BILLY SATELLITE - II (Showcase)

II
Produced By: 
Billy Satellite
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
 
“II” is the previously unreleased second studio album by American AOR band BILLY SATELLITE; the follow-up to their Billboard chart release “Billy Satellite” from 1984. After a tour together with the legends NIGHT RANGER, the production work on album #2 begun. The plan was to start production  on the record together with producer Keith Olsen at his Good Night L.A. studios in Summer 1985.
 
Unfortunately, like with so many other bands of the time, their A&R at Capitol Records was replaced, the second Billy Satellite album was quietly shelved and the band was dropped. There was never any working title for the second album and, to singer Monty Byrom’s knowledge, none of the songs were utilised anywhere else.
 
Featuring a very interesting array of tunes, with a noticeably heavier direction in places than the first album that would’ve garnered rave reviews had it actually been released in 1985 or 86, Monty is really pleased that this record is finally, after twenty years, seeing official release. Of course, after Billy Satellite split Monty put together New Frontier with keyboardist David Neuhauser, drummer Marc Nelson and ex-Gamma bassist Glenn Letsch, releasing an album in 1987 through Polydor’s MIKA Records imprint. Monty then gravitated more towards production and song writing work with Eddie Money (who had scored a chart hit in 1986 with a cover of Billy Satellite’s ‘I Wanna Go Back’) and Grateful Dead’s Brent Mydlands, in addition to writing credits on records by David Lee Roth, the Stray Cats and Rita Coolidge.
 
However, having eschewed country music in his teens for the more powerful draw of hard rock, Monty found himself changing direction in the mid 90s by forming the country blues outfit Big House (not to be confused with the earlier Canadian hard rock group of the same name) with his former New Frontier cohort David Neuhauser, securing a deal with MCA and releasing three albums between 1997 and 2000. Byrom was then invited to join Bakersfield’s country legends The Buckaroos following the sad passing of band leader Buck Owens, a band with whom he is still very much associated with. A fourth Big House album, ‘Never Ending Train’, was released in 2008, which is strangely the rarest of the four released titles.
 
Billy Satellite’s album “II” was remastered by Chris Lyne (ex Soul Doctor, Mother Road) and liner notes were written by Dave Reynolds.
 
Tracklist: 01. "You and me and the Night", 02. "Sorry", 03. "Honesty", 04. "You Got Nothing On Me", 05.   "Girls Like You", 06.  "Fantasy Girl", 07.  "Secrets in Her Heart", 08.  "Slippin Away", 09.  "Turning Pages",10.  "Final Stand"
 
 
 
Monty Byrom, Lead Vocals/Guitars
Danny Chauncey, Lead Guitars/ Harmony Vocals
Ira Walker, Bass/Harmony Vocals
Thomas "Fee" Falletti, Drums
Bill Coumo, Additional Keyboards

 

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