Saturday, May 24, 2008

GREGG ROLIE (ex Journey) - Gringo (1987) 192Kbps

GREGG ROLIE Journey Gringo

Gregg & Neal Schon founded Journey in 1974, he was the lead vocalist and keyboardist, but when Steve Perry enter the band, he lost prominence.
Unhappy with his role, Rolie left the band in 1980.
The 1st album didn't see the light until 1985.
This one, "Gringo" (later re-released as 'Hands of Time') his 2nd and much better in my opinion, includes monster star contributions.
Richie Zito produced, Santana played on "Too Late, Too Late", and Carlos & Neal Schon traded solos on "Fire at Night".
Colaiuta & Nathan East are the best rhythm section you can have, and Dan Huff, Pizzulo, etc...
Style similar to Glen Burtnick, Joe Pascuale, Rick Springfield.
No weak tracks here, lush production, killer songs.
A must have in any AOR collection.
Out Of Print

1. The Hands of Time
2. Don't Wanna Be Alone Tonight
3. Talk Talk
4. I Couldn't Lie to You
5. One of These Days
6. Too Late, Too Late
7. Fire at Night
8. You Make It Hard on Me
9. I Will Get to You

Gregg Rolie: keyboards, vocals
Bob Marlette; keyboards, guitars
Gary Chang: keyboards
Arthur Barrow: keyboards
Neal Schon: guitar
Dan Huff: guitar
Carlos Santana: guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta: drums
Nathan East: bass
Joe Pizzulo: backing vocals

GREGG ROLIE (ex Journey) - Gringo

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

MARSEILLE - Touch The Night (1984)

MARSEILLE - Touch The Night (1984)

This Liverpool band from the NWOBHM scene, returned in 1984 with this really good album, not 'square heavy metal' at all, this is hard rock influenced by the new style in the islands, think they contemporaneans Bronz or the first Def Leppard.
Listen "Walking On A High Wire", 1st class melodic hard rock with twin guitar attack, sounds like a keyboard line!
The title track is an emotional mid-tempo ballad.
Unjustly forgotten band.
Rare and hard to find album, pristine and perfect vinyl-rip.

1. Crazy
2. Walking On A High Wire
3. After The Fall
4. Touch The Night
5. Reach For The Night
6. Too Late
7. Gate Crashin'
8. Live Now Pay Later
9. Open Fire

Sav Pearce: Vocals
Mark Railton: Guitars
Toby Martin: Guitars
Steve Dunwoodie: Bass
Keith Knowles: Drums

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

AOR TREASURES - The Soundtracks Vol.5

More rarities, cool stuff.
Vol.5 and maybe the last for the moment.
It takes a lot time...

01 - Jude Cole - Back To School [Back To School - 1985]
"Back To School" movie melodic rockin' main theme, non Jude's album track.

02 - Meat Loaf - Blind Before I Stop [The Squeeze - 1987]
One of the 'big man' better tracks, blastin' and furious.

03 - Pat Benatar - Invincible (movie mix) [Legend Of Billie Jean - 1985]
The classic Pat , different mix for the movie, also known as 'vox mix version', hard to find.

04 - Foreigner - Crash And Burn [White Magic - 1994]
Foreigner's 'Crash And Burn' is part of the rare "White Magic" soundtrack, only appears as bonus in the band's "Mr Moonlight" japanese edition one year later.

05 - Alice Cooper - He's Back (movie mix) [Friday The 13th Part VI - 1986]
The one and only (except Dada project) track in Alice Cooper's career without rhythm guitar. This is the slightly different movie version. Funny lyrics.

06 - Clif Magness - Incommunicado [The Last Starfighter - 1984]
Unknown Clif Magness non album AOR song from a rare soundtrack press of the The Last Starfighter soundtrack.

07 - Animotion - Staring Down The Demons [Thrashin' - 1986]
Superbly written, infectious chorus, another non album track, from the megarare "Thrashin" OST.

08 - Billy Burnette - Brother To Brother [Gleaming The Cube - 1989]
Simply but effective, love this song! Very rare.

09 - Danny Hutton - Brand New Day [American Flyers - 1985]
More even rare is the "American Flyers" tune, great AOR-rocker, impossible to find disc.

10 - Brock & Davis - Hard Way [Just One Of The Guys - 1985]
Terrific Loverboy-style song, another hard to find soundtrack. (thanx Andy!)

11 - Red 7 - Heartbeat [Manhunter - 1986]
The atmospheric Red 7 track (produced by Richie Zito) is a weird exploration, without cymbals! Also heard in the Miami Vice series.

12 - Real Life - Send Me An Angel [The Wizard - 1989]
Maybe you don't like the Real Life new wave-AOR, but this is a great one with a crazy alien-keyboard arrangement, and after a couple of listens you'll find yourself singin' it in the shower.

13 - Gudrun Laos - Highway To Freedom [Die Stadtindianer - 1994]
A torch-song by Gudrun Laos, very rare, only released as a single (and in this TV-film BSO) in Germany.

14 - Alias - Perfect World (movie version) [Son In Law - 1992]
The number ones Alias (Freddy Curci) with a perfect non album track.

15 - Mickey Thomas - Sing [Sing - 1989]
The guy rocks here. Line-up: Peter Wolf (Starship): keyboards, bass / Michael Baird (Van Stephenson, Airborne): Drums / Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard): Guitars. WOW

16 - Lou Gramm Band (Shadow King) - One Dream [Highlander II - 1991]
'One Dream' is an anthemic, glorious melody recorded by Shadow King during their only album sessions, exclusive to this soundtrack. The studio decided re-name this as 'Lou Gramm Band', marketing priorities...
Listen Vivian Campbell's great playing.

17 - Rik Emmett - Saved By Love [Problem Child 2 - 1991]
Just love this music. Lovely song.

18 - The Power Station - We Fight For Love [Commando - 1985]
This Power Station's track never was released in any format. Only featured in the movie, this is the only official recording with Michael DesBarres on the mic. The source is from the original demo tapes (not ripped from the retail vhs or dvd). Anyway, you can hear Arnold at the beginning... Megarare track.

+ 70 min, vbr, artwork.
Note: most of tracks are vinyl-only release and very rare, all were decrackled and declicked to get the best quality possible.

AOR TREASURES - The Soundtracks Vol.5