:
Brothers Brian and Scott Bricklin first started writing and performing together in the late 70s. Their first collaboration came under the moniker Schoolboys. They virtually still were. From 1979 to 1982, the band saw the brothers already developing their power pop sound.
In 1982 they changed lineups and band name, brining the Bricklin name to life.
From 1982-1989 Bricklin did their best to take over the melodic rock world. Signed to A&M Records, the band released one album, which featured the hit single ‘Walk Away’, a treasured AOR classic that appeared in the movie and soundtrack for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
 
Numerous recordings followed the acclaimed debut, but sadly none of those songs were officially released.
 
Sensing the need for change, in 1990 the band became Martin’s Dam. For the next decade, the guys wrote and recorded music, culminating in two studio albums being released.
The debut The Healing was released in 1994 and re-released in 1995 and the sophomore record Sky Above saw them signed to Hybrid/Sire Records. The acoustic driven power pop records again found numerous fans, but worldwide domination would elude the talented writers.
 
Since that time both have continued writing, performing and working in the industry. Scott as a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, session musician, sound engineer, producer and teacher.
Brian as a producer and engineer, mixing and mastering for over 200 bands, label recording artists, singer-songwriters.
 
The guys are so excited for this period of their professional lives to be showcased in this deluxe box set, spanning the years 1979 – 1999.
 
 
BRICKLIN – Anthology (1979-1999) TRACK LIST
CD1 – ‘Bricklin’ (Album Released 1986)
01. Fear Of Life 04:27
02. For Her Love 04:49
03. Even When You're Done With Me 03:46
04. All I Know 04:28
05. Love Without Pain 03:53
06. If This Is Love 04:24
07. All You Own 04:55
08. She's Not My Girl 04:51
09. How Come I 03:51
10. The Sleeping Dream 03:58
11. Walk Away 04:19
 
Bonus Demos:
12. Fear Of Life (Demo) 04:11
13. For Her Love (Demo) 1 03:47
14. All I Know (Demo) 04:30
15. Love Without Pain (Demo) 03:41
16. If This Is Love (Demo) 04:00
17. How Come I (Demo) 04:07
 
72:36
 
CD2 – ‘Bricklin’ Album Demos + 1
01. Backseat Driver (Brand New 2023 Song) 03:58
02. Walk Away (Demo) 04:20
03. For Her Love (Demo 2) 04:14
04. If This Is Love (Demo Dance Mix) 05:29
05. The Sleeping Dream (Demo) 03:59
06. Angel (Demo 1) 03:12
07. Even When Your Done With Me (Cassette Demo) 03:07
08. Hold On (Demo) 03:36
09. How Come I (Demo 2) 04:02
10. The Sleeping Dream (Acoustic) 04:33
11. Angel (Demo 2) 03:18
12. For Her Love (Demo 3) 04:22
13. All In A Circle (The Christmas Song)(Unreleased) 04:17
14. A Man Without Dreams (Unreleased) 04:14
15. Invitation (Unreleased) 05:15
16. The Wave (Unreleased) 05:42
 
72:48
 
CD3 – The Unreleased Bricklin Demos Part 1
01. Baby Blue 04:02
02. Face To Faith 04:04
03. Gone Too Far 03:53
04. Hard Life Hard 03:22
05. House Of Cards 05:26
06. How Can I Be Sure 04:32
07. I Said She Said 03:24
08. It's Just Begun 4:01
09. Life Is Fine 05:10
10. Love Machine 03:40
11. My Little Gypsy 04:03
12. Push Me 04:04
13. Sunday 04:41
14. We'll Be Gone 04:38
15.  Can't You See I'm Tryin 04:29
16. Gone Too Far (Live) 4.31
17. The Wave (Live) 5.00
18. Shake Your Body (Live) 5.24
 
79:02
 
CD4 – The Unreleased Bricklin Demos Part 2
01. We Are Together 04:15
02. Good Morning America 03:51
03. In This Life 04:17
04. When You Wanted More 03:47
05. King Of Your Own World 04:35
06. More And More 03:21
07. This World is Our World 04:33
08. Step By Step (Version 1) 04:56
09. A Little Too Late 03:25
10. Every Little Thing 04:31
11. Nowhere To Go 04:20
12. Unpredictable 04:42
13. Keep This Feeling Up 04:24
14. Step By Step (Version 2) 05:15
 
60:47
 
CD5 – The Unreleased Bricklin Demos Part 3
01. Sex Without Love 04:44
02. The Box 04:15
03. Hole 02:59
04. Haircut 109 02:39
05. Dance The Blue 04:27
06. Heaven 04:52
07. Lovers And Losers (Version 1) 03:56
08. Strangest Darkness 05:00
09. Ignore You 04:23
10. The Straight Life 04:42
11. Save Yourself 05:01
12. You Know How Hard It Is 04:11
13. She 05:46
14. Words And Pictures 04:42
15. Try A Little Love 03:08
16. Lovers And Losers (Version 2) 03:54
 
69:19
 
CD6 – Martin’s Dam ‘The Healing’ & Demos (Album Released 1994)
01. Fear Of Flying 03:53
02. Mercy Blue 03:50
03. Shadowland 04:08
04. Don't Do It 04:25
05. Selfish Breed 04:11
06. The Healing 04:34
07. It Ain't You 05:11
08. You Must Come 04:54
09. Two Gods 04:59
10. The Big One 04:33
 
Bonus Demos:
11. Fear Of Flying (Alt Mono Mix) 03:32
12. Mercy Blue (Demo) 03:35
13. Shadowland (Demo) 04:11
14. Two Gods (Demo) 05:35
15. It Aint You (Demo) 05:10
16. Die In Vein (Unreleased)
 
72:40
 
CD7 – Martin’s Dam ‘Sky Above’ & Demos (Album Released 1998)
01. Fear Of Flying 03:56
02. Mercy Blue 04:25
03. Take You Down 04:36
04. Only God Knows 04:20
05. Come See Julia 03:49
06. Thinking Of You 04:56
07. Carousel 04:40
08. I Wanna 04:48
09. Angel 03:42
10. The Sky Above 07:26
 
Bonus Demos:
11. Take You Down (Demo) 04:04
12. Only God Knows (Demo) 04:30
13. Come See Julia (Demo) 04:59
14. Thinking Of You (Demo 1) 03:26
15. Carousel (Demo) 04:02
16. Thinking Of You (Demo 2) 03:59
 
72:16
 
CD8 – Early & Later (More Unreleased Demos)
 
Martin’s Dam (Unreleased)
01. Next Big Thing 03:45
02. Run Away 03:48
03. Carry Your Weight 04:33
04. Party Doll 03:55
05. Fall Into You 04:26
06. Ground Zero 03:30
07. Into Thin Air 03:08
08. Water 04:21
09. Virtual Reality 04:27
10. I'm Not Sorry 04:07
11. Flag 02:53
12. Telling You Tonight 04:12
 
Schoolboys (Tracks Recorded 1979 - 1982)
13. Hello 03:21
14. Mister Mouth 03:01
15. Good Girls 03:57
16. Talking To You (Version 1) 03:20
17. If My Love Is Enough 03:36
18. Sweet Candy 03:46
19. She Is My World 05:13
20. Universe Stepper 02:55
21. Just For Now 01:08
 
78:15
 
DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS:
Schoolboys - Talking To You (Version 2) 03:06
Schoolboys - You Said That You Loved Me 04:16
Schoolboys - Sweet Teenie 03:29
Schoolboys - Under My Shoes 02:14
Schoolboys - Keep It Up 02:49
Schoolboys - Waiting For The Sun 04:14
 
Tue
24
Oct

BRINKER Classic 1985 Album on CD For The First Time Nov 24 via MRC

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MelodicRock Classics is thrilled to finally announce the long-awaited release date of the one and only BRINKER album, resurrected from its original (and limited) cassette only release back in 1985.
Considerable time has gone into making sure this is the complete story of Brinker.
Drummer and namesake Ray Brinker unearthed the original reel to reel masters, which were sent to Nashville to be baked and digitized, then sent to MRC HQ in Australia, where the digitized files were sent to JK Northrup for him to work his remastering magic.
 
Even better – the original tapes contained not only the full 12 track original album, but an additional 6 bonus tracks, which are included in this Deluxe Edition CD ‘Alloy Rock’.
 
Brinker’s members include guitarist Andy Timmons – known to everyone for his role in Danger Danger as well as his own solo releases. Drummer Ray Brinker went on to be one of Los Angeles’ most in demand session hires, with credits including Cinderella, Pat Benatar, Jon Butcher Axis, David Lee Roth, Steve Morse, Frank Gambale, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles and many more.
Bassist Steve Bailey toured and recorded with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson, Jethro Tull, Paquito D’rivera, Larry Carlton, and the Rippingtons and all points in between. For 30 years he has partnered with fellow bassist Victor Wooten in Bass Extremes.
Powerhouse vocalist Mark Pyburn left the music business but recently found his way back, venturing back into leading music in houses of worship in his 40s and 50s.
 
MelodicRock Classics will release BRINKER ‘Alloy Rock’ (Deluxe Edition) on November 24.
 
Track Listing:
01. Your Love
02. Just Missing You Tonight
03. Dreams & Yesterday
04. Feelin'
05. The Storm
06. Forget It
07. Give It All Away
08. Love Is Too Good For Me
09. Can't Go On
10. World Bathed In Red
11. Don't Hold Back
12. Can't Stop It
 
Bonus Tracks:
13. Let Me Out To Play
14. Tell Me Why
15. Carry Me Back
16. Runaway Girl
17. Fight
18. Winner
 
Brinker is:
Mark Pyburn – Vocals
Andy Timmons – Guitar
Ray Brinker – Drums
Steve Bailey – Bass
 
Produced by:  Brinker and David Rosenblad
Assisted by: Chuck Chiles
Executive Producer: Ray Schiding
 
About BRINKER:
Roaring out of North Texas in 1985, BRINKER was an amalgamation of the major rock influences of the fertile 1980’s music scene, created by four master musicians who would go on the establish themselves as some of the most successful players of today’s rock, jazz and studio disciplines.
Guitar god Andy Timmons’ crushing guitar power chords and soaring melodic lines are perfectly balanced by the stratospheric vocals of Mark Pyburn, while Steve Bailey’s iconic fretted and fretless bass lines and Ray Brinker’s thunderous and relentless drumming hold down the bottom end. These original tracks pay homage to the band’s musical heroes, from Journey and Peter Gabriel to AC/DC and The Scorpions, while establishing the unique and individual voice of BRINKER.
 
Drummer Ray Brinker and bassist Steve Bailey met in 1978 as freshmen in North Texas State University’s Jazz Studies program. Kindred musical spirits, they played together throughout school, and toured the world together with various artists, including jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson and Dixie Dregs veterans T Lavitz and Steve Morse. Despite their jazz roots, they shared a desire to form their ultimate vision of a rock band.
In 1984, with the financial backing of executive producer Ray Schiding, the seeds of BRINKER were born, and Ray and Steve began their search for like-minded band-mates. That search led them to Miami, Florida to recruit guitar virtuoso Andy Timmons from the University of Miami’s Jazz Studies program. Three months later, the trio relocated to Denton, TX to continue writing and begin production of the recording. Texas vocalist extraordinaire Mark Pyburn, with his signature stratospheric range, was discovered, and the band BRINKER was officially born.
 
Living together in a band house for a year enabled the group to write and rehearse daily, and recording began in 1985 with engineer David Rosenblat.
 
BRINKER ‘Alloy Rock’ was never officially released, and only a handful of cassettes remain in circulation.
 
The four members of BRINKER went on to experience successful solo careers with extensive playing credits, while the original master tapes lived in storage in Ray’s garage for nearly 4 decades. Now digitized from original master tapes and remastered, BRINKER ‘Alloy Rock’ is re-born. Welcome to 1985! We hope you enjoy BRINKER.
 
 
 
Tue
12
Sep

RIO's Classic AOR Debut 'Borderland' To Be Remastered & Reissued by MRC

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MelodicRock Classics is thrilled to announce a new partnership with acclaimed British melodic rock band RIO for the first ever official release on CD of their classic catalogue, which will also feature a third unreleased album!
Starting with the band’s debut album ‘Borderland’, the freshly remastered release (thanks to JK Northrup) features an additional 4 bonus tracks.
 
The band’s Steve Rodford had this to say about the long-awaited release: “We recorded this album in 1984 as part of our first major record deal, self-produced and recorded at home, then finished off and mixed in London.  We’ve been amazed at how it has become a bit of a cult classic over the years and are delighted to be able to present Borderland, in partnership with MelodicRock Classics, featuring exclusive bonus material.  It’s so good to be able to present original ‘band’ mixes of “I Don’t Wanna Be The Fool” and “State Of Emergency” as they are closer to the original sound and vision we had for the record. It was a real labour of love recording this album, and it’s so great there’s still interest in it all these years later and would be wonderful to think some new people might discover it.
A very big thank you to Marcus Mason, Jamie and Matt at Sunfish and Andrew McNeice at MelodicRock Classics.”
 
Track Listing:
01. I Don't Wanna Be The Fool (Original Mix)
02. Straight To The Heart
03. Tommy Can't Help It
04. Better This Time
05. State Of Emergency
06. Shy Girl
07. She's A Virgin
08. Close To You
09. Borderland
 
Bonus Tracks:
10. I Don't Wanna Be The Fool (Single Mix)
11. Casualty (Previously Unreleased)
12. State Of Emergency (Band Mix)
13. I Don't Wanna Be The Fool (Band Mix)
 
Pre-orders for RIO and PINK ROSE available Tuesday Sept 12.
CD released October 6 on MelodicRock Classics.
 
 
Mon
04
Sep

PINK ROSE Deliver Just What You Needed & We Needed Out Sept 29 on MRC

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MelodicRock Classics has something a little different for fans come September 29.
 
The label is not only delivering a 1986 cult classic hard rock album on CD for the first time ever, but also delivering a brand-new re-recording of the same album, all in the one package.
The band is French rockers PINK ROSE, the album is ‘Just What You Needed’. Originally released on LP back in 1986, the album features Marc Quee on vocals; Fabrice Fourgeaud on guitar; Thierry Gaulme on drums; and Pierre Bremond on bass.
Formed out of the ashes of Attentat Rock, PINK ROSE only recorded the one album, but following an Attentat Rock reunion in 2009, the 4 members of Pink Rose started talks about re-recording the album. Now almost 15 years later (37 since the release of Just What You Needed), the new cathartic recording is completed and is aptly titled Just What We Needed.
‘Just What We Needed’ will be Disc 1 of a 2-Disc set, with the original remastered album Just What You Needed being the second disc.
 
About PINK ROSE:
When Attentat Rock went into the Studio Maunoir in Geneva in January 1986, their intention was to record the bands 4th album, which was going to be called "Pink Rose”.
A few months before, Herve Raynal, who was the bands main composer, left the band and was replaced by Stéphane Bonneau (Satan Jokers). After the first week of the recordings, Stephane decided to leave the band, which left the band as a quartet.
Instead of bringing in a new lead guitarist the band opted to add keyboards to the songs (played by Thierry Fervant, owner of Studio Maunoir). This - and the fact that the new compositions were different to what had been the style of Attentat Rock – caused the band to decide to take a completely different path, changing their name to Pink Rose.
The band was never happy with the production, which they felt didn't give justice to the songs and after a few months after the release of the album they split up. Until now.
 
MRC will release the 2CD Set Just What We Needed on September 29.
 
Disc 1: Just What We Needed (Re-Recording)
01. Sunrise
02. Lady From Germany
03. Just What I Needed
04. Longing For Love
05. Lonely In The Street
06. Cheating Lady
07. Our Love
08. Rocker
09. Across The Seven Seas
10. Rocking Child
 
Disc 2: Just What You Needed (Original Remaster)
01. Sunrise
02. Lady From Germany
03. Just What I Needed
04. Longing For Love
05. Lonely In The Street
06. Cheating Lady
07. Our Love
08. Rocker
09. Across The Seven Seas
10. Rocking Child
 
Line-up:
Marc Quee – Vocals
Fabrice Fourgeaud – Guitar
Thierry Gaulme – Drums
Pierre Bremond – Bass
 
 
Fri
28
Jul

Brian Bart - Best Of You (Remastered) Album 'Future Vision' Out on CD August 25 via MRC

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Brian Bart’s resume now goes back 40 years. He has been a stalwart of the Minneapolis rock scene since the start of the 80s – as a guitarist, songwriter, producer, engineer just for starters.
 
In recent years Brian has been the owner, engineer and producer at Logic Studios & Logic Recordings. He has recorded over 300 albums, played multiple instruments on over 100 records, including ten of his own.
Best known as founding member of Dare Force, Brain’s solo debut ‘Future Vision’ came in 1987 and features a wild set of songs spanning hard rock, pomp, melodic anthems, fusion and some inspired instrumentals that show an artist in full command of his craft. The album features some fine displays of shredding and riffing, intelligent song arrangements and a guitar tone and sound that rivals the great Boston.
 
Unfortunately for fans of 80s melodic rock, the album remains largely a mystery – it was only ever released independently on cassette. Until now. Brian Bart has re-arranged the cassette running order to better suit the flow of a CD and the material has been remastered once again by JK Northrup.
 
‘Future Vision’ can now be heard in all its glory on a Limited Edition 500 Series CD release from MelodicRock Classics on August 25.
 
Track Listing:
01. Electricity
02. Post Toastee
03. Stay The Night
04. Evil
05. Can You See The Light
06. Future Vision
07. Living On The Edge
08. Get The Best Of You
09. Voice Inside My Head
10. One More Chance
11. She Knows How To UseIt
12. What Do You Want
13. Machines
14. Renaissance
15. Bells / Flamingo Blues
16. Phantom Of The Opera
17. The Ocean
 
 
Thu
27
Jul

Izod - In The Dark Of Night (Remastered) EP + Bonus Tracks Out Aug 25 via MelodicRock Classics

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There’s nothing more satisfying than delving deep into the archives of rock music history in order to breathe new life into an old band. And sometimes the more obscure bands deliver the best surprises.
Canada’s Izod is one of those bands. Their name comes from the ‘Izod Impact Test’, a test used to measure a metal’s resistance to impact. These guys literally have metal in their name.
 
Izod was formed in 1978 when Mike Mayer brought together Paul Gayne and Gary Green as the foundation for a new heavy rock band. The three band mates were heavily influenced by the sound and style of British Heavy metal pioneers, Judas Priest. It wasn’t long before they added Greg Roxworth and Luke Moretti and began playing regularly as a Judas Priest cover band.
 
After a few years of playing, making demos and other recordings of their own songs, it was time to take the next step. Roxworth and Moretti left the group and were replaced by Steve Lewis and Max Fodero. Izod had truly formed.
The newly formed group began playing complete sets of their own music across Canada. They started to get the attention of record companies before winning the Q107 Homegrown contest in 1984, and soon caught the attention of WEA producer Gary Furniss. After many months of writing and pre-production, Furniss produced the Overdrive EP which was released in early 1987.
 
Izod began touring across Canada while promoting the EP and continued to be a very popular live act. Their shows did not disappoint, featuring plenty of fireworks and pyrotechnics.
The expanded and remastered release for ‘Overdrive’ consists of the original 1987 EP, plus an unreleased track from the sessions called ‘Rock This Town’; the single from the Q107 ‘Homegrown’ contest titled ‘Heavy Metal Madman’ and 3 additional tracks from the early 1983 demo sessions ‘Lost In The Night’, ‘High And Mighty’ and ‘Rechmachine’.
 
Rounding out the release are two extra live tracks from a pro-shot band showcase – the rest of which you can see on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzrEBcsoef8
All tracks have been carefully restored and remastered by JK Northrup, giving the material a new punch.
 
MelodicRock Classics will release Izod – Overdrive (Expanded and Remastered) August 25 as part of the 500 Series of releases – strictly limited to 500 units only.
 
Izod is:
Steve Lewis - Lead Vocals
Gary Green - Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals
Mike Mayer - Bass guitar and Backing Vocals
L. Paul Gayne - Drums and Backing Vocals
Max Fodero - Guitar and Backing Vocals
 
Additional Lead Vocals - Mike Jacob, Greg Roxworth
Additional Guitars - Ted Hamlin, Luke Moretti
Keyboards - Pier Rubesta
 
Track Listing:
01. In The Dark Of The Night
02. Bitch Is Hot
03. Where There’s Smoke
04. Overdrive
05. Angel
06. Rock The Town
07. Heavy Metal Madman
08. High & Mighty (1983 Demo)
09. Lost In The Night (1983 Demo)
10. Rechenmashine (1983 Demo)
11. Angel (Live)
12. Overdrive (Live)
 
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Tue
04
Jul

MPG 1981 Classic Remastered & Released on Deluxe Edition CD July 28 via MRC

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MelodicRock Classics is thrilled to partner with classic 80s pomp/AOR act MPG to bring fans the first ever official CD release of the band’s 1981 debut album, originally released by A&M Records.
 
This special Deluxe Edition expands the original album with 4 early demos, but then on a second disc, jumps forward into work recorded for a never released second studio album, plus other tracks demoed over the years since. The guys have always stayed in touch and this culminates with the addition of a brand-new song – “Stop The World” - recorded last year and mixed only a month ago.
 
JK Northrup has mastered the new song as well as remastering the original album and all bonus tracks.
The band has delivered some liner notes about the album and the extra tracks, plus a range of exclusive never before seen photos, all included in the accompanying booklet.
 
MPG is:
STEVE CAREY - Keyboards and Lead Vocals
KIM SMITH - Guitar and Vocals
DAVID MIKEAL - Guitar and Vocals
MICHAEL BOLT - Drums and Vocals
STEVE LOCKLIN - Bass and Vocals
 
Album Produced By Tom Knox And Steve Carey
 
MPG Deluxe edition will be released July 28 by MRC
 
MPG was originally a well known group circa late 1970’s in the Atlanta Georgia area called The Miles Brothers. They were headed by Steve Carey on Lead Vocals and Keyboards. He wrote most all of the original music and was supported by Michael Bolt on Drums, Steve Locklin on Bass and Kim Smith on Guitar. The Miles Brothers management thought that the group possibly needed a little more rock influence and a lead guitarist that could possibly sing. So soon after David Mikeal was added to the lineup. The group continued to be called The Miles Brothers and kept their strong R&B roots clearly evident in their rhythm section. A lot of new material was written and record labels were showing up regularly to watch the group. A&M Records ended up being the label that signed The Miles Brothers in 1980. That’s when the record label told the band they would have to change their name The group looked over a lot of names and decided they would like to keep Miles in the name somehow. That’s how MPG (Miles Per Gallon) was picked as the new name.
 
The second disc contains a lot of the songs that didn’t make the official A&M Records release. It also contains some of the songs that were demos for the 2nd A&M album release that never happened. The recordings range from state of the art to 4 track demos at home studios. The vast majority of these songs were again written by Steve Carey along with 2 new additions from David Mikeal (Front Page News, Number One) Some of these tunes were the bands favorites but didn’t make the cut.
Some extra side notes: Worn Out Shoes, Number One and That’s Easy were recorded at a weekend band reunion in the summer of 1999 at Steve Carey’s home in Atlanta minus Kim Smith. Then extra guitar tracks were added by David Mikeal at his studio in Central Florida soon after. Stop The World was recorded recently in May 2022 with the same 4 members at Daphne Street Studios in Mobile Alabama during another 2 day short reunion.
 
Steve Carey: “I wrote “Stop The World” in the 90’s, sort of a companion piece to “Goodbye Cruel World” from our 1st album. Both songs reflected my sadness that despite amazing advances in communication, technology, etc. people seemed to be drifting apart and less tolerant of each other.”
 
David Mikeal: “Some of the early days demo songs contained on this CD set were recorded at the bungalow and with recording equipment you would now need to carbon date to ascertain the year made.”
 
Track Listing:
 
Disc 1: The 1981 Album
01. Too Many Questions 3:55
02. Workin' Overtime 3:22
03. Best Thing I Never Had 4:07
04. Goodbye Cruel World 4:02
05. Why Me 2:58
06. Get Yours Tonight 4:42
07. Hurt Me 3:02
08. Can I Come Over Tonight 3:33
09. Always Something 4:06
 
Miles Bros. Early Muscle Shoals Versions:
10. Too Many Questions 4:51
11. Goodbye Cruel World (4 Track Demo) 5:07
12. Hurt Me 4:06
13. Always Something (4 Track Demo) 4:20
 
Disc 2: Unreleased Work
01. Stop The World (New Song 2022) 6:43
02. Worn Out Shoes 5:05
03. That's Easy 4:35
04. Life In The Arena 3:01
05. Toys For Boys 3:28
06. Front Page News 3:23
07. Can't Miss Love 3:57
08. Feels So Good4:18
09. Number One 3:31
10. Nobody There 4:17
11. Somebody Somewhere 5:31
12. Bedtime Story 3:37
13. Worn Out Shoes (8 Track Demo) 4:46
14. High School Confidential (Miles Bros. Early 4 Track Version) 5:32
15. Saved My Life (Miles Bros. Live 1979 Bistro Club (2 Track) 04:45
16. Some Other Time (Miles Bros. Live 1979 Bistro Club Atlanta (2 Track) 5:14
 
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03
Jul

TOTAL STRANGER Early Recordings On CD For First Time July 28 via MRC

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For the 5th release in MelodicRock Classic’s 500 Series, we turn once again to Canada for another fine slice of Canuck melodic rock.
Total Stranger shouldn’t be too unfamiliar – the band released a self-titled album in Japan in 1997, reissued later as part of a double disc version of their 2002 album ‘Obsession’.
 
But before both of those record came the band’s initial recordings in the form of a 1990 cassette only release and a 1996 EP released on vinyl only.
 
Now in 2023, with remastering as per usual by the great JK Northrup, Total Stranger’s original output has found its way onto CD for the very first time.
 
This limited edition 500 unit only release, titled ‘Mean Season’ is due out on MRC July 28.
 
Total Stranger is:
Al Langlade (Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Rhythm Guitars)
Rolly Saulnier (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals)
Peter Martin (Drums, Percussion)
Andre Pelletier (Lead Guitar, Spanish Guitar, Backing Vocals)
 
Steve ‘Pineapple’ McPhail (Guitars and Lead Vocals) 1986 Bonus Material
Jon Sampson (Drums) 1986 Bonus Material
 
Produced by: Jake Giacomelli and Total Stranger
 
The Remastered and Expanded Edition is Co-Produced by: Marcus Mason
Remastered by: JK Northrup
 
The new reworked cover art is from designer Arnaud Leger
 
Track Listing:
 
‘Mean Season’ (1990)
01. Mean Season
02. All Or Nothing
03. Soap Box
04. Easy In The Nite
05. Chance On Us
06. Take Me
07. Are You Alone
08. Experience
09. On The Outside
10. By Chance
 
‘Total Stranger’ EP (1986)
11. On The Outside
12. By Chance
13. Total Stranger
14. One Nite Stand
15. Things You’re Missin’
16. Reason Why
 
 
Wed
14
Jun

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May

LINMAN 'Heaven Calls' Remaster Deluxe Edition Out June 30 on MRC

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Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Patrik Linman has been part of the
Finnish music scene since the early 80s – starting as singer in the band Action. While a lot of his work is in writing, producing and behind the scenes, his debut album - Linman ‘Heaven Calls’ made a strong mark on the scene when released back in 1992. Due to a limited pressing it has since become a much sought-after collector’s item, fetching big prices each time a copy surfaced.
 
Now thanks to Patrik and producer Clas Holm, Linman ‘Heaven Calls’ is getting a full makeover.
 
The album has been remastered by Clas, giving the songs more punch than the original recordings.
 
As a special bonus, the first 500 units will come with a second disc of unreleased demos and recordings made by Patrik across the years, 2002-2016. The style of these songs matches the melodic rock brilliance of the album.
JK Northrup has jumped in to remaster these new gems.
 
New Artwork from Arnaud Leger updates the cover and contents.
 
Patrick Linman started his musical path by being a bass player and singer in
Finnish rock band Action in the early 80´s. After 3 years of music studies he went
on to form hard rock band Not Yet in 1990. The band released one single in
1991. 1992 he released his first solo album ”Heaven Calls”.
1999 he formed pop band called Place 2 Go. This pop-duo got signed to
Universal Sweden and released the album ‘Faces’ in 2000.
Patrick also participated in Finnish Eurovision twice, 2004 and 2005.
2006 he became manager and songwriter for his son’s band Sturm und Drang.
The band became a huge success in many countries and sold both gold and
platinum. 2020 he participated in Voice of Finland.
From 2005 to recent time Patrick has been mostly writing music for other artists
plus doing thousands of live gigs with many different constellations.
Now it’s time for ‘Heaven Calls’ again!
 
MelodicRock Classics will release the Deluxe Edition of ‘Heaven Calls’ on June 30.
 
Track Listing:
01. Find Me Another Way 4:12
02. Set Me Free 2:50
03. Love Is No Lie 4:30
04. Heaven Calls 4:00
05. Just Don't Leave Me Alone 3:40
06. Electric Crusade 3:27
07. Everybody Want Some Love 3:28
08. Rock N' Roll Heals Me 3:52
09. Tell Me 4:32
10. Pain And Ecstasy 4:12
11. Day After Day 2:30
12. Eyes Of The World 3:58
 
Bonus Disc Tracks:
Are You Happy When You’re Smiling
Crazy
Dreamers
Easier To Walk Away
Even If The Sun Doesn’t Rise Again
Everything But Still Nothing
Fine Fine Again
Long And Winding Road
Loving You
Such A Foolish Way
Summertime Sky
Julie
 
 

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