Monday, September 18, 2017

TOKYO BLADE - Night Of The Blade [Deluxe Edition Japan mini-LP remastered] (2016)

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This another nice request: the Japan-only release of TOKYO BLADE's classic "Night Of The Blade" in its remastered Deluxe Edition mini-LP replica plus a bonus disc.
Alongside the official album (1984) remastered, on the second disc you have the tapes featuring previous lead vocalist Alan Marsh, and as bonus tracks the rare EP released as an alias band name, Mr. Ice.

Tokyo Blade were one of the classic bands from the NWOBHM movement, and because they came a little late into the scene they're often one of the most forgotten and underrated bands.
"Night Of The Blade" is, for most fans, their finest moment.

This album has it all. It really rocks with a sound & style pretty similar to Def Leppard circa High 'N' Dry all over the place. Tokyo Blade are heavier but very melodic and catchy the same.
The quality is outstanding for the genre with songs like 'Someone to Love', the awesome 'Love Struck', the heavy 'Unleash the Beast' and the title track where the band shows their ability to create great and memorable songs.
Each of the eight songs here has that undeniable energy that you just can't fake, with some catchy riffs and shout along choruses you want to hear again and again.

TOKYO BLADE - Night Of The Blade [Deluxe Edition Japan mini-LP remastered] (2016) discs

The musicians are some of the best that I've heard from the '80s London scene. Starting with the new singer (at the time) Vic Wright, a vocalist full of character and power.
The guitar tandem of Andy Boulton and John Wiggins has nothing to envy from anyone – they make great riffs and terrific solos as if it's the easiest thing in the world.
The rhythm session made of Andy Wriggton (bass) and Steve Pierce (drums) complements the band very well with a steady backbone. But they don't just do the job, each man provide masterful work that makes the songs significantly better.

The release of "Night Of The Blade" was delayed because previous vocalist Alan Marsh left the band when they finished the pre-production takes.
All these previous recordings are included into the bonus disc, where you can find two tracks that never made into the final release. The sound quality varies, not so good on some cuts but enough to appreciate how rougher the material was intended in a first place.
Additionally, there's the rare and hard to find Mr. Ice (1990) EP, delivering some hooky hard rock tunes filled with massive backing vocals.

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Tokyo Blade is a criminally underrated band and this record just proves it, as this is one of the best albums from that golden era and many years after its original release it still feels fresh.
I do not have too much references about this Japanese label Wasabi Records, but let me tell you the remastering is quite awesome.
This is the best version you can get of "Night Of The Blade", an album rocking from every corner. It doesn't sounds dated at all and that to me it's the definition of a classic.

You've seen it first here, at 0dayrox


Disc 1 : Night Of The Blade remastered
01 - Someone To Love
02 - Night Of The Blade
03 - Rock Me To The Limit
04 - Warrior Of The Rising Sun
05 - Unleash The Beast
06 - Love Struck
07 - Dead Of The Night
08 - Lightning Strikes (Straight Through The Heart)

Disc 2 :
01 - Night Of The Blade
02 - Warrior Of The Rising Sun
03 - Unleash The Beast
04 - Love Struck
05 - Attack Attack
06 - Fever
07 - Dead Of The Night
08 - Breakout
09 - Madame Guillotine
10 - Someone To Love
11 - Hot Breath
12 - Poor Little Rich Kid
13 - Women And Love
14 - More Than A Pretty Face
15 - Boyz Will Be Boyz
16 - Young, Bad And No Good

Disc 1:
Vic Wright - lead and backing vocals
Andy Boulton - guitar, backing vocals
John Wiggins - guitar, backing vocals
Andy Wrighton - bass, backing vocals
Steve Pierce - drums

Disc 2:
Alan Marsh - lead vocals
Andy Boulton - guitar, backing vocals
John Wiggins - guitar, backing vocals
Andy Wrighton - bass, backing vocals
Steve Pierce - drums
Alan Marsh - lead and backing vocals
Andy Boulton - guitar, backing vocals
Attila - keyboards
Colin Riggs - bass, backing vocals
Mark Angel - drums, percussion



AVIARY - Heartless (2015-2017)

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After the couple AVIARY posts here one of you asked for the band's new album "Heartless" released via their own label AV Records. Yes, few noticed that Aviary is back in business!

Aviary were often described as one of the greatest Pomp Rock bands ever. Grandiose, pompous and bombastic, the unique songwriting talent of Brad Love and the musical skills he and his four fellow band members bring to their debut album, make it still, some decades later, a very special piece of music.
Their style with elements of early Kansas / Styx mixed with the perfect vocal harmonies of Queen is a pure delight for fans of late 70's / early 80's Pomp.

Some time ago, after the release of the unreleased tracks compilation 'Ambition The Remastered Lost Tapes' (featured here on the blog) there was a renewed interest in Aviary's music by Pomp fans all over the world.
One of the main reasons that Aviary did not get back together before was because singer, songwriter and keyboardist Brad Love was living in Texas.
But around five years ago Love moved back to CA and Aviary started working again.

The result is "Heartless", a brand new album from Aviary appeared a couple years ago independently released. The response was excellent, with the band being asked to perform at many venues and submitted to play at Prog Power Europe.
Currently Aviary play around five shows a month, "Heartless" has been re-printed and there's another album in the making.

"Heartless" delivers newly composed songs crafted in the classic progressive realm with relatability not common to the genre.
From the unmistakable vocals of Brad Love, through solid arrangements, performances and production, this new disc embodies an excellence of content typical to this band.

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While there's less pomp / multi-part vocal harmonies in favor to a more melodic, proggy sounds and arrangements, "Heartless" is typical Aviary.
Listed among The 40 Best AOR Vocalists of all time by Team Rock / AOR Magazine, Brad Love keeps his voice in really good shape and didn't lost the inspiration to compose original, unique music, and of course there's lots of his magical analog keyboards all over the recording. Production is not bombastic as before, but good for and indie, self-managed product.

My air keyboard has been ready for a while now, looks like it's time to plug it in...
Aviary are back, and you've seen it first at 0dayrox

01 - Don't Follow
02 - Garden of Eden
03 - Army of Shadows
04 - The Dead
05 - Too Much Talk
06 - Heartless
07 - We Could Be Lovers
08 - The Flame

Brad Love - Vocals, Keyboards, Backups
Toby Bowen - Guitars
Doug Love - Bass, Background Vocals
Peter Manner - Drums



HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS - Collected (2017)

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A compilation 3-CD set of HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS’ material, titled “Collected”, has been released in Holland on August 29th by USM in the Netherlands. It will be available worldwide soon after.

The best kept secret in pop/rock compilations is Universal Music Netherlands’ occasional ‘Collected’ career summaries. The newest in these series is this three CD Huey Lewis & The News set (and a 2LP vinyl).
Perhaps because these are never full international releases (and normally have to be bought as imports) the label has a knack of licensing the tracks that more mainstream compilations normally forego (songs from soundtracks, various artists compilations) and this set looks typically superb.

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It goes right back to the beginning by including the A and B-side of the band’s first single in 1979 when they were called ‘American Express’ (on CD 3, the disc normally reserved for rarities) and brings the story right up to date with a couple of tracks from their last studio outing, 2010’s Soulsville.
In between (on CD 1 & 2) is no less than every single the band has released, often in single edit form – for example the rare Jellybean single mix of 'Back in Time' is included.

The third disc mops up plenty of rarities including a couple of tracks by US country/rock band Clover (when Huey Lewis was a member), the live 'Trouble In Paradise' from the USA for Africa album, the rare B-side 'Flip Flop & Fly', and the band’s cover of 'Oh! Darling' from the 1995 compilation album Come Together: America Salutes The Beatles.

RICHIE KOTZEN - I'm Coming Out (2011)tracks

Of special interest for me - an '80s sucker - are the four extended versions previously unreleased on CD.
They are the Extended Version/Dance Mix of 'I Want A New Drug' (the song that famously ‘inspired’ the Ghostbusters theme tune), the Jellybean Remix of both 'Heart And Soul' and 'The Power Of Love', and the Dance Remix of 'Hip To Be Square'.
I love Huey Lewis & The News, and this is an excellent career-spanning 3-CD release.

01. Some Of My Lies Are True (Sooner Or Later)
02. Now Here’S You (Single Version)
03. Stop Trying
04. Trouble In Paradise
05. Do You Believe In Love
06. Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do
07. Workin’ For A Livin’
08. Tattoo (Giving It All Up For Love)
09. Heart And Soul (Single Edit)
10. I Want A New Drug (Single Edit)
11. The Heart Of Rock & Roll (Single Edit)
12. If This Is It
13. Walking On A Thin Line (Singleedit )
14. Bad Is Bad
15. The Power Of Love
16. Back In Time (Jellybean Single Mix)
17. Stuck With You
18. Hip To Be Square
19. Jacob’S Ladder (Single Version)
20. I Know What I Like (Single Version)

CD 2
01. Simple As That
02. Doing It All For My Baby
03. Perfect World
04. Small World (Single Version)
05. Give Me The Keys (Single Edit)
06. World To Me
07. alking With The Kid
08. Couple Days Off (Short Edit)
09. It Hit Me Like A Hammer (Sax Single Remix)
10. He Don’T Know
11. (She’S) Some Kind Of Wonderful
12. But It’S Alright
13. Little Bitty Pretty One
14. 100 Years From Now
15. We’Re Not Here For A Long Time
16. Let Her Go And Start Over (Radio Edit)
17. I’M Not In Love Yet (With Wynonna Judd)
18. Pineapple Express
19. Respect Yourself
20. Just The One (I’Ve Been Looking For)

CD 3
01. Clover – Streets Of London
02. Clover – Ain’T Nobody Own Nobody’S Soul
03. American Express – Exodisco
04. American Express – Kick Back
05. Trouble In Paradise (Live)
06. Flip Flop & Fly
07. Oh! Darling
08. Once Upon A Time In New York City
09. Feelin’ Alright
10. Lonely Teardrops
11. Strokeland Superband Ft. Huey Lewis – Work With Me
12. Brenda Lee & Huey Lewis – Oh! Happy Day
13. Frankie Miller & Huey Lewis – Way Past Midnight
14. I Want A New Drug (Extended Version)
15. Heart And Soul (Jellybean Remix)
16. The Power Of Love (Jellybean Remix)
17. Hip To Be Square (Dance Remix)



Sunday, September 17, 2017

BOB KULICK - Skeletons In The Closet (2017)

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Guitar legend and record producer BOB KULICK (Meat Loaf, Balance) just released his first ever solo album, entitled "Skeletons In The Closet" this coming Friday via Vanity Music Group.
Recorded in Las Vegas and produced and engineered by Kulick himself along with Bobby Ferrari, the ten song output features five new tracks and five songs from Kulick's past, including his stints with Murderer's Row, Skull and an unreleased song with David Glen Eisley (ex Giuffria).

Bob Kulick has seldom been at the centre of attention. He has often preferred to be creating music behind the stars rather than being a star in the limelight himself.
KISS fans obviously know his great history with the band, including playing guitar on several KISS albums and contributing as a songwriter. He also introduced his brother Bruce Kulick to KISS who ended up hiring him to be the band’s lead guitarist for 12 years.
The Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Bob Kulick has during his more than 50 years in the music business also played with Meat Loaf, W.A.S.P., Lou Reed, Michael Bolton, Blackthorne with Graham Bonnet and so much more.

“Skeletons in the Closet” is Kulick’s first solo album. The album’s ten tracks are a mix of new and old material – all of it good, some of it great – plus a twisted take on the James Bond “Goldfinger” soundtrack.
With so many different musicians involved, this is a very varied album, but for the most part it resides within the melodic hard rock frame and AOR.
Kulick’s guitar work is, obviously, first rate and he calls on some serious rock star friends to help him on this album.

“London”, with Dee Snider on vocals and Frankie Banali on drums, is one of the album’s stand-out tracks. This is not only a fab song with great musicianship on display. It also showcases what a great singer Snider is. It’s epic. The best Snider has ever done. Under all that Twisted Sister make-up, big hair and showmanship, there’s a great singer with a distinctive and powerful voice.
Matched with Kulick’s guitar and Banali’s drumming it becomes something very special.

BOB KULICK -  Skeletons In The Closet (2017) inside

“India”, originally done by Kulick’s old band Murderer’s Row, has a great drive and some fab instrumentation, including Kulick playing a sitar.
“Player”, with Last In Line’s Andrew Freeman on vocals, is a fabulously rocking song. On “Guitar Commandos” (originally done by Skull, another Kulick band), we get Bob and Bruce Kulick trading hot guitar licks.

Bob Kulick brings in his rock star friends as guests on a solo album filled with delicious melodic rock with some great twists.
Despite the different origins of some songs, the entire album feels homogenic, vital, and of course production is first rate.
Highly Recommended

01. Rich Man
Todd Kerns - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Rudy Sarzo - Bass
Doug Katsaros - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Vinny Appice - Drums

02. Not Before You
Robin McAuley - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Doug Katsaros - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Bruce Kulick - Bass
Brent Fitz - Drums

03. London
Dee Snider - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Bobby Ferrari - Bass
Doug Katsaros - Keyboards and Orchestration
Frankie Banali - Drums

04. Goldfinger
Vick Wright - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Bobby Ferrari - Bass
Doug Katsaros - Keyboards
Scot Coogan - Drums

05. Player
Andrew Freeman - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Rudy Sarzo - Bass
Doug Katsaros - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Scot Coogan - Drums

06. India (Murderer's Row song)
David Glen Eisley - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Jimmy Waldo - Keyboards
Chuck Wright - Bass
Jay Schellen - Drums

07. Skeletons In The Closet (Murderer's Row song)
David Glen Eisley - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Jimmy Waldo - Keyboards
Chuck Wright - Bass
Jay Schellen - Drums

08. Can't Stop The Rock (previously unreleased track)
David Glen Eisley - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars, Bass
Eric Singer - Drums

09. Guitar Commandos (Skull song)
Dennis St James - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Bruce Kulick - Guitars
Dennis St James - Bass
Chuck Burgi - Drums

10. Eyes Of A Stranger (Skull song)
Dennis St James - Vocals
Bob Kulick - Guitars
Kjell Benner - Bass
Bobby Rock - Drums

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group)
Andrew Freeman (Snow, Hurricane)
Vick Wright (Johnny Crash)
Todd Kerns (Static In Stereo)
David Glen Eisley (Giuffria, Murderer's Row, Stream)
Dennis St. James (Skull)

Doug Katsaros (Dee Snider, Van Helsing's Curse)
Jimmy Waldo (Alcatrazz, Murderer's Row, Quiet Riot)

Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot)
Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Impellitteri, Alice Cooper)
Bobby Ferrari (The Pink Spiders)
Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Union, Legacy X)
Dennis St James (Skull)
Kjell Benner (Slik Helvetika, Skull)

Vinny Appice (Dio, Last In Line)
Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot, WASP)
Eric Singer (Black Sabbath, Avantasia, Kiss)
Britt Fitz (Alice Cooper, Slash)
Scotty Coogan (Lita Ford, Ace Frehley)
Bobby Rock (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, Meat Loaf)
Jay Schellen (Unruly Child)



Saturday, September 16, 2017

THE DARREN PHILLIPS PROJECT - Volume One [digipak +1] (2017)

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THE DARREN PHILLIPS PROJECT is the new awesome all-star project which is releasing its debut album "Volume One" next September 23, 2017 and we are presenting it here in exclusive.
Besides mastermind Darren Phillips (songwriting, vocals, production) and multi-instrumentalist / producer Daniel Skeed, the 'who's who' from the international Melodic Rock / AOR world are collaborating here.
Take a quick look; Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Khymera) on lead vocals and mastering, Enzo Almanzi (White Widdow), Robbie LaBlanc (Find Me / Blanc Faces), Philip Lindstrand (Find Me / Jim Jidhed), Michael Palace (Palace, Kryptonite), Erik Heinke (Miss Behaviour), Herman Furin (Work Of Art), Dennis Butabi Borg (Cruzh), Robin & Mats Eriksson (Degreed) ... and many more.

If that ain't enough, Erik Martenssson (Eclipse) and Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) are involved in mastering and mix.

As you can all assume by the musicians that were included in this project, the sound here is moving between classy Melodic Rock, AOR and some edgy Melodic Hard.
Yes, you are guessing right, The Darren Phillips Project "Volume One" is an album that can't be missed by any fan of the melodic scene in general.

Opener "Ready To Fly" is the first highlight. Dennis Ward on lead vocals does an excellent job and the guitar duo of Enzo Almanzi and Heinke is simply breathtaking. "Heartbreaker" is edgier, groovier, with bad-ass attitude and I just love Lindstrand's vocals here.

THE DARREN PHILLIPS PROJECT - Volume One [digipak +1] (2017) booklet

With "I Believe" we are dealing with yet another killer melodic rock gem. Man, I just love this one! Robbie LaBlanc (Find Me) vocals are pure gold and the chorus line is heavenly AOR.

Darren Phillips has an educated, really warm melodic voice and that's a thing that can be heard in "Cold Turkey". This is a beautiful midtempo tune with a retro AOR feel.
The edgier "Defying Gravity" and the groovier "One Shoot" are two more great numbers in a pulsating Melodic Rock fashion which is the heart of this great record.

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This digipak version of "Volume One" includes as bonus track the very nice 'Ready To Fly (acoustic version)', stripped and still excellent with a more intimate feel.
If you love classy Melodic Rock / AOR you can't miss THE DARREN PHILLIPS PROJECT debut.

You've seen it first here, at 0dayrox

01 - Ready To Fly
Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Khymera) lead vocals
Jace Pawlak - backing vocals
Dennis Butabi Borg (Cruzh) bass
Enzo Almanzi (White Widdow) rhythm guitar
Erik Heinke (Miss Behaviour) lead guitar
Herman Furin (Work Of Art) drums

02 - Heartbreaker
Philip Lindstrand (Find Me / Jim Jidhed) lead vocals
Dennis Butabi Borg (Cruzh) bass
Herman Furin (Work Of Art) drums
Magnus Midelf - backing vocals
Robbie LaBlanc (Find Me / Blanc Faces) backing vocals
Jace Pawlak - backing vocals

03 - Heart Attack
Enzo Almanzi (White Widdow) guitars
Sisters Doll (lead vocals & full band)
Auzy Foxx, Daniel Skeed, Darren Phillips - backing vocals

04 - I Believe
Robbie LaBlanc (Find Me / Blanc Faces) lead vocals
Philip Lindstrand (Find Me / Jim Jidhed) backing vocals
Daniel Skeed - guitars, bass

05 - Monday
Daniel Skeed - lead & backing vocals, guitar, bass
Michael Palace (Palace, Kryptonite) lead guitar

06 - Cold Turkey
Darren Phillips - lead & backing vocals
Enzo Almanzi (White Widdow) lead guitar
Daniel Skeed - guitars, bass, keyboards

07 - Defying Gravity
Robin Ericsson (Degreed) lead & backing vocals
Enzo Almanzi (White Widdow) lead guitar
Ben Webster (White Widdow) bass
Mats Ericsson (Degreed) drums

08 - Thieves in the Night
Jace Pawlak - lead & backing vocals
Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Khymera) bass
Herman Furin (Work Of Art) drums
Enzo Almanzi (White Widdow) guitar
Daniel Skeed - lead guitars
Darren Phillips - backing vocals

09 - One Shot
Darren Phillips - lead & backing vocals
Daniel Skeed - guitars, bass, synths

10 - Ready To Fly (acoustic version) [CD only bonus track]

Produced by Darren Phillips & Daniel Skeed
1 mastered by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Khymera)
5, 7, 8 mastered by Harry Hess (Harem Scarem)
4 mastered by Erik Martenssson (Eclipse)

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REAL STEEL - Real Steel [first time on CD] Out Of Print

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Here's a request from a hard rock band called REAL STEEL and their self-titled album released some time ago. This CD comprises all the '80-90s recordings from this US band that deserved major exposure.
Do not be fooled by the band's name: this is Californian Hard Rock with a sound circa 1988. Yeah, Real Steel add touch of US metal on a couple of songs, but musically this comes straight from the LA scene.

Real Steel got moving in late-'80s Cleveland, OH and appeared on a couple of compilations (among them the excellent Heavy Artillery LP). The internet would suggest that they also released a 7" and a full-length cassette, but I can't find any real evidence of such.
Anyway, all their recordings were reissued on CD some years ago by Retrospect Records, however — granted the disc is already out of print and fetching overly expensive prices on eBay.

Real Steel opened for Bulletboys, Bang Tango and Gorky Park in their day, and apparently had interest from several labels (almost signing with Warner Bros.).
But — as happened with many good bands in this genre — the story's the same: having been right around the time of the grunge takeover, it didn't happen... and the end was near.

As heard in the video below, 'I Rule the Radio' is a perfect example of Real Steel at their anthemic, fist-pumping best. Most of their material follows a pulsing pace akin Quiet Riot — at times leaning a touch more towards classic, traditional US metal, notably during 'On My Way' including dueling leads 'n' all.

Then again, 'Heat Me Up' is a prime cut of pure hair metal with a raspier snarl to the vocals akin Twisted sister; the groovy 'Never Mind The Money' bring to mind Cinderella, while "She's Untouchable" combines crunchy rhythms, fluid melodies, and slick vocal harmonies with some Scorpions on it.

As you see, there's many influences in Real Steel music, and the band blend all together to cook their own style. These guys can change up their sound from song to song and I love that.

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This is not just another 'unsigned band for a reason'. Not at all, Real Steel are pretty awesome. Varied songs, very good production - you can actually hear the bass in your face - and solid musicianship.
HIGHLY Recommended

01 - Never Mind The Money
02 - I Rule The Radio
03 - We Are Rock
04 - On My Way
05 - Bad Toys
06 - Loud And Clear
07 - Heat Me Up
08 - She's Untouchable
09 - Concrete Cowboy
10 - Mission Of Misery
11 - In Your Life
12 - Sweet Ride Her
13 - Just A Feeling

Scott Smalley - vocals, bass
Dave Hasselbach - guitar, backing vocals
Paul Klaff - guitar, backing vocals
Bobby Stocker - drums

Out Of Print


DEF LEPPARD - Hysteria [5CD Box Set] Disc 3 B-Sides & Remixes (2017)

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We have already presented here DEF LEPPARD's Hysteria 30th Anniversary Remastered 2017 3CD Edition, but some of you asked for the 'extra discs' from the 5-CD Box Set.

Here's Disc Three, including more B-Sides & Remixes.
All tracks are really good stuff, however rabid Def Leppard fans and Rock collectors already have these from previous releases.

I mean, what fans wanted were the original B-sides and some unreleased material. This Disc 3 features mostly the extended remixes from 12'' singles.
I you want to taste some Def Lepp rarities, go here.

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Anyway, as said, these are superb songs, and it's nice to have 'em all into one single disc.

01 - Rocket (Lunar Mix / Extended Version 12’’ Single)
02 - Armageddon It (The Nuclear Mix 12’’ Single)
03 - Animal (Extended Version)
04 - Pour Some Sugar On Me (Extended Version)
05 - Exciteable (The Orgasmic Mix / B-Side)
06 - Rocket (Lunar Mix / 12’’ Single)
07 - Rock Of Ages: Medley (Live / B-Side)
08 - Love And Affection (Live / B-Side)
09 - Billy's Got A Gun (Live / B-Side)

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DEF LEPPARD - Hysteria [5CD Box Set] Disc 2 B-Sides & Remixes (2017)

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We have already presented here DEF LEPPARD's Hysteria 30th Anniversary Remastered 2017 3CD Edition, but some of you asked for the 'extra discs' from the 5-CD Box Set.

Here's Disc Two, including B-Sides & Remixes.
All tracks are really good stuff, however rabid Def Leppard fans and Rock collectors already have these from previous releases.

I mean, what fans wanted were, as example, the original B-side versions of 'I Wanna Be Your Hero' and 'Ride Into The Sun', not the re-recorded Retro Active versions included here.
I you want to taste those originals and more rarities, go here.

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Anyway, as said, these are superb songs, and it's nice to have 'em all into one single disc.

01 - Tear It Down (B-Side)
02 - I Wanna Be Your Hero (Retro Active version)
03 - Ride Into The Sun (Retro Active version)
04 - Ring Of Fire (B-Side)
05 - Women (Radio Edit)
06 - Rocket (Lunar Mix - Radio Edit)
07 - Love Bites (Radio Edit)
08 - Hysteria (Radio Edit)
09 - Pour Some Sugar On Me (Radio Edit)
10 - Armageddon It (Radio Edit)
11 - Release Me (Stumpus Maximus)
12 - Classic Album Hysteria (BBC Radio Documentary)

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CLAUS HASSING - Open Your Heart (retail)

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"Open Your Heart" is the worldwide presentation of Danish songwriter, singer & guitarist CLAUS HASSING.
Hassing has been producing music in the studio for others over the past decade and now feels its his turn to step into the limelight. His debut "Open Your Heart" features 16 really well crafted tracks that will delight your melodic ears.

Claus Hassing has composed and recorded as session man for many European artists, then few years ago appeared into the spotlight in his home country.
"Go home and make what you do best", said producer Nikolaj Steen Claus to Hassing when he blurted out the last Bootcamp in Danish X-Factor in 2010, and this is just what the 35-year-old singer has now done.
The majority of the album was recorded in Copenhagen with exception of first single "I Wanna Be", produced in Los Angeles by Jared Robbins, one of the guys behind the music of John Mayer.

Hassing's musical style is melodic rock, the easy to the ears radio-friendly rock made popular by the likes of Rick Springfield, '90s Bon Jovi and fundamentally, Bryan Adams.

CLAUS HASSING - Open Your Heart (2015) booklet

The latter comparison is the key here, as Hassing fronts the successful Danish band Bryan Adams Tribute. And he even looks like Adams at his 30's !
Tunes like rocker "Hotel Room", the ridiculously catchy "Girl Next Door" or the contagious "Seventeen" are Summer-ready little gems that the famous Canadian could have been composed during his golden days.

But we have more; "Feels Like Rain" has a classic Jon Bon Jovi feel, "Open Your Heart" and "Leave the Light On" seems taken from Rick Springfield recent albums, mid-tempo "Don't Go Away" and "On My Mind" bring to mind Joey Tempest (Europe) solo albums, and so on.
All these have as main motto sweet melodies, Hassing smooth vocals, and a very polished instrumentation / production.
There's as well some kind of bonus tracks at the end of the CD, 3 tracks where Hassing goes acoustic, all beautiful ballads showcasing his colorful vocals and lovely melodies.

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Claus Hassing is a complete singer/songwriter and musician, all attributes clearly expressed on his debut "Open Your Heart". These are a melodic, highly enjoyable collection of songs very polished and stupendously produced with a brillant sound.
This is the kind of albums that leaves you with big smile on your face, ready for this Summer days.
Very, Highly Recommended.

01 - Hotel Room
02 - Girl Next Door
03 - Wish
04 - Feels Like Rain
05 - Alone
06 - Don't Go Away
07 - Seventeen
08 - Open Your Heart
09 - On My Mind
10 - Leave the Light on
11 - The Ones We Are
12 - To Help You
13 - I Wanne Be
14 - Excuse Me Mrs.
15 - A Different World
16 - All As if One

Claus Hassing: vocals, guitar, percussion
Flip Winther, Jacob Paulsen: keyboards
Lasse Baggenaes: lead guitar
Christian Thrane: bass
Jens Fulgsang: bass, backing vocals
Claus Winther, Niels Bo Pousen: drums



Friday, September 15, 2017

7th HEAVEN - Jukebox (15-CD release)

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Since their start in 1985 (yes, that long ago), 7th HEAVEN has grown to one of the biggest indie bands of the world. Not that they sell albums by the truckload, but mainly because they have made a name for themselves as a very active live act playing approximately 200 shows per year.
"Jukebox" is the mammoth 15-CD Box released by the band including their previous works until 2010 plus dozens of new tracks exclusive to this release.

"Jukebox" is the quintessential collection of 7th HEAVEN’s best songs, and lots of new great melodies.
Many styles of Rock music are found conglomerating here, but basically is influenced by many groups of both the Eighties & Nineties while adding a modern, own touch. Think a poppier version of Def Leppard, Foreigner, etc.

Radio-friendly tunes with a lot of hit potential is the best way to describe what these guys have delivered and as such, it’s almost unbelievable to see that they didn’t grow into a mega act by now.
Each song rocks in its own way and all CD's are laden with a ton of melodic goodies.

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"Jukebox" was originally released as a single disc featuring selected tracks, but this is the 15-CD Box including almost 300 songs!
These are not medley's, but complete songs, rounding more than 1,000 minutes of music.

Check the 15-CD tracklist here:

Richard Hofherr - Guitars, Vocals, Keys
Keith Semple - Lead Vocals
Nick Cox - Guitars, Vocals
Mark Kennetz - Bass, Vocals
Michael Mooshey, Dan Miller - Drums
Danny Weymouth - Bass
Andrew Blake - Vocals
Matt Clark - Vocals
Mark Jones - Vocals
Tony DiGulio - Vocals
Michael Sean - Vocals
Peter Greco - Vocals
Vic Vasquez - Vocals
Famous Amos - Vocals
Chris Senior - Bass
Stephen Jensen - Bass
Dan Cassidy - Vocals
Melissa Dye - Vocals
Sean Albrect - Vocals
... plus more



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