Thursday, August 17, 2017

JANET GARDNER (Vixen) - Janet Gardner (2017)

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A solo album wasn't necessarily part of JANET GARDNER's master career plan. But a glut of material the Vixen frontwoman wrote with her husband, guitarist / producer Justin James (Tyketto), made her self-titled effort - coming out Friday, August 18 - inevitable.

"It sort of happened honestly," Gardner said. "We set up a studio in our new house and we were both down there fiddling around, and eventually we started to exchange ideas. We probably had written about five songs and thought, 'This is working pretty good. What are we gonna do with this?'"
Gardner and James initially thought about another group or duo name. "Then we said let's call it my solo album. Why not? I've never done one. Even though it is a really strong collaboration, let's call it that."

So here she is, after almost 30 years of Vixen's heyday, Janet Gardner is back with something that is more modern – and way better – than you’d expect.
The ten tracks on the album see Gardner team up with Justin James to come up with a collection that is resolutely hard rock, but also coming in with a harder edge than anything she might have done before.
Don't worry, that classic late '80s Vixen melodies are still all over the record.

The opener “Rat Hole” lays its cards out straight away. A first line that rhymes “suckers” with “dirty motherfuckers” is surely designed to say, “yeah this is me in 2017, love ain’t a killer anymore….” The music too, is tight, taut, modern and catchy.
Then “Hippycrite” does much the same, and comes in with a wave of really dark guitar over a melodic hard rock hook.

There is an absolute confidence here too. “If You Want Me” smashes down anything in its path and almost dares you to doubt that she means it. The sound, agin is modern, but the skeleton of the song is pure Vixen 1990.
Even more classic stuff arrive with midtempo ballad “Candle”, you'll find the '80s atmosphere all over, but there is nothing demur or weak about it. Instead it is an arena rocker that puts the likes of Halestorm to shame.

Songs – very deliberately you imagine – are kept short and to the point, but even then the likes of “Your Problem Now” know where the trouble is, and are happy to get amongst the fray.
The clever harmonies on “Let It Be Over” usher in what amounts to Gardner’s state of the union address, taking in environmental concerns as well as gun control laws and just about everything else, and the guitar solo here is particularly spectacular.

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“Lost” juxtaposes all this nicely with a lighter melodic rock touch and killer verses, while “The Grind” comes on like an outtake from Motley’s “Generation Swine”.
“Best Friend” is the one foray into acoustics, but is superbly done – and indeed the record benefits from the stripped back breather.
Thing end with “The Good Or The Bye” and the bluesy hard rock boogie is a perfect illustration of why the album is so good. A cut that positively revels in dumping her man, in a way it brings things full circle.

"Janet Gardner" is a killer blend of modern sounding hard rock with an old school late '80s flare that will turn the heads of generations of fans fo the genre.
Janet Gardner doesn’t need anyone in 2017. A record that began with the thought that this time she wasn’t suffering fools, ends with the very real suggestion that no one best dare get in her way.
HIGHLY Recommended


01 - Rat Hole
02 - Hippycrite
03 - If You Want Me
04 - Candle
05 - Your Problem Now
06 - Let It Be Over
07 - Lost
08 - The Grind
09 - Best Friend
10 - The Good or the Bye

Janet Gardner - vocals, guitat
Justin James - guitar, keyboards
Mike Thorn - bass
Denise Blair - drums
thanks to Andy Thorley


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UNRULY CHILD - Reigning Frogs Box Set; CD4 Worlds Collide (2017) retail

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Frontiers Music has released a special box set from UNRULY CHILD, titled "Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection”, a limited edition 5CD pack including the rare and hard-to-find releases from the band's catalog which encompasses their whole independent productions.
In all, five full length studio albums from this excellent Melodic Hard Rock combo founded by guitarist Bruce Gowdy (Stone Fury, World Trade) and drummer Jay Schellen (Hurricane, Asia).

Disc 4 in the box is the awesome “Worlds Collide” which featured the full reunion of the original lineup of the band featuring Gowdy / Allison / Marcie Free / Antonino / Schellen. This is truly a release that brings back the magic of the early demos and first record.
This rebirth of Unruly Child took many fans by surprise. On “Worlds Collide” the band springs to life with all the excitement and energy of a newborn.

UNRULY CHILD - Reigning Frogs Box Set; CD4 Worlds Collide (2017) retail - disc

The first two tracks are a bit modern and dark, but then “When We Were Young” kicks off a six-song string that 1990 radio would have been all over.
“When We Were Young” has highly melodic, nostalgic theme perfect for a reunion of this kind and and has become afan favorite. “Love Is Blind” is another great song that fuses the classic Unruly Child sound with that of contemporary hard rock, all helped by a huge sing-a-long chorus with great backing vocals.
Title track “When Worlds Collide” is an engaging tune with interesting time changes and another memorable chorus.

UNRULY CHILD - Reigning Frogs Box Set; CD4 Worlds Collide (2017) retail booklet

Things stay strong as we move into the final stretch of the album with terrific AOR candy like “Read My Mind”, and the rugged cry to be forever young in “Neverland.”
“Very First Time” is another winner, with one of the most instantly enjoyable choruses on the album. If power ballads are your thing, there are a couple of belters such as “Tell Another Lie” and “Talk To Me,” the latter featuring one of the more chill-inducing vocal performances by the great Marcie Michelle Free.

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This exclusive, limited edition, brand new "Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection” is beautifully packaged, not only including an extensive booklet with Unruly Child's story written by Gowdy, Free and Allison and photos from the archives, but also an individual booklet for each album plus complete lyrics.
The CDs are pressed as Vinyl LP replica, cardboard sleeve, and you have a total of three bonus tracks unreleased outside Japan.

This is the retail physical box/CD, not the poor digital version floating around which, by the way, doesn't include the original Japan bonus track, the really nice "Talk To Me (acoustic remix)".
A superb Box limited to 1000 copies only worldwide!


01 - Show Me The Money
02 - Insane
03 - When We Were Young
04 - Tell Another Lie
05 - Love Is Blind
06 - When Worlds Collide
07 - Talk To Me
08 - Life Death
09 - Read My Mind
10 - Neverland
11 - Very First Time
12 - You Don't Understand
13 - Talk To Me (acoustic remix) [Japan bonus track]

Marcie Michelle Free - vocals
Bruce Gowdy - guitars
Guy Allison - keyboards
Larry Antonino - bass
Jay Schellen - drums


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UNRULY CHILD - Reigning Frogs Box Set; CD3; UCIII (2017) retail

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Frontiers Music has released a special box set from UNRULY CHILD, titled "Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection”, a limited edition 5CD pack including the rare and hard-to-find releases from the band's catalog which encompasses their whole independent productions.
In all, five full length studio albums from this excellent Melodic Hard Rock combo founded by guitarist Bruce Gowdy (Stone Fury, World Trade) and drummer Jay Schellen (Hurricane, Asia).

Disc 3 is “UCIII”, an album which sees another Unruly Child incarnation featuring Gowdy with Guy Allison back to the fold and singer Philip Bardowell taking on vocal duties. While slightly more proggy at times, “UCIII” remains in a truly melodic hard rock fashion.

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After releasing the darker, heavier and more mature Waiting For The Sun in 1998, Hansen and Schellen went on to reform Hurricane, leaving Gowdy and Allison to find ex-Magdalen new singer Philip Bardowell.
On "UC III" Bardowell's voice still fits the Unruly Child model, but the man a different approach than Free and Hansen. He boasts a Lou Gramm kind of grit, more classic, bluesy hard rock orientation.

UNRULY CHILD - Reigning Frogs Box Set; CD3; UCIII (2017) retail - booklet

Opener "Tear Me Down" showcases a more modern sound than any previous Unruly Child track, and other songs like "Kings of Tragedy" and "Vertigo" reflect a more progressive move. Meanwhile, "Bring Me Home" has a classic rock feel, then "Sleeping Town" and the track titled as the band name, "Unruly Child", hearkens back to the late-Eighties and early-Nineties AOR style from the band's first album.

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This exclusive, limited edition, brand new "Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection” is beautifully packaged, not only including an extensive booklet with Unruly Child's story written by Gowdy, Free and Allison and photos from the archives, but also an individual booklet for each album plus complete lyrics.

The CDs are pressed as Vinyl LP replica, cardboard sleeve, and you have a total of three bonus tracks unreleased outside Japan. This is the retail physical box/CD, not the poor digital version floating around.
A superb Box limited to 1000 copies only worldwide!


01 - Tear Me Down
02 - Falling
03 - All Around Me
04 - Bring Me Home
05 - Sleeping Town
06 - You See Three
07 - Kings of Tragedy
08 - Vertigo
09 - Shades Of Love
10 - Unruly Child
11 - Something
12 - Ruby Tuesday (original Japan Bonus Track)

Philip Bardowell -vocals
Bruce Gowdy - guitars, bass, drums
Guy Allison - keyboards, bass, drums


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UNRULY CHILD - Reigning Frogs Box Set; CD5 Down The Rabbit Hole (2017) retail

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Frontiers Music has released a special box set from UNRULY CHILD, titled "Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection”, a limited edition 5CD pack including the rare and hard-to-find releases from the band's catalog which encompasses their whole independent productions.
In all, five full length studio albums from this excellent Melodic Hard Rock combo founded by guitarist Bruce Gowdy (Stone Fury, World Trade) and drummer Jay Schellen (Hurricane, Asia).

Disc 5 which can be found in the box set is “Down The Rabbit Hole” an independently released CD – very much sought after by collectors – which was only sold in a limited number of copies via the band’s website in 2014.
Another very fine and classy melodic rock release featuring the original lineup members.

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"Down The Rabbit Hole" is pure Unruly Child, this meaning Melodic Rock with an '80s / '90s feel & spirit. There's some very little progressive touches on the title track, but even on this one melodies rule.
This bunch of songs is absolutely glorious, with lots of harmonies, sometimes catchy, and always, extremely melodic.

This exclusive, limited edition, brand new "Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection” is beautifully packaged, not only including an extensive booklet with Unruly Child's story written by Gowdy, Free and Allison and photos from the archives, but also an individual booklet for each album plus complete lyrics.

UNRULY CHILD - Reigning Frogs Box Set; CD5 Down The Rabbit Hole (2017) retail - booklet

The CDs are pressed as Vinyl LP replica, cardboard sleeve, and you have a total of three bonus tracks unreleased outside Japan.
This is the retail physical box/CD, not the poor digital version floating around.
A superb Box limited to 1000 copies only worldwide!


01 - This Is Who I Am
02 - She Can't See Me
03 - Down the Rabbit Hole
04 - For All We Know
05 - Breaking Hearts
06 - Kindred
07 - Say I Love You

Marcie Michelle Free - Vocals
Bruce Gowdy - Guitars, Drums
Guy Allison - Keyboards, Bass


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ALICE COOPER - School's Out Live: Los Angeles Forum '75 [Remastered] (2017)

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For years circulating as bootleg, this ALICE COOPER historic performance is being released on physical CD by Rox Vox Records under the title "Schools Out Live: The Los Angeles Forum, 17th June 1975".
Alice Cooper already was an established superstar by 1975. His studio album Welcome To My Nightmare was released that March and he embarked on a world tour of the same name the same month.

The tour from which this concert was recorded (originally in July 1975, for the King Biscuit Flower Hour) is when Vincent Furnier officially became known as Alice Cooper.
Alice Cooper was the name of a 17th century witch that had come to Furnier during a game of Ouji board. After nearly five years in the international spotlight as the king of shock rock, Cooper had decided it was time to strike out on his own, but unlike most lead singers who are eager to shed the image they had with their initial bands, Cooper made a seamless transition, changing only the musicians.

His leap to solo success closely paralleled that of Janis Joplin. After finding both critical and commercial success with Big Brother & the Holding Company, she shed the band that had been called "mediocre musicians, at best," and surrounded herself with seasoned pros.
The difference was Cooper, unlike Joplin, was not much of a singer, but a spectacular vaudevillian showman. The change allowed Cooper to not only delve into other musical styles (his success with the ballad "Only Women Bleed" is an example of that), but also allowed him to focus completely on the theatrics of his live show.

With Cooper, saying he hired seasoned pros is an understatement. Sticking with long time producer Bob Ezrin (who had done all the commercially viable Cooper band LPs), Alice took his advice and hijacked the entire backing band of former Velvet Underground front man, Lou Reed.
Ezrin had assembled the band (which included former Ursa Major guitarist / singer Dick Wagner), to back Reed on his commercial breakthrough live album, Rock 'n' Roll Animal.

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With Cooper the band became his musical backing group for his first solo album, Welcome To My Nightmare, and its accompanying network TV special and live tour.
Fortunately, Welcome To My Nightmare was a strong work, and the band brought a welcomed breath of fresh musical air to not only the new tracks, but to Cooper classics such as "I'm Eighteen," "Billion Dollar Babies," and the now high school classic mantra, "School's Out."

All these are performed here with all the magic of an era when live shows were some kind of tantric experience. The sound quality is very good, now enhanced by a bright remastering job.
A piece of Rock N' Roll history.


01 - Welcome to My Nightmare (Live)
02 - No More Mr. Nice Guy (Live)
03 - Billion Dollar Babies (Live)
04 - I'm Eighteen (Live)
05 - Some Folks (Live)
06 - Cold Ethyl (Live)
07 - Only Women Bleed (Live)
08 - Devil's Food / Black Widow (Live)
09 - Steven (Live)
10 - Welcome to My Nightmare (Reprise) (Live)
11 - Escape (Live)
12 - Schools Out (Live)
13 - Announcer / Pre Encore (Live)
14 - Department of Youth (Live)

Alice Cooper - lead vocals
Steve Hunter - guitar, vocals
Dick Wagner - guitar, vocals
Prakash John - bass, vocals
Josef Chrowski - keyboards, vocals
Whitey Glan - drums



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UNRULY CHILD - Reigning Frogs Box Set; CD2 The Basement Demos (2017) retail

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Frontiers Music has released a special box set from UNRULY CHILD, titled "Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection”, a limited edition 5CD pack including the rare and hard-to-find releases from the band's catalog which encompasses their whole independent productions.
In all, five full length studio albums from this excellent Melodic Hard Rock combo founded by guitarist Bruce Gowdy (Stone Fury, World Trade) and drummer Jay Schellen (Hurricane, Asia).

Disc 2 is “The Basement Demos”, which features all the pre-production demos that the band recorded in preparation for their debut, self-titled album for Interscope Records.
This is pure '80s material, with the then 'Mark' Free in full potential after his stint with King Kobra and Signal.

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Of course here's many tracks that ended in Unruly Child's debut, but sounding quite different from their final versions. All are heavier and slightly rawer.
Mark Free feels loose, the riffs are more edgy, an most the solos are bigger.

UNRULY CHILD - The Basement Demos - booklet

These are high quality recordings, not some second generation tape / garage takes.
This CD is like having a different version of Unruly Child's first album plus extra tracks. Yes, it is that good. 'Forever', 'Is It Over', 'Lay Down Your Arms', etc, all are killer tunes.

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This exclusive, limited edition, brand new "Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection” is beautifully packaged, not only including an extensive booklet with Unruly Child's story written by Gowdy, Free and Allison and photos from the archives, but also an individual booklet for each album plus complete lyrics.

The CDs are pressed as Vinyl LP replica, cardboard cleeve, and you have a total of three bonus tracks unreleased outside Japan. This is the retail physical box/CD, not the poor digital version floating around.
A superb release limited to 1000 copies only worldwide!


CD 2 The Basement Demos 
01 - On the Rise
02 - Rock Me Down Nasty
03 - To Be Your Everything
04 - Lay Down Your Arms
05 - Is It Over
06 - Let's Talk About Love
07 - Forever
08 - Live in the Night
09 - Unruly Child
10 - Undefeated
11 - Down the Road
12 - Still Believe
13 - The Man Inside
14 - Live Without Love
15 - True Love

Mark Free - Vocals
Bruce Gowdy - Guitars
Guy Allison - Keyboards
Larry Antonio - Bass
Jay Schellen - Drums


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UNRULY CHILD - Reigning Frogs Box Set; CD1 Waiting For The Sun (2017) retail

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Frontiers Music has released a special box set from UNRULY CHILD, titled "Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection”, a limited edition 5CD pack including the rare and hard-to-find releases from the band's catalog which encompasses their whole independent productions.
In all, five full length studio albums from this excellent Melodic Hard Rock combo founded by guitarist Bruce Gowdy (Stone Fury, World Trade) and drummer Jay Schellen (Hurricane, Asia).

Disc 1 is “Waiting For The Sun”, which was originally released in 1998 and featured the line-up of singer Kelly Hansen (ex-Hurricane, now fronting Foreigner), Gowdy and Schellen - with special guest Ricky Phillips of Styx / Bad English on bass.

This is Unruly Child's second album, appeared in a time when this type of music was out of the charts and American music industry ignored. Fortunately legendary German label MTM released “Waiting For The Sun”, but of course it's out of print now.
Original Unruly Child vocalist Marcie Free was busy with a solo career, so Jay Schellen called his former Hurricane bandmate Kelly Hansen (currently fronting Foreigner) for the mic slot.

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The material here is more 'rocking' than the band's major label debut, with killer numbers such as 'Do You Ever Think of Me', 'Still Believe' or 'Why Should I Care'. This easily could be a Hurricane album disguised as an Unruly Child release.
But my favorite is without a doubt is 'Rise Up', a terrific AOR / MR song, among the best recorded in the genre during the '90s.

UNRULY CHILD - Reigning Frogs Box Set; CD1 Waiting For The Sun (2017) booklet

All over the entire album there's guest vocal appeareances from David Glen Eisley (ex Giuffria), Cherie Curie of Girlschool, the late Ray Gillen (Badlands), Jeff Pilson (ex Dokken, Foreigner), but it's Kelly Hansen who steals the show.
Awesome album.

UNRULY CHILD - Reigning Frogs Box Set 2017 - back

This exclusive, limited edition, brand new "Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection” is beautifully packaged, not only including an extensive booklet with Unruly Child's story written by Gowdy, Free and Allison and photos from the archives, but also an individual booklet for each album plus complete lyrics.

The CDs are pressed as Vinyl LP replica, cardboard cleeve, and you have a total of three bonus tracks unreleased outside Japan. This is the retail physical box/CD, not the poor digital version floating around.
A superb release limited to 1000 copies only worldwide!


CD 1: Waiting For The Sun
01 - Heart Run Free
02 - Rise Up
03 - Why Should I Care
04 - Forever
05 - Man Inside
06 - Do You Ever Think of Me
07 - Still Believe
08 - To the Cross
09 - Fool Again
10 - Live in the Night
11 - Waiting for the Sun
12 - World of Difference (original Japan bonus track)

Kelly Hansen - vocals, guitar
Bruce Gowdy - guitars, keyboards, bass
Jay Schellen - drums, percussion
Ricky Phillips - bass


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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

VAN HALEN - 1984 [Japan edition remastered - Forever Young series] Out Of Print

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The recent VAN HALEN posts were intended to the Hagar-era only, but I couldn't resist to feature here as well "1984", from the same Warner Brothers Japan 'Forever Young' remastered series.

Sure, Van Halen's first six albums have been recently remastered (including "1984") and available in the US & Europe, but this Japanese remaster is quite different.
While that USA 30th anniversary remaster (handled by Chris Bellman) sounds really good to me - you can check it out HERE - this Forever Young remaster is great as well, even better.

I mean, it's a more 'natural' remaster respecting the dynamics from the original recording, with a slightly level-up gain but warm as a brand new vinlyl LP.
The bass feels more in tune with the kick drum, and perhaps David Lee Roth's vocals are more prominent, on par with the blazing rhythm guitars.

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I don't think this "1984 [Japan edition remastered - Forever Young series]" is for completists only... while the USA 30th Anniversary Edition Remastered 2015 is excellent for the iPod and regular players, if you're lucky to own a hi-end system this Japanese version done with HDCD technology is a must.
A CLASSIC

You've seen it first here, at 0dayrox


Warner Music Japan Forever Young Series
V A N  H A L E N

01 - 1984
02 - Jump
03 - Panama
04 - Top Jimmy
05 - Drop Dead Legs
06 - Hot For Teacher
07 - I'll Wait
08 - Girl Gone Bad
09 - House Of Pain

Eddie Van Halen - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
David Lee Roth - lead vocals
Alex Van Halen - drums, percussion
Michael Anthony - bass guitar, backing vocals


Out Of Print
www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/WPCR-78024
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RUNNING WILD - Branded And Exiled [Expanded Edition Remastered] (2017)

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Noise Records has started the reissue campaign of RUNNING WILD first 9 albums with bonus material. "Branded And Exiled [Expanded Version Remastered]" is my favorite record from the band, one of these '80s classy metal albums you need to hear.

Yeah I grew up listening to Melodic Hard Rock & AOR but also the classic heavy music of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and many 'underground' metal bands. One of these is Running Wild, particularly this 1985's "Branded And Exiled" album.
Running Wild have been around the block for many years, still active, and while I do not like their current 'pirate metal style', in the early '80s the Germans released some very good, 'true heavy metal' records.

"Branded And Exiled" was their last, in my humble opinion, good LP, an enjoyable slice of Euro Heavy Metal plenty of cliches, but also melting riffs and that 'leather' sound.
You'll hear Priest-inspired riffs done to perfection, and sounding exactly like the period from which they come. But the group also explore what they would eventually become on successive albums. 'Mordor' is probably the best example of the latter - mid-paced mechanical single-note comping, with lyrics inspired by Tolkien / Lords Of The Rings saga.

However the real deal here are songs like 'Chains and Leather' which sounds very much like Judas Priest anthems of the day, while 'Gods Of Iron' seems to draw on the Exciter-trademarked sound of Priest from such titanic efforts as Stained Class and Hell Bent For Leather.
“Branded and Exiled” is a smooth-flowing album that varies relatively little from track to track. There’s nothing remotely soft or resembling a ballad here, and the main emphasis is definitely on melody and heavy catchy riffs.

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The production on “Branded and Exiled” is certainly dated for today's metal standards (but there is its magic and why I like this album so much) particularly the echo effect put on Rolf's vocals - which is no doubt an attempt to bolster the sound.
Still, everything is placed very well in the mix. The guitar tone is appropriately heavy and slammed in your face plus a good double-bass drumming. The lows are right there, moving your gut. The highs clash with each cymbal crash. It's a comptent, classic early '80s production.

This fresh remaster has done miracles on some tracks, especially the mid-tempo tunes, and you have as bonus 5 re-recorded versions, 2017 remastered as well.
Yeah, Running Wild's “Branded and Exiled” is simple, cliched, no-sense classic heavy metal, but I like it. And if you never heard it, this Expanded Version Remastered digipak is the one to catch.
Strongly Recommended


01 - Branded and Exiled
02 - Gods of Iron
03 - Realm of Shades
04 - Mordor
05 - Fight the Oppression
06 - Evil Spirit
07 - Marching to Die
08 - Chains and Leather
BONUS TRACKS:
09 - Branded and Exiled (Re-recorded 1991; 2017 Remaster)
10 - Fight the Oppression (Re-recorded 1991; 2017 Remaster)
11 - Marching to Die (Re-recorded 1991; 2017 Remaster)
12 - Branded and Exiled (Re-recorded 2003; 2017 Remaster)
13 - Mordor (Re-recorded 1991; 2017 Remaster)

Rock'n'Rolf - guitars, vocals
Majk Moti - guitars
Stephan Boriss - bass
Hasche - drums


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BLACK BAMBI - Black Bambi (remastered reissue 2017)

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Here's another one from the vaults: BLACK BAMBI self-titled album recorded in 1990 with Beau Hill as producer but shelved due to music industry uselessness. "Black Bambi" finally got released in 2001, but now 20th Century Music has made it available again with a refreshed sound.

Black Bambi is another example of a band that has it all to make it big: great musicianship, the looks, a recording contract with Atlantic Records and a top producer in Beau Hill. However, they were missing an important factor; luck.

The band initially came together when San Diego transplant Steven Ray Anastos left his band City Slick only to discover than another band from his hometown, Aircraft, had also called it a day. Having admired that band's material, Anastos decided to call guitarist Ronny Jones to see if they might put something together to test the waters and soon after Steven and the bulk of Aircraft were in business as BLACK BAMBI.

Playing their first show at The Whiskey A Go-Go on New Year's Eve 1987, the band ran through a handful of shows before the rhythm section was ousted in favor of bassist John Grimmett and drummer Dave Casey.
At this point the band's sound became more focused with a classic hard rock imprint, and a buzz was swiftly building throughout the major labels.
1989 would see the band sign with the legendary John Carter at Atlantic Records and they were immediately sent into Enterprise Studios with highly sought after producer Beau Hill behind the board for an album that was scheduled for an early 1990 release.

Opening slots with both Badlands and The Black Crowes followed and BLACK BAMBI were primed for major success. And then the bottom fell out.
Basically, they were orphaned. Carter parted ways with Atlantic Records right as the band were completing the album. The timing could not have been worse. BLACK BAMBI were left high & dry and there was no coming back from that.



Musically "Black Bambi" is pure late '80s sounding classic hard rock, with mature songwriting and that slick production from the era. Think a mix of The Cult 'Sonic Temple', Tesla, Badlands, Vain, Atomic Playboys, etc.
The track 'Dancing With The Shadows' is probably Black Bambi in microcosm: bright rhythm section, sharp guitars, lyrics that would pass the lips of The Cult frontman without a problem with a slightly Vince Neil-esque delivery and wrapped in a big-bollocked, airy production guaranteed to sound good on a Sunset Strip dancefloor at two in the morning.

There's songs like me 'Lay Me Down' and 'Cry Blackbird Cry' really sounding like lost glam metal classics, and it’s nice to get the chance to hear some ‘new’ hair metal recorded at the scene of the crime and not reimagined by post modern hipsters or balding has beens looking to reignite their glory days thanks to a small pay check from voracious nostalgia-loving record labels.

20th Century Music has done a very nice job with the tapes sound (this is not the poor bootleg floating the web). The album has just been digitally released and will be available on physical CD next Friday 18th.
Highly Recommended


01 - Mary's Birthday
02 - In the Meantime
03 - Cry Blackbird Cry
04 - Crucified
05 - Seven Miles to Rome
06 - Dancing with the Shadows
07 - Down
08 - The Celebration
09 - 99 1/2
10 - Broken Mirror
11 - Lay Me Down
12 - Soul of a Child

Steven Ray Anastos: lead vocals
Mark Crowley: guitar
John Grimmett: bass
Dave Casey: drums
produced by Beau Hill


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www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Bambi/dp/B073QZW6JB
20thcentury-music.com/black-bambi/
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Monday, August 14, 2017

HEART - Legendary FM Broadcasts: Portland '89 [remastered] (2017)

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HEART's concert in Portland, taped on 12th May of 1989 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, has been reissued in remastered form. Titled "Legendary FM Broadcasts; Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland, 12th May 1989", the show was aired via the famous Westwood One FM as part of the King Biscuit Flower Hour which broadcast expanded its reach to more than 300 stations before it ceased weekly production of new shows in 1993. Reruns continued until 2007.

This recording is of special interest because at the time (1989) Heart were at their commercial peak, following their 1985 #1 self-titled comeback album and 1987's #2 Bad Animals LP.

And incredibly, there's not an official live recording of Heart's second half of the '80s songs performed during those years.
The album features hot performances of number 1 hits 'Alone' and 'These Dreams', successful singles 'Never', 'Nothing At All' and 'What About Love', as well as classic favorites 'Barracuda' or 'Dreamboat Annie', along with a killer cover of Led Zeppelin's 'Rock n' Roll' as finale.

HEART - Legendary FM Broadcasts: Portland '89 [remastered] (2017) back

The recording quality is very good, polished with a proper remastering, and showcasing Heart as a hard rocking, tight unit.
Rocks!


01 - Bad Animals
02 - The Wolf
03 - Barracuda
04 - Nothing At All
05 - What About Love
06 - Dreamboat Annie
07 - These Dreams
08 - Straight On
09 - Who Will You Run To
10 - Never
11 - How Can I Refuse
12 - Crazy On You
13 - If Looks Could Kill
14 - Bebe le Strange
15 - Alone
16 - Keep A Knockin' / Rock And Roll


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play.google.com/store/music/album/Heart_Legendary_FM_Broadcasts_Veterans_Memorial_Co?id=Bug34vt36so7426xgdg65txn74m
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