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24 days ago
Geir
It appears that the original upload died with the demise of Hotfile some time back, but the core of the Le Baron Boys demos can be found via this YouTube link. This was posted on the official Europe facebook page sometime last year and is the YouTube upload that I mentioned on the Le Baron Boys thread further down. The audio quality isn't great, but more than good enough to showcase the son
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25 days ago
Geir
MetroGnome, I seriously envy you the Milton Keynes gig! As for about everything else you just posted, I wholeheartedly concur and I'll certainly update you if I ever come across more information on the subject!
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25 days ago
Geir
Bruce, I should add that I quite like the version of "Prisoners in Paradise" that came out: I listened to it a lot at the time and "I'll Cry For You" is the only song on it that strikes me as somewhat weak. The later unplugged version, however, brings out something in the song that suits me better. "Halfway to Heaven", while a good song, also struck me as somewhat
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25 days ago
Geir
I figured I'd bump the thread up from the bottom of the page as it was taking a slightly new direction anyway. I went back and checked what Kee Marcello's autobiography ("The Rock Star That God Forgot") had to say on the subject and it boils down to this: Europe recorded a total of thirty tracks for "Prisoners in Paradise"! Kee furthermore writes that "Wild Child
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26 days ago
Geir
If memory serves, there was a link posted on the offical Europe facebook page to the Le Baron Boys demo on YouTube last year or so. I bookmarked it, but can't find it at the time of writing ... maybe that resolves the exact songs that constituted the Le Baron Boys demo? As for "Prisoners in Paradise", I've been under the impression that Epic rejected parts of the first set of record
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4 weeks ago
Geir
Some of the inherent dilemma of Wig Wam was always whether they were a parody band or not? I'll admit to not having bought anything since "Wigwamania", but there were moments on that particular album where a future with a less gimmick-y, more serious melodic direction seemed entirely plausible to these ears. Now that remains a path never taken, but as you point out, Niv - I'm sure th
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6 weeks ago
Geir
A few more quotes on the whole Steinman vs. Def Leppard situation: But things haven’t always gone entirely to plan. In 1984, Steinman was hired to produce the follow-up to Def Leppard’s Pyromania album. The arrangement was abruptly terminated, neither side speaking fondly of the other. “When I arrived, Leppard had no guitar amps and they didn’t know where to get them,” Steinman wo
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6 weeks ago
Geir
I seem to recall something said about the band finding it hard to get used to Jim Steinman's approach to arranging and recording after working with "Mutt" Lange and his well-known utter perfectionism attitude towards ...well, everything. Supposedly, the band would barely have tuned their instruments and done a run through of a song, while Steinman then on his part would declare that
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6 weeks ago
Geir
Paul, I've sent Kjetil a link to your post regarding "Better Days" - he'll be thrilled to read that, I'm sure!
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6 weeks ago
Geir
I should probably start by saying that I see no reason to doubt the existence of a small run of official Mercury Records CD editions of "Race to Paradise". I'm curious about one thing, though: Those of you who do have the CD - does the one at Azintex Music look exactly the same as yours? I'm thinking especially of the back tray card, which somehow looks a bit too modern in its des
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6 weeks ago
Geir
I had no idea the album had been licensed for digital download, so thanks for the heads up regarding that, Scott! As Amazon won't let foreign customers buy MP3's, I guess I'll be checking if Norwegian iTunes has it. Not that I won't be buying Rock Candy's CD edition when that shows up, mind you, but there does seem to be some sort of licensing delay with both that and "Wired Up", so
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7 weeks ago
Geir
I'm no Ambrosia expert, but the dynamics between Joe Puerta and David Pack always appeared to be the core of the band to me. If one does the lead vocals, then the other is never far away in terms of providing harmonies. David Pack has an edge to his voice that makes him slightly more distinctive to these ears, but that's not taking anything away from Joe Puerta, who is a fine singer and bassist i
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7 weeks ago
Geir
...was probably also Tesla looking to diversify and not do "Mechanical Resonance" all over again - all credit to them for that. Looking at the song list for "TGRC", it immediately strikes me that the songs I like the best - "Hang Tough", "Heaven's Trail", "Makin' Magic", "Paradise" and "Party's Over" - are also the ones tha
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7 weeks ago
Geir
...Absolutely classic album that's as good today as it was back then! Vibrant performances, excellent production/mix and above all classy songs throughout! To these ears, they never topped their debut, but I know a few people who consider "The Great Radio Controversy" to be an even better album. That's good, too, and I suppose a bit more diverse and mature, but to me it didn't quite
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7 weeks ago
Geir
Hello again, Ardian! I had no idea that NEH Records and Music Buy Mail only list ten of the in total twelve tracks, so I can understand your confusion - thanks for heads up regarding this. (I'll pass it on to Kjetil.) I notice that the production credit is only partially correct on the various webstores, too: It's a co-production between Kjetil and James Christian. James delivered superbly
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7 weeks ago
Geir
Ardian, the song content is identical across all versions of the album, digital or CD. All of them feature twelve tracks, two of which are alternate versions (of the title track and "Dancers", to be precise). As for the sound quality, Kjetil has three full songs streaming on his own website. There is some audible compression at work here, too, but it is a further step closer to how t
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7 weeks ago
Geir
The CD is available at AOR Heaven and NEH Records, or directly from Kjetil's own website. The digital edition of the album can be found at CD Baby or iTunes.
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7 weeks ago
Geir
Andrew, to my knowledge, a CD of "Better Days" is underway to you as of last week or so. Presumably, you can expect it any day now.
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7 weeks ago
Geir
As a friend of Kjetil's, I'm very pleased to see his (IMHO opinion excellent) new album mentioned here. For anyone curious, you can listen to three of the tracks from "Better Days" in their entirity here: Kjetil By.com music/podcast section Edit: My PC needed upgrading to the latest QuickTime software to get the above tracks to play. For those who can't be bothered to do that, the C
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8 weeks ago
Geir
..."The Day the Earth Caught Fire" (1979) is regarded by many City Boy fans as the band's best record. If you want the album with the only BIG hit ("5705") the band ever had, then "Book Early" from 1978 is excellent, too, although "TDtECF" is superior, in my opinion. An early highlight of the band's career would be the second album, "Dinner at the R
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2 months ago
Geir
I'd guess a clean guitar (possibly with single coils) going through a compressor (compressed heavily) and then into a chorus pedal, possibly with some high mids dialed in/emphasized EQ-wise. I have a Dann Huff tri-chorus Tone Print loaded into my TC Electronic Corona Chorus pedal, and it's not a million miles away from this, sonically. You could also try emailing Daniel Flores and see if he
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2 months ago
Geir
Agreed, Jim Kirkpatrick is a fine guitarist. I love how he sticks to the original solos - which were great to start with - when he plays the classic songs, but he also sounds splendid on the newer material that I've heard. Thumbs up! :-)
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2 months ago
Geir
Hey Terry! Thanks a lot for the YouTube link! If Wildlife or FM had been the first to release this song, it certainly still would have been an excellent one. Ozzy's take on "Shot in the Dark" is simpler and more straightforward in general. You do get the impression that the record label intended it for a single all the way, and that is perhaps both its strength and bluntness. F
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2 months ago
Geir
Hello again, Amorphic! For whatever it's worth: The sheer variety of bands and artists Bob that has worked with, makes "For Facts Sake" an impressively comprehensive insight into the workings of the music business of the seventies and eighties. I believe that's a fairly big part of the reason why I enjoyed it so much. So while there is much focus on Bob's relationship with the Osb
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2 months ago
Geir
Thank you, bridgeofsighs - much appreciated! :-)
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2 months ago
Geir
Jason, thanks for the info regarding "Shot in the Dark" and cool to hear that the recent FM take on the song harks back to the arrangement on the Wildlife demo. I'm just about curious enough to track down the FM EP now! By the way, I've always assumed that Jake E. Lee was the man behind the fantastic intro theme, where he bends the notes behind the nut to get that very distinct sound
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2 months ago
Geir
You are correct, Ozzy is credited as co-writer on Shot In The Dark, therefore it follows he will get any royalties due to him. I don't see that there is anything for Sharon to get het up about. Alright, I give up - what I find passes for humour obviously isn't your thing, and that's okay. But feel free to read "For Facts Sake" and see if you just might get my point then! And if y
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2 months ago
Geir
...Because, if memory serves, Ozzy is credited as co-writer on "Shot in the Dark" and I'd be highly surprised if there are any publishing royalties going Ozzy's way from the FM camp. (Nothing bad said about Steve & the gang -and they did write their version of the song first!) If Sharon gets wind of somebody else making a buck from a song by Ozzy, however, who knows what might h
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2 months ago
Geir
Laurent, if I've understood it correctly, the idea for "Shot in the Dark" originates back to the ending of Wildlife/pre-FM founding days and the initial version of the song may have been worked up between Soussan and Overland. Soussan then took this idea with him going into the Ozzy Osbourne band, but I'm guessing that by then it had evolved a fair bit from the way the original song
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2 months ago
Geir
...the drumming on "Bark at the Moon" sounds absolutely fine to me! In fact, listening to it the other day, I thought it sounded excellent. I get the impression that the problem was that Tommy was slightly "stiffer" in the studio than live, and taking some time (read: longer than they expected) in getting his performances right. I'd take the Osbournes' judgement of drummers
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