Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CHET THOMPSON (Hellion) - Slamnation (1992) + bonus

CHET THOMPSON (Hellion) - Slamnation (1992) + bonus
Requested in "REQUEST & FILL CORNER" section...

A guitar student of Randy Rhoads in his teens, CHET THOMPSON is one of the most underrated American axe-man. He shined as main guitarist in Hellion's prime time, and recorded various solo albums.
"Slamnation" was the first under his own moniker, but in fact this is a 'real band' comprising the talents of Dave 'Animal' Spitz (Great White, Paul Sabu) on bass, Stet Howland (W.A.S.P.) and the amazing Neil Thomas at the mic.

Recorded in 1992 but released in 1996 only in Japan, "Slamnation" shows Chet Thompson's mastery on the six-strings via sharp melting riffs and stupendous solos, but it is not a 'flashy guitar man' album.
This sounds like a true, tight Classic American Hard Rock band delivering eight monster stomping rockers. Neil Thomas owns a raspy & powerful set of pipes specially designed for this type of music, and the rhythm section is a blast.
"Sweet Lil' Sister", "Don't Wanna Dance", "Rock-A-Bye Love" or "Heaven's Burnin´" will rock your socks off in the best Skid Row meets Ratt meets W.A.S.P. Californian tradition of the genre. There's no place for ballads here, this is pure hot US Hard Rock.

CHET THOMPSON (Hellion) - Slamnation (1992) + bonus back cover

I have added four tracks as bonus from Chet's second effort for you to check his incredible skills on the electric guitar, from the same school of Randy Rhoads, George Lynch, Eddie Van Halen, etc.
Top notch Classic American Hard Rock.


01 - Sweet Lil' Sister
02 - One Shot
03 - Red Hot Lover
04 - Don't Wanna Dance
05 - Time Bomb
06 - Heaven's Burnin'
07 - Fever
08 - Rock-A-Bye Love
09 - Ashes
10 - Happy Feet
11 - Tocatta
12 - Superstitious Sex Queen

Neil Thomas - vocals
Chet Thompson - guitars
Dave Spitz - bass
Stet Howland - drums




CHET THOMPSON Slamnation
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SURVIVOR - Ultimate Rarities

SURVIVOR - Ultimate Rarities front
The other day I was messin' with some SURVIVOR demos on my player, and thought: why do not make a rarities compilation? The AOR / Melodic Rock Kings deserve it.

We have here a lot versions of their mega-hit "Eye Of The Tiger" all of them never commercially released, such as Dave Bickler doing it acoustically, the Jimi Jamison version, an instrumental, etc.
Amongst these rarities there's three tracks recorded with Irish shouter Robin McAuley (proposed to be Survivor's lead singer), the only known recorded version of "Velocitized" (later done by Mecca), and various extended mixes (all performed by Survivor).
As movie soundtrack collector, I love the "Burning Heart" & "Eye Of The Tiger" mixes only heard in the film Rocky IV, never released on any format and heavily edited from the DVD as source.
Of course are included here the exclusive songs only present into the Greatest Hits releases 'Ultimate Survivor' (2004) and 'Greatest Hits 2' (1993), and the track recorded for The Karate Kid soundtrack: "The Moment Of Truth".

Talking about the GH exclusive tracks, in the spring of 1993 Peterik and Sullivan reunited with original lead singer Dave Bickler and started recording new songs, two of them, "Hungry Years" co-written by Bickler, and "You Know Who You Are", were included into the re-vamped 'Greatest Hits' from 1993. Both only appeared there.
And the 2004 compilation 'Ultimate Survivor' featured three interesting new cuts: the previously unreleased "Rebel Girl" (outtake from Survivor's first self-titled album), "Rockin' Into The Night" also originally discarded as the song was given to .38 Special (which made a hit with it), and "Summer Nights [Long Version]" different from the 'Premonition' vinyl LP.

SURVIVOR - Ultimate Rarities back cover

A mammoth 20-track SURVIVOR compilation myself-made for all of you, AOR / Melodic Rock fanatics. Includes artwork.


01 - Eye Of The Tiger 
(Rocky IV Movie Version)

02 - Rebel Girl (prev. unreleased)
(1st album outtake - from Ultimate Survivor 2004)

03 - Summer Nights (Full Length Version) 
(from Ultimate Survivor 2004)

04 - Rockin' Into The Night (prev. unreleased) 
(from Ultimate Survivor 2004)

05 - Eye Of The Tiger
(Jimi Jamison Version)

06 - You Know Who You Are 
(new track GH 2 - 1993)

07 - Hungry Years 
(new track GH 2 - 1993)

08 - The Moment Of Truth 
(Karate Kid soundtrack)

09 - Eye Of The Tiger (Instrumental)

10 - Burning Heart 
(Ultraburn Version)

11 - I Can't Hold Back 
(Live in Tokio 85 - bootleg)

12 - Eye Of The Tiger 
(Dave Bickler Acoustic Version)

13 - One Step Ahead Of A Flame 
(demo - Fire Makes Steel sessions)

14 - Velocitized 
(only version recorded ever - Live)

15 - Reach 
 (demo - Robin McAuley vocals)

16 - Eye Of The Tiger 
(demo - Robin McAuley vocals)

17 - Fire Makes Steel 
(demo - Robin McAuley vocals)

18 - Burning Heart 
(Rocky IV Instrumental Movie Version)

19 - Eye Of The Tiger 
(Ultrasound Long 12 inch version - DJ vinyl only)

20 - Eye Of The Tiger 
(Dave Bickler vocal trax)

Dave Bickler, Jimi Jamison, Robin McAuley - lead vocals
Jim Peterik - keyboards, guitar, vocals
Frankie Sullivan - guitars, vocals
Dennis Johnson, Stephan Ellis, Klem Hayes - bass
Marc Droubay, Gary Smith, Kyle Woodring - drums


SURVIVOR Ultimate Rarities REPOSTED HERE
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Monday, February 10, 2014

8084 - Satisfaction Guaranteed (1991)

8084 - Satisfaction Guaranteed (1991) CD
Requested in "REQUEST & FILL CORNER" section...

Hailing from the US East area, 8084 released three very nice Melodic Rock / AOR albums during 1987-91. The band is still active and presented a disappointing comeback record nine years ago, but this "Satisfaction Guaranteed" from 1991 is a really good one.
More an EP than a full length CD, "Satisfaction Guaranteed" packs seven tracks but in fact two are intros, starting with "Elevator Intro", a fun parody of Aerosmith's famous hit, and followed by the first proper song, the bombastic title track with sharp guitars and a tongue-in-cheek attitude reminding me Autograph.

"Telephone Intro" precedes "Call Me", a bright melodic rocker with an AOR coat full of magic, the latter styling more accentuated on the midtempo ballad "Surrender", another highlight.
The guitar driven "Animal Logic" is the hair metal / rocker on the CD, before ending with the acoustic "Fade Away" in the mould of Tesla or Extreme, an emotive song dedicated to the band's former keyboardist who was killed in a car accident 1989.

8084 - Satisfaction Guaranteed (1991) back cover

"Satisfaction Guaranteed" is a very hard to find album, and this is not the best rip of the world (I don't own the CD) but at least all tracks are complete, much better than other copies with cuts circulating the net.
Very Good stuff.


01 - Elevator Intro
02 - Satisfaction Guaranteed
03 - Telephone Intro
04 - Call Me
05 - Surrender
06 - Animal Logic
07 - Fade Away

Randy Smith: lead vocals, keyboards
Andre Maquera: guitar, backing vocals
Frank Barnes: bass, backing vocals
Andy Hanscom: drums, percussion




8084 - Satisfaction Guaranteed
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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

TOMMY MORRISON BAND - Cry To The Sky (1985)

TOMMY MORRISON BAND - Cry To The Sky (1985)
Requested in "REQUEST & FILL CORNER" section...

British singer / songwriter TOMMY MORRISON started his career in the seventies as part of several bands, and then in 1979 was signed to Real Records recording a solo album co-produced by Paul Rogers (Bad Company, Free).
Years after he formed the TOMMY MORRISON BAND and the small label Otis Records was interested in the material of the group. Ed Stasium - known for his work with The Ramones and later Living Colour, arrived from New York to produce the debut album from the band; "Cry To The Sky".

Released in 1985, this obscure LP has little in common with the mid-Eighties sound. This is mostly first half of the decade melodic rock with a pinch of Brit-pop in it: quite good riff driven rockers such as "Simone", "Local Station", the catchy "Breaking Promises" and the more modern "Easy Street", mixed with slow numbers like "Just Lately" and the sweet ballad "That's Where I Go Wrong".
"Cry To The Sky" is not the seventh wonder, but it's extremely hard to find and was steadily requested by many readers on this blog. Audio restored by me.
Very Rare.


01 - Amber Lights
02 - Just Lately
03 - Local Station
04 - That's Where I Go Wrong
05 - Simone
06 - Breaking Promises
07 - Don't Worry
08 - You Call The Tune
09 - Easy Street
10 - Go Free

Tommy Morrison - vocals, guitar
John Watchman - guitar
Brian Edwards - bass
George Defty - drums
Frank Gibbon - keyboards
Steve Thompson, John Hogan - guest guitar




TOMMY MORRISON BAND Cry To The Sky
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Monday, February 03, 2014

PETER FRAMPTON - The Art Of Control (1982) Remastered

PETER FRAMPTON - The Art Of Control (1982) Japanese remaster
PETER FRAMPTON is mostly knows for his seventies hits, however during the next decade the British released a bunch of very good albums, being the AOR oriented 'Premonition' my favorite, and also 'When All The Pieces Fit', already presented HERE.

But there's a 'black sheep' in his '80s discography: the 1982's "The Art Of Control". Perhaps because it's mentioned by Frampton itself as his least favorite own album, the record never was issued on CD until 2008.
This happened in Japan with this remastered SHM-CD which sounds superb, packaged in a paper sleeve reproducing the original LP artwork.
According to Peter, his record company forced him to make a commercial, radio-friendly album that he felt didn't sound like a 'Peter Frampton album'. I respect his thoughts, but for me "The Art Of Control" is great.
Great because it's totally '80s. Just take a look at the artwork cover: is it there something more '80s than that?

PETER FRAMPTON - The Art Of Control (1982) Japanese remaster back cover

Produced by Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Zeppelin, Kiss), the intention was to craft a bunch of rockers easy to the ear. These songs are a cross between a young Rick Springfield, Billy Squier and Eddie Money, while sonically at places reminds me Ace Frehley's / Kiss album, not strange as Krammer produced it as well.
"The Art Of Control" is fun and typically Eighties, and I like it a lot. My wasted vinyl is a proof of it.


01 - I Read The News
02 - Sleepwalk
03 - Save Me
04 - Back To Eden
05 - An Eye For An Eye
06 - Don't Think About Me
07 - Heart In The Fire
08 - Here Comes Caroline
09 - Barbara's Vacation

Peter Frampton - vocals, guitar, keyboards, guitar synth
Mark Goldenberg - guitar, keyboards, background vocals
John Regan - bass
Harry Stinson - drums
Ian Lloyd, John Dworkow - background vocals
Eddie Kramer - background vocals, producer


PETER FRAMPTON The Art Of Control SHM-CD
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