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Tue
19
Mar

Rock Candy Latest - NIGHT, ORPHAN, BITE THE BULLET, RIOT

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5 new Rock Candy releases are available now as follows from https://www.rockcandyrecords.com/new-releases
 
RIOT 'RESTLESS BREED' CANDY402
 
THIS WAS RIOT’S 4th album. It followed a period of intense activity both physical and emotional, having survived a series of knockbacks over the years that would have decimated lesser contenders. The fact that they had recently survived several line-up changes, an underfunded UK tour supporting Sammy Hagar and bagged a spot on the 1st Monsters Of Rock festival was a minor miracle.
 
With interest building amongst grass roots fans the future was actually beginning to look bright. That was until frontman Guy Speranza made a decision to leave the band. Fatigued by years of touring and (literally) banging his head against a brick wall, he moved aside for Rhett Forester, a man seen as a golden ticket to bigger and better things. Now signed to Elektra Records, the band once again retreated to their management’s downtown New York studio to craft ‘Restless Breed’, a record that although well received in their circles, edged the band slightly towards the centre ground. It was less the full-on NWOBHM - inspired frenetic energy of their previous records and more disposed towards power metal.
 
Still led by guitarist Mark Reale, this record was in many respects hamstrung by a new label who really didn’t know how to market their kind of act. Previous releases had benefitted from the band’s resourceful managers and an ability to connect with an underground fan base, but this time around they were left constrained by a label that refused to support them on tour and were dropping the promotional ball at every turn. Still, hats off to the band for crafting another album that still impresses to this day.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. HARD LOVIN’ MAN 2. CIA 3. RESTLESS BREED 4. WHEN I WAS YOUNG 5. LOANSHARK 6. LOVED BY YOU 7. OVER TO YOU 8. SHOWDOWN 9. DREAM AWAY 10. VIOLENT CRIMES
 
  
 
ORPHAN 'LONELY AT NIGHT' CANDY407
 
WE AT ROCK CANDY have always kept a special place in our hearts for Canadian artists, from Coney Hatch and Harlequin to Aldo Nova and all points in between. We feel there’s something unique about their songwriting and musical ability that sets them apart from their cousins in the USA. Orphan are a perfect example of this special ingredient, lending their music a magical appeal and a sound quite unlike anybody else recording at the time.
 
Formed in Winnipeg from the ashes of a band called The Pumps (who had links to obscure RCA act Max Damian) the band quickly signed to the Portrait label, an offshoot of CBS records, who were bathing in the recent and unexpected success of fellow Canadian group Loverboy. With the record label deeming their name to be too new wave leaning they switched to Orphan, a more conventional and less restrictive moniker. Recorded in New York at the world famous Power Station studios and co-produced by its owner Tony Bongiovi (cousin of Jon Bon Jovi) and Lance Quinn (Bon Jovi, Danger Danger) the album hits the melodic hard rock nail firmly on the head.
 
As one of the best Canadian albums of the era, the record embraces all the great elements that make for compelling listening; great hooks, unrelenting melody and musical ability that takes full advantage of clever arrangements. It’s a similar, but not identical, sound to both Loverboy and Aldo Nova. Check out tracks such as ‘Miracle’, ‘Saved By The Bell’, ‘Hello’ and the title track for proof. And if it’s epic widescreen songs you like then look no further than ‘Night Parade’.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new band interview and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. LONELY AT NIGHT 2. WHAT KIND OF LOVE IS THIS 3. MIRACLE 4. SHE TOLD ME 5. SAVED BY THE BELL 6. ANY TIME AT ALL 7. HELLO 8. ALL OVER THE WORLD 9. NIGHT PARADE
 
BITE THE BULLET 'S/T' CANDY378
 
IT MAKES LITTLE difference to us at Rock Candy whether a record sold a million copies or just a handful to a smattering of supportive friends and family. If the record is of a certain quality then facts and figures are irrelevant - all we’re interested in is shining a spotlight on music that has stood the test of time and continues to impress. Bite The Bullet are hardly a household name but to a select few who heard their one and only album they are one of the most invigorating and accomplished melodic rock bands of the era.
 
Formed by Mick Benton who had already had some degree of experience as a member of obscure NWOBHM related rock band Mother’s Ruin and a subsequent solo deal with Atlantic Records, that produced a well-received EP. The seeds of Bite The Bullet came together in 1986, their demos attracting the attention of industry heavyweight Don ‘Mr Big’ Arden, the notorious owner of Jet Records, home to ELO and Ozzy Osbourne, who subsequently signed them and financed their lone album. Sadly, by the late 80s, though, the label had contracted to the point where it was no longer a powerhouse.
 
Originally issued in 1989 and recorded in London, the record oozed class and sophistication, conjuring up immediate comparisons to other dynamic UK melodic rock outfits such as FM, Strangeways and Dare. Tracks such as ‘Change Of Heart’, ‘Edge Of The Rain’ and ‘Finished With Love’ showcase a band in full command of both their style and direction; a sound that could’ve been made for the American airwaves.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. CHANGE OF HEART 2. FINISHED WITH LOVE 3. EDGE OF THE RAIN 4. FAITH HEALING 5. COLD SURPRISE 6. RUNNING TO STAND STILL 7. DARK AGE 8. PLAYING AT LOVE 9. BIG MOUNTAIN 10. SAILORS SONG 11. WATERSHED
 
  
 
NIGHT 'S/T' CANDY379
 
THE STORY BEHIND Night is arguably one of the most intriguing and, by implication, frustrating in the history of rock. As a mini supergroup, with a super-slick FM radio style, they had the potential to fit neatly into the heavy-hitting platinum rock niche occupied by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, the Doobie Brothers and Air Supply. However, despite signing to an American record label and giving birth to two hit singles, their valiant efforts to compete fell short of expectations.
 
It’s therefore surprising to know that the band were actually formed in the UK, by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band lead vocalist Chris Thompson (he sang on the #1 single ‘Blinded By The Light’), together with celebrated backing vocalist Stevie Lange (wife of ‘Mutt’ Lange). Indeed, the band were well-known faces on the UK pub and club circuit before being unexpectedly signed up by Planet Records, a US-based label helmed by celebrated producer Richard Perry (Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Pointer Sisters). The band moved to Los Angeles, and Perry recorded the album over an exhaustive twelve months, enlisting the help of special guest players, including Bobby LaKind, Steve Porcaro and Michael McDonald.
 
The results are pretty spectacular. Musically the sound was very much in vogue with FM radio, featuring strident yet powerful rock tracks and emotive power ballads. It was an album that yielded two American hit singles with ‘If You Remember Me’ and the anthemic ‘Hot Summer Nights’. However, despite this chart success, the album failed to perform as well as it might have been expected and it was back to the drawing board for the follow up.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. HOT SUMMER NIGHTS  2. COLD WIND ACROSS MY HEART 3. IF YOU’VE GOTTA MAKE A FOOL OF SOMEBODY 4. AIN’T THAT PECULIAR 5. IF YOU REMEMBER ME 6. COME AROUND (IF YOU WANT ME) 7. YOU AIN’T PRETTY ENOUGH 8. SHOCKED 9. LOVE MESSAGE 10. PARTY SHUFFLE
 
NIGHT 'LONG DISTANCE' CANDY380
 
ARGUABLY NIGHT ARE one of the great lost acts of the late 70s/early 80s. Formed in London as a somewhat ad-hoc pub rock band going under the handle of Filthy McNasty, and fronted by two superlative vocalists, Chris Thompson (of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) and Stevie Lange (wife of superproducer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange). They secured a loyal following on the club circuit and were eventually offered a record deal from Planet Records, an American-based label affiliated to Warner Bros.
 
Night’s debut album certainly garnered critical and commercial attention, enough in fact to secure two hit singles in the lucrative American market place. Whilst the album stalled sales wise, the future still looked extremely promising and so with enthusiastic support they set about recording the follow-up record, ‘Long Distance’. Whilst the debut had been recorded during an extensive sojourn in Los Angeles, this time around, mainly for financial reasons, they opted to record in London. They also chose to switch producer and enlisted the services of bright young upstart Tim Friese-Green (Touch, Praying Mantis). It was a wise decision, as the album showcased a more strident style, moving away from the previous comparison to Fleetwood Mac, towards more forceful and harder rock laced with tougher guitars and solid hooks, a sound somewhat reminisant of REO Speedwagon and Survivor.
 
Released in 1980, the album, despite its sound quality and the undeniably good song writing displayed, failed to ignite commercial interest. It also suffered from label politics, with Planet Records dropping the band and album, despite some great reviews and encouraging reactions at several American FM radio stations. But ‘Long Distance’ is one of the best overlooked albums of the era.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork with unpublished photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. DR. ROCK  2. DON’T BREAK MY HEART 3. LOVE ON THE AIRWAVES 4. THE LETTER 5. CALLIN’ ME BACK 6. YOU CRIED WOLF 7. STEALIN’ 8. MISS YOU (LIKE I DO) 9. DAY AFTER DAY 10. GOOD TO BE BACK IN YOUR ARMS
 
 
Tue
05
Dec

ROCK CANDY Issue 5 Out Now: RANDY RHOADS

Rock Candy Mag
The New ‘Old School’ Rock Mag By The Writers Who Were There

Now available in the shops, and online with a free digital download at www.rockcandymag.com


It Just Got Even Louder!
Issue 5 of Rock Candy Mag (December 2017 - January 2018) is here, packed to the rafters witth fantastic features and photos from rock’s greatest era, including-
RANDY RHOADS
RANDY RHOADS - Remembering OOzzy’s guitar genius who died 35 years ago.
MÖTLEY CRÜE
MÖTLEY CRÜE - Behind the sccenes on their wildest tour.
BON SCOTT
BON SCOTT - New revelations about thee unforgettable AC/DC frontman.
JUDAS PRIEST
JUDAS PRIEST - Unleashed In The East..
CHEAP TRICK
CHEAP TRICK - The making of  --At Budokan’.
ANTHRAX
ANTHRAX - Scott Ian opens up on everrything.
WHITE LION
WHITE LION - They demand respect!
LED ZEPPELIN
LED ZEPPELIN - Diamond Head guitarisst Brian Tatler picks his all-time favourite moments.
MARK WEISS+
MARK WEISS - The legendary rock phottographer shares his greatest images.
 
AND NOT FORGETTING-
Ian Astbury
The Cult’s Ian Astbury and his trouser ironing fetish.
Rock Candy Magazine is a bi-monthly physical mag, with a free digital download for those who buy online. Yes, it’s actually printed on actual paper!

It’s the brainchild of Derek Oliver, Howard Johnson and Malcolm Dome, three Kerrang! writers who lived it all in the ’80s.

It’s aimed at the discerning fan who wants to wallow in nostalgia and relive the glory days of classic rock.

Rock Candy Mag is available from UK retailers and in shops around the world via distribution from industry giant Marketforce. Also available direct from us at www.rockcandymag.com

It’s 100 pages of the purest classic rock from the ’70s and ’80s, with no room for punk, new wave, skinny tie pop or post-industrial claptrap! And it’s all treated with respect and illustrated with the finest photography of the era.

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Thu
03
Aug

ROCK CANDY Issue 3 Out Now: SCORPIONS

 
The New ‘Old School’ Rock Mag By The Writers Who Were There
It just got louder!
Issue 3 of Rock Candy Mag (August-Sepptember 2017) is here, packed to the rafters with features and photos from rock’s greatest era, including-
SCORPIONS
SCORPIONS - The band reveall the real stories behind their most famous photos
STYX
STYX - Dennis De Young wants one more tourr
VAN HALEN
VAN HALEN - The ‘1984’ albbum goes under the Rock Candy microscope
MANOWAR
MANOWAR - The most misunderstood band in mmetal?
URIAH HEEP
URIAH HEEP - Vocal disharmony
PANTERA
PANTERA - The rise and rise of the Dallass Cowboys
FREE
FREE - Mr. Big’s Eric Martin reviiews Free’s catalogue
GREAT WHITE
GREAT WHITE - Jack Russell on why he-’s never getting back with the band
 
AND NOT FORGETTING-
ROBERT PLANT
ROBERT PLANT - He owes us 50 quid
Rock Candy Magazine is a new bi-monthly physical mag, with a digital download thrown in. Yes, it’s actually printed on actual paper!

It’s the brainchild of Derek Oliver, Howard Johnson and Malcolm Dome, three Kerrang! writers who lived it all in the ’80s.

It’s aimed at the discerning fan who wants to wallow in nostalgia and relive the glory days of classic rock.

Rock Candy Mag isn’t available in the shops. You can only get it through our website at www.rockcandymag.com

It’s 100 pages of the purest classic rock from the ’70s and ’80s, with no room for punk, new wave, skinny tie pop or post-industrial claptrap! And it’s all treated with respect and illustrated with the finest photography of the era.

 

 
Tue
04
Jul

Rock Candy Records Latest - BAD ENGLISH, ALANNAH MYLES, DOKKEN, JETBOY

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The following six new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com
 
ALANNAH MYLES ‘S/T’ CANDY354
 
WHEN CANADIAN CHANTEUSE Alannah Myles issued her debut album few expected it to attain a level of success that would elevate her to international acclaim and see her become one of the biggest selling female artists of the era. Alannah continues to exude an undeniable air of confidence, but the sheer scale of her accomplishment and the ramifications of the exposure are, in many respects, still being felt by her to this very day.
Born and raised in Toronto, Alannah’s rise to fame was initially littered with frustration and slow progress but bolstered by an unshakeable belief in her abilities. It was this faith in her own talent that fuelled her determination to succeed at all costs, eventually winning an impressive deal with Atlantic Records in the US. Her debut album issued in 1989, and produced by fellow Canadian David Tyson, is a record that mined the lucrative space between all out hard rock and considered pop.
On this record, we are left in no doubt as to Alannah’s vocal credentials. Raspy, sultry and uniquely distinctive her voice permeated a work that had immediate appeal, from cock-sure rockers such as ‘Still Got This Thing For You’, ‘Kick Start My Heart’ and ‘Rock This Joint’ to heart rending ballads like ‘Lover Of Mine’ and ‘Who Loves You’. But of course it’s the huge international hit single ‘Black Velvet’ that created her position in the marketplace, helping to propel the album to sales in excess of 6 million units worldwide.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. STILL GOT THIS THING  2. LOVE IS  3. BLACK VELVET  4. ROCK THIS JOINT  5. LOVER OF MINE  6. KICK START MY HEART  7. IF YOU WANT TO  8. JUST ONE KISS  9. WHO LOVES YOU  10. HURRY MAKE LOVE
 
  
 
MICHAEL WHITE ‘S/T’ CANDY350
 
MICHAEL WHITE’S STORY has always been closely linked to the ghost of Led Zeppelin by virtue of the fact that he fronts one of the world’s preeminent Zeppelin tribute acts, The White. Over the years he has carved out a lucrative career presenting an accurate and entertaining testimonial to an act that redefined the course of rock music.
Interestingly, Michael’s stab at solo success included an unexpectedly successful entrée into the business. Encouraged by Robert Plant himself, he submitted demos to Atlantic Records that were eventually sanctioned by the most important executive at the label, namely label founder, and the man who originally signed Zeppelin, Ahmet Ertegun. Label hopes were high that Michael could cut an impressive solo album and not entirely ape Zeppelin’s sound.
Paired with hot-shot producer Mack (Queen, Billy Squier) he was sent to Munich to record, but problems emerged almost immediately when Mack dismissed Michael’s band (incuding future W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper and former Moxy drummer Danny Bilan) after only a handful of tracks had been taped. Michael suddenly felt that the project slipping away from him when Mack insisted on using session players and utilising electronic programming.
Issued in 1987, the album received positive acclaim for not only its content but also the way it steered clear of immediate Zeppelin comparisons. Indeed, if anything, the record displayed a decided nod to solo era Robert Plant, and it boasted an impressive selection of wide-screen epics such as ‘Matriarch’, ‘One Good Turn’, ‘Fantasy’ and the crowning glory ‘Psychometry’.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. FANTASY  2. I KNOW YOU NEED SOMEONE  3. BRING ON THE NIGHT  4. MATRIARCH  5. ONE GOOD TURN  6.    PSYCHOMETRY  7. DÉJÀ VU  8. JUMPIN’ THE FENCE  9. RADIO  10. DIRTY DANCER
 
JETBOY ‘FEEL THE SHAKE’ CANDY329
 
WHEN YOU THINK about the LA rock scene from the mid eighties there were a lot of winners (Guns N’Roses, Poison, Motley Crue) and a heck of a lot of losers. However, in a strange alternative universe, many of the also ran’s were more revered than the pantheon of heavy hitters. Take Jet Boy for instance, one of the most revered acts on the scene who, through no fault of their own, were lost to obscurity yet attracted a devoted and passionate fan following.
Formed initially in San Francisco, the band, like so many others, soon gravitated to Los Angeles where they cemented their line up, including former Hanoi Rocks bassist Sam Yaffa, and rubbed shoulders with other hopefuls in a scene that was rapidly exploding. In late 1986 they signed a coveted record deal with Elektra Records and set about recording their debut album with British producer Tom Allom (Judas Priest, Def Leppard and Krokus etc). However once the record was completed disaster struck when Elektra reshaped their roster and cast the band adrift
Fortunately MCA Records snapped up the band issuing ‘Feel The Shake’ in 1988. Informed by the sounds of the Rolling Stones, The CULT, Guns ‘N’ Roses and, most succinctly, Hanoi Rocks, the record won much acclaim but failed to connect commercially. Songs such as ‘Bad Disease’, ‘Fire In My Heart’, ‘Snake Bite’ and the title track, lodge them in the top echelon of low slung guitar mavericks.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. FEEL THE SHAKE  2. MAKE SOME NOISE  3. BAD DISEASE  4. FIRE IN MY HEART  5. HOMETOWN BLUES  6. LOCKED IN A CAGE  7. TALKIN’  8.  HARD CLIMB  9. BLOODSTONE  10.  SNAKEBITE
 
  
 
STONE FURY ‘BURNS LIKE A STAR’ CANDY355
 
WE’VE SAID IT before and, no doubt we’ll be saying it in the future, that some records sink into obscurity with no obvious explanation. Quality and class, it would appear, don’t always lead to success in the music business, leaving omissions from the list of winners that have no obvious reasons. The fate of Stone Fury is one such example; an exemplary band, with great songs and superb musical arrangements, left behind at the starting gate, whilst others with lesser abilities made larger commercial impact.
Based in Los Angeles, and formed by the talented duo of German born singer Lenny Wolf (who would later taste success as the leader of Kingdom Come) and American guitarist Bruce Gowdy, Stone Fury concocted an immediately identifiable sound that led to much industry interest. The band’s demo eventually secured them a coveted deal with the giant MCA Corporation. Utilising the services of top British producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Free, Hughes/Thrall), their album was recorded in Los Angeles and issued in 1984, to strong critical reaction but, surprisingly, precious few sales.
Very much a heavy yet melodic outfit, their sound appeared to lean towards the 70s but Wolf’s near falsetto vocal style gave the songs a contemporary edge, bolstered by Gowdy’s impressive guitar work and adventurous, sometimes progressive, musicianship. Not to put too fine a point on it, songs such as ‘Break Down The Walls’, ‘I Hate To Sleep Alone’ and ‘Hold It’ show the band to be superior composers, with the ballad ‘Life Is Too Lonely’ easily demonstrating an ability to take the music to more emotional heights. Certainly an album that requires a lot more recognition.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1.  BREAK DOWN THE WALLS  2.  I HATE TO SLEEP ALONE  3.  LIFE IS TOO LONELY  4.  DON’T TELL ME WHY  5.  MAMAS LOVE  6.  BURNS LIKE A STAR  7.  TEASE  8.  HOLD IT  9.  SHANNON YOU LOSE
 
BAD ENGLISH ‘S/T’ CANDY320
 
THERE WERE MANY attempts at piecing together supergroups during the late 80s but few were as successful as Bad English, a project born from the mash-up of two hugely influential outfits, namely the Babys (John Waite, Ricky Philips) and Journey (Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon and, later, Deen Costronovo). Both groups had featured talent to die for so anticipation was extremely high for this noble alliance, Fortunately, unlike similar collaborations, the results were spectacular, leaving no one in any doubt that Bad English had delivered a cornerstone record, one that is still revered to this day.
Fronted by the stunning and instantly identifiable voice of John Waite, and ably supported by guitar firebrand Neal Schon, the album contains a brace of superior tracks that elevated the record to platinum status and beyond. Signed to the Epic Records label and produced by Richie Zito (Eddie Money, Cheap Trick, Heart) it boasted no less than five hit singles, including ‘Price Of Love’ and the chart topping #1 power ballad ‘When I See You Smile’. It was a record constructed with pin point accuracy crushing the competition by a country mile.
Issued in June 1989, their commercial accomplishments belies the band’s true depth, a powerhouse rock band laying down the law with grit and determination, as demonstrated on tracks like ‘Possession’, ‘Best Of What I Got’, ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Rockin’ Horse’;  all scorching examples of a style and sound that has not diminished one jot over time. No wonder the album sold Platinum and beyond.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. BEST OF WHAT I GOT  2. HEAVEN IS A 4 LETTER WORD  3.  POSSESSION  4.  FORGET ME NOT  5.  WHEN I SEE YOU SMILE  6.  TOUGH TIMES DON’T LAST  7.  GHOST IN YOUR HEART 8. PRICE OF LOVE  9.  READY WHEN YOU ARE  10.  LAY DOWN 11. THE RESTLESS ONES  12.  ROCKIN’ HORSE  13.  DON’T WALK AWAY  BONUS TRACKS: 14.  PRICE OF LOVE (REMIX)  15.  FORGET ME NOT (REMIX)
 
 
DOKKEN ‘BEAST FROM THE EAST’ CANDY345
 
THE IMPRESSIVE THING about Dokken was that they not only crafted great songs, looking and sounding very much like the archetypical eighties LA rock band, but that they were also an extremely musically gifted unit. Each member was at the cutting edge of their craft, delivering maximum impact in both the studio and on stage. This combined talent produced several big selling albums and paved the way for the recording of this their career-defining double live album.
However, all was not well within the ranks of the band. Leader and vocalist Don Dokken and guitarist extraordinaire George Lynch were involved in a long running feud, one that was played out in public, but one which also added colour to the project, giving the band an edge that provided a palpable frisson to their appeal. In many respects ‘Beast From The East’ benefits from this tension, giving the music a sense of purpose and energy that easily eclipsed the studio recordings.
Taped in Tokyo in early 1988, during an eight date Japanese tour, and released later that year, the record received tremendous reviews and featured seriously impressive versions of Dokken classics such as ‘Dream Warriors’, ‘Unchain The Night’, ‘In My Dreams and ‘Just Got Lucky’. George Lynch’s guitar playing is off the hook, while the rest of the band lay down the law like men possessed. Look out too for a new studio track ‘Walk Away’, giving some indication of where the band might have gone had they remained together.”
 
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TRACK LISTING:  DISC ONE:  1.   UNCHAIN THE NIGHT  2.   TOOTH AND NAIL  3.   STANDING IN THE SHADOWS  4.   SLEEPLESS NIGHT  5.   DREAM WARRIORS  6.   KISS OF DEATH  7.   WHEN HEAVEN COMES DOWN  8.   INTO THE FIRE  9.   MR. SCARY.  DISC TWO:  1.    HEAVEN SENT  2.   IT’S NOT LOVE  3.   ALONE AGAIN  4.   JUST GOT LUCKY  5.   BREAKING THE CHAINS  6.   IN MY DREAMS  7.   TURN ON THE ACTION  8.   WALK AWAY
 
 
Tue
21
Feb

Rock Candy Records Latest - 707, KING KOBRA, CREED, OUTLAWS

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The following seven new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price.
 
KING KOBRA 'READY TO STRIKE' CANDY298

“ALTHOUGH THE AMERICAN market place was bursting with many great, hip thrusting rock bands during the 1980’s, some of them multi-platinum sellers such as Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot and RATT, there was always, we thought, room for talented new contenders. For King Kobra this was an invitation from heaven, launching onto a landscape that was primed for production of killer hard rock, shifting enormous quantities of it, and ruling the airwaves.

Formed in California in 1984, by seasoned drummer Carmine Appice (Cactus, Beck Bogart & Appice, Rod Stewart) 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. Musically they received plaudits for their compelling energy infused riffs, shout-it-out-loud hooks and high-flying vocals.
Produced by Spencer Proffer (Quiet Riot, WASP, Cheap Trick) and signed to Capitol Records, the band’s debut album, ‘Ready To Strike’, was originally issued in 1985, and 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, made for an arresting and compelling moment in a genre that is often underappreciated and misunderstood. Certainly this record is one of the best examples of mid 80’s hard rock ever created.” 

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TRACK LISTING: 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

 
KING KOBRA 'THE THRILL OF A LIFETIME' CANDY299

“FOR A TIME it seemed that King Kobra could do no wrong. When they released their debut album ‘Ready To Strike’ in 1985, great things were expected from the five-piece, led by celebrated drummer Carmine Appice (Cactus, Jeff Beck, Blue Murder). Appice had come up with the idea for the band when he left Ozzy Osbourne’s touring line-up in 1983. In fact, he had a clear vision for an image, based on the reverse of Mötley Crüe’s four brunettes and one blonde look.

‘Thrill Of A Lifetime’, their sophomore album, originally issued in 1986 and produced by their previous studio co-hort Spencer Proffer (Quiet Riot, WASP, Cheap Trick), 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 Survivor. It was a brave move alright and one that should have generated larger sales but, sadly, the prevailing musical winds were by this time blowing in the wrong direction, leaving the band floundering within a record company that was fast losing faith.
The material however was top notch, 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 this album’s immense appeal.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, BONUS TRACK, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK WITH UNSEEN PHOTOS. 

TRACK LISTING: 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)

 
  
 
THE OUTLAWS 'PLAYIN' TO WIN' CANDY321

“DURING THE 1970s Southern Rock music was at its zenith. Several groups reigned supreme, helping to fly the confederate flag loud and proud, whilst also receiving huge commercial accolades and setting out a mandate that would carry through to the next decade. The Outlaws were one of the movement’s most accomplished acts, securing a prime position in the southern rock hierarchy because they delivered the goods time after time.

Following a career defining double live album, the band made preparations for their fourth studio album, one that would not only showcase their roots but also pave the way for the future. To do this they tapped into a new producer, Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange, then just another rising star with, at the time, no global success. Recognising a creative genius, the band set about recording ‘Playing To Win’ in Georgia with Lange at the Helm and Rodney Mills (.38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd) in the engineer’s seat. This was to prove a highly potent combination.
Originally issued in 1978, the album showcased a band in search of something fresh but not crazy enough to abandon their heritage. As you might expect, the focus with Lange in the driving seat was on songs and melody, showcasing a style that sounded big, beefy and highly commercial. This was also a record to feature new guitarist Freddie Salem, a man who plied his trade with copious amounts of brawn, helping the band to evolve into a heavier rock rather than a country rock outfit. Check out songs such as ‘Take It Anyway You Want It’ and ‘You Are The Show’ for proof.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND UNSEEN PHOTOS. 

TRACK LISTING: 1. TAKE IT ANYWAY YOU WANT IT 2.    CRY SOME MORE 3. YOU ARE THE SHOW 4. YOU CAN HAVE IT 5. IF DREAMS CAME TRUE 6. A REAL GOOD FEELIN’ 7. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT 8. FALLING RAIN 9.    DIRTY CITY

 
CREED 'S/T' CANDY330

“WE’VE SAID IT once and, no doubt, we’ll be saying it many more times in the future, but Memphis, despite its authentic blues heritage, gave birth to a number of great rock acts that are still remembered with great affection, despite the fact that they may not have topped the national or, indeed, international charts. Chief amongst them were Target and Creed. Two bands that gave it their all, recording for major labels and making a splash that still shake the foundations to this day.

For Creed the road to recognition was, like most acts of the era, strewn with disappointment, and difficulties that ultimately brought the band to its knees, despite valiant attempts to overcome the obstacles. Signed to the prestigious Elektra/Asylum label (home of the Eagles) the band’s initial prospects looked bright but progress would soon grind to a halt when they were paired with a country-pop producer who toned down the band’s hard rock edge, looking to tame their sound and position them closer to the AOR style popular at the time.
But the album didn’t neuter their style completely, and leaves us in no doubt about the band’s hard rock heart. It was a tough, lean and mean sound, sitting somewhere between the Southern rock style of Molly Hatchet and the raw punch of late 70s hard rock acts such as Aerosmith. With tracks like ‘Keep On Rockin’, ‘Tied Down’ and the explosive ‘Firecracker’ leading the way, it right and proper to re-evaluate this album from the finest Memphis hard rock stable.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 6 BONUS TRACKS, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK WITH UNSEEN PHOTOS. 

TRACK LISTING: 1. KEEP ON ROCKIN’ 2. TIED DOWN 3. FIRECRACKER 4. YOU NEVER SEE IT THAT WAY 5. WE’RE GONNA MAKE IT 6. JUST CAN’T STOP 7. TOO PROUD TO CRY 8. CAN’T FIND LOVE 9. TIME AND TIME AGAIN BONUS TRACKS: 10. YOU NEVER SEE IT THAT WAY (LIVE) 11. WE NEED YA (LIVE) 12. CRAZY WOMAN (LIVE) 13. CAN'T FIND LOVE (LIVE) 14. TIME AND TIME AGAIN (LIVE) 15. LIVIN' IN DREAMS (DEMO)

 
  
 
707 'S/T' CANDY331

“THERE’S NO question that 707 had one of the most distinctive sounds of any band emerging from the late 70s. Most melodic west coast rock acts of the era were powered almost exclusively by loud guitars, but the twist in 707’s style was the prominent use of grand piano as a lead instrument. Amazingly, however, this didn’t in anyway compromise their power. Indeed, the piano became a method of musical propulsion that leant them a unique and instantly identifiable character.

Formed in Los Angeles during the late 70s, and led by guitarist/vocalist Kevin Russell and keyboard player Duke McFadden, this talented four-piece scored a coveted record deal with the Casablanca label, one of the hottest companies operating at the time. Recorded and issued in 1980, their self titled debut album made an instant impact, encouraging comparisons to Toto, REO Speedwagon and Chicago. The songs were well written, superbly performed and imbued with a sense of maturity far outstripping their relatively tender years of existence.
It was also a record that took everyone by surprise, including their label, when the opening track, ‘I Could Be Good For You’, emerged as an unlikely hit single when radio stations in America’s heartland started to play the song of their own accord. But that’s not to say they were a one trick pony as the record contained a number of tremendous tracks, including ‘Let Me Live My Life’, ‘Save Me’ and the epic ‘You Who Needs To Know’.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK. 

TRACK LISTING: 1. I COULD BE GOOD FOR YOU 2. LET ME LIVE MY LIFE 3. ONE WAY HIGHWAY 4. SAVE ME 5. YOU WHO NEEDS TO KNOW 6. SLOW DOWN 7. FEEL THIS WAY 8. WASTE OF TIME 9. WHOLE LOT BETTER

707 'THE SECOND ALBUM' CANDY332
“NO ONE WAS more surprised than the band when it emerged that 707, an obscure baby act from Los Angeles who had recently released their debut album, suddenly had a hit single on their hands. ‘I Could Be Good For You’, a forceful rock track propelled by a grand piano, and even though they were signed to Casablanca Records it had all the hallmarks of an organic birth. It was enough of a success story to ensure that the band would head back into the studio to record a now highly anticipated second album.
Enlisting the assistance of producer Jai Winding (Le Roux, Stephen Crane) and recorded in Los Angeles, the band’s sophomore album (cunningly titled ‘The Second Album’) solidified their potential, albeit with the loss of pianist Duke McFadden who left the band for pastures new. His departure was quite a traumatic blow but they weren’t holed beneath the waterline because the other members rose to the challenge with a defiant show of force.
Issued in 1980, the album showcased  a more forceful approach, something more in keeping with the AOR zeitgeist of the day and evoking comparisons this time around with Journey, Foreigner and Cheap Trick. Showcasing this harder edge, tracks such as ‘Tonite’s Your Nite’, ‘Rockin’ Is Easy’ and the glorious ‘Strings Around My Heart’ elevate the band into the stratosphere. If it wasn’t for the implosion of Casablanca Records the record could’ve have been a huge commercial success.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK WITH UNSEEN PHOTOS. 


 
  

TRACK LISTING: 1. TONITE’S YOUR NIGHT 2. MILLIONAIRE 3.    LIVE WITH THE GIRL 4. STRINGS AROUND MY HEART 5. PRESSURE RISE 6. ROCKIN’ IS EASY 7. CITY LIFE 8. LIVE WITHOUT HER 9. LOVE ON THE RUN 10. THE PARTY’S OVER
707 'MEGA FORCE' CANDY333
“IT APPEARS THAT nearly every band back in the day experienced a never ending stream of difficulties, a series of ups and downs that made even basic existence almost impossible. For 707 the situation was no different. Their debut album produced an unexpected hit single, but Casablanca Records failed to fuel the fire and by the time they released a follow up album they were hearing rumours about the label’s unstable financial position. Indeed, a third album was recorded but had to be shelved when Casablanca finally crashed and burnt.
Amazingly, a life line was thrown by their old label boss Neil Bogart when he set up a new company, Broadwalk records, and offered the band a fresh start. Recruiting a new lead vocalist/frontman, Kevin Chalfant, the band also received a leg up when they were asked to write songs for a new action movie, ‘MagaForce’, helping to give them much needed promotion and exposure. It was a tremendous opportunity, spoilt only by the movie’s lacklustre box office performance.
Opting to continue in a more forceful direction, the band’s sound evoked comparisons to Journey, REO Speedwagon and Night Ranger, placing the emphasis on solid riffs and memorable songs. For example the title track ‘Mega Force’, ‘Get To You’, ‘Write Again’ and Can’t Hold Back’. The record is now regarded as a true underground classic, harbouring, as it does, a prime, melodic, AOR sound to die for.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 6 BONUS TRACKS, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK WITH UNSEEN PHOTOS. 

TRACK LISTING: 1. MEGA FORCE 2.    CAN’T HOLD BACK 3. GET TO YOU 4. OUT OF THE DARK 5. HELL OR HIGH WATER 6. WE WILL LAST 7. HELLO GIRL 8. WRITE AGAIN 9. NO BETTER FEELING 10. HEARTBEAT BONUS TRACKS: 11. EAGLE ONE 12. MEGA STOMP 13. MEGA FORCE (ALT VERSION) 14. EAGLE ONE (INSTRUMENTAL) 15. THE FLOAT 16. MEGA FORCE (LIVE)

 
 
In other Rock Candy news - the label has introduced a range of Rock Candy T-shirts and a baseball cap for sale on the website:  www.rockcandyrecords.com
 
  
 
Tue
22
Nov

ROCK CANDY RECORDS Announce Launch Of USA Operation

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ROCK CANDY RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF U.S. OPERATION WITH 4 NEWLY AVAILABLE COMPACT DISC TITLES SET FOR RELEASE NOVEMBER 18, 2016
ALBUM PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW FOR DELUXE DISC RE-RELEASES FROM SAMMY HAGAR, THE NYMPHS, SALTY DOG AND TYKETTO
RED DISTRIBUTION TO DISTRIBUTE ROCK CANDY RECORDS IN NORTH AMERICA
 
The times they are a-changing, but luckily there remains one constant: great music will live forever and in the catalogue and reissue world that has never been more relevant.
In the land of rock, that’s hard rock, heavy rock, classic rock or, call it what you will rock, no label has won more acclaim and earned respect than Rock Candy Records. Owned and founded by former music journalist and A&R man Derek Oliver, Rock Candy has focused on breathing life into records that deserve a place in the pantheon of rock history.
 
Operating out of London, England for the last eight years, the label specialises in revisiting some of the most important and significant records from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
From Ted Nugent to Rick Springfield, by way of Quiet Riot, Dokken, Billy Squier, Toto, Ratt, R.E.O. Speedwagon, L.A. Guns, Ace Frehley, Hanoi Rocks, and Kansas, the label has re-activated some of the greatest records of the last forty years, buffing them up, and re-positioning them as 24 Karat diamonds. To date, Rock Candy has re-released over 300 titles in Europe.
 
Rock Candy has made a concerted effort to dig deep and unearth a string of lesser known acts and records ripe for reappraisal, albums that have always been hot on the collectors market but overlooked at the time of release or just slipped below the surface through no fault of their own. Records by Montrose (the band who wrote the track that inspired the company’s name), Hughes/Thrall, The Godz, Blue Murder, Smashed Gladys, Girl and Blackfoot) have all been brought back to life for a victory lap. Having conquered Europe, Rock Candy has now set up shop in North America, happily partnering with industry powerhouse RED Distribution.
It’s a match made in rock n’ roll heaven and one that will shortly see the launch of a U.S. offensive, starting with four tantalising titles on Friday, November 18.
 
RED President Bob Morelli comments, “Derek Oliver’s Rock Candy imprint and RED are a perfect fit. Already a leader in unearthing the best in-demand out of print rock titles in Europe, the label joins RED like-minded music strategy in the U.S. As we outpace industry growth in vinyl Market Share, the addition of Rock Candy will help keep that trend alive and we are thrilled to have them on board.”
 
Keep an eye and, especially, an ear out for future offerings, but for now please raise a glass and join us for a toast to the imminent arrival of the following four solid gold classics all released on Friday, November 18. 
These forthcoming CD titles along with limited-edition select merch are available for pre-order now at the newly launched Rock Candy U.S. storefront.
 
Visit http://merchnow.com/catalogs/rock-candy-records now for more information
 
NYMPHS - S/T
SAMMY HAGAR - ALL NIGHT LONG
SALTY DOG - EVERYDOG HAS IT’S DAY
TYKETTO - DON’T COME EASY
 
Mon
03
Oct

Rock Candy Records Latest - MARCUS, MAYDAY & BAD BOY

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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The following five new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere ending on October 16th.
 
MARCUS 'S/T' CANDY314
 
THIS ALBUM IS a truly a remarkable artefact. Originally issued in 1976 to little or no acclaim, the record, despite it striking cover art and incendiary contents, sank without trace until British music publication Sounds afforded the record a glowing lead review. Aficionados and avid fans of hard rock began a frantic search to obtain copies and were pleased to find that the praise was indeed well deserved. By then, however, the band had already spilt up, disillusioned by a lack of interest and receiving zero promotion.
 
It was an incredibly unfortunate set of circumstances as the album is a true classic, a mid seventies hard rock album with the reach and depth of a band that, without a doubt, should have risen to the very heights of success. Formed in Detroit by leader and vocalist Marcus Malone (a former member of Mitch Rider's Detroit Wheels), the group was discovered and brought to Los Angeles by 60s soul legend Ike Turner, who secured them a deal with United Artists Records.
 
Produced by Stuart Alan Love (Phoenix, Black Sheep) the album resonates with impressive depth and maturity. The music is both accomplished and bold, fusing the grand swagger of Aerosmith with the progressive heaviness of Deep Purple. Featuring three lead guitars soloing away in a triple attack formation, alongside intricately arranged material, the record boasts a bevy of classic cuts, including 'Black Magic', Salmon Ball', 'Pillow Stars' and 'Highschool Ladies Streetcorner Babies'. An incredible statement of intent from one of the world's best kept secrets and, sadly, greatest losses.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW WITH MARCUS MALONE AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. BLACK MAGIC 2. SALMON BALL 3. KELLY 4. GYPSY FEVER 5. PILLOW STARS 6. HIGHSCHOOL LADIES STREETCORNER BABIES 7. DREAM WHEEL 8. RISE UNTO FALCON
 
  
 
MAYDAY 'S/T' CANDY288
 
WE AT ROCK Candy are often asked to reissue rarities and obscurities. With that in mind we have recently turned our attention to a number of acts that do indeed deserve our full attention despite the fact that they barely registered a blip on the rock radar at the time of release. Mayday are a case in point, being a truly outstanding unit that offered a refreshing and compelling alternative to the mega selling acts of the day yet, for whatever reason, were criminally overlooked at the time.
 
Initially called Sun, and formed in the mid to late seventies, with their roots in Chicago but basing themselves in New York City, Mayday plugged themselves into Manhattan's burgeoning club scene, playing underground clubs such as CBGB's, Great Gildersleeves and Max's Kansas City. It was this live circuit that helped to toughen the band up, winning them the attention of an independent production company who bank rolled the start of their debut album and helped them to sign to industry leaders A&M records.
 
Issued in 1981, the album was received with glowing reviews and set in motion a dedicated following amongst fans of perfectly executed melodic hard rock blessed with interesting twists and turns. The album boasts a number of superbly written and performed tracks, highlighting Steve Johnstad's captivating voice (compared on occasion with Steve Perry) and the biting guitar work of Randy Fredrix. Biggest surprise on offer is their inspired and indeed rousing version of the Starz classic 'So Young So Bad'.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. CHICAGO NIGHTS 2. SO YOUNG SO BAD 3. NEW YORK CITY 4. LOCO LOVE 5. LIFE IN SPACE 6. LOVE AFFAIR 7. INNOCENT BYSTANDER 8. GETAWAY 9. FAMILIAR FACES 10. ONCE UPON A TIME
 
MAYDAY 'REVENGE' CANDY289
 
NEW YORK CITY has, over the years, been home to a number of great rock acts, but during the early eighties it was fast losing ground to its west coast geographical rival, Los Angeles. NYC, for all its bravado, was actually more enamoured by the burgeoning alternative and power pop scene, scratch below the surface though and you could find several hard rock acts storming through, sticking bravely to a diet of tough-guy guitar work and well written melodic songs. Step forward Mayday, one such example of the city's hard rock counter movement.
 
Based in NYC, but with roots in Chicago, Mayday's debut album, for the well-respected independent label A&M, certainly put them on the map, helping to earmark them as an outfit to watch. The label's belief carried forward to the recording of their second album, albeit with a slightly revised line up but still retaining key member's, guitarist and song writer Randy Fredrix and vocalist Steve Johnstad ' the dynamic duo's creativity reaching a new level of confidence.
 
Issued in 1982, 'Revenge' showcases the band sharpening their approach and toughening up their chops, but without sacrificing a well-honed sense of melody and execution. It's all credit to the band that some of the songs showcase quirky twists that help to elevate them beyond the competition and lend a contemporary sheen to their sound.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. REVENGE 2. FIRST IMPRESSIONS 3. MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT 4. CHERRY 5. READY OR NOT 6. MYSTERY 7. IDENTITY 8. CRUISIN' 9. THIS GIRLS ON FIRE
 
  

BAD BOY 'THE BAND THAT MILWAUKEE MADE FAMOUS' CANDY311
 
GETTING A RECORD deal was not the easiest of tasks in the 1970s, especially if you were based in the mid-west of America with no real prospect of getting heard by industry big wigs at labels in New York or Los Angeles. There was no Internet, and telephone calls cost and arm and a leg. But, as the saying goes, there is no substitute for hard work, and by building a substantial local reputation, word soon spread that Bad Boy were a band fit for purpose.
 
Catching the ear of  producer Bob Brown, who conveniently also worked in artist relations for the respected United Artists label, Bad Boy soon found themselves signed and flown out to Los Angeles to record their debut album. Issued in 1977, the album boasts powerful riffs and memorable songs, the sort of thing that elevated Aerosmith, Ted Nugent and Kiss to superstar status during a time when rough and tumble hard rock was all the rage.
 
'The Band That Milwaukee Made Famous', may have been a bit of a mouthful at the time but, to those in the know, it made perfect sense, being a humorous parody of a famous advertising hook used by one of the many Beer breweries based in the city. The album sold reasonably well, even making the Billboard charts, but Bad Boy didn't become a house hold name. This album did, however, provide an opportunity for them to record an impressive follow up, 'Back To Back'.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. OVERTURE 2. SHAKE ME UP 3. DISCO 4. LAST ROCK AND ROLLER 5. I GOTTA MOVE 6. MINDLESS BABBLING 7. WATCHING YOU 8. MACHINES 9. I'VE HAD ENOUGH 10. THINKING OF YOU
 
BAD BOY 'BACK TO BACK' CANDY312
 
THERE'S NO DOUBT that the 1970s were a golden time for blues infused rock, but it was also a period where the competition for attention was cut throat. Sure, if an act caught a wave of approval then the sky was the limit, for the majority of acts, however, it was a struggle to keep afloat, despite the fact that regional radio play and venues were plentiful and welcoming.
 
For Milwaukee, Wisconsin based four piece Bad Boy the odds were stacked against them, even though they had secured a coveted record deal with the United Artists label and had already gained a foothold with a well-received debut album. Stepping back into the studio they were a far more worldly wise team, and they crafted a record that sat easily beside master craftsmen of the era such as Aerosmith, Derringer, Cheap Trick and Kiss.
 
Originally issued in 1978, 'Back To Back' made for solid listening, focusing on melodic catchy songs with rock solid riffs. Tracks such as 'I Just Wanna Love You' and the funk infused 'Keep It Up' leave no stone unturned in their quest to impress. But the big winners here are the rifftastic 'No Stopping Me Now', and 'Take My Soul'/'Out Of Control', a near eight minute epic of the highest grade. With a regional following remaining forever loyal, the band were hamstrung by a label that was focussing on lighter fare, leaving them to pursue their quest for success independently whilst continuing to cultivate a solid legacy.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. IT'S ALL RIGHT 2. ALWAYS COME BACK 3. ACCIDENTAL 4. GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS 5. KEEP IT UP 6. I JUST WANNA LOVE YOU 7. NO STOPPING ME NOW 8. ROCK AND ROLL BLOOD 9. TAKE MY SOUL (ROCK AND ROLL) / OUT OF CONTROL
 
 
Mon
05
Sep

Rock Candy Records Latest - RTZ, WRATHCHILD AMERICA & TKO

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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The following five new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere ending on September 18.
 
RTZ 'RETUN TO ZERO' CANDY291
 
THERE IS NO question that Boston, the band, pretty much re-wrote the rule book when it came to defining the sound of melodic hard rock. Their self-titled debut album established a blue print that provided a touchstone for every similar act that came in its wake, paving the way for numerous artists to carve out successful commercial careers for themselves; Foreigner, Journey and Survivor spring immediately to mind.
 
After attaining huge success and experiencing all the pressures that such achievement often brings, Boston, understandably, started to fracture, with leader Tom Scholz taking complete control of his vision. Guitarist Barry Goudreau was the first member to strike out on his own, issuing a well received solo album in 1980, followed by the formation of Orion The Hunter, who released a stellar record in 1984. Looking to further build on his reputation, he reunited with his former Boston colleague, vocalist Brad Delp, the duo collaborating in RTZ, a brand new project.
 
Issued in 1991, RTZ took the Boston blue print one step further, writing songs very much influenced by the sound of their previous outfits, but also injected with the spit and polish of the late eighties. Recorded in Los Angeles by Chris Lord Alge, the album boasts some of the most arresting melodic hard rock that has ever been crafted. Every song is a true winner, with Brad Delp excelling beyond our wildest dreams. Overlooked at the time, primarily due to the arrival of the grunge movement, this album is actually a monumental sonic achievement.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, FEATURES TWO ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF BOSTON - VOCALIST BRAD DELP AND GUITARITS BARRY GOUDREAU, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW WITH BARRY GOUDREAU, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS.
 
TRACK LISTING:1. FACE THE MUSIC 2. THERE'S ANOTHER SIDE 3. ALL YOU'VE GOT 4. THIS IS MY LIFE 5. RAIN DOWN ON ME 6. EVERY DOOR IS OPEN 7. DEVIL TO PAY 8. UNTIL YOUR LOVE COMES BACK AROUND 9. LIVIN' FOR THE ROCK 'N' ROLL 10. HARD TIME (IN THE BIG HOUSE) 11. RETURN TO ZERO
 
TKO 'LET IT ROLL' CANDY316
 
THE COMMONLY HELD BELIEF is that Seattle's influential hard rock scene started during the early 90s with the establishment of grunge. However, peel back the layers and you'll see that even grunge had to have roots. It's no surprise then to find that TKO, and specifically band leaders Brad Sinsel and Rick Pierce, were at the very beginning of those rumblings, all be it wearing very different clothes.
 
Formed in 1977, the band was originally spotted by Albatross Productions, the original team that first signed and recorded Heart. It wasn't long before newly formed MCA subsidiary Infinity Records placed them in the studio with original Heart producer Mike Flicker, to record their debut album 'Let It Roll'. Originally issued in early 1979, the album was the subject of a major promotional push with the band's progress only to be thwarted by the label's subsequent financial collapse as a result of advancing $6 million dollars for a part spoken word album of Pope John Paul II.
 
Musically 'Let It Roll' was geared towards the 70s rock sound we all know and love, evoking comparisons to the Who, Bowie and Queen, but it was clear that, beneath the smooth productions chops, a hard rock band was itching to impress. Tracks such as 'Ain't No Way', 'Come A Day' and 'Rock 'n' Roll Again' bringing to mind the pouting and preening of fine arena acts like Foreigner and more obscure outfits like Trigger and Face Dancer.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 7 LIVE BONUS TRACKS, PRODUCED BY MIKE FLICKER (HEART, TROOPER), 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW WITH BRAD SINSEL, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. LET IT ROLL 2. AIN'T NO WAY TO BE 3. ONLY LOVE 4. GUTTER BOY 5. KILL THE PAIN 6. COME A DAY 7. ROCK 'N ROLL AGAIN 8. BAD SISTER 9. WHAT IN THE WORLD BONUS TRACKS (LIVE): 10. ROCK AND ROLL AGAIN 11. BAD SISTER 12. WHAT IN THE WORLD 13. GUTTER BOY 14. KILL THE PAIN 15. ONLY LOVE 16. LET IT ROLL
 
TKO 'IN YOUR FACE' CANDY317
 
SADLY, TKO's INITIAL momentum was quickly squashed when their label, Infinity Records, made a disastrous financial blunder by signing Pope John Paul II, with a non recoupable $6 million dollar advance. It was an investment that forced the collapse of the label, leaving TKO cast adrift trying to pick up the pieces in a world that was always looking for new fresh talent rather than rescuing those who were left floundering in shallow water.
 
So TKO, needed to reinvent there selves, in a way that didn't evoke the tired formulaic arena rock of the past. In this respect, the band, now led by Brad Sinsel, set about not only reconstructing their line up but also a new sound. This time around they honed in on raw hard rock, crafting a sound that had more in common with European tastes than American acts. Enlisting musicians that included guitarist Adam 'Bomb' Brenner and signing a production deal with producer Rick Keefer, the band flew to Hawaii and recorded 'In Your Face', arguably one of the best American hard rock records of the era.
 
Despite the quality of their material, getting a deal proved problematic, resulting in the band splintering, to be brought back into existence by Sinsel when Combat Records eventually offered a contract. Ahead of its time, the riffs and aggression were raw, hard and unrelenting. In fact, the record was hailed as a minor masterpiece influencing much of the US hard rock scene for years to come.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 10 REMIXED BONUS TRACKS, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW WITH BRAD SINSEL, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. I WANNA FIGHT 2. RUN OUT OF TOWN 3. GIVE INTO THE NIGHT 4. END OF THE LINE 5. WORKING GIRL 6. ALL I WANT TO DO 7. DON'T GIVE IT AWAY 8. I CAN DO WITHOUT YOU 9. SO THIS IS ROCK N ROLL 10. DANGER CITY REMIXED BONUS TRACKS: 11. I WANNA FIGHT 12. RUN OUT OF TOWN 13. GIVE INTO THE NIGHT 14. END OF THE LINE 15. WORKING GIRL 16. ALL I WANT TO DO 17. DON'T GIVE IT AWAY 18. I CAN DO WITHOUT YOU 19. SO THIS IS ROCK AND ROLL
20. DANGER CITY
 
  
 
TKO 'BELOW THE BELT' CANDY318
 
TKO's VERY EXISTENCE always appeared to be on the brink of implosion but, miraculously, the band nearly always pulled through, picking up the pieces just when the final curtain call seemed inevitable. The credit for this determination to keep pushing TKO forward must be laid at the feet of vocalist and band leader Brad Sinsel who doggedly refused to give up the fight even when defeat was staring him in the face.
 
Looking to capitalise on the band's previous album and the positive critical feedback it received, Brad assembled another revised line up and looked to up-date their musical style with bolder and better riffs. Once again produced by Rick Kefer at his studio in Hawaii, the record succeeded on several levels. The songs were hard hitting and precise, whilst the playing took no prisoners, mining a raw but melodic seam reminiscent of W.A.S.P., RATT and Quiet Riot whilst always acknowledging that the hooks needed to punch home a message.
 
The band found a fresh new home for this record with premiere independent label Roadrunner Records. Once again, the critical reception was wildly enthusiastic, complimenting the band on their raw yet melodic approach that left no stone unturned in an effort to maximise the music's impact. Sadly however, sales were not strong enough to push the band to the next level. Again, another example of an act that, despite putting up a valiant fight, was forever destined to be a highly influential footnote in the hard rock hall of fame.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 10 REMIXED BONUS TRACKS, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW WITH BRAD SINSEL, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. BEWARE THE HUNTER 2. WITH MY BACK TO THE WALL 3. BELOW THE BELT 4. CAN'T LET GO 5. CHAINS DON'T CHANGE 6. ROCK N' ROLL REMAINS 7. SEVENTEEN 8. DOIN' TIME 9. FALLIN' TO PIECES 10. STICKS N' STONES BONUS TRACK: 11. ONE OF THE BOYS
 
WRATHCHILD AMERICA 'CLIMBIN' THE WALLS' CANDY294
 
BACK IN THE late 80s rock music appeared to be splitting into two fractions; melodic hard rock and thrash metal. Although these two camps were, in effect, polar opposite, fans of either were always appreciative of  the aesthetics of both. At the heavier end of the spectrum bands such as Slayer, Megadeath and Metallica were enjoying a wave of popularity that had started to influence a number of younger acts, including Sepultura, Prong, Pantera and... Wrathchild America.
 
Based on America's east coast, the band, initially just called Wrathchild, developed a following and style that would eventually lead to a shot at the big time with major label powerhouse Atlantic Records. Recorded in Los Angeles, with seasoned engineer/producer Mark Dearnley (AC/DC, Krokus, Circus Of Power), 'Climbin' The Walls' was set to become a cornerstone release in the world of thrash and power metal, but plans were delayed by the intervention of a British glam metal band using the same name. Issued with a cease and desist order the US band, at the eleventh hour, adopted the amended moniker of Wrathchild America.
 
This necessary last minute name change added an element of confusion to the album launch. Very much in tune with the times, heavy, raw and packed with explosive firepower, the nine tracks fitted the genre perfectly, combining thrash, speed and progressive metal in one glorious bundle. Look out for an inspired cover of Pink Floyd's 'Time', a surprising take on a classic track, with a mouth watering twist.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, EAST COAST THRASH METAL KINGS, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. CLIMBIN' THE WALLS 2. HELL'S GATE 3. NO DEPOSIT, NO RETURN 4. HERNIA 5. LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT 6. CANDY FROM A MADMAN 7. SILENT DARKNESS (SMOTHERED LIFE) 8. TIME 9. DAY OF THE THUNDER
 
  
 
 
Mon
04
Jul

Rock Candy Records Latest - TARGET & GIRL

Artist: 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Categories: 
 

The following five new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere ending on July 17.
 
GIRL 'SHEER GREED' CANDY307
 
CRASHING AWKWARDLY in to a scene that was almost exclusively primed for down and dirty hard rock, Girl were utterly out of step with the times. Hard rock bands during the very early 1980s complied with a strict in-vogue youth uniform of denim, leather and greasy long hair. The NWOBHM, as it was labelled, may have been a force for good but it certainly wasn't tolerant of aesthetic deviation' something that Girl found to be a major stumbling block.
 
Dressed to kill, they resembled a car-crash combination of Duran Duran, Japan and the New York Dolls. Musically, however, their riff-tastic style was more in tune with Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and Kiss. The band's somewhat androgynous look, penchant for eye makeup and cocky pouts, set them apart and there was no getting away from the fact that visually these guys were totally out of step with the scene. Sadly, therefore, they suffered some ridicule; despite the fact that they were actually trailblazing a style that was later successfully utilised by acts such as Hanoi Rocks, Motley Crue and Ratt.
 
Signed to Jet Records (owned and operated by the Mr Big of rock, Don Arden), this, the band's debut album, co-produced by Chris Tsangarides (Y&T, Thin Lizzy) and Nick Tauber (Def Leppard, UFO), made the critics swoon, but on the streets it was a different story, with the band failing to make inroads and wrestling with a label that didn't quite 'get it'. It remains, however, a masterpiece of musical juxtaposition boasting explosive tracks like 'My Number', 'Hollywood Tease' and an OTT cover of the Kiss Klassic 'Do You Love Me'.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 2 BONUS TRACKS, FEATURES PHIL COLLEN (DEF LEPPARD) AND PHILIP LEWIS (GIRL) 20 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW BAND INTERVIEWS, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. HOLLYWOOD TEASE 2. THE THINGS YOU SAY 3. LOVELY LORRAINE 4. STRAWBERRIES 5. LITTLE MISS ANN 6. DOCTOR DOCTOR 7. DO YOU LOVE ME 8. TAKE ME DANCING 9. WHATS UP 10. PASSING CLOUDS  11. MY NUMBER 12. HEARTBREAK AMERICA BONUS TRACKS: 13. YOU REALLY GOT ME  (B-Side) 14. LOVE IS A GAME (Single)
 
GIRL 'WASTED YOUTH' CANDY308
 
THEY COULDN'T have been more different; five musical rouges from London who had, almost by accident, joined a NWOBHM street party and found themselves sticking out like dandies in bare knuckle cage fight. That these guys were unique was the least of their worries. Fortunately, they made amends by tooling up with razor sharp riffs, knock out hooks and raw production. They were also fronted by a charismatic lead vocalist that taunted the crowd by blowing kisses to bikers.
'Wasted Youth' was the band's second album for Jet Records, originally issued in 1982, and one that was recorded in two phases, amidst getting bogged down in the sort of unnecessary label aggro that had already started to erode their faith. Learning from their previous visual faux pas, they decided to dial down the glam look and concentrate on beefing up their sound, with tough guy bravado and a dress code to match. It was a brave attempt to redress the balance but, despite the coordinated effort and finely honed material, the project was still not firing on all six with a label still unable to connect the dots.
 
'Wasted Youth', sadly, was lost in space, a fate accentuated by the departure of guitarist Phil Collen, accepting an offer to join Def Leppard for their epoch making 'Pyromania' album. Later, Phil Lewis went on to front highly successful rock outfit LA Guns. Both of them left behind a 24 Karat legacy, one that has been hailed by several high profile musicians as a huge influence on the glam rock explosion.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, 2CD SET, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 BONUS TRACKS, FETAURES PHIL COLLEN (DEF LEPPARD) AND PHILIP LEWIS (GIRL) 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW BAND INTERVIEWS, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS.
 
TRACK LISTING: DISC ONE 1. THRU THE TWILITE 2. OLD DOGS 3. ICE IN THE BLOOD 4. WASTED YOUTH 5. STANDARD ROMANCE 6. NICE 'N' NASTY 7. McKITTY'S BACK 8. 19 9. OVERNIGHT ANGELS 10. SWEET KIDS DISC TWO 'Live at the Marquee 23/10/1981 1. ICE IN THE BLOOD 2. ICEY BLUE 3. MAD FOR IT 4. OVERNIGHT ANGELS 5. OLD DOGS 6. BIG NIGHT 7. SWEET KIDS 8. WASTED YOUTH 9. NICE & NASTY 10. MY NUMBER 11. STANDARD ROMANCE 12. THRU THE TWILITE

 
  

TARGET 'S/T' CANDY309
 
ARGUABLY THE BRITISH rock scene was hugely influenced by the massive commercial impact of American melodic rock bands that emerged during the late 70s. However there was a time, earlier in the decade, when British rock cast a huge impact on American music. Acts such as Free, Bad Company, Trapeze and Deep Purple were the hot ticket items of the time and their influence was staggeringly persuasive' not least on Target.
 
Memphis based Target were keen students of the British sound and forged their style and identity with exacting accuracy. It was a style that showcased vocalist Jimi Jamison's (later to join Survivor) vocals perfectly, a wonderful combination of rough-hewn growls delivered with velvet smoothness, sitting proudly atop songs that packed a decidedly blues rock punch. The combination was hugely compelling.
 
Discovered by Black Oak Arkansas frontman Jim Dandy and his manager, in a Memphis Club, the five piece band were soon signed to A&M records and put in to the legendary Ardent Studios, with producer John Ryan, to cut this, their debut album. It is a work of sublime proficiency, digging deep into soulful grooves and muscular rock. Despite a concerted effort, including a thirty date US tour opening for Black Sabbath, the record failed to resonate commercially with the public at the time but did it provide a healthy platform from which to launch their follow up album.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 2 BONUS TRACKS, FEATURES JIMI JAMISON, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW BAND INTERVIEWS, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. LOVE JUST WON'T QUIT 2. BAD BOY 3. LET ME LIVE 4. JUST A LITTLE TOO MUCH 5. CAN'T FAKE IT 6. 99 '  7. YOU NEED A WOMAN 8. LET ME DOWN EASY 9. WORKIN' SONG 10. ARE YOU READY BONUS TRACKS: 11. YOU NEED A WOMAN (LIVE 1978) 12. LET ME LIVE (LIVE 1978)
 
TARGET 'CAPTURED' CANDY309
 
MEMPHIS DURING THE 70s was a hot bed of musical talent. Sure, its blues and r 'n' b roots had always been proudly on display, but with the explosion of FM radio, bigger live venues, and the establishment of a renown studio (Ardent), the city seemed to be providing its home grown musicians with an opportunity to set the world on fire. None of these possibilities were lost on Target, a cabal of tough rockers keen to stamp their identity on the local scene and beyond.
 
Riding a wave of creativity and seeking to maximise their already solid reputation as a band to watch, Target took the recording of this, their second album, with an impressive sense of purpose. Their debut album had been well received, but 'Captured', originally issued in 1977 on the A&M label, showcased a band looking to maximise not only their sound but also their image, profile and appeal.
 
Retaining their southern rock roots, the album was recorded by producer Paul Hornsby (the Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Grinderswitch) at the famed Capricorn Studios in Macon, Georgia. Tougher than the debut, the album oozes a decidedly British blues rock influence, bringing to mind Humble Pie, Bad Company and Trapeze, with vocalist Jimi Jamison developing his unique, velvety rasp, which would later serve him well as the frontman of Survivor. Sadly, swamped by insurmountable business and managerial problems, Target eventually dissolved, leaving behind two fine but now little known albums.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 6 BONUS TRACKS, FEATURES JIMI JAMISON, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW BAND INTERVIEWS, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOS.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. IT'S ONLY LOVE 2. SHINE THE LIGHT 3. RUNAWAY 4. JUST FOR YOU 5. MAYBE IN TIME 6. MAKE OUR DREAMS COME TRUE 7. HOLDIN' ON 8. ROCK AND ROLL LAUREATE BONUS TRACKS - LIVE 1978 9. HOLDIN' ON  10. RUNAWAY 11. MAKE OUR DREAMS COME TRUE 12.JUST FOR YOU 13. MAYBE IN TIME 14. IT'S ONLY LOVE

 
  

BULLSEYE 'ON TARGET' CANDY313
 
BACK IN THE day, long before MTV or the internet, new artists and records just sort of escaped into the record stores with little explanation or indeed fanfare. For us in Europe the situation was even more mystical. We would keep an eye on the import racks looking for new stateside releases that showed some kind of musical promise. Boston, Kansas, Starcastle and Journey all came to our attention via this random method of discovery and Bullseye were no exception to this.
 
With roots in the Boston, Massachusetts scene but coming together in New York City, they quickly secured a record deal with the prestigious Columbia label, and set about recording their debut album, with producer Rob Stevens (who'd previously worked with prog rockers Crack The Sky), at the renowned Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec, and finished it in NYC at the Hit Factory. It was a match made in heaven, with the results displaying a musical maturity that defied the band's relatively fresh faced status.
 
Housed in a striking cover that suggested something special indeed, those of us that ventured deeper were delighted to find a well honed record, exploding with melodic hard rock firepower, and one that always kept songs at the forefront of the objective. Originally issued in 1979, tracks such as 'Moonwalk', 'Seventh Heaven' and 'I've Changed' lead the way but it's 'Treat Me Right' that will spark the most recognition as Pat Benatar went on to secure a hit single with it in 1980.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 3 BONUS TRACKS, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 2,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW BAND INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. TREAT ME RIGHT 2. SEVENTH HEAVEN 3. I'VE CHANGED (NEVER WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN) 4. MOONWALK 5. IN THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER 6. MY OLD CAR 7. DON'T LET HIM KNOW 8. WHAT CAN I SAY 9. DON'T LOSE A DAY 10. MARCH ON, TIME BONUS TRACKS: 11. IT'S OVER 12. AGELESS 13. OLIVIA
 
 
Mon
04
Jul

TEMPT - Runaway (Showcase)

Artist: 
Runaway
Produced By: 
Tag Gross & Billy Straus
Running Time: 
54
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Categories: 
 
"Tempt have come up with their own unique brand of melodic hard rock, a heady mix of West Coast sleeze and East Coast street cred. Their “Under My Skin” EP is nothing short of breathtaking" - AOR Magazine
 
"Their full length album is in a word, Brilliant" - Malcolm Dome
 
 
 
 
Wed
18
May

Rock Candy Records Latest - ROUGH CUTT & VAN WILKES

Artist: 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Categories: 

The following four new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on 29th of May.
 
ROUGH CUTT 'S/T' CANDY292
 
'DURING THE EARLY 80's, hard rock was fast turning into a red hot commodity. Los Angeles appeared to be at the epicentre of the movement, with a number of acts getting primed and ready for big success and nearly all uniformly subjected to shuffling line-ups and temporary arrangements. So it comes as no surprise to learn that Rough Cutt's formation had mutated with the help of a number of serious players, including future members of RATT, Giuffria and future Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee.
Mentored by Ronnie James Dio, who recorded demos for the band, and subsequently managed by his wife Wendy Dio, the band secured a coveted deal with label giant Warner Brother's Records. With a settled line up, featuring vocalist Paul Shortino and impressive guitarist Amir Derakh, they set about recording their debut album with British producer Tom Allom (Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Y&T), in their native Los Angeles.
The record took on the hallmarks of a seriously exciting statement, bristling with the sort of riffs and hooks that launched a thousand imitators as the years rolled on. With crisp, clean production and expertly crafted songs such as 'Dreamin' Again', 'Black Widow' and 'Take Her' setting out their stall in majestic fashion. Released in 1984, the album surprisingly failed to connect commercially, despite touring the North America with Dio, yet secured the band enough of a following to record an equally revered follow-up.'
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW BAND INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK. TRACK LISTING: 1. TAKE HER 2. PIECE OF MY HEART 3. NEVER GONNA DIE 4. DREAMIN' AGAIN 5. CUTT YOUR HEART OUT 6. BLACK WIDOW 7. YOU KEEP BREAKING MY HEART 8. KIDS WILL ROCK 9. DRESSED TO KILL 10. SHE'S TOO HOTT
 
ROUGH CUTT WANTS YOU! CANDY293
 
'FOR ROUGH CUTT their career was, in retrospect, all about missed opportunity. As one of the first L.A. based bands to excite the early eighties scene, and signed to label behemoths Warner Brothers Records, they were expected to feed the flames of a growing interest in hard rock. Their debut album was, in turn, feted and praised, but failed, despite being championed by Ronnie James Dio, to connect commercially with the record buying public. Pretty soon, they were being overtaken by fellow contenders such as Quiet Riot, M'tley Cr'e and Dokken.
Despite the lack of achievement, the band was ushered back into the studio to record a follow up album, 'Rough Cutt Wants You!' issued in 1986. In contrast to their debut, it was a record of stylistic advancement, showcasing the band in a more mature light, something more befitting their real ability. Produced by one of the truly great producers of the era Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Starz), and recorded in their home town of Los Angeles, the sound is less abrasive and far more focussed, relying on great arrangements and sublime rhythms.
Tracks such as 'Don't Settle For Less', 'Double Trouble', 'Bad Reputation' and, especially, 'The Night Cries Out (For You)' finds them casting their net wider by introducing a sophistication beyond the regular meat 'n potatoes that you might expect from such a hard rocking collective.'
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW BAND INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK. TRACK LISTING: 1. ROCK THE USA 2. BAD REPUTATION 3. DON'T SETTLE FOR LESS 4. HOT 'N' HEAVY 5. TAKE A CHANCE 6. WE LIKE IT LOUD 7. DOUBLE TROUBLE 8. YOU WANNA BE A STAR 9. LET 'EM TALK 10. THE NIGHT CRIES OUT (FOR YOU)
 
  
 
HENRY PAUL BAND 'GREY GHOST' CANDY323
 
'THE ETERNAL APPEAL of southern rock lies mainly in its integrity and righteous sense of belonging. It's a music that had been condensed from folk, blues and traditional country, then shot through with electric rock 'n roll. Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band were the kings of the genre, each giving birth to a new breed of groups who built their reputation on those very foundations.
The Outlaws, a fiery guitar driven ensemble from Tampa, Florida took the same blue print and blazed their way from the clubs and bars to headline status in some of the largest venues in the US. Henry Paul was an integral member of the band as a songwriter and vocalist, until he struck out on his own in 1979. Enlisting the help of several gifted friends, he formed his own band and signed an impressive contract with Atlantic Records, going on to craft one of the best southern rock albums of the 70s, a record that has continued to garner a dedicated following and much critical acclaim.
Crammed full of well written and arranged songs, including 'Cross Fire' and 'So Long', the album's unquestionable highlight is the title track itself, a poignant epic written very much as a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd and in particular front man Ronnie Van Zant. It is a track that has it all; heart wrenching lyrics, a brilliant arrangement and a lengthy guitar solo in the finest southern rock tradition. Truly a milestone in the genre's long and proud history.'
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW HENRY PAUL INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK. TRACK LISTING: 1. SO LONG 2. CROSS FIRE 3. FOOLIN' 4. WOOD WIND 5. GREY GHOST 6. I DON'T NEED YOU NO MORE 7. LONELY DREAMER 8. ONE-NIGHT STANDS 9. YOU REALLY KNOW (WHAT I MEAN) 10. ALL I NEED
 
VAN WILKS 'BOMBAY TEARS' CANDY319
 
'IF TEXAN MUSIC has a 'sound' then Van Wilks would be the perfect example. You may never have heard of him, but that's okay, as he never really intended to be place himself on a pedestal. Van's debut album has become something of a cult artefact amongst aficionados of the obscure, ignored at the time of release but, over time, it has been slowly picking up a reputation as one of the most intelligent and compelling releases of the era.
'Bombay Tears' is not blues rock, jazz rock, hard rock or acoustic rock but a wonderfully addictive combination of all those styles and more. It emits a certain laid back vibe that provides a warm, comforting backdrop to what you might imagine Texas to sound like if it could talk. The beauty of this album is its shifting, yet widescreen soundscape, kitted out with a brace of well written and arranged songs that, although stylistically divergent, have a common thread, from full on hard rock to hard-nosed boogie and even jazz.
Oh, and in case you don't know, Van is a renowned blues guitarist, carving out a reputation that has even caught the ears of master craftsmen from  the Lone Star State, including ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. Originally released in 1980 and produced by John Stronach (Joe Walsh, Sammy Hagar and REO Speedwagon), this first time on CD release has been bolstered by the addition of the rare 1982 independently pressed 'Boystown' EP.'
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM WITH NEW VAN WILKS NTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK. TRACK LISTING: 1. DANGER IN THE DARK 2. 1959 3. TRAVELIN' 4. JUVENILE LICKS 5. DE LA COUPOLE LA MER PLEURE 6. BOMBAY TEARS 7. CAN'T CRY ANYMORE 8. SIRENS IN THE NIGHT 9. EYES LIKE LIGHTNING 10. OLDER THAN YOU KNOW 11. LIVING ON BORROWED TIME BONUS TRACKS: 12. BOYSTOWN 13. STREETLEGAL 14. NEVER SAY NO 15. SMALLTOWN GIRL
 
  
 
Mon
25
Jan

Rock Candy Records Latest - MALICE & RHINO BUCKET

Artist: 
Categories: 
 
The following three new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on 7th February.
 
 
RHINO BUCKET 'S/T' CANDY283
 
THEY SAY THAT
imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In the case of Rhino Bucket that could almost be true, with their uncompromising brand of riff-rock making them a close second cousin to Bon Scott era AC/DC. Not that they are mere impersonators of the great Australian rockers, far from it. For Rhino Bucket it's all about the cut and thrust of rock at its most ferocious and untamed.
Formed in Los Angeles during the closing years of the 1980s, Rhino Bucket stuck out like a sore thumb by daring to ignore makeup and hairspray, adopting instead a rough hewn look and approach, a style that set them apart from the baying hordes looking to out glam each other. This was a band content to steer clear of the usual clich's and focus instead on killer riffs and uncompromising energy.
Produced by Daniel Rey (Ramones, Circus Of Power, Raging Slab) and signed to Warner Brothers Records, this, their debut album, was issued in 1990 to a great reaction from the rock fraternity. Sure, the AC/DC comparisons might, to an extent, have been justified but the band's relentless attack and pummelling riffs injected a fresh take on a tried and tested formula. With songs such as 'One Night Stand', 'Train Ride' and 'Ride The Rhino' they take no prisoners, leaving all of their competition in the dust.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.
TRACK LISTING: 1. ONE NIGHT STAND 2.  BEG FOR YOUR LOVE 3. TRAIN RIDE 4. GOING DOWN TONIGHT 5.  EVEN THE SUN GOES DOWN 6.  BLOOD ON THE CROSS 7.  SHOT DOWN 8.  I'D RATHER GO INSANE 9.  INSIDE/OUTSIDE 10. RIDE THE RHINO
 

RHINO BUCKET 'GET USED TO IT' CANDY284
 
MAKE NO MISTAKE,
Rhino Bucket attracted several antagonists keen to shoot 'em down and pull them over the coals for resembling prime era AC/DC. Of course, right thinking individuals having heard the band's music, instantly dismissed the complaints as irrelevant. Sure, Rhino Bucket certainly took a good look at the kings of boogie, but they were walking their own path to enlightenment, making for compelling listening.
Formed in Los Angeles during the late 80s, the band made a conscious effort to avoid any hair band clich's and concentrate d instead on building a grass roots reputation for serious riffing, packing out sweat soaked clubs. Their debut album contained a brace of high energy tracks, designed to grab attention and put authenticity back into a scene that was fast dying on spandex legs. Indeed, such was the positive reaction to the album that the band actually achieved two turntable hits, helping to set the scene for this, their second, album.
For 'Get Used To It', the band took the template one stage further, helping to craft an even better record, masterfully recorded in Memphis, at Ardent Studios, with in house producer Terry Manning (George Thorogood, Molly Hatchet). The spectacular results giving rise to some stellar tracks, such as 'Beat To Death Like A Dog', 'The Devil Sent You', and 'Ride With Yourself'. This is almost certainly one of the best high-energy rock albums that you'll ever hear.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.
TRACK LISTING1. BEAT TO DEATH LIKE A DOG 2.  NO FRIEND OF MINE 3.  HEY THERE 4.  THE DEVIL SENT YOU 5.  THIS AIN'T HEAVEN 6.  SHE'S A SCREAMER 7.  BAR TIME 8.  BURN THE WORLD 9.  RIDE WITH YOURSELF  10.  SCRATCH 'N' SNIFF 11.  STOMP
 
  
MALICE 'IN THE BEGINNING' CANDY256
 
'WITH THE RISE in the early1980s American heavy metal scene, bands were forming from coast to coast, with California being the epicentre of the movement. It was also the home of Metal Blade Records, a fiercely pro-active active independent label dedicated to unearthing the best of the breed. Amongst their discoveries were Slayer, Metallica, Metal Church, Armored Saint and' Malice.
A five piece of considerable fire power and force, Malice exploded onto the scene with lightning effect, winning critical plaudits for their demos and tracks on Metal Blade's 'Metal Massacre 1' album, and a dedicated following amongst metal starved fans. All this energy and excitement led to a major label deal, with label giants Atlantic Records providing the launching pad for their debut album, co-produced by Ashley Howe (Ted Nugent, Uriah Heep) and Michael Wagener (Dokken, M'tley Cr'e, Accept).
With two guitar players (Jay Reynolds and Mick Zane) and a sound that combines the very best of British NWOBHM with American style power metal, the album resonates with excitement from the very first chord to the very last dying note. It's a comprehensive assault on the senses with enough explosiveness to take on a tank battalion and comprehensively dismantle all opposition. Check Out tracks such as 'Godz Of Thunder', 'Air Attack', 'Hellrider' and 'Steller Masters' for proof, if proof were needed, of just how uncompromising this band were.'
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.
TRACK LISTING: 1. ROCKIN' WITH YOU 2. INTO THE GROUND 3. AIR ATTACK 4. STELLAR MASTERS 5.   TAROT DEALER 6. SQUEEZE IT DRY 7. HELLRIDER  8. NO HAVEN FOR THE RAVEN 9. THE UNWANTED 10. GODZ OF THUNDER

 

 
Mon
02
Nov

Rock Candy Records Latest - TOTO

Artist: 
Release Year: 
2015
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The following four new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on November 15.

TOTO 'IV' CANDY274


THERE COMES A tipping point in every artist's career; a moment where decisions have to be made and a course of action needs to be taken. By the time Toto had reached this, their fourth, album matters were building to a head. Their previous two albums had commercially under-achieved and the label was getting itchy feet about their future prospects. So, it was with the greatest deliberation that the band embarked on the road to 'Toto IV', vowing to throw everything and the kitchen sink into its creation.
 
History shows that this album was a triumphant success, but the road to redemption was not without sacrifice, hard work and dedication. It is clear that a huge amount of creativity and talent formed the backbone of this album, songs crafted to utter perfection and all wrapped up in pin-point production. The musicianship was also impeccable, showcasing talent beyond belief, of an apparently altogether otherworldly nature.
 
Achieving sales in excess of triple platinum and notching up a eye-popping six Grammy awards, it also spawned three huge global hit singles, namely 'Africa', 'Rosanna' and 'I Won't Hold You Back', songs that epitomise the band's precise and concise style. It was a triumph of incredible proportions for a group that had been written off by so many and, with bitchy cruelty, labelled a faceless bunch of session musicians. It is without doubt the most important AOR album of all time.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. ROSANNA 2. MAKE BELIEVE 3. I WON'T HOLD YOU BACK 4. GOOD FOR YOU 5. IT'S A FEELING 6. AFRAID OF LOVE 7. LOVERS IN THE NIGHT 8. WE MADE IT 9. WAITING FOR YOUR LOVE10. AFRICA
 

TOTO 'ISOLATION' CANDY275

WHEN TOTO RELEASED their game changing fourth album 'Toto IV' nobody, least of all the band, expected it to resonate so loudly with the public. Sure, they were known as a fine group, a little on the highbrow tip perhaps, yet the impact of hits such as 'Africa' and 'Rosanna' placed the band on a new 'popular' plateau' one that, it has to be said, was always going to be a millstone around their necks. When you've climbed Everest is there really anything else left to ascend?
 
It was a situation compounded by a huge upheaval, one that was, on the face of it, perhaps a bridge too far. Reconvening to write and record this, their follow-up album, the band made the drastic decision to fire vocalist Bobby Kimball, a move that seriously endangered their momentum. Recruiting new member Fergie Frederikson (previously of pomp purists Trillion and Le Roux) 'Isolation' was recorded with cool purpose, yet harboured a certain degree of apprehension. Despite the fact that the songs and performances were very much simpatico with the Toto ethos, the end result that the record fell short of commercial expectations was no surprise.
 
Released in late 1984, the album is actually a fine slice of adult contemporary rock, with all the moves and grooves that you would expect from such a stellar unit, a band that was musically at the top of their game and firing on all six. Stunning tracks such as 'Stranger In Town', 'Carmen' and 'Angel Don't Cry' delivered the goods in timely fashion, very much keeping the flame alive.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.

TRACK LISTING:  1. CARMEN 2. ANGEL DON'T CRY 3. ISOLATION 4. STRANGER IN TOWN 5. HOLYANNA 6. LION 7. HOW DOES IT FEEL 8. MR. FRIENDLY 9. ENDLESS 10. CHANGE OF HEART

 

TOTO 'FAHRENHEIT' CANDY276

FOR TOTO THERE has never been a dull moment. Having experienced huge success with their debut album, followed immediately by two great but lesser performing records, the band hit the motherload with 'Toto IV', a work that propelled them into the upper echelons of superstardom, selling over three million copies and winning an unprecedented six Grammy awards. Life looked sweet, but it all came crashing down with the departure of original lead vocalist Bobby Kimball.

The band's attempt to piece things back together resulted in a commercially underperforming follow up album, 'Isolation', featuring new singer Fergie Frederiksen. So, it was back to the drawing board for album #6, a record that saw the appointment of yet another replacement vocalist, Joseph Williams. One thing however did not change; Toto's sound was very much cut from the same fine cloth, the members keen to protect their signature sound at all costs.

'Fahrenheit', originally released in 1986, is a strong, some might say jubilant, return to form, harnessing much of the style and sophistication that won them such a committed following in the first instance. Tracks such as 'We Can Make It Tonight', 'Can't Stand It Any Longer' and the hit single 'I'll Be Over You' demonstrate that the band had no intention of letting standards slip. Look out too for some remarkable guest performances from Miles Davis, Michael McDonald and Glen Frey.
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.

TRACK LISTING:  1. TILL THE END 2 .WE CAN MAKE IT TONIGHT 3. WITHOUT YOUR LOVE 4. CAN'T STAND IT ANY LONGER 5. I'LL BE OVER YOU  6. FAHRENHEIT 7. SOMEWHERE TONIGHT 8. COULD THIS BE LOVE 9. LEA     10. DON'T STOP ME NOW

 

TOTO 'THE SEVENTH ONE' CANDY277

UP TO THIS point Toto's career trajectory had been subjected to a number of highs and lows. Their debut album, and 'Toto IV', contained a number of smash hit singles, helping to propel the band into the media spotlight. Yet the band would hit dry spells with commercially underperforming records that, whilst maintaining a high standard creatively, failed to connect with the public. And it didn't help that they had hired and fired two lead vocalists.

By the time the band recorded this, their seventh album, it was time to pull another rabbit out of the hat. With new vocalist Joseph Williams firmly settled into the line up they did exactly that. For the first time they also looked outside for production guidance, recruiting two members of Little Feat (George Massenburg and Billy Payne) to oversee the recording sessions, resulting in one of the strongest albums of their long and productive career.

'The Seventh One', originally issued in 1988, set a new standard for the band, with critics and fans heaping praise on its contents. Forceful and dynamic, the tracks benefitted from a sharper and more defined sound, aided and abetted by a brace of stellar songs. Tracks such as 'Pamela' (the natural successor to 'Rosanna'), 'Only The Children' and 'Home Of The Brave' hit the spot dead centre. And look out for 'Stay Away', an incredible duet featuring Linda Ronstadt, containing Steve Lukather's heaviest ever guitar riff.
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.

TRACK LISTING:  1. PAMELA 2. YOU GOT ME 3. ANNA 4. STOP LOVING YOU 5. MUSHANGA 6. STAY AWAY 7. STRAIGHT FOR THE HEART 8. ONLY THE CHILDREN 9. A THOUSAND YEARS 10. THESE CHAINS 11. HOME OF THE BRAVE

 
Sat
12
Sep

Rock Candy Records Latest - RATT & CONEY HATCH

Artist: 
Release Year: 
2015
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The following three new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on September 27.
 
CONEY HATCH 'FRICTION' CANDY272

TORONTO BASED Coney Hatch were one of Canada's brightest hopes during the mid eighties. They impressed fans and critics alike with their rambunctious brand of melodic hard rock, a sound imbued with a certain, some might say typically Canadian, quirkiness. Catchy, for sure, but also containing twists and turns that suggested the band had been students of a number of hard rockin' maple leaf acts from April Wine to the riff hungry swagger of Triumph and all points in between.

'Friction' was the band's third and, as it turned out, their final album. It was a record designed to infiltrate the mass market, with catchy hooks and a selection of punishing riffs. Issued in 1985 and crafted by renowned British producer Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Y&T, Lynch Mob) the record was received with great critical enthusiasm, but hit a brick wall at their record company. With Def Leppard and Bon Jovi receiving major promotional pushes, Coney Hatch were sidelined and left, without the financial budget, to fight their own corner.

It was a crushing disappointment, leaving the band in a state of confusion and, ultimately, unable to carry on. Their legacy, however, continues to grow, with many citing 'Friction' as their finest and, possibly, one of the best albums released that year. Revisit the likes of 'This Ain't Love', 'Fantasy' and 'Burning Love' for proof positive that this record delivered on all fronts.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 1 BONUS TRACK, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, NEW INTERVIEWS, 3,500 WORD ESSAY, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND RARE PHOTOS.

TRACK LISTING: 1. THIS AIN'T LOVE 2. SHE'S GONE 3. WRONG SIDE OF TOWN 4. GIRL FROM LAST NIGHT'S DREAM  5. COMING TO GET YOU 6. FANTASY 7. HE'S A CHAMPION 8. STATE LINE 9. BURNING LOVE. BONUS TRACK: 10.  FUEL FOR THE FIRE

RATT 'INVASION OF YOUR PRIVACY' CANDY281

THERE'S NO DOUBT that the mid eighties were pretty much ruled by an exciting clique of Los Angeles based hard rock bands. Everyone from M'tley Cr'e, Great White, Dokken and Quiet Riot were breaking records in one way or another, but it was five piece RATT who really condensed all that was truly exciting about the scene when their debut album 'Out Of The Cellar' exploded at MTV, radio and retail, giving them a double platinum album and a reputation second to none.

Touring non-stop, the band were quickly ushered back into the studio ' via a Hawaii song writing retreat - for their follow up album, the equally impressive 'Invasion Of Your Privacy'. Produced by Beau Hill, who masterminded their previous record, the music kept to the same ingredients, finding the band further exploiting their penchant for snappy melodies, heavy duty riffs and super catchy hooks. If there was any fatigue to be encountered then no trace could be found here, with the music retaining a polished and professional sheen that spelt instant appeal.

Tracks such as 'You're In Love', 'Lay It Down' and 'What You Give Is What You Get' became instant RATT classics bouncing out of the grooves and right into the public's heart. It was this album that truly elevated RATT to arena headline status in the US whilst helping to spread the message further afield in Europe and Japan. A solid gold classic.

Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered Audio,16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interviews.

TRACK LISTING: 1. YOU'RE IN LOVE 2. NEVER USE LOVE 3. LAY IT DOWN 4. GIVE IT ALL 5. CLOSER TO MY HEART 6. BETWEEN THE EYES 7. WHAT YOU GIVE IS WHAT YOU GET 8. GOT ME ON THE LINE 9. YOU SHOULD KNOW BY NOW 10. DANGEROUS BUT WORTH THE RISK


 

RATT 'REACH FOR THE SKY' CANDY282

RATT'S RISE TO fame and presumably fortune was meteoric. Kicking around Southern California in various forms since the mid 70's, the band fully gelled in 1981, with the independent release of a well received debut mini album, which quickly led to a coveted recording contract with label giant Atlantic Records. Their debut album 'Out Of The Cellar' exploded out of the box ultimately reaching sales in excess of double platinum.

It was a level of success that few had predicted, elevating the band to MTV regulars and selling out arena tours. But it was a level of achievement that was not increasing as further records saw the band maintaining rather than expanding their profile. By the time of this album (their fourth) interest was still high, but the stellar achievements of the past were becoming a fast fading memory.

'Reach For The Sky', originally released in late 1988 and produced in the main by Mike Stone (Journey, Queen and Whitesnake), found the band in familiar musical territory, a style based on big hooks, shout-it-out-loud vocals and razor sharp riffs. It was the sound of the times alright, and although performing well (attaining Platinum status) the band were feeling the strain of their work load. In fact it was the final album to feature guitarist Robbin Crosby who would leave due to much publicised personal problems.

Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered Audio,16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interviews.

TRACK LISTING: 1. CITY TO CITY 2. I WANT A WOMAN 3. WAY COOL JR. 4. DON'T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS 5. I WANT TO LOVE YOU TONIGHT 6. CHAIN REACTION 7. NO SURPRISE 8. BOTTOM LINE 9. WHAT'S IT GONNA BE 10. WHAT I'M AFTER

 
 
Fri
23
Jan

Rock Candy Records Brings New Masters To EDDIE MONEY Classics

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Friday, January 23, 2015
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The following two new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on February 9.  

EDDIE MONEY 'WHERE'S THE PARTY' CANDY253
 
WHEN THIS ALBUM was released, in 1982, Eddie Money was a hugely successful and famous artist with a string of hit singles and platinum albums to his name. Eddie's raspy tones and his penchant for earthy blue collar rock had served him well, yet his lust for living life to the full had, before the release of his last album, taken a turn for the worse when ill-health nearly ruined his good fortune.
Luckily, Eddie continued to recover from this health set back and commenced the recording his fifth album 'Where's The Party?' an album largely produced, as was his previous platinum smash 'No Control', by veteran studio wizard, Tom Dowd (Derek & The Dominoes, Cream etc) in Los Angeles, surrounded by a number of top sessions players, including members of Mr Mister, The Steve Miller Band and Rod Stewart's band. In keeping with previous recordings Eddie co-wrote a selection of radio friendly, tough-guy rock tracks that gave full reign to his mellifluous voice.
Whilst it's true to say that none of the tracks on this album achieved hit single status, the body of work is beyond reproach, serving up a choice selection, songs such as 'The Big Crash', 'Club Michelle' and 'Backtrack', that fit firmly into the Money trademark sound of solid riffs and big shout-it-loud hooks. Indeed, as one of the best male vocalists of the era, Eddie stands out like a sparkling diamond.
 
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound, 12 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,000 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. MAYBE TOMORROW 2. BAD GIRLS 3. CLUB MICHELLE 4. BACK ON THE ROAD 5. DON'T LET GO 6. THE BIG CRASH 7. WHERE'S THE PARTY? 8. LEAVE IT TO ME 9. BACKTRACK

 
 
EDDIE MONEY 'CAN'T HOLD BACK' CANDY252
 
YOU CAN SAY what you want about American rock in the 80s, but it was mostly all about feeding FM radio with huge hit singles. That was something Eddie Money had plenty of experience of, having scored a not inconsiderable amount of bonafide hits and airplay since he started recording during the previous decade. For Eddie, every move was calculated for maximum commercial impact, which more often than not meant wrapping his raspy voice around the best songs possible.
'Can't Hold Back' was Eddie Money's sixth album and the first to be produced by Richie Zito, a man with an impressive resume, including crafting records by Cheap Trick, Heart, Bad English and the Cult. Issued in 1986, the album moved Eddie's career firmly back in the spotlight, giving rise to no less than three hit singles, including 'I Wanna Go Back' and 'Endless Nights'. However it was the killer track 'Take Me Home Tonight' that put the icing on this particular cake, with Eddie duetting with iconic vocalist Ronnie Spector. The result of the collaboration and accompanying video was spectacular, helping to send the track to #4 on the US singles chart.
Joined by the cream of the session world including bassist Randy Jackson (Journey), drummer Mike Baird (Michael Bolton) and keyboard maestro Steve George (Mr Mister) his voice is triumphant and the material is first class. Every reason to believe, in fact, that this album is the pinnacle of Eddie's career.
 
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound, 12 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,000 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT 2. ONE LOVE 3. I WANNA GO BACK 4. ENDLESS NIGHTS 5. ONE CHANCE 6. WE SHOULD BE SLEEPING 7. BRING ON THE RAIN 8. I CAN'T HOLD BACK 9. STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND 10. CALM BEFORE THE STORM
 
Fri
22
Aug

Rock Candy Records New Releases - KROKUS & SCANDAL

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Friday, August 22, 2014
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The following three new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on 7th September.
 
KROKUS 'HEADHUNTER' CANDY250
 
'AT THIS POINT in their career Krokus were riding high, selling impressive quantities of records and playing numerous live gigs all over the world. With their profile higher than ever, the band were quickly ushered back into the studio to tape their seventh album, a record that would be their most successful to date and provide them with not only a gold record but their highest chart placing in the US. 'Headhunter', then, is generally regarded as their most significant record.
Originally issued in 1983 and recorded in Orlando, Florida the project was overseen by renowned British producer 'Colonel' Tom Allom (Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Def Leppard) and it also introduced new drummer Steve Pace. There are also some surprising guest appearances on hand by Judas Priest front man Rob Halford and Survivor vocalist Jimi Jamison. 
Meticulously assembled, the album focuses on their core sound, carefully avoiding any clich'd elements that may have permeated previous recordings, giving rise to a new streamlined sound fit for the times and throbbing with energy and excitement. Songs such as 'Eat The Rich', 'Screaming In The night' and the title track stand out from the pack benefitting from a clear cut sense of purpose. Oh, look out for a hell-raising cover of Bachman-Turner Overdrive's classic 'Stayed Awake All Night'.'
 
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, new interview, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. HEADHUNTER 2. EAT THE RICH 3. SCREAMING IN THE NIGHT 4. READY TO BURN 5. NIGHT WOLF 6. STAYED AWAKE ALL NIGHT 7. STAND AND BE COUNTED 8. WHITE DIN 9. RUSSIAN WINTER
 

KROKUS 'THE BLITZ' CANDY251
 
'RIDING HIGH ON a wave of creative and commercial success, Swiss rockers Krokus had the world at their feet. In just four short years the band had risen from obscurity in Europe to become major players on the world's stages, particularly in the USA, where their previous album 'Headhunter' sold a million copies and lodged itself at number twenty five on the album chart.
So at this point in their career all eyes were on the band, expecting them to continue their upward trajectory but internally all was not as it should've been. The band's constant touring and recording cycle was proving too much for founding member and bassist Chris von Rohr who opted to leave the band, forcing line up changes with guitarist Mark Kohler switching to bass and the recruitment of new drummer Jeff Klaven (ex Cobra).
The importance of the band's high ranking status was underscored by the appointment of producer Bruce Fairbairn (flanked by engineers Bob Rock and Mike Fraser) a man who had guided the recording career of Canadian rockers Loverboy to platinum heights, and who would later find huge success with Bon Jovi and AC/DC. Fairbairn's ear for commerciality took the band in a new streamline, but still hard rock direction, one highlighted by electrifying tracks such as 'Midnite Maniac', 'Boys Night Out' (written by Bryan Adams) and a  tub thumping  cover of the Sweet's 'Ballroom Blitz'.'
 
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, new interview, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. MIDNITE MANIAC 2. OUT OF CONTROL 3. BOYS NITE OUT 4. OUR LOVE 5. OUT TO LUNCH 6. BALLROOM BLITZ 7. ROCK THE NATION 8. HOT STUFF 9. READY TO ROCK
 

SCANDAL 'WARRIOR' CANDY 224
 
'THIS IS THE story of a very successful chart storming band, but it's also the tale of a band in disarray. Scandal's debut album won massive acceptance from the American mainstream quickly elevating them to pop star status, a position enhanced by the allure of vocalist Patty Smyth and her smokey voice. Behind the scenes however the pressure was enormous, with record company interference; inter-band discourse and creative tensions aplenty.
Based in New York, the band was a well honed combo of respected players all with a story to tell and a point to make. Guitarist Zack Smith was the perfect foil for Patty, lending a winning call and response buff to the tracks and helping to drive the album to platinum sales and beyond. Lead off track and first single, 'The Warrior' (written by Nick Gilder and Holy Knight) was a top ten hit, helping to define the band's style and potential reach.
Despite the behind the scenes difficulties 'Warrior' triumphed as a resolutely consummate work, neatly honing in on the radio-friendly melodic hard rock style that was gaining traction at radio and MTV. Brilliantly produced by Mike Chapman, a man famed for working with such talent as the Sweet, Blondie and Lita Ford, the record bristles with energy and excitement. Oh, listen out to 'Only The Young' a rare track written and recorded, but unreleased at the time, by Journey for their 'Frontiers' album.'
 
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, contains 5 bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, new interview, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. THE WARRIOR 2. BEAT OF THE HEART 3. HANDS TIED 4. LESS THAN HALF 5. ONLY THE YOUNG 6. ALL I WANT 7. TALK TO ME 8. SAY WHAT YOU WILL 9. TONIGHT 10. MAYBE WE WENT TOO FAR BONUS TRACKS (SCANDAL E.P.) 11. GOODBYE TO YOU 12. LOVE'S GOT A LINE ON YOU 13. WIN SOME, LOSE SOME 14. SHE CAN'T SAY NO
15. ANOTHER BAD LOVE
 
 
 
THE FOLLOWING FOUR TITLES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON OR ABOUT  SEPTEMBER 22ND…
 
BULLETBOYS ‘S/T’ CANDY203
DANGER DANGER 'S/T' CANDY 200 (FIVE BONUS TRACKS)
MOTT ‘DRIVE ON’ CANDY245 (BONUS TRACK)
MOTT 'SHOUTING & POINTING' CANDY246 (BONUS TRACK)
 
Thu
24
Jul

WHITE LION and KIX re-issues from Rock Candy Records

Artist: 
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Categories: 
 
The following three new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on 3rd August.
 
 
WHITE LION 'FIGHT TO SURVIVE' CANDY242
 
THE STORY OF White Lion is a fascinating tale of triumph over adversity. Sure, you might apply that characterisation to the story of  legions of rock bands, but the birth of their debut album was a roller coaster ride of emotional highs and extreme lows, played out with a backdrop of uncertainty always in ominous view. That they eventually triumphed with this album and also the platinum selling success of future releases on Atlantic Records only goes to show that talent will eventually win the day.
Formed in New York by Danish born singer Mike Tramp and talented guitarist Vito Brata, the band made waves on the local club scene, attracting local management who had connections to German producer Peter Hauke who offered to record the band at his studio in Frankfurt. With an album in the can the band were quickly signed to a sizeable deal with Elektra Records who subsequently and inexplicably decided to drop the band at the eleventh hour. Fortunately JVC in Japan licensed the album and set in motion a series of events that led to them signing with Atlantic Records.
'Fight To Survive' was eventually issued in the US on an independent label and provoked huge accolades amongst the rock cognoscenti who quite rightly hailed tracks such as 'Broken Heart', 'Cherokee' and the title track as stunning hard rock nuggets showcasing one of the most accomplished bands of the era.

Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,000 word essay, new interview with Mike Tramp, enhanced artwork and rare photos.

TRACK LISTING: 1. BROKEN HEART 2. CHEROKEE 3. FIGHT TO SURVIVE 4. WHERE DO WE RUN 5. IN THE CITY 6. ALL THE FALLEN MEN 7. ALL BURN IN HELL 8. KID OF 1000 FACES 9. EL SALVADOR 10. THE ROAD TO VALHALLA
 
 
 
KIX MIDNITE DYNAMITE CANDY243
 
THERE IS A breed of bands who like to keep it simple: four-to-the-floor guitar driven hard rock with uncomplicated riffs and hooks that sound as though they were born fully formed. In this respect, it's fair to say that the Maryland based five piece Kix are close to the top of the heap when it comes to instantly catchy songs. Garnish that with a healthy coating of Cheap Trick inspired pop and you've got a marriage made in heaven.
Signed to industry giant Atlantic Records, 'Midnite Dynamite' was the bands third album and the one expected to establish Kix as a force to be reckoned with. Produced by man of the moment Beau Hill (Ratt, Warrant), the album finally brought all the right ingredients to the forefront, boasting memorable songs and lively rocking of the finest order. Add to this a comprehensive selection of grade A co-writers, including contributions from Bob Halligan Jr. (Judas Priest, Kiss), Kip Winger, and John Palumbo (Crack The Sky) and you've got a record that delivers as much as it promises.
Check out the raunch and roll of 'Red Hot (Blue Black)', 'Bang Bang (Balls Of Fire)', 'Scarlet Fever' and the title track, for nicely polished examples of  no nonsense party rock blessed with a cool delivery that sets fire to the notion that you can't have your cake and eat it.

 
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,000 word essay, new band interview, enhanced artwork and rare photos.

TRACK LISTING: 1. MIDNITE DYNAMITE 2. RED HOT (BLACK & BLUE) 3. BANG BANG (BALLS OF FIRE) 4. LAYIN' RUBBER 5. WALKIN' AWAY 6. SCARLET FEVER 7. CRY BABY 8. COLD SHOWER 9. LIE LIKE A RUG 10. SEX
 
 

KIX 'BLOW YOUR FUSE' CANDY244
 
BY THE TIME Kix had recorded this, their fourth album, all eyes in the hard rock biospace were upon them as a band expected to rise up from the ranks to achieve success and exert influence. Certainly their record label Atlantic Records believed in the band enough to steer them towards not one, but three top notch producers; that's Tom Werman (Motley Cure, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent) together with the dynamic duo of Duane Barron and John Purdell (Ozzy Osbourne, Dream Theater).
Recorded in Los Angeles and issued in August 1988, the record was immediately heralded as the best Kix album so far, with critics pointing out the quality of songs and a refinement of their trademark rough and tumble sound. In addition they had made a significant change in their back office by enlisting new management who also handled the affairs of Twisted Sister and Zebra, both signed to Atlantic Records.
Strangely, the record was slow to react commercially, dragging its feet until the label were persuaded to issue the Bob Halligan Jnr.  co-write 'Don't Close Your Eyes' as a single to radio. This enduring power ballad became an instant smash, rising to #8 on the Billboard singles chart and paving the way for over a million sales of the album, whilst drawing attention to notable album tracks such as 'Red Light, Green Light', 'Get It While It's Hot' and 'She Dropped Me The Bomb'.

Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,000 word essay, new band interview, enhanced artwork and rare photos.

TRACK LISTING: 1. RED LITE, GREEN LITE, TNT 2. GET IT WHILE IT'S HOT 3. NO RING AROUND ROSIE 4. DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES 5. SHE DROPPED ME THE BOMB 6. COLD BLOOD7. PIECE OF THE PIE 8. BOOMERANG 9. BLOW MY FUSE 10. DIRTY BOYS
 
 
 
 
 

COMING NEXT MONTH – AVAILABLE 28TH AUGUST

SCANDAL 'WARRIOR' CANDY224 (5 BONUS TRACKS)

SCANDAL ‘WARRIOR’ CANDY224 (5 BONUS TRACKS)

KROKUS 'HEADHUNTER' CANDY250

KROKUS ‘HEADHUNTER’ CANDY250

KROKUS 'THE BLITZ' CANDY251

KROKUS ‘THE BLITZ’ CANDY251

  

 

 
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