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17 days ago
Geir
Count me in among those very happy to see Aviary back with new material, as well! For those curious beyond the video link above, all of the album's tracks can also be previewed in full on Aviary's ReverbNation page.
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5 weeks ago
Geir
Actually, it turns out that there are a few recent live recordings online at YouTube - just enter "Dokken live 2015". However, 1) don't expect great audio quality clips nor 2) mixes that it make easy to pick out the backing vocals. For whatever it's worth under those circumstances, neither the harmonies nor the bass playing come off as relevant points to level any criticism at. As fo
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5 weeks ago
Geir
QuoteHonestabe30 ...so that Mark is singing Don's old high vocal parts and Don covers the Jeff Pilson harmony parts... Me, I always thought that Jeff Pilson was the one to sing the higher/highest harmonies back in the day... At least I'm pretty sure that I read somewhere that Barry Sparks was a good replacement for Pilson in terms of being able to sing high vocal harmonies in addition to playi
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5 weeks ago
Geir
While I've haven't played the DVD portion at all yet, I'm currently spinning the audio CD for the second time, and I have to say that my initial impression of "Stripped Down" is that it's a very enjoyable album. Categorywise, it probably sits somewhere between a "VH1 Storytellers" type of affair and a more conventional live unplugged album, albeit a pretty loose, informal one.
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7 weeks ago
Geir
Amen to all of that, Honestabe! I should mention that I recall watching Tim Gaines's bass solo from a show taped during the Japanese leg of the "In God We Trust" tour, and being suprised and impressed at the somewhat un-hard rock, but still very cool and at least reasonably intricate showcase of bass playing that that was! If he'd play like that during a Stryper song, however, it
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7 weeks ago
Geir
While I have little love for Gene Simmons' media personality in recent years, I've come to respect his abilities as a bass player over the years. Sure, he has been replaced by Mike Porcaro and Jean Beauvoir among others on studio recordings at various times during Kiss' career, but he's as solid as the next guy when it comes to his actual playing. I guess for much of the time he's a good examp
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7 weeks ago
Geir
Thanks, Andrew, for elaborating - that sounds promising!
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8 weeks ago
Geir
As a massive Rick Springfield fan since buying "Living in Oz" in 1983, I found "Late, Late at Night" to be a hugely enjoyable book. Compared to most rock autobiographies I've read, Rick reveals quite a lot about himself, insecurities and not-so-nice sides of himself included. I find that he comes across as very honest and reasonably humble, and not afraid to own up to his own
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2 months ago
Geir
Cool to hear that you find Schooltree worth investigating further, rarock. I checked out your Dala YouTube-link, too. "Levi Blues" is certainly a very pleasant slice of acoustic pop - extremely easy on both the ears and the eyes, I guess you could say! ;-) ...Sounds like good music for a lazy summer day - I just might get back to them then!
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2 months ago
Geir
"Heart", "Bad Animals" and "Brigade" all featured heavily as part of the soundtrack to my teenage years, so I'm certainly an eighties Heart guy. I have to say I still enjoy those albums today. "Passionworks" was one of the early CDs I bought, and is alongside the same titled '85 release perhaps one I'd call a favourite Heart album. "Private Audit
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2 months ago
Geir
Terry, I've also assumed that Jones' health issues may be one of the reasons why haven't seen any new material since "Can't Slow Down". If I'm not mistaken, Jones is getting better, though, so hopefully that'll result in a new album eventually.
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2 months ago
Geir
I also liked "Can't Slow Down" quite a bit, with the same reservations that you mention. Kelly Hansen does a superb job and I always liked his voice in Hurricane anyway, so I'm certainly good with the current line-up of the band. They should move on and do a new studio record pronto, though: The wealth of re-recordings, unplugged and live releases is beginning to tower dangerously as
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2 months ago
Geir
Mick Jones has certainly proved himself to be a very versatile songwriter – the highly varied Foreigner catalog of songs gets that point across very well! To these ears, his poppier and more ballad-like moments are probably most prone to hit and miss statistics. Then again, I'm at a loss to explain why "Waitin' For a Girl Like You" is too drippy for me (albeit extremely well sung by
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2 months ago
Geir
Upon finally buying "Agent Provocateur" on CD last year, with pretty much anything featuring Lou Gramm bar "Mr. Moonlight" already in my collection, I do recall being a little surprised at how metallic some of the songs were. The only tracks I'd previously heard off of "Agent Provocateur" previously were after all "I Want to Know What Love Is" and "Tha
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2 months ago
Geir
I agree that "Inside Information" is underrated. A review of a Foreigner CD box set in Classic Rock recently dismissed the album as weak, and even Lou Gramm himself appears to not rate the album much ... although perhaps more so due to Mick Jones' musical dictatorship antics at the time, as described in the former's biography. (Mind you, Gramm also manages to make little more than a mer
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3 months ago
Geir
Hey there! I bought Japanese remasters of "Turn Back" and "Hydra" 3-4 years back, and while none of these are Blu-Spec, you'll certainly find the sound louder, compared to the mid/late-eighties nice price CD editions. You might also want to consider UK re-issue specialist label Rock Candy's editions of the first three Toto albums, released last year. Rock Candy generally
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3 months ago
Geir
QuoteAndrew In other words, the Norweigen contingent are too hard to deal with. I dare say it'd be very Spinal Tap of Tony to try pin it on any other contingent, Andrew. ...Oh, and we're called Norwegians, by the way! ;-) On a more serious note, I'm sad to see Tony go, and while I've got the feeling that Mr. Harnell will be back with something worthwhile before we know it, I fear that the
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3 months ago
Geir
...try this: http://www.facebook.com/bigcitynorway
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3 months ago
Geir
If memory serves, Skagarack did reform for at least one festival gig in Denmark - I'm pretty sure somebody on this forum posted about attending the actual concert, too. I can't recall if there were plans to record a comeback album following that, but beyond what Torben Schmidt has released as a solo artist, nothing has surfaced so far. As for the Skagarack albums, my favourite is the self t
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4 months ago
Geir
The "out of the blue" effect with regards to these guys is much due to that the band's main guy, Daniel Olaisen, usually plays extreme metal, having been in bands like Blood Red Throne and Zerozonic. I know neither of these, but Big City is cited as Olaisen's "melodic alter ego" project. Mind you, Olaisen points out that "Tell No Tales" by TNT was the band that kicks
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4 months ago
Geir
It's certainly a great read, although I was a little shocked at how bad the relations between certain Survivor members appears to have been. It's kind of crazy how Jim P. and Frankie Sullivan still had an excellent chemistry as writers, and how the music seemingly didn't suffer all that much from the band's infighting. I find myself wondering how things would have evolved if a more democratic
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6 months 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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6 months 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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6 months 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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6 months 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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6 months 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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7 months 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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7 months 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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7 months ago
Geir
Ydde, I'm sure Ramsay's laughing his ass off ... but give a man a break, will you?
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7 months 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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