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4 months ago
adguy
I was wondering when Braithwaite's name would come up. He had a solo career after The Sherbs and put out a few records that I liked. Edge was my favorite. Rise and Taste The Salt were also pretty good. I have two of the Sherbs records - The Skill and Defying Gravity - but don't recall the songs on those being as strong as We Ride Tonight. Will have to check them out again. Stuart
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4 months ago
adguy
Loved the second Wildlife record with Simon Kirke. Could never get into the first one. I have some Rick Cua records from the early 80s that I haven't listened to in decades. Will have to pull those out and give 'em a spin. May have the Push record ... will look for that one, as well. Haven't heard of the rest of those bands, so I'll see what I can find on YouTube. Stuart
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4 months ago
adguy
I would be remiss to not add this band/album to an Old School AOR post .... the self-titled and only album by the band Chopper. Enjoy. Stuart Chopper s/t
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4 months ago
adguy
> ...Hmmmm, strange. I'm a fairly big NWOBHM fan, > and I do have Jaguar's debut. But it was average, > at best, the way I remember it. I thought with > This Time, that the change really proved that they > had found their niche. Guess others didn't feel > the same. Fairly big NWOBHM fan as well and, at the time, Power Games only got a little write up in Kerrang and t
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4 months ago
adguy
Wow, time sure flies. Saw them on that tour ... which may explain why I think Big Generator has held up better over time than 90125. While 90125 had an awesome Side A (from my vinyl days), I think Big Generator is a better overall cd (stronger collection of songs). Stuart
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4 months ago
adguy
Don, I'm not sure there's a band who changed their musical direction so drastically and so quickly as Jaguar. They went from heavy metal to AOR in the blink of an eye. I have their first two releases on vinyl and the first also on cd ... which tells you which I prefer. In recent articles I've read, Power Games is now seen as an unsung NWOBHM classic. Stuart
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4 months ago
adguy
Don, As you can tell by the number of replies, great topic to post about. Regarding the bands you listed: Le Roux - I grew up in South Louisiana which is where LeRoux is from, so very familiar with all their records. Most AOR folks know about So Fired Up with Fergie. Most locals love the first album with Jeff Pollard on vocals as it has a real Louisiana vibe to it. My fav is UP. It was
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4 months ago
adguy
Great post Darren. Had to think about it to come up with five: Asia - Too Late (Astra) Rainbow - No Release (Difficult To Cure) Genesis - There Must Be Some Other Way ( Calling All Stations) Triumph - All the King's Horses (Surveillance) Toto - Melanie (Mindfields) / While it's not my fav Toto track, it's near the top and prob the most obscure song of theirs that I love. Stuart
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4 months ago
adguy
I own six of them. My favorite of those back in the day was Steve Winwood's Roll With It. Now, it's Small World by Huey Lewis & The News. It has held up quite well over the years. Stuart
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5 months ago
adguy
Hustler Wrote: ------------------------------------ > Agree 100%- All killer imo, and probably my > favorite album of the Chapman era! Never > understood the lack of appreciation. Maybe due to the song sequence… granted it starts off a bit slowly with the first three tracks: > > The Writer > Somethin' Else > Back Into My Life > > But damn- once you hit tra
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5 months ago
adguy
Back in the day, this was my favorite and most played Chapman-era albums. Over time, though, it seems that I reach for No Place To Run when I want to hear UFO. Always loved the Chapman records more than the Schenker ones. I thought those were more consistently strong front to back. Stuart
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6 months ago
adguy
In my Top 3 of bands. Back in the day, I played Thunder & Lightning to death. These days, my go-to Lizzy recording is the under-rated Bad Reputation. I also think Renegade has aged very well over time. The one record I never warmed to is Black Rose ... which is odd since I was a huge Gary Moore fan back then. Stuart
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7 months ago
adguy
Love that you posted this, Carl. While I was always partial to Jefferson Starship with Mickey Thomas on vocals (Freedom At Point Zero and Modern Times are two of my favs), I enjoyed the KBC Band album for some reason. I guess it's because I've grown to like Kantner's "multi-layered vocalists" approach he used for his songs. It did take some getting used to. I haven't listene
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7 months ago
adguy
While I love the first two Asia records, it has more to do with the songs and Wetton's voice than Howe's guitar. Given that, I really loved Astra when it came out. Mandy Meyer's guitar playing/tone had more "bite" to it than Howe's and was a great compliment to John Wetton's singing. To me, it has aged very well over the years ... I play it as often as the first. Stuart
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7 months ago
adguy
Regarding Freedom At Point Zero, I'm with ya Terry. Solid hard rock from start to finish. It's also my go-to followed closely by Modern Times. Don't find Winds Of Change or Nuclear Furniture to be as strong. Knee Deep and No Protection sounded very lightweight to me. Love Among The Cannibals was good in places. If you want to see/hear just how good Mickey Thomas is, a singing coach named K
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7 months ago
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Great topic Rocknut ... haven't played my Jude Cole CDs in over a decade ... and I'm not sure why as it is awesome melodic rock. I discovered Jude Cole via a video of Start The Car. 3rd Street is his strongest record beginning to end to my ears. I'll be revisiting it, Start The Car and the one that followed this weekend for sure. Stuart
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7 months ago
adguy
I remember discovering Wetton in the band UK a few years before (Night After Night is one of my Top 10 favorite records), so I loved the first Asia record when it came out. By the time Alpha was released, I was working in a record store and the expectations were high for that record. Everyone was little disappointed because it was softer than the first. Today, I like them equally and spin
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8 months ago
adguy
Great thread Thomas. Back when they were first released, I was all about Samurai and played it constantly. Didn't give the others much love. I recently revisited them and was surprised how much I loved There For None To See. To my ears, it has aged exceptionally well. I would now put it on par with Samurai. As for the s/t record, I've never warmed to Bernie Shaw's voice whether he was in
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9 months ago
adguy
I'm curious to hear everyone's thoughts on UK band Barclay James Harvest. I recently picked up a used copy of their Welcome To The Show cd. Had heard of the band, but never heard or bought any of their music. The CD was good, but a little uneven. Cheap The Bullet was the standout track. After listening to other records on Spotify, it appears their early work is more prog rockish, while later reco
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9 months ago
adguy
Adolfo, Your post reminded me of two early online purchases: Discogs -- My first international transaction was with a record store in Denmark to buy the second LP from NWOBHM band Dark Star. eBay -- I was a big fan of Jef Scott's Ten Stories record. I found out he had an obscure CD (Ultimate Sensation) out as part of a band he led called The Ghostwriters. It finally appeared on eBay. I
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9 months ago
adguy
The "finding a gem in most unlikely places" example that first came to my mind was from the early 80s. I walked into a soon-to-close Woolworth's store (what we call a "five and dime" store here in the US), saw that they had "cut out"/clearance records for a buck or two, thumbed through them and found Don't Mind Rockin' Tonight by pub rock legends Ducks Deluxe. Be
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9 months ago
adguy
My top choice would be ... Illusion - I Like It Loud Others include: Dedringer - Second Arising (not a fan of Direct Line) Alkatrazz - Radio 5 and Young Blood Sterling - City Kids and the jazz band Kittyhawk - Kittyhawk, Race For The Oasis, 3rd record on Zebra label (name escapes me right now) Stuart
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10 months ago
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Hi Figge, Gotcha. I'm looking at both vinyl records and from what I'm seeing, I'm pretty certain you've been listening to the US version since 1984. Rock Will Never Die is Song 4 and St. Holmes sings on Still Love That Little Devil. On my UK version, Still Love That Little Devil is song 6 (beginning of side 2) and Barden only. Walk The Stage is Song 9 (and not titled Rock Will Never Die). B
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10 months ago
adguy
Hi Figge, Sorry, to clarify ... The UK version was released first and featured Schenker / Barden / Glen / McKenna / Nye. St. Holmes was added to the remixed US version. He only sang on Still Love That Little Devil. Not sure if he played or sang backup on anything else. Will have to listen with headphones to see if I can hear him on anything else. To me, the changing of the song order
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10 months ago
adguy
The UK version was the one I heard first, so I got used to it. It was a while before I heard the US version. The differences between the two versions were: 1. Different track listing / I thought the UK version flowed much better song to song. 2. St. Holmes on Still Love That Little Devil / he ruined the song IMO. 3.The US version was remixes by Jack Douglas at The Record Plant in NYC
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10 months ago
adguy
Hustler, Loved reading your response. So well written and so true. Stuart
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10 months ago
adguy
I'm also a big fan of Built To Destroy ... though not over Making Contact. Which version do y'all prefer ... the original English release or the American one? For me, it's the English version. I love the song sequencing and I don't think Derek St. Holmes fit the band at all. Stuart
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10 months ago
adguy
Wow, tough match up. Back in the day, my response would likely have favored MSG. But the Chapman-era UFO recordings have held up very well over time. Michael Schenker Group / No Place To Run - UFO / No Place To Run is in top 5 of my overall favorite records. MSG / The Wild, The Willing - UFO / It kinda hurts to pick UFO here as I played the second MSG record to death. But WW&I still get
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11 months ago
adguy
Bunnet, Thanks for posting this. I have the Radio 5 lp that I bought in the 80s, but haven't listened to in years. Didn't stand out to me back then. Listened to it today and loved it. Also listened to Young Blood on YouTube. Never knew about that record ... loved it, too. It has more of that NWOBHM sound (which I love) than Radio 5. Both are great records ... surprised they didn't get
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11 months ago
adguy
Totally agree with Carl and Warrior ... Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting is the one. It was the first one that came to my mind. Another that falls into that category and hasn't been mentioned yet ... Take Me To The Pilot. I think it's on the 11/17/70 album. Stuart
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