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WAYSTED 'VICES' CANDY444 (6 BONUS TRACKS) Categories: ,

PETE WAY’S MUSICAL progress was not only intriguing but also packed with powerful statements of intent, not least the formation of Waysted, one of the early-80s most promising new rock bands. Pete will, of course, always be known for his triumphant years as a key ingredient in UFO, one of the UK’s leading and most influential groups of the 70s and 80s, and his resignation from that band was met with shock and surprise. Initially hooking up with ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke for an early version of Fastway, Pete set in motion a series of events that would lead to the formation of Waysted, an appropriately named cabal of seasoned players looking to make their mark in a new band. Signed, not unexpectedly, to Chrysalis records (home of UFO) the band drafted in former UFO keyboard/guitar player Paul Raymond, drummer Frank Noon (ex Def Leppard), gravel-throated vocalist Ian ‘Fin’ Muir (previously of Flying Squad) and new hotshot American guitarist Ronnie Kayfield. It was a dream team of talent that crafted ‘Vices’, one of the era’s most striking albums, that attracted well deserved attention from the media and the public. Naturally the focus of attention was on Pete Way but vocalist Muir and guitarist Kayfield were singled out as being significant and impressive. Issued in 1983 and produced by Mick Glossop (another UFO alumni), the album carved out a strong and potent style, fusing the classic rock heft of UFO with the low-slung sound being created by fresher sounding acts such as Hanoi Rocks and Dogs D’Amour. Tracks such as ‘Women In Chains’, ‘Love Loaded’, ‘Toy With Passion’ and ‘Hot Love’ are explosive musical cocktails defining the sound of a new era.

24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, full involvement by the band, rare photos, 6 bonus tracks, all spread out over a superb 16 page full colour booklet.

Track Listing: 1.LOVE LOADED 2.WOMEN IN CHAINS 3.SLEAZY 4.NIGHT OF THE WOLF 5.TOY WITH THE PASSION 6.RIGHT FROM THE START 7.HOT LOVE 8.ALL BELONGS TO YOU 9.SOMEBODY TO LOVEBONUS TRACKS: 10.LOVE LOADED 11.SLEAZY 12.NIGHT OF THE WOLF 13.RIGHT FROM THE START 14.ALL BELONGS TO YOU 15.SOMEBODY TO LOVE

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STRIFE BACK TO THUNDER' CANDY449 (4 BONUS TRACKS) Categories: ,

LIVERPOOL BASED THREE piece Strife emerged during the mid-seventies amassing a strong live following on the club circuit and releasing an impressive debut album ‘Rush’ on the Chrysalis label. It was a work of intriguing possibilities, embracing both progressive and harder rock. Their songs were long and convoluted yet also signalled a penchant for melody and purpose that elevated them above the run of the mill units operating at the same time. Sadly, their label failed to recognise the potential and allowed the band to slip between the cracks, and ultimately, due to a contractual production dispute, the band was left in limbo. Despite facing almost overwhelming odds, the band managed to eventually pick themselves up and negotiated a new record deal with the Gull label, the same outfit that signed Judas Priest and released their first two albums. The resulting strife album, ‘Back To Thunder’, was as impressive as their debut, but less flamboyant and more focussed. Indeed, if it wasn’t for the fact that they were just ahead of the rejuvenated interest in British hard rock (the NWOBHM) they could well have been sitting comfortably as one of the key acts operating on the scene. Housing eight tracks, the album boasts a number of standout compositions, including ‘Feel So Good’, ‘Shockproof, ‘Sky’ and the intriguingly titled ‘Fool Injected Overlap’. All solid, punchy hard rock tracks that saw the band embrace a new stylistic approach whilst keeping their progressive rock influences proudly on display. Housed in one of the era’s most attractive album sleeves, the record also boasts the appearance of keyboard wizard Don Airey, who was at the time a member of progressive giants Collosseum II.

24-bit remastering 4,000 word story of the making of the album, band involvement, four bonus tracks, all spread out over a superb 12 page full colour booklet.

Track Listing: 1.SHOCKPROOF 2.LET ME DOWN 3.FEEL SO GOOD 4.SKY 5.YOU ARE WHAT YOU ARE 6.RED SUN 7.FOOL INJECTED OVERLAP 8.WEARY TRAVELLER BONUS TRACKS: 9.YOU DON’T KNOW 10.SCHOOL 11.GO 12.UNRELEASED

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STRIFE 'RUSH' CANDY448 (3 Bonus Tracks) Categories: ,

STRIFE WERE A trio that operated with considerable success during the 1970s, playing a succession of college and club gigs which helped to secure a firm foothold in the UK market. Their reputation as a band that could deliver consistent performances was well documented and attracted a large following. This intense activity won them a highly coveted record deal with Chrysalis records and the release in 1975, of ‘Rush’, their debut album. Despite the fact that they were, in effect, a power trio, the band’s music was far more considered than what might reasonably be expected from such an outfit. Digging deep into mid-seventies progressive rock, this Liverpool-based band ploughed a niche that relied on adventurous arrangements, expressive lyrical themes and a penchant for mixing solid hard rock with long passages that consistently revealed more of their style with every listen. Led by frontmen - bassist/vocalist Gordon Rowley and guitarist John Reid - Strife’s sound was built on this punchy progressive rock imbibed with heavy riffs and the impressively layered vocals. Indeed, it was the sound of the times and attracted enthusiastic praise, despite a number of logistical setbacks, not least of all a record company that was fast losing interest and a difficult production process. Produced by R. Dean Taylor (most notable for the hit single ‘There’s A Ghost In My House’) and recorded in London and San Francisco, the album’s two standout tracks are the epic seven minute ‘Indian Dream’ and the multipart twelve minute title track that’s blessed with an adventurous sonic tapestry and boasts a fiercely dramatic showdown.

24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, full involvement by the band, rare photos, one bonus track, all spread out over a superb 12 page full colour booklet.

TRACK LISTING: 1.BACK STREETS OF HEAVEN 2.MAN OF THE WILDERNESS 3.MAGIC OF THE DAWN 4.INDIAN DREAM 5.LIFE IS EASY 6.BETTER MAN THAN I 7.RUSH BONUS TRACKS: 8.MAGIC IN MY MIND 9. TAWNY EYES 10. WORRY

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LION 'Dangerous Attraction' CANDY422 Categories: ,

LION WERE ONE of just a handful of magical and highly talented anglo-American bands that came up through the ranks in the mid-80s. Consisting of members that had an existing degree of profile in the rock market, the band was tipped as a unit that could achieve big things. Sadly, despite the fact that it was not their fault, it wasn’t to be. The band were based in Los Angeles and their settled line-up consisted of powerhouse vocalist Kal Swan (ex-NWOBHM group Tytan), former Steeler drummer Mark Edwards, bassist Jerry Best and hotshot guitarist Doug Aldrich. They eventually attracted the attention of CBS affiliated Scotti Brothers Records (home of Survivor) and were given the opportunity to record this, their debut album. Despite several trials and tribulations, ‘Dangerous Attraction’ set out their stall perfectly. Not by any stretch of the imagination hair metal, the band’s solid power-soaked style made quite a splash with those that got to hear it. Sadly, however, the label’s lack of commitment to the project meant not enough potential fans were even aware that the record existed. That was a shame as it is one of the finest mid-80s hard rock releases, allowing both Doug Aldrich (later to join Dio, Whitesnake and The Dead Daisies) and, especially, Kal Swan to shine like diamonds. Check out killer tracks such as ‘Armed And Dangerous’, ‘Never Surrender’ and ‘Powerlove’ for absolute proof.”

24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, full involvement by the band, rare photos all spread out over a superb 16 page full colour booklet.

Track Listing: 1.FATAL ATTRACTION 2.ARMED AND DANGEROUS 3.HARD AND HEAVY 4.NEVER SURRENDER 5.DEATH ON LEGS 6.POWERLOVE 7.IN THE NAME OF LOVE 8.AFTER THE FIRE 9.SHOUT IT OUT

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WILDLIFE 'BURNING' CANDY442 Categories: ,

THERE IS NO question that FM has become one of the flag bearers of British melodic rock, having operated for many years through various musical climates, with the ever-present and exceptional voice of Steve Overland. Few, however, will be aware that the band’s history goes back at least a decade earlier when a few of FM were founding members of Wildlife, a group that emerged from their home county of Norfolk and scored a major record deal with the Chrysalis label. Formed in the late seventies, the band featuring future FM members Steve Overland, guitarist/brother Chris and drummer Pete Jupp, were initially discovered by sixties rock 'n’ roll legend Adam Faith who was so enamoured by the band’s abilities that he offered to manage them and secure a record deal. Signing to Chrysalis, the band cut their debut album, which was released in 1980 and produced by the then relatively unknown studio wizard Rupert Hine who later went on to work with Saga, Rush, Stevie Nicks and Tina Turner. Unusually for a British group at the time, their music was very much written and performed in a style most associated with American rock radio, the sort of thing that FM would capitalise on to greater success later in the decade. Melodic and very well executed, Wildlife’s sound was particularly praised for the emotional and expressive vocals of Steve Overland who went on to be be rightly hailed as one of the UK’s greatest rock vocalists. Although the album failed to dent the charts, it did, however, lay the groundwork for a follow up album three years later.

24-bit remastering 4,000 word story of the making of the album, involvement by the band all spread out over a superb 12 page full colour booklet

Track Listing: 1.BURNING 2.PLAYING IT TOO CLOSE TO THE HEART 3.ALENA 4.MISPLACED LOVE 5.IF THE NIGHT 6.THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING LOVE 7.I’M WINNING 8.THAT DIAMOND 9.TOO LATE 10.ONLY A FOOL

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3 CDS FOR ONE GREAT PRICE: LEGS DIAMOND 'OUT ON BAIL' CANDY428, 'LAND OF THE GUN' CANDY429, 'TOWN BAD GIRL' CANDY430

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3 CDS FOR ONE GREAT PRICE: THE RODS ‘IN THE RAW’ CANDY438, THE RODS ‘LIVE’ CANDY439 AND THE RODS ‘LET THEM EAT METAL’ CANDY440

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LEGS DIAMOND 'TOWN BAD GIRL' CANDY430 (One bonus track) Categories: ,

“DESPITE ALL THEIR previous trials and tribulations, Legs Diamond released their sixth album in 1990 to wide acclaim, certainly attracting more attention and publicity than their first four records released in the 1970s and 80s. For Legs it was an incredible achievement, having been cast aside for much of the late 80s as a band without a prominent sales base or indeed any chance of a revival. Fortunately, as an underground favourite amongst the cognoscenti, their reputation preceded them with a new record deal (this time on Metal Blade Records) and a chance to actually make an album recorded with precision and finesse rather than pieced together on a shoestring budget. Issued in 1990, the record was considered a real return to form, many saying that it was the best release since their 70s heyday. It also signalled the welcome return of original guitarist Roger Romeo back into the band after several years pursuing other opportunities. With Rick Sanford supplying high octane vocals the band looked and sounded better than ever, with a creative surge that gave birth to twelve ‘gold standard’ songs’ including a blistering re-recording of ‘Stage Fright’ from their debut album. Pushing the envelope even more, the band were now in a financial position to finally tour the UK after years of being unable to afford such a trip. Naturally they received a hero’s welcome and a well deserved salute to their perseverance and tenacity. ‘Town Bad Girl’ is a record that contains a brace of stellar tracks, including ‘City Streets’, ‘Look Into Her Eyes’ and ‘Never Enough Time’, some of the greatest moments in the Legs Diamond cannon.”

24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, full involvement by the band, rare photos, one bonus track, all spread out over a superb 12 page full colour booklet.

Track Listing: 1. TOWN BAD GIRL 2. CITY STREETS 3. STAGE FRIGHT 4. WORLD ON FIRE 5. CAN’T GET YOU (OUT OF MY MIND) 6. NEVER ENOUGH TIME 7. LOOK IN HER EYES 8. PAIN KILLER 9. CRY NO MORE 10. I AM FOR YOU 11. SHE DID IT FOR LOVE 12. NERVOUS 13. HEAVEN OR HELL BONUS TRACK 14.TOUCH AND GO

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LEGS DIAMOND 'LAND OF THE GUN' CANDY429 (4 bonus tracks) Categories: ,

“WITH REVIVED INTEREST in Legs Diamond piqued by the surprise release of their 1984 album ‘Out On Bail’, the band’s stock had risen to an exciting level, especially in Europe where interest was at an all-time high. As a direct result the band were asked to record a new album with one eye on the overseas market. Naturally, the band were happy to comply and set about recording their fifth album for release on Target Records in the US and Music For Nations in the UK. If there had been some resistance to the sound displayed on the previous record (particularly the sampled drums) the band’s followers were more than satisfied with this new record. ‘Land Of The Gun’, originally issued in 1986, presented the band in all their original sonic glory, containing a brace of stunning songs with punchy production values and a new-found sense of purpose. The line-up remained stable, with their trademark sound fully on-point. Recorded in their native Los Angeles, and issued to great acclaim, the album takes its place in the Legs Diamond Hall Of Fame as one of the finest records from this cherished group.
Chief amongst the songs on offer are classic tracks such as ‘Turn To Stone’, ‘Falling In Love’, ‘My Own Game’ and not least of all ‘Rock Doktor’ with its hip thrusting riff, supplied by Jim May and a typically authoritative vocal from Rick Sandford. This was in fact a revised version track of an earlier song titled ‘Symptoms Of Passion’ and was included on Rock Candy’s reissue of their 1979 ‘Fire Power’ album.”

24-bit remastering, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, full involvement by the band, rare photos, four bonus tracks, all spread out over a superb 16 page full colour booklet.

Track Listing: 1. MY OWN GAME 2. FALLING IN LOVE 3. WAITIN’ FOR THE NITE 4. STEAL A HEART 5. TWISTED LOVE 6. TURN TO STONE 7. RAGGEDY MAN 8. ROCK DOKTOR 9. LAND OF THE GUN 10. RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES BONUS TRACKS: 11. I’VE HAD IT (demo) 12. LIVE FOR ME (demo) 13. AMERICA ROCKS (demo) 14. WHITE KNIGHT (demo)

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LEGS DIAMOND 'OUT ON BAIL' CANDY428 (5 bonus tracks) Categories: ,

“NOTHING WAS EVER Easy for Legs Diamond. As one of the greatest, yet largely unheralded, groups based in the USA they had experienced a succession of difficulties that under any normal circumstances would have permanently sunk a band.

Whilst that possibility had hung over them like a black cloud, causing a few members to question the band’s viability and work on other projects, eventually the central core of keyboardist Michael Prince, drummer Jeff Poole and vocalist Rick Sandford came back together with a reinvigorated and determined sense of purpose.

Casting around for a new recording opportunity, the band happened upon a new small independent operation from Los Angeles, that had recently issued RATT’s highly lauded debut EP, who offered to fund a similar EP for Legs. With the addition of new blood in bassist Mike Christie and hot shot guitarist Jim May, the band entered Sound City Studio in Los Angeles and cut ‘Out On Bail’, a remarkable record, somewhat controversial for its partial use of electronic ‘triggered’ drums.

Fortunately the quality of the material easily outshone such criticism, allowing Legs Diamond to be hailed as a welcome return to form. The band’s reputation also secured the record a release in the UK and Europe, with the addition of a further two tracks.

Songs such as ‘Walk Away’, ‘Fugitive’, ‘Find Out The Hard Way’ and the title track attracted considerable attention in the European press, giving the band a new lease of life after years spent battling apathy in their native country. In fact, the record set the scene for Legs to establish something a strong following in Europe.”

24-bit remastering, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, full involvement by the band, rare photos, five bonus tracks, all spread out over a superb 16 page full colour booklet.

Track Listing: 1. OUT ON BAIL 2. FUGITIVE 3. WALK AWAY 4. DOOMSDAY FLIGHT 5. FIND IT OUT THE HARD WAY 6. NOBODY’S FOOL 7. SEEMS LIKE A DREAM 8. ONE WAY TICKET BONUS TRACKS 9. RADIO 10. HEY TEXAS 11. ONE LAST KISS 12. HEROES 13. BROKEN HEART/ONE LAST KISS (Alt lyrics)

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