Friday, July 27, 2007

NOVAK - Forever Endeavour (2005)

Great album from the 'new wave' of Scandi-AOR scene.
Andreas Novak comes from the progg territory, he was part of the 'MIND'S EYE' project with his friend, the monster musician Daniel Flores.
After 2 discs with M.E., Daniel encouraged Andreas to record a solo album.
The result is this varied, well played collection of songs, in the modern AOR vein, with melodic-rock feel.
'Nowhere To Run' is a killer opener, the ballad 'Another Woman' and 'Forever Endeavour' are good examples of how good this recording is.
Classic sound, big production, very well played.
Tommy Denander guest in a couple tracks.
If you like it, BUY IT.

1. Nowhere To Run 4:44
2. How Does It Feel 4:15
3. Save Me 3:19
4. Forever Endeavour 4:44
5. Another Woman 4:26
6. By Your Side 3:26
7. Extreme Fakeover 4:31
8. Follow Your Heart 3:57
9. Carry On 4:40
10. Don't You Remind Me 3:31
11. Back To The Free World 3:51
12. Gates Of Defeat 5:00

Andreas Novak Vocals, Guitars
Daniel Flores Drums, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Tommy Denander Guitar
Benny Janson Guitar
Kristian Niemann Guitar
Daniel Palmqvist Guitar
Johan Niemann Bass
Andreas Olson Bass
Martina Edoff Vocals on Track 5

NOVAK - Forever Endeavour

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

JOSEPH LEE WOOD - Joseph Lee Wood (1989)

What can I say 'bout this album?
It's a lost GEM.
Originally recorded in 1989, never seen the light of day 'till 2002.
Thanx to God, 'cos all tracks featured here are true diamonds.
Perfect AOR songwriting, catchy and mid-tempo passages, beautiful ballads.
Joseph's voice is clear and sweet, strong guitars, awesome keys and terrific choruses, the bandmates are pure class; Monty Smith (guitar) ex session and tourmember of Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter,etc ; Chris Leighton (drums) of Bo Diddley, Ben E. King, The Beach Boys, Diane Shuur, Randy Bachman and Gregg Fox (keys) ex T.K.O.
Production in charge of Tom Hill (Queensryche), 10 points.
My fav tracks: Love Is the Light , Time to Come Home, Love You Like I Love You, Talk to Me, but all are highlights, flavoured with classic 80's sound ala Stan Bush, Michael O'Brien, Zappacosta, Survivor and, call me nuts, I can hear some Firehouse somewhere...
Top Class AOR, Highly Recommended.
Thanx Troy!
If you like it, BUY IT.

1. Don't Stand So Far Away 4:15
2. Flirting Eyes 3:49
3. When's the Last Time You Felt Like a Woman 4:09
4. To Have and to Hold 4:44
5. Won't Stop Loving You 3:57
6. Love Is the Light 3:25
7. Talk to Me 4:41
8. Love You Like I Love You 5:01
9. Time to Come Home 4:10
10. Letters in the Rain 4:58

Joseph Lee Wood: lead and backing vocals
Marty Randles: bass, drums, rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Monty Smith: guitars, backing vocals
Chris Leighton: drums, percussion
Greg Fox: keyboards, backing vocals
Bo Wittmer: guest guitar in 'Love You Like I Love You'
Skyler Duryea: backing vocals
Producer: Tom Hill


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

STAN BUSH - Call To Action (1997)

Best movie tracks - Official Release '97

Stan Bush's "Call to Action" CD is a collection of 'action' themes from major motion pictures and television, including re-recorded versions of "Never Surrender" from Jean-Claude Van Damme's "Kickboxer" soundtrack, "The Touch" and "Dare" from "Transformers: The Movie", "Capture The Dream" from the 1996 Olympic Games, tracks from Stan's previous albums including "Straight To the Top", co-written with Jonathan Cain of Journey, plus some new titles, all containing "action" themes.

"Call To Action" list the most well-known material Stan has released during his recording career, and maybe his best.
Hard to find CD.
If you like it, BUY IT.

1. The Touch (1997 Remix)
2. Never Surrender (Kickboxer Soundtrack)
3. Hold Your Head Up High
4. Straight To The Top
5. Dare (1997 Remix)
6. Critical Mass (New Track)
7. Ground Zero (Botcon Theme)
8. Capture The Dream (1996 Olympic Games Theme)
9. Total Surrender
10. Highest Calling (New Track)

Lead Vocals & Guitars: Stan Bush
Drums: Bryan Hitt, Doane Perry
Guitars: Mark Ferrari, Rocket Richotte
Keyboards: Kim Bullard, Vince DiCola
and a bunch more...


SILVER SERAPH [Pete Sandberg] - ST (2002)

Silver Seraph is a hardrock / melodic metal band from Malmö, Sweden.
The band was put together by Richard Andersson (Evil Masquerde, Majestic, Time Requiem) and Pete Sandberg (Alien, Jade, Midnight Sun) during spring 2000 with the intention of making traditional classic hardrock in the vein of Rainbow/Deep Purple.
The line up was completed with Peter Wildoer (Darkane, Majestic and ex-Arch Enemy) on drums, Jorgen Birch (Jade and Bai Bang) on guitar and Jens Lundahl (ex-Black Totem) on bass.
Overall the album reminds me the sound and the spirit of Yngwie Malmsteen's 'Facing The Animal'. Energetic recording, solid tracks, great production.
If you are into this style, this is for you.

1. Aftermath
2. 7th Day Of Babylon
3. Cry From Hell
4. Desperate Heart
5. Shadowland
6. Shadow
7. Nosferatu
8. In The Dark
9. Black Rain
10. Loving You
11. Constant Reminder (Japan bonus)

Pete Sandberg - vocals
Jorgen Birch - guitars
Jens Lundahl - bass
Richard Andersson - keyboards
Peter Wildoer - drums


Monday, July 16, 2007

PETE SANDBERG - Back In Business (1998)

Asian Version 1998, 13 tracks + 1 bonus
PETE SANDBERG - Back In Business
Another essential album for Pete's fans and good rock music around.
This album mixes Hard + Melodic Rock with AOR and in some places, rockin' pop touches.
Some outstanding tracks, 'Little Lover' perfectly crafted, the melodic rock driven 'Cold hearted woman' (can't stop singing this song!), and 'Stay a while', a heartful ballad.
As a bonus myself added, the unpublished 'Goddess Of Love', recorded live acoustic at the Hard Rock Cafe, Copenhagen, Denmark 2003-01-12, a collector's item.
Pete is a GREAT artist, unknown to the major audience, if you like his work and find it, BUY IT.

1. When The Night Comes 3:43
2. Little Lover 3:12
3. Stay A While 3:46
4. Pretty Angel 4:17
5. Big Bad Rap 4:00
6. Babe 3:52
7. River Of Tears 5:06
8. A December Monday 3:48
9. Cold Hearted Woman 4:41
10. Scared 5:18
11. Unchain Your Heart 4:48
12. Closer To Heaven 4:25
13. Need Your Lovin' 4:21
14. Goddess Of Love 3:13 (BONUS-Non Album Track)

Pete Sandberg Vocals
Fredrik Bergengren Guitars
Stanley Hawk Guitar
Patrik Alm Bass
Carl Colt Drums Percussion
Tommy Falk Keyboards Organ
Johan Stentorp Keyboards
Thomas Nyberg Backing Vocals
Jonas Sandquist Backing Vocals
Johan Dahlstrom Backing Vocals

PETE SANDBERG Back In Business

Saturday, July 14, 2007

PETE SANDBERG - Reflections (2004)

PETE SANDBERG - Reflections (2004)

This is his last solo, a 12 tracks rare Japanese pressed CD (1 bonus).
Intimist and personal, more laid back than his previous recordings, but with wonderful melodies and intrumentation.
His voice is in perfect pitch, clear and rich.
High quality AOR album.
Pete Sandberg's albums are HARD to find, if you like it, BUY IT.

Last Train To Paradise
Angel Eyes
After The Hurt Is Gone (Killer Track)
Heaven Belongs To You
Hold On
Stiff Alley
Moment Of Truth
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Wild Horses
I Will Stand Tall

SNAKE CHARMER - Smoke And Mirrors (1993)

SNAKE CHARMER - Smoke And Mirrors (1993) front
Snake Charmer is a swedish band formed by bassplayer Per Stadin (Silver Mountain) in 1991.
With drummer Anders Johansson (Hammerfall, Yngwie M.), guitarist Jörg Fischer (Accept) and Pete Sandberg (Alien, Madison, Midnight Sun) on vocals the band was complete.
After a while Jörg decided to continue with his own band, so they finally found Sven Cirnski as guitar replacement.

The music goes in the AOR vein mixed with traditional Hard Rock and can be compared with Bands like Alien, Madison and Co.
Nice rockers and heartful ballads. The record ends with a very good version of Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby".
Every AOR fan of Pete Sandberg albums can nothing do wrong having this.
If you like it, BUY IT.

1. Worlds Apart
2. Runnin' On Empty
3. Middle of Nowhere
4. Heart on Hold
5. Highway of Love
6. Teaser, Pleaser
7. Like an Arrow
8. Stone Cold
9. Alone Without You
10. Eleanor Rigby

Pete Sandberg vocals
Sven Cirnski guitars
Per Stadin bass
Anders Johansson drums

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

PETE SANDBERG'S JADE - Origin (2001)

Second album of Sandberg's project "Jade".
This is a recording of old tunes written by Pete in the 80's, so this tracklist has the feel and vibe typical of that era. His 1st is fantastic, but this is superb.
The album contains really mature first-class classic Scandinavian AOR songs with plenty of great hooks, sweet higher pitched vocals and an equal mix of melodic guitars and keyboards. The songwriting is great with cheerful choruses.
Out of print as far I know. Recommended.

1. Northern Light 4:07
2. Time 3:42
3. No Way Out 4:19
4. Love in Vain 4:03
5. Power of Gold 3:19
6. Where There Is a Will 3:10
7. Time and Again 4:26
8. Nights in Mexico 5:38
9. Can't Stop Lovin' You 3:40
10. Alone 3:19
11. All in Disguise 4:10
12. Moods (instrumental) 4:23
13. Me and My Piano (acoustic jam) 2:58

Pete Sandberg - Vocals
J. Birch - Guitars
Joakim 'Jocke' Sandin - Bass
Johan Helgesson - Drums
Additional musicians:
Jonas Reingold - Bass, Backing vocals
Jaime Salazar - Drums
Produced, engineered and mixed by
Anders 'Theo' Theander (Midnight Sun)


Tuesday, July 10, 2007


First Peter Sandberg(Alien,Midnight Sun) album with his band Jade, melodic hard rock with obvious influences of his former band ALIEN.
This swedish can write good songs!
My fav is 'Distant love', but all are good, plenty of melody and power.
Out of print.

1. Badlands 3:15
2. Restless Child 3:33
3. Cry For You 3:29
4. Stranger 3:37
5. Going Down 3:44
6. Venedigen Blind 4:47
7. Little Bit Of Lovin' 3:14
8. Distant Love 4:14
9. House Of Love 3:45
10. Sweet, Sweet 3:36
11. Past The Mountains 3:48

Pete Sandberg Vocal
Birch Guitar
Joakim Sandin Bass
Johan Helgesson Drums


Saturday, July 07, 2007

TNT - Japan Bonus Tracks

Several TNT bonus tracks.
The first one is pretty hard to find.

01. TNT - Electric Dancer ("Intuition" Japan Bonus,also in the Japan only "Till Next Time" best of compilation) 1989

02. TNT - Lonely Nights (Japan only "My Religion" - Long Version) 2004

03. TNT - Too Late (Japan only "All The Way To The Sun" - Long Version) 2005

04. TNT - Get What You Give ("All The Way To The Sun" Japan Bonus) 2005


BABE BLU - Can't Stop Rock N Roll (1987)

Very rare and hard to find EP, never released on CD.
Hard Rock/AOR style.
Tracks 1-2 in the vein of Autograph/party style.Nice songs.
The good thing starts here: "Do you remember", '80 mid-tempo rockin'AOR filled with massive keys.
"Just one night": Giuffria-ish + scandi-AOR vibe, Killer.
Last track is a heartful ballad ala Foreigner, marvelous.
Excellent record!
This is NOT the rip circulating the net.
Crystal clear vinyl rip.
Out of print.

1.Can't Stop Rock N Roll
2.Do What I Want
3.Do You Remember
4.Just One Night
5.Good For You

Michael Whalen - Lead guitar and Lead vocals
Doug James - Bass and lead vocals
Carl Brown - Keyboards
J. T. Williams - Drums

BABE BLU - Can't Stop Rock N Roll


Monday, July 02, 2007

ZENO - Zenology I (1995)

ZENO - Zenology
Awesome melodic hard rock / AOR album.
I you like European style and FAIR WARNING (Ritgen & Engelke are FW members) must have this album.
The first 4 tracks alone worth the download, pure melodic hurricanes with massive choruses.
A Must Have.
Reissued in 1998, if you like it, BUY IT.

1. Heat of Emotion 3:52
2. Is It Love 3:45
3. Together 4:23
4. Surviving the Night 3:52
5. In the Dark 4:24
6. Let There Be Heaven 4:26
7. Man on the Run 4:28
8. Out in the Night 4:38
9. You Got Me Down 3:47
10. Ticket to Nowhere 3:28
11. In Love With an Angel 4:50
12. Crystal Dreams 3:14

Michael Flexig vocals
U. Winsomie Ritgen bass
Zeno Roth bass, guitar, keyboards
Helge Engelke bass, keyboards, vocals
Rainer Przywara keyboards