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20 days ago
Geir
...While I have to say that the "Reckless" deluxe remaster looks like a very nice package, indeed - am I the only one who misses "Diana", "Christmas Time" and "Reggae Christmas"? Granted, the last two are very much seasonal songs, but they were recorded during the same era as "Reckless". ...As for "Diana", that was even a B-side to on
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27 days ago
Geir
Just a little footnote with regards to the discussion a few weeks back on here about Ron Nevison's arguably characteristic not-so-thumpy-low-end production style: I was listening to "Night of the Crime" last night on headphones, and even at low levels, Tracy Wallach's bass is very audible as an integral part of the highly potent production, killer performances and excellent songs tha
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29 days ago
Geir
To the extent that I watched "Baywatch" at all, I do believe my focus may have been on other ...eh, matters than the soundtrack the few times that I did. I recall Jimi Jamison somewhat unexpectedly weighing in with the title music, though. As for Venus & Mars, I remember the albums coming out - fairly soft and hi-tech-ish in feel is what my memory drums up on that subject, but I
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29 days ago
Geir
I get the impression that the Randalls generally were pretty good at getting their songs placed with other artists, and I suppose "Someday (You'll Come Running)" might be said to be one of their most well-known as such. By the way, indie band Airkraft also recorded "Someday (You'll Come Running)" for their "In the Red" album, although I do think the FM version is
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4 weeks ago
Geir
You mention Freddy Curci: His vocals around the three minute mark on "What to Do" by Alias are also absolutely immense. Hitting the high pitch of that final note of the phrase is one thing, sustaining all he does up to that point on one single breath is every bit as hard to pull off! (Of course, Sheriff fans will already know his capabilities in that respect, as you allude to.) Anoth
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5 weeks ago
Geir
When I tried to get hold of the Best Buy edition of Rick Springfield’s “Songs for the End of the World” a couple of years back, Best Buy wouldn’t ship it to a foreign address or accept payment with a foreign credit card, so ...yes, eBay is probably your best bet, unless you can get an American friend to help you. As it turns out, a friend of mine in Rochester wound up going to three di
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5 weeks ago
Geir
Quoterickyboy999 Line of Fire was garabage, maybe a different band would of recored it better? I don't agree with your assesment of Lee Aaron's take on it, but I do assume that it was recorded to sound like a hard rock track, which very much seemed to be Lee Aaron's agenda at the time - although the "Call of the Wild" album certainly also was an evolution from the previous "Met
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5 weeks ago
Geir
Ydde, I'm sure Ramsay's laughing his ass off ... but give a man a break, will you?
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5 weeks ago
Geir
He certainly brought some serious mojo to the "Night of the Crime" material and as you allude to, I'm not sure he ever bettered that! A few other cool things he singularly wrote or was involved in nevertheless spring to mind: "Line of Fire" by Lee Aaron "Gina" by Michael Bolton "My Mistake" by Signal (a co-write with Eddie Schwartz) As for his &quo
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5 weeks ago
Geir
Recently I’ve been playing the Zeno self-titled album from 1986 quite a bit. While both singer Michael Flexig and perhaps also the lyrics are something of an acquired taste, I find that Zeno (the band) at their best had a pretty good and somewhat individual sound going. Also delving into the variety of material recorded by Zeno following the debut album and released over a variety of CDs man
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6 weeks ago
Geir
QuoteRAMSAY The long winter evenings must just fly by. They sure do.
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6 weeks ago
Geir
...this little beauty from an article on Mick Jones and Lou Gramm: "Mick Jones and Lou Gramm will reunite for solo projects" ...Fabulously put, courtesy of the Classic Rock website. I have to say that I got a really good laugh out of that one! Foreigner duo confirm studio plans
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6 weeks ago
Geir
If I've even heard that he was writing his autobiography, then I've seemingly managed to forget it completely - so thanks for the heads up, Ron! :-) ...I'm a huge Survivor fan, so this should make for interesting reading - I'll be ordering the book pronto!
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6 weeks ago
Geir
Carl, you are of course right about the man behind the "Out on Bail" remaster being Mike Prince. I simply didn't have the CD on hand and got the names mixed up while writing the post. Interestingly enough, the three bonus tracks on the AOR Heaven edition are seemingly not included on the CD currently being offered at legsdiamond.com - perhaps the philosophy is to stick to the origina
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6 weeks ago
Geir
The 11 track version of the album was issued on CD 5-6 years back by AOR Heaven, with a remastering courtesy of Legs Diamond band member Jim May. I guess the very same Mr. May also might have been the one to sneak inside the Legs Diamond vault to unearth the final three bonus tracks, "Radio", "Hey Texas" and "One Last Kiss". As pointed out by someone else on this
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7 weeks ago
Geir
The Rock Candy remaster sounds excellent and is well worth getting! :-)
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3 months ago
Geir
A while back somebody enquired about the Japanese bonus track for "I Will Survive". Apologies if this has already been answered by someone else, but I can't recall seeing an answer offered to the question at the time. Anyway, I can confirm that "Come to Me" is the same tune that was on the Slamer album. They have, however, re-recorded it completely, and this version is a ve
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3 months ago
Geir
I, too, vastly prefer "The Seventh One" over "Fahrenheit", but having seen the band twice live with Joseph Williams in recent years, I have to say that I'm optimistic with regards to this line-up recording a new album. Both shows - one during the first run with Williams back on board, and the other last year - were excellent, with Williams in particularly fine voice the l
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3 months ago
Geir
In my hometown of Trondheim, Norway, there was a radio show back in the later half of the eighties called "On The Rocks". They would showcase the latest hard rock and AOR releases, plus play quite a few older, more obscure albums, too. (Icon, Streets, i-Ten and so on ... stellar stuff, really!) One great series they ran was "Toto rockers", where they went through all of th
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3 months ago
Geir
Agreed on "Africa", Terry! That song was a stroke of genius in terms of being totally different from just about everything else at the time, and to some extent still is... Here, by the way, is a song by excellent Danish band Sneakers, who obviously took a leaf or two out of the Toto songbook: Skt. Peders engle "It's a Feeling", for whatever reason, I've come to tolerate
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3 months ago
Geir
Luca and Terry, thanks for the kind words. Praising an album makes writing about it easier, I suppose! Luca, I agree with regards to "Toto IV" being a more diverse album than "Turn Back", but compared to the all over the musical map-thing that characterized the debut, I would argue that "Toto IV" had a somewhat more unified musical direction overall. I guess y
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4 months ago
Geir
While "Isolation" was my first Toto album (got it from a friend in class on cassette, no less!), "Turn Back" would be the first Toto release I purchased on CD. Like just about everyone else on this thread, I find "Turn Back" to be an excellent album! The casual fans missed out on it because it didn't spawn any hits, and the rockers seemingly didn't think Toto coul
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4 months ago
Geir
As Ardian points out, "Just One Night" was remixed for its release as a single back in the day. A friend of mine included this as a bonus track on a CD-R of the entire "Sports of Kings" album and since then, I've always preferred the remix. When I later got the Triumph remixes compilation that Frontiers released 3-4 years ago, the version of "Just One Night" on th
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4 months ago
Geir
Chiming in here, I'll add that I probably wouldn't pay steep prices to get someone's autograph or my photo taken with them. If an artist or a band chooses to do so, however, he/she/they have every right to do so - and I can imagine many reasons for that, not necessary all of them motivated by personal greed, either. While charging for these things probably won't win anyone a "personable r
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4 months ago
Geir
I'd certainly recommend both albums, too, but "When the Blackbird Sings..." is arguably both more adventurous and mature - in a most excellent way, I should add! And yes, the lyrics on "WtBS..." are excellent: Sometimes direct ("Hitchin' a Ride", "Lion's Den"), but often a little mystical, while at the same time not of the aerie faerie nonsense variety that
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4 months ago
Geir
Funderburk is certainly an excellent singer and probably one of not altogether many who could provide - and in this case probably did - the kind of stratospheric backing vocals that would usually be Brad Delp territory on a Boston record. For whatever it's worth, though, Hybrid Ice's original was a song I'd heard many, many times before I (somewhat belated) bought "Walk On", so Bosto
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4 months ago
Geir
There's not a bad song among these, but "Madalaine" by Winger is without a doubt the one that I've played the most. As for "Magdalene" by Boston, I find that Tom Scholz edits, arranges and modulates this song somewhat beyond oblivion, given that I'm familiar with the the Hybrid Ice original tune that was his starting point. I'm sure the Hybrid Ice guys didn't mind when
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5 months ago
Geir
Liked his work in Foreigner, loved the two Spys albums! Rest in peace, Ed.
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5 months ago
Geir
QuoteRoss S.They aren't Euro-quantized computer songs so I'm not sure they'll be popular in Switzerland at all. To my knowledge, Germany, Austria and Switzerland remain fairly solid rock markets and I wouldn't be at all surprised if Rock Candy are testing the waters to see if catering to the classic rock fans of these regions may generate sales. I'm no big Krokus fan, but given what has been wr
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5 months ago
Geir
...As pointed out, I'm all the more pleased when given access to full resolution audio files. With all the technology available today, I'm amazed that compressed audio seemingly still remains the best quality option in so many digital music stores...
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