Tuesday, May 3, 2016

TRIPLE THREAT - We Ain't Here To Dance [remastered +3] (2016)

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Originally recorded in 1992 and released on cassette only, "We Ain't Here To Dance" was the debut from TRIPLE THREAT, a much sought after album by Melodic Hard Rock fans / collectors and bootlegged countless times. Now it has been remastered and reissued by the band themselves for all us to enjoy.

Hailing from Detroit, MI, Triple Threat enjoyed a quite strong local success but sadly arrived too late into the scene, and certainly deserved a major label contract.
With the recent Melodic Hard Rock resurgence, the band decided it was time to digitally remastered reissue of "We Ain't Here To Dance" with new artwork plus some bonus tracks.

Songs like the rocking opener 'Broken Heart', the catchy 'I Don't Mind', the highly melodic 'Rebel Soul', or the slightly Dokken-esque 'One Time Lover' are sure to please fans of late '80s / early '90s US classic Melodic Hard Rock.
Some cuts have a little hair metal feel, but mostly are elaborated rockers with strong arrangements and tight instrumentation. Production is excellent for an indie, and this remaster come ot clean and punchy.
The reissue includes 3 bonus (all covers) recorded in 1996, and while are a cool addition, the really interesting (and good) thing is the original album.

TRIPLE THREAT - We Ain't Here To Dance [remastered +3] (2016) digipak

"We Ain't Here To Dance" is a really welcomed reissue from a band that really deserved better luck, as Triple Threat musicians were really good at this game: US Melodic Hard Rock from the classic era.
If you like acts such as Lynch Mob, Icon, Dokken, Roxy Blue, Tora Tora and why not, Danger Danger - I hear things from all of them here - this is one to get immediately.
Strongly Recommended.


01 - Broken Heart
02 - I Don't Mind
03 - Break Free
04 - Think Twice
05 - Rebel Soul
06 - Red Hot Lover
07 - Urban Warrior
08 - Out Of Time
09 - One Time Lover
10 - True To Life
11 - Desperate
12 - Over The Edge
13 - Thoughts Of You
14 - Highway Star (Cover - bonus track)
15 - Have A Cigar (Cover - bonus track)
16 - Old Love (Cover - bonus track)

Ken Stewart – Lead Vocals
Tim Cousino – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Sam Bost – Bass, Backing Vocals
Scott Marion – Drums, Backing Vocals


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BLACK ACES - Shot In The Dark [European CD version +3] (2016)

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"Shot In The Dark" is the full length debut from denim-clad Melbourne quartet BLACK ACES, a high voltage rock n' roll album. I said 'high voltage' on purpose, as the AC/DC references are obvious all over the record.
Of course Black Aces sound much modern than Angus Young & Co, some kind of Airbourne, but there's also other influences like early Aerosmith or late 80s Junkyard, and the guys add a polished output sound which made their songs accessible.

Title track 'Shot In The Dark' opens the record, and you get the general idea from the opening 8 bars. The bass and drums kick in under the enormous riff, and then the shrieking vocals take it to another level.
The upbeat 'Girl Like You' follows and you hear a slightly rock&pop feeling, a single that would have made some noise in classic rock radio decades ago.
Jarrod Morrice (formerly of Melbourne legends The Deep End) holds the whole thing together as rhythm guitarists should. The intro to 'Back On The Chain' is a cracking little lick which gets the foot tapping immediately and doesn’t let up throughout, and Tyler Kinder’s vocal style backed up by the rest of the guys for the chorus makes this a little 2:30 min. rocking gem.

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'Sick As A Dog' has the title and the sound to fit on any of the early AC/DC records and rolls smoothly into 'I’m Your Nightmare' which has that slightly slower, meaner riff to it, some wild vocals, and a great guitar solo, before morphing into a more upbeat rhythm to close.
'Let It Roll' pursues the theme, and gets the pace back up a bit, and you know that this will be a cracking song live – in a crammed steaming club, with sticky floors, sweat running down the walls, and fists pumping the air as the heads bang in unison.

'Rough Touch' has a real Airbourne type feel to it – just a bit faster and more urgent than the other tracks, with some raucous backing vocals and a ripping solo over the incessant beat from the McMillan boys on Bass (Alex) and Drums (Pete).
Groovier, mellower and a good fun take on early AC/DC ‘Burning up the Highway’ wins you over with its insistence more than its originality, while '(Take it To) The Wire' seems to echo a song from Back In Black I particularly like. Let’s face it – it’s not rocket science but it still moves you.

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"Shot In The Dark" was originally released by the band in Australia. Its quality catch the attention of French label Bad Reputation who are releasing the CD in Europe with 3 extra tracks: the fun "Girls Got Rhythm" which somehow reminds me a Great White song, the fast 'Shake The Ace', and the groovy 'Wanted Man'.

I don't know if this Euro CD version has received a sonic treatment, but compared to the digital download version (original Aussie version) it feels much more slick and commercial (remixed perhaps?).
Anyway, Black Aces and "Shot In The Dark" will not push too many musical boundaries, and the band does not pretend they are trying to do so – but the songs are so well put-together, the band is tight as their jeans, the guitars sound huge, and the backing vocals really add to overall stadium sound.
This isn’t new, isn’t original, but by f@ck it rocks! Dig out the denim jacket, crack open a stubby, and turn this up to 11.


01 - Shot In The Dark
02 - Girl Like You
03 - Back In The Chain
04 - Sick As A Dog
05 - I'm Your Nightmare
06 - Let It Roll
07 - Rough Touch
08 - Burnin Down The Highway
09 - Take It To The Wire
10 - The Walls
11 - Girls Got Rhythm (CD Bonus Track)
12 - Shake The Ace (CD Bonus Track)
13 - Wanted Man (CD Bonus Track)

Tyler Kinder – vocals, lead guitar
Jarrad Morrice – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Alex McMillan – bass, backing vocals
Pete McMillan – drums


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Monday, May 2, 2016

ASIA - Phoenix (Special Edition) [US Mix remastered] (2016)

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Cherry Red Records is releasing a digitally remastered & expanded two CD edition of ASIA's excellent album "Phoenix", their best since the band first seminal LP's.
Legendary band Asia released the biggest selling album in the world in 1982. The original line-up of the band reunited in 2006 and recorded the studio album Phoenix in 2008. This album features original members Geoff Downes (Yes/The Buggles), Steve Howe (Yes), Carl Palmer (ELP) and John Wetton (King Crimson / UK).

The Phoenix album gave rise to the hit "An Extraordinary Life", which has been played all around the world, including as the theme to America's Got Talent advertising. This expanded edition collects together the original European version of the album, and the quite diffent US Mix.
Vocalist John Wetton is in fine form, as he takes on both ballads and rockers. His performance on the already classic “An Extraordinary Life” is especially strong and his bass playing, of course, is always exemplary.

To be honest, I did not truly appreciate Carl Palmer’s drum skills in full as it's heard on this pristine remastering.
Keyboardist Geoff Downes turns in some shiny work throughout, especially on “Sleeping Giant” and the rolling flourishes on “Over and Over.”
There are also some avenues that these gentlemen have not explored together before. For instance, two extended epic pieces in “Sleeping Giant /No Way Back / Reprise” and “Parallel Worlds / Vortex / Deya” are quite nice.
There is also a kind of weird beat during “Wish I’d Known All Along” that actually works for this talented band. It felt like a real departure from their signature style. So I guess it’s not the “same old, same old”.

Everyone here turns in great performances, but Howe really steals the show. Listen to the memorable hooks he plays for the solos on “Shadow of a Doubt” and the melodic rock-drenched “Alibis.”
His softer more lyrical side is displayed on tracks like “Sleeping Giant” and “Deya.” There is a superb guitar refrain into “Parallel Worlds…” during the “Deya” part that is very moving. I wish that he was given more opportunity to “rock out” with the songwriting, he is clearly the featured performer on this recording.

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This "Phoenix" re-release features the European Version of the album, the two acoustic bonus tracks from foreign editions and as bonus disc, this American version of the album.
When first appeared in 2008, the American edition included a different mix of the opening track "Never Again" and different mastering throughout. The band was aware that US fans may have a different perception of the album because of these differences, so it has been included as a bonus disc.

As this is reissue is managed the band itself, they were able to control that the wholesale price was only increased by an amount necessary to cover the cost of manufacturing the extra disc.
So this "Phoenix 2CD Special Edition" is being sold at the price of a regular single disc, with an excellent fresh remaster uncovering new layers of sound housed in a six panel digipack to match the rest of the Asia reunion era catalog.
A Highly Recommended purchase.


CD 2: The US Mixes
01. Never Again (04:55)
02. Nothing’s Forever (05:47)
03. Heroine (04:53)
04. Sleeping Giant / No Way Back / Reprise (08:11)
05. Alibis (05:40)
06. I Will Remember You (05:11)
07. Shadow of a Doubt (04:18)
08. Parallel Worlds / Vortex / Deya (08:12)
09. Wish I’d Known All Along (04:06)
10. Orchard of Mines (05:12)
11. Over and Over (03:34)
12. An Extraordinary Life (04:57)

John Wetton – lead vocals, bass guitar
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – electric, acoustic and Steel guitars
Carl Palmer – drums and percussion
additional musicians:
Hugh McDowell – cello


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ASIA - Phoenix (Special Edition) [European Mix remastered] (2016)

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Cherry Red Records is releasing a digitally remastered & expanded two CD edition of ASIA's excellent album "Phoenix", their best since the band first seminal LP's.
Legendary band Asia released the biggest selling album in the world in 1982. The original line-up of the band reunited in 2006 and recorded the studio album "Phoenix" in 2008 featuring original members Geoff Downes (Yes/The Buggles), Steve Howe (Yes), Carl Palmer (ELP) and John Wetton (King Crimson / UK), originally appeared on Frontiers Records.

The Phoenix album gave rise to the hit "An Extraordinary Life", which has been played all around the world, including as the theme to America's Got Talent advertising. This expanded edition collects together the original European version of the album, and the quite diffent US Mix.
Vocalist John Wetton is in fine form, as he takes on both ballads and rockers. His performance on the already classic “An Extraordinary Life” is especially strong and his bass playing, of course, is always exemplary.

To be honest, I did not truly appreciate Carl Palmer’s drum skills in full as it's heard on this pristine remastering.
Keyboardist Geoff Downes turns in some shiny work throughout, especially on “Sleeping Giant” and the rolling flourishes on “Over and Over.”
There are also some avenues that these gentlemen have not explored together before. For instance, two extended epic pieces in “Sleeping Giant /No Way Back / Reprise” and “Parallel Worlds / Vortex / Deya” are quite nice.
There is also a kind of weird beat during “Wish I’d Known All Along” that actually works for this talented band. It felt like a real departure from their signature style. So I guess it’s not the “same old, same old”.

Everyone here turns in great performances, but Howe really steals the show. Listen to the memorable hooks he plays for the solos on “Shadow of a Doubt” and the melodic rock-drenched “Alibis.”
His softer more lyrical side is displayed on tracks like “Sleeping Giant” and “Deya.” There is a superb guitar refrain into “Parallel Worlds…” during the “Deya” part that is very moving. I wish that he was given more opportunity to “rock out” with the songwriting, he is clearly the featured performer on this recording.

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"Phoenix" is easily the strongest album the band recorded after their celebrated first works, on par in quality with Asia’s early albums.
This 'European Mix' reissue features both the Japanese / European limited edition bonus tracks and as said, an excellent fresh remaster uncovering new layers of sound housed in a six panel digipack to match the rest of the Asia reunion era catalog.
A Highly Recommended purchase.


CD 1: The European Mixes
01. Never Again (04:55)
02. Nothing’s Forever (05:46)
03. Heroine (04:55)
04. Sleeping Giant / No Way Back / Reprise (08:11)
05. Alibis (05:40)
06. I Will Remember You (05:13)
07. Shadow of a Doubt (04:19)
08. Parallel Worlds / Vortex / Deya (08:13)
09. Wish I’d Known All Along (04:07)
10. Orchard of Mines (05:13)
11. Over and Over (03:34)
12. An Extraordinary Life (04:59)
13. I Will Remember You (Acoustic Remix) (05:14)
14. An Extraordinary Life (Acoustic Remix) (04:16)

John Wetton – lead vocals, bass guitar
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – electric, acoustic and Steel guitars
Carl Palmer – drums, percussion
additional musicians:
Hugh McDowell – cello


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Sunday, May 1, 2016

SKID ROW - Skid Row [Japan SHM-CD Limited Release remastered +4]

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We have many requests on the blog, but without a doubt this was at the top: self-titled debut from SKID ROW in its Japanese Edition on high quality SHM-CD, remastered, featuring 4 bonus tracks and in a Cardboard Sleeve / mini LP replica of the original album art.
Sadly, this was a strictly Limited Release, now out of print and reaching impressive prices at eBay.

"Skid Row" is probably one of the best US melodic hard rock / hair metal CD's ever.
Make no mistake. This album rocks aloud with screaming guitar licks and powerful vocals from frontman Sebastian Bach. The album contains all killer/no filler hard rocking tracks that have a borderline metal feel particularly from some of the guitar solos by Dave "The Snake" Sabo & Scotti Hill.
But the band packed all with a terrific sense for awesome melodies, and quite interesting lyrics too.

“18 and Life” was the perfect song to define the band. Angry and a little rough around the edges, but with crisp guitars and drums set off by one of the best voices in the scene. It had one of those videos that made you sit and watch it all the way through because it had a sincerity that made it seem honest rather than preachy.
But then songs like, “Here I Am,” which was just this cheeky little number that seemed so simple but was so damn catchy, would be such a direct contrast. It kept a good balance between hot-headed self-righteousness and just fun hair metal rush.

“I Remember You” has the honor of being one of the stronger power ballads ever written. Mostly because it’s not really a ballad. The guitar solos never veer into overblown, masturbatory territory and Bach’s vocals are just… there are no words. I once attempted the really long “You” note around 4:33 into the song and almost passed out.
The glory that is “Youth Gone Wild” represents the perfect anthem for disgruntled folks, or, you know, just going through puberty. I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t involuntarily yell 'Skid Row' listening to this assassin song.

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This Japanese remaster of "Skid Row" on SHM-CD delivers an impressive sound. The guitars wail, the rhythm section come punchier than never before and you feel the sensation to have Sebastian Bach shouting in your living room.
The bonus tracks are recordings taken in a show at the Marquee in 1989 showcasing how aggressive, hot & crunchy Skid Row sounded live at their beginnings. Without a doubt a worthwhile material.
If you find a copy at a reasonable price, buy it with eyes closed.
Essential

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Warner Music Japan ~ WPCR-13577
【SHM-CD】 HR/HM

01 - Big Guns
02 - Sweet Little Sister
03 - Can't Stand The Heartache
04 - Piece Of Me
05 - 18 and Life
06 - Rattlesnake Shake
07 - Youth Gone Wild
08 - Here I Am
09 - Makin' A Mess
10 - I Remember You
11 - Midnight/Tornado
BONUS TRACKS:
12 - Makin' A Mess (Live at the Marquee, 1989)
13 - Big Guns (Live at the Marquee, 1989)
14 - Here I Am (Live at the Marquee, 1989)
15 - Youth Gone Wild (Live at the Marquee, 1989)

Sebastian Bach – lead vocals
Dave "The Snake" Sabo – lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Scotti Hill – lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Rachel Bolan – bass, backing vocals
Rob Affuso – drums, percussion
Produced, engineered & mixed by Michael Wagener


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FASTWAY - Fastway [Rock Candy remaster +7]

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Perhaps one of the most overlooked albums in Hard Rock history, FASTWAY's self-titled debut digitally remastered & expanded deluxe edition by Rock Candy Records was one of the most requested CD's on this blog ever. Featuring no less than 7 bonus tracks including hard to find B-sides and BBC sessions, these additional songs never appeared on CD before.

UK's Fastway was originally formed by "Fast" Eddie Clarke and former UFO bassist Pete Way. Men out on the hunt looking to start a new and improved musical unit that would fuse traditional British Hard Rock with the energy and enthusiasm of the NWOBHM.
Sadly Pete Way’s tenure was short-lived leaving Fast Eddie to write and record the album with session bassist Mickey Feat, drummer Jerry Shirley (from Humble Pie) and - then unknown - Irish vocalist David King.

Issued in 1983 and produced by veteran studio wizard Eddie Kramer (Zeppelin, Hendrix, Kiss) "Fastway" cut an impressive form in a world obsessed with glam rock and thrash metal.
Embracing traditional values and emitting a sense of rough-hewn charm, Fastway’s music was big on riffs with clever use of melody and songs that packed a punch. In America the record found an enthusiastic home, helping to propel it into the Billboard top 30 charts attaining gold status.

Opener ‘Easy Livin’ is an uptempo rocker boogie-tinged number with screaming guitars and outstanding vocals from Dave King (often sounding like Robert Plant), one of the best songs from the early '80s in this vein.
‘Feel Me Touch Me’ is more a 70s number driven by a monster riff, ‘All I Need Is Your Love’ has a killer groove, and ‘Another Day’ has more acoustic intro before building, and a hint of Zepplin-esque melodies.
The Eddie Kramer production adds to the classic sound as well as the all star cast.

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This Rock Candy treatment on "Fastway" easily is one of the best remastering jobs the have done.
Everything sounds clear and punchier with a fantastic dynamic range.
And we have 7 awesome bonus tracks; the very hard to find B-sides 'Crazy Dream', 'Back In The Game' & 'Far Far From Home' - all which quality deserved to be in the main album - plus the terrific BBC Session at the Friday Rock Show taped 15/4/83.
A near essential classic album, and A Must Have reissue.


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01 - Easy Livin'
02 - Feel Me, Touch Me (Do Anything You Want)
03 - All I Need Is Your Love
04 - Another Day
05 - Heft!
06 - We Become One
07 - Give It All You Got
08 - Say What You Will
09 - You Got Me Runnin'
10 - Give It Some Action
BONUS TRACKS:
11 - Crazy Dream (B-Side 12'' Single)
12 - Back In The Game (B-Side 12'' Single)
13 - Far Far From Home (B-Side 12'' Single)
14 - We Become One (BBC Session Friday Rock Show)
15 - Easy Livin' (BBC Session Friday Rock Show)
16 - Give It All You Got (BBC Session Friday Rock Show)
17 - You Got Me Runnin' (BBC Session Friday Rock Show)

Dave King - vocals, harmonica
"Fast" Eddie Clarke - guitars
Jerry Shirley - drums
additional musicians:
Mickey Feat - bass (uncredited)
Eddie Kramer - producer, engineer, arrangements


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SCANDIC TRIBE - Made In Scandinavia (2016)

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"Made In Scandinavia" is the debut EP from SCANDIC TRIBE, a new hard rock combo formed last year. As the band's name and EP title says, this is a union of two Scandinavian musicians; Danish guitarist Morten G.P. & Norwegian vocalist Thomas Økland, and indeed, the music was created with Scandinavia in mind.

However, Scandic Tribe born in North America. Living in the US, guitarist
Morten G.P. was looking for a singer to fit in his musical vision of classic, catchy melodic hard rock riffs to create anthemic songs.
He found Thomas Økland, and there was an instant chemistry; both shared the same influences and Scandinavian musical roots.

"Made In Scandinavia" has a typical Swedish, Norwegian and why not, Danish classic rock sound, but with a strong British feel as well.
Recorded in New Jersey, USA, and mixed in Los Angeles by renowned Roy Z (Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson), the EP delivers 4 very well composed, arranged and performed songs with an organic essence.

Opener “Dusty Sunrise” is a classic hard rocker driven by groovy riffs and strong vocals in the vein of '80s UFO, followed by the highly melodic midtempo “Heaven”, a track that somehow brings to my mind McAuley Schenker Group. The latter includes a nice string arrangement at the end section.
“Heroes” is the ballad with some early Scorpions vibe (not the mainstream) with clean guitars which raise in intensity and plenty of intricate vocal harmonies. Really cool.
Then we have “Revolution of Confusion”, a bluesy rocker presenting a spiraling guitar work and steady rhythm section, then at the middle turns faster and rockier.

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Scandic Tribe is a very interesting new band, as the guys put in the press sheet: "neighboring countries and friendly borders can lead to many things, combining our efforts and believes into something big, dream the biggest dreams, and watch them come true. Bring our ideas to life, and watch them unfold..."
With solid songs far from ordinary and creative ideas, Scandic Tribe appears into the hard rock scene as a truly promising band. This EP is the advance of a full album titled ‘Light At The End’ to be released soon.

1 - Dusty Sunrise
2 - Heaven
3 - Heroes
4 - Revolution Of Confusion

Thomas Økland - lead & backing vocals
Morten G.P. - guitars, bass, backing vocals


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Saturday, April 30, 2016

V.A. - 0dayrox Advanced Releases May 2016

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There's highly expected new AOR / Melodic Hard Rock releases next May, 2016. Let's check the most relevant advances...

To be released by Frontiers Music, we already presented here on the blog the first singles from TED POLEY and super-group PHANTHOM 5. Now 2 new tracks from each have surfaced.
Poley's 'Hands Of Love' for sure will delight fans of Danger Danger's first classic album, a pure melodic rock / AOR tune with all the magic from the golden era. More contemporary but anthemic, 'Stars' is another winner and a future live favorite.

THE PHANTOM 5 is a new group formed by some German Hard Rock luminaries, including former Bonfire singer Claus Lessmann, former Frontline guitarist Robby Boebel, former Scorpions bassist Francis Buchholz and former Jaded Heart drummer Axel Kruse - along with Michael Voss (Casanova).
This will be a great album, as both new cuts, the awesome groovy melodic rocker 'They Won't Come Back' and the bright ballad 'Since You're Gone' are truly superb.



There's more great news from the Frontiers camp, as they will be releasing in June a new FIRST SIGNAL / HARRY HESS album. The first advance 'Love Gets Through' is a true melodic bliss in the best early Harem Scarem vein.
Also in June, and after many years of waiting, we will enjoy a new DAN REED NETWORK brand new record. Judging the terrific catchiness of first single 'Divided', on the contrary this album will find us united in joyfulness.

More from Frontiers Music will be thew CD from JORN. 'I Know There's Something Going On' is the advance from the album to be released in June, and it's more hard rock oriented than the last work from the Norwegian, at the same time catchy as Hell.
WITHEM is an upcoming progressive melodic metal band hailing from Norway inspired by the likes of Dream Theater and Circus Maximus. Their debut with Frontiers will see the light also in June, but the band already presented 2 tracks as advance; the highly melodious 'Arrhythmia' and the intense 'The Pain I Collected'. I really like what I hear.



"We Got It All" is the second single from melodic rock wonders VEGA (these guys know how to write a catchy tune), 'Wheels Keep Turning' the new single from ESTRELLA, perhaps the best tune the band ever composed.
Also check the new track ('Memory Lane') from Swedes SHADY TOWN, a new promising band working on their debut album.


01 - Ted Poley - Hands Of Love
02 - Ted Poley - Stars
03 - Dan Reed Network - Divided
04 - First Signal - Love Gets Through
05 - Vega - We Got It All
06 - Phanthom 5 - They Won't Come Back
07 - Phanthom 5 - Since You're Gone
08 - Estrella - Wheels Keep Turning
09 - Jorn - I Know There's Something Going On
10 - Withem - Arrhythmia
11 - Withem - The Pain I Collected
12 - Shady Town - Memory Lane


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SURVIVOR - Too Hot To Sleep [Rock Candy Remastered & Reloaded]

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Seventh album from SURVIVOR and their last in the '80s, "Too Hot To Sleep", one of the many albums from the band briefly taken out of print in 2009. However, it was 'Remastered & Reloaded' in all its glory by Rock Candy Records.

"Too Hot To Sleep" was the last Survivor album to be issued during their Eighties heyday, a record that took the band back to basics with an urgency fuelled by punchy hi-end production values and razor sharp guitar riffs.
It was also an album comprised of instantly catchy tunes, big hooks and heavenly vocals courtesy of the great Jimi Jamison.
By then the band was reduced to a trio, consisting of Jamison, guitarist Frankie Sullivan and keyboarder Jim Peterik, but in the studio they were joined by additional musicians Bill Syniar on bass and Mickey Curry (from the Bryan Adams Band) on drums.

Produced to impressive effect by Frank Filipetti (John Waite, Foreigner, etc), Survivor's three core members recorded the album primarily in New York City, utilising a new rhythm section that included well known drummer Mickey Curry from the Bryan Adams band.
The results were spectacular; big, bold and dynamic, with the emphasis on harder rock, yet still retaining their trademark melodic AOR sheen.

Some of the band's best tracks are to be found here, such as the immense ballad 'Desperate Dreams', the single 'Didn't Know It Was Love', the rather long (6:45) but excellent 'Here Comes Desire' and the up-tempo 'Can?t Give It Up', the latter a killer rocker full of keys and '80s rolling feel.
The top class ballad 'Across The Miles' features and awesome Jimi Jamison performance, and was one of Survivor's biggest AC chart hits.

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If you look at it from an accountants perspective, in purely commercial terms "Too Hot To Sleep" was less successful than its predecessor 'When Seconds Count' (in truth it barely dented the Billboard Top 200), but along with the aforementioned, 'Premonition' and the truly awesome 'Vital Signs', to these ears at least it represents the best thing the band ever recorded.
First of all Sullivan's guitars were pushed much more into the foreground, this time used to define the songs with Peterik's keyboards offering splashes of colour instead of the other way around.

This more punchy sound in turn seemed much more suited to Jamison's grittier vocal style, as had been amply demonstrated on the Cobra album 'First Strike' some five years earlier, which if we're honest was probably what landed him the gig in the first place.
Fortunately, this revamped approach didn't affect the quality of the songwriting one iota; the hooks, the melodies and the emotional investment remained as strong and vibrant as ever before.

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Criminally underrated, Survivor's "Too Hot To Sleep" should be considered another Melodic Rock / AOR lover's wet dream.
This 24-bit remastering from original source tapes by Rock Candy comes fuller, dynamic and rich in tonality. There's a really interesting 4,000+ word essay about the making of the album and interview with Jim Peterik, plus additional photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet.
A Must Have.


01 - She's A Star
02 - Desparate Dreams
03 - Too Hot To Sleep
04 - Didn't Know It Was Love
05 - Rhythm Of The City
06 - Here Comes Desire
07 - Across The Miles
08 - Tell Me I'm The One
09 - Can't Give It Up
10 - Burning Bridges

Jimi Jamison - lead vocals
Frankie Sullivan - guitar, backing vocals
Jim Peterik - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Bill Syniar - bass
Mickey Curry - drums


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SURVIVOR - Caught In The Game [Rock Candy Remastered & Reloaded]

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"Caught In The Game" is the fourth album by American Melodic Rock Gods SURVIVOR, one of the many albums from the band briefly taken out of print in 2009. However, it was 'Remastered & Reloaded' by Rock Candy Records.

"Caught In The Game" it's the Survivors's last album to-date to feature lead vocalist Dave Bickler, who left due to vocal surgery; despite the fact that he rejoined the band between 1993 and 2000, and again in 2013.
From pretty much out of nowhere Survivor scored one of the biggest ever selling hit singles in 1982 with the classic ‘Eye Of The Tiger’, a song written for the blockbuster movie ‘Rocky III’ featuring Sylvester Stallone.
Buoyed by that success, the band took stock and regrouped to record their fourth album, the much overlooked "Caught In The Game".

SURVIVOR - Caught In The Game [Rock Candy Remastered & Reloaded] booklet

Mostly written and rehearsed in a Carpet Warehouse in their native Chicago, then recorded in Los Angeles and produced by guitarist Frankie Sullivan (engineered by future Guns N’ Roses producer Mike Clink), the album is a pithy coalescence of Survivor’s trademark sound and style.

Featuring guest appearances by the great Tom Kelly (I-Ten), Mr. Mister's Richard Page and REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin, the album feels arresting but smoothly produced, the songs ring with crystal clear clarity, refusing to out stay their welcome with title track ‘Caught In The Game’, ‘What Do You Really Think?’, ‘I Never Stopped Loving You’ and the epic ‘Santa Ana Winds’ standing out from the pack.
Amazingly, the album (originally released in 1983) failed to repeat the massive achievement of the ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ record, delivering no hit singles and making only a fleeting appearance on the album charts.
It was a shocking development especially when you consider that "Caught In The Game" harbours some of the band’s best songs.

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Great 24-bit remastering from original source tapes by Rock Candy, including a 4,000 word essay about the making of the album, interview with band leader Jim Peterik, memorabilia and new photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
Highly Recommended


01 - Caught In The Game
02 - Jackie Don't Go
03 - I Never Stopped Loving You
04 - It Doesn't Have To Be This Way
05 - Ready For The Real Thing
06 - Half-Life
07 - What Do You Really Think
08 - Slander
09 - Santa Ana Winds

Dave Bickler - lead vocals
Frankie Sullivan - guitar
Jim Peterik - keyboards
Stephan Ellis - bass
Marc Droubay - drums
additional musicians:
Daryl Dragon - additional keyboards
Dave Arellano - additional synthesizers
Tom Kelly - backing vocals
Richard Page - backing vocals
Kevin Cronin - backing vocals


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