As part of the 2016 AOR CITY 1000 series, here's another request on the blog; "Cool Night", the excellent album by PAUL DAVIS finally released with a proper sound / remaster.
Sony Music Japan has started a campaign titled AOR CITY 1000 featuring a Low-priced Reissue on 100 classic AOR / AC albums from their back catalog, many of them out of print or hard to find. This is a limited offer (ending March 2017) with the incredible price around U$S 9 each CD - or 1000 Japanese Yen, hence the name of the campaign.
Paul Davis was (RIP) an American singer / songwriter best known for his FM radio hits and solo career during the Seventies delivering a bunch of very good soft-rock albums.
Davis signed to Arista for 1981’s "Cool Night", and with the new label, the musician attempted a bit of a new sound freshening up his soft rock with scores of synthesizers that were all the rage in the early '80s.
He didn’t completely leave behind the warm glow of his late-70s records - it is evident on the wonderful hit title track as well as the easy pulse of “You Come to Me” - but compressed drums provided many of the rhythms here, and the shimmering sounds of electric pianos were replaced by synthesizers.
Yes, "Cool Night" is often tagged as a West Coast album but in fact, for the most part, it's one of the first 'radio-friendy AOR' records with a very modern sound for the era.
Additionally, this album was the first in history to be both recorded & mixed digitally.
It was Paul Davis most successful album and was 2x (Platinum) by the R.I.A.A, with 3 Top 10 singles as well.
What really makes this album so special is how Davis really reinvented himself as a completely contemporary artist for this period with excellent use of multi layered, harmonically involved synths and a band of multiple seasoned musicians to create music that is very much involved in the arrangement.
Anyone whose listened to Rock&pop FM radio within the last 30 years will all to easily recognize the title tune of this album, a quintessential piece of smooth lite AOR. Pure '80s stuff.
Honestly, all the 10 songs on this album are great, actually superb examples from the sound to come in the genre for the next five years.
Some personal favorites, although this album is composed primarily of uptempo tunes, are the rock breakdowns of the snappy, crisp "Nathan Jones", and "65 Love Affair", a song that anticipates in many ways some of the melodic ideas Toto would use on their huge hit Rosanna a year after this.
"Oriental Eyes","You Came To Me" and "Somebody's Gettin' To You" showcase more delicacy and moodiness into three awkwardly romantic themed 'story' songs that essentially keep the same flavors intact.
"Cool Night" is very much it's own masterpiece of melody, clever arrangements and musical consistency. It was really modern when appeared and still sounds very fresh today, even more with this clear remastering which blows out the Wounded Bird Records appeared some time ago.
Don't be fooled by the cover artwork; this is an awesome record and if you're a lover of very high quality first half of the '80s sounding music, smooth production akin Toto and excellent vocals, then this is you chance to get a Japanese Edition of this album at a really affordable price.
VERY, Highly Recommended
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Sony Music Japan ～ 【SICP-4882－ＣＤ】
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01 - Cool Night
02 - You Come To Me
03 - One More Time For The Lonely
04 - Nathan Jones
05 - Oriental Eyes
06 - '65 Love Affair
07 - Somebody's Gettin' To You
08 - Love or Let Me Be Lonely
09 - What You Got to Say About Love
10 - We're Still Together
Vocals, Synths: Paul Davis
Guitars: Steve Hardwick, Rick Hinkle
Keyboards: Doug Bare, Tommy Cooper, Vance Taylor
Bass: Barry Dunaway, Steve Tischer
Keyboards, Bass, Background vocals: Ed Seay
Drums: Benny Rappa, Gene Christman, Jean T. MacHine
Background vocals: Benny Rappa, Carol Veto
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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Saturday, December 3, 2016
LOVERBOY second album was requested as well and you can find it in the BGO Records in a 2-on-1 CD release, but I think it's better to post here "Get Lucky remastered 25th Anniversary Edition" as it uses the same remaster but including 4 juicy bonus tracks.
After making a promising start with their self-titled debut, Loverboy hit the big time with second album "Get Lucky". This canny combination of AOR hooks and new wave production gloss boasts some memorable radio-ready tunes.
You have the timeless classic 'Working for the Weekend', a party anthem that blends some gutsy hard-rock guitar riffs with a synthesizer-drenched arrangement to become a huge hit, while "The Lucky Ones" layers clever lyrics about the jealousy that success inspires in others over a song that mixes pomp rock grandeur with a punchy AOR arrangement full of gutsy yet slick guitar riffs.
Loverboy got additional airplay with "When It's Over," a moody power ballad that boasts a show-stoppingly emotional vocal performance from Mike Reno, and "Take Me to the Top," a sleek mid-tempo piece built on a hypnotic synthesizer arrangement experimenting with non-conventional song structure.
'Gangs in the Street' rocks and 'Jump' is also excellent with its great guitar riff, solid drumming, and a certain urgency and seriousness that give it strength and power. "Lucky Ones" is a song about how some people have better luck than others. Loverboy does a good job at making social commentary.
Loverboy's "Get Lucky" is classic. Who doen't remember this iconic cover artwork, whit the question made for years: Who wears the red leather pants in Loverboy's cover? Not so long ago was revealed that the model wearing the leather pants was 13-year-old Tymara Kennedy, daughter of photographer David Michael Kennedy who shot the cover.
Again produced by the great Bruce Fairbairn, "Get Lucky" is pure '80s. This remastered reissue is excellent, perfectly balanced in sound and including very interesting previously unreleased bonus tracks.
A Must Have Classic
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01 - Working For The Weekend
02 - When It's Over
03 - Jump
04 - Gangs In The Street
05 - Emotional
06 - Lucky Ones
07 - It's Your Life
08 - Watch Out
09 - Take Me To The Top
10 - I Told You So (Previously Unreleased Demo)
11 - Boy Likes The Girl (Previously Unreleased Demo)
12 - Your Town Saturday Night (Previously Unreleased Demo)
13 - Working For The Weekend (Previously Unreleased Demo)
Mike Reno – vocals
Paul Dean – guitar, vocals
Doug Johnson – keyboards
Scott Smith – bass, vocals
Matt Frenette – drums
Nancy Nash, Maggie Ryder – background vocals
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Requested some time ago and not easy to find, here's the remastered reissue of LOVERBOY's self-titled debut, released by BGO Records in a 2-on-1 CD including second album Get Lucky.
Formed in 1979 in Calgary, Alberta, Loverboy was a hit machine from the start, with their self-titled debut spawning the classics 'The Kid Is Hot Tonite' and 'Turn Me Loose' plenty of synths & steady guitars, which have become arena rock staples.
With a sonic dream-team including Bruce Fairbairn producing and Bob Rock &Mike Fraser engineering, the band fronted by talented vocalist Mike Reno and conducted by guitarist Paul Dean created a catchy, almost danceable melodic rock / AOR / rock&pop debut here.
The most impressive songs are the ones that earned the band their early airplay: 'The Kid Is Hot Tonite' is a radio-ready rocker that slickly balances midtempo guitar riffs with surging synthesizer lines, and "Turn Me Loose" is a clever multi-genre hybrid that blends hard rock guitar, a jumpy beat, and AOR keyboard flourishes into a final product with across-the-board appeal.
The remaining songs are just as interesting as the hits because they are similar in style and energy: 'Teenage Overdose' blends gritty hot guitar riffs with snarling lyrics and a pop melody, while 'Little Girl' filters classic rock through new wave sonic techniques to create a retro-styled power pop tune worthy of Cheap Trick.
These ambitious hybrids are performed with style and economy by the band, and special note should also be taken of Mike Reno's vocals: whether he's paying tribute to the greats on 'Little Girl' or hitting the peak of his falsetto range in 'Turn Me Loose', he tackles every number with vivacity and verve.
The end result alongside the bright production makes perfect car stereo listening - the ultimate compliment for an AOR record.
In short, Loverboy is a must for the group's fans and an excellent pick for anyone who enjoys the classic, unrepeatable '80s sounds. This is a really good remaster giving the original some air without losing its essence.
01 - The Kid Is Hot Tonite
02 - Turn Me Loose
03 - Always On My Mind
04 - Lady Of The 80's
05 - Little Girl
06 - Prissy Prissy
07 - Teenage Overdose
08 - D.O.A.
09 - It Don't Matter
Mike Reno: lead vocals
Paul Dean: guitar, vocals
Doug Johnson: keyboards, vocals
Scott Smith: bass, vocals
Matt Frenette: drums
Wayne Kozak: saxophone
Nancy Nash: lead and background vocals
Maggie Ryder: background vocals
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Street Symphonies Records just did a licensing agreement for the 2016 reissue of SHINING LINE's self-titled album "Shining Line", including a previously unreleased track.
This is a Limited Edition of strictly 500 copies.
Only 6 years have passed since the release of "Shining Line" album but it's already considered a classic record in the Melodic Rock / AOR genre. The idea was to create an all-star project with the participation of some of the most well-known musicians from the scene and the result was, and still is, pretty amazing.
The mastermind behind Shining Line is drummer & songwriter Pierpaolo Zorro Monti and Amos Monti, both recently involved into great acts such as Room Experience, Lionville and Charming Grace just to name a few.
Both achieved to gather this superb guest list of musicians and put down the right ideas, heart and soul and, of course, THE songs to become Shining Line a classic.
The result was this this superb piece of pure Melodic Rock & classy AOR stuff now reissued with a bonus tracks and revided artwork.
Just for the record let's see again some guests that participate in "Shining Line": Erik Martensson (Eclipse), Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), Michael Bormann (ex Jaded Heart), Michael Voss (Wolfpakk, MSG), Robbie LaBlanc (Blanc Faces) and many more, all providing their talent to push this record to Heaven.
Highlights abound, including the stunning opener "Highway To Love" (Erik Martensson), "Amy" (Harry Hess), the layered "Strong Enough" (Robbie LaBlanc), "Heat Of The Light" (Robin Beck) and the AOR gem of "Still In Your Heart" (Bob Harris & Sue Willetts).
But all tracks have something different and special to give to the listener.
Also included is the original European bonus track plus the previously unreleased up-tempo rocker "This Is Our Life" featuring several Italian musicians doing vocals.
Production is pretty good, perhaps the mastering is too loud but who cares when you have such superb songs on offer.
"Shining Line" is plenty of killer hooks and catchy choruses, a true gem for the fans.
If you don't own this classic AOR / Melodic Rock record, you are missing one of the best albums in the genre from the last two decades. So hurry up and get your copy from this limited reissue before it's too late.
A TRUE GEM
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01. Highway Of Love (feat. Erik Martensson)
02. Amy (feat. Harry Hess)
03. Strong Enough (feat. Robbie LaBlanc)
04. Heaven's Path
05. Heat Of The Light (feat. Robin Beck)
06. Can't Stop The Rock (feat. Mikael Erlandsson)
07. The Meaning Of My Lonely Words (feat. Michael Shotton)
08. The Infinity In Us (feat. Michael Voss)
09. Still In Your Heart (feat. Bob Harris & Sue Willetts)
10. Homeless' Lullaby (feat. Lizard Schulz & Ulrich Carlsson)
11. Follow the Stars (feat. Phil Vincent)
12. Unbreakable Wire (feat. Brunorock & A. Del Vecchio)
13. This Is Our Life (feat. The Italian Rock Gang) *
14. Under Silent Walls Part I - Blossom: From Night to Dawn
15. Under Silent Walls Part II - Alone (feat. Michael Bormann)
16. Under Silent Walls Part III - Overture: Death of Cupid
* Reissue EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACK
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Friday, December 2, 2016
Three years ago, and highly deservedly, the best '80s SAMMY HAGAR albums finally received a SHM-CD release in Japan all in the excellent cardboard sleeve Mini LP format, remastered and with the usual, complete original artwork reproduction. We featured here one of them, but now it's time for "I Never Said Goodbye", one of Sammy Hagar's most overlooked albums.
Published in 1987, "I Never Said Goodbye" is Sammy Hagar's only solo album while he was the lead vocalist in Van Halen. The album was done as a contractual obligation to Geffen Records as a condition of his leaving the label to join Van Halen and their record label, Warner Bros. Records (Geffen's distributor at the time).
The album was originally simply titled 'Sammy Hagar', and included an untitled cover. Later was renamed "I Never Said Goodbye", the name being chosen as part of an MTV promotional contest. Some very early pressings retain the title 'Sammy Hagar', now a collector's item.
The recording features Eddie Van Halen on bass and co-producing, but years later it was revealed he also played guitar on 'Eagles Fly' middle instrumental section. 'Eagles Fly' and 'Give to Live' were also performed live by Van Halen together with Hagar, with the former recorded and included on the VH album Live: Right Here, Right Now.
The excellent 'Give to Live' also topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1987, a first for Hagar as a solo artist.
But apart from these ballads, we find very strong rockers in 'Back Into You', 'When The Hammer Falls Down', 'Privacy', etc. showcasing how skilled Hagar always was writing catchy tunes mixed with an occasional song with thoughtful and somewhat deep lyrics.
Hagar is an outstanding songwriter, which is evident in this recording despite of being a 'contractual' album.
Not so long ago Hagar himself said that "I Never Said Goodbye" is one of his favorite solo albums, which includes some of his most 'personal' songs.
It's a very '80s sounding record where this really fine remastering job unearths lost bass harmonics and provide an overall punchier sonic output. This SHM-CD sounds great indeed, unfortunately now out of print.
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Universal Japan ～ UICY-75598 【ＬＴＤ ＳＨＭ－ＣＤ】
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01 - When The Hammer Falls
02 - Hands And Knees
03 - Give To Live
04 - Boy's Night Out
05 - Returning Home
06 - Standin' At The Same Old Crossroads
07 - Privacy
08 - Back Into You
09 - Eagles Fly
10 - What They Gonna Say Now
Sammy Hagar - lead vocals, guitars
Eddie Van Halen - bass, backing vocals, guitar on "Eagles Fly"
Jesse Harms - keyboards, backing vocals
David Lauser - drums, backing vocals
Albhy Galuten - additional keyboards and percussion
Omar Hakim - drum overdubs
OUT OF PRINT
Rock Candy specialists have just remastered SAMMY HAGAR's "All Night Long", the singer's first live album ever. The sound quality is truly impressive and all songs on offer rock hard, including two cuts from Montrose's classic first album; 'Make It Last' and 'Bad Motor Scooter'.
One of the great things for rock bands during the Seventies was that they had plenty of opportunity to play live, to hugely appreciative audiences.
But not only did their studio recordings have to be great they also had to deliver live in concert, and this was an area that really separated the wheat from the chaff. If you were known as a great live act then your success was almost guaranteed.
With this in mind, it’s no surprise that Sammy Hagar’s live performances had almost become legendary.
After three studio albums he had carved out a rock solid audience eager to lap up his no nonsense live performances, and "All Night Long" is a fine testament to that fact.
Surrounded by members of what was, in effect, the same band that Sammy had commenced his career with Montrose (including future Night Ranger keyboardist Alan Fitzgerald) and the addition of super guitarist Gary Pihl, the album cemented his ability in stone.
Originally released in 1978, and taped at headlining shows in California whilst he was promoting his 3rd solo album, "All Night Long" captures Sammy in full flight.
Remarkably, there are none of the usual overdubs or 'studio fixes’ on this record whatsoever, just the band and a mobile studio capturing a moment in time that still sounds incredibly fresh to this very day.
You have rollicking version of 'Red', 'Rock 'n' Roll Weekend' and the excellent 'I've Done Everything for You', a Hagar original which went on to be a hit single for Rick Springfield in years to come.
Of course, the ghost of Sammy's past legendary band Montrose is never that far away with electrifying renditions of ‘Make It Last’ and ‘Bad Motor Scooter’ underscoring a link that will always be present.
Terrific remaster by Rock Candy Records.
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01 - Red
02 - Rock 'n' Roll Weekend
03 - Make It Last / Reckless
04 - Turn Up The Music
05 - I've Done Everything For You
06 - Young Girl Blues
07 - Bad Motor Scooter
Sammy Hagar: lead vocals, guitar
Denny Carmassi: drums
Bill Church: bass, backing vocals
Alan Fitzgerald: keyboards, backing vocals
Gary Pihl: guitar, backing vocals
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“Night Hunter” is the debut from DANIEL GAZZOLI PROJECT released today via Street Symphonies Records. This young Italian guitarist / songwriter is a true fan of late '80s Melodic Hard Rock, declaring as main influences the likes of Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, House Of Lords, etc.
And indeed all tracks featured on this very interesting debut are impregnated by those classy melodies, of course driven by sharp guitar riffs and adorned by keys / synths arranged in the typical fashion of the glorious era. Gazzoli play both and also handles bass and backing vocals.
But for a 'true band sound' you need real musicians and you have here Luca Ferarresi - drummer of the very solid AOR act Perfect View, and strong vocalist Leonardo F. Guillan, already known in the melodic rock scene for a previous live collaboration with Soul Seller.
As result, the Daniel Gazzoli Project feels really tight and the songs come flawlessly executed.
The album is pretty varied including melodic rock numbers like title track, 'Run' and 'Dont Leave Me Alone', then more straight hard rockers such as 'Forged by the Pain' and the racy 'The Beat of My Heart'.
On the AOR side there's the keyboard-driven 'Liar' (my favorite on the album), the cool 'Heartblame', and the well arranged power ballad 'Prayer for an Angel' including pianos and acoustic / electric guitars. Guillan's vocals moves with ease throughout the different song's pace.
Produced by Gazzoli and mixed & mastered by renowned producer Davide Rossi, “Night Hunter” is a really good slice of '80s Melodic Hard Rock.
Not only you have solid musicianship but, essentially, very, very good tunes. The verses, bridges and choruses are really well constructed on all songs following the classy formula from the genre, but adding that special touch to make some of them memorable.
There's a lot of potential in the Daniel Gazzoli Project, and I'm sure we will hear more from this talented guy in years to come.
01 - Night Hunter
02 - Forged by the Pain
03 - Liar
04 - Self Destruction Blues
05 - Heartblame
06 - Run
07 - Prayer for an Angel
08 - Dont Leave Me Alone
09 - The Beat of My Heart
Daniel Gazzoli: Guitar, Bass, Synths, Backing Vocals
Leonardo F. Guillan: Lead and Backing Vocals
Luke Ferraresi: Drums
Luca Zannoni: Keyboards
Nicholas Guerzoni: Backing Vocals
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Thursday, December 1, 2016
"Clowns Lounge" is the new episode in ENUFF Z' NUFF long time career. The labum, to be released via Frontiers Music is a collection of rarities and early demos that have been partially reworked and re-recorded by the band.
In fact, these have been tweaked alot, with most the instrumental tracks re-recorded with modern standards resulting in a very well sounding, fresh record.
When Enuff Z’Nuff debuted on disc in the late '80s they quickly proved that they were one of the most innovative bands of the era. They were wrongfully thrown under the hair / glam umbrella, though their fusion of hard rock, melodic sounds and power pop had far more in common with groups like Cheap Trick.
Over the years, even though the band never quite achieved the mainstream success of a number of their peers of the day, they have continued to keep on releasing albums, their sound continually evolving and changing.
Needless to say, when a band releases countless songs over a three decade period, they are going to have some ideas that are cast aside in favor of the cuts that make it on the official albums.
"Clowns Lounge", essentially, takes a number of rough demos, rarities, and the like, and revamping them with new musical additions.
It seems to be more and more common these days for bands to go back and revisit old “lost” tracks for their new releases. The results can be questionable, but in some cases, groups manage to unearth and revamp hidden treasures.
With "Clowns Lounge" Enuff Z'Nuff has completely surprised their audience, giving them a powerful dose of melodic rock / power pop that, in the case of many songs, would not have been out of place on the first album the band put out back in the day.
Likewise, even the newer songs, with a more modern edge, manage to stand on their own.
Do not let the nature of this album fool you; these are not “throwaway” tracks by any means. In fact, the initial track that was released from the album online, “Rockabye Dreamland,” may very well be one the best song I have ever heard from the band.
The commercial accessibility here is beautifully illustrated in a song like “Runaway,” and a more modern edge is seen in something like the opening cut, “Dog on a Bone.”
"Good Love" is a great traditional '80s hard rocker. In fact, this album does not feel like a collection of discarded, unused tracks that were rush recorded. Audio quality is a little rough in places, no doubt due to the nature of the source material, but this actually feels like a coherent, cohesive album.
Even more surprising is a guest appearance from James “JY” Young of Styx fame, and the late Jani Lane of Warrant, both of whom appear on the song “Devil of Shakespeare.” We can hear as well former Enuff Z'Nuff guitarist Derek Frigo who passed away in 2004 from an apparent drug overdose at the age of 37.
So many tracks on this release defy traditional classification, and this is a great number that certainly falls under that category. Enuff Z'Nuff is a band that manages to impress not sounding like anything else out there.
"Clowns Lounge" is a really good release, and fans of the band should not write it off on account of it not being a traditional studio album / offering from the group.
There are some excellent songs here, and anyone who picks up the release is bound to be impressed by its diversity and musicality. There's great hooks, bouncing beats, some jamming riffs, catchy melodies, and overall the album packs a one helluva punch.
01 - Dog on a Bone
02 - Runaway
03 - Back in Time
04 - She Makes It Harder
05 - Rockabye Dreamland
06 - The Devil of Shakespeare
07 - Radio
08 - Good Luv
09 - Round and Round
10 - Nothing
11 - Backstreet Kids
12 - One More Hit
Chip Z’nuff – vox, bass, guitar
Tony Fennell – guitar, vox
Tory Stoffregen – guitar, vox
Erik Donner – drums, percussion, vox
Album recordings feature performances of:
Donnie Vie (Enuff Z' Nuff) – vocals
Derek Frigo (Enuff Z' Nuff) guitar
Jani Lane (Warrant) – vocals
James Young (Styx) – vocals
NIGHT RANGER, one of the greatest Melodic Hard Rock bands of all time have sold more 17 million albums worldwide and boast several platinum &d gold albums to their name. In celebration of their 35 plus year career and in anticipation of their brand new studio album (expected for spring of 2017) they are presenting this new live album "35 Years And A Night In Chicago".
Released as Box set, CD+DVD, Blu-Ray via Frontiers Music this concert was recorded at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois, featuring all of their classic and most recent hits.
We do need this?
If you're an unconditional fan of the band (like me) this is a must have, and for the general melodic rock public, "35 Years And A Night In Chicago" is a really good album plenty of hits and very, very well recorded.
'Sing Me Away', 'Four In The Morning', 'Rumors In The Air', 'Sentimental Street', 'Don't Tell Me You Love Me', etc, all are here and skilfully performed by the band which is in great form. Additionally, if you purchase the video version, the picture quality is excellent.
A superb performance not to be missed.
02. Touch Of Madness
03. Sing Me Away
04. Four In The Morning
05. Growin' Up In California
06. Rumors In The Air
07. The Secret Of My Success
08. Sentimental Street
09. High Road
10. Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight
02. Night & Day
03. Night Ranger
04. When You Close Your Eyes
05. Don't Tell Me You Love Me
07. Sister Christian
08. Rock In America
Jack Blades – bass and vocals
Brad Gillis – guitars
Kelly Keagy – drums and vocals
Eric Levy – keyboards
Keri Kelly - guitars
"Rock The Cradle" is the debut album on Frontiers Music of Dario Mollo's CROSSBONES, released December 2nd. Best known for his partnerships in the The Cage with Tony Martin (ex- Black Sabbath) and Voodoo Hill with Glenn Hughes, Italian guitarist Dario Mollo began his career in 1981 with the band Crossbones. With them, he released his first studio album in 1989.
Now, fast forward 2016 Mollo resurrects Crossbones for a new hot collection of hard rockin' tunes.
For this new Crossbones album the Italian axeman brought back original drummer, Ezio Secomandi with the lineup completed by his regular collaborator Dario Patti on bass and keyboards.
The choice for the singer was the great and underrated British Carl Sentance (Nazareth, Don Airey Band, Persian Risk, Krokus and many more), who came at the suggestion of Don Airey of Deep Purple, during a recent visit to Dario’s home.
"Rock The Cradle" features 10 hard-hitting, adrenaline-fueled melodic hard rockers that showcase Dario Mollo's distinctive and explosive guitar playing.
From the pounding opener 'Red' to the closing, properly titled charged rocker 'Fright' every song kicks you in the face with a polished and clean sound which smells '80s from every corner.
This is pure classic hard rock (with a traditional metal touch at places) done with and updated production.
Stand out tracks include the hard rocking bliss of 'Take Me High', the moodier and heavier 'Navigation' with its monster groove, the title track and the brooding 'Running From The Shadow'.
With 'Gates Of Time' Dario Mollo delivers a killer classic metal ballad of the highest order, where the haunting melody, the guitars (just check out the solo here) and the amazing vocals by Sentance creates a classic song.
'In My Blood' shows exactly what's in these guys ADN and that's classic stuff, while in the mentioned 'Running From The Shadow' we have another late '80s influenced hard rock punchy tune.
There's a couple of tracks where Mollo add a pinch of progressive, but basically the 10 tracks 'rocks you' straight up during 46 minutes plenty of hard-hitting drums, pumping bass lines, a complete lead vocal work and an arsenal of melting guitar riffs & solos.
Another remarkable aspect on "Rock The Cradle" is its bright, punchy, razor-clear production, which benefits the effectiveness of these well-composed songs.
01 - Red
02 - Take Me High
03 - Navigation
04 - Rock the Cradle
05 - Gates of Time
06 - I Got This Feeling
07 - In My Blood
08 - Running from the Shadow
09 - Speed
10 - Fright
Carl Sentance - Vocals (Persian Risk, ex-Krokus, ex-Tokyo Blade)
Dario Mollo - Guitars (The Cage, Tony Martin, Voodoo Hill)
Ezio Secomandi - Drums (Giuntini Project, ex-Voodoo Hill)
Dario Patti - Bass, Keyboards (Giuntini Project, The Cage, Voodoo Hill)
"Nobody's Fault" is the debut CD on the Frontiers Music roster for HEVIDENCE, the brainchild of Italian Diego Reali known as the guitarist of the progressive metal cult band DGM. With Reali, DGM released six full-length celebrated records and toured world-wide for over ten years.
In 2006 Diego wanted to stretch out and try other musical styles. So he started to work on different projects spacing between many different kinds of music (blues, indie, country, pop & rock). He spent few months playing with his brother’s indie band Happy Never After having several jams and gigs around the country.
Meanwhile, Reali begin writing songs with a new band in mind based on classic Euro hard n' heavy sounds. In 2010, he called his brother Stef Reali (Hijack Party) on drums and Andrea Arcangeli (DGM) on bass and founded Evidence, with whom released their first album in 2011.
Nowadays, and after some line-up changes, Reali is back with this new album "Nobody's Fault" and a new band name (from Evidence to Hevidence).
The motto here is classic melodic metal / hard rock from the late '80s plus some straight forward melodic hard rock approach that makes the whole result a solid collection of punchy stuff.
The CD starts with the electrifying 'Dig In The Night', some kind of Axel Rudi Pell meets Whitesnake, followed by the commercial title track 'Nobody's Fault' close to melodic hard rock with unique, beautiful melodies, and tons of backing vocals in the chorus. A Highlight.
'Miracle' is very '80s and pretty heavy, 'So Unkind' rocks with a relentless rhythm section and fine vocals, and also the vocals take center stage in 'Ave Maria', a quite creative tune with a melodic background.
Then the effective 'Overdrive' and 'I Want More' give leadership to the guitar and both rock hard.
In a more classic hard rock vein there's the catchy 'Out Of This Time' and the punchy 'Pack Your Bags' which despite its heaviness has a very classic rock skeleton and a fully insistent rhythm.
'Note' is a little instrumental showcasing Reali's skills, and on the digital only bonus track we have a nice, stripped take on 'Dig In The Night (acoustic)'.
"Nobody's Fault" flows nicely, blending hard n' heavy sounds ranging from classic melodic metal to hard rock always with melody as main focus.
Hevidence sounds terrific as unit commanded by Reali's superb guitar work really well complemented by a strong rhythm section and clean powerful vocals. Add to that a tight production and an effective mix. Btw, I love the artwork inspired in old-fashioned comics.
Quite killer stuff. Highly Recommended
01 - Dig in the Night
02 - Nobody's Fault
03 - Miracle
04 - So Unkind
05 - Ave Maria
06 - Overdrive
07 - I Want More
08 - Out of This Time
09 - Pack Your Bags
10 - All I Ever Needed
11 - Note
12 - Dig in the Night (Acoustic) [Bonus Track]
Corrado Quoiani – Vocals
Diego Reali – Guitars
Andrea Arcangeli – Bass
Emiliano Bonini - Drums