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Tue
11
Apr

ROCK CANDY Debut New Magazine

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ROCK CANDY RECORDS is proud to launch ROCK CANDY MAGAZINE, a new magnificent bi-monthly physical publication, with a digital magazine add-on. Yes, it’s printed on real paper! And yes, it’s aimed at the discerning Rock Candy customer who wants to wallow in nostalgia and relive the glory days of classic rock. Unashamedly "old school", it's written by the writers who were there at the time.
 
100 pages of the purest classic rock from the '70s and '80s, with no room for punk, new wave, skinny tie pop or post-industrial claptrap! And it’s all treated with respect and illustrated with the finest photography of the era.
 
Produced to the same exacting standards as every Rock Candy Records release, overseen by Master Of Mayhem Derek Oliver and edited by Howard Johnson, Issue 1 features contributions by many of the great rock journalists from the glory days of Kerrang! and Metal Hammer, including Malcolm Dome, Paul Suter, Paul Elliott, Philip Wilding, Dave Reynolds, Jerry Ewing, Xavier Russell and Steffan Chirazi.
 
Inside the debut issue you'll find features on:
 
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott on the stories behind 20 of his fave Leppard photos.
 
The making of Rush’s prog masterpiece ‘Hemispheres’.
 
Warrant’s doomed vocalist Jamie Lane - a tale of tragic loss and unfulfilled promise.
 
Whatever happened to Kerrang!’s Ladykillers?
 
Girl, the influential glam band that time forgot.
 
The darkest days of Saxon before they bounced back.
 
Mercurial meetings with Ritchie Blackmore.
 
Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci’s memories of his first ever gig.
 
An in-depth reappraisal of Aerosmith’s seminal ‘Rocks’ album.
 
The amazing story of Kiss manager and marketing genius Bill Aucoin – by those who knew him.
 
Oh, and a massive eight page feature on Krokus. Yes, eight pages of Swiss bad-boy mayhem!
 
Rock Candy Magazine isn’t available in the shops. You can only get it through our brand new website at www.rockcandymag.com
 
So what are you waiting for? Click here to visit the Rock Candy Mag website and subscribe now: www.rockcandymag.com
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Thu
06
Apr

Rock Candy Records Latest - FRANK MARINO, WARRANT, MOTHER'S FINEST

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7 new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com.
 
WARRANT 'DIRTY ROTTEN FILTHY STINKING RICH' CANDY343
 
AS ONE OF the main movers and shakers of the Los Angeles Sunset Strip rock scene during the late 80s, WARRANT made a huge impact at every level, helping to define not only a musical movement but also establishing a commercial breakthrough that astounded the naysayers. It was a golden time for not only the music of the era but also WARANT directly, whose presence on MTV was virtually permanent.
Like most bands, the formation of WARRANT mutated through a number of line ups, but it eventually settled to feature vocalist Jani Lane, an appointment that ignited the band’s creativity and placed them on the path to gold and glory. But it wasn’t an easy ride, with a number of setbacks frustrating progress, including a brief encounter with the Prince’s Paisley Park organisation which bankrolled a demo that then received a number of rejections from most record labels. Eventually however, with the help of major management, the band signed to Columbia records and commenced their rise to stardom.
Originally issued in January 1989, the album was produced by Beau Hill (RATT, KIX, Winger etc) and set in motion a rapid rise to fame, which came as little surprise to those who had been following the band from the sidelines. The compelling production, trademark riffs and Lane’s superb vocals elevated the songs to another level. ‘Down Boys’ the first track to radio accelerated sales and the ballad ‘Heaven’ made it to #1 on the US singles chart, giving them sales upwards of double platinum.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. 32 PENNIES IN A RAGU JAR 2. DOWN BOYS 3. BIG TALK 4. SOMETIMES SHE CRIES 5. SO DAMN PRETTY (AGAINST THE LAW) 6. D.R.F.S.R. 7. IN THE STICKS 8. HEAVEN 9. RIDIN’ HIGH 10. COLD SWEAT
 
 
WARRANT 'CHERRY PIE' CANDY344
 
IF YOU APPLIED a microscope to the late 80s American hard rock scene, looking for one pivotal song that encompassed the period, then you’d be hard pressed to get past ‘Cherry Pie’, a track that was all conquering at the time, firmly establishing itself as one of the era’s calling cards. With MTV embracing the accompanying video, and US radio elevating the track into overdrive, WARRANT could do no wrong and deservedly so.
Emerging out of the Los Angeles Sunset Strip hotbed, the band initially struggled to gain a foothold, but eventually attracted major management and a coveted contract with industry heavyweight Columbia records. Their debut album surpassed expectations, and produced a #2 hit single, spring boarding sales way in excess of gold status. The scene was set for their sophomore album but nobody was ready for the explosion of success that followed.
‘Cherry Pie’, once again produced by veteran studio wizard Beau Hill (Winger, RATT, KIX) and originally issued in 1990, launched the band to even bigger success; the title track becoming one of the most played songs of the year and a virtual prime time MTV staple. In addition, the band’s front man Jani Lane had become a poster boy for the movement, with his, and the band’s, faces splattered over virtually every music magazine around. Musically the album was far superior to their debut and decidedly heavier, featuring such brazen rockers as ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, ‘Love In Stereo’ and, of course, the superbly crafted title track.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 5 BONUS TRACKS, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. CHERRY PIE 2. UNCLE TOM’S CABIN 3. I SAW RED 4. BED OF ROSES 5. SURE FEELS GOOD TO ME 6. LOVE IN STEREO 7. BLIND FAITH 8. SONG AND DANCE MAN 9. YOU’RE THE ONLY HELL YOUR MAMA EVER RAISED 10. MR. RAINMAKER 11. TRAIN, TRAIN 12. ODE TO TIPPER GORE. BONUS TRACKS: 13. GAME OF WAR (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED DEMO) 14. THE POWER (DEMO) 15. THIN DISGUISE 16. I SAW RED (ACOUSTIC VERSION) 17. CHERRY PIE (SINGLE VERSION)
 
MOTHER’S FINEST ‘IRON AGE’ CANDY324
 
ARGUABLY MOTHER’S FINEST were the greatest funk rock band of all time. Formed in the early seventies they entered the scene as a full-on rock band, but with a unique sound that fused lean and mean bad ass funk with crunchy guitar driven white boy rock. Their debut album took the music world by the short and curlies, attracting praise from fans of both funk and traditional rock. They were equally at home being compared to Funkadelic as they were to Led Zeppelin.
It was this unique musical mash-up that not only attracted praise but also caused a degree of confusion. Many critics, journalists and radio jocks couldn’t quite place them into a specific bag; a problem that restricted their commercial progress, despite crafting some of the most exciting music of the era. This confusion also influenced the band’s sound which had, on occasion, been wandering between styles. 
For ‘Iron Age’ the band made a concerted effort to underscore their commitment to rock, crafting a record that simply confounded any notion that they were easing off the gas pedal. For many, this album is the pinnacle of the band’s output, as it unleashes a torrent of hard and fast songs, including such riff laden classics as ‘Luv Drug’, ‘Movin On’, ‘Evolution’ and the jewel in the crown  ‘Illusion’. Hats off to hostess with the mostest Joyce ‘Baby Jean’ Kennedy whose vocal is as good, if not superior, to both Tina Turner and Chaka Khan.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. MOVIN’ ON 2. LUV DRUG 3. ROCK ‘N ROLL 2 NITE 4. U TURN ME ON 5. ALL THE WAY 6. EVOLUTION 7.  ILLUSION (C’MON OVER TO MY HOUSE) 8. TIME 9. GONE WITH TH’ RAIN 10. EARTHLING
 
  
 
FRANK MARINO & MAHOGANY RUSH ‘LIVE’ CANDY 325
 
THE COMMONLY HELD belief about Frank Marino, leader of Mahogany Rush, is that he was motivated by the dead spirit of Jimi Hendrix. Of course this was a misquote taken from an early interview which persisted throughout his career and, to a degree, still dogs his activities to this very day. Of course it was pure hokum and a myth utilized to successfully advance his presence in the market place.
Born and raised in Canada, Frank commenced his musical career as a drummer before moving to guitar and forming Mahogany Rush who issued five well received studio albums prior to this live album. Harnessing a wealth of strong material the band recorded several dates on their 1977 world tour in order to compile a comprehensive selection of choice cuts including ‘Dragonfly’, ‘The Answer’, ‘I’m A King Bee’, ‘Talkin’ ‘Bout A Feelin’ and the impressive ‘World Anthem’.
Of course Frank’s guitar is the prominent instrument showcasing incredible fluidity and aggression as well as an obvious nod in the style of Jimmy Hendrix, but as a power trio the dexterous support of bassist Paul Harwood and drummer Jimmy Ayoub makes the recordings all the more arresting. As an authentic live album, one devoid of studio overdubs, the contents are hugely impressive allowing Frank to showcase endless solos. We’ve added two bonus tracks taken from the bands performance at the 1978 California Jam II festival held in front of an impressive 350,000 fans.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. INTRODUCTION 2. THE ANSWER 3. DRAGONFLY 4. I’M A KING BEE 5. (EXCERPT FROM “BACK DOOR MAN”) 6. A NEW ROCK & ROLL 7. JOHNNY B. GOODE 8. TALKIN’ ‘BOUT A FEELIN’ 9. (EXCERPT FROM “WHO DO YA LOVE”) 10. ELECTRIC REFLECTIONS OF WAR 11. THE WORLD ANTHEM 12. PURPLE HAZE. BONUS TRACKS: 13. I’M A KING BEE 14. JOHNNY B. GOODE
 
FRANK MARINO ‘WHAT’S NEXT’ CANDY 326
 
AMAZINGLY THIS WAS Frank Mario’s seventh studio album in almost as many years, an accomplishment made even more impressive by the amount of live work that he had stashed under his belt. Marino had become a notorious road dog, playing everywhere and anywhere, helping to establish him as one of the great showmen of the era. Of course, his comparison to Jimi Hendrix’s playing style served as an ideal introduction, but Marino’s appeal was so much more than that.
‘What’s Next’ was an important milestone in Frank’s career, not only because the music was getting far more precise but because the band had expanded to a four piece after years working as a power trio. And it wasn’t any old expansion either, with Frank enlisting his brother Vince on rhythm guitar, lending the unit a far broader appeal – bigger, bolder and effortlessly streamlined, to take advantage of the changing times.
Produced as usual by Frank and originally issued in 1980, the album made a strong impact, attracting healthy reviews and an impressive placing on the all important Billboard top 100 chart. It also featured some of Frank’s most impressive playing thus far, with tracks such as ‘Mona’, ‘Something’s Comin’ Our Way’, ‘Loved By You’ and a surprising cover of ‘Roadhouse Blues’, originally penned by the Doors. There is no question that this album is one of the many triumphs of Frank Marino and its reappraisal is long overdue.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. YOU GOT LIVIN’ 2. FINISH LINE 3.ROCK ME BABY 4. SOMETHING’S COMIN’ OUR WAY 5. ROADHOUSE BLUES 6. LOVED BY YOU 7. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME 8. MONA
 
    
 
FRANK MARINO ‘THE POWER OF ROCK AND ROLL’ CANDY 327
 
FRANK MARINO HAD been developing a solid reputation throughout the 1970s as the figurehead of his band Mahogany Rush, an impressive power trio rooted in electric blues, that gave Frank a platform to showcase his tremendous guitar prowess, all set within a wide screen musical landscape. In a bold move, for this, his eighth studio album, he was encouraged to drop the Mahogany Rush handle altogether and set sail purely under his own name. It was a brave step but one that made perfect sense considering the momentum that he had already achieved.
Released in 1981 and once again self produced, ‘The Power Of Rock And Roll’ was a triumph, seeing Frank setting fire to convention with a collection of hard hitting, no nonsense rock that sounded like a defiant call to arms. It also signalled other major changes; splitting with long time management Leber-Krebs and cementing the appointment of his brother Vince Marino, on rhythm guitar, as a full time member of the group.
Sharper, infinitely more focussed and taking no prisoners, the eight tracks are veritable firecrackers, making good on his intent to deliver a record that, by all rights, should have catapulted him to sizeable success beyond his cult appeal. Songs such as ‘Ain’t Dead Yet’, ‘Runnin’ Wild’, ‘Crazy Miss Daisy’ and the frenetic, almost speed metal, pace of ‘Go Strange’, leave little room for any argument that Frank was losing his focus or resting on his laurels.
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TRACK LISTING: 1. THE POWER OF ROCK AND ROLL 2. PLAY MY MUSIC 3. STAY WITH ME 4. RUNNIN’ WILD 5. CRAZY MISS DAISY 6. GO STRANGE 7. YOUNG MAN 8. AIN’T DEAD YET
 
FRANK MARINO ‘JUGGERNAUT’ CANDY 328
 
FOR THE MOST part, Frank Marino was perceived by the music business, and the majority of his fans, as a red-hot guitar player capable of laying down riffs and solos like they were going out of fashion. However, that overall impression belied his musical depth as a musician with a deep understanding of composition and arrangement. For Frank, despite his reputation for endless soloing, the goal was always about crafting songs that had meaning and weight. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than on the ‘Juggernaut’ album.
Recorded and released in 1982, the record showcases Frank in spectacular form, setting out a stall that solidly welds his penchant for blistering hard rock and memorable songs. The title track alone is arguably his greatest triumph, fusing a rock solid riff with a synthetic dusting of melody. Indeed, it became one of Frank’s most successful tracks, nearly nudging him into the upper reaches of the American rock charts. And that song is not alone as there are several equally impressive examples, such as ‘Midnight Highway’ and the brilliantly evocative ‘Stories Of A Hero’.
Sadly for Frank, this was the point, after seven albums recording for Columbia Records, at which he and the label reached a creative impasse, resulting in him leaving the company and vowing never to record for a major label again. It was certainly a shame as, at long last, it seemed that he’d made a creative breakthrough, pointing him to a whole new level of creativity.
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TRACK LISTING: 1. STRANGE DREAMS 2. MIDNIGHT HIGHWAY 3. STORIES OF A HERO 4. FREE 5. MAYBE IT’S TIME 6. DITCH QUEEN 7. FOR YOUR LOVE 8. JUGGERNAUT
 

 

 
Tue
21
Jun

TEMPT Make Waves With 'Runaway' Debut on Rock Candy Records

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TEMPT 'RUNAWAY' CANDYMAN005 - A BRAND NEW front line release from Rock Candy Records available right now.
 
THOSE OF YOU who follow the world of Rock Candy would have noticed that we have never issued material from new artists. Indeed, our speciality is primarily to shine a spotlight on reissues - records that we feel, in one way or another, were vastly overlooked at the time or are of such a high quality that they needed to be re-examined and brought back into focus, buffed-up and given a truly five star re-appraisal. Of course, like every label, we do get many hopefuls brandishing new music but, sad to say, the content is often not quite right for us.
 
That we are pleased to report is not the case with New York based outfit Tempt. You may have seen them mentioned on various websites and in magazines over the last year - mainly praising a highly regarded self-financed EP and a smattering of live shows. The EP showcased a young, but thoroughly contemporary, band playing a style of music that evoked memories of the great melodic hard rock bands of the past. It was a heart-warming experience as the delivery, arrangements and attack suggested an allegiance to acts like Foofighters, Rival Sons and Alterbridge, yet the musicianship and spirit bring to mind classic Van Halen, Aerosmith and Def Leppard.
 
The band has crafted a truly spellbinding debut album; one that confronts the listener with a blast of the present but suggests a comforting whiff of the past. Crucially, all the elements are in place, from great vocals (courtesy of Zach Allen), incredible guitar playing (by Harrison Marcello ) and brilliantly crafted songs with enough twists and turns to not only satisfy the musically inclined but also to appeal to folk who just wanna rock.
 

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