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19
Dec

JASON BECKER's Triumphant Return

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Guitar Legend Jason Becker's New Album “Triumphant Hearts” Receives Rave Reviews Worldwide!
 
Jason Becker is a musical phenomenon!
 
Guitar legend Jason Becker released his eagerly anticipated new album “Triumphant Hearts” on December 7, 2018. The album has been receiving amazing reviews around the globe!
 
“It feels so good that people are experiencing the music in a deep way. When I was writing the album, it was what my soul needed, and I hoped others would feel the same. To see that people are feeling my heart is the greatest gift any artist could ask for.” - Jason Becker
 
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Jason Becker's story is one of brilliance, talent, determination, adversity, and, ultimately, triumph. A child prodigy on guitar, Jason rose to prominence as a teenager when he was one half of the legendary rock guitar duo Cacophony (with his great friend Marty Friedman). After wowing audiences all over the world with his amazing guitar chops and deep compositions, Jason auditioned for-and got-the giggig with David Lee Roth, following in the huge footsteps of Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. He wrote and recorded the DLR album “A Little Ain’t Enough” and was poised to take over the rock guitar world when a nagging pain in his leg was diagnosed as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a debilitating and fatal condition with a life expectancy of maybe five years. Maybe.
 
That was 29 years ago.
 
Jason did indeed lose the ability to play guitar, walk, talk, and breathe on his own. But he never lost his will to live or his desire to create music. Communicating through a series of eye movements with a system developed by his father, Jason spells out words as well as musical notes and chords. He imparts his musical vision to his team who then can input the notes into a computer, edit the parts to his exacting standards, and then generate charts for session musicians. It is through this amazing process that Jason composes his profoundly beautiful music, rich in melody and counterpoint, brimming with emotion. His inspiring music and life story have been the subject of countless news articles, magazine cover stories, and an award-winning documentary, “Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet.”
 
Not only is Jason not dead yet, he's busier and more prolific than ever, as evidenced by his latest release, Triumphant Hearts. The album's 14 tracks showcase Jason's gift for melody and his deep knowledge of classical composition and orchestral arrangement. Many of the guitar parts are performed by a who's-who of 6-string gods including Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Neal Schon, Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, and many others. And, in what will absolutely delight his fans, Jason's amazing guitar playing-recorded in the '80s and '90s-gracesces several tunes.
 
Jason Becker is unquestionably the sexiest man alive, but he's also the most positive, upbeat, and inspiring man alive. “I really feel lucky,” says Jason. “I am surrounded by loving people, and I can still make music.”
 
Here's what the press have raved about Jason Becker's “Triumphant Hearts”:
 
“Jason Becker is Beethoven for the 21st Century. Listen to how he composes each song. Each delicate note has purpose. Every instrument ebbs and flows throughout each piece. Each guitar lick enriches the depths of each intricate movement. It makes sense that this isn’t a rock album. It’s a classical album. One I hope that will be around long after I’m gone.”
 
“This is an album I never thought would happen, a brand new album by guitar maestro Jason Becker. 'Triumphant Hearts' is exactly what it says on the tin. Triumphant. It's an album full of stunning music composed by a genius musician who has to score the opus note by note. This is quite simply a magnificent record that spews emotion.”
 
“If there is one thing that gets high marks for originality, it is a musical genius, a prisoner of his own body, writing a love letter to the world using only his eyes, and the love and support of his family, fans, and friends. The album really has something for everyone, with exceptionally beautiful composition, heart, soul, and even some good old burning it up on the fingerboard. he has given the world a masterpiece and a message of love and triumph.”
 
The music on 'TRIUMPHANT HEARTS' is all about the beauty of life and the dignified treatment of one another - the essence of humanity.”
 
“Jason Becker is a musical phenomenon.”
 
“It shows Jason Becker as the talented guitarist of his youth, but also a composer of exceptionally high standards. A picture may paint a thousand words, but music says things that words never can and 'Triumphant Hearts' manages to say it all. It's humbling, emotional, inspirational and filled with the brilliance of Jason Becker.”
 
“'Triumphant Hearts' by Jason Becker is a testament to the unyielding spirit of an artist driven to create. No matter what the challenge or hardship, a true artist's life force is ignited and fueled by their work. You cannot help but be inspired by these compositions and admire the composer for the sheer joy he brings to us through them.”
 
“'Triumphant Hearts' makes a joyous statement about Becker's enduring creativity in the face of incredible adversity and the fact he is still a major catalyst to his contemporaries. You will be rewarded by an album that taps into one of the most remarkable musical spirits of the modern rock era.”
 
“Years in the making, yet well worth the wait. This album is an audible journey through the brain of one of Rock's finest ambassadors conveyed by those who loved him and the few who are capable of translating such majesty into recorded music. Showcase his compositional skills through mesmerising arrangements and gorgeous atmospheric storytelling.”
 
“Jason Becker will always and everywhere continue to influence guitarists and musicians around the world. His personal story will be an inspiration for millions of people.”
 
“Guitar fans get ready for one amazing onslaught of guitar magic on 'Triumphant Hearts.' 'Triumphant Hearts' is an amazing event that every music fan needs to hear. The man and his music will make an impression on you one way or another, I can promise you that.”
 
“The album's 14 tracks showcase Jason's gift for melody and his deep knowledge of classical composition and orchestral arrangement. Jason has assembled some of the great guitarists of our genre on 'Triumphant Hearts.'”
 
“Jason Becker, in addition to delivering a sublime album, gives us a great lesson in life, confronting adversity and surpassing oneself. Bravo the artist.”
 
“A true masterpiece that has to be one of the best albums I've heard all year. buy it because it's one of the best albums you’ll hear all year. I’d be happy to listen to on repeat for hours on end.”
 
“One of the greatest works that has happened this year”
 
“A record that should be accepted as one of the most extraordinary declarations of love for music and life ever written. 'Triumphant Hearts' is a moving, vibrant, beautiful, excruciating work.”
 
“Some of the most genius material I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what a masterpiece sounds like. A true work of art. An overwhelming inspiration.”
 
 
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Track Listing:
Triumphant Heart (feat. Marty Friedman, Glauco Bertagnin, Hiyori Okuda)
Hold On To Love (feat. Codany Holiday)
Fantasy Weaver (feat. Jake Shimabukuro)
Once Upon A Melody
We Are One (feat. Steve Knight)
Magic Woman (feat. Uli Jon Roth & Chris Broderick)
Blowin' in the Wind
River of Longing (feat. Joe Satriani, Aleks Sever, Guthrie Govan, Steve Morse)
Valley of Fire (feat. The Magificent 13)
River of Longing (feat. Trevor Rabin)
Taking Me Back
Tell Me No Lies
Hold On To Love (feat. Codany Holiday) [Chuck Zwicky Remix]
You Do It
 

 

 
Tue
18
Dec

TYKETTO Confirm New Live CD/DVD Due Early 2019

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TYKETTO PRESS RELEASE
 
As most of you know, Danny lost his mom a few days ago. We’ve had many conversations this week, and he’s in as good a place as one could be during such a sad time. This morning, I asked him if he would like to postpone the following announcement to respect her passing, but he quickly replied that his mom loved nothing more than seeing her son share his voice and music with the world, and to by all means announce such happy news. So, with his blessing, here goes……
 
TYKETTO DVD ANNOUNCEMENT
 
After many months of editing, re-editing, considering throwing my laptop out the window, giving up, giving in and giving it our all, it looks like Tyketto’s much anticipated “We’ve Got Tomorrow, We’ve Got Tonight” live CD/DVD is nearing completion.
We should soon be able to get it over to our ever-patient fans who attended the taping, and will also start pre-orders soon. Barring any last minute digital gremlins crashing the party, we’re hopeful for a mid-late January release.
 
For those who don’t know what the hell I’m talking about…. This past June, we headed off to the lovely town of Pontypridd, Wales with a 14 piece band to produce a very special concert and live video event. The goal was to mix things up with radically different versions of your favorite Tyke tunes that span our entire career. Both the band and fans in attendance agreed that our goals were met. It was a very emotional weekend, celebrating music, friendship and family, We can’t wait to share it with the world.
 
 
Check the Tyketto website for updates on the release date, as well as updates on our upcoming “Strength in Numbers” anniversary tour which kicks off in March. We have less than 30 tickets left for the March 9th show at The Rescue Rooms in Nottingham and less than 20 for the March 16th show at The Cluny in Newcastle, so you best get your tickets now before they sell out!
 
Bring on 2019!!! Looks like it’s going to be a very special year.

 

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Thu
13
Dec

Sunset Strip Veterans LYPSWITCH Return with 30 Years

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6 Songs from the 80's, 5 Rerecording’s from the 80's, 3 New songs recorded in 2018. 
 
In 1988 LYPSWITCH moved from Orlando, FL. to Hollywood, CA. to follow the Rock N Roll dream. In three years the band played over 100 shows and was almost signed. After 30 years the band has regrouped and has finally released this CD.
 
Featuring 14 Songs, including 3 new Lypswitch Songs.
 
The Songs:
World of Sin
American Song
Somewhere Someplace (Featuring Joe Leste of Bang Tango)
Rock N Roll ain't Pretty
Watch Me Live
Domination (New)
Thirst (New)
Carry Me Away (New)
Rattlesnake Skin
Sexx on the Sun
Razorblade Slide
Kiss in the Dark
Psychedelic
Dave's Song
 
Already their upbeat, wild rock sound has spread through the airwaves of Southern California via KNAC 105.5, which has been playing Lypswitch's demo tune "Rattlesnake Skin". Wait any longer and you’ll need binoculars to see them from your Coliseum luxury box. - LA Weekly March 1990
 
With such killer songs as "Rattlesnake Skin", and "Kiss in the Dark" these prophets of what they call "Underground Punk Funk Street Rock" are headed to the top. - BAM Magazine August 10, 1990
 
They have just enough sex and looks to play the strip, just enough grit, reality, and black leather to play the darker scene. - Concrete Jungle - 1989
 
The band has the material, image and looks... - Rock City News March 1990
 
Hard-driving riffs and an anthemic chorus reminiscent of bands such as GNR and Poison. - BraveWords - Canada - April 2015
 
Lypswitch 30 Years is available at: www.smarturl.it/lypswitch
 
Lypswitch is:
Danny Whaley Vocals
Mick O'Brien Guitars
David Love Bass
K.A. Drums
 
For more:  lypswitch.com
 
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Thu
13
Dec

GIN ANNIE Are '100% Proof' For Debut Due Jan 29

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Friday, January 25, 2019
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UK melodic hard rock band, GIN ANNIE, have announced the release of their debut album '100% Proof' on January 25 via Off Yer Rocka Recordings. '100% Proof' contains 10 tracks and will please fans of heavy guitar driven songs, with melodic vocal style; hook-laden choruses and classy melodies.
'100% Proof' was produced and engineered by Jay Shredder and recorded at Shredder Live Lounge.
Track listing:
1. Love Ain't Here
2. Dead & Gone
3. Chains
4. New Bad Habit
5. Next 2 Me
6. Damage
7. Fallin’
8. All I Want
9. Haunt Me
10. Born to Rock n Roll
GIN ANNIE have launched a pre-order campaign through Pledge Music: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/gin-annie
A music video for the song 'Chains' can be viewed here:
GIN ANNIE is a hard melodic rock 5-piece from Wolverhampton, England, featuring heavy guitar driven songs whilst maintaining a melodic vocal style; hook-laden choruses and classy melodies.
GIN ANNIE are based around the nucleus of cousins, Dave Foster (vocals) and Byron Garbett (guitars). In November 2017, the Black Country rockers saw a change of line-up to form MKII of the band, with the addition of Brian Green on guitar and Phill ‘Hammer’ Burrows on bass. Drumming powerhouse Jack Ryland-Smith completes the group.
Guitarist, Byron Garbett said: “We are thrilled to announce details of our debut album – 100% Proof. A lot of heavy riffs and heavy nights went into the writing and recording of this and we can’t wait for folks to get their ears around it. It’s just 5 guys from the Black Country making a racket but one we hope many will enjoy.
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Wed
12
Dec

FIREWORKS Issue #85 On Sale Now

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In UK shops from 13th December...
 
While other magazines seems to be getting slimmer due to the recent paper price increases, the mighty Fireworks remains at a colossal 148 pages, with the addition of an extra 215 page pdf and over 100 mp3 songs on our cover-mounted CD (also available via download link for imported copies. ALL copies bought directly online will have the CD).
This issue sees Thunder discussing their new album of stripped-down reworkings of songs from throughout their career, while Whitesnake’s David Coverdale tells us all about their new ‘Unzipped’ box-set.
 
Two years after leaving Magnum, Mark Stanway gives us the details on his exciting new band Kingdom of Madness, and elsewhere, Kane Roberts explains the fun of working with Alice Cooper again on his new opus, ‘The New Normal’. And then there’s Heat’s original vocalist Kenny Leckremo telling us all about his debut solo album and Jeff Wayne on bringing his magnificent ‘War of the Worlds’ to the stage.
 
Other interviews include Within Temptation, Ace Frehley, Uli Jon Roth, Fifth Angel, Nordic Union, Metal Church, Ten, Dan Reed, Evergrey, Jake E. Lee, Amaranthe, Hank Erix, White Widdow, The Tangent, Graham Bonnet, Johnny Gioeli and a truly uplifting chat with Jason Becker. And of course, many, many, many more!!
This issue, the Enthusiasts Guide takes a look at the solo career Rainbow legend Joe Lynn Turner while our Bands That Time Forgot feature, Dave Reynolds runs the rules over two classic bands of the 70s:  Teaze and Thrills.
 
Over 50 pages of detailed reviews and … yeah, you know it .. SO MUCH MORE!!!!
All for £5.99 (plus postage) and a miserly £3.50 for the download (inc pdf and all mp3 songs).
So WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!!
 
 
Wed
12
Dec

FIND ME Third Album 'Angels In Blue' Gets Feb 22 Release

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Friday, February 22, 2019
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FIRST SINGLE, "NO TEARS IN PARADISE" OUT NOW
 
FIND ME have announced that their third album, "Angels In Blue" will be released on February 22, 2019. The band has also released the first single and video from the album, "No Tears In Paradise”. 
 
Vocalist Robbie LaBlanc on the new album: "I really like our first album, but I like "Dark Angel" better than the first one. I have to say that I love our new one the best of all three so far. I hope everyone else agrees, haha. There are some really amazing songs on this record and Daniel stripped the production down a bit on this one, which I really like. I had a lot of fun on this album vocally and I think you’ll hear that in the tracks. They were a joy to sing and there wasn’t one key change on any demo that was presented. It was like the songs were written right for me to sing them. Really, really cool!"
 
Songwriter, drummer, and producer Daniel Flores adds, "Like always, everything is built around Robbie's voice and range. Carefully structuring all arrangements around the melodies, crafting a powerhouse for every song. I think we have nailed down what that means for Find Me's melodic rock approach. Third time's the charm!"
 
 
Of tracks from the album they are particularly fond of, Flores says, "As a producer I tend to fall in love with all songs on the records we do, but the songs 'Desperate Dreams' and 'No Tears In Paradise' are two favorites." With LaBlanc adding, that "'Waiting For A Lifetime' and 'Show Me What You’d Die For' are two that quickly stand out in my mind as favorites. 'No Tears in Paradise' as well. I love our cover of 'Desperate Dreams' by Survivor, I thought it came out really nice and hopefully a great tribute to Jimi Jamison."
 
FIND ME is an ongoing collaboration between Swedish musician, songwriter and producer Daniel Flores (Issa, The Murder of My Sweet) and singer Robbie LaBlanc from Blanc Faces. The partnership was put together by Frontiers President, Serafino Perugino with a vision to unleash yet another AOR behemoth from the label. Mission accomplished! FIND ME’s debut album, “Wings of Love” and the follow-up release “Dark Angel” were greeted with rave fan and critical reviews, with fans left begging for more music from the duo. No demand could have been easier to fulfill as Daniel and Robbie simply love working together. The result of their latest collaboration is “Angels In Blue”. Once again, a delightful and massive melodic rock album full of mighty, anthemic AOR songs with Robbie’s soaring lead vocals and amazing performances from Daniel Flores and guitarist Philip Lindstrand. Sonically, this powerhouse album sits in between the classic sound of Journey and Giant and newcomers like W.E.T and Eclipse. Yet another unmissable album for the Melodic Rock/AOR crowd from Frontiers.
 
"Robbie and I really hope you can hear the sweat and tears we have endured during the making of this record. Every finished record is a miracle in the making and this one in particular was hard to make. Thank God it all came through in the end. This is for you guys, the fans who make my work feel like a walk in the park everyday," says Flores.
 
"I’m really excited Find Me's third album is coming out. I hope the fans love it and I want to express my great respect to all the guys in the band: Phil, Michael, Daniel, Johnny, Rolf, Soren, and all the great writers like Alessandro Del Vecchio and Michael Palace. What a great bunch of musicians and talented, talented people. I am very lucky to be involved with such beautiful and talented people. God bless you all," concludes LaBlanc.
 
Tracklisting:
1.     No Tears In Paradise
2.     Chain Of Love
3.     True Believer
4.     Straight For Eternity
5.     Can’t Let Go
6.     One Last Kiss
7.     Living A Lie
8.     Angels In Blue
9.     Show Me What You'd Die For
10.  Waiting For A Lifetime
11.  You Are The Only One
12.  Desperate Dreams
13.  Only The Lonely
 
Lineup:
Robert LaBlanc - Lead vocals and backing vocals
Daniel Flores - Drums, percussion and additional keyboards
Sören Kronquist - Keyboards
Philip Lindstrand - Rhythm guitars
Johnny Trobro - Bass
Michael Palace - Lead guitars and rhythm guitars on “Can't Let Go” and “Only The Lonely”
 
Follow FIND ME on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/FindMeBandOfficial/

 
Mon
10
Dec

Introducing MATT MITCHELL & THE COLDHEARTS

 
UK's new classic rock outfit MATT MITCHELL & THE COLDHEARTS have announced the release of their first single 'Black Diamonds' on January 25, 2019. The song is taken from the self titled solo record which was recorded at the iconic Rockfield Studios, Wales earlier this year. MATT MITCHELL & THE COLDHEARTS just launched their brand new website: www.mattmitchellmusic.com today.
 
British Singer/songwriter MATT MITCHELL (PRIDE, FURYON, COLOUR OF NOISE) has recently had the chance to embark on the journey of recording his long awaited debut solo record 'MATT MITCHELL & THE COLDHEARTS'.
 
MATT MITCHELL & THE COLDHEARTS is:
Matt Mitchell - Vocals & Guitars (PRIDE, FURYON, COLOUR OF NOISE)
Mauro Laconi - Guitars
Dom Ladd - Bass
Matt Cherry - Drums
Stevie Watts - Keyboards
 
 
MATT MITCHELL started out singing and writing songs in his late teens learning his craft in several bands early on, he then found himself as the voice of AOR band PRIDE who released two albums in the mid 2000’s on EMI Toshiba and Point Music.
 
FURYON was MATT MITCHELL's next project. Formed out of the demise of PRIDE a heavier style evolved, with much love and praise from The likes of CLASSIC ROCK & METAL HAMMER magazines. FURYON had a great run touring UK/Europe and performed at several major festivals including DOWNLOAD, BLOODSTOCK and Poland’s gigantic WOODSTOCK festival. Not long after the release of the second album the band was put on ice so that the band members could spend more time song writing and considering their future.
 
At this point MATT MITCHELL joined LITTLE ANGELS guitarist Bruce John Dickinson forming the much lighter bluesy sounding COLOUR OF NOISE. A good two year run was had with the band. An album was released, followed by lots of touring and yet more major festival slots.
 
COLOUR OF NOISE were to leave things on a high in 2017 and with one door closing another soon opened in the shape of MATT MITCHELL's solo project with guest players - MATT MITCHELL & THE COLDHEARTS.
 
 
 
Mon
10
Dec

Rock Candy Records Latest - ALPHA CENTAURI, MAX WEBSTER, THE SCREAM

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Rock Candy Records announce 3 news titles - all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com
 
ALPHA CENTAURI 'S/T' CANDY408
 
AS HIGHLY RATED collectibles go the Alpha Centauri album has to be one of the most coveted records of all time. It’s an album that spent years lurking in the shadows, heard by few but lauded quite rightly as a masterpiece of 70s rock, embroidered with the all the moves and grooves of the great headlining acts of the day. Compared favourably to such heavy hitters as Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Styx, Angel and Head East, the band’s style was a formidable blast of pompous energy but not, it must be said, a carbon copy or pastiche. This was a unit that knew how to play and also how to write serious material.
 
Originally thought to have originated from Canada, it came as something of a surprise to eventually find out that they were formed and mainly based in Colorado, but had moved to Winnipeg for a while to expand their horizons and record an album. Represented by an expat British manager, they planned to issue the record for promotion (it’s thought that 300 copies were pressed at the time) using it to attract major label interest. However, despite concerted efforts and a professionally filmed half hour live-in-concert appearance for Canadian TV, it all failed to achieve the desired attention.
 
Issued in 1977, on the band’s own Salt Records label, the album is a masterclass in heavy pomp rock, showcasing a band who could not only write catchy melodies but also imbue them with the sort of stunning arrangements normally associated with far more successful groups. Tracks such as ‘Hard Life’, ‘Love Is A Curse’ and ‘One Night At A Time’ benefit enormously from stellar instrumental dog fights. In particular, the guitar playing of Jess Redmon is off the chart, drawing accurate comparisons to Ritchie Blackmore and Tommy Bolin.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet – 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork with unpublished photos and new band interview.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. HARD LIFE 2. ONE NIGHT AT A TIME 3. I’M A REBEL 4. EARTH IN MOTION 5. LOVE IS A CURSE 6. YOU SHOT ME DOWN 7. LOVE ONLY YOU 8. MAKE IT AT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
 
 
MAX WEBSTER 'A MILLION VACATIONS' CANDY393
 
WHEN IT COMES to capturing the imagination and interest of progressive rock fans then Max Webster must surely be one of the successful. Once you get your head around the fact that they weren’t actually named after a real person, so no one in the band was actually called Max Webster, then suddenly all the weirdness becomes acceptable and endearing. It’s amazing to think that at one point the band actually grazed the UK singles chart and appeared on Top Of The Pops, the bastion of British light entertainment.
 
This was Max Webster’s fourth album, their most commercially palatable album by a country mile, and it’s one that secured them not only a Platinum record in Canada, with three hit singles, but also opened up the international market when they supported Rush on their 1979 ‘Hemispheres’ European tour. The album, in keeping with their quirky unconventional approach, was helmed not by a record producer who was a TV advertising executive and jingle writer. It was actually a smart move as the record not only celebrated their progressive rock roots but also showcased a determined ambition to widen their appeal to a broader market.
 
Recorded in their native Canada, at Phase One Studios, Ontario, the album contains a number of key tracks; including ‘Let Go The Line’, ‘Night Flights’ and the title track. Best of all though is ‘Paradise Skies’, a triumphant and hugely captivating composition that nearly, but not quite, secured them an international hit. It’s also a record that captured some of band leader Kim Mitchell’s most fluent and impressive guitar solos.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet – 4,000 word essay, enhanced artwork with and interview quotes.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. PARADISE SKIES 2. CHARMONIUM 3. NIGHT FLIGHTS 4. SUN VOICES 5. MOON VOICES 6. A MILLION VACATIONS 7. LOOK OUT 8. LET GO THE LINE 9. RASCAL HOUDI 10. RESEARCH (AT BEACH RESORTS)
 
 
THE SCREAM 'LET IT SCREAM' CANDY384
 
THERE ARE TIMES here at Rock Candy HQ when our jaws hit the deck and much scratching of heads ensues. This was exactly what happened when we reacquainted ourselves with The Scream’s solitary album, a record that flew under the radar when it was first released, but has subsequently become one of the most respected and revered releases from the early 90’s. It represented a high point for blistering blues-based hard rock. But as we know, grunge engulfed them and others but at least they didn’t go down without a fight.
 
‘Let It Scream’ was recorded in LA. It was the product of an experienced line up that featured former members of Racer X and Americade, fronted by former Angora singer John Corabi. The band attracted the interest of a few labels and eventually signed with the newly-formed Hollywood label (funded by Disney). Produced by industry legend Eddie Kramer (Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Fastway) and originally issued in 1991, the album is a riot of riffs and thrills, with Corabi surrounded by the sort of thunderous mayhem that wouldn’t sound out of place on an Aerosmith, Cinderella or Skid Row record.
 
Although the album failed to sell well it did turn heads, not least of all Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe who, the very day that Vince Neil had left the band, placed a fateful call to Corabi encouraging him to audition as his replacement. Not unexpectedly he accepted the offer, leaving behind an impressive legacy before moving on to other projects, and eventually joining the Dead Daisies.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet – 4,500 word essay, enhanced artwork with and new interview.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. OUTLAW 2. I BELIEVE IN ME 3. MAN IN THE MOON 4. FATHER, MOTHER, SON 5. GIVE IT UP 6. NEVER LOVED HER ANYWAY 7. TELL ME WHY 8. LOVES GOT A HOLD ON ME 9. I DON’T CARE 10. EVERY INCH A WOMAN 11. YOU ARE ALL I NEED 12. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN 13. YOUNG AND DUMB BONUS TRACKS (LIVE 1992) 14. OUTLAW  15. GIVE IT UP 16. I BELIEVE IN ME 17. FATHER, MOTHER, SON 18. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN 19. LICK AND A PROMISE
 
Mon
10
Dec

VIANA Set Jan 26 Date For Second Album 'Forever Free' via Escape

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Friday, January 26, 2018
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Viana - Forever Free

Release Date: 25th January 2019 

Catalogue No: ESM326 
 
Track list: 1- Forever Free  4:15 / 2- In the name of Love 3:55 / 3- Heart of Stone 5:26 / 4- We can’t choose 3:38 / 5- Who do you think you are 4:39 / 6- Live Free or Die 4:15 / 7- Do you Remember 4:59 / 8- Friday Night 3:39 / 9- I Wanna tell you 4:19 / 10- We will never say goodbye 4:47
 
Bryan Cole - Lead Vocals / Backing vocals (Giant, Steelcity and solo artist; backing vocals Scherer/Batten)
Stefano Viana - Guitars
Terry Brock - Backing vocals (duet on “Do You Remember”)
Anna Portalupi - Bass  (Hardline, Terrry Brock)
Adam Ernst  - Drums
Francesco Marras - Guitar
Pasquale India - Keyboards
 
Special Guest: John Roth (Winger, Starship), lead guitar on “Heart of Stone” and “Forever Free” and second solo part “Do you remember”
 
Mixed and Mastered by Alessandro Del Vecchio
 
Produced by Stefano Viana & Bryan Cole / vocals produced by Terry Brock 
 
Stefano Viana is an Italian guitarist, songwriter and producer who has already caused a stir with his first album “Viana” (2017) which received very positive reviews. Following his passion with enthusiasm Stefano contacted singer and producer Bryan Cole (Giant, Steel City, solo artist) and started to work on new material. Alessandro Del Vecchio was the vocalist on the first outing but this time Bryan Cole is at the mike stand. The music was recorded in a studio like in the “good old days” and this has made a great impact on the end result as the musicians have bonded and made a richer sound. 
 
This new album features some great musicians such as Terry Brock and Francesco Marras and also boasts the talents of great American guitar player John Roth from Giant, Winger and Starship. The 10 tracks we have here are all strong songs, there are no fillers here.. just great melodic hard rock played with a passion and flair. This is one album that is going to be talked out in the coming weeks.

 

Keep the flame of your passions alive and be “Forever Free”.
 
 
Fri
07
Dec

CATS IN SPACE Prepare For 'Daytrip To Narnia' March 8

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Friday, March 8, 2019
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C.I.S are very excited to announce the new CATS IN SPACE album is called ‘Daytrip To Narnia’ and will be released on 8th March 2019.
 
Fifteen months in the making, this epic musical feast is by far the band's most accomplished and challenging release to date. It will be available on ‘Harmony Factory’ through Cargo records.
Due to the sheer size of the album it will be released on a delicious DOUBLE WHITE VINYL LP with an exclusive limited poster inside the incredible gatefold sleeve. It will also be available on deluxe CD with 20 page booklet.
 
But there is more!
 
EXCLUSIVE to the webstore only, is the amazing ‘NARNIA BOX’ - A beautiful handcrafted wooden box containing the new album and a whole host of exclusive extra music and goodies. It is strictly limited to just 200 boxes worldwide. Each box is hand numbered and stencilled and is the ultimate Cat collectable.
And...
 
**YOU CAN PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY RIGHT NOW! **
All you lovely Cat fans that pre-order will get your goodies FIRST, ahead of general release.
If you order the NARNIA BOX? You get it even sooner- yes, you will hear and own the album way ahead of the pack...!!
Plus, we have a cornucopia of new exclusive 'Daytrip to Narnia' merchandise including tee shirts, signed items, & turntable mats.
Plus our catalogue of vinyls, CDs and rarities are all available in the store too.
so there you have it...!!
 
Go to: www.catsinspace.co.uk for all the details.

 
Thu
06
Dec

WEST BOUND Gives Vocalist CHAS WEST New Star Project

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Friday, February 22, 2019
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West Bound featuring Chas West have announced their debut album, "Volume 1" will be released on February 22, 2019. Check out first single & video "Never Surrender":
 
 
West Bound/Chas West are a hard-hitting new rock band formed in the L.A. area by vocalist Chas West (Resurrection Kings, Bonham, Lynch Mob, etc.) and renowned guitarist/producer Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Halford, Tribe of Gypsies), with a line-up completed by Jimmy Burkard (guitar), Jason Cornwell (bass), and Dave “Chilli” Moreno (drums). Additionally, Stephen LeBlanc provides keyboards and Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) co-wrote and played drums on two songs for the album. West Bound offer up their take on the classic hard rock sound with soulful vocals, a touch of the blues, and killer melodies.
 
On where the inspiration of the band’s sound came from, Chas West says his “influences come from 70’s and 80’s classic hard rock, back when music was, in my opinion, real and passionate, from the heart & soul. Bands like Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Foreigner, Aerosmith, Van Halen, etc. were what we grew up on and we just went back to our youth when writing the songs for the album.”
 
If you remember the great bluesy hard rock explosion from the late ‘80s and early ‘90s with bands like Tesla, Cinderella, Badlands, Tora Tora, and Salty Dog and else enjoy the modern throwback hard rock like Rival Sons, Massive Wagons, Inglorious, and the like, then you are going to find West Bound right up your alley.
 
On the first single and video, Chas explains that “the song Never Surrender” is one that Roy Z and I came up with in the studio. It’s about going through struggles in life and never giving up on your dream despite them. People can relate to it in their own lives…it’s a theme we all know as human beings. Sometimes the tough times can help you define your true character.”
 
West Bound’s debut album, “Volume I” will be released on February 22, 2019 on Frontiers Music Srl. The band is currently in the midst of planning tour dates to support the album’s release. Expect more news on that in the new year.
 
Tracklisting:
1. Never Surrender
2. Dance Of Life
3. Ain't Gonna Drown
4. Beautiful Dream
5. Nothing
6. Roll The Bones
7. On My Own
8. Keeper Of The Flame
9. Turn To You
10. No Room For Sympathy
11. Traveller
 
Lineup:
Vocals - Chas West
Guitar - Roy Z
Guitar - Jimmy Burkard
Bass - Jason Cornwell
Drums - Dave "Chilli " Moreno
 
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Tue
04
Dec

Melodic Rock Artist DUANE MORANO Unveils Guest-Heavy Debut Release, ‘Incognito’

Saturday, February 9, 2019
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“Feel good rock n’ roll - the music tells stories we can all relate to, but in a fun way” is how songwriter/guitarist Duane Morano describes his CD, Incognito. And on its first-ever release, ‘Incognito’ (whose pre sale begins on November 30th via Pledge Music ( http://pmusic.co/lNL9xL), before its official release on February 8th, 2019), Duane has assembled a stellar supporting cast of names that are well-known to melodic rock fans worldwide - Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn, Extreme’s Pat Badger and Kevin Figueiredo, Firehouse’s Michael Foster and Bill Leverty, XYZ’s Terry Ilous, The Firm/Blue Murder’s Tony Franklin, and Alice Cooper’s Nita Strauss, among others.
 
 
As Duane explains, the CD ‘Incognito’ came together in a huge stroke of luck. “I had known Bill Leverty for a great many years so he was in from the beginning. Back in 2016, I was having dinner with Bill and was asked if I was ever going to unshelve a CD I started working on years ago. After some thought, I finished a few of the tracks in my studio and sent them to Bill to be mixed. As we listened to the mixes, it became clear to both of us I needed to get rid of the programmed drums, find a bass player instead of a guitar player trying to play bass, and get someone that could sing what I was struggling to attempt. Changes needed to be made. That was when Bill suggested his drummer Michael Foster, so I gave him a shout.”
 
“The next step was finding the right vocalists to fit the handful of songs that were ready. I had my MP3 player on shuffle and Great White's ‘Hard to Say Goodbye’ came on and thought, ‘Terry's voice would be a great fit for a song,’ so I reached out to him and he asked to hear it. I sent him an MP3 with Michael and Tony playing on it. Terry was a bit surprised that as a guitar player I hired a bass player and didn't do it myself which is typical in self-funded, small budget projects. After explaining, Terry saw I was willing to do what's best for the music and liked the song so he agreed to sing a song or two. As the project progressed and we got to know each other, we started trading ideas back and forth, writing and arraigning together, and ultimately ended up with 5 songs for consideration.”
 
“Pat coming on board was really a happy accident. For 20 years or so I've collected music memorabilia as hobby. Pat had a Pledge campaign going on at the time and I pledged for the Patocam. He sent me an email saying something like, ‘Dude you got the Patocam,’ so I replied with some smart-aleck funny comment. He laughed and we emailed back and forth for a few hours and went our separate ways. About a week went by and much to my surprise, I got a random email from him asking how I was doing.”
 
As the project’s leader explains, the album is loaded with rockin’ highlights. “Nita Strauss solo on ‘Manhattan’ was a pick up your jaw off the floor moment. Bryan Cole’s vocals on ‘Don’t Believe You’ grabs elements of rock and blues with a touch of soul, and delivers one of the best performances I’ve ever heard him do. The way Michael Foster and Pat Badger really cement and play with the groove on ‘Kid Gloves’ is really cool.”
 
And the guests sound equally enthusiastic about the disc. Terry Ilous - “If you want to listen to good rock and roll, good music, pledge for this CD. Duane is a wonderful guitar player and I’m looking forward to singing more songs for him.” Nita Strauss - “‘Manhattan’ is a GREAT song. Thank you for having me on it.” Bill Leverty - "Duane has an amazing CD, filled with tasty music and killer guitar work."
 
Duane is also confident that his brand of rock fits in well with the current musical climate. “With the interest people have in bands of my youth, I think Incognito gives people the opportunity to hear elements of what was great about that era of music - but in a fresh way. Incognito pays tribute to that time period, but leaves the listener feeling satisfied like you’ve got something new.
 
And if all goes according to plan, the CD will not merely be a studio project. “Shows could happen if we can get schedules coordinated. That's always the hardest part when trying to get people from several different active bands together in the same place at the same time. There is talk of a live version, and something Bryan, Danny, Terry, and I think could be a lot of fun.”
 
Lastly, what are Duane’s future plans? “Finish the CD and then spend some much-needed time with my wife and kids - while putting a live band together, for special events.”
 
CONFIRMED TRACKS/LINE-UPS FOR ‘INCOGNITO’:
 
After the Love- Danny Vaughn, Duane Morano, Pat Badger, Michael Foster, Bryan Cole
Cookie Jar- Bryan Cole, Duane Morano, Tony Franklin, Michael Foster, Chris Lester
Sincerely Yours- Bryan Cole, Duane Morano, Pat Badger, Michael Foster, Shane French
Don't Believe You- Bryan Cole, Duane Morano, Keith Horne, Michael Foster
Face the Fire- Danny Vaughn, Duane Morano, Keith Horne, Bryan Cole, Kevin Figueiredo (K-Figg)
Giovanna- Danny Vaughn, Duane Morano, John Morano, Michael Foster
Kid Gloves- Danny Vaughn, Duane Morano, Pat Badger, Michael Foster, John Surabian, Bryan Cole
Manhattan- Dan Michaels, Duane Morano, Pat Badger, Michael Foster, Nita Strauss
Hearts- Terry Ilous, Duane Morano, Tony Franklin, Michael Foster, Dan Michaels, Bryan Cole
Love is just a lie- Terry Ilous, Duane Morano, JK Northrup, Pat Badger, Michael Foster
Why- Terry Ilous, Duane Morano, Keith Horne, Bryan Cole, Michael Foster
Barely Breathing- Danny Vaughn, Duane Morano, Pat Badger, Michael Foster
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
Twitter: @duanemorano
 
 
Tue
04
Dec

TOTO 2018 Live Set Showcased on '40 Tours Around The Sun' DVD/CD

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TOTO's 2018 live show is on display for all fans via '40 Tours Around The Sun', the Anniversary DVD, Blu-Ray and 2CD release.
 
Out January 30 in Japan on all formats, including Ltd Ed DVD/2CD or Blu-Ray/2CD Combos. The same will be released worldwide in February.
 
I’m honoured to have once again been given the privilege of writing the liner notes. It’s an amazing set too!
 
Setlist:
 
Set 1
Alone
Hold the Line
Lovers in the Night
Spanish Sea
I Will Remember
English Eyes
Jake to the Bone
Lea
Rosanna
 
Acoustic Storytellers
Miss Sun
Georgy Porgy
Human Nature
Holyanna
No Love
Mushanga
Stop Loving You
 
Set 2
Girl Goodbye
Angela
Lion
Dune (Desert Theme)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Stranger in Town
Make Believe
Africa
 
Encore:
The Road Goes On
 
Japanese pre-orders via:  CD Japan
 
 
 
Mon
03
Dec

Veteran UK Rockers THUNDER Return With New Album ‘Please Remain Seated’

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Friday, January 18, 2019
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In celebration of their 30th Anniversary, Thunder revisit and reinterpret of their finest songs in a way you’ve not heard before. Released in the U.S. on Friday, January 18th, 2019 through BMG, ‘Please Remain Seated’ is the sound of a band taking a strange journey into their own music, but also distilling thirty years of playing together in order to create something truly compelling, taking in flavors of rock, blues, jazz and soul along the way.

‘She’s So Fine’ was the album’s first single, and on this Friday, November 30th Thunder will be releasing the second single / video from ‘Please Remain Seated’ – ‘Miracle Man.’ This version of the track has been given a completely new slant and fully underlines the fresh, innovative and daring approach taken by the band during the ‘Please Remain Seated’ sessions. The video can be viewed here: 



‘Please Remain Seated’ will be available in various formats: Standard 1CD, Deluxe 2CD (bonus tracks), 180g standard black, gatefold double vinyl, Limited edition transparent orange double vinyl (Indie store exclusive, limited to 500), Digital - HD, MFiT andd standard.  The album has been mastered at half speed on vinyl for dynamic range. New single and video ‘Miracle Man’ is out on November 30th. Pre-orders available here: https://thunderband.lnk.to/PRS
 
Danny Bowes said, “We’ve never been the kind of band that wanted to make the same album over and over, and we’ve never been scared to try new things. In fact, making Thunder music over the past 30 years has taught us that the more we challenge ourselves, the better we get. Having re-imagined and re-recorded Love Walked In in 2017, we were very stimulated by the process, and wanted to try it on other songs. We made it as live as possible, jamming ideas until we found an arrangement that felt good. We set ourselves three rules: work fast, don’t aim for perfection, and make it different to the original. Some songs fell together spontaneously, and some took a series of strange left turns before ending up in a place none of us predicted.
 
By shaking up old tunes in this way, we forced ourselves to rethink how we felt about them. We think it’ll probably be the same for fans when they hear them. It’s not supposed to be a ‘Best Of’, and it’s not a change of direction, it’s just another brief stop along the journey to where we’re heading (wherever that is). We really like it, and we hope others will too”.

TRACKLISTING: Bigger Than Both Of Us / Future Train / Girl’s Going Out Of Her Head / I’m Dreaming Again / Fly On The Wall / Just Another Suicide / Empty City / Miracle Man / Blown Away / Loser / She’s So Fine / Low Life In High Places

Since forming in 1989, Thunder have notched up twenty Top Fifty singles, 2 gold albums, and cultivated a reputation as consummate live performers. Their last album - 2017’s ‘Rip It Up - hit number 3 in the UK album charts, giving the band theirr highest chart placing in 22 years. ‘Please Remain Seated’ is the result of all those miles on the clock and represents the sound of a band having fun. The smiles on their faces are almost audible, and the occasional bit of inter-band banter that made the final cut just underlines the d’esprit de corps that has always been there with Thunder. Half of the tracks feature additional musicians who’ve performed at the famed Christmas shows and there’s even a choir on one track!

‘Please Remain Seated’ may be a quieter album - thhe delicate sound of Thunder if you will! - but this collection undderlines the strength of the songwriting and musicianship, and it also proves that great [even unexpected] things can happen when a band is prepared to step out of its comfort zone and challenge itself, even after 30 years.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: thunderonline.com
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Fri
30
Nov

TOTO Deliver 'Devil's Tower' From The 'All In' Box Set

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TOTO have delivered fans another new song - this time the cracking rock track 'Devil's Tower', taken from the 'Old Is New' LP, which is perhaps the most anticipatd part of the 'All In' box set, due to be delivered to pre-order customers any day now. There are just 2000 box sets worldwide and I'm told there's under 200 left.
 
'Devil's Tower' is one of the earliest tracks dug out of the archives, featuring Jeff Porcaro and David Hungate. The 1981 one track keeps the original drums, bass, piano, organ and electric guitars. Vocals and additional guitars added.
 
Song Line-up:
 
DEVIL’S TOWER (Lukather/Paich/Porcaro/Williams)
Drums: Jeff Porcaro
Bass: David Hungate
All Guitars: Steve Lukather
Piano/Keyboards: David Paich
Synths: Steve Porcaro
Percussion: Lenny Castro
Lead & Backing Vocals: Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams
 
 
Thu
29
Nov

LAST IN LINE Debut New Single; Album 'II' Out Feb 22

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Friday, February 22, 2019
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Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Phil Soussan, and Andrew Freeman collectively known as Last in Line, are set to release their second album, “II” via Frontiers Music Srl on February 22.
 
Last In Line was formed in 2011, when Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain, and Vivian Campbell, (Ronnie James Dio’s co-conspirators and co-writers on the "Holy Diver", "Last In Line" - the album from which they took their name, and "Sacred Heart” albums) teamed up with esteemed vocalist Andrew Freeman. The debut al-bum “Heavy Crown” was released in February 2016, landing at #1 on the Billboard HeatSeekers Chart. Initially, the release had been preceded by tragedy when bassist Jimmy Bain unexpectedly passed away at the age of 68 on January 23, 2016. Last In Line, honoring what they knew would be Bain’s wish to keep the band moving, brought in renowned bassist Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne) and committed to sustained touring in support of the album, hitting festivals, headlining clubs, and sharing the stage with metal luminaries such as Saxon and Megadeth.
 
In late 2017, the band gathered in L.A. to start the recording of the second album, which was produced by the band members and Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The End: machine, ex-Dokken), who also produced the debut album. Having really gelled as a band while touring in support of the debut album, the songwriting came readily to the members. They’ve created a record that shows a big progression in sound, while immediately being recognizable as Last In Line thanks to Vinny Appice’s rhythms, thunderous bass from Soussan, amazing vocals from Andrew Freeman, and the roaring guitars of Vivian Campbell.
 
Tracklisting:
1. Intro
2. Black Out The Sun
3. Landslide
4. Gods And Tyrants
5. Year Of The Gun
6. Give Up The Ghost
7. The Unknown
8. Sword From The Stone
9. Electrified
10. Love And War
11. False Flag
12. The Light
 
Lineup:
Andrew Freeman - Vocals
Vinny Appice - Drums
Phil Soussan - Bass
Vivian Campbell – Guitars
 
 
 
Wed
28
Nov

LIVESAY 'Chronicles' Career Spanning Release Out Nov 30

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New York based Livesay is a prime example of a band that has flown under the proverbial radar and has self-sustained 4 incredible albums: S/T (1996), Darkest Hour (2002), Awaken the Giant (2010) and Frozen Hell (2016). Livesay is not a novice to the big stage and has opened for a multitude of hard rocks premier acts such as Ronnie James Dio, Y&T, Dokken, Lynch Mob, Ratt, Thin Lizzy, Vince Neil, Sebastian Bach, Quiet Riot, Michael Schenker, UFO, Fates Warning and many others. In addition to appearing at the Rock N’ Skull Festival 2 years in a row, they have headlined many times as well. With very little major backing, it’s been a willingness and belief that has driven this band.
Livesay’s sound is not easily classified; musical diversity is what powers these guys. It can best be described as Neo-Classical, Melodic, Hard Rock meshed with Progressive elements that combined, deliver a sonic, dream symphony. The band draws influences & inspiration from the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Classic Deep Purple, Racer X, Early Dream Theater and Early Fates Warning. With a magnitude of melodic, catchy hooks and vocal harmonies to the dark, mystical, heavy, technical progression, there is something for every rock genre to latch onto.
The new album titled “Chronicles” features 13 Tracks that bring the history of Livesay full-circle.
From the earliest unreleased material from 1992's Demo ep "Live & Let Rock that features the tracks “Live & Let Rock” and the ballad “Fallen Nights” to the best of 1996 - 2016. The “Chronicles” album coverrs the bands career from humble beginnings and culminates with the brand new track and single, “International Man,” recorded at Fox Hollow Studios, engineered by Sal Lorello and mixed and mastered by Jeff Westlake (Hydrogyn) of Ridgeline Productions. The new track features new Vocalist Mike Gill (Beyond Purple) and ushers in a brand new beginning that will feature a new album in 2019. “Chronicles” is certain to draw the attention of hard rock fans no matter what their taste and drops November 30th on RFL Records/Cargo Records Distro Europe.
CHRONICLES LINEUP:
G - Gregg Livesay - All Tracks
V  - Pete White - Tracks 1-6
V  - Anthony Cross - Tracks 7-9
V  - Dean Sternberg - Tracks 10-12
V  - Mike Gill - Track 13
D - Tim Hunter - Tracks 10-12
D - Keith Michaels - Tracks 1-7, 13
K - Tony Stahl - Tracks 3-13
K - Kenny Mosk - Tracks 1-2
B - Rich Andrews - Track 13 
B - Pete Ronda - Tracks 1-6
B - Alan D'Angelo - Tracks 7-12

“Live & Let Rock” & “Fallen Nights”
Recorded @ Northlake Sound
Engineered by Ed Solan

“Red Room” thru “Aphasia”
Recorded @ Millbrook Studios
Engineered by Paul Drofino

“International Man”
Recorded @ Fox Hollow Studios
Engineered by Sal Lorello
Mixed and Mastered by Jeff Westlake

Cover Art and Concept by Anthony Dura
 
Tue
27
Nov

AOR Heaven Release News: WAKE THE NATION & COME TASTE THE BAND

Friday, January 25, 2019
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NEW AOR HEAVEN titles due January 25
 
COME TASTE THE BAND - new album “Reignition” feat. Doogie White & Joe  Lynn Turner on vocals!
 
Come Taste the Band (CTTB) is a Norwegian classic hard rock band, founded in 1997 by guitarist Jo Henning Kaasin and singer Vidar Heldal. The early line-up, included bass player Ståle Naas, Eldar Melkvik on keyboards and Frode Flatland on drums. In the early years, CTTB was a Deep Purple tribute band and released two CD`s with Deep Purple songs; «A Tribute To Deep Purple» in 1999 and «Live» in 2006. From 1997 to 2007, CTTB played hundreds of concerts in Scandinavia.
In 2007, CTTB were asked by the Norwegian festival, Kartfestivalen, to play a concert with former Deep Purple singer/bass player, Glenn Hughes. This show resulted in a partnership that lasted until 2010, when Hughes founded Black Country Communion with Joe Bonamassa. Glenn Hughes & CTTB did four tours together, playing Deep Purple Mk III and IV classics.
In 2011, Come Taste the Band teamed up with former Deep Purple/Rainbow-singer, Joe Lynn Turner. JLT & CTTB toured Scandinavia, doing both Rainbow and Deep Purple material. Together they hit the road between 2012 to 2014. During days of, Turner, guitarist Jo Henning Kaasin and bassplayer Ståle Naas wrote and started recording two brand new songs, Tied Down and Don`t Let Me Bleed. Both songs ended up on the new CTTB album, «REIGNITION».
2014 also saw CTTB doing two concerts with former Rainbow singers, Doogie White and Graham Bonnet + Norwegian singer, JORN Lande. Come Taste the Band have changed the line-up several times during the years,  with only leader and guitarist, Jo Henning Kaasin, singer Vidar Heldal and bass player Ståle Naas staying constant in the band.
 
In 2017 celebrating 20 years, CTTB played two big sold out shows with former Whitesnake guitarist, Bernie Marsden and Doogie White (Rainbow/Michael Schenker). After those concerts Doogie White and Jo Henning Kaasin started to write new material.
CTTB landed a record deal with AOR Heaven in November 2017 and recorded seven songs with Doogie White as the singer. Those songs were recorded at Juke Joint Studio, Notodden and Stable Studio, Oslo Norway. The band now is joined by Swedish musicans, Birger Löfman on drums and Svenne Jansson on organ/keyboards. The album was produced by Halvor Halvorsen/Jo Henning Kaasin & CTTB, with Leif Johansen (Phenomena/21 Guns/A-ha) helping out with engineering. Njål Frode Lie mixed and mastered the album.
The album «REIGNITION» includes 9 classic hard rock tracks, played mostly live in the studio and with lots of improvisations. Doogie White is singin on 7 tracks and Joe Lynn Turner on 2 tracks.
 
Tracklist: 1.Not That Kind Of Man  2.Under Your Skin  3.Slave For Your Love  4.Black Rose  5.Tied Down 6.Don`t Let Me Bleed  7.Fools In The Night  8.Cradle To Grave  9.So Long Old Friend
 
Soundfiles in advance:
 
 
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WAKE THE NATIONS - new Melodic Rock signing from Finland!
 
Heart-shaped rock from Finland! The second album of Wake the Nations (WTN) is loaded with fresh AOR tracks containing a twist of the 80’s melodic hard rock.
In 2009, Risto Tuominen got interested in a band that was being established by Janne ‘Gekko’ Granfors: a grunge-type of band with Krister Stenbom on the lead vocals, Tuomas Pelli on drums, and Gekko on guitar. They were after a bass player, but since Risto came along, Gekko took the bass guitar. A hard rock band ‘Villa Sucka’ was formed. They wrote songs actively and recorded an EP during the spring of 2010. In the same year, Risto got recruited to a melodic rock/AOR band ‘Human Temple’. Gekko soon followed him. In those times, Jori ‘Jorge’ Tojander was the keyboard player of Human Temple.
 
As Human Temple was having a break, Risto decided to start recording his solo album in 2012. During the past years, he had written some songs that were never published. Risto asked Jorge, Gekko and Kalle Saarinen, all from Human Temple, to help him with the record. Also, Tuomas got an enquiry whether he could join. Initially the idea was to record already written songs just for his own sake, with good quality. But things got more and more ambitious... Risto came up with a thought of ‘Wake the Nations’ project band. Janne Hurme (Human Temple) and Petri Kitti (Violent Code) permitted him to record two of their songs as well, and so the album became to form an entity of its own.
It took a year to fine-tune the songs. When it was time to record the vocals, Risto wasn't confident enough to do it himself. So, he began to search for proper singers. In 2013, he found Estef Martinez (Insider) from Ecuador, Dado Topić (Time) from Croatia, Taage Laiho (Kilpi), and Nils Nordling (Silver Bullet). Janne Hurme and Krister Stenbom were invited also. In addition, Timo Pelander (Finlanders) played guitars and Jari Pailamo (King Company) keys on some tracks. ‘Sign of Heart’ was born in January 2015. The album got its way to the top-50 of the official Finnish chart in the first week after release.
 
The band did not have a fixed front man and they were not supposed to tour anyways. But as a one-time-occasion, they played at album release party, it became evident that WTN would continue playing for live audience. Soon Krister joined the band and WTN hit bigger stages. Live performance in DBTL festival 2015 was a turning point: WTN opened for Sunrise Avenue and got some international interest after their show. Ever since, the band have been playing numerous gigs: for instance, they have toured Germany numerous times and supported Swedish metal act Dynazty during their ‘Titanic Mass’ tour in Finland. These guys are known not only for their music, but also energetic and positive attitude which is present on and off stage.
During the years 2016-2018, WTN wrote and recorded material for ‘Heartrock’. It was done in cooperation with some of the best melodic hard rock professionals in Scandinavia. For instance, writers also include gurus as Sören Kronqvist (Joe-Lynn Turner/One Desire) and Thomas Wikström (Therion), mixing and mastering was conducted by the almighty Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse/W.E.T.), producers include Ilkka Wirtanen (Reckless Love/The Nights). The end result being a solid yet diverse melodic AOR album with stadium rock sounds, a hint of the 80’s, and interesting stories of life and love.
 
Check out the video for the track “Tattooed Girl” here:
Tracklist: 1. No Mercy, 2. Tattooed Girl, 3. Midnight Lovers, 4. All My Life, 5. Fallen Angel, 6. Now You’re Gone, 7. New Day, 8. Flames, 9. Somehting In Your Eyes, 10. Higher, 11. This Is Over
 
Soundfiles in advance:
 
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Follow AOR Heaven on Facebook for more news, video posts and other information at: @facebook: aorheaven Label: www.metalheaven.net
 
 
Wed
21
Nov

FICTION SYXX 'The Alternate Me' Premium Preorder Update

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MRR is excited to announce the second Premium Preorder campaign will be for the second studio album from progressive melodic rockers FICTION SYXX.
 
FICTION SYXX is dialling in on their sophomore release, ‘The Alternate Me’!
 
PRE-ORDER CUSTOMERS WILL RECIEVE 3 UPDATED TRACKS IMMEDIATELY. Remixed and with ERIC RAGNO Keyboard parts added.
 
The line-up had one change - Larry Hart (King Kobra/Montrose) on bass guitar takes over for Tony “The Fretless Monster” Franklin.  This release is focused more on the core than their debut release ‘Tall Dark Secrets’. There are no guest artists on this one and JK Northrup & Mark Lanoue share the lead guitar duties. Prepare for a mix of melody, harmony, soaring slide, and at times SHRED!
 
Fiction Syxx is:
Mark Allen Lanoue - Lead Vocals & Guitar
JK Northrup - Guitar, B. Vocals & Production
Rory Faciane - Drums
Larry Hart - Bass
Eric Ragno - Keyboards
 
 
 
There will be 11 tracks … plus bonus material for Premium Preorder supporters. New PREVIEW - Preorders will have the full song delivered to them.
 
 
MRR and FICTION SYXX are excited to launch one full track right now – the epic album opening track ‘Tall Dark Secrets’. PP supporters will get a WAV file of this track delivered to them shortly, along with another full length mixed and completed track, plus an exclusive video of JK Northrup in the studio discussing this track.
 
MRR/FS2 Premium Preorder is available today for just $30
 
Standard inclusions in the PP Packs include the following:
 
- Exclusive ‘Longbox’ Cardboard Sleeve Slipcover CD Packaging
- WAV file of debut track
- Additional fully mastered, completed song
- Weekly updates from the artist
- Exclusive Advance Release Date, receiving the CD weeks ahead of an official release
- Names included in the CD booklet
- Additional demos and completed tracks sampled along the way
- Digital Download of completed release ahead of shipping of CD
- Airmail shipping cost included
 
Stay tuned for more and PREORDER NOW!
 
 

 

 
Mon
19
Nov

GATHERING OF KINGS Debut Album 'First Mission' Arrives January

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Gathering Of Kings debut album "First Mission" will arrive in late January 2019!
 
The Album was produced, mixed, and mastered by Thomas Plec Johansson (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra, Nocturnal Rites, Dynazty) at The Panic Room in Skövde, Sweden.
 
All songs written by hugely talented Victor Olsson except "The Runaway", which was written by Maurice Gibb & Robin Gibb from Bee Gees. The song is a cover of Carolas hit single from 1986. So that's a tribute to the best swedish female singer of all time!
 
The cover artwork was created by the German artist Markus Vesper.
 
An official video for the upcoming fourth single "Love Will Stay Alive" to be released next week. Until then you can listen to the three previous singles on Spotify or Youtube:
 
More details and pre-order info coming soon, stay tuned!
 
Musicians:
 
*Rick Altzi - Vocals (Masterplan, Herman Frank, At Vance)
*Björn Strid - Vocals (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra)
*Apollo Papathanasio - Vocals (Spiritual Beggars, Firewind)
*Tobias Jansson - Vocals (Saffire)
*Jens Westin - Vocals & Guitar (Corroded)
*Alexander Frisborg - Vocals (Helldog)
*Victor Olsson - Guitar & Keyboards (Saffire)
*Stefan Helleblad - Guitar (Within Temptation, Jono)
*Martin Sweet - Guitar (Crashdiet, Sister)
*Erik Martensson - Guitar (Eclipse, W.E.T, Nordic Union, Ammunition)
*Nalle Påhlsson - Bass (Therion, Treat)
*Richard Larsson - Keyboards (The Night Flight Orchestra)
*Chris Laney - Keyboards (Pretty Maids)
*Erik Wiss - Keyboards (Cap Outrun)
*Jonas Källsbäck - Drums (The Night Flight Orchestra, Mean Streak)
*Efraim Larsson - Drums (Streamline, Diamond Dawn)
*Robban Bäck - Drums (Mustasch, Eclipse, Sabaton, W.E.T)
*Henrik Sethsson - Backing Vocals (Casanovas)
 
"First Mission" track listing:
01. The Gathering
02. Forever And A Day
03. Love Will Stay Alive
04. Endless Paradise
05. Saviour
06. Passing Rain
07. Out Of My Life
08. Lonely Road
09. Angels
10. Long Way From Home
11. The Runaway (Carola cover)
12. Battle Cry (Bonus Track)
 
 
Mon
19
Nov

WITHIN TEMPTATION Release New Singles 'Raise Your Banner' and 'Mad World'

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Rock / Metal Icons WITHIN TEMPTATIONS are back with a double helping of new music. Raise Your Banner and Mad World are taken from the highly anticipated new album Resist which will be released 14. Raise Your Banner features In Flames frontman Anders Fridén.
 
The message of WITHIN TEMPTATIONS seventh studio album is clear: RESIST. Sharon: “It’s important to resist, because in today’s society people increasingly get oppressed by social subjection – a process fueled by authorities, dictators but also multi-nationals that manipulate and control. We have to break free in order to develop ourselves, especially when we are constantly being controlled and monitored by a higher power”.
 
Watch: Raise Your Banner (Official Lyric Video feat. Anders Fridén) Below:
 
 
This wake-up call soars through the album track list as a sharpened knife. RESIST is armed with ten anthemic tracks, driven by grand melodies and dark hooks. “RESIST is a true milestone for us. If it wasn’t for RESIST, WITHIN TEMPTATION wouldn’t be here anymore.” Resist is a true milestone for us. If it wasn’t for Resist, Within Temptation wouldn’t be here anymore. With this record, we’ve taken inspiration from modern music and gave it a face - a very dark one. Sometimes it feels that today’s pop music lacks a rebellious edge.
 
Pre-orders for Resist are live now, get yours now! https://caroline.lnk.to/Resist
 
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Fri
16
Nov

TOBY HITCHCOCK Back With 'Reckoning Jan 25

Friday, January 25, 2019
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Frontiers Music Srl announces the release of TOBY HITCHCOCK's second solo album, “Reckoning” on January 25, 2019.
 
First single and music video, "Promise Me" out now! 
 
 
 
Powerhouse American vocalist Toby Hitchcock is back with a brand new solo album, “Reckoning”. The album was written and produced in collaboration with Swedish producer Daniel Flores (Find Me, The Murder of My Sweet). Toby first came to the attention of melodic rock fans when former Survivor founding member Jim Peterik hand-picked him to be the lead singer for Pride Of Lions, the band that would mark Jim's return to the rock scene.
 
With Pride of Lions, Toby has sung on five studio albums which are considered true classics among the melodic rock/AOR faithful. Often compared to Bobby Kimball (Toto), Jimi Jamison (Survivor), and Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Hitchcock’s voice has the depth, feeling and the feel of each of them, while still keeping his own identity and trademark.
 
When Pride of Lions took a small hiatus in 2011, Toby took the opportunity to hook up with Swedish songwriter/producer Erik Martensson (Eclipse, W.E.T., Ammunition) for his first solo album, “Mercury’s Down.” The album was a display of the talent of the two young guns, with Toby showing an unbelievable set of pipes on some heavier material, specially penned for him by Martensson.
In 2017, work on a new solo album started with Toby once again looking to Sweden for another exciting collaboration. Swedish producer Daniel Flores (Find Me, The Murder Of My Sweet) crafted a superb set of songs that are an absolute AOR gem of an album.
 
Toby Hitchcock says: “Being able to record my second solo album was a big step for me. I didn’t want to be a “one hit wonder” type of artist. So I’m very thankful for the opportunity to record a sophomore album. Working on my own solo record is really a great way for me to be creative on my own, so it’s very satisfying, and I love the feeling. Both of my solo projects were produced by different artists. So they feel completely different. This is a great thing for music lovers, as it brings a different vibe. This allows me to really explore my vocals and just have a great time doing it. Both albums have been amazing to work on and I couldn’t be happier."
 
“Reckoning” is a must hear release for all melodic rock/AOR fans out there. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
 
Tracklisting:
No Surrender
Promise Me
Show Me How To Live
Behind The Lies
Fighting For My Life
Serenity
Queen Untouchable
Gift Of Flight
Don't Leave
This Is Our World
Someone Like You
 
Musicians:
Toby Hitchcock: Vocals 
Daniel Flores: All Keyboards and Drums
Michael Palace: Guitars and Bass
Yngve "Vinnie" Strömberg: Drums and Percussion
 
 
 
Fri
16
Nov

SPIRITS OF FIRE Self-Titled Debut Out Feb 22

Friday, February 22, 2019
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SPIRITS OF FIRE, the new band featuring Tim “Ripper" Owens, Chris Caffery, Steve Di Giorgio & Mark Zonder, have announced a February 22, 2019 
release date for their self-titled debut album and released the first single & video, "Light Speed Marching" from the album.
 
Frontiers Music Srl is known for building new bands/projects featuring musicians of outstanding quality and who come from unique backgrounds. After an intense brainstorming session, a dream team of renowned metal musicians including Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex Judas Priest, Iced Earth), Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Death etc.) and Mark Zonder (ex Fates Warning, Warlord) was born and put together under the direction of renowned LA-based producer Roy Z. (Bruce Dickinson, Halford, Tribe Of Gypsies).
 
Called SPIRITS OF FIRE (after the title of one of their songs), the band has completed work on their debut album which is set for release on February 22nd via Frontiers Music Srl. The music can best be described as “classic Priest meets Savatage”.
 
Guitarist Chris Caffery on his influences for the record and working with Roy Z: “My influences for writing on this record were the bands that we were and are still in! I wanted to write songs that [Judas] Priest, Savatage, Testament, and Fates Warning fans would like. But, I wanted them to have a personality of their own as well. To give it a vibe that was SPIRITS OF FIRE! I grew up listening to Judas Priest and spent 30 plus years working with Jon Oliva and Paul O’Neill with Savatage and TSO. Many years playing Criss’ music. These influences for me came naturally! Especially because I’m a fan of all of our bands!
 
This was the first time that I ever worked with Roy and it was so much fun. I have been a huge fan of his work for a long time. He’s written music, played on, and produced some of my favorite metal albums ever. He had a difficult job bringing this all together and I can’t think of anyone that would have been a better producer and co-worker for this album!”
 
“I always just sing to the song, whatever I feel it should be. It’s like a character thing! I like layers! This music is really perfect for me and in my natural wheel house. I like to sing all over the place and change it up and this all happens on this album. This is just the start of an amazing band, I mean sky is the limit and I actually can’t wait to record the next album, because this one is so great and perfect,” says vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens.
 
Drummer Mark Zonder adds about his playing and writing process, “I am the kind of player that plays what I think fits best with the music. With SPIRITS OF FIRE, the music was more aggressive and hard hitting which I really liked. Again, I tried to be very mindful of the song and the vocals, but tried to add parts that were interesting and creative for the listener.”
 
 
Tracklisting:
 
1. Light Speed Marching
2. Temple of the Soul
3. All Comes Together
4. Spirits of Fire
5. It’s Everywhere
6. A Game
7. Dispensable
8. Meet Your End
9. Never to Return
10. The Path
11. Alone in the Darkness
 
 
 
Wed
14
Nov

BRETT WALKER 'Last Parade' Box Set Pre-order Bonus Tracks Revealed

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Friday, November 23, 2018
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BRETT WALKER “Last Parade” – The Complete Unreleased Archives 6CD Box Set
 
Release Update & Box Set Bonus Track Details
 
Pre-order Release Date DECEMBER 14
RETAIL Release Date JANUARY 11
 
$99 (includes airmail shipping worldwide) ‘Last Parade’ is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide.
 
NEW DETAILS:
- Pre-order customers will recieve the box set early - December 14 release date.
- Pre-order customers that purchase the box set will recieve 50 digital bonus tracks. Yes, 50!!! Details below. These will be delivered shortly.
- Pre-order customers that purchase the box set will recieve an additional digital download - 'The Best Of Last Parade' - to enjoy while you wait.
- Official retail release date is now January 11 to best supply retailers closed over the holiday period. Manufacturing setup has been more complicated and time consuming than anticipated.

As previously revealed, the set features 6 discs spanning Brett’s entire career.

The audio has been meticulously remastered and perfected by JK Northrup, then further analysed and organised over several months by myself and has now been sequenced into what I consider six beautifully flowing albums. In total there is over 100 songs, with almost all of them previously unreleased.
 
BRETT WALKER “Last Parade” Ltd Ed Box Set is priced at $99 (includes shipping, airmail worldwide). Included is:
 
6CDs; Deluxe Packaging & 24 Page Deluxe Book + 50 Bonus Digital Download tracks + Advance Delivery
 
The 6 discs are split again into 2 volumes, each housing the 3CDs in a regular size jewelcase, with the usual full artwork packaging all MRR releases have.
 
These two volumes are then housed in a longbox slipcase, accompanied by an equal sized deluxe 24 page booklet featuring photos, credits and especially written liner notes from the people that knew Brett best and/or worked with him – his wife Sheron Hope Walker, Magnus Soderqvist, Derek Oliver, David Prater, Matt MacKelvie, Tommy “Mugs” Cain, Brian Brinkerhoff, Nick Gilder, Bryan Lynn Jones and of course, my own experiences working with Brett and some insight behind the construction of this project.
 
 
‘Last Parade’ is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide.
 
Pre-order now:
 
 
 

 
50 DIGITAL BONUS TRACKS (All WAV Format):
 
Bonus 1 - A Little Bit Of This & A Lot Of That
A Far Cry From Love (Slower Vers)
All I Need (Less Guitar)
Alright By Me (Lower Guitar Solo)
BW Radio Plug
Didn't Mean To Say Goodbye (91-93 Demo)
Don't Mean Much
Drown In Your Ocean (Half Inst)
Give A Little Love (91-93 Demo)
I Could Be Wrong (Alt Version)
It's A Good Thing (First Mix)
Last Parade (Early Demo)
Lecia (Live Acoustic, Swedish TV4, 1994)
Living On The Moon (Remix)
More Than a Memory (Alt Mix Demo)
More Than A Memory (Demo, Carl Dixon Vocal)
No Reasons Of The Heart (Alt Mix)
No Sense In Falling (Outake)
One Good Reason (Lower Vocal)
Quicksand (Early Alt Mix)
Rain Dance (2nd Mix)
Rain Dance (Less Chorus Vox)
Rain In My Heart (Louder Backing Vox)
So Close So Far Away (Different Source)
Taste of Love (Carl Dixon Version)
Taste Of Love (Jimi Jamison Version)
 
Bonus Material 2 – Gone South: The Country Demos
Buy You A Cadillac
Don't Come Back Crying (Inst)
Don't Come Back Crying
Elvis (95)
Hollywood Rodeo
Less Of Me
My Old Friend Whiskey
Never Take My Rag Doll From Me
 
Bonus Material 3 - The Instrumentals
After The Tears (Inst)
Always A Place (Inst)
Bring You To Life (Inst)
Didn't Mean To Say Goodbye (Inst)
Don't Come Back Crying (Inst)
Everything I Want To Do (Ballad Version, Inst)
Fooled Again (Inst)
Hard Dark Music (Inst)
Hard To Find An Easy Way (Mixed For TV Inst)
Heaven Only Knows (Inst)
It Looks A Lot Like Rain (Inst)
It's A Good Thing (Inst)
Lecia (Mixed For TV Inst)
Solo Piano (Freeform 1)
Solo Piano (Freeform 2)
Stranger In Town (Inst)
Untitled (Mid Tempo Inst)
 
 

For those that aren't interested in the full box set with all the exclusive extras and bonus material, you can simply purchase either one of the 3-Disc sets as a stand alone product. These are packaged as regular shrinkwrapped jewelcases.

Pre-order BRETT WALKER “LAST PARADE” CDs ONLY - Volume 1 (Discs 1, 2, 3)($35 - includes airmail shipping)
 
 
 
 
Pre-order BRETT WALKER “LAST PARADE” CDs ONLY Volume 2 (Discs 4, 5, 6)($35 - includes airmail shipping)
 
 

 

 

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