“ALTHOUGH LIVERPOOL quartet Nutz never achieved the huge success afforded to a handful of their rivals they did, however, establish a reputation for one of the most talented and hardworking bands that occupied the mid seventies British hard rock scene. With a coveted deal with A&M Records and three well received studio albums under their belt, their last studio album ‘Hard Nutz’ had promised so much but delivered little in the way of commercial gain. It was a frustrating set of circumstances especially when you consider the quality of their records. Faced with a lack of progress their label, having seen them play gigs, suggested that they try to reverse this situation by issuing a live album – something that would show the world how great and exciting they really were and what we were all missing. It had worked for Kiss and Peter Frampton so why not for Nutz? Enlisting the Island Mobile unit, the band booked two shows at Nottingham’s legendary Boat Club venue taping what, as it turned out, would be the final Nutz album. True to form, the album is a red hot slice of explosive hard rock documenting this great, but underappreciated, band in full flight. With a fully comprehensive selection of tracks from the bands career including classics as ‘Seeing Is Believing’ and ‘Wallbanger’ the gloves are well and truly off. They also included two new songs ‘You Better Watch Out’ and ‘Can Be Loved’. It’s easy to see why the band is now regarded as one of the forerunners of the NWOBHM.”
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TRACK LIST: 1. SEEING IS BELIEVING 2. LOSER 3. PUSHED AROUND 4. YOU BETTER WATCH OUT 5. R.S.D. 6. JOKE 7. CAN BE LOVED 8. WALLBANGER 9. KNIFE EDGE
“NUTZ HAD BEEN building a solid reputation in the UK as one of the best rock bands emerging during the mid-seventies. By constant touring and two previous well received albums under their belt, the band had secured a solid fan base and strong support in the media, helping to position them as an act to watch for bigger and better things. Under normal circumstances that would have all been well and good but the times they were a changing. The emergence of punk rock looming over their shoulders suddenly turned a very sunny outlook into something altogether gloomier. This situation couldn’t have been more unfortunate as ‘Hard Nutz’, the band’s third studio album, was unquestionably the pinnacle of their creative achievement thus far. It was a record that fully refined their objectives by bringing not only their sound and material into a fully cohesive package but also positioned them as real contenders. Sadly, as we now know, the punk climate was not conducive to the kind of traditional hard rock that Nutz had made their own. Issued in 1977, and featuring new member Kenny Newton on keyboards, the record was greeted with an enthusiastic reception by their devoted fan base. Produced by Gary Lyons and John Sinclair (who would that same year produce the multi-million selling debut from Foreigner) the album was overwhelmed by the emergence of punk, leaving them to flounder in the mainstream. ‘Tis a pity, as tracks such as ‘Seeing Is Believing’, ‘I know The Feeling’, ‘From Here To Anywhere’ and the pre NWOBHM gallop of ‘Wallbanger’ are some of the best songs the band ever recorded.”
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TRACK LIST 1. SEEING IS BELIEVING 2. I KNOW THE FEELING 3. LOSER 4. FROM HERE TO ANYWHERE 5. WALLBANGER 6. PUSHED AROUND 7. BEAST OF THE FIELD 8. SICK AND TIRED 9. DOWN ON MY KNEES 10. ONE MORE CUP OF COFFEE. BONUS TRACKS (LIVE): 11. SEEING IS BELIEVING 12. LOSER 13. PUSHED AROUND 14. ONE MORE CUP OF COFFEE 15. BEAST OF THE FIELD 16. WALLBANGER
“THE EARLY EIGHTIES were a boom time for hard rock. It seemed like albums were being released by the truckload, many from eager young hopefuls keen to grab a slice of the limelight and advance up the slippery ladder of success. Fortnox were one of the many hopefuls charging out of the starting blocks full of hope and ambition, looking to stamp their mark on a scene that was eager and receptive to new talent. Based in the Southern state of Georgia, Fortnox could be described a storming power trio, led by guitarist/vocalist Rick Fowler, who were signed to industry heavyweight Epic records. In an enterprising move the label hooked them up with up with hot shot British producer Chris Tsangarides (Ozzy Osbourne, Thin Lizzy) who took control of recording the band’s sole album, in Atlanta. The results were remarkably impressive, leaving those who heard the recordings to predict big things for the band. The album received positive reviews but despite extensive touring, playing with the likes of Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and April Wine, support from the label began to dwindle, leaving the band vulnerable to forces beyond their control. Sadly, despite harbouring a number of great songs, such as ‘Lucifer’s Eyes’, ‘On The Prowl’ and ‘Storm Inside My Head’ (a video of which aired on the fledgling MTV) and some radio support, the band’s life support system was slowly withdrawn, leaving them unable to carry on – a real shame as the quality of this record showed enormous potential.”
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TRACK LIST 1. ON THE PROWL 2. STORM INSIDE MY HEAD 3. RUNNING FROM YOURSELF 4. THE BEAST IN ME 5. ROCK AND ROLL CITY 6. WHAT ABOUT ME 7. LUCIFER’S EYES 8. ROCKIN’ IN AMERICA 9. ANOTHER LADY 10. DON’T SCRATCH THE SURFACE 11. HYPEROCK. BONUS TRACKS: 12. DEEP INSIDE 13. STAND TO BLAME 14. THIS AIN'T LOVE THIS IS WAR 15. DANGER RULES THE NIGHT
“IT WAS SOMETIME in the late seventies that the Axis record started appearing in discount bins around the world. Up until then it seemed to have been a well kept secret, despite the fact that it was issued on the RCA label (via a production deal with their management’s Hologram imprint) and featured two former members of the high profile American band Derringer. Once aficionados started to hear and appreciate the record it soon became apparent that this was one of the most exciting releases of the entire era. As a classic power trio, based in Los Angeles, featuring guitarist Danny Johnson (formerly of Derringer and Steppenwolf), bassist Jay Davis and hard hitting drummer Vinny Appice (from Derringer), Axis stood out head and shoulders above other contenders. Produced by British wünderkind Andy Johns, and recorded in the Record Plant NYC, the album packs an enormous punch, conjuring up comparisons to other seasoned 70s acts such Montrose, Mountain and, natch, Derringer. It is, it has to be said, a mystery as to why they flew beneath the radar, failing to make any commercial impact whatsoever. If you are a fan of late seventies tough, lean and mean hard rock then there is much to appreciate here; with tracks such as ‘Brown Eyes’, ‘Juggler’ and the twisted ‘Busted Love’. In fact there is not one weak cut on the record, which in itself is a tremendous achievement. It was a fact not lost on Tony Iommi, who played the record to Ronnie James Dio before recruiting Vinny Appice to join the rejuvenated Black Sabbath.”
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TRACK LISTING: 1. BROWN EYES 2. BUSTED LOVE 3. JUGGLER 4. SOLDIER OF LOVE 5. TRAIN 6. ARMAGEDDON 7. RAY’S ELECTRIC FARM 8. STORMY WEATHER 9. CATS IN THE ALLEY 10. BANDITS OF ROCK 11. CIRCUS WORLD
“THE ROAD TO fame and fortune is littered with fallen heroes, musicians that just couldn’t get a shot at the big time, languishing in the shadows, forgotten and broken by a fickle turn of fate. Many of these artists came very close to realising their dream but were let down by circumstances that were entirely out of their control. Shelter worked so hard to score a major label record deal, but this scenario was exactly what happened to them, and the band’s sole album was totally ignored. Signed to the Polydor label, this classy East Coast outfit were signed via a production deal with the owner of the famous Hit Factory recording studio in Manhattan. It was, for a short moment in time, a dream come true. The band had and impressive style, like a knock out combination of Foreigner and Survivor. Issued in 1982, ‘First Stop’ showcased a sound that was fast becoming the biggest thing on US radio, and Shelter appeared to be act that could step up to the plate and easily knock it out of the park. Sadly, it was not to be. The album was released with virtually no marketing or publicity, crash landing with the muted fizzle of a damp firework. Unbeknownst to them, however, import copies made their way to Europe, generating a seed of appreciation that, tragically, in the pre Internet age, could not be capitalised on. Eventually, the band split up, but their music lives on; tracks such as ‘On The Line’, ‘Tricks’ and ‘Who Do You Love’ resonate with pure spit and polish. And Listen out for ex-Steeplechase frontman Joe Lamonte’s hugely impressive vocals.”
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TRACK LISTING: 1. ON THE LINE 2. SO GLAD I FOUND YOU 3. THE WAY I FEEL 4. WHO DO YOU LOVE 5. WHY 6. UNDERNEATH YOUR MAKE-UP 7. SHELTER 8. TRICKS 9. FOOLISH LOVERS 10. BECAUSE OF LOVE
“THE LONG ROAD to stardom for Love/Hate started out reasonably well. Based in Los Angeles they had won a coveted long-term deal with Columbia Records and issued a well-received debut album. It was a record that positioned them as a harder, more street-cred option to the majority of other bands playing around the Hollywood scene – somewhere between Guns N’ Roses and Skid Row. And with Jizzy Pearl they had one of the best frontmen in town, one with the look and bravado to carry them far. When their debut album didn’t set the world on fire, through no fault of their own, a rethink was required. Part of the solution they thought was to relocate to New York and be closer to their label HQ - it would also potentially inject some fresh energy into the band. Once accomplished, and fully settled in a Manhatten loft, they set about recording ‘Wasted In America’, with a new producer, John Jansen, who had worked with a stellar list of hard rock acts, including Britny Fox, Bang Tango, Warrant and Faster Pussycat. It looked like a marriage made in heaven and to a degree it was. ‘Wast In America’ is an electric and exciting record, produced with bluster and bravado, lending the band a monstrously dirty edge, helping to elevate their songs to another level. The guitars cut through like chainsaws and Jizzy Pearl never sounded more in command. Songs such as ‘Miss America’, ‘Evil Twin’, ‘Happy Hour’ and the title track itself, made mincemeat of the competition. If you like your rock loud, dangerous and devilishly raw then look no further.”
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TRACK LIST: 1. WASTED IN AMERICA 2. SPIT 3. MISS AMERICA 4. CREAM 5. YUCCA MAN 6. HAPPY HOUR 7. TRANQUILIZER 8. TIME’S UP 9. DON’T F*CK WITH ME 10. DON’T BE AFRAID 11. SOCIAL SIDEWINDER 12. EVIL TWIN. BONUS TRACKS: 13. CASTLES FROM SAND 14. SOUL HOUSE TALES
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“THE GREAT LEVELLER in life is the mysterious arrival of Lady Luck. You can carry on investing time, experience and energy in anything but without a well timed appearance by the grand dame of serendipity you might as well whistle in the wind. That, unfortunately, was the case for Legs Diamond, one of the greatest, yet underexposed, bands of the 1970s. That they had the talent and the mandate to climb to the very heights of success, sadly, life decreed otherwise. Having recorded two sensational albums for well heeled Mercury Records, the band were casually cast adrift when sales figures revealed unexpected and disappointing results. But with deep resolve they opted to carry on and found a new home with independent label, Cream Records. Unfortunately, as things turned out it was not the saving grace they had hoped for but it did provide them with the opportunity to record yet another album that significantly added to their reputation. Issued in 1979, the record actually received well intentioned promotion and contained arguably one of their greatest tracks, namely ‘Underworld King’, a song that further bolstered their reputation as the American comparison to Deep Purple. Other highlights include ‘Come With Me’ and ‘Man At The Top’. It is an album of light and shade, clearly the result of behind the scenes influences, but at least the band’s heart and soul was still beating loud and clear, letting us know that they were still very much contenders to the throne.”
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TRACK LISTING: 1. UNDERWORLD KING 2. MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE 3. YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ 4. REMEMBER MY NAME 5. CHICAGO 6. MIDNIGHT LADY 7. HELP WANTED 8. COME WITH ME 9. TRAGEDY 10. MAN AT THE TOP BONUS TRACKS: 11. WINDS OF FORTUNE 12. BETWEEN THE LEGS 13. HOUSE ON FIRE 14. SYMPTOMS OF PASSION 15. DANCE HALL GIGOLO 16. FIGHT FOR IT 17. HIDIN’ 18. GAMBLIN’ ON YOU 19. URBAN DESPERADO 20. CARD SHARK 21. SMOTHER ME
“HAVING RECORDED ONE of the best debut hard rock albums of the 1970s, Legs Diamond had set a seriously high standard that attracted the attention of connoisseurs worldwide. Although the record failed to connect commercially, those in the know identified the band as being one of the brightest and most accomplished to have emerged for many years. Against all odds, ‘A Diamond Is A Hard Rock’, the band’s second album, was not only a more impressive statement but also one that solidified the group’s reputation for years to come. Produced this time around by Eddie Leonetti (who worked with Angel, Moxy and Rex) the record is an astonishing development of their debut, helping the band to fully realise their enormous potential. Recorded in their native Los Angeles, and released in the fall of 1977, it showcases the band at the very peak of their powers, unleashing a veritable barrage of rock solid material. Cleverly bridging the gap between balls to the wall hard rock and more constrained content, the album builds on their reputation as a band that could easily combine clever instrumental prowess with hard as nails riffs. Songs such as ‘Waiting’, ‘Long Shot’, ‘I Think I Got It’, and the title track, exploded out of the grooves with lean and mean intent. However, it’s the imperial ‘Woman’ that elevates the record to classic status. It is also a defining vehicle for showcasing front man ‘Rick Sanford’s extraordinary voice.”
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TRACK LISTING: 1. DIAMOND IS A HARD ROCK 2. WAITING 3. LONG SHOT 4. WOMAN 5. JAILBAIT 6. I THINK I GOT IT 7. EVIL 8. LIVE A LITTLE 9. FLYIN’ TOO HIGH BONUS TRACKS 10. HIGH SCHOOL QUEEN - Demo 11. TEASER 12. IT TAKES MORE SOUL (TO ROCK & ROLL) 13. STUMBLER 14. SHOWTIME IN CHICAGO 15. EVIL
“IF EVER THERE was a band that should have taken their music to the very top of the rock charts and beyond, then Legs Diamond were surely it. Feted by the cognoscenti, yet forever living in a shadow, the band’s influence and reputation has actually increased as the years have flown by. To many, their music has come to represent some of the greatest hard rock to have emerged from North America, with some calling them, quite accurately, the American Deep Purple. Formed in Los Angeles during the mid seventies, Legs Diamond developed their chops and killer look at all the hip clubs, on and off the strip, establishing their five man line up and eventually signing to industry leaders Mercury Records, supported by strong management. The band’s debut album came to represent the very soul of a movement that was in full swing, led by the likes of Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, BOC and Montrose. There was nothing shallow about the band’s music or message; it was a full on assault of cock sure riffs, sublime vocals, intricate arrangements and a confidence that you only witness in the most talented acts. Produced by Derek Lawrence (Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash), and issued in 1977, the record contains seven extended tracks, including the prized knock out pairing of ‘Stage Fright’ and ‘Satin Peacock’. Lengthy workouts such as ‘Rat Race’ and ‘Can’t Find Love’ (weighing in at nearly nine minutes) take the band to the very outer limits of creativity yet still pack a heavyweight punch.”
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TRACK LISTING: CD 1: 1. IT’S NOT THE MUSIC 2. STAGE FRIGHT 3. SATIN PEACOCK 4. ROCK AND ROLL MAN 5. DEADLY DANCER 6. RAT RACE 7. CAN’T FIND LOVE CD 2: 12 BONUS TRACKS: 8. COME WITH ME 9. RAT RACE 10. THRIL SEEKER 11. HIGH SCHOOL QUEEN 12. NOT YOURS NOT MINE 13. DEADLY DANCER 14. ONE WAY TICKET 15. AVALANCHE 16. TRACES 17. STREET RUNNER 18. CLOSER 19. FOOD FOR THOUGHT