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MelodicRock Records

Thu
16
Nov

MADMAN'S LULLABY - Sins Of Greed (Showcase)

Friday, November 24, 2017
Sins Of Greed
Produced By: 
Madman's Lullaby
Release Date: 
November 24
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Hard Rock
Categories: 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the next release on the label. This band rocks hard!
This album is so ass-kickingly intense, so brain numbingly supersonic, that we dare only put 9 tracks on the disc! To add a 10th song would clearly risk the listeners head exploding :)
 
Please welcome American no-nonsense hard rockers MADMAN’S LULLABY for their new album Sins Of Greed, which will be released just in time for the silly season, November 24.
 
Madman’s Lullaby have been rocking us since 2007 and their 4th album is the one that sees them deliver everything you’ve loved about them in the past, with an even more high energy sonic hard rocking attack.
 
 
 
PRE-ORDER NOW!
 
MADMAN's LULLABY 'Sins Of Greed' ($15 + $5 Shipping Worldwide)
 
 
 
The album features the following tracks:
 
01. One Shot
02. Makes No Sense
03. Little Demons
04. Live Again
05. Don’t Walk Away
06. Quicker With Liquor
07. About You
08. The Storm
09. Melt Down
 
Release Date: November 24
 
Check out the lead track right now!
 
 
Bio:
Do you remember what made you fall in love with Rock n Roll?? This IS Madman's Lullaby.
Madman’s Lullaby (MML) from San Jose, CA has been creating their own brand of bluesy hard rock since 2007.  MML's current line-up is founding member Mr. Brett on Lead Guitar, Eric (EJ) Arbizu on Drums/vocals, lead vocalist Chris Michaels and Bassist/vocalist Luis Barillas.
 
MML's 2013 release ‘Unhinged’ received glowing reviews which led to widespread touring throughout the US as well as internationally and have performed in Amphitheatres and major festivals to the most humble of clubs. MML has shared the bill with such artists as Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Night Ranger, Wasp, Michael Schenker, Lita Ford and many more.
 
In 2017 Madman's Lullaby were back in the studio working on their fourth full length CD which is now complete.
 
Madman’s Lullaby online:
FB: @MadmansLullabyRocks
 
 
Mon
06
Nov

MADMAN'S LULLABY 'Sins Of Greed' Pre-Order Now

Friday, November 24, 2017
Categories: 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the next release on the label. This band rocks hard!
This album is so ass-kickingly intense, so brain numbingly supersonic, that we dare only put 9 tracks on the disc! To add a 10th song would clearly risk the listeners head exploding :)
 
Please welcome American no-nonsense hard rockers MADMAN’S LULLABY for their new album Sins Of Greed, which will be released just in time for the silly season, November 24.
 
Madman’s Lullaby have been rocking us since 2007 and their 4th album is the one that sees them deliver everything you’ve loved about them in the past, with an even more high energy sonic hard rocking attack.
 
 
 
PRE-ORDER NOW!
 
MADMAN's LULLABY 'Sins Of Greed' ($15 + $5 Shipping Worldwide)
 
 
 
The album features the following tracks:
 
01. One Shot
02. Makes No Sense
03. Little Demons
04. Live Again
05. Don’t Walk Away
06. Quicker With Liquor
07. About You
08. The Storm
09. Melt Down
 
Release Date: November 24
 
Check out the lead track right now!
 
 
Bio:
Do you remember what made you fall in love with Rock n Roll?? This IS Madman's Lullaby.
Madman’s Lullaby (MML) from San Jose, CA has been creating their own brand of bluesy hard rock since 2007.  MML's current line-up is founding member Mr. Brett on Lead Guitar, Eric (EJ) Arbizu on Drums/vocals, lead vocalist Chris Michaels and Bassist/vocalist Luis Barillas.
 
MML's 2013 release ‘Unhinged’ received glowing reviews which led to widespread touring throughout the US as well as internationally and have performed in Amphitheatres and major festivals to the most humble of clubs. MML has shared the bill with such artists as Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Night Ranger, Wasp, Michael Schenker, Lita Ford and many more.
 
In 2017 Madman's Lullaby were back in the studio working on their fourth full length CD which is now complete.
 
Madman’s Lullaby online:
FB: @MadmansLullabyRocks
 
 
Thu
26
Oct

MECCA 'The Demos' Audio Preview & Pre-Order!

Artist: 
Friday, November 3, 2017
Categories: 
 
RELEASE DATE DELAYED - NOVEMBER 24
 
My apologies folks, there is an issue with artwork print quality and we're fixing, but the start over will mean a production delay, pushing the release back a few weeks to November 24, alongside MADMAN'S LULLABY.
 
 
PRE-ORDERS ARE STRONG - THIS ITEM WILL SELL OUT.
 
Here is one more preview to check out while you wait...
 
 
The name MECCA is synonymous with quality AOR and melodic rock. Each of the 3 albums released to date have been crafted over several years, with each song racking up a seriously impressive number of demos, alternative versions, re-writes and re-mixes before being labelled “done”.
 
So, while we wait for a new set of songs to go through that lengthy process, Joe Vana has given MelodicRock Records the green light to delve back into the many folders of Mecca music that has built up since the 2002 debut, to bring you a very cool limited edition release –
 
MECCA “The Demos”
 
But these aren’t any old demos; these are still of the highest quality and represent a rare insight into the recording process all artists go through.
 
MECCA “The Demos” features alternative takes and different mixes of songs from all three of the Mecca albums, plus the songs exclusively featured on several past MRCD compilations and others that have never previously been heard or released.
Fans will recognize many of the songs, but in this format it's like hearing them again for the first time.
 
Featuring appearances by Christian Wolff (RIP); Fergie Frederiksen (RIP); Pat Mastelotto; Thom Griffin; Bill Syniar; David Hungate, Tommy Denander, Gordon Mote, Shannon Forrest, Richie Hofherr and Brian Moritz.
 
MECCA “The Demos” will be restricted to 1000 units only and released November 3.
 
PRE-ORDER NOW!
 
MECCA 'The Demos' (2CD Set)($17 + $5 Shipping Worldwide)
 
 
 
 
ONE MORE PREVIEW!
 
 

 

 
 
 
Disc 1:
 
01) Blinded By Emotion (Rough Mix Feat. Fergie Frederiksen, Vocals) 05:36
02) I Know (Demo Feat. Christian Wolff, Guitar) 04:11
03) How Many Times (Original Demo) 04:47
04) Life's Too Short (Demo Feat. Thom Griffin, Backing Vocals) 04:21
05) Say The Word (2010 Demo) 03:47
06) The One (2006 Demo) 05:08
07) Morning Light (Original Demo of ‘I Believe’) 04:26
08) Set Me Free (Original Demo of ‘Cry’) 04:31
09) Since I Found You (2011 Writing Demo) 04:14
10) Wire 2 Wire (Inst. Demo) 04:52
11) Can't Stop Love (Rough Mix Feat. Fergie Frederiksen, Vocals) 05:36
12) From The Start (2011 Demo) 05:12
13) Unknown (Chorus Overdub Demo) 04:30
14) Time Spent (2013 Demo) 04:17
15) Pamela (2012 Final Demo) 05:34
16) It's On Us (2012 Inst, Demo) 04:13
17) Without You (2002 Inst. Live Studio Demo) 04:26
 
Disc 2:
 
01) Take My Hand (2014 Final Demo) 03:15
02) Perfect World (2011 Demo, ‘Joe Mix’) 04:01
03) Ten Lifetimes (Original Demo Feat. Thom Griffin, Backing Vocals) 05:46
04) Alone (2014 Piano Demo) 04:58
05) Mecca (First Take Vocal Demo) 05:34
06) Light (2006 Inst. Demo) 04:13
07) Out Of Love (Original Demo of ‘Alone’) 05:37
08) Down (2012 Scratch Vocal Demo) 04:24
09) Did It For Love (2011 Demo) 05:47
10) Alive (2012 Unreleased Inst.) 04:35
11) Still Falling In Love With You (2006 Unreleased Demo) 03:49
12) Open Your Heart to Me (2005 Unreleased Demo) 04:59
13) Falling Out Of Love (2011 Unreleased Demo) 04:42
14) Wasabi (2011 Unreleased Inst. Demo) 04:11
15) Yesterday (2012 'Mecca 3' Inst. Demo) 03:42
16) Wire To Wire (The ‘Fun’ Inst. Remix) 04:49
 
 
Mon
16
Oct

MADMAN'S LULLABY Sign To MelodicRock Records

Friday, November 24, 2017
Categories: 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the next release on the label. This band rocks hard!
This album is so ass-kickingly intense, so brain numbingly supersonic, that we dare only put 9 tracks on the disc! To add a 10th song would clearly risk the listeners head exploding.
 
Please welcome American no-nonsense hard rockers MADMAN’S LULLABY for their new album Sins Of Greed, which will be released just in time for the silly season, November 24.
 
Madman’s Lullaby have been rocking us since 2007 and their 4th album is the one that sees them deliver everything you’ve loved about them in the past, with an even more high energy sonic hard rocking attack.
 
The album features the following tracks:
 
01. One Shot
02. Makes No Sense
03. Little Demons
04. Live Again
05. Don’t Walk Away
06. Quicker With Liquor
07. About You
08. The Storm
09. Melt Down
 
Pre-orders: November 4. Release Date: November 24
 
Check out the lead track right now!
 
 
Bio:
Do you remember what made you fall in love with Rock n Roll?? This IS Madman's Lullaby.
Madman’s Lullaby (MML) from San Jose, CA has been creating their own brand of bluesy hard rock since 2007.  MML's current line-up is founding member Mr. Brett on Lead Guitar, Eric (EJ) Arbizu on Drums/vocals, lead vocalist Chris Michaels and Bassist/vocalist Luis Barillas.
 
MML's 2013 release ‘Unhinged’ received glowing reviews which led to widespread touring throughout the US as well as internationally and have performed in Amphitheatres and major festivals to the most humble of clubs. MML has shared the bill with such artists as Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Night Ranger, Wasp, Michael Schenker, Lita Ford and many more.
 
In 2017 Madman's Lullaby were back in the studio working on their fourth full length CD which is now complete.
 
Madman’s Lullaby online:
FB: @MadmansLullabyRocks
 
 
Sat
07
Oct

THE RADIO SUN - Outside Looking In (SALE!)

 
MelodicRock Records is once again thrilled to work with THE RADIO SUN for the release of their brilliant third album Outside Looking In on September 30. The boys continue where they left off, with vocal harmonies, soaring guitar solos and catchy choruses once again dominating.
 
Outside Looking In showcases a progression from the band's debut album Wrong Things Right and the critically acclaimed Heaven Or Heartbreak. There's a good balance of uptempo songs with some superb ballads that sees the band throwback to bands like Firehouse and Trixter along with a good dose of Jani Laine/Warrant school of song writing.
 
SPECIAL SALE PRICE!
'Outside Looking In' (Special Edition CD)
$12 (SALE PRICE!) (FREE shipping worldwide)
 
 
'Outside Looking In' Triple Deal - Special Edition CD PLUS Regular Editions of the band's first two albums 'Wrong Things Right' and 'Heaven And Heartbreak'
$35 (3CDs MEGA SALE PRICE) (free shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
 
 
The boys continue where they left off, with vocal harmonies, soaring guitar solos and catchy choruses once again dominating.
Ex-Danger Danger vocalist Paul Laine lends a hand with production duties and also features on the song Wink and Smile with a dual lead vocal alongside lead vocalist Jason Old.
Guitarist Stevie Janevski was also buzzed to have Brett Garsed of John Farnham and Nelson fame play a guest solo on the track Falling For You.
 
Please enjoy a brand new preview - the album's awesome opening track:
 

 
The first single 'Switch Off The World Tonight' reminds us of classic Damn Yankees with its catchy intro and feel-good chorus.
The band is rounded out with the thunderous rhythm section of Robbie Erdmanis on bass and Ben Wignall on drums...guys that are no slouches in the vocal dept. either, filling the album with those now trademark harmonies!
 
The Radio Sun will be launching the new album worldwide with upcoming dates scheduled in Australia, USA, UK and Japan.
 
Track Listing:
01) Can't Get You Out Of My Head 04:16
02) Standing On The Edge Of Love 03:50
03) You'll Never Know 04:04
04) Switch Off The World Tonight 03:13
05) Broken 03:24
06) Fall To Pieces 03:53
07) Wink & Smile 03:33
08) Outside Looking In 04:30
09) My Heart Is On Fire 03:57
10) Baby Blue 04:46
11) Falling For You 04:25
12) Bullet Proof 03:11

Bonus Tracks:
13) Someone Tell Me Why My Heroes Are Dying 04:07
14) Beautiful 03:17

 
 

 

 
Fri
22
Sep

MECCA 'The Demos' 2-Disc Compilation Track Listing Revealed

Artist: 
Friday, November 3, 2017
Categories: 
 
The name MECCA is synonymous with quality AOR and melodic rock. Each of the 3 albums released to date have been crafted over several years, with each song racking up a seriously impressive number of demos, alternative versions, re-writes and re-mixes before being labelled “done”.
 
So, while we wait for a new set of songs to go through that lengthy process, Joe Vana has given MelodicRock Records the green light to delve back into the many folders of Mecca music that has built up since the 2002 debut, to bring you a very cool limited edition release –
 
MECCA “The Demos”
 
But these aren’t any old demos; these are still of the highest quality and represent a rare insight into the recording process all artists go through.
 
MECCA “The Demos” features alternative takes and different mixes of songs from all three of the Mecca albums, plus the songs exclusively featured on several past MRCD compilations and others that have never previously been heard or released.
Fans will recognize many of the songs, but in this format it's like hearing them again for the first time.
 
MECCA “The Demos” will be restricted to 1000 units only and released November 3. Pre-orders available from next week.
 
Disc 1:
 
01) Blinded By Emotion (Rough Mix Feat. Fergie Frederiksen, Vocals) 05:36
02) I Know (Demo Feat. Christian Wolff, Guitar) 04:11
03) How Many Times (Original Demo) 04:47
04) Life's Too Short (Demo Feat. Thom Griffin, Backing Vocals) 04:21
05) Say The Word (2010 Demo) 03:47
06) The One (2006 Demo) 05:08
07) Morning Light (Original Demo of ‘I Believe’) 04:26
08) Set Me Free (Original Demo of ‘Cry’) 04:31
09) Since I Found You (2011 Writing Demo) 04:14
10) Wire 2 Wire (Inst. Demo) 04:52
11) Can't Stop Love (Rough Mix Feat. Fergie Frederiksen, Vocals) 05:36
12) From The Start (2011 Demo) 05:12
13) Unknown (Chorus Overdub Demo) 04:30
14) Time Spent (2013 Demo) 04:17
15) Pamela (2012 Final Demo) 05:34
16) It's On Us (2012 Inst, Demo) 04:13
17) Without You (2002 Inst. Live Studio Demo) 04:26
 
Disc 2:
 
01) Take My Hand (2014 Final Demo) 03:15
02) Perfect World (2011 Demo, ‘Joe Mix’) 04:01
03) Ten Lifetimes (Original Demo Feat. Thom Griffin, Backing Vocals) 05:46
04) Alone (2014 Piano Demo) 04:58
05) Mecca (First Take Vocal Demo) 05:34
06) Light (2006 Inst. Demo) 04:13
07) Out Of Love (Original Demo of ‘Alone’) 05:37
08) Down (2012 Scratch Vocal Demo) 04:24
09) Did It For Love (2011 Demo) 05:47
10) Alive (2012 Unreleased Inst.) 04:35
11) Still Falling In Love With You (2006 Unreleased Demo) 03:49
12) Open Your Heart to Me (2005 Unreleased Demo) 04:59
13) Falling Out Of Love (2011 Unreleased Demo) 04:42
14) Wasabi (2011 Unreleased Inst. Demo) 04:11
15) Yesterday (2012 'Mecca 3' Inst. Demo) 03:42
16) Wire To Wire (The ‘Fun’ Inst. Remix) 04:49
 
 
 
Tue
12
Sep

SCHERER/BATTEN - BattleZone - Out Next Week!

Friday, September 22, 2017
BattleZone
Produced By: 
Jim Peterik
Running Time: 
52.55
Release Date: 
September 22
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
 
PRE-ORDER:
 
SCHERER/BATTEN - 'BattleZone' ($15 + $5 Shipping Worldwide)
 
  
 
MRR September Deal:
 
BOULEVARD - 'Boulevard IV - Luminescence' and 
SCHERER/BATTEN - 'BattleZone' ($36 including Worldwide Shipping)
 
  
 
PURCHASE CD:
 
 
DIGITAL OPTIONS:
 
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2wthyKE
 
FULL AUDIO PREVIEWS:
 
The Sound Of Your Voice: https://youtu.be/UmAyJvq6tts
 

 
 

 

 
Thu
07
Sep

MECCA 'The Demos' 2-Disc Compilation Due Nov 3

Artist: 
Friday, November 3, 2017
Categories: 
 
The name MECCA is synonymous with quality AOR and melodic rock. Each of the 3 albums released to date have been crafted over several years, with each song racking up a seriously impressive number of demos, alternative versions, re-writes and re-mixes before being labelled “done”.
 
So, while we wait for a new set of songs to go through that lengthy process, Joe Vana has given MelodicRock Records the green light to delve back into the many folders of Mecca music that has built up since the 2002 debut, to bring you a very cool limited edition release –
 
MECCA “The Demos”
 
But these aren’t any old demos; these are still of the highest quality and represent a rare insight into the recording process all artists go through.
 
MECCA “The Demos” will feature songs from all three of the Mecca albums, plus the songs exclusively featured on several past MRCD compilations and several others that have never previously been released.
 
Fans will hear songs you thought you knew, but with alternative lyrics or chorus hooks, plus work-in-progress home recordings, alternative mixes and even a couple of guest vocalists lending a hand.
 
MECCA “The Demos” will be restricted to 1000 units only and released November 3.
Full details of the 2-Disc set, along with an audio preview will be announced shortly.
 
Joe Vana has asked that I make a digital download of this set available for free to all that purchased any of the Mecca 3 Tshirt and/or LP packs. Mecca 3 LP refunds are currently being discussed after plans to manufacture have been scrapped after multiple attempts to get quality units produced efficiently and economically. As a continuing gesture by Joe to get all of his fans squared away, he has asked that those few fans that still haven't received a refund AND all those that ordered the Fan Pack get the free download....and this will be expanded to free downloads of Mecca IV (in the works) and other exciting projects slated for 2018 release.
 
 
Tue
29
Aug

SCHERER/BATTEN - BattleZone (Showcase)

Friday, September 22, 2017
BattleZone
Produced By: 
Jim Peterik
Running Time: 
52.55
Release Date: 
September 22
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is delighted to announce the release of the new SCHERER / BATTEN album ‘BattleZone’, released worldwide September 22.
 
DOWNLOAD ALL SOUNDBYTES NOW!
 
PRE-ORDER:
 
SCHERER/BATTEN - 'BattleZone' (Plus MP3 Singles)($15 + $5 Shipping Worldwide)
 
   
 
MRR September Deal:
 
BOULEVARD - 'Boulevard IV - Luminescence' and 
SCHERER/BATTEN - 'BattleZone' (Plus MP3 Singles)($36 including Worldwide Shipping)
 
   
 
 
 
Track Listing:
01. Crazy Love 04:22
02. Rough Diamond 04:05
03. What Do You Really Think 04:14
04. The Sound Of Your Voice 05:14
05. Battle Zone 04:30
06. It Cuts Deep 05:59
07. The Harder I Try 04:58
08. Dreaming With My Eyes Wide Open 04:06
09. Space and Time 04:43
10. Tender Fire 05:30
11. All Roads 04:47
 
 
Scherer/Batten is of course, none other than vocalist MARC SCHERER (Scherer/Peterik) and star guitarist JENNIFER BATTEN (Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson).
 
Together the pair have teamed up with the same musical talent that featured on the 2015 Peterik/Scherer album ‘Risk Everything’ together with some fresh new faces to help craft an absolute melodic rock gem.
 
‘BattleZone’ features material exclusively from the Jim Peterik (Ides of March, formerly of Survivor, Pride Of Lions) songbook. Featuring 8 rare musical gems from Jim’s songwriting vault, the album also features 3 brand new tracks, written for this project.
 
That’s 11 new classic songs, produced by Jim Peterik and featuring the impressive lineup of:
All Lead Vocals: Marc Scherer
All Lead Guitars: Jennifer Batten
Backing Vocals: Marc Scherer, Bill Champlin, Bryan Cole, Brian Hemstock, Danette Pahl
Alternate Lead and Rhythm Guitars: Jennifer Batten, Mike Aquino, Dave Carl, Jim Peterik
Bass Guitars: Bill Syniar, Klem Hayes
Keyboards: Jim Peterik, Christian Cullen, Chris Neville, Barb Unger
Drums: Dave Kelly, Ed Breckenfeld
Sax: Mindi Abair
 
Additional credits include:
Executive Producer: Danette Pahl
Engineered by: Larry Millas
Mastered by: Larry Millas at World Stage Studios and JK Northrup at Alien Productions
Mixed by: Jim Peterik and Larry Millas
Keyboard Programming: Larry Millas and Christian Cullen
Art Direction and Cover Art: Nello Dell'Omo
 
Jim Peterik comments: “As a long time enthusiast of Marc Scherer's vocal chops and the expertise of rock guitar goddess Jennifer Batten, you can imagine how excited I am at the release of Scherer/ Batten ‘BattleZone’ album.
As a song writer and producer, it was a dream come true mining some lost gems from my many years in rock, producing them to a new lustre and even writing three brand new cuts with Marc and Jennifer - Cuts Deep, The Harder I Try and the title track BattleZone.
Andrew McNeice and Danette Pahl of Melodic Rock Records gave me the artistic leeway and financial support to create the album of a lifetime.
Working with one of the best engineers in the business, Larry Millas, and musicians like multiple Grammy Award Winner Bill Champlin of Chicago, bassist Bill Syniar (formerly of Survivor), Mike Aquino (guitarist and singer from World Stage), and two-time Grammy Nominated saxophonist, Mindi Abair, along with Dave Kelly and Bryan Cole, brought depth and texture to the tracks that is palpable.
You can hear our excitement in every song. I guess you can see I'm pumped.
I dare you to crank up BattleZone or Tender Fire or Crazy Love and not rediscover why you fell in love with melodic rock in the first place. I double dare ya!!”
 
Jennifer Batten: “It was such a pleasure to jump into such a high level inspiring project!  Marc’s vocals are out of this world, the grooves are kickin’, and working with Jim Peterik is so joyous and creative. I can’t wait to take this to the stage!”
 
And finally, the vocalist fronting this extraordinary project, Marc Scherer: “Even something as innocuous as lunch with Jim Peterik can inspire great things…
It was during one such meeting that Jim and I conceived of an album showcasing his lost musical treasures. Thanks to the contributions of long-time Peterik enthusiast and personal friend Danette Pahl of MelodicRock Records, we now have lift-off!
While the brain trust of talent surrounding Jim enhances any idea, this album is extra special because it features a collaboration with one of the world’s greatest guitarists, Jennifer Batten – who played three world tours with Michael Jackson and two with Jeff Beck. They say you know when it’s right in the first 30 seconds, but in this case, you can sense the magic in the first few notes. BattleZone blends the songwriting craftsmanship and storytelling genius of Jim Peterik with the artistry of some of the most amazing musicians in the business. As Jennifer observed, the battle can be internal: the fight to be better, to raise the bar and challenge yourself while stirring the musical cauldron. I truly believe that we have captured lightning in a bottle and I’m so eager for everyone to share in this experience.”
 
Scherer/Batten ‘BattleZone’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on CD & Digital September 22.
 
The lead song ‘Cuts Deep’, which was premiered on the Steve Price Rock Show on ARfm this weekend past, will be released as a digital single this Friday.
 
For now, please enjoy a short album teaser, a taste of what’s to come:
 

 

 
Tue
22
Aug

JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN - Ascension - OUT NOW!

 
OUT NOW! Preorders shipping now.
 
MelodicRock Records is very pleased to announce an extension of the relationship with S.A.Y mastermind Jan Akesson, working with the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer on his debut solo album ‘Ascension’, set to be released under the moniker Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain.
 
Jan Akesson's Shadow Rain is an intense, in your face hard rocking rollercoaster that is both unique and melodic as well as very familiar to fans of the debut S.A.Y album, released on MRR in 2015. Guitars and menace run through the album’s 10 tracks, whilst each throws in a hook and melody that draws you back in for more.
 

PRE-ORDER NOW! All pre-orders will ship early.

 
JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN - 'Ascension' ($15 + $5 shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
MRR August Deal:
 
FICTION SYXX & JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN (Both Releases for $30 and just $4 shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
Tracklist:
 
01. I Can’t Tell You No
02. The Promised Land
03. City Of Light
04. Into The Fire
05. Sound Of A Broken Heart
06. A Sound For Death
07. After The Love Is Gone
08. Cross The Universe
09. Love On The Run
10. Fool For Your Loving
 
 
Jan Akesson's Shadow Rain is:
Jan Akesson: Vocals, Guitars, Backing Vocals
 
Additional Musicians:
Sven Svantesson - Lead Guitars
Lasse Johansson - Bass
Jens Westberg - Drums
 
Produced, Mixed Mastered by: Jan Akesson
Recorded at Ump Unlimited Music Production
 
 
 
 
JAN ÅKESSON BIOGRAPHY
 
Sweden based multidimensional musician Jan Åkesson, was born in October 1965 and is known for his works with hard rock band StoneLake. Åkesson started playing guitar in 1978 and became a songwriter early in his life. In 1984 he got to know singer Peter Grundström while playing lead guitar in the band “Ravage”. Grundström was lead singer of the band “Whitelight” which Åkesson became a member of in the fall of the same year.
 
In 1987, Åkesson left ​Whitelight and wanted to pursue a career and a sound that was more guitar-oriented and harder. He went on to form new bands: “Why Not”, “Perfect Stranger” and “Dr. Blue”, playing many very successful gigs and making several acclaimed recordings.
In 1994 Jan decided to step back  from live performance to concentrate on writing and producing songs in his new studio on the emerging digital recording platforms that would soon come to dominate the music industry. The studio he created in 2005, was called “UMP”, which is an abbreviation of: “Unlimited Music Production”.
 
After the split from Whitelight, who later changed their name to “Kee Avenue”, singer Peter Grundström was enrolled to join “StoneLake”. Åkesson and Grundström became a successful songwriting team and released several albums and singles on different record labels.
 
In 2008 they were invited to write all the music for the project “Solna” and shared the credits with well-known artists from the industry such as Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, Gamma Ray), Alex De Rosso (Dokken), Rob de Luca (Lynch Mob, Sebastian Bach) and Pamela Moore who is known for her work with classic band Queensrÿche.
 
In 2015 the duo formed the project “S.A.Y.” and released the critically acclaimed album: “Orion”. Reviewer Kieran Dargan of the site “Rocktopia” wrote: “... the musical class on show here is simply too good to ignore. A rather fabulous little album that is well deserving of a home in your collection”.
 
Åkesson has been busy as a songwriter for different genres of music as well as hard rock, and has written pop music for numerous artists in Japan, but also hard rock music for artists such as “Liv Moon” and produced punk covers that were released on the album “MAX! - Punk it!”.
 
OFFICIAL FACEBOOK URLs:
 
Unlimited Music Production: ​www.facebook.com/UnlimitedMusicProduction
 
Look for ‘Ascension’, from Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain to be released wide and far by MRR on August 26 alongside the debut Fiction Syxx album ‘Talk Dark Secrets’.
 
Fri
11
Aug

SCHERER/BATTEN - Preorder 'BattleZone' Now

Friday, September 22, 2017
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is delighted to announce the release of the new SCHERER / BATTEN album ‘BattleZone’, released worldwide September 22.
 
NEW PREVIEW!
 
 
Track Listing:
01. Crazy Love 04:22
02. Rough Diamond 04:05
03. What Do You Really Think 04:14
04. The Sound Of Your Voice 05:14
05. Battle Zone 04:30
06. It Cuts Deep 05:59
07. The Harder I Try 04:58
08. Dreaming With My Eyes Wide Open 04:06
09. Space and Time 04:43
10. Tender Fire 05:30
11. All Roads 04:47
 
PRE-ORDER NOW - all preorders via this link will get the 3 Scherer/Batten singles emailed to them within 24hrs.
 
SCHERER/BATTEN - 'BattleZone' (Plus MP3 Singles)($15 + $5 Shipping Worldwide)
 
 
 
MRR September Deal:
 
BOULEVARD - 'Boulevard IV - Luminescence' and SCHERER/BATTEN - 'BattleZone' (Plus MP3 Singles)($36 including Worldwide Shipping)
 
 
 
 
 
Scherer/Batten is of course, none other than vocalist MARC SCHERER (Scherer/Peterik) and star guitarist JENNIFER BATTEN (Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson).
 
Together the pair have teamed up with the same musical talent that featured on the 2015 Peterik/Scherer album ‘Risk Everything’ together with some fresh new faces to help craft an absolute melodic rock gem.
 
‘BattleZone’ features material exclusively from the Jim Peterik (Ides of March, formerly of Survivor, Pride Of Lions) songbook. Featuring 8 rare musical gems from Jim’s songwriting vault, the album also features 3 brand new tracks, written for this project.
 
That’s 11 new classic songs, produced by Jim Peterik and featuring the impressive lineup of:
All Lead Vocals: Marc Scherer
All Lead Guitars: Jennifer Batten
Backing Vocals: Marc Scherer, Bill Champlin, Bryan Cole, Brian Hemstock, Danette Pahl
Alternate Lead and Rhythm Guitars: Jennifer Batten, Mike Aquino, Dave Carl, Jim Peterik
Bass Guitars: Bill Syniar, Klem Hayes
Keyboards: Jim Peterik, Christian Cullen, Chris Neville, Barb Unger
Drums: Dave Kelly, Ed Breckenfeld
Sax: Mindi Abair
 
Additional credits include:
Executive Producer: Danette Pahl
Engineered by: Larry Millas
Mastered by: Larry Millas at World Stage Studios and JK Northrup at Alien Productions
Mixed by: Jim Peterik and Larry Millas
Keyboard Programming: Larry Millas and Christian Cullen
Art Direction and Cover Art: Nello Dell'Omo
 
Jim Peterik comments: “As a long time enthusiast of Marc Scherer's vocal chops and the expertise of rock guitar goddess Jennifer Batten, you can imagine how excited I am at the release of Scherer/ Batten ‘BattleZone’ album.
As a song writer and producer, it was a dream come true mining some lost gems from my many years in rock, producing them to a new lustre and even writing three brand new cuts with Marc and Jennifer - Cuts Deep, The Harder I Try and the title track BattleZone.
Andrew McNeice and Danette Pahl of Melodic Rock Records gave me the artistic leeway and financial support to create the album of a lifetime.
Working with one of the best engineers in the business, Larry Millas, and musicians like multiple Grammy Award Winner Bill Champlin of Chicago, bassist Bill Syniar (formerly of Survivor), Mike Aquino (guitarist and singer from World Stage), and two-time Grammy Nominated saxophonist, Mindi Abair, along with Dave Kelly and Bryan Cole, brought depth and texture to the tracks that is palpable.
You can hear our excitement in every song. I guess you can see I'm pumped.
I dare you to crank up BattleZone or Tender Fire or Crazy Love and not rediscover why you fell in love with melodic rock in the first place. I double dare ya!!”
 
Jennifer Batten: “It was such a pleasure to jump into such a high level inspiring project!  Marc’s vocals are out of this world, the grooves are kickin’, and working with Jim Peterik is so joyous and creative. I can’t wait to take this to the stage!”
 
And finally, the vocalist fronting this extraordinary project, Marc Scherer: “Even something as innocuous as lunch with Jim Peterik can inspire great things…
It was during one such meeting that Jim and I conceived of an album showcasing his lost musical treasures. Thanks to the contributions of long-time Peterik enthusiast and personal friend Danette Pahl of MelodicRock Records, we now have lift-off!
While the brain trust of talent surrounding Jim enhances any idea, this album is extra special because it features a collaboration with one of the world’s greatest guitarists, Jennifer Batten – who played three world tours with Michael Jackson and two with Jeff Beck. They say you know when it’s right in the first 30 seconds, but in this case, you can sense the magic in the first few notes. BattleZone blends the songwriting craftsmanship and storytelling genius of Jim Peterik with the artistry of some of the most amazing musicians in the business. As Jennifer observed, the battle can be internal: the fight to be better, to raise the bar and challenge yourself while stirring the musical cauldron. I truly believe that we have captured lightning in a bottle and I’m so eager for everyone to share in this experience.”
 
Scherer/Batten ‘BattleZone’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on CD & Digital September 22.
 
The lead song ‘Cuts Deep’, which was premiered on the Steve Price Rock Show on ARfm this weekend past, will be released as a digital single this Friday.
 
For now, please enjoy a short album teaser, a taste of what’s to come:
 

 

 
Thu
03
Aug

SCHERER/BATTEN 'BattleZone' Coming To MRR September 22

Friday, September 22, 2017
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is delighted to announce the release of the new SCHERER / BATTEN album ‘BattleZone’, released worldwide September 22.
 
NEW PREVIEW!
 
 
Scherer/Batten is of course, none other than vocalist MARC SCHERER (Scherer/Peterik) and star guitarist JENNIFER BATTEN (Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson).
 
Together the pair have teamed up with the same musical talent that featured on the 2015 Peterik/Scherer album ‘Risk Everything’ together with some fresh new faces to help craft an absolute melodic rock gem.
 
‘BattleZone’ features material exclusively from the Jim Peterik (Ides of March, formerly of Survivor, Pride Of Lions) songbook. Featuring 8 rare musical gems from Jim’s songwriting vault, the album also features 3 brand new tracks, written for this project.
 
That’s 11 new classic songs, produced by Jim Peterik and featuring the impressive lineup of:
All Lead Vocals: Marc Scherer
All Lead Guitars: Jennifer Batten
Backing Vocals: Marc Scherer, Bill Champlin, Bryan Cole, Brian Hemstock, Danette Pahl
Alternate Lead and Rhythm Guitars: Jennifer Batten, Mike Aquino, Dave Carl, Jim Peterik
Bass Guitars: Bill Syniar, Klem Hayes
Keyboards: Jim Peterik, Christian Cullen, Chris Neville, Barb Unger
Drums: Dave Kelly, Ed Breckenfeld
Sax: Mindi Abair
 
Additional credits include:
Executive Producer: Danette Pahl
Engineered by: Larry Millas
Mastered by: Larry Millas at World Stage Studios and JK Northrup at Alien Productions
Mixed by: Jim Peterik and Larry Millas
Keyboard Programming: Larry Millas and Christian Cullen
Art Direction and Cover Art: Nello Dell'Omo
 
Jim Peterik comments: “As a long time enthusiast of Marc Scherer's vocal chops and the expertise of rock guitar goddess Jennifer Batten, you can imagine how excited I am at the release of Scherer/ Batten ‘BattleZone’ album.
As a song writer and producer, it was a dream come true mining some lost gems from my many years in rock, producing them to a new lustre and even writing three brand new cuts with Marc and Jennifer - Cuts Deep, The Harder I Try and the title track BattleZone.
Andrew McNeice and Danette Pahl of Melodic Rock Records gave me the artistic leeway and financial support to create the album of a lifetime.
Working with one of the best engineers in the business, Larry Millas, and musicians like multiple Grammy Award Winner Bill Champlin of Chicago, bassist Bill Syniar (formerly of Survivor), Mike Aquino (guitarist and singer from World Stage), and two-time Grammy Nominated saxophonist, Mindi Abair, along with Dave Kelly and Bryan Cole, brought depth and texture to the tracks that is palpable.
You can hear our excitement in every song. I guess you can see I'm pumped.
I dare you to crank up BattleZone or Tender Fire or Crazy Love and not rediscover why you fell in love with melodic rock in the first place. I double dare ya!!”
 
Jennifer Batten: “It was such a pleasure to jump into such a high level inspiring project!  Marc’s vocals are out of this world, the grooves are kickin’, and working with Jim Peterik is so joyous and creative. I can’t wait to take this to the stage!”
 
And finally, the vocalist fronting this extraordinary project, Marc Scherer: “Even something as innocuous as lunch with Jim Peterik can inspire great things…
It was during one such meeting that Jim and I conceived of an album showcasing his lost musical treasures. Thanks to the contributions of long-time Peterik enthusiast and personal friend Danette Pahl of MelodicRock Records, we now have lift-off!
While the brain trust of talent surrounding Jim enhances any idea, this album is extra special because it features a collaboration with one of the world’s greatest guitarists, Jennifer Batten – who played three world tours with Michael Jackson and two with Jeff Beck. They say you know when it’s right in the first 30 seconds, but in this case, you can sense the magic in the first few notes. BattleZone blends the songwriting craftsmanship and storytelling genius of Jim Peterik with the artistry of some of the most amazing musicians in the business. As Jennifer observed, the battle can be internal: the fight to be better, to raise the bar and challenge yourself while stirring the musical cauldron. I truly believe that we have captured lightning in a bottle and I’m so eager for everyone to share in this experience.”
 
Scherer/Batten ‘BattleZone’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on CD & Digital September 22.
 
The lead song ‘Cuts Deep’, which was premiered on the Steve Price Rock Show on ARfm this weekend past, will be released as a digital single this Friday.
 
For now, please enjoy a short album teaser, a taste of what’s to come:
 

 
Fri
14
Jul

RIAN - Out Of The Darkness (Showcase)

Artist: 
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Out Of The Darkness
Produced By: 
Rian
Release Date: 
July 22
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Hard Rock
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is once again tapping into the magic that is Sweden’s reservoir of talent to bring you a monster debut album from one of the country’s best young bands.
We’re very excited to announce the signing of RIAN – a melodic hard rock trio from Stockholm.
 
RIAN is:
Richard Andermyr: Vocals, Guitar
Jan Johansson: Drums
Jonas Melin: Bass
 
ALL SOUNDBYTES ADDED - PLUS NEW FEATURE TRACK
 
 
RIAN’s melodic hard rock sound is a unique combination of 80s AOR with a modern American rock sound.
 
MRR is very excited to launch the band's debut single, the lead song and title track, 'Out Of The Darkness' with this official video for the song below.
 
Buy the single now via iTunes: http://apple.co/2swMA56 Apple Music: http://apple.co/2sxnTW1
 
RIAN - 'Out Of The Darkness' Debut Album ($15 + $5 shipping worldwide) Out July 22 (Pre-orders ship early)
 
 
 
The guys have spent the last year working on their debut album ‘Out Of The Darkness’ with producer Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye, Find Me, The Murder of My Sweet). Frontman Richard Andermyr was a fan of Daniel’s work and wanted to see if he could imagine mixing their recordings. After listening to the demos, he instantly understood the potential and said that he was ready to not only to mix, but also to produce and record their album.
 
The result is ‘Out Of The Darkness’, a powerful, melodic hard rock record that is filled with hooks, harmonies and a gritty edge that gives them an original sound. 
Their influences are many, including Bon Jovi, Chicago, Dokken, FM, Gary Moore, Giant, Journey, Metallica, Skid Row, Toto, Van Halen, Warrant, Whitesnake and Winger.
 
Richard Andermyr discovered his songwriting skills in the late 90s. In 2000 he moved to the USA for studies and teamed up with metal band Black Prizm. Back in Sweden Richard formed the hard rock band Whisperwave, who reached the finals in the Emergenza Festival 2 years in a row and were invited by Europe’s Ian Haugland to play live on the Swedish radio station “Rockklassiker”.
 
After spending some years playing covers, writing new material and building up his home studio, Richard teamed up with drummer Jan Johansson (Flower Punch, Kitto) in a new cover band. The musical connection was instant. Jan having heard some of Richard’s recordings, convinced him they needed to quit the cover scene and focus on original melodic hard rock. After auditioning several bassists, they found the right bass player in Jonas Melin (Asparagus, U R in Hot Water) and the lineup was complete.
 
The guys rehearsed and recorded demos in Richard’s basement; in the beginning of 2016 they started to see a strong album forming. They were right.
 
RIAN’s powerful debut album will be released worldwide on July 22 via MRR.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fri
30
Jun

JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN - Ascension (Showcase)

MelodicRock Records is very pleased to announce an extension of the relationship with S.A.Y mastermind Jan Akesson, working with the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer on his debut solo album ‘Ascension’, set to be released August 26 under the moniker Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain.
 
Jan Akesson's Shadow Rain is an intense, in your face hard rocking rollercoaster that is both unique and melodic as well as very familiar to fans of the debut S.A.Y album, released on MRR in 2015. Guitars and menace run through the album’s 10 tracks, whilst each throws in a hook and melody that draws you back in for more.
 

PRE-ORDER NOW! All pre-orders will ship early.

 
JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN - 'Ascension' ($15 + $5 shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
MRR August Deal:
 
FICTION SYXX & JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN (Both Releases for $30 and just $4 shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
Tracklist:
 
01. I Can’t Tell You No
02. The Promised Land
03. City Of Light
04. Into The Fire
05. Sound Of A Broken Heart
06. A Sound For Death
07. After The Love Is Gone
08. Cross The Universe
09. Love On The Run
10. Fool For Your Loving
 
 
Jan Akesson's Shadow Rain is:
Jan Akesson: Vocals, Guitars, Backing Vocals
 
Additional Musicians:
Sven Svantesson - Lead Guitars
Lasse Johansson - Bass
Jens Westberg - Drums
 
Produced, Mixed Mastered by: Jan Akesson
Recorded at Ump Unlimited Music Production
 
 
 
 
JAN ÅKESSON BIOGRAPHY
 
Sweden based multidimensional musician Jan Åkesson, was born in October 1965 and is known for his works with hard rock band StoneLake. Åkesson started playing guitar in 1978 and became a songwriter early in his life. In 1984 he got to know singer Peter Grundström while playing lead guitar in the band “Ravage”. Grundström was lead singer of the band “Whitelight” which Åkesson became a member of in the fall of the same year.
 
In 1987, Åkesson left ​Whitelight and wanted to pursue a career and a sound that was more guitar-oriented and harder. He went on to form new bands: “Why Not”, “Perfect Stranger” and “Dr. Blue”, playing many very successful gigs and making several acclaimed recordings.
In 1994 Jan decided to step back  from live performance to concentrate on writing and producing songs in his new studio on the emerging digital recording platforms that would soon come to dominate the music industry. The studio he created in 2005, was called “UMP”, which is an abbreviation of: “Unlimited Music Production”.
 
After the split from Whitelight, who later changed their name to “Kee Avenue”, singer Peter Grundström was enrolled to join “StoneLake”. Åkesson and Grundström became a successful songwriting team and released several albums and singles on different record labels.
 
In 2008 they were invited to write all the music for the project “Solna” and shared the credits with well-known artists from the industry such as Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, Gamma Ray), Alex De Rosso (Dokken), Rob de Luca (Lynch Mob, Sebastian Bach) and Pamela Moore who is known for her work with classic band Queensrÿche.
 
In 2015 the duo formed the project “S.A.Y.” and released the critically acclaimed album: “Orion”. Reviewer Kieran Dargan of the site “Rocktopia” wrote: “... the musical class on show here is simply too good to ignore. A rather fabulous little album that is well deserving of a home in your collection”.
 
Åkesson has been busy as a songwriter for different genres of music as well as hard rock, and has written pop music for numerous artists in Japan, but also hard rock music for artists such as “Liv Moon” and produced punk covers that were released on the album “MAX! - Punk it!”.
 
OFFICIAL FACEBOOK URLs:
 
Unlimited Music Production: ​www.facebook.com/UnlimitedMusicProduction
 
Look for ‘Ascension’, from Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain to be released wide and far by MRR on August 26 alongside the debut Fiction Syxx album ‘Talk Dark Secrets’.
 
Fri
30
Jun

DON BARNES - Ride The Storm (Showcase)

 
MelodicRock Records is excited to see that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ is out worldwide now.
 
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end. The second Disc and bonus tracks appear only on the CD version (not digital) of this release.
 
As there was no original artwork yet conceived for ‘Ride The Storm’, so regular MRR artist extraordinaire Nello Dell'Omo was commissioned to come up with something amazing. And that he has. In collaboration with Don, who drove the vision and MRR, the end result might just be one of his best album covers yet!
 
Two individual sets of remastering also serve the album well – it sounds as fresh, punchy and as amazing as it ever has. Thanks to JK Northrup (Rock Mix) and Brian Foraker (Alt. Mix) for their vital work.
 
DIGITAL LINKS (Also available on all other digital platforms)
 
 
 

 
ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' Out NOW!
 
 
It’s time Don himself jumped in with the story behind this amazing solo album:
 
“Over two decades ago, with years of success as lead singer and guitarist with 38 Special, I was given an opportunity by A&M Records to create a side solo project as an artist.  A&M suggested putting several top-rated musicians in the studio with me and I would write and co-produce the project. I set about co-writing songs and was honored to have some of the industry’s top musicians join me in the recording.
 
All of these players were extraordinary talents in the music business; the great Jeff Porcaro along with his brother Mike, respectively the drummer and bassist from the band Toto - and the best 'bottom-end foundation’ for any session - came on board to help forge a great rock record.
 
We also had the masterful veteran drummer Denny Carmassi from the band Heart, noted session keyboardist and composer Alan Pasqua from the band Giant on keyboards...along with another music titan, virtuoso guitarist and now-producer Dann Huff, all of whom brought such excellence and talent to the sessions that I just can't find enough words of praise and appreciation for them.
 
Additionally, I was privileged to work and collaborate with two extremely talented producers - Martin Briley and Brian Foraker - both of whom brought a wealth of experience and cool vibe to our sessions. We had always felt that the combination of these powerhouse players together created a very special album, a unique ‘rock classic.' Many who have heard the album say that description still remains true today.
 
Unfortunately, unexpected situations arose in the record business at that time and corporate transitions got in the way of the release date. The album was finished, mixed, and ready to go, but what started out as a great rock record turned into a series of disappointing twists and turns.  Just as it was ready to be released, A&M Records was sold through a huge global acquisition and the company changed hands several times over the years. The new company and staff had their own difficulties getting accustomed to the transition and my project was put aside without a release date.  My solo album became one of those music stories of a great rock record that started in one direction but had corporate business dealings move it to some other outcome. 
 
I'm proud to finally present my solo album, complete with extras like the 3 additional recordings in demo form left off of the original group of songs, along with a second full CD of alternate mixes. 
 
We had a great time recording these big, explosive songs, all presented here with newly re-mastered technology.  You’ll hear the intensity and spirit of the songwriting, the excellence and power of talented players, and the absolute force we delivered on the recordings. 
 
This album and these songs made it through a rough storm and they rock stronger than ever today. Turn it up and enjoy a great ride.”
 
- Don Barnes, May 2017.
 
 
And who is responsible for the contents of this album alongside Don? Quite simply the best of the best.
 
Track List and Player Credit:
 
1. Ride The Storm
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar Solos - Dann Huff / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
2. Looking For You
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys and Additional Guitar - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Pocaro
 
3. I Fall Back
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
4. Don't Look Down
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Jesse Harms / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
5. Maybe You'll Believe Me Now
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
6. I'd Do It All Over Again
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
7. Every Time We Say Goodbye
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Rhythm Guitar - Tim Pierce / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
8. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
9. After The Way
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
10. Johnny Ain't So Cool
Guitars - Don Barnes / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Keys and Guitar Solo - Martin Briley / Drums - Denny Carmassi

 
Fri
23
Jun

MelodicRock Records Artist Update

Categories: 
 
MRR is excited to present 3 more advance audio tracks from albums coming up by: RIAN, FICTION SYXX & JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN
 

 
And the DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' album is now listed at Digital Outlets for preorder. However, the only way to get the bonus disc/tracks is to grab the CD.
 
 
 
Google Play - http://bit.ly/2t1m7fT
 
 
 
 
 
Wed
21
Jun

Swedish Rockers RIAN Launch Debut Album & Single 'Out Of The Darkness'

Artist: 
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is once again tapping into the magic that is Sweden’s reservoir of talent to bring you a monster debut album from one of the country’s best young bands.
We’re very excited to announce the signing of RIAN – a melodic hard rock trio from Stockholm.
 
Wednesday Update - New Audio!
 

 
RIAN’s melodic hard rock sound is a unique combination of 80s AOR with a modern American rock sound.
 
MRR is very excited to launch the band's debut single, the lead song and title track, 'Out Of The Darkness' with this official video for the song:
 
 
Buy the single now via iTunes: http://apple.co/2swMA56 Apple Music: http://apple.co/2sxnTW1
 
RIAN - 'Out Of The Darkness' Debut Album ($15 + $5 shipping worldwide) Out July 22 (Pre-orders ship early)
 
 
 
RIAN is:
Richard Andermyr: Vocals, Guitar
Jan Johansson: Drums
Jonas Melin: Bass
 
The guys have spent the last year working on their debut album ‘Out Of The Darkness’ with producer Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye, Find Me, The Murder of My Sweet). Frontman Richard Andermyr was a fan of Daniel’s work and wanted to see if he could imagine mixing their recordings. After listening to the demos, he instantly understood the potential and said that he was ready to not only to mix, but also to produce and record their album.
 
The result is ‘Out Of The Darkness’, a powerful, melodic hard rock record that is filled with hooks, harmonies and a gritty edge that gives them an original sound. 
Their influences are many, including Bon Jovi, Chicago, Dokken, FM, Gary Moore, Giant, Journey, Metallica, Skid Row, Toto, Van Halen, Warrant, Whitesnake and Winger.
 
Richard Andermyr discovered his songwriting skills in the late 90s. In 2000 he moved to the USA for studies and teamed up with metal band Black Prizm. Back in Sweden Richard formed the hard rock band Whisperwave, who reached the finals in the Emergenza Festival 2 years in a row and were invited by Europe’s Ian Haugland to play live on the Swedish radio station “Rockklassiker”.
 
After spending some years playing covers, writing new material and building up his home studio, Richard teamed up with drummer Jan Johansson (Flower Punch, Kitto) in a new cover band. The musical connection was instant. Jan having heard some of Richard’s recordings, convinced him they needed to quit the cover scene and focus on original melodic hard rock. After auditioning several bassists, they found the right bass player in Jonas Melin (Asparagus, U R in Hot Water) and the lineup was complete.
 
The guys rehearsed and recorded demos in Richard’s basement; in the beginning of 2016 they started to see a strong album forming. They were right.
 
RIAN’s powerful debut album will be released worldwide on July 22 via MRR.
 
A video for RIAN’s title track ‘Out Of The Darkness’ will debut in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
Tue
20
Jun

JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN Signs to MRR For August Debut

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Categories: 
MelodicRock Records is very pleased to announce an extension of the relationship with S.A.Y mastermind Jan Akesson, working with the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer on his debut solo album ‘Ascension’, set to be released August 26 under the moniker Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain.
 
Jan Akesson's Shadow Rain is an intense, in your face hard rocking rollercoaster that is both unique and melodic as well as very familiar to fans of the debut S.A.Y album, released on MRR in 2015.
Guitars and menace run through the album’s 10 tracks, whilst each throws in a hook and melody that draws you back in for more.
 
Tracklist:
 
01. I Can’t Tell You No
02. The Promised Land
03. City Of Light
04. Into The Fire
05. Sound Of A Broken Heart
06. A Sound For Death
07. After The Love Is Gone
08. Cross The Universe
09. Love On The Run
10. Fool For Your Loving
 
Jan Akesson's Shadow Rain is:
Jan Akesson: Vocals, Guitars, Backing Vocals
 
Additional Musicians:
Sven Svantesson - Lead Guitars
Lasse Johansson - Bass
Jens Westberg - Drums
 
Produced, Mixed Mastered by: Jan Akesson
Recorded at Ump Unlimited Music Production
 
 
 
 
JAN ÅKESSON BIOGRAPHY
 
Sweden based multidimensional musician Jan Åkesson, was born in October 1965 and is known for his works with hard rock band StoneLake. Åkesson started playing guitar in 1978 and became a songwriter early in his life. In 1984 he got to know singer Peter Grundström while playing lead guitar in the band “Ravage”. Grundström was lead singer of the band “Whitelight” which Åkesson became a member of in the fall of the same year.
 
In 1987, Åkesson left ​Whitelight and wanted to pursue a career and a sound that was more guitar-oriented and harder. He went on to form new bands: “Why Not”, “Perfect Stranger” and “Dr. Blue”, playing many very successful gigs and making several acclaimed recordings.
In 1994 Jan decided to step back  from live performance to concentrate on writing and producing songs in his new studio on the emerging digital recording platforms that would soon come to dominate the music industry. The studio he created in 2005, was called “UMP”, which is an abbreviation of: “Unlimited Music Production”.
 
After the split from Whitelight, who later changed their name to “Kee Avenue”, singer Peter Grundström was enrolled to join “StoneLake”. Åkesson and Grundström became a successful songwriting team and released several albums and singles on different record labels.
 
In 2008 they were invited to write all the music for the project “Solna” and shared the credits with well-known artists from the industry such as Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, Gamma Ray), Alex De Rosso (Dokken), Rob de Luca (Lynch Mob, Sebastian Bach) and Pamela Moore who is known for her work with classic band Queensrÿche.
 
In 2015 the duo formed the project “S.A.Y.” and released the critically acclaimed album: “Orion”. Reviewer Kieran Dargan of the site “Rocktopia” wrote: “... the musical class on show here is simply too good to ignore. A rather fabulous little album that is well deserving of a home in your collection”.
 
Åkesson has been busy as a songwriter for different genres of music as well as hard rock, and has written pop music for numerous artists in Japan, but also hard rock music for artists such as “Liv Moon” and produced punk covers that were released on the album “MAX! - Punk it!”.
 
OFFICIAL FACEBOOK URLs:
 
Unlimited Music Production: ​www.facebook.com/UnlimitedMusicProduction
 
Look for ‘Ascension’, from Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain to be released wide and far by MRR on August 26 alongside the debut Fiction Syxx album ‘Talk Dark Secrets’.
 
 
Wed
07
Jun

JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION Out Now

 
JIMMY DAVIS - Kick The Wall (Deluxe Edition, 2CD) and Going The Distance  - OUT NOW!
 
MelodicRock Records is immensely proud and excited to be partnering with American musician Jimmy Davis to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Jimmy Davis & Junction's debut album 'Kick The Wall'. Working with Jimmy over the past several months, MRR will chronicle the complete history of JD&J recordings and bring that to the fans, remastered from original master sources.
MelodicRock Records and Jimmy Davis will reissue the debut album 'Kick The Wall', freshly remastered by JK Northrup along with a very special bonus. The release will feature a second disc featuring a rare live concert, 'Live At The Bottom Line', as broadcast by Westwood One in 1987.
 
But that's not all! A conversation that started well over a year ago will result in the long desired official release of one of the best unreleased melodic rock albums ever. We're talking about the phenomenal shelved sophomore Jimmy Davis & Junction album 'Going The Distance'. It's a melodic rock masterpiece.
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - The MRR Reissues Deal (Kick The Wall Deluxe 2CD and Going The Distance CD) $32 + $5 shipping worldwide
 
 
 
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - 'Kick The Wall' (2CD $17 + $5 shipping)
 
 
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - 'Going The Distance' ($15 + $5 shipping)
 
 
 
Jimmy Davis on that debut: "In the early 80s, I met John Scott. We were put together in a theme park show replacing my favorite local bluegrass band turned rock and roll band that featured fiddle, mandolin, guitar whiz Tommy Burroughs. I was already writing and wanted to incorporate all of my influences in one band like they did. But somewhere around 1985 I wrote 'Kick the Wall' and demoed it at John's home demo studio. We knew we were on to something. We started getting noticed and joined up with a new studio in Memphis, Sounds Unreel. The studio started in our soon to be manager, Jon Hornyak's house. But they grew into a full on 24 track studio. Our hero Jack Holder and Don C Smith all took us in and we stared recording what became the debut album."
 
You could be forgiven for never hearing of the 'Going The Distance' album previously, or even be entirely unaware of Jimmy Davis and his talents as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. It's never too late to discover a masterpiece. And that's exactly what these albums represent. An extremely talented band at their very best, another victim of record label machinations.
 
Jimmy on the 'lost' album: "We starred on the second record in Memphis and ended up doing 4 or 5 songs in LA with Danny Kortchmar with Chad on drums. It took a long time and we had amazing quests, Warren Hayes co-wrote and played, Kevin Dukes from Jackson Browne's band and the Memphis Horns... But things were changing going into the 90s. Grunge for one. I was tired and frustrated, nothing made sense. We made the record for three different label presidents and it was time for a change. I wanted to do what is now called Americana. I simply walked away and 'Going the Distance' was shelved."
 
No one knows how the original recording of 'Going The Distance' leaked, probably from one of the original advance cassette that Chrysalis Records sent out when the album was touted for release back in 1990.
But that would explain the less than perfect audio that has been heavily traded by collectors ever since.
And if that's you - wait until you hear this record remastered from the original tapes!
 
The power, passion and performances on 'Going The Distance' are nothing short of melodic rock perfection.
Mixing the rootsy, natural live Midwestern rock n roll style with the commercial melodic rock sound of the day is a brilliant combination.
Imagine Bryan Adams in his 'Into The Fire' style or John Mellencamp during his 'Scarecrow' period. Add in some Charlie Sexton, John Kilzer, Richie Sambora (solo) and Jimmy's own unique style and you get an amazing record that I personally would have had on regular rotation over the last two decades had the release gone according to plan.
 
Using previously unseen original artwork for both albums - including using the original cover Jimmy wanted for 'Kick The Wall' - this is an essential purchase for longtime Jimmy Davis fans. And there is no doubt that Jimmy is going to attract a whole new group of followers with these albums available soon.
 
MRR will release the 'Kick The Wall 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' with bonus live disc and the 'Going The Distance' album May 19.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thu
25
May

Another DON BARNES Audio Preview - 'Ride The Storm

Artist: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce one of the biggest releases for the label thus far! How else could you describe an album featuring Don Barnes, Dann Huff, Alan Pasqua, Jeff & Mike Porcaro, Jesse Harms and Denny Carmassi?
 
MRR will be the label finally able to extract one of the best “lost” albums of all time for an official release. Plenty have tried over the years, but timing is everything!
Nearly 30 years ago, what would have been an instant classic was relegated to storage thanks to the old story of record label machinations.
 
Of course, we are talking about the classic AOR masterpiece DON BARNES solo album ‘Ride The Storm’.
 
MelodicRock Records started a conversation with the legendary 38 Special vocalist nearly 12 months ago to the day, suggesting that more than enough time has passed and that this record deserves its time to shine.
 
So it is with great pleasure that MRR announces that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ will be released worldwide June 30.
 

 
And even better news for fans and collectors that have had this record in its various MP3 forms over the years, what you have isn’t the main record you’re about to hear.
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end.
 
PRE-ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' NOW! Out June 30 
 
 
 
 
 
Wed
24
May

Another DON BARNES Audio Preview - 'Ride The Strom'

Artist: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
 
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce one of the biggest releases for the label thus far! How else could you describe an album featuring Don Barnes, Dann Huff, Alan Pasqua, Jeff & Mike Porcaro, Jesse Harms and Denny Carmassi?
 
MRR will be the label finally able to extract one of the best “lost” albums of all time for an official release. Plenty have tried over the years, but timing is everything!
Nearly 30 years ago, what would have been an instant classic was relegated to storage thanks to the old story of record label machinations.
 
Of course, we are talking about the classic AOR masterpiece DON BARNES solo album ‘Ride The Storm’.
 
MelodicRock Records started a conversation with the legendary 38 Special vocalist nearly 12 months ago to the day, suggesting that more than enough time has passed and that this record deserves its time to shine.
 
So it is with great pleasure that MRR announces that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ will be released worldwide June 30.
 

 
And even better news for fans and collectors that have had this record in its various MP3 forms over the years, what you have isn’t the main record you’re about to hear.
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end.
 
PRE-ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' NOW! Out June 30 
 
 
 
 
 
Mon
22
May

DON BARNES Lost Solo Album 'Ride The Storm' Comes To MRR

Artist: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce one of the biggest releases for the label thus far! How else could you describe an album featuring Dann Huff, Alan Pasqua, Jeff & Mike Porcaro, Jesse Harms and Denny Carmassi?
 
MRR will be the label finally able to extract one of the best “lost” albums of all time for an official release. Plenty have tried over the years, but timing is everything!
Nearly 30 years ago, what would have been an instant classic was relegated to storage thanks to the old story of record label machinations.
 
Of course, we are talking about the classic AOR masterpiece DON BARNES solo album ‘Ride The Storm’.
 
MelodicRock Records started a conversation with the legendary 38 Special vocalist nearly 12 months ago to the day, suggesting that more than enough time has passed and that this record deserves its time to shine.
 
So it is with great pleasure that MRR announces that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ will be released worldwide June 30.
 

 
And even better news for fans and collectors that have had this record in its various MP3 forms over the years, what you have isn’t the main record you’re about to hear.
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end.
 
PRE-ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' NOW! Out June 30 
 
 
 
 
As there was no original artwork yet conceived for ‘Ride The Storm’, so regular MRR artist extraordinaire Nello Dell'Omo was commissioned to come up with something amazing. And that he has. In collaboration with Don, who drove the vision and MRR, the end result might just be one of his best album covers yet!
 
Two individual sets of remastering also serve the album well – it sounds as fresh, punchy and as amazing as it ever has. Thanks to JK Northrup (Rock Mix) and Brian Foraker (Alt. Mix) for their vital work.
 
It’s time Don himself jumped in with the story behind this amazing solo album:
 
“Over two decades ago, with years of success as lead singer and guitarist with 38 Special, I was given an opportunity by A&M Records to create a side solo project as an artist.  A&M suggested putting several top-rated musicians in the studio with me and I would write and co-produce the project. I set about co-writing songs and was honored to have some of the industry’s top musicians join me in the recording.
 
All of these players were extraordinary talents in the music business; the great Jeff Porcaro along with his brother Mike, respectively the drummer and bassist from the band Toto - and the best 'bottom-end foundation’ for any session - came on board to help forge a great rock record.
 
We also had the masterful veteran drummer Denny Carmassi from the band Heart, noted session keyboardist and composer Alan Pasqua from the band Giant on keyboards...along with another music titan, virtuoso guitarist and now-producer Dann Huff, all of whom brought such excellence and talent to the sessions that I just can't find enough words of praise and appreciation for them.
 
Additionally, I was privileged to work and collaborate with two extremely talented producers - Martin Briley and Brian Foraker - both of whom brought a wealth of experience and cool vibe to our sessions. We had always felt that the combination of these powerhouse players together created a very special album, a unique ‘rock classic.' Many who have heard the album say that description still remains true today.
 
Unfortunately, unexpected situations arose in the record business at that time and corporate transitions got in the way of the release date. The album was finished, mixed, and ready to go, but what started out as a great rock record turned into a series of disappointing twists and turns.  Just as it was ready to be released, A&M Records was sold through a huge global acquisition and the company changed hands several times over the years. The new company and staff had their own difficulties getting accustomed to the transition and my project was put aside without a release date.  My solo album became one of those music stories of a great rock record that started in one direction but had corporate business dealings move it to some other outcome. 
 
I'm proud to finally present my solo album, complete with extras like the 3 additional recordings in demo form left off of the original group of songs, along with a second full CD of alternate mixes. 
 
We had a great time recording these big, explosive songs, all presented here with newly re-mastered technology.  You’ll hear the intensity and spirit of the songwriting, the excellence and power of talented players, and the absolute force we delivered on the recordings. 
 
This album and these songs made it through a rough storm and they rock stronger than ever today. Turn it up and enjoy a great ride.”
 
- Don Barnes, May 2017.
 
 
And who is responsible for the contents of this album alongside Don? Quite simply the best of the best.
 
Track List and Player Credit:
 
1. Ride The Storm
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar Solos - Dann Huff / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
2. Looking For You
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys and Additional Guitar - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Pocaro
 
3. I Fall Back
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
4. Don't Look Down
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Jesse Harms / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
5. Maybe You'll Believe Me Now
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
6. I'd Do It All Over Again
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
7. Every Time We Say Goodbye
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Rhythm Guitar - Tim Pierce / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
8. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
9. After The Way
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
10. Johnny Ain't So Cool
Guitars - Don Barnes / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Keys and Guitar Solo - Martin Briley / Drums - Denny Carmassi

 
Fri
19
May

RIAN Set To Debut on MelodicRock Records July 22

Artist: 
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Categories: 
MelodicRock Records is once again tapping into the magic that is Sweden’s reservoir of talent to bring you a monster debut album from one of the country’s best young bands.
We’re very excited to announce the signing of RIAN – a melodic hard rock trio from Stockholm.
RIAN’s melodic hard rock sound is a unique combination of 80s AOR with a modern American rock sound.
 
RIAN is:
Richard Andermyr: Vocals, Guitar
Jan Johansson: Drums
Jonas Melin: Bass
 
The guys have spent the last year working on their debut album ‘Out Of The Darkness’ with producer Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye, Find Me, The Murder of My Sweet). Frontman Richard Andermyr was a fan of Daniel’s work and wanted to see if he could imagine mixing their recordings. After listening to the demos, he instantly understood the potential and said that he was ready to not only to mix, but also to produce and record their album.
 
The result is ‘Out Of The Darkness’, a powerful, melodic hard rock record that is filled with hooks, harmonies and a gritty edge that gives them an original sound. 
Their influences are many, including Bon Jovi, Chicago, Dokken, FM, Gary Moore, Giant, Journey, Metallica, Skid Row, Toto, Van Halen, Warrant, Whitesnake and Winger.
 

 
Richard Andermyr discovered his songwriting skills in the late 90s. In 2000 he moved to the USA for studies and teamed up with metal band Black Prizm. Back in Sweden Richard formed the hard rock band Whisperwave, who reached the finals in the Emergenza Festival 2 years in a row and were invited by Europe’s Ian Haugland to play live on the Swedish radio station “Rockklassiker”.
 
After spending some years playing covers, writing new material and building up his home studio, Richard teamed up with drummer Jan Johansson (Flower Punch, Kitto) in a new cover band. The musical connection was instant. Jan having heard some of Richard’s recordings, convinced him they needed to quit the cover scene and focus on original melodic hard rock. After auditioning several bassists, they found the right bass player in Jonas Melin (Asparagus, U R in Hot Water) and the lineup was complete.
 
The guys rehearsed and recorded demos in Richard’s basement; in the beginning of 2016 they started to see a strong album forming. They were right.
 
RIAN’s powerful debut album will be released worldwide on July 22 via MRR.
 
A video for RIAN’s title track ‘Out Of The Darkness’ will debut in the coming weeks.
 
 

 
 
Mon
15
May

Preorder JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION MRR Reissues

 
JIMMY DAVIS - Kick The Wall (Deluxe Edition, 2CD) and Going The Distance have been delayed by 10 days and will both be released May 29. 
 
Manufacturing set to take longer than anticipated - but ALL preorders will recieve digital audio links on the original release date of May 19 with CDs shipped when in stock.
 
MelodicRock Records is immensely proud and excited to be partnering with American musician Jimmy Davis to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Jimmy Davis & Junction's debut album 'Kick The Wall'. Working with Jimmy over the past several months, MRR will chronicle the complete history of JD&J recordings and bring that to the fans, remastered from original master sources.
MelodicRock Records and Jimmy Davis will reissue the debut album 'Kick The Wall', freshly remastered by JK Northrup along with a very special bonus. The release will feature a second disc featuring a rare live concert, 'Live At The Bottom Line', as broadcast by Westwood One in 1987.
 
But that's not all! A conversation that started well over a year ago will result in the long desired official release of one of the best unreleased melodic rock albums ever. We're talking about the phenomenal shelved sophomore Jimmy Davis & Junction album 'Going The Distance'. It's a melodic rock masterpiece.
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - The MRR Reissues Deal (Kick The Wall Deluxe 2CD and Going The Distance CD)
$32 + $5 shipping worldwide
 
 
 
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - 'Kick The Wall' (2CD $17 + $5 shipping)
 
 
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - 'Going The Distance' ($15 + $5 shipping)
 
 
 
Jimmy Davis on that debut: "In the early 80s, I met John Scott. We were put together in a theme park show replacing my favorite local bluegrass band turned rock and roll band that featured fiddle, mandolin, guitar whiz Tommy Burroughs. I was already writing and wanted to incorporate all of my influences in one band like they did. But somewhere around 1985 I wrote 'Kick the Wall' and demoed it at John's home demo studio. We knew we were on to something. We started getting noticed and joined up with a new studio in Memphis, Sounds Unreel. The studio started in our soon to be manager, Jon Hornyak's house. But they grew into a full on 24 track studio. Our hero Jack Holder and Don C Smith all took us in and we stared recording what became the debut album."
 
You could be forgiven for never hearing of the 'Going The Distance' album previously, or even be entirely unaware of Jimmy Davis and his talents as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. It's never too late to discover a masterpiece. And that's exactly what these albums represent. An extremely talented band at their very best, another victim of record label machinations.
 
Jimmy on the 'lost' album: "We starred on the second record in Memphis and ended up doing 4 or 5 songs in LA with Danny Kortchmar with Chad on drums. It took a long time and we had amazing quests, Warren Hayes co-wrote and played, Kevin Dukes from Jackson Browne's band and the Memphis Horns... But things were changing going into the 90s. Grunge for one. I was tired and frustrated, nothing made sense. We made the record for three different label presidents and it was time for a change. I wanted to do what is now called Americana. I simply walked away and 'Going the Distance' was shelved."
 
No one knows how the original recording of 'Going The Distance' leaked, probably from one of the original advance cassette that Chrysalis Records sent out when the album was touted for release back in 1990.
But that would explain the less than perfect audio that has been heavily traded by collectors ever since.
And if that's you - wait until you hear this record remastered from the original tapes!
 
The power, passion and performances on 'Going The Distance' are nothing short of melodic rock perfection.
Mixing the rootsy, natural live Midwestern rock n roll style with the commercial melodic rock sound of the day is a brilliant combination.
Imagine Bryan Adams in his 'Into The Fire' style or John Mellencamp during his 'Scarecrow' period. Add in some Charlie Sexton, John Kilzer, Richie Sambora (solo) and Jimmy's own unique style and you get an amazing record that I personally would have had on regular rotation over the last two decades had the release gone according to plan.
 
Using previously unseen original artwork for both albums - including using the original cover Jimmy wanted for 'Kick The Wall' - this is an essential purchase for longtime Jimmy Davis fans. And there is no doubt that Jimmy is going to attract a whole new group of followers with these albums available soon.
 
MRR will release the 'Kick The Wall 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' with bonus live disc and the 'Going The Distance' album May 19.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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