3 CDS FOR ONE GREAT PRICE: LEGS DIAMOND 'OUT ON BAIL' CANDY428, 'LAND OF THE GUN' CANDY429, 'TOWN BAD GIRL' CANDY430
3 CDS FOR ONE GREAT PRICE: THE RODS ‘IN THE RAW’ CANDY438, THE RODS ‘LIVE’ CANDY439 AND THE RODS ‘LET THEM EAT METAL’ CANDY440
“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
“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)
“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)
“EAST COAST POWER metallers the Rods, despite their hallowed reputation, had been subjected to a string of overwhelming career obstacles, not least of all their sudden departure from major label Arista records and their inability to gain exposure in the UK after a string of lauded dates supporting Iron Maiden. Life was an uphill struggle for a band that at one point in their existence seemed to have it all in the palm of their hands. Refusing to succumb to this tidal wave of resistance, the band picked themselves up and released two further albums on independent labels, which led to a more substantive association with the newly formed Combat label in America. Helmed by Walter O’Brien (later to manage Pantera) who was also connected to the via drummer Carl Canedy’s burgeoning production career, Combat bankrolled the band’s fourth studio album, titled ‘Let Them Eat Metal’, originally issued in 1984. It is a record of dynamic power, packing a real punch, with such Rods classics as ‘Rock Warriors’, ‘I’m A Rocker’ and the peddle to the metal gear shift of ‘Bad Blood’. All songs that continued the emphasis on red hot power metal, spearheaded by the track ‘She’s So Tight’. The record even gained a UK release through the Music For Nations label. Once again, however, the band was unable to follow up on touring plans even though a headline tour, supported by Metallica and Exciter, was planned but mysteriously abandoned at the eleventh hour. Still, this album is a fine testament of the band’s infatigable spirit and refusal to give up.”
24-bit remastering, 3,500 word essay 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. LET THEM EAT METAL 2. WHITE LIGHTNING 3. NUCLEAR SKIES 4. ROCK WARRIORS 5. BAD BLOOD 6. SHE’S SO TIGHT 7. GET THE FIRE BURNIN’ 8. I’M A ROCKER 9. SHE’S SUCH A BITCH BONUS TRACKS: 10. YOU’D BETTER RUN 11. LIFE ON THE EDGE 12. EVIL WOMAN/POPEYE’S DRUM SOLO (LIVE) 13. TOO HOT TO STOP (LIVE)
“BY THE TIMEof this recording the Rods had released three studio albums and completed a widely praised UK tour supporting Iron Maiden. That they were primed and ready to be recorded live was not in question as the band’s in-concert prowess was already well documented amongst fans and critics, giving them a well respected cache in the world of underground hard rock. The time had come then to document the band’s ferocious live performances and what better way to get that underway than record a handful of gigs on the American East Coast, a chunk of this record culled from a particularly combustible 1983 opening slot on a gig headlined by Motorhead. Unlike a number of live albums from other bands, the Rods lived and fell by their ability to attack playing live as if their life depended on it, which this album clearly demonstrates. Whether it was due to the lack of funds or simply down to their sheer intensity, the recordings here are utterly spellbinding, displaying a reckless abandon of traditional rock etiquette and laying out a road map to hard rock heaven. Sure, in the cold light of day the songs are tight and brittle but there’s a certain hunger that engulfs proceedings, like they were being set alight in a room full of gunpowder. Amazingly, the band refused to offer up a greatest hits/best of selection, choosing instead to feature mostly newly written songs so that their fan base would view it as a legitimate new release and not just a reheated package of previous material. For that reason it was a major achievement, helping to further their reputation - alongside Twisted Sister and Riot - as honorary Stateside members of the British NWOBHM movement.”
24-bit remastering, 4,000 word essay about the making of the album, full involvement by the band, rare photos, one bonus track, all spread out over a superb 16 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1. I LIVE FOR ROCK N’ ROLL 2. HELLBOUND 3. BORN TO ROCK 4. THE VIPER 5. SPEED DEMON 6. HURRICANE 7. DEVIL’S CHILD 8. RABID THUNDER 9. COLD SWEAT AND BLOOD BONUS TRACK: 10. SIT DOWN HONEY
“POWER TRIO THE Rods formed in Upstate New York during the late seventies and achieved the distinction of being one of the very few hard rock bands to have signed, in 1981, with major label Arista records under the counsel of industry heavyweight Clive Davis. The band also secured much support from the heavy metal underground, which helped them to establish a solid beachhead of two albums that the fans enthusiastically connected with. Sadly, in the big picture, Arista’s lack of expertise in the hard rock world left the band floundering and commercially underachieving. By the time of ‘In the Raw’ the band had departed from Arista and turned instead to well-respected independent label Shrapnel, helmed by guitar aficionado Mike Varney. It was, in many respects, an inspired move, despite the fact that the album was recorded on a shoestring budget with the intention to re-record it later for bigger label. So, in effect the tracks are little more than demos but the energy and enthusiasm is brilliantly captured and showcases the band in a raw (hence the title!), undiluted and resolutely determined fashion. Despite the lack of studio finesse the songs are perfectly formed, the band having rehearsed them to achieve the maximum effect. Tracks such as ‘Hurricane’, ‘Witch’s Brew’, ‘Street Fighter’ and ‘Hot City’ showing what a powerful unit the band had grown into. The album eventually appeared in 1983, a year after they had supported Iron Maiden on a full UK tour, a set of dates that enhanced their reputation as one of the best US bands following in the NWOBHM slipstream.”
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TRACK LISTING: 1. HURRICANE 2. CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE FUN 3. WITCH'S BREW 4. GO FOR BROKE 5. HOT LOVE 6. HOT CITY 7. STREETFIGHTER 8. EVIL WOMAN 9. HOLD ON FOR YOUR LIFE 10. ANOTHER NIGHT ON THE TOWN BONUS TRACKS: 11. IN YOUR PANTIES 12. STAY ON TOP 13. NOTHING GOING ON IN THE CITY (LIVE) 14. WHOLE LOTTA LED (LIVE) 15. END OF THE LINE (LIVE)
WHILST SUPERGROUPS WERE all the rage in the ‘70s and ‘80s, few of them actually delivered meaningful results. In the case of ‘90’s supergroup Damn Yankees this was not the case, as the combined explosive talents of guitar hero Ted Nugent, former Styx vocalist and guitarist Tommy Shaw, Night Ranger bassist and vocalist Jack Blades and drummer Michael Cartellone not only made an enticing proposition on paper but also actually delivered a hugely convincing musical statement. Their self-titled debut album was a massive commercial and creative success, achieving double platinum status in North America alone, elevating the band to a level that few would have confidently expected.
‘Don’t Tread’ the band’s second and final album was issued in September 1992 to huge anticipation. Sadly, however, the expectation of another blockbuster release was rudely frustrated when the album failed to connect with their fan base and the wider public. Despite the album’s obvious depth and quality it was clear that something was amiss, mainly because the musical climate was in a state of flux, switching allegiance from traditional melodic hard rock towards the raw sound of grunge. It was an erosion of belief that served to cripple a number of well-respected artists, not just Damn Yankees.
Despite seeing this cloud of doom on the horizon, the band remained on-message and recorded their second album in a positive spirit, crafting a record that was every inch a worthy successor to the debut. Produced once again by Ron Nevison (Heart, Led Zeppelin, UFO), and mixed superbly by Chris Lord-Alge, it was recorded in Los Angeles and showcases a magnificent selection of songs, including the title track, ‘Where You Goin’ Now’ (a top 20 US hit single), ‘Dirty Dog’ and ‘Firefly’. All tracks displaying grit, determination and a desire to impress.
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TRACK LISTING: DON’T TREAD ON ME 2. FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME 3. WHERE YOU GOIN’ NOW 4. DIRTY DOG 5. MISTER PLEASE 6. SILENCE IS BROKEN 7. FIREFLY 8. SOMEONE TO BELIEVE 9. THIS SIDE OF HELL 10. DOUBLE COYOTE 11. UPRISING BONUS TRACKS: 12. WHERE YOU GOIN’ NOW (LIVE) 13. HIGH ENOUGH (LIVE)
LIKE CANADA, AUSTRALIA produced a number of superlative rock bands during the seventies and eighties many of which managed to exert their influence on a number of continents, particularly North America and Europe, that favoured their direct approach to music. Of course, the main hard rock assault was led by AC/DC and quickly followed by the likes of Rose Tattoo, Cold Chisel and Angel City. Heaven were natural successors to that crown and subsequently made quite a splash evoking comparisons to the well trodden Australian barroom boogie style. Formed in 1980 and based in Sydney, the band featured not only a stylised sound similar to AC/DC, but also their vocalist Allan Fryer had been in contention to replace Bon Scott after his tragic death in 1980. Furthermore, Heaven was handled by AC/DC’s former manager who relocated the band to Los Angeles where they signed to Columbia Records and set about touring the USA extensively. It was a smart move as the band were welcomed into a climate that was primed for the kind of in your face hard rock that was all the rage at the time. ‘Where Angels Fear To Tread’ was in fact the band’s second album, the debut having been recorded in their Native Australia, and upholds the fine foot stomping hard rock tradition. Recorded in Los Angeles it boasts a number of standout tracks and features backing vocals from the likes of Glen Hughes, Lita Ford, and Ronnie James Dio (under the non de plume of ‘Evil Eyes’). Driven by the frantic pace of the title track, the album includes a number of anthems including ‘Scream For Me’, ‘Madness’ and ‘Hard Life’.
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TRACK LISTING: 1. WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD 2. LOVE CHILD 3. SCREAM FOR ME 4. DON’T MEAN NOTHIN’ 5. ROCK SCHOOL 6. MADNESS 7. HARD LIFE 8. SHE STOLE MY HEART 9. YOU 10. SLEEPING DOGS