Mark Free

Sat
20
Jul

MARK BAKER - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be (Showcase)

SOLD OUT! DIGITAL COMING SOON
 
MARK BAKER 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be'
 
The name Mark Baker may not be immediately recognisable to many, but for liner note/album credits junkies, it signifies top shelf AOR songwriting. Whether it be anthems or ballads, a Mark Baker song means memorable hooks and a big chorus.
 
Mark Baker is the man behind the iconic Signal ‘Loud & Clear’ album as well as many other songs including tracks for 38 Special, Paris Black, Triumph and Boulevard.
He was also the main co-writer on House Of Lords’ acclaimed ‘Demons Down’ record, re-joining as co-writer on some of the band’s more recent albums too.
 
‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is a compilation of Mark’s songwriter demos from the 80s and 90s. The songwriter demos feature various singers, including the best session vocalist of them all – Mark Free. I’m pleased to say there are several unreleased Mark Free vocals.
 
But that’s not all – there are some original demos from the House Of Lords ‘Demon’s Down’ record as well as an appearance from Chicago’s Bill Champlin on an amazing AOR anthem.
Several of these demos have been traded online for years and MRR is thrilled to be able to bring one disc of this material to light in July. The tracks come from DAT masters and will as always be remastered by JK Northrup.
 
 
Mark Baker ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ will be released worldwide July 26 alongside Outlasted ‘Waiting For Daybreak’.
 
 
Track Listing & Vocalist Featured:
01. Nobody Gets Out Alive (Mark Free) 03:38
02. The Future Ain't What It Used To Be (Mark Free) 04:35
03. Demons Down (Demo Version)(James Christian) 03:34
04. No Pleasure Without The Pain (Demo Version)(James Christian) 05:00
05. Someday You're Gonna Love Someone (Mark Free) 03:45
06. A Little Too Much (Mark Free) 04:23
07. First To Cry (Mark Free) 03:43
08. What Did You Do (Mark Free) 04:27
09. Nothin' (Mark Free) 04:48
10. Dream On Little Dreamer (Bill Champlin) 04:16
11. Give A Little (Vocalsist Unknown) 03:57
12. Cold Day In Hell (James Christian) 04:12
13. Questions Of The Heart (Gary O) 04:59
14. Brighter Day (James Christian) 04:32
15. Only Young (Vocalist Unknown) 04:01
16. Runaway (Mark Free) 03:53
17. Superhero (Mark Free) 04:46
18. X T C O I (Freddy Curci) 03:46
 
 
Wed
05
Jun

MARK BAKER - 2 More Preview Edits Feat. James Christian & Mark Free

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Friday, July 26, 2019
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2 MORE PREVIEWS (2 MINUTE EDITS)
 
Mark Baker is the man behind the iconic Signal ‘Loud & Clear’ album as well as many other songs including tracks for 38 Special, Paris Black, Triumph and Boulevard.
He was also the main co-writer on House Of Lords’ acclaimed ‘Demons Down’ record, re-joining as co-writer on some of the band’s more recent albums too.
 
‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is a compilation of Mark’s songwriter demos from the 80s and 90s. The songwriter demos feature various singers, including the best session vocalist of them all – Mark Free. I’m pleased to say there are several unreleased Mark Free vocals.
 
PRE-ORDER MARK BAKER 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be' ($15 + $5 Airmail Shipping Worldwide)
 
 
PRE-ORDER DEAL MARK BAKER 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be' & OUTLASTED 'Waiting For Daybreak' ($30 + $5 Airmail Shipping Worldwide)
 
 
 
 
Track Listing & Vocalist Featured:
01. Nobody Gets Out Alive (Mark Free) 03:38
02. The Future Ain't What It Used To Be (Mark Free) 04:35
03. Demons Down (Demo Version)(James Christian) 03:34
04. No Pleasure Without The Pain (Demo Version)(James Christian) 05:00
05. Someday You're Gonna Love Someone (Mark Free) 03:45
06. A Little Too Much (Mark Free) 04:23
07. First To Cry (Mark Free) 03:43
08. What Did You Do (Mark Free) 04:27
09. Nothin' (Mark Free) 04:48
10. Dream On Little Dreamer (Bill Champlin) 04:16
11. Give A Little (Vocalsist Unknown) 03:57
12. Cold Day In Hell (James Christian) 04:12
13. Questions Of The Heart (Gary O) 04:59
14. Brighter Day (James Christian) 04:32
15. Only Young (Vocalist Unknown) 04:01
16. Runaway (Mark Free) 03:53
17. Superhero (Mark Free) 04:46
18. X T C O I (Freddy Curci) 03:46
 
 
Mon
03
Jun

MARK BAKER Songwriting Masterclass Compilation Out July 26 on MRR

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Friday, July 26, 2019
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SOLD OUT
 
The name Mark Baker may not be immediately recognisable to many, but for liner note/album credits junkies, it signifies top shelf AOR songwriting. Whether it be anthems or ballads, a Mark Baker song means memorable hooks and a big chorus.
 
Mark Baker is the man behind the iconic Signal ‘Loud & Clear’ album as well as many other songs including tracks for 38 Special, Paris Black, Triumph and Boulevard.
He was also the main co-writer on House Of Lords’ acclaimed ‘Demons Down’ record, re-joining as co-writer on some of the band’s more recent albums too.
 
‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is a compilation of Mark’s songwriter demos from the 80s and 90s. The songwriter demos feature various singers, including the best session vocalist of them all – Mark Free. I’m pleased to say there are several unreleased Mark Free vocals.
 
But that’s not all – there are some original demos from the House Of Lords ‘Demon’s Down’ record as well as an appearance from Chicago’s Bill Champlin on an amazing AOR anthem.
Several of these demos have been traded online for years and MRR is thrilled to be able to bring one disc of this material to light in July. The tracks come from DAT masters and will as always be remastered by JK Northrup.
 
NEW AUDIO!
 
 
Mark Baker ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ will be released worldwide July 26 alongside Outlasted ‘Waiting For Daybreak’.
 
You can pre-order the album now as well as hear a couple of the songs right now!
 
Track Listing & Vocalist Featured:
01. Nobody Gets Out Alive (Mark Free) 03:38
02. The Future Ain't What It Used To Be (Mark Free) 04:35
03. Demons Down (Demo Version)(James Christian) 03:34
04. No Pleasure Without The Pain (Demo Version)(James Christian) 05:00
05. Someday You're Gonna Love Someone (Mark Free) 03:45
06. A Little Too Much (Mark Free) 04:23
07. First To Cry (Mark Free) 03:43
08. What Did You Do (Mark Free) 04:27
09. Nothin' (Mark Free) 04:48
10. Dream On Little Dreamer (Bill Champlin) 04:16
11. Give A Little (Vocalsist Unknown) 03:57
12. Cold Day In Hell (James Christian) 04:12
13. Questions Of The Heart (Gary O) 04:59
14. Brighter Day (James Christian) 04:32
15. Only Young (Vocalist Unknown) 04:01
16. Runaway (Mark Free) 03:53
17. Superhero (Mark Free) 04:46
18. X T C O I (Freddy Curci) 03:46
 
 
Wed
22
May

MRR Dives Back Into The Archives With ROBIN & JUDITH RANDALL & MARK BAKER

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It is with great enthusiasm that I can announce the next participant in MelodicRock Records’ ambitious career spanning ‘From The Archives’ box set series. The first set, the Brett WalkerLast Parade’ 6-Disc retrospective was been met with fantastic critical and fan response and is approaching selling out.
 
That project took nearly a year to put together and the next release is likely to be just as big and just as comprehensive.
 
I’m talking about the legendary songwriting duo of Robin & Judith Randall.
 
Judith Randall sadly passed away in 2002, but Robin has kept writing and together the Randall’s have been responsible for some of AOR’s most memorable songs.
 
 
The classic Mark Free ‘Long Way From Love’ and both Venus & Mars’ albums to start with, plus songs for some of the great names of melodic rock – FM, Starship, James Christian, Roxus & Khymera to name a few.
 
Robin & Judith Randall wrote a staggering amount of songs, with many of the demos featuring vocals from Marcie Free, James Christian and Diana DeWitt, all of which have agreed to be part of this set.
 
Robin has already delivered a big batch of songs and is currently converting more DATs to digital with the help of Robert Tepper. She has reached out to many of her co-writers and vocalists and I’m excited to announce that writers like Tony Sciuto, Jeff Law & Aina have expressed interest in being involved.
 
Others have also been approached and news on that and other progress reports will follow in the weeks ahead. There is no planned release date at this stage, so stay tuned for updates.
JK Northrup is on standby to begin the restoration and remastering process.
 
Robin had this to say about the project: “I am thrilled to be bringing songs from the vault to light, to hear great voices and sounds again and to create new ones as well. My mother Judithe would've have been so over the moon about this!!”
 
There are many many songs previously unreleased and never before heard, so AOR fans are going to love this!
 
 
MRR is equally pleased to announce one other archive release, which will officially be announced in the next few days.
 
Mark Baker is the man behind the iconic Signal album as well as many other songs including tracks for 38 Special, Paris Black, Triumph and Boulevard.
 
Several unreleased Mark Baker songs featuring Mark Free on vocals from the 80s have been traded online for years and MRR is thrilled to be able to bring one disc of this material to light in July. The tracks come from DAT masters and will be remastered by JK Northrup once again.
 
Release details coming right up!
 
More archive projects are in development. Stay tuned for updates.
 
 
Thu
16
Feb

UNRULY CHILD Announce 'Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection'

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Friday, April 21, 2017
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Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to present a very special box set release from UNRULY CHILD, "Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection” on April 21, 2017.
 
This exclusive, limited edition, brand new box set includes the rare and hard-to-find releases from the band's catalog. In all, five full length studio albums and one DVD are included in this beautifully packaged, must have release for Unruly Child Band fans.
 
"Reigning Frogs – The Box Set Collection” contents:
- “Waiting For The Sun”, which was originally released in 1998 and featured the line-up of singer Kelly Hansen (ex-Hurricane, now with Foreigner), Gowdy and Jay Schellen (with special guest Ricky Phillips of Styx on bass).
- “The Basement Demos”, which features all the demos that the band recorded in preparation for their first record for Interscope Records. The album also includes a bonus DVD with rare in-studio interviews and recording sessions from the same period.
- “UCIII”, an album which sees another Unruly Child incarnation featuring Gowdy with Guy Allison and Philip Bardowell taking on vocal duties. While slightly more proggy at times, “UCIII” still retains the overall vibe that fans loved about Unruly Child.
- “Worlds Collide”, which featured the full reunion of the original lineup of the band (Gowdy-Allison-Free-Antonino-Schellen). This release truly brought back the magic of the early demos and the first record.
- “Down The Rabbit Hole” is an independently released album – very much sought after by collectors – which was only sold in a limited number of copies via the band’s website in 2014. Another fine and classic melodic rock release featuring the original line-up.
The Box Set houses the CDs in vinyl replica and includes all lyrics, a total of three bonus tracks (unreleased outside Japan) and a 20 page booklet, including exclusive stories personally written by Gowdy, Free, and Allison as well as photos from their archives.
 
A superb release LIMITED to ONLY 1000 COPIES worldwide!
 
Tracklisting:
CD1 - Waiting For The Sun
-Heart Run Free
-Rise Up
-Why Should I Care
-Forever
-Man Inside
-Do You Ever Think Of Me
-Still Believe
-To The Cross
-Fool Again
-Live In The Night
-Waiting For The Sun
-World Of Difference (Bonus Track)
 
CD 2 - The Basement Demos
-On The Rise
-Rock Me Down Nasty
-To Be Your Everything
-Lay Down Your Arms
-Is It Over
-Let’s Talk About Love
-Long Hair Woman
-Forever
-Live In The Night
-Unruly Child
-Undefeated
-Down The Road
-Still Believe
-The Man Inside
-Live Without Love
-True Love
 
CD 3 - UCIII
-Tear Me Down
-Falling
-All Around Me
-Bring Me Home
-Sleeping Town
-You See Three
-Kings Of Tragedy
-Vertigo
-Shades Of Love
-Unruly Child
-Something
-Ruby Tuesday (Bonus Track)
 
CD 4 - Worlds Collide
-Show Me The Money
-Insane
-When We Were Young
-Tell Another Lie
-Love Is Blind
-When Worlds Collide
-Talk To Me
-Life Death
-Read My Mind
-Neverland
-Very First Time
-You Don't Understand
-Talk To Me (Acoustic Remix) (Bonus Track)
 
CD 5 - Down The Rabbit Hole
-This Is Who I Am
-She Can't See Me
-Down The Rabbit Hole
-For All We Know
-Breaking Hearts
-Kindred
-Say I Love You
 
DVD - The Basement Demos DVD
-On The Rise (Live Video)
-When Love Is Gone (Live Video)
-Wind Me Up (Live Video)
-Unruly Child Revisited (Interview)
-Long Hair Woman
-History Lesson (Interview) (Incl. Medley: Long Hair Woman, To Be Your Everything, Is It Over, When Love Is Gone, On The Rise)
-Forever (Ricky Phillips Studio Session)
-Buffalo Mics (Ricky Phillips Studio Session)
-One Note Away (Ricky Phillips Studio Session)
-Stairway To Drums (Jay Schellen Studio Session)
-Unruly Child (Tracking - Studio Session)
-On The Rise 1 (Tracking - Studio Session)
-Tunnel Of Love (Tracking - Studio Session)
-Sinking Vocals (The Asylum - Studio Session)
 
UNRULY CHILD:
Bruce Gowdy – guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, vocals
Guy Allison – keyboards, bass, drums, vocals
Marcie / Mark Free – vocals
Kelly Hansen – vocals
Philip Bardowell – vocals
Larry Antonino – bass
Jay Schellen – drums

 

 
Wed
08
Feb

KING KOBRA’S Classic First Two Releases Set For Reissue

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DURING THE 1980s the music scene was exploding with an abundance of great rock bands - including multi-platinum sellers such as Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot and RATT - but there was always room for talentted new contenders. For KING KOBRA this was an invitation from heaven, launching onto a landscape that was primed for killer hard rock, enormous sales, and unlimited airplay.

It comes as no surprise then, that respected re-issue label ROCK CANDY RECORDS has turned a spotlight on their first two classic albums, ‘Ready To Strike’ and ‘Thrill Of A Lifetime’.  Both titles are set to be reissued on February 10th having been fully remastered with enhanced 16-page booklets featuring rare photos, new interviews, and a 4,000 word essay penned by Malcolm Dome.

Formed in California in 1984, by seasoned drummer Carmine Appice (Cactus, Beck Bogart & Appice, Ozzy Osbourne) and featuring vocalist Mark Free (Unruly Child), guitarists John Michael Philips & Mick Sweda (Bulletboys) and bassist Johnny Rod (WASP), the band won instant attention for their unique look - four blondes and one brunette. Producedd by Spencer Proffer (Quiet Riot, WASP, Cheap Trick) and signed to Capitol Records, the band’s debut album, originally issued in 1985, won them the attention of fans and critics alike by delivering one of the year’s best records. Tracks such as ‘Hunger’, ‘Tough Guys’, ‘Piece Of The Rock’ and the title track itself are pivotal examples of some of the best mid 80’s hard rock.

‘Thrill Of A Lifetime’, their sophomore album, originally issued in 1986, saw the band shift gear, modernising their sound and focussing on more accessible songs, perhaps modelled on the chart success of artists like Bon Jovi and Cinderella. The material was spearheaded by the hugely infectious ‘Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)’, a track that was included on the hit movie ‘Iron Eagle’. Elsewhere there’s ‘Feel The Heat’, ‘Raise Your Hands To Rock’ and ‘Dream On’ for further proof of their  hard rocking credentials.

Each album can be ordered via these links:
 
'Ready to Strike':     http://tinyurl.com/j53bggh
'Thrill of a Lifetime:' http://tinyurl.com/z2lbfum
 
‘READY TO STRIKE’ TRACKLISTING:

 
1. READY TO STRIKE
2. HUNGER
3. SHADOW RIDER
4. SHAKE UP
5. ATTENTION
6. BREAKIN’ OUT
7. TOUGH GUYS
8. DANCING WITH DESIRE
9. SECOND THOUGHTS
10. PIECE OF THE ROCK
 
‘THRILL OF A LIFETIME’ TRACKLISTING:
 
1. SECOND TIME AROUND
2. DREAM ON
3. FEEL THE HEAT
4. THRILL OF A LIFETIME
5. ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE
6. IRON EAGLE (NEVER SAY DIE)
7. HOME STREET HOME
8. OVERNIGHT SENSATION
9. RAISE YOUR HANDS TO ROCK
10. PARTY ANIMAL
BONUS TRACK:
11. HOME SWEET HOME (Street Mix)

 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: rockcandyrecords.com
 
Wed
08
Jun

FIREWORKS Issue 75

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Friday, October 17, 2014
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FIREWORKS #75 - BIGGER, BETTER, HARDER ROCKING!  PRE-ORDER NOW - ORDERS SENT TUESDAY 14th JUNE.  IN SHOPS FROM THURSDAY 16th.
 
The new, improved Fireworks #74 went down VERY well, and new 132 page issue #75 is even BETTER. This issue is packed with awesome female rockers, with ex-Nightwish vocalist Tarja discussing not one, but two upcoming new releases. We also hear from legends Doro Pesch and Lita Ford, along with the likes of Erika, Blues Pills, Lacuna Coil and Scorpion Child.
 
For a trip down memory lane, Dave Reynolds gives us a three and a half page feature on the wonderful Witness, with all new interviews with Debbie Davis and Joey Huffman. Dave also supplies this issue's 'Take 5', looking back on releases which he feels should have been way more successful than they were.
Elsewhere we have the first print interview with Darren Wharton on the new Dare album, which sees Vinny Burns return to his rightful place at Darren's side, supplying the tasteful guitaring that only The Viper can!

And also interviews with Joe Lynn Turner, Ace Frehly and a detailed chat with Punky Meadows as he discusses his debut solo album as well as the Angel days. Plus Jorn, Dan Reed Network, Vega, Chris Ousey, Q5, Kissin' Dynamite, The 69 Eyes, Frost*, Ted Poley, Phantom V, The Jelly Jam, Iron Saviour, Haken, Paul Gilbert, Royal Republic and oh, so much more.
Amongst the features are The Expert's Guide: Mark/Marcie Free and a four-page 'Unsung Hero' in-depth look at the career of Robin George.
Add this to the most extensive and detailed reviews around PLUS a free CD featuring 78 songs, and you REALLY have way more hard-rocking melodic metal than you could shake a reasonably sized stick at.
 
Magazine will be at shops on Thursday 16
th June.  As regards mail order, due to fact we'll be away from Wed-Mon next week, all pre-orders will go out on Tuesday 14th.
Pop on over to http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/index.php?option=com_rokquickcart&view=rokquickcart&Itemid=401 and place your order now.  You KNOW it makes sense!
 
 
Fri
17
Oct

Rockeyez Audio Interview - MARCIE FREE

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Friday, October 17, 2014
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Audio interview with Unruly Child's Marcie Free


 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TdfNAr23Ww&feature=youtu.be
 
                                                       

 
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