CONEY HATCH 'FRICTION' CANDY272
TORONTO BASED Coney Hatch were one of Canada's brightest hopes during the mid eighties. They impressed fans and critics alike with their rambunctious brand of melodic hard rock, a sound imbued with a certain, some might say typically Canadian, quirkiness. Catchy, for sure, but also containing twists and turns that suggested the band had been students of a number of hard rockin' maple leaf acts from April Wine to the riff hungry swagger of Triumph and all points in between.
'Friction' was the band's third and, as it turned out, their final album. It was a record designed to infiltrate the mass market, with catchy hooks and a selection of punishing riffs. Issued in 1985 and crafted by renowned British producer Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Y&T, Lynch Mob) the record was received with great critical enthusiasm, but hit a brick wall at their record company. With Def Leppard and Bon Jovi receiving major promotional pushes, Coney Hatch were sidelined and left, without the financial budget, to fight their own corner.
It was a crushing disappointment, leaving the band in a state of confusion and, ultimately, unable to carry on. Their legacy, however, continues to grow, with many citing 'Friction' as their finest and, possibly, one of the best albums released that year. Revisit the likes of 'This Ain't Love', 'Fantasy' and 'Burning Love' for proof positive that this record delivered on all fronts.
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 1 BONUS TRACK, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, NEW INTERVIEWS, 3,500 WORD ESSAY, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND RARE PHOTOS.
TRACK LISTING: 1. THIS AIN'T LOVE 2. SHE'S GONE 3. WRONG SIDE OF TOWN 4. GIRL FROM LAST NIGHT'S DREAM 5. COMING TO GET YOU 6. FANTASY 7. HE'S A CHAMPION 8. STATE LINE 9. BURNING LOVE. BONUS TRACK: 10. FUEL FOR THE FIRE
RATT 'INVASION OF YOUR PRIVACY' CANDY281
THERE'S NO DOUBT that the mid eighties were pretty much ruled by an exciting clique of Los Angeles based hard rock bands. Everyone from M'tley Cr'e, Great White, Dokken and Quiet Riot were breaking records in one way or another, but it was five piece RATT who really condensed all that was truly exciting about the scene when their debut album 'Out Of The Cellar' exploded at MTV, radio and retail, giving them a double platinum album and a reputation second to none.
Touring non-stop, the band were quickly ushered back into the studio ' via a Hawaii song writing retreat - for their follow up album, the equally impressive 'Invasion Of Your Privacy'. Produced by Beau Hill, who masterminded their previous record, the music kept to the same ingredients, finding the band further exploiting their penchant for snappy melodies, heavy duty riffs and super catchy hooks. If there was any fatigue to be encountered then no trace could be found here, with the music retaining a polished and professional sheen that spelt instant appeal.
Tracks such as 'You're In Love', 'Lay It Down' and 'What You Give Is What You Get' became instant RATT classics bouncing out of the grooves and right into the public's heart. It was this album that truly elevated RATT to arena headline status in the US whilst helping to spread the message further afield in Europe and Japan. A solid gold classic.
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered Audio,16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interviews.
TRACK LISTING: 1. YOU'RE IN LOVE 2. NEVER USE LOVE 3. LAY IT DOWN 4. GIVE IT ALL 5. CLOSER TO MY HEART 6. BETWEEN THE EYES 7. WHAT YOU GIVE IS WHAT YOU GET 8. GOT ME ON THE LINE 9. YOU SHOULD KNOW BY NOW 10. DANGEROUS BUT WORTH THE RISK