Tue
07
Mar

VAN STEPHENSON ‘Van’s Versions’ 2CD Set Out Nov 25 on MRC

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MelodicRock Classics is proud and honoured to partner with the family of the late, great VAN STEPHENSON, plus his many co-writers and musical partners, to pay tribute to the legacy of the legendary singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist with a series of archive releases, culminating in two career spanning box sets, featuring all unreleased songs from his vast songwriting archives.

MRC Owner and A&R director Andrew McNeice has been given the responsibility of archiving Van’s songwriting demos from the 70s, right up until the last songs he wrote.

Over 12 months of work behind the scenes will come to fruition November 25, with the first two releases from the Van Stephenson Archives.

BUY NOW: https://melodicrockclassics.com/vanstephenson.html

The second title to be announced is also due for release November 25.

Van Stephenson – ‘Van’s Versions’, a 2CD compilation of songs written or co-written by Van and previously recorded and released elsewhere.

The songs are all cultivated from Van’s unreleased archives and feature songs written by him alone plus other songs co-written with his writing partners Sam Lorber, Jeff Silbar, Dave Robbins, Jan Buckingham, Phil Brown, Tim DuBois, Bob Farrell and more.

McNeice comments: “The idea for this compilation came while I was slowly going through all of Van’s demo archives. It is already clear just what an amazing writer and vocalist Van was, but I was pleasantly surprised with just how many tracks there are of Van’s that other artists had recorded. When you have the likes of Eric Clapton, Laura Branigan, Kenny Rogers, Dan Seals, Juice Newton and Restless Heart picking your songs to record, then you must appreciate just how good those songs are and the importance of highlighting them.

Van’s vast archives included his own original demo versions of many of these songs and it was so good to hear Van’s voice driving songs you might already know.

The need for ‘Van’s Versions’ became clear. I thought a nice idea would be to put all these songs into one compilation, which turned into a 41 song, double CD set.

The set features the varied musical styles Van wrote for over the years, including Pop, AOR, Rock, Midwestern & Country.

Included among the songs are some original demo versions Van recorded himself for his two MCA albums, giving further insight into Van’s writing and recording process.

It also allows space for the upcoming box sets to feature exclusively unreleased material, which is something I know a lot of people are looking forward to hearing.”

To complete the package, artwork from French graphic artist Arnaud Leger has been specially commissioned, plus the audio for both discs has been carefully restored and remastered by acclaimed producer JK Northrup.

Pre-orders will be available from next Monday and the complete track listing for ‘Van’s Versions’ (and the artist that recorded the songs) are as follows:

Disc One:

01. Set The Night On Fire (Vocal Demo) Recorded by OAK (1980)

02. Catch The Next Dream Recorded by THE NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND (1980)

03. Undivided Love Recorded by EDDY ARNOLD (1980)

04. Bad Enough Recorded by KENNY ROGERS (1983)

05. Til I Loved You Recorded by GLENN SHORROCK (1983), JUICE NEWTON (1984) & RESTLESS HEART (1985)

06. If The Fall Don’t Get You Recorded by JANIE FRICKE (1982) & ANNE GRETE (1984)

07. All My Life Recorded by KENNY ROGERS (1983) & PETULA CLARK (1988)

08. Everybody’s Dream Girl Recorded by DAN SEALS (1983)

09. You’ve Got A Good Love Coming (Original Demo) Recorded by LEE GREENWOOD (1983), CONWAY TWITTY (1984) & BOB CLAYTON (1989)

10. Others Only Dream (Original Demo) From the Solo Album RIGHTEOUS ANGER (1984)

11. What The Big Girls Do (Original Demo) From the Solo Album RIGHTEOUS ANGER (1984)

12. The Cure Will Kill You (Original Demo) From the Solo Album RIGHTEOUS ANGER (1984)

13. Modern Day Delilah (Original Demo) From the Solo Album RIGHTEOUS ANGER (1984)

14. I Know Who You Are, I Saw What You Did (Original Demo) From the Solo Album RIGHTEOUS ANGER (1984)

15. You’ve Been Lied To Before (Original Demo) From the Solo Album RIGHTEOUS ANGER (1984)

16. Righteous Anger (Original Demo) From the Solo Album RIGHTEOUS ANGER (1984)

17. It’s Not Me, It’s Not You Recorded by KBC BAND (1986)

18. Back To The Heartbreak Kid Recorded by KATHY MATTEA (1984)

19. She Danced Her Way Into My Heart Recorded by RESTLESS HEART (1985)

20. (You Don’t Hear) The One That Gets You Recorded by JUICE NEWTON (1984)

21. Restless Heart Recorded by JUICE NEWTON (1984) & RESTLESS HEART (1985)

22. Dancing With Danger (Original Demo) From the Solo Album SUSPICIOUS HEART (1986)

Disc Two:

01. Suspicious Heart (Original Demo) From the Solo Album SUSPICIOUS HEART (1986)

02. South December Road Recorded by GARY MORRIS (1985)

03. Grand Illusion Recorded by ERIC CLAPTON (1986) & DONNY OSMOND (1988)

04. Jenny Come Back Recorded by RESTLESS HEART (1988)

05. Never In A Million Years Recorded by LAURA BRANIGAN (1990) & VICKI SHEPARD (1991)

06. It Happens All The Time Recorded by ANNE MURRAY (1987)

07. Calm Before The Storm Recorded by RESTLESS HEART (1988)

08. House Of Fire Recorded by LITTLE BOB (1989)

09. Big Dreams In A Small Town Recorded by RESTLESS HEART (1988)

10. Bluest Eyes In Texas Recorded by RESTLESS HEART (1988)

11. When Pink Turns To Blue Recorded by FIONA (1989)

12. Nature Of Love Recorded by POCO (1989)

13. I’ve Never Been So Sure Recorded by RESTLESS HEART (1990)

14. Get Used To It Recorded by GIANT (1992)

15. It Ain’t About Love Anymore (Vocal Demo) Recorded by BLACKHAWK (1997)

16. If That Was A Lie (Acoustic Demo) Recorded by BLACKHAWK (1997)

17. All The Time In The World (Vocal Demo) Recorded by BOYZONE (1998)

18. Think Again (Vocal Demo) Recorded by BLACKHAWK (1998)

19. Ships Of Heaven (Acoustic Demo) Recorded by BLACKHAWK (2000) & VAN STEPHENSON (2000)

It’s my great pleasure to deliver one advance track from the compilation for your enjoyment today. Please enjoy ‘Back To The Heartbreak Kid’, as previously recorded by Kathy Mattea.

 
Tue
07
Mar

VAN STEPHENSON ‘China Girl – Deluxe Edition’ Out Nov 25 on MRC

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MelodicRock Classics is proud and honoured to partner with the family of the late, great VAN STEPHENSON, plus his many co-writers and musical partners, to pay tribute to the legacy of the legendary singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist with a series of archive releases, culminating in two career spanning box sets, featuring all unreleased songs from his vast songwriting archives.

MRC Owner and A&R director Andrew McNeice has been given the responsibility of archiving Van’s songwriting demos from the 70s, right up until the last songs he wrote.

Over 12 months of work behind the scenes will come to fruition November 25, with the first two releases from the Van Stephenson Archives.

BUY NOW: https://melodicrockclassics.com/vanstephenson.html

A Deluxe Edition of Van’s debut solo album China Girl is the first title announced.

Released at the end of 1981, ‘China Girl’ established Van as a solo artist in his own right, with the hit single ‘You’ve Got A Good Love Coming’ entering the Top 100. Due to complicated ownership issues, the album has remained hard to find on CD, with limited brief re-issues appearing in the US (1999) and Japan (2014).

Finally, the definitive version of the album can be revealed – a Deluxe 2CD Edition – featuring the original album plus 4 unreleased demos on Disc One and an amazing 15 unreleased tracks from the same 1980-81 song-writing period on Disc Two.

The songs are all cultivated from Van’s unreleased archives and feature songs written by him alone plus other songs co-written with his ‘China Girl’ writing partners Sam Lorber, Jeff Silbar, Austin Roberts and Dave Robbins.

To complete the package, new artwork from French graphic artist Arnaud Leger has been specially commissioned, plus the audio for both discs has been carefully remastered by acclaimed producer JK Northrup.

Pre-orders will be available from next Monday and the complete track listing for China Girl – Deluxe Edition is as follows:

Disc One: ‘China Girl’

01. You’ve Got A Good Love Coming 2:55

02. Looks Like A Loser 3:20

03. Seeing Is Believing 3:26

04. China Girl 4:18

05. Weekend Warrior 3:52

06. I Would If I Could 3:02

07. Tonight The Love’s On Me 3:44

08. Hotter In The Night 3:28

09. New York, Hold Her Tight 3:52

10. Lion In The Night 3:07

11. I Would If I Could (Original Demo) 3:31

12. New York, Hold Her Tight (Original Demo) 3:55

13. Lion In The Night (Guitar & Vocal Gospel Version) 2:48

14. New York, Hold Her Tight (Acoustic Version) 3:52

Disc Two: The 80-81 Sessions

01. Burning The Midnight Love 02:15

02. Kiss Your Heartache Goodbye (Rock Mix) 03:10

03. Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark (Full Demo) 03:27

04. I Don’t Want To Know 02:51

05. The Night Is Saying Yes (Full Demo) 03:23

06. Still Falling 03:59

07. As Long As I’m With You 02:56

08. When You’re In Love 02:53

09. With Love To Spare (Full Demo) 02:52

10. Is She In Love 02:31

11. Come Out, Come Out Where Ever You Are 02:48

12. Marlena 03:55

13. Don’t Give In (Gospel Version) 02:38

14. Kiss Your Heartache Goodbye (AOR Mix) 03:15

15. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow 02:13

 
Tue
07
Mar

TIM – Lost 1983 Album Feat. Thom Griffin & Bruce Gaitsch on MRC

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Finally, the answer to the question – Who Is TIM?

TIM were an ‘almost super-group’, at least with the benefit on hindsight they sure are. Not so much at the time of writing and recording this album in 1983. Regrettably, TIM members were so busy individually with sessions, and family commitments, that the band never made any more music together.

TIM is:

Thom Griffin – Vocals, Guitar

Bruce Gaitsch – Guitars

Bob Lizik – Bass

Terry Tossing Esq – Keyboards

Tom Radtke and Jim Hines – Drums

BUY NOW: https://melodicrockclassics.com/tim.html

The individual recording credits of these guys are incredible:

Thom Griffin – Trillion, Ambition, Brian Wilson, Mecca, Pride Of Lions, Jimi Jamsion, Dennis DeYoung

Bruce Gaitsch – Richard Marx, Fergie Frederiksen, Chicago, Peter Cetera, Michael W. Smith, Madonna, Jim Peterik, Kelly Keagy

Bob Lizik – Brian Wilson, Pride Of Lions, Dennis DeYoung, Soleil Moon, Peterik/Scherer, World Stage

Tom Radtke – John Prine, Dennis DeYoung, Barbra Streisand

Jim Hines – Brian Wilson, Cyndi Lauper

Together they made an unreleased masterpiece. An album so good it would have challenged the other rock albums of 1983 for their dominance.

Thom Griffin comments: “TIM was comprised entirely of session players from Chicago. We were consciously trying to be commercially viable. Bruce had a condo in downtown Chicago where we would meet between sessions to write.  I believe we flushed out our ideas on a Fostex 4 track porta-studio.”

Bruce Gaitsch claiming: “We were trying so hard to be Chicago’s Toto!”

All the songs were recorded using analog recording with no auto-tune or quantization or sequencers and were intended as demos with very few overdubs (with the exception of an occasional instrumental overdub, and vocals). The fact they still sound so amazing today is tantamount to the talent behind the writing and recording.

Bruce continues: “I do recall doing sessions all day and going into Universals big room at night, 8:00 and working all night then going right to a session the next day! We used to write when we had time between sessions at my downtown apartment. It was fun, a nice release from doing commercials 6 times a day.”

Bob Lizik recalls calling the band’s sessions as ‘dust rehearsals’ as the low-rent hired rehearsal space still had a dirt floor.

Bruce: “We helped the first rehearsal studio get started by booking lots of hours even when they still had a dirt floor! Rehearsals would be cancelled at the last minute because of work all the time, then we’d see each other at the sessions.”

And the name? There’s been plenty of guesses where it came from. I’ll leave it to Thom Griffin to reveal the truth: “Yes, the name TIM was a reference to ‘Tim, the Enchanter’ in Monty Python’s “Holy Grail!” movie.”

29 years in the making, the debut TIM album will finally and rightfully see the light of day on July 16 via reissue label MelodicRock Classics on Limited Edition CD (1000 units) and Digital.

01. Somethings Coming 3:25

02. Never Let You Get Away 3:52

03. Maybe It’s Better 3:37

04. Astral Games 3:27

05. Think Back   5:09

06. Whatcha Gonna Do 4:18

07. One Dark Night 3:12

08. Victim Of Love 3:43

09. Lovers Never Cry 4:24

10. Kiss And Tell 3:20

11. Mary Anna  5:47

All songs written and produced by TIM

Additional lyrics provided by Keithen Carter for Somethings Coming, Never Let You Get Away and Maybe it’s Better

Recorded at: Universal Recording (Bob Bennett engineer in the A Room on a Neve 8048 console over the course of 3 evenings); Tanglewood Studio in Brookfield (Larry Millas engineer on a Neotek console over the course a few days)

 
Tue
07
Mar

STEVEN McCLINTOCK ‘Soundtrack Heroes’ Out on MRC

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MelodicRock Classics is excited to announce a partnership with singer/songwriter/producer STEVEN McCLINTOCK to release a pair of phenomenal melodic rock records to feature the acclaimed singer’s voice.

With over 40 years as a successful musician, singer, songwriter, publisher, producer & manager, Steven McClintock is the owner and driving force behind 37 Records and Management. With over 350 cuts and over 25 films and dozens of TV shows to his credit, Steven is also very involved in publishing with Tim James at McJames Music Inc. with writers like Stephen Petree, Chad Petree, Jeremy Dawson from Shiny Toy Guns and Grammy nominee songwriter Pamela Oland.

The second record in the partnership with Steven is something that will excite many fans of classic hands-in-the-air 80s anthems. Steven McClintock the voice behind many cult 80s action films, the voice of the feel good soundtracks that these films championed through the best decade ever.

For years now, many of these songs have been traded over the internet and featured on YouTube, with audio taken directly from the movies themselves or other poor-quality sources.

But now gathered in one place are all the legendary tunes from such movies as Deadly Prey, The Bounty Hunter, Space Mutiny, Born Killer, Nightwars and more…

Curated by MelodicRock Classics over two discs for a free-flowing selection of melodic rock anthems and heartfelt ballads, Steven McClintock’s Soundtrack Heroes is a real treat for fans of 80s rock and 80s action films. Included are a couple of never before released songs, which never featured in films, adding value to the collection.

Tim James Auringer comments on the writing partnership: “After placing a song in one of David A. Prior’s movies In late 1986, David called and asked if we knew how to score a movie. Having never scored a movie before we of course said, “yes”. That began a crash course in film scoring and a journey of composing music and placing over 60 songs in 20 films for David A. Prior and Action International Pictures. Steven McClintock and I solicited the assistance of some friends (Mark Mancina, Garm Beall and Tim Heintz) who had also, naturally, never scored a motion picture before.

Some of these films have gone on to become cult classics, such as Deadly Prey and Space Mutiny. The later becoming one of the favorite “Mystery Science Theater” episodes of all time.

Sadly, David A. Prior passed away a few years ago, but his films continue to be shown all around the world on late night TV. We had fun working on these films and thank David for the opportunity to be involved in so many of his movies.”

‘Soundtrack Heroes’ is another gem from the archives, one which MelodicRock Classics is excited to bring to fans.

Masters were supplied by Steven, with MRC’s JK Northrup remastering expertise again at work.

STEVEN McCLINTOCK ‘Soundtrack Heroes’ will be available for CD Pre-Order and Advance Digital Audio Delivery from this Friday January 14, with CDs shipping to fans during February.

Track Listing (and movie featured in):

CD1

01. Turn On The Night (Chase)                                                   4:16

02. When Love Breaks (Crossing The Line Theme)              3:55

03. Edge Of A Dream (Space Mutiny)                                       3:55

04. Never Say Die (Deadly Prey: Deadliest Prey)                  3:01

05. Running With The One I Love (Chase)                              3:02

06. Do You Remember Love (Rage To Kill)                              3:15

07. It’s Only Love (Rapid Fire)                                                      3:13

08. Read My Lips (Lost Platoon Theme)                                  3:14

09. I Believe In The Battle (Hell On The Battleground)       4:16

10. Is It Really Love (Code Name Vengeance)                       3:27

11. Long Thin Line (Born Killer)                                                   3:39

12. You’re A Mystery (Previously Unreleased)                     3:09

13. For A Moment (Rage To Kill)                                                 4:08

14. Maybe Love (Jetsons: The Movie)                                     3:46

CD2

01. Freedom (Mankillers)                                                             3:29

02. Keep This Motor Running (Born Killer)                             4:16

03. Just A Little (Bounty Hunter)                                                2:39

04. Chase Theme (What’s Going On)                                        3:07

05. Forbidden                                                                                    3:10

06. Here You Are (Chase)                                                              3:17

07. Talk To Me (Previously Unreleased)                                 3:17

08. Home (Hell On The Battleground)                                     3:58

09. Shadow Of A Doubt (Operation Warzone)                     4:26

10. This Fire (Operation Warzone)                                            2:52

11. I Dream (Bounty Hunter Theme)                                        3:37

 
Tue
07
Mar

PLATFORMS Debut Album Limited Edition CD

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MelodicRock Classics is pleased to announce a one-time physical CD release of the acclaimed synthwave AOR debut from Swedish/American outfit PLATFORMS.

The Limited Edition CD release of just 500 units will be available to pre-order today, with the official CD release date of July 2.

$25 (includes worldwide shipping) Pre-order now via:

https://melodicrockclassics.com/platforms.html

Platforms is an example of one of the positive aspects of the modern Internet culture we find ourselves in. During a dark period in his life, from his apartment in Chicago, singer Jordan Cox filled his hard drive with countless songs that sat unrealized and unreleased. One day, he found Swedish producer Michael Palace on Instagram and sent him a direct message.

After bonding over their appreciation for rock and modern synth music the two quickly began resurrecting Jordan’s demos and writing new songs from scratch. Through Dropbox exchanges and Facebook messenger they constructed a full-length album within months.

‘The Future That Never Happened’ is an exciting mix of rock, pop and synthwave, filled to the brim with 80’s nostalgia. The album was released digitally in 2020 and fans have been asking for a physical version ever since.

Now, thanks to MelodicRock Classics it is finally happening.

“It feels surreal that a single message on Instagram has led to a real-life physical CD that will find its way onto shelves of music fans all over the world. We are very thankful to Andrew McNeice and MelodicRock Classics for making this possible.” – said Michael.

Since its release, they both continue to make music together and apart. While Michael has been working on other projects, Jordan has produced a follow up Platforms album called ‘Apocalypse Party’ which is available everywhere digitally.

“Jordan Cox is not only a great singer and songwriter but also a very adept producer himself. We decided to let Platforms evolve in whatever way it chooses to and in the spirit of the first album – involve people from all corners of the world in the process.” – said Michael.

Tracklisting: 01. Dragon Energy 02. Sweetness 03. Day Ruiner 04. River In The Dark 05. Bring You Home 06. One Track Mind 07. Go All Night 08. Superficial Love 09. Out Of The Valley 10. Vienna 11. Higher Ground

NOW SOLD OUT

 

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Tue
07
Mar

MelodicRock Classics Introduces New 500 Series

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MelodicRock Classics is excited to announce a new initiative for the reissue label – targeting those cult classics that many die-hard melodic rock fan wants.

The 500 Series will target the more obscure rarities and previously unreleased material for the collector’s market. As the name suggests, there will only be 500 units of these titles pressed, with artwork reflecting the MRC 500 Series logo, plus a dedicated catalogue number starting with MRC501.

Discussions with the artists involved will be done in advance and the Limited Edition releases will be just that. Any title on the 500 Series will only have 500 units available.

Once sold out, you won’t get this version again.

Announcement of the first 500 Series title will be made soon!

Regular MRC titles will continue to be pressed in 500 and 1000 unit lots, meaning all releases remain highly collectible. Fan reaction and support of the label to date has been overwhelming to say the least.

Thanks to everyone that has made a purchase from the label – there is a lot more on the drawing board for 2023 and beyond.

 
Tue
07
Mar

MARK EDWARDS ‘Land Of The Living – Deluxe Edition’ Out on MRC

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MelodicRock Classics is proud to announce the label’s first collaboration with a classic Australian artist. Aussie melodic rock artist singer / songwriter / guitarist Mark Edwards joins the label to compile all his solo recordings into one place for the very first time, with numerous tracks making their debut on CD.

Mark Edwards made his debut in 1983 in the band Runners, with a line-up that also featured fellow singer/songwriter/guitarist Paul Norton.

After the band disbanded with just the one album to their name, Mark signed with WEA Records to release his acclaimed solo album ‘Land Of The Living’ in 1986. It would turn out to be his only record, but still delivered one of that summer’s breakout hits ‘World’s Away’.

Subsequent singles ‘Land Of The Living’ and ‘Only A Love’ were released with non-album b-sides; followed by a stand alone single ‘High Times’ the following year.

There were also a few Extended Versions available on the 12” Singles released, none of which ever made it to a CD release. In fact, some of the audio was so scarce, vinyl rips came from MRC owner Andrew McNeice’s own collection.

The album itself was subject to a very limited CD run in the late 80s, pressed before the use of barcodes and long since designated a true Australian rarity. As was commonplace with many other titles released on CD in the early days, the sound suffered a lack of bottom end.

Now, thanks to the partnership between MelodicRock Classics and Mark Edwards, his complete solo recordings are being compiled into a fantastic double disc set, featuring the original album and all the singles and b-sides, all fully remastered by JK Northrup for this special limited edition release.

Featuring on the various recordings are some familiar names in the Oz rock scene – vocalists Sharon O’Neill and Vanetta Fields; James Morrison on trumpet; and multi-instrumentalist and co-producer Michael Hegerty. Not to mention, acclaimed session men Ricki Fataar and Rick Chadwick.

‘Land Of The Living – 35thAnniversary Deluxe Edition’ will be released via MelodicRock Classics October 8 with pre-sales available this week, alongside the label’s other October 8 release TBA.

The full track listing is:

Disc 1: The Album

01. Land Of The Living 3.54

02. World’s Away 4:12

03. So Listen 5:45

04. Something New 4:00

05. Candy Baby 4:03

06. Wedding Ring 3:53

07. Only A Love 4:11

08. Life And Times 3:31

09. Time Goes By 3:18

10. Somebody Like You 3:53

11. Back In The Land Of The Living 3:48

Disc 2: Bonus Tracks

01. Hard Times (1987 Single) 3:55

02. Up From Under (Unreleased Demo) 3:20

03. Moonbeam (B-side) 3:34

04. Shah And Kim (B-side) 4:00

05. Land Of The Living (Extended Mix) 7:19

06. One And Only (Extended Version) 6:32

07. Only A Love (Extended Mix) 6:21

08. High Times (Extended Mix) 7:19

09. World’s Away (Single Edit) 3:55

10. So Listen (Edit Version) 5:04

11. Land Of The Living (Long Version) 7:31

 
Tue
07
Mar

MARK BAKER ‘The Future Still Ain’t What It Used To Be’ on MRC

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Two years ago, MelodicRock Records gave songwriter Mark Baker a chance to compile some of his best songwriter demos onto a release under his own name for the first time.

Now under the new label name MelodicRock Classics, its time to deliver another Volume of tracks, with a couple of limited edition options giving fans the chance to own the entire collection of Mark Baker melodic rock demos.

PRE-ORDER NOW: https://melodicrockclassics.com/markbaker2.html

Sharing a similar name, the new release ‘The Future Still Ain’t What It Used To Be’ pays homage to the first album, sharing the epic title track ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ over both releases.
However, on the new release, the song is sung by the great Caryl Mack Parker.

The rest of the album consists of fresh unreleased material, but some of the songs may still sound familiar.

The album contains an amazing original Signal demo for the Van Stephenson/Mark Baker co-write Wake Up You Little Fool; also a David Roberts sung demo of the Boulevard track In The Twilight; An Aina sung version of the James Christian track ‘No Pleasure Without Pain’ and more.

Track Listing & Vocalist Featured:
01. Talk Too Much (Marcie Free) 3:15
02. Wake Up You Little Fool (Original Demo)(Signal) 3:49
03. Feels Like Love (Vocalist Unknown / James Christian Backing Vocals) 4:42
04. Too Bad 4 My Own Good (Caryl Mack Parker) 3:31
05. The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be (Caryl Mack Parker) 4:03
06. No Pleasure Without Pain (Aina) 4:57
07. What Are We Fighting For (David Roberts) 3:50
08. When You Hear My Car (David Roberts) 3:49
09. In The Twilight (David Roberts) 5:01
10. How Are We To Know (David Roberts) 5:23
11. Parallel Lines (Peter McIan) 4:10
12. Livin’ Without My Love (Billy Trudel) 4:48
13. As Long As I Know (Vocalist Unknown) 4:27
14. Walkin’ Talkin’ (James Christian) 4:43
15. Saved By Rock (Marcie Free) 3:29
16. The Long Goodbye (Marcie Free) 4:27

But wait…there’s more!

‘The Future Still Ain’t What It Used To Be’ will also be available in two limited edition formats featuring even more unreleased demos.

While working on compiling the material for this release, several tracks were uncovered that didn’t fit the normal audio quality level required of an official release. The masters just couldn’t be uncovered. But the songs are still great and deserve some form of preservation.

ALL TRACKS featured on both CDs have once again been loving remastered by JK Northrup at Alien 11:11 Studios.

1000 units will be pressed as a Double CD featuring a bonus ‘B Disc’ of tracks featuring the awesome vocalists Marcie Free, Lee Aaron, Gary O, Aina, David Roberts & more…

Volume 2 ‘B Disc’ – Track Listing & Vocalist Featured:
01. Show Me (Marcie Free) 4:01
02. Fascination (Marcie Free) 3:30
03. Gonna Make A Believer (Marcie Free) 3:37
04. Innocent (Marcie Free) 4:06
05. Don’t Talk About My Love (Gary O) 3:17
06. For True Love (Vocalist Unknown) 4:11
07. Some Hearts (Cal Curtis) 4:41
08. Can You See Me Now (Aina) 4:27
09. Say You’ll Stay (Vocalist Unknown) 3:24
10. State Of My Heart (Lee Aaron) 4:41
11. Saigon (David Roberts) 4:17
12. Too Bad For My Own Good (Gary O) 3:15
13. Could It Be (Chako) 4:20

 
Tue
07
Mar

MARCIE FREE ‘Say It Like You Mean It’ Single Out Now

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Stream/download/buy the single now – https://www.catapultdistribution.com/magnet/Marcie-Free/Say-It-Like-You-Mean-It

https://music.apple.com/au/album/say-it-like-you-mean-it-single/1592549714

https://music.amazon.com.au/albums/B09KMD5971

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SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT (2021) (Robin Randall, Bill LaFleur)

Robin Randall: “This song started with a clothing ad I got in an email, subject line “Say It Like You Mean It”, which has nothing to do with clothing or fashion, but I thought it would make a good title. I gave it to Bill who happened to be watching a film called “The Mephisto Waltz” and got a lyric inspiration from that. The music came pretty quick after, and I showed it to Bill and we both worked it out at the piano. Actions speak louder than words.”

RECORDED AUGUST 2021 For the Hollyridgeland – The Songs Of Robin & Judithe Randall Box Set.

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Vocals – Marcie Free Backing Vocals – Marcie Free Bass, Guitars, Piano, Strings – Bill LaFleur Keys, Synths – Jeff Silverman & Bill LaFleur Drums – Nate Morton Engineering – Marcie Free, Jeff Silverman, Nate Morton, Bill LaFleur Mixing and Digital Editing – Jeff Silverman Mastering – JK Northrup Producer – Bill LaFleur

“HOLLYRIDGELAND” THE COMPLETE RANDALL ARCHIVES; 8 DISC BOX SET + DIGITAL BONUSES ORDER NOW RELEASE DATE NOVEMBER 1 LIMITED TO 500 UNITS WORLDWIDE

Disc 1: Featuring Marcie Free

Disc 2: Long Way From Love (Reimagined) All 16 tracks from the 5th Anniversary Special Edition release represented with different versions of the songs featuring the vocals of Diana DeWitt, Kristina Nicholas, AirKraft, Cruz Sembello, Aina and more.

Disc 3: Featuring James Christian Disc

4: Featuring Diana DeWitt Disc

5: Featuring Male Vocals – Curt Cumo, Kelly Keagy, Ken Stacey, Robert Tepper and more

Disc 6: Featuring Aina & Female Vocals

Disc 7: Featuring Steve Zell Vocals

Disc 8: Featuring Tracks From The Year 2000 Onwards; Various Vocalists

 
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LaMARCA Remastered Reissue on MRC

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MelodicRock Classics is excited to continue the limited-edition reissue series featuring four acclaimed cult classic AOR albums. CHRIS IRVINE ‘Frozen Rivers’ and 2AM ‘When Every Second Counts’ are both at press currently and will be released August 26.
The second two titles arrive September 30 – LAMARCA ‘LaMarca’ from 1985 and YAYA’s classic 1988 sophomore release ‘II’.
LaMarca is the brainchild of soul singer Abe Lamarca, who began his singing career in the 1970s, before moving to Los Angeles singing demos and working for songwriters before Scottie Bros/CBS Records released his debut album “LaMarca”. It was a solo endeavor that found this soul lover singing some catchy pop songs, a few of which made it to the big screen, most notably, ‘Hold on Blue Eyes’ from the movie ‘The Wraith’ starring Charlie Sheen. He devoted most of the 90’s to raising his kids in Cleveland and singing radio jingles and T.V. commercials.
Abe has continued singing and writing music ever since and most recently in 2018, continuing to flex a little bit of his “Soul Survivor” swag, Abe enjoyed a Top 20 Smooth Jazz hit with Anne Cochran with his bouncy “Who’s Gonna Baby You?” co-written by Mark Avsec (Wild Cherry, Donnie Iris). His latest single, the sultry “Back in My Natural Groove” released March of 2022 and co-written by Rochon Westmoreland, is currently receiving airplay worldwide on various Smooth Jazz platforms.
But for now, it is time for AOR aficionados to enjoy a freshly remastered reissue of the classic LaMarca release, complete with the two extra soundtrack cuts as well as an extended mix of ‘Burn The Bridge’ and a newly unearthed solo demo ‘Voice Of The Young’, which was intended for a second LaMarca release that never happened.
Abe LaMarca comments; “I’m humbled and honored by the tremendous efforts of Andrew McNeice and MRC Records on this re-issue of the LaMarca album! It was a fun and exciting time for me back then and its very cool now to know that so many people still love and appreciate this music! I thank you all from the bottom of my heart! God bless…”
Remastered by JK Northrup
Track Listing:
01. Change My Rules                      4:33
02. Dear Diane                                  3:53
03. Second Chance                          3:36
04. You                                                 3:39
05. The Bystander                           4:20
06. Burn The Bridge                         4:21
07. The Boys                                      3:58
08. When You Question Love      5:21
09. Touch And Go                            4:09
10. It’s In Your Eyes                         3:43
Bonus Tracks:
11. Hold On Blue Eyes                                    4:02
12. Bad In Blue                                                  4:20
13. Burn The Bridge (12” Version)             5:46
14. When You Question Love (Single Edit) 4:10
15. Voice Of The Young (Original Demo) 4:24
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