Friday, April 19, 2013

V.A. - Heard It On The Radio Vol.2 [Renaissance] (1999)

V.A. - Heard It On The Radio Vol.2 [Renaissance] (1999) mp3
Second installment of "Heard It On The Radio" CD series released by the now disappeared Renaissance label, comprising long lost 45 rpm singles from the late seventies / earlier eighties never obtainable on digital format before.
Ironically, few or these were radio hits - in fact, many of them are rather obscure - but should have been.
Renaissance prime intention was rescue from oblivion these good '80s songs and made them available in good audio quality not only for musicologists and archivists, but for true lovers of the AOR / rock&pop style that once ruled FM radio airwaves.

There were 3 volumes, the first published in 1998, and Vol. 2 & 3 the subsequent year. In 2001 two more (Vol. 4 & 5) were presented only as promo just to promote original album reissues from some of the artists featured.
The "Heard It On The Radio" series were resurrected some years ago by the marketing label RDEG, re-releasing the official three first volumes, and then the previously not for sale Vol. 4 & 5, but with a slightly different tracklist due legal / permission issues.
Recently appeared a new volume numbered Vol.7... the guys at REDG seems to have skipped the '6'.

This Vol.2 features some singles that gained considerable radio airplay at the moment; Clock's lovable melodic rocker "She Looks A Lot Like You", the cool "10-9-8" by female fronted act Face To Face, Barry Goudreau's radio-friendly "Dreams" recorded with his Boston bandmates, and Danny Spanos version of "Hot Cherie" (later made popular as well by Neal Schon's Hardline).
Talking about Schon, we have "No More Lies" from his rocking collaboration with Jan Hammer, together with more obscure singles like Australian band Heaven in "Rock School", the fun "Sweet Lui-Louise" by Ironhorse (formed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive members), the dirty rocker "Bitch" by Widow, or Ellen Foley (helped by Ian Hunter & Mick Ronson) doing "What's a Matter Baby".
There's also great AOR tracks off albums from Harlequin (the superb "Innocence") and the wonderful "You Could Take My Heart Away" by Silver Condor.
Another cool Classic Rock FM compilation. Enjoy.

01 - Clocks - She Looks A Lot Like You
02 - Widow - Bitch
03 - Silver Condor - You Could Take My Heart Away
04 - Harlequin - Innocence
05 - Crawler - Stone Cold Sober
06 - Danny Spanos - Hot Cherie
07 - Nantucket - Gimme Your Love
08 - Network - Don't Leave Me Alone Tonight
09 - Union - Mainstreet U.S.A.
10 - HEAVEN - Rock School
11 - Face To Face - 10-9-8
12 - Ironhorse - Sweet Lui-Louise
13 - Noel & The Red Wedge - Special To You
14 - Ellen Foley - What's A Matter Baby
15 - Neal Schon/Jan Hammer - No More Lies
16 - Barry Goudreau - Dreams

Heard It On The Radio Vol.2 - New link


JC_AOR said...

I'm a big fan of AOR / Hard Rock compilations with obscure bands/songs on them. Just playing volume 2 now and there a definitely some great tracks on here. Love 'Hot Cherie' and the Barry Goudreau track. Nice post, thanks for the cool post. Looking forward to the next installment (-:

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TheMurf said...

That should be Union the one album group formed by Randy Bachman from the remains of Ironhorse & CF Turner from BTO and not "The Union" which is a U.K. group featuring Luke Morley of Thunder.

Camelblue said...

@ TheMurf:
You are right. A typo... corrected.