Sunday, March 24, 2019

SATIN - It's About Time [Japan Edition +2] (2018)

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Awarded as Breakthrough Artist 2017 by 0dayrox team with this, his second CD, Norwegian singer, songwriter and producer SATIN now got released 2018 his two albums in Japan, each with 2 bonus tracks. "It's About Time [Japan Edition +2]" includes two new awesome songs that deserve to be listened by every Melodic Rock / AOR out there.

Easily, 'It's About Time' was the best independent 2017 Melodic Rock / AOR release, but one of the best of the year overall.
Satin grew up listening the '80s classic bands and he fell in love with all Melodic Hard Rock variants forever. Influenced by the likes of Kiss and Bon Jovi, he started to play guitar at the age of nine and performed on a local tv show at the age of eleven.

He continued learning music and playing other instruments. In 2005 after releasing a KISS covers album, he was featured on the ‘Gods Of Thunder - A Norwegian Tribute To KISS’ album.
Since then Satin has been a part of many projects, playing, composing and producing for others, and in 2013 he received a Norwegian Grammy.

His self titled debut album was released in April 2014, ten songs written and produced by Satin which leave us jaw-dropped. Seriously, the quality in all departments of Satin's debut is remarkable.
Well, wait to listen to "It's About Time"... expect the same but augmented 100%!
All completely managed by himself - songwriting, arrangements, instrumentation production - and recorded at Satin's own studio 'Solysma' - this guy has achieved a level of quality rarely seen in any musical genre. And all by himself.

Yeah, "It's About Time" is on par - or even better - with a major label production. Everything sounds pristine, clear, polished... awesome Melodic Rock songs with a strong AOR flavor.
The first two a tracks, the superb 'Look Up In The Sky', and the anthemic 'I'll Never Let You Down', worth the admission alone.
Darn, Satin is an extremely talented cat, with a knack to compose elegant Melodic Rock songs like the former, and at the same time anthemic AOR diamonds such as the latter, plenty of synths / layers of harmony vocals.

On 'Waiting For Someone' Satin adds a little more muscle to his vocal performance, in a track with some American feel which brings to my mind the first Hardline album.
Only 3 songs, and I'm sold...

And then it comes 'Use It Or Lose It'... '80s AOR is back! That jumpin' verses are from the Stan Bush factory, there's a strong guitar riff and a pumping bass line, but are the synths which provide the aural magic.
But wait, Satin isn't a one trick pony; at the middle the song changes its rhtyhm for a very original guitar passage and then explodes into a crazy melodious solo, which round up one of the greatest songs on the year!

Next, Satin keeps the quality over the top: a different kind of synths (very cool) opens 'The Damage Got Done', a poppy and catchy as hell tune with some Rick Springfield feel circa 1984.
Another favorite of mine (lie, all are!) arrives with the incredibly infectious 'This Time', which it sounds like a lost REO Speedwagon song preformed by a young Jon Bon Jovi. There's lovely keys, a welcomed, different drum sound and tons of harmony vocals... '80s AOR anyone?
This Top Class stuff folks...

And the distinguished Satin pen continues with the primo AOR of 'Who You Are' similar to Lou Gramm (Foreigner) first solo album but at the same time updated, the beautiful ballad 'Heading For A Fall' (sweet vocals by Satin) recalling the obscure American '80s AOR band The Synch, and the groovy melodic hard rocker 'True Love' driven by a pulsating riff and a fantastic layered chorus.

I have to mention that Satin not only does a very good lead vocal work here, but also he is a very clever arranger recording himself the backing vocals / harmonies in different tonality resulting in a terrific effect.

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'Lying Eyes' is just another gem, a midtempo melodic rocker combining the best of Dion Bayman with the rockier side of '80s Richard Marx, there's delicious verses and a 'cascading' chorus in the vein of classic Stage Dolls. All embellished by keyboards and an effective guitar solo.

And then we have the new tracks, exclusive bonus to this Japanese edition.
The first of them is the ridiculously catchy 'It's Unbelievable' ... oh man, it's indeed unbelievable this track was not included into the original, regular version of the album. I guess Satin recorded it the after the mastering of the album was done. The verses, the layered / panned vocals, the chorus... wow, '80s are back in all its splendor. This song would have been a hit a in a teen movie soundtrack back in 1986.

And then there's 'Set My Own Heart Free'; pure primo '80s uptempo AOR plenty of synths and sweet vocals. The best song Loverboy never wrote? But also reminds me of one my favorite albums of all time: the self-titled album from American band Aviator from 1986.
AWE-SO-ME, and simply one of the best Satin songs ever.

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Satin's "It's About Time [Japan Edition +2]" is simply fabulous.
This guy is the complete package: terrific songwriting, great instrumentation, polished crystal clear production, and THAT classy Melodic Rock / AOR sound. What a talent.
All songs are keepers, no filler, with a unique style / freshness each other, full of ear-worm melodies that will stay in your head for weeks. And this Japan release with these terrific bonus tracks worth every penny.
BUY or DIE / A Must Have

You've seen it first here, at 0dayrox

01 - Look Up In The Sky
02 - I'll Never Let You Down
03 - Waiting For Someone
04 - Use It Or Lose It
05 - The Damage Got Done
06 - This Time
07 - Heading For A Fall
08 - Who You Are
09 - True Love
10 - Lying Eyes
11 - It's Unbelievable
12 - Set My Own Heart Free

All songs written, performed & produced by Satin



SATIN - Satin [remastered Japan Edition +2] + extra track (2018)

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Awarded as Breakthrough Artist 2017 by 0dayrox team, Norwegian singer, songwriter and producer SATIN now got released 2018 his two albums in Japan, each with 2 bonus tracks.
Additionally to the awesome new tracks / bonuses, this, his self-titled debut "Satin [remastered Japan Edition +2]", has been remastered to polish things a little.

Satin owns a truly melodious vocal register, sometimes a little raspy on the mellower songs, all sung in perfect English. All these songs could have been hits 30 years ago, very well recorded and produced with a crisp sound.
Recorded by Satin himself in his own studio, the music was mastered at the legendary Sterling Sound in New York by Grammy Award Winning senior mastering-engineer Tom Coyne (U2, Def Leppard, Michael Jackson).

You will love the heavenly keyboard filled AOR / Melodic Rock songs such as the wonderful opener "Fire The Shot" (check the video), the soaring "I Want Us", the extremely catchy "Part Of It" or the harmony-gold midtempo "Life Will Never Slow Down".

Tom Satin is not afraid to harden his sound on the melodic hard rockers "Some People Call It Love", the stomping "Leave It Be" and "I've Been Crazy", which reminds me Freddy Curci's Alias.
A classy late '80s album needs ballads, and we find two quality numbers here: the terrific and beautifully orchestrated "Don't Know The Words" (there's a video in the making), and the intense and emotional "I Don't Need Anybody".

And now get into the juicy Japanese edition bonus tracks.
The more I listen to "If You're Walking Away" the more I like it. Midtempo AOR with clean guitars, synths galore, melodious verses and an anthemic chorus to die for. Is this taken from an unreleased 1984 album? Not at all folks, this is Tom Satin bringing these classy, immortal melodies to this new Century.
Oh man, and then comes "Back Before I Go"... what a wonderful sweet melody. Take as reference Bon Jovi's first album yet much more radio-friendly. Again, those lovely synths surround another chorus to die for.

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But wait, there's more: "I Want Us" is an unreleased song, featured here in its demo form but sound quality is A+. And musically, be prepared for another slice of classy American influenced AOR / Melodic Rock.
I can't recommend you Satin's music enough. Both his albums are must haves for true fans of the genre, and this Japanese Edition worth every penny, believe me.
A Must

You've seen it first here, at 0dayrox

01 - Fire The Shot
02 - Don't Know The Words
03 - I've Been Crazy
04 - Life Will Never Slow Down
05 - I Want Us
06 - Friends
07 - Some Call It Love
08 - Leave Me Be
09 - Part Of It
10 - I Don't Need Anybody
11 - If You're Walking Away (Japan Bonus Track)
12 - Back Before I Go (Japan Bonus Track)
13 - I Want Us (Demo) [Extra Track]

All songs written, performed & produced by Satin



VAIN - No Respect [BGO records Digitally Remastered]

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This one was requested long time ago, the quite hard to find, only remastered version available of VAIN's debut album "No Respect".
While they were undeniably 'glam' in the image department, Vain sounded like no other band back in the day of this release (1989) and that still rings true today. Listening to "No Respect" now, it still holds up.

Davy Vain had initially began his career as a record producer, producing Death Angel's debut album The Ultra-Violence before recording a demo with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett in 1986.
After that, Vain decided to form a band under his own moniker, adding bassist Ashley Mitchell, drummer Tom Rickard and guitarists Dylana Nova and Danny West to the lineup.

From 1986 to 1987, the band, along with Jetboy and Sea Hags helped solidify the San Francisco hard rock scene – contemporaries included more metallic acts like Metallica, Exodus and Death Angel.
Then Vain moved to Los Angeles, a circuit more suitable for their brand of music, where they also opened for Guns N' Roses prior to their success, and played at every Sunset Strip venue.

Vain gained a strong following and after showcasing to major record labels, Vain signed with Island Records in 1988. Co-produced by Davy & Paul Northfield, Vain released their debut album entitled "No Respect" in 1989 which peaked at number 154 on the Billboard 200.
Critically, the album was also well received, with Vain featured on the covers of both Kerrang! and BAM magazines. In support of the album, Vain toured the US while they also supported Skid Row on their UK tour.

"No Respect" is a unique album from the late 80s US hard rock scene. It's a glammy / sleazy rocking LP, some kind of a mix between Guns N' Roses, Ratt and Motley Crue at their most coarse and corrupted.
But, as the band heralded from the Bay Area (of the well known thrash scene of the same era), this album has a touch more balls than many of the big haired contemporaries.

The songs relies more on power riffs than sing along choruses, as 'Beat The Bullet' shows, while 'Who’s Watching You' features a catchy riff with some Ratt on it, same with 'Secrets' (check the chorus).
The title track starts slow and melodic, but soon explodes into a hard rocking swagger, then 'Icy' is ridiculously catchy, riff-driven sleazy.

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The combination of Davy's haunting vocals and the twin guitars of Jamie Scott and Danny West on "No Respect" were something that has never been equalled or bettered in my opinion by any late '80s US hard rock act. Name me one band who sound remotely like Vain? Angry riffs, sleazy metal solos and an overall ballsy attack.

While Vain - the band - never make it big, "No Respect" is regarded as cult classic, a unique album which still sounds relevant today. This BGO remaster (housed in card slipcase) does magic compared to the flat original CD release, and it's the one to get.

You've seen it first here, at 0dayrox

01 - Secrets
02 - Beat The Bullet
03 - Who's Watching You
04 - 1000 Degrees
05 - Aces
06 - Smoke And Shadows
07 - No Respect
08 - Laws Against Love
09 - Down For The 3rd Time
10 - Icy
11 - Without You
12 - Ready

Davy Vain - vocals
Danny West, James Scott - guitars
Ashley Mitchell - bass
Tom Rickard - drums
Eric LeMayne - keyboards (11)



MEGADETH - Countdown To Extinction +4 [Ltd Edition MFSL Gold CD remastered]

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After the new MEGADETH 3-CD greatest hits release (here) one of you asked for the band's break-through album "Countdown To Extinction" in its audiophile Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MoFi) remastered version UltraDisc II.
Pressed on 24kt Gold CD and including 4 bonus tracks, "Countdown To Extinction +4 [Ltd Edition MFSL Gold CD remastered]" sounds fabulous.

Megadeth became one of the leading bands from the metal scene since the mid-'80s. Each album the band released went at least gold, and they continually sold out arenas world wide. By the early '90s, they had toned their music down slightly, yet that simply increased their following; all of their proper '90s albums debuted in the Top Ten.

1991 saw rival metal band Metallica break through to the mainstream with their self titled Black album. Sensing the possibility for similar success, leader Dave Mustaine and the recording label talked about a fresh musical approrach.
Megadeth traded in their previous lengthy, progressive compositions for streamlined, tightly written and played songs more conducive to radio and MTV airplay.

The results were artistically (as well as commercially) successful; songs like the mega-hit "Symphony of Destruction," "Skin O' My Teeth," "Foreclosure of a Dream," and "Sweating Bullets" are among the band's best.
Released in the summer of 1992, 'Countdown To Extinction' entered the US Billboard chart at number two. The record went double-platinum and became the band's biggest hit, confirming that they had retained their audience in the wake of grunge.

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Co-produced by Mustaine with the skilled Max Norman (Ozzy, Y&T), "Countdown To Extinction", the second Megadeth album featuring both virtuoso guitarist Marty Freidman and hard hitting drummer Nick Menza, is considered by critics and fans worldwide as the band's most pivotal release in their entire catalog.

Now we need to clarify this: "Countdown To Extinction +4 [Ltd Edition MFSL Gold CD]" not only has been remastered, but slightly remixed as well by Ralph Patlan & Dave Mustaine.
While many rabid fans only would accept the original 1992 version, in my opinion this new one is much better. The guitars now sound awesome.
Mustaine's remixes breathed new life into many of these songs, making the overall album sound updated and fresh.
Additionally, there's a noticeable 'polished feel', something more 'melodic hard' oriented listeners will enjoy.

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A must have album into any respected Rock collection, this out of print "Countdown To Extinction +4 [Ltd Edition MFSL Gold CD remastered]" worth the investement to enjoy its crystalline remastering treatment.

01 - Skin O' My Teeth
02 - Symphony Of Destruction
03 - Architecture Of Aggression
04 - Foreclosure Of A Dream
05 - Sweating Bullets
06 - This Was My Life
07 - Countdown To Extinction
08 - High Speed Dirt
09 - Psychotron
10 - Captive Honour
11 - Ashes In Your Mouth
12 - Crown Of Worms (B-side)
13 - Countdown To Extinction (Demo)
14 - Symphony Of Destruction (Demo)
15 - Psychotron (Demo)

Dave Mustaine – rhythm and lead guitar, lead vocals
David Ellefson – bass guitar, backing vocals
Marty Friedman – lead and rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Nick Menza – drums, backing vocals

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

ROULETTE - Better Late Than Never [YesterRock Remaster +extras] Out Of Print

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With ROULETTE's new album featured here one you asked for their compilation album "Better Late Than Never" including all the band's '80s / '90s works remastered by YesterRock Records specialists.
This is a wonderful slice of the classic Scandinavian AOR / Melodic Rock stuff we all love.

Founded in 1985 in Sundsvall, Sweden, during the AOR / Melodic Rock explosion (with Europe at the helm) Roulette and quickly became the talk of the town. They toured with, among others, Treat, Electric Boys and Lion's Share and released the single 'Hearts Keep On Burning' with Tommy Nilsson (of Easy Action) on backing vocals in 1987.
While Roulette dissolved in the Nineties, in the meantime the group recorded a lot of material, all compiled here.

Roulette released some singles (7'' vinyl) which are included here however most of their songs never got a proper release. “Better Late Than Never” deliver 15 songs plus 2 bonus tracks plenty of melodies and guitar / keyboard riffs n' hooks.
Songs like 'Hearts Keep On Burning', 'Fool For Your Love', and 'Run Girl' have that Treat / Europe-like harmonies and choruses, with guitarist Magnus Nelin and keyboardist Thomas Nesslin having an equal importance for Roulette’s sound.

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When they go for a power ballad like “Evangeline” they certainly reach into the Sheriff / Alias tool bag to wrench out every last emotion, especially with the powerhouse high notes from vocalist Thomas Lundgren.
The band rocks as well with guitar riff-driven tunes akin TNT, Glory or Alien on the catchy 'Dancin', the rocking 'Turn Me On' and the melodious 'City Heat'.

'Only The Strong' is one of the band's last songs (1991) and one of their best, when operated under the name Cherry Red. The solid 'I Do' is the B-side of that single, listed here as bonus track.

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"Better Late Than Never" was originally released in 2008 by the AOR-fm indie label (out of print). It had a white cover and 17 tracks. It featured 3 songs not present into this YesterRock release, so we've included these as extras.

“Better Late Than Never” should be in all AOR fan collections out there.
Roulette really do capture the essence of pure Scandi Melodic Rock / AOR from the golden era, the kind of music that makes you feel good and put a big smile on your face.
A Must Have

01 - Only The Strong
02 - Run Girl
03 - Better Late Than Never
04 - Evangeline
05 - Give Me Some Affection
06 - Hearts Keep On Burning
07 - So Far So Good
08 - Bittersweet Love
09 - Dancin'
10 - City Heat
11 - Fool For Your Love
12 - Reachin' For You
13 - Call My Name
14 - Turn Me On
15 - Waiting For A Heartache
16 - I Do

AORfm EXTRA tracks:
- All I Want
- Body And Soul
- Tonight's The Night

Thomas Lundgren - vocals
Magnus Nelin - guitar
Thomas Nesslin - keyboards
Hansi Fellbrink - bass
Mats Nelin - drums



BECKETT - Beckett [AOR Heaven Classix remaster +5] + extra

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AOR, Melodic Rock and Westcoast fans love Peter BECKETT for his works with Player (who had a #1 hit with 'Baby Come Back'), Think Out Loud and the Little River Band, but many also love him for his self-titled 1991 solo album, remastered for the AOR Heaven Classix series including 5 bonus tracks.

“Beckett” was recorded in two parts and in two locations. Half of the album was done at Dennis Lambert’s studio with Lambert producing, the other half was done at David J. Holman’s studio with Holman and Beckett co-producing.
We’re now over 25 years further down the lane and I still enjoy listening to ‘golden’ songs like the opener “I Told You So”, a rocker like a mixture of House Of Lords with Robert Tepper, the beautiful melodies and keyboards of “My Religion” or the supreme atmosphere of “Hangin’ By A Thread”.

All are winners on ths CD; “Still Of The Night” is an enormous classic AOR gem, “Not A Day Goes By” has a haunting melody, and “How Can The Girl Refuse” is a fun rocker similar to Rick Springfield.
Thanks to labels such as Rock Candy, AOR Heaven and YesterRock, AOR and Melodic Rock fans are able to rediscover so called classic albums in their beloved genres. This re-issue of “Beckett” by AOR Heaven Classix series is another jewel to own.

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Apart from being remastered, to make it even more precious, this reissue comes with no less than 5 tracks recorded at the same period. We added as extra the Japanese Bonus track, used for the movie 'Frankie & Johnny'
This "Beckett [AOR Heaven Classix remaster +5]" was a limited edition, out of print now but worth every cent to track down an (expensive) used copy.
A Must Have

01 - I Told You So
02 - My Religion
03 - Brother Louie
04 - Hangin' By A Thread
05 - The Big Hurt
06 - How Can The Girl Refuse
07 - Not A Day Goes By
08 - The Bottom Line
09 - Still Of The Night
10 - Falling From Grace
11 - Saving Grace
12 - Dangerous Times
13 - The Best Is Yet To Come
14 - Meet Me In The Middle
15 - After The Fall
16 - Until You Let Go (Japanese Bonus Track)

Peter Beckett: Lead Vocals, Guitar
Michael Thompson: Guitar
Dann Huff: Guitar
Dave Amato: Guitar
Robert Barton: Guitar, Vocals
Danny Johnson: Guitar
Doug Macaskill: Guitar
Kenny Mountain: Guitar, Vocals
Dennis Belfield, Ian Murray: Bass
Chris Frazier, Keith Fisher, Craig Neil: Drums
Michael Lloyd: Drums, Keyboards
Dennis Lambert: Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Johnny Parker: Keyboards, Vocals
Tim Hinkley, John Capek, Don Nossov: Keyboards

Out Of Print


Friday, March 22, 2019

UFO - Will The Last Man Standing (Turn Out The Light): The Best of UFO Remastered (2019) *EXCLUSIVE*

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Legendary hard rock band UFO has a new 2-CD set out today titled "Will The Last Man Standing (Turn Out The Light): The Best of UFO", covering the band's Chrysalis era (1973-1986).
This set has been newly remastered 2019 from the original analog production masters by Andy Pearce, and feature new sleeve notes by journalist Malcolm Dome.
Are these names familiar? Yes, both are from the Rock Candy Records team.

UFO are widely regarded as one of the UK’s best and most influential hard rock acts in history, and this year they are celebrating their 50th year in existence with their final world tour.

This double album brings together the best of the material they recorded in what is considered their halcyon years for the Chrysalis label.
The compilation has been created in conjunction with members Phil Mogg and Andy Parker who have provided new insights for the notes.

UFO is an essential band in your collection, and "Will The Last Man Standing (Turn Out The Light): The Best of UFO" delivers pretty much the best of this terrific band, including Michael Schenker's era.
The sound quality of this 2019 remastering is great, fuller, really welcomed especially on the older songs.
HIGHLY Recommended

CD 1:
1. Doctor Doctor (2019 Remaster)
2. Rock Bottom (2019 Remaster)
3. Shoot Shoot (2019 Remaster)
4. Too Hot To Handle (2019 Remaster)
5. Only You Can Rock Me (2019 Remaster)
6. Lights Out (2019 Remaster)
7. Young Blood (2019 Remaster)
8. Lonely Heart (2019 Remaster)
9. We Belong To The Night (2019 Remaster)
10. Let It Rain (2019 Remaster)
11. Couldn't Get It Right (2019 Remaster)
12. Electric Phase (2019 Remaster)
13. Doing It All For You (2019 Remaster)
14. When Its Time To Rock (2019 Remaster)
15. Out In The Streets (2019 Remaster)
16. Mother Mary (2019 Remaster)

CD 2:
1. Natural Thing (2019 Remaster)
2. I'm A Loser (2019 Remaster)
3. Lookin' Out For No. 1 (2019 Remaster)
4. Cherry (2019 Remaster)
5. Born To Lose (2019 Remaster)
6. Love To Love (2019 Remaster)
7. This Kids (2019 Remaster)
8. Let It Roll (2019 Remaster)
9. Highway Lady (2019 Remaster)
10. Can You Roll Her (2019 Remaster)
11. Alone Again Or (2019 Remaster)
12. Try Me (2019 Remaster)
13. Gettin' Ready (2019 Remaster)
14. Back Into My Life (2019 Remaster)
15. Call My Name (2019 Remaster)
16. Night Run (2019 Remaster)
17. Lettin' Go (2019 Remaster)



HAREM SCAREM - The Ultimate Collection [digital version 8-albums] (2019)

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On March 22nd, HAREM SCAREM will release 'The Ultimate Collection Box Set', a 14-CD limited edition deluxe box set, and four titles (Weight Of The World, Higher, Thirteen, United) on limited edition color vinyl via Frontiers Music.
This is a very Limited Edition Box Set including all 13 Harem Scarem albums plus a disc of rarities. This digital version only includes 8 albums.

One of Canada’s finest melodic hard rock bands, Harem Scarem were formed in 1987 by guitarist Pete Lesperance and singer Harry Hess, formerly of the metal band Blind Vengeance. The lineup was rounded out by Darren Smith (drums) and Mike Gionet (bass).
They recorded a demo in 1989 and on the strength of it, they were signed to Warner Music. Their self-titled album was a significant success in Canada and paved the way to the release of the heavier “Mood Swings” album in 1993, often considered the crown jewel of their early releases.
Harem Scarem kept on releasing albums regularly during the 90s, until they decided to ultimately change their name and music style to Rubber between 1999 and 2001.

In 2002, the band came back to melodic hard rock scene with the milestone album “Weight of the World,” which was their first proper release in the European marketplace thanks to their newly signed deal with Frontiers.
With the Italian label, Harem Scarem released another five original albums (not counting 2006’s “Human Nature” and the remake of “Mood Swings” in 2013, which marked the band’s return after a 5 years hiatus after the release of 2008’s “Overload”).

Given the particularly prolific nature of relationship between Frontiers and the band, it was decided to make the band’s catalog (some albums out of print) available in an exclusive and limited edition box set, in cooperation with Warner Music who kindly agreed to license the band’s first five studio albums.
That's why these are not available digitally, only on physical CD into the box.

The result is a mammoth box set inclusive of 13 studio records encompassing the whole discography of Harem Scarem with a gargantuan amount of rare, unreleased, and bonus tracks which make up a full bonus disc (in addition to original bonus tracks added to the individual albums).

And on top of this, Frontiers and the band decided to add a special one time limited run of colored vinyls for the signature catalogue releases: “Weight of the World,” “Higher”, “Thirteen”, and the band’s last studio album, “United”.
HIGHLY Recommended

CD 6. Weight Of The World
01 - Weight Of The World
02 - Killing Me
03 - Outside Your Window
04 - All I Want
05 - This Ain't Over
06 - Internude
07 - You Ruined Everything
08 - Charmed Life
09 - If You
10 - See Saw
11 - Voice Inside
12 - End Of Time (Bonus track)

CD 7. Higher
01 - Reach
02 - Waited
03 - Torn Right Out
04 - Give It To You
05 - Higher
06 - Run And Hide
07 - Lucky Ones
08 - Lies
09 - Gone
10 - Lost
11 - Wishing (Bonus Track)
12 - Higher [Acoustic] (Bonus Track)

CD 8. Overload
01 - Dagger
02 - Afterglow
03 - Rise & Fall
04 - Don't Come Easy
05 - Can't Live With You
06 - Forgive & Forget
07 - All You're Getting
08 - Leading Me On
09 - Understand You
10 - Same Mistakes

CD 9. Human Nature
01 - Human Nature
02 - Next Time Around
03 - Caught up in Your World
04 - Reality
05 - Hanging On (Human
06 - Don't Throw It Away
07 - Give Love Get Love
08 - 21
09 - Starlight
10 - Going Under
11 - Tomorrow May Be Gone
12 - Human Nature (Acoustic Bonus Track)
13 - Caught up in Your World (Acoustic Bonus Track)

CD 10. Hope
01 - Watch Your Back
02 - Time Bomb
03 - Hope
04 - Days Are Numbered
05 - Dark Times
06 - Beyond Repair
07 - Never Too Late
08 - Shooting Star
09 - Calm Before The Storm
10 - Nothing Without You

CD 11. Thirteen
01 - Garden Of Eden
02 - Live It
03 - Early Warning Signs
04 - The Midnight Hours
05 - Whatever It Takes
06 - Saints And Sinners
07 - All I Need
08 - Troubled Times
09 - Never Say Never
10 - Stardust
11 - Garden Of Eden (Acoustic Bonus Track)
12 - The Midnight Hours (Acoustic Bonus Track)

CD 12. United
01 - United
02 - Here Today Gone Tomorrow
03 - Gravity
04 - Sinking Ship
05 - One Of Life's Mysteries
06 - No Regrets
07 - Bite The Bullet
08 - Things I Know
09 - The Sky Is Falling
10 - Heaven And Earth
11 - Indestructible
12 - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (Acoustic Bonus Track)
13 - The Sky is Falling (Acoustic Bonus Track)

CD 13. The Early Years
01 - Whatever I Want
02 - When The Morning Comes
03 - Say Good Bye
04 - Looking Back
05 - All Over Again
06 - Honestly
07 - Lovin Like 90
08 - One Step At A Time
09 - Staying Away
10 - Last Time
11 - One Of The Wounded
12 - The Right Time
13 - You're The One
14 - Out Of Love
15 - Lost In Yesterday (Bonus Track)
16 - I Can Hear Them Now (Bonus Track)



Thursday, March 21, 2019

TOTO - 40 Tours Around The Sun [Japan Edition 2-CD] (2019)

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To be released tomorrow world-wide but already available in Japan, "40 Tours Around The Sun" is the new TOTO live package, available on DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD, 3LP, and this 2CD version.
The performance was captured in front of 18,000 Toto fans at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome in March 2018 as the band toured in celebration of their 40th anniversary.

TOTO performed a wide range of songs, including hit singles, rarely performed live deep cuts, and two recently recorded tracks which appeared on their new Greatest Hits album (40 Trips Around The Sun).

A statement on "40 Tours Around The Sun" reads: “TOTO remain one of the top-selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.
They are rock&pop culture, and are one of the few '70s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to enjoy a multi-generational worldwide fan base.”

It's TOTO, it's all great. One of the greatest Rock bands in the world.
HIGHLY Recommended

TOTO - 40 Tours Around The Sun [Japan Edition 2-CD] (2019)

CD 1:
01 - Intro (Live)
02 - Alone (Live)
03 - Hold The Line (Live)
04 - Lovers In The Night (Live)
05 - Spanish Sea (Live)
06 - I Will Remember (Live)
07 - English Eyes (Live)
08 - Jake To The Bone (Live)
09 - Lea (Live)
10 - Rosanna (Live)
11 - Miss Sun (Live)
12 - Georgy Porgy (Live)
13 - Human Nature (Live)
14 - Holyanna (Live)
15 - No Love (Live)

CD 2:
01 - Mushanga (Live)
02 - Stop Loving You (Live)
03 - Girl Goodbye (Live)
04 - Angela (Live)
05 - Lion (Live)
06 - Dune (Desert Theme) (Live)
07 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Live)
08 - Stranger In Town (Live)
09 - Make Believe (Live)
10 - Africa (Live)
11 - The Road Goes On (Live)

Joe Williams - vocals
Steve Lukather - vocals, guitars
David Paich - vocals, keyboards
Steve Porcaro - keyboards
Shannon Forrest - drums
Lenny Castro - percussion
Shem von Schroeck - bass
Warren Ham - saxophone, vocals



WARRIOR (feat Vinnie Vincent) - Warrior II [expanded edition] (2019)

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The WARRIOR story goes back to 1982 when New England members Jimmy Waldo on keyboards, bassist Gary Shea and drummer Hirsch Gardner were searching for a replacement for recently departed guitarist, John Fannon. A then unknown guitarist Vinnie Cusano was recommended by KISS's Gene Simmons (both bands were represented at the time by manager Bill Aucoin).

Cusano was a prolific songwriter, and sent some of his song ideas to the Boston based New Englanders for consideration. So impressed was the trio with Cusano's song-writing abilities that they agreed to relocate to Los Angeles where the guitarist was based, and the band Warrior was born..
Recording began at the famed Record Plant with serious interest from CBS Records, but the band were also diligent enough to record demos and rough ideas on a more modest set-up, capturing the fledgling band on cassette.

Unfortunately for Warrior, Vincent Cusano's talents meant that the guitarist was snapped up by KISS in 1982 to replace Ace Frehley for their "Creatures Of The Night" LP, their last in make-up, where he'd be rechristened Vinnie Vincent.
After Vincent departed to KISS, Shea and Waldo would remain in Los Angeles, soon joining up with Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet to form Alcatrazz with Yngwie J. Malmsteen.
Those precious recordings gathered dust until Hear No Evil / Cherry Red Records released a collection of them in 2017 under the title 'Warrior I" (HERE).

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Subsequently, more tapes, some of significantly better quality, have been unearthed from Gary Shea's personal archive, and now we have "Warrior II", to be released tomorrow.
In my opinion, the material in "Warrior II" is far better than the previous compilation, both in songwrting and audio quality.
This 2CD set is a treasure trove for all those who loved the power, quality and sheer momentum of the first "Warrior" album, "Warrior II" adds to the band's legacy and legend.

CD 1:
01 - No Substitute
02 - Back on the Street (Alternate Demo)
03 - Hot Nights
04 - I Need Love (Alternate Demo)
05 - Tears
06 - That Time of Year (Writing Demo)
07 - Forbidden (Writing Demo)
08 - Boys Gonna Rock (2019 Remaster)
09 - It's Not Pretty (Being Easy) (2019 Remaster)
10 - Back on the Street (2019 Remaster)
11 - Gypsy in Her Eyes (2019 Remaster)
12 - I Need Love (2019 Remaster)
13 - Baby Oh Why (2019 Remaster)

CD 2:
01 - Thrill of the Chase (1988 Demo)
02 - Gypsy in Her Eyes (Rehearsal with Vocal)
03 - That Time of Year/Forbidden (Rehearsal)
04 - Boys Gonna Rock (Instrumental Rehearsal)
05 - Gypsy in Her Eyes (Instrumental Rehearsal)
06 - My Heart Goes with You
07 - Forbidden (Vocal Demo)
08 - That Time of Year (Vocal Demo)

Vinnie Vincent: guitar, vocals
Jimmy Waldo: keyboards, vocals
Gary Shea: bass, vocals
Hirsh Gardner: drums, vocals



TRISHULA - Scare To Breathe (2019)

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British band TRISHULA is the brain child of UK guitarist Neil Fraser (TEN, Rage Of Angels, Tony Mills) which debut CD "Scare To Breathe" will be released tomorrow via AOR Heaven Records.
Neil Fraser handles guitars, bass and keyboards, and is joined by vocalist Jason Morgan and drummer Joao Colac, both of whom Neil worked with in Rage Of Angels. Magnum’s keyboard player Rick Benton is also involved.

Opener ‘I Can See It In Your Eyes’ sets the Trishula sound out, big on keys and soaring guitar riffs along with the impressive vocals of Morgan. There are shades of Ten on the title track, whilst ‘Secrets And Lies’ is simply immense. The keys, the riffs, the guitar solo, the melodic chorus, the pounding rhythm – this song has it all and is all that is great about Eighties-inspired melodic hard rock.
Long lost UK melodic rockers Pride come to mind on ‘A Thousand Pieces’ and although it clocks in at seven minutes long, the song and melody never outstay their welcome.

Fear not lovers of all things musically pink ‘n’ fluffy as there are ballads in the shape of ‘I Never Cried’ and ‘Don’t Let Go’, both very well arranged with sweet synths and smooth harmonies.
‘Magnetic Memories’ is a little different to the rest of the album, drawing on the sound of Rainbow in the keyboards and it has a distinct late Seventies rock feel.

Here’s hoping this album is not a one off as Neil Fraser has made a damn fine album, plus Welsh singer Jason Morgan is a real find. The vocals were tracked at M2 Madhat Studios (Magnum), and there's keyboard player Rick Benton providing some magic on a couple of songs.
Highly recommended for fellow lovers of '80s inspired melodic hard rock with a modern sheen.

01 - I Can See It in Your Eyes
02 - Scared to Breathe
03 - A Thousand Pieces
04 - Secrets & Lies
05 - I Never Cried
06 - Homeland
07 - Don't Let Go
08 - A Love so Cruel
09 - Magnetic Memories
10 - Jealousy
11 - For a Friend

Neil Fraser (Ten, Rage Of Angels) - guitar, bass, keys
Jason Morgan (Rage Of Angels) - vocals
Joao Colaco (Rage Of Angels) - drums
Rick Benton (Magnum) - keyboards



ROULETTE - Now! (2019)

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ROULETTE was founded in 1985 in Sundsvall, Sweden and quickly became the talk of the town. They toured with, among others, Treat, Electric Boys & Lion's Share and released the single 'Hearts keep on burning' with Tommy Nilsson (of Easy Action) on backing vocals in 1987. The band dissolved in the Nineties, and had a small revival back in 2010 with the album Better Late Than Never.
Then another pause came, before they began releasing a series of singles between 2015 and 2017.
Now 2019 it was time for a new full length CD, properly titled "Now!", to be released tomorrow.

Roulette's blend of classy Scandinavian AOR / Melodic rock remains intact in "Now!". You know the genre, the characteristic elements, and you will hear them in every arrangement: memorable melodies, vocal and guitar harmony, strong beat and groove, sweet guitar solos and, of course, strong and soaring vocals.
Thomas Lundgren has a powerful voice, his vocals rising and leading every song, plenty of catchy refrains for arena ready AOR accessibility.

Diving straight in, opener ‘Never Enough’ ticks all the right boxes and sets you up for at shot at the summer skies with it’s lush melody and gently thrusting guitar. ‘Keep on Dreaming’ that follows has a similar gentle persuasion and might even just shade it, with an even greater shot of melody and drive.
And if you like what you’ve heard so far then Roulette has another eight ready and waiting.

On an album with great consistency and no more than slight changes of pace and scenery there’s still some variety at play as “one of Sweden’s most acclaimed AOR bands during the 80s / 90s” let you know they’ve still plenty in the tank in 2019.
I love the harder edge of ‘Soldiers of Love’ for example, and that melody just works so well. Then there’s the lush ballad ‘Secret Room’ that takes all the pace off and really showcases the tightness of the band and Lundgren’s great vocals.

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Elsewhere wherever you dip you really can't go wrong, this is a wonderful album for smooth AOR fans crafted in the classic vein of the genre.
If you hanker after a slice of classy AOR-infused Melodic Rock with an uplifting message, a great sound and crystal clear production, then Roulette''s "Now!" is a mandatory listen.
HIGHLY Recommended

01 - Never Enough
02 - Keep on Dreaming
03 - Soldiers of Love
04 - We Can Make It
05 - Secret Room
06 - Better Day
07 - Turn It Around
08 - The Only Way
09 - Another Night
10 - Right by Your Side

Vocals – Thomas Lundgren
Guitar, Keyboards – Magnus Nelin
Bass – Hansi Fellbrink
Drums – Mats Nelin



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