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7 days ago
Geir
Hi there, Dennis! Thanks for elaborating on the relationship between White Sister and Angel/Gregg Giuffria. It dawns on me that I’ve read about the song “Clocks” at some point, although I can’t pinpoint just in what context that was. The Fergie Frederiksen Wikipedia entry states that the Frederiksen/Meadows/Phillips/Brandt/Giuffria recorded new material in the latter’s studio at the
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9 days ago
Geir
It sure would be cool if he did, indeed! :-)
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9 days ago
Geir
While the crediting may simply be an error, I've always assumed that White Sister weren't only covering a song, they were also performing an arrangement of the tune that I reckon they had come across courtesy of Gregg Guiffria and his days in the (at the time) last line-up of the original Angel band. While "Lonely Teardrops" isn't on the three track Angel demo from 1981 or thereabout
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30 days ago
Geir
...Actually, not even Uli Jon Roth's sky guitar is young anymore, despite being the newest model among the guitars on show. Oh, and how do you "burn guitar still harder and louder", by the way? ;-)
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4 weeks ago
Geir
...Haven't heard "Fire & Love" in ages, but I remember being disappointed in it following "First Watch" ... probably more for being a change of musical direction than anything else, I suspect. By the way, to me "First Watch" was like a budget version of the album Stryper should have made instead of "In God We Trust", which I to this day have a hard time
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8 weeks ago
Geir
If there ever was a box set, I'm sure they would omit the single version of "Dream Warriors" from that one, too! Considering how easy it is to find the vinyl single of that particular title, I've yet to come across a CD edition featuring the Kernon/Wagener mix of the tune, which is far superior to the later album remix, in my humble opinion! "Back For the Attack" has of co
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8 weeks ago
Geir
Yep, they certainly do - and poor Juan Croucier got the wipe in the process. Not that he played on the album in the first place, mind you - apparently the French will have you for that! ;-)
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8 weeks ago
Geir
Agreed, Mr. Norander - the title track is the closest you get to the sound of the later, classic incarnation of the band; pretty good tune. I've got "BitS" on vinyl - colored orange vinyl, no less! - but I found it dirt cheap in a second-hand store years after its release. ...Wouldn't have bought it otherwise, I suspect. ;-)
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8 weeks ago
Geir
Just wanted to add my two cents to the discussion that evolved around the early edition of Dokken’s «Breaking the Chains», but which has now disappeared into the murky depths beyond the front page! Mik already did a good job of summing up the major differences between the Carrere and Elektra editions in this post, although actually two versions of the album appeared on Carrere, one credite
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2 months ago
Geir
Hi! I use Presonus' Studio One software for recording - interestingly enough even the free version (Studio One Prime) will let you record and save wave files, although the built in soundcard of your computer may limit the resolution you can record in. I use an Audient USB external interface to achieve this. For editing (track marks, normalization, fade-ins and outs), I use a really old piec
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2 months ago
Geir
I don’t agree that minidisc was better than CD or vinyl, but I recorded many titles from my vinyl collection onto minidisc in the nineties and for that, minidisc often sounded excellent. I am down to my last working minidisc player currently – a portable Sony (mini)discman – but the minidiscs featuring vinyl recordings still get their fair share of hours on the stereo system in my living ro
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5 months ago
Geir
Having just posted the above message, I open a newsletter from CD Japan and find this link: Boston "Third Stage"
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5 months ago
Geir
QuoteLARocks It pays to be able to read the obi strip. I’m sure it does, LARocks. I had a look at 20 or so Japanese reissues in my collection bought in recent years, however, and only a single CD among these – an Airplay mini-LP style reissue from around 10 years ago – stated anything in English about being remastered. If that means that you read Japanese and that this information is usu
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5 months ago
Geir
I’d like to follow up on the question further down the board with regards to whether Rock Candy do their own remastering or not. In a few cases – Dokken, Vandenberg and Le Roux are the ones that spring immediately to mind - I have both the recent Japanese reissues, as well as the Rock Candy editions of the same albums. Now, while I haven't done extensive comparisons of most of these,
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5 months ago
Geir
Great stuff - thanks for posting, MSL! :-) PS: Needless to say, I'm curious about those reissues now. "Madman Across the Water" is certainly one of my EJ faves!
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6 months ago
Geir
It's cool to hear that Lee Aaron still has it, based on her Rockingham performance. That reminds me that I need to get her new album, which I kind of forgot about after the initial promo campaign. Yeah, I know it won't be "Metal Queen part 2", but that's not really an issue. ...Did she do any new material at Rockingham, by the way? As far as the ECT performance from 1985 goes - I had
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6 months ago
Geir
That's an excellent cover of one of my favourite Joseph Williams-era Toto songs - well done, Michael & Fanfields! :-)
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6 months ago
Geir
Glad to hear that you're not in trouble, Phil! ;-) Anyway, seriously - just want to chime in that I find the new Mayday remasters excellent, too! To these ears, Jon Astley has managed to "unmurk" the frequencies where the vocals and guitars/keys primarily reside, while on the other hand staying fairly true to both the high and low end of the original mixes and mastering. On a
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6 months ago
Geir
To me, "Back for the Attack" is the one reissue in the Dokken Rock Candy series that really packs some extra punch. The others are good, too, but I have a certain sense that the EQ has been altered to more (and great) effect in the case of "BftA". It's also marginally less bright than the Japanese remaster, but for that in turn perhaps slightly tighter in the bass end of th
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6 months ago
Geir
Hi Richard, and thanks for setting me straight as far as "Nevertheless" goes. I have never heard the 1984 Indianpolis radio show broadcast, but I guess "Feels Like Love" originally may have been culled from that and included on the "Burning Heart" single to showcase that Jimi J. could handle Dave B. material, as well - that seems logical somehow. While "F
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6 months ago
Geir
I could have sworn that I at some point read about there being an early version of the song "Nevertheless" (later rerecorded for "Reach") which was released as a B-side of a single at some point during the "Eye of the Tiger" album era, although I'll be damned if I can find any proof of that currently... The "Eye of the Tiger" single appears to mainly hav
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7 months ago
Geir
Don, try Frank Zirone via the contact link on this page.
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7 months ago
Geir
"Venus in Overdrive" would be my favourite among Rick's recent trio of albums, although they are all excellent albums. The one thing that bothers me slightly on "Rocket Science" are the whoa-whoa's suddenly making a comeback from the 1980's, when Rick ironically didn't use them much in his backing vocals, if at all... It would seem that they have (at least partially) been
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8 months ago
Geir
Thanks for weighing in, Huster - exactly the kind of feedback I was hoping for! I see there are some Bandcamp samples available - I'll check those out later. Later edit: Based on listening to the first couple of mintues of each track on "Ostrich", this record appears to be Crack The Sky gone funk. "White Music", on the other hand, always struck me as a pretty successfu
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8 months ago
Geir
Carl, on the initial CD/merch page, it says "Can't figure out the best way to order or can't find something you'd like? Use the contact link below and just ask for help", so I figure there might be hope for the rest of us if one asks nicely enough? I won't be doing so just yet, but there can be no harm in at least trying, I guess. :-)
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8 months ago
Geir
Just wanted to update that the first four Crack The Sky studio albums are seemingly in print after all, at least if the band's official webstore is anything to go by. "Animal Notes" and "Strength in Numbers" are still coupled together as a single disc release, while the debut and "White Music" now are separate reissues, both featuring bonus tracks. On the othe
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9 months ago
Geir
Terry, the "2 on 1" CD reissues were as follows: "Crack The Sky" and "White Music" "Animal Notes" and "Safety in Numbers" In both cases, a track or two was dropped from the original releases for the albums to fit on one disc. Furthermore, four tracks from "Live Sky" were included as bonus cuts to accompany the seven track "
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9 months ago
Geir
I owe my knowledge of this band to two friends of mine from the City Boy forum, and "Safety in Numbers" and "White Music" are my particular favorites, although the latter is certainly far removed from the vintage Crack The Sky sound. I have the Crack The Sky self-titled album and possibly "Animal Notes" on CD-R somewhere, too, and should probably give them a re-l
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9 months ago
Geir
Extremely classy move by Mr. Cordola - thanks for sharing, Mik! :-)
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9 months ago
Geir
Hi all! Thanks for the perspectives on "Beautiful Broken" - I'll be buying that out of sheer curiousity, I think, having passed on Heart's other last couple of releases. As for the eighties albums of Heart, to my knowledge they've been more or less ignored in terms of remastering, although there have been countless repressings, such as this recent, Japanese SHM-CD edition. The
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