Damn Yankees

Thu
18
Apr

DAMN YANKEES - The Truth Behind Their Mythical 3rd Album

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DAMN YANKEES remain one of the most loved American bands of the hard rock era. Two very popular albums and two tours were completed before the band split.
 
Recently there has once again been talk about a fabled 3rd Damn Yankees album, with one prominent American DJ claiming he had never even heard of this before, astonished with the revelation.
 
And there has been a lot of incorrect information posted over the years, as to what exactly was recorded and went on with DY3.
 
With this MelodicRock.com exclusive - for the first time, the full information and truth behind this album – what was recorded, what went wrong and why it won’t ever see the light of day.
 
 
Damn Yankees were signed to Warner Bros. in 1990. Their self-titled debut went double platinum (2 million units) and the follow up Don’t Tread in 1992 was certified Gold (500,000 units).
Aside from one additional song Bonestripper (recorded for the Nothing But Trouble soundtrack), that was it for the band.
 
In 1999, A&R guru John Kalodner moved back to Sony Music and reopened the Portrait Records imprint with plans to record new albums with classic artists. One of the bands he approached was Damn Yankees. A deal was signed and the band was to start writing and recording. Except they didn’t, or at least not in the way that the two previous albums were done.
 
Tommy Shaw was busy with Styx, so his part in the recording was considerably reduced. Michael Cartelone was also busy with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
So…in came an additional guitarist Damon Johnson, who co-wrote with Jack and even signs lead on one track and while Michael was present for some recording, Kelly Keagy also recorded some drum parts.
 
The band over the course of a year wrote 10 songs and recorded 11 – the extra being a cover of Sunshine Of Your Love.
The album was turned into Kalodner and Sony – who hated it. Kalodner had been battling cancer at the time, so had less input into the making of the record.
But the band weren’t happy either. None of the guys were familiar with the producer Sony had hired, Luke Ebbin who influenced the band to sound more contemporary, but the style didn’t suit.
 
A little-known fact was that the label sent the 11 tracks to producer Kevin Shirley, given the task to try and remix it into a record that would sound more like a Damn Yankees record should sound like.
He wasn’t able to.
 
I interviewed John Kalodner in the mid-2000s and asked him about the record. He stated “I didn't think it was quite good enough and at the time with 80's style rock you'd have to come up with something pretty spectacular. I was disappointed in the record mostly because of Tommy Shaw's non-participation. I say that was probably the greatest problem. Tommy was totally an integral part of it. He was busy with Styx and it was sort of my mistake because I just couldn't control him. It's one of those projects that I failed on. I mean the buck stops here. It lacked the input of Tommy Shaw.”
 
So the album was ditched. But only just before the full international release was planned. In fact, it was on Sony’s books in 2000 – with Sony Japan announcing a pending release on September 13, 2000.
 
 
The record was never sequenced or mastered and since then, a number of songs have appeared elsewhere among the members own projects. But there are also several tracks attributed to the Damn Yankees 3 album that weren’t in fact a part of it.
There were additional songs written – but not recorded at the time – that have also appeared on solo albums.
 
So what was the final track list (unsequenced) for the album?
 
THIS:
 
Even Though
Give Nobody Nothing
Too Much On My Mind
We Are The Ones
Sunshine Of Your Love
Mona Lisa
Don’t Say Goodbye
Shine On
Yes I Can
Damned If You Do
Don’t Stop Dreaming
 
 
The tracks from above that have been heard on other projects:
 
Damned If You Do – appeared on Ted Nugent ‘Craveman’
Yes I Can – appeared on Styx ‘Cyclorama’
Shine On – appeared on Jack Blades ‘Jack Blades’
We Are The Ones – appeared on Jack Blades ‘Jack Blades’
 
The rest of the tracks remain locked away in Sony’s vault.
 
 
 
Fri
30
Jan

The 90s First Supergroup: Damn Yankees Reflect on 'InTheStudio'

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Friday, January 30, 2015
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The 90s First Supergroup: Damn Yankees - Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw, Ted Nugent Remember

Dallas, TX - January 29, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind Historys Greatest Rock Bands join Tommy Shaw, Jack Blades, Michael Cartellone, and Ted Nugent in recalling their excellent adventure in Damn Yankees twenty-five years ago.

The Nineties first supergroup actually lived up to the hype. The Damn Yankees self-titled debut sold a whopping two million copies off the backs of melodic rockers Coming of Age, Runaway, Come Again and the soaring # 3 hit single High Enough. But how did these guys come together in the first place?

Each frontman had a successful rock pedigree: Motor City MadmanTed Nugent, STYX singer/songwriter/ guitarist Tommy Shaw, and  Night Ranger singer/songwriter/bass player Jack Blades. InTheStudio host Redbeard gets the full story on how the group united and spent the next five years making records and touring constantly.  It was a unique musical partnership that worked both personally and professionally. 

Jack Blades : When Tommy & I first started singing, suddenly we realized that we were phrasing the same, harmonizing, coming up with the same vocal ideas. It was if we had sung together for ten years.

Tommy Shaw: The first day of recording Nugent announced that he was taking all of us to hunt bear. So the next morning we showed up barenaked.

Ted Nugent:Im from the Motor City. Were the Murder Capital of America not because were more violent. Its because were better shots.
                                                 
DAMN YANKEES/ InTheStudio interview is available now to stream at: http://www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/damn-yankees-25th-annivesary-tommy-shaw-jack-blades-ted-nugent-michael-cartellone/

Direct Link to Tommy Shaw website: http://www.tommyshaw.net
Direct Link to Jack Blades website: http://www.jackblades.net
Direct Link to Ted Nugent website: http://www.tednugent.com
Direct Link to Michael Cartellone: http://www.michaelcartellone.com

 
 
Fri
31
Oct

New From Rock Candy - WINGER, HONEYMOON SUITE & DAMN YANKEES

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Friday, October 31, 2014
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The following four new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on 16th November.
 
 
DAMN YANKEES 'S/T' CANDY196
 
SUPERGROUPS COME and go; often in an initial blaze of glory and then more often than not disappear in a puff of smoke due to a half-assed work ethic and the sound of clashing egos. This was not the case with Damn Yankees, a veritable Sm'rg'sbord of prime time American musical hard rock talent: Ted Nugent, Tommy Shaw (Styx), Jack Blades (Night Ranger) and drummer Michael Cartellone. A four man wrecking crew who came together with the objective of celebrating not only their considerable reputations but also to establish a new beachhead for further success.
Formed in late 1988 in New York City, the band quickly solidified via a series of rehearsals and a demo that led them to sign a record deal with Warner Brothers, who promptly put them in the studio with renowned producer Ron Nevison (Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, UFO, Heart), a man with not only great chops but also a certain hard working reputation. Recorded in Los Angeles, the record exceeded all expectations, providing the band with a springboard to double platinum success, a #13 place on the Billboard LP chart and an impressive run of sold out live dates.
Musically, the band were firing on all six cylinders, notching up an impressive number of hits and anthems such as 'Come Again', 'Coming Of Age', 'Runaway' and the massively successful power ballad 'High Enough', a song that reached #3 on the US singles chart.
 
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound, one bonus track, 16 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,000 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. COMING OF AGE 2. BAD REPUTATION 3. RUNAWAY 4. HIGH ENOUGH 5. DAMN YANKEES 6. COME AGAIN 7. MYSTIFIED 8. ROCK CITY 9. TELL ME HOW YOU WANT IT 10. PILEDRIVER BONUS TRACK: 11. BONESTRIPPER (Single B-Side)
 
WINGER 'S/T' CANDY257
 
RATHER UNFAIRLY Winger were lumped into the 80s hair metal scene. However, it was an easy mistake to make considering Kip Winger's drop dead gorgeous looks and the band's penchant for penning memorable and melodic rock of an altogether addictive nature. However, beneath the fancy looks was a band of enormous depth, containing members that had already notched up years of experience and played with several demanding and high calibre artists.
The band were fronted by, Denver native, Kip Winger, and signed to industry heavyweight Atlantic Records, the rest of the band consisting of guitarist Reb Beach (who had worked with Fiona), keyboard player Paul Taylor (previously with Alice Cooper) and former Dixie Dreggs drummer Rod Morgenstein. Originally issued in 1988, and produced by man of the moment Beau Hill, the album caused an immediate stir with its seductive blend of heavy, yet melodic, rock suggesting that Winger's talent was very much in the same realms as Bon Jovi and Foreigner.
Indeed, such was the excitement surrounding the album that it achieved platinum status and made them a fixture on MTV, all helped by their good looks and fully formed songs such as 'Madalaine', 'Hungry', 'Headed For A Heartbreak' (a top twenty US hit single this one) and the superhumanly catchy 'Seventeen'; a tour de force of perfection.
 
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound, contains three bonus tracks,16 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,000 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. MADALAINE 2. HUNGRY 3. SEVENTEEN 4. WITHOUT THE NIGHT 5. PURPLE HAZE 6. STATE OF EMERGENCY 7. TIME TO SURRENDER 8. POISON ANGEL 9. HANGIN ON 10. HEADED FOR A HEARTBREAK BONUS TRACKS: 11. HIGHER AND HIGHER 12. HEADED FOR A HEARTBREAK ('91 Remix) 13. NEVER
 

WINGER 'IN THE HEART OF THE YOUNG' CANDY258
 
WINGER'S DEBUT album was an immediate commercial and critical success, selling in excess of a million units and making front man Kip Winger's chiselled look a household name, rivalling even the popularity of Jon Bon Jovi. At that point in time almost every teenage girl in the USA probably had a poster of him adorning their bedroom wall and every aspiring male rocker wanted to lead a band just as good as his.
For this follow-up album, titled 'In The Heart Of The Young', Kip retained all the positive points of his debut's success, with no changes to either band members or his producer Beau Hill, except that this time around they elected to record in Los Angeles rather than New York City. It was a good move as the album increased the band's fire and passion, bringing together eleven tracks of superior melodic rock goodness. The sound was sharp, the hooks were huge and the songs were as every bit on the money as first time around.
Kip's familiar husky roar wraps itself around classic tracks such as 'Can't Get Enuff', 'Easy Come, Easy Go' and 'Miles Away', whilst the rhythm section pounds away in a manner befitting some of the world's most successful hard rock acts like Whitesnake and Def Leppard. No wonder that this record went on to achieve Platinum status and beyond.
 
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound, contains two bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,000 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. CAN'T GET ENUFF 2. LOOSEN UP 3. MILES AWAY 4. EASY COME EASY GO 5. RAINBOW IN THE ROSE 6. IN THE DAY WE'LL NEVER SEE 7. UNDER ONE CONDITION 8. LITTLE DIRTY BLONDE 9. BAPTIZED BY FIRE 10. YOU ARE THE SAINT, I AM THE SINNER 11. IN THE HEART OF THE YOUNG BONUS TRACKS: 12. ALL I EVER WANTED 13. CAN'T GET ENUFF (Edit)
 

 
HONEYMOON SUITE 'MONSTERS UNDER THE BED' CANDY231
 
THERE'S NO getting away from it, Honeymoon Suite had an amazing run of good fortune during their hey-day, the late 1980s, notching up not just hit albums but also hit singles and touring the world with impressive results. Not only were they busy being commercially successful but artistically they were also improving with each record, refining and honing their craft to new heights.
'Monsters Under The Bed', originally issued in 1991, was the band's fourth and arguably their greatest album thus far. Written over an extended period of time and containing some of their best songs and melodies, the record was stuffed to rafters with hooks and riffs of a magnitude that dwarfed previous efforts. Overseen by British-born production and engineering wizard Paul Northfield (Rush, Queensryche, Dream Theater) at Le Studio, Morin Heights in Quebec, the album is blessed with a widescreen pop rock appeal that dwarfed the competition, making the likes of Bon Jovi, Loverboy and Bryan Adams sound like puny undernourished upstarts.
In amongst the fun filled contents are sparkling gems such as 'Next To You', 'Say You Don't Know Me' and the utterly brilliant 'If Ya Love Me', a contender for one of the greatest melodic hard rock anthems of all time. Man of the match is vocalist Johnnie Dee but that's not to the denigrate any of the other members, especially guitarist Derry Grehan who guitar work explodes and growls like a caged tiger.
 
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound, 12 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,000 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. SAY YOU DON'T KNOW ME 2. BRING ON THE LIGHT 3. IF YA LOVE ME 4. THE ROAD 5. LITTLE SISTER 6. HOW LONG 7. COME (LET ME TAKE YOU THERE) 8. MIRACLE 9. IT'S ONLY LOVE 10. NEXT TO YOU 11. STAND ALONE 12. ALL I WANTED
 
 
ALL DUE IN STOCK ON OR ABOUT DECEMBER 15…
 
ENUFF Z'NUFF 'S/T' (THREE BONUS TRACKS)

ENUFF Z’NUFF ‘S/T’ (THREE BONUS TRACKS)

ENUFF Z'NUFF 'STRENGTH' (TWO BONUS TRACKS)

ENUFF Z’NUFF ‘STRENGTH’ (TWO BONUS TRACKS)

EDDIE MONEY 'CAN'T HOLD BACK' (CANDY252)

EDDIE MONEY ‘CAN’T HOLD BACK’ (CANDY252)

EDDIE MONEY 'WHERE'S THE PARTY?' (CANDY253)

EDDIE MONEY ‘WHERE’S THE PARTY?’ (CANDY253)

 

 
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