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MALICE 'IN THE BEGINNING…' CANDY256

WITH THE RISE in the early1980s American heavy metal scene, bands were forming from coast to coast, with California being the epicentre of the movement. It was also the home of Metal Blade Records, a fiercely pro-active active independent label dedicated to unearthing the best of the breed. Amongst their discoveries were Slayer, Metallica, Metal Church, Armored Saint and… Malice. A five piece of considerable fire power and force, Malice exploded onto the scene with lightning effect, winning critical plaudits for their demos and tracks on Metal Blade’s ‘Metal Massacre 1’ album, and a dedicated following amongst metal starved fans. All this energy and excitement led to a major label deal, with label giants Atlantic Records providing the launching pad for their debut album, co-produced by Ashley Howe (Ted Nugent, Uriah Heep) and Michael Wagener (Dokken, Mötley Crüe, Accept). With two guitar players (Jay Reynolds and Mick Zane) and a sound that combines the very best of British NWOBHM with American style power metal, the album resonates with excitement from the very first chord to the very last dying note. It’s a comprehensive assault on the senses with enough explosiveness to take on a tank battalion and comprehensively dismantle all opposition. Check Out tracks such as ‘Godz Of Thunder’, ‘Air Attack’, ‘Hellrider’ and ‘Steller Masters’ for proof, if proof were needed, of just how uncompromising this band were. SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK. TRACK LISTING: 1. ROCKIN’ WITH YOU 2. INTO THE GROUND 3. AIR ATTACK 4. STELLAR MASTERS 5. TAROT DEALER 6. SQUEEZE IT DRY 7. HELLRIDER 8. NO HAVEN FOR THE RAVEN 9. THE UNWANTED 10. GODZ OF THUNDER
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MAX WEBSTER 'HIGH CLASS IN BORROWED SHOES' CANDY107

MAX WEBSTER's second album ‘High Class In Borrowed Shoes’, originally released in 1977, is regarded as their pinnacle accomplishment. It is a record of unique appeal, bringing together both the sublime and the outrageous in one bubbling cauldron. Leader Kim Mitchell’s laconic vocals, biting lead guitar work and crushing riffs make for some of the most compelling and enjoyable music to have ever been birthed by a North American rock group – including the work of fellow Canadian über progmen Rush. Produced by Terry Brown (Rush, Klaatu) with pin-point accuracy, ‘High Class...’ is very much a product of art over commerce, featuring extravagant progressive arrangements and some of what would become their greatest in-concert favourites, including ‘Diamonds Diamonds’, ‘Gravity’, ‘America’s Veins’ , ‘In Context Of The Moon’ and, of course, the magnificent title track itself. These are songs filled with incomparable creativity and an artistic depth that will have you coming back again and again. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album with Kim Mitchell and previously unpublished photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet. Track Listing: 1. High Class In Borrowed Shoes 2. Diamonds Diamonds 3. Gravity 4. Words To Words 5. America’s Veins 6. Oh War! 7. On The Road  8. Rain Child  9. In Context Of The Moon
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MAX WEBSTER 'MUTINY UP MY SLEEVE' CANDY108

'MUTINY UP My Sleeve, originally released in 1979 and partly produced by Terry Brown (Rush), was Max Webster’s third album and once again it showcased the band in particularly nimble form; the progressive arrangements dovetail neatly, with hard hitting riffs and much spectacular lead guitar work. Lyrically the emphasis is on strange yet compelling tales with no beginning and, by turn, no end to their madness. There are a bunch of classic MW tracks to be found on this album, including the full throttle prog of  both ‘The Party’ and ‘Lip Service’, the mellow ‘Astonish Me’ and the jewel in the crown impact of ‘Waterline’. However, if you really want to experience Max Webster basking in the full glow of perfection then look no further than ‘Beyond The Moon’, a magnificent progressive rock mash-up that will haunt you forever. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album with Kim Mitchell and previously unpublished photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet. Track Listing: 1. Lip Service 2. Astonish Me 3. Let Your Man Fly 4. Water Me Down 5. Distressed 6. The Party 7. Waterline  8. Hawaii 9. Beyond The Moon
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MAX WEBSTER 'S/T' CANDY106

CERTAINLY MAX Webster was no ordinary band. The fact that their name was an entirely fictional non de plume was just part of the conundrum. An electric and eccentric four piece, based in Toronto, and led by the ever entertaining Kim Mitchell, MW maximised their curious non conventional appeal by crafting melodic progressive rock with a nod to the left-of-centre approach pioneered by King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and Genesis. It was a heady mixture for sure but one that paid long lasting dividends. Discovered and signed to Rush’s management company (SRO), the band’s debut album, originally issued in 1976 and helmed by Rush producer Terry Brown, was funded and issued by Taurus, SRO’s in house production company. The album is a sublime and incredibly captivating work, with as many twists and turns as quirky hooks and riffs can possibly allow. Standout tracks include ‘Hangover’, ‘Here Among The Cats’, ‘Only Your Nose Knows’, and the truly baffling yet utterly compelling ‘Toronto Tontos’. A truly astounding work” 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album with Kim Mitchell and previously unpublished photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet. Track Listing: 1. Hangover 2. Here Among The Cats 3. Blowing The Blues Away 4. Summer Turning Blue 5. Toronto Tontos 6. Coming Off The Moon 7. Only Your Nose Knows 8. Summer’s Up 9. Lily
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Melidian 'Lost In The Wild' CANDY084

THE LONE Melidian album ‘Lost In The Wild’, originally released on CBS in 1989, was truly a peach of an album, yet it was one of those sadly lost amidst the throng of half baked records desperately vying for a slice of a market that was about to be engulfed by back-to-basics grunge and irritating college rock. Perhaps Melidian’s educated musical roots were to blame – their sound was a triumphant mix of pompish keyboard driven AOR and muscular riffs, laced with razor sharp guitar riffs. Imagine a satisfying combination of Survivor, Bad English and Giant for an accurate approximation of their sound and you’ll be half way to paradise. Time now to reappraise a most satisfying, yet largely unheralded, album from this little known New York City five piece. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word essay about the making of the album, interview with band members additional previously unseen photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet. Track Listing: 1. Ready To Rock 2. Livin’ Under The Gun 3. Fire Up The Heart 4. Sleepless Nights 5. Hands Off 6. Lost In The Wild 7. Overheated 8. Top Of The Rock 9. Broken Toys
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Money 'First Investment' CANDY029

The music business is littered with those that should have, could have and would have made it. For Midlands based band Money, the story was a familiar one; a highly talented unit, formed amidst a musical climate that was more concerned with punk and new wave than hard rock yet still managing to earn plaudits and praise despite their ill-timed presence. And then, just when the tide appeared to be turning in favour of heavy rock via the emergence of the NWOBHM, championed by Sounds magazine’s Geoff Barton, Money were perceived as a band riding the coat tails of the movement rather than taking a place on its frontline. Sadly, they fell between two stools, a position which they never quite managed to improve, forever dubbed as NWOBHM nearly men.   Despite this lack of good fortune the band did however attract the attention of UK independent label Gull Records, home at the time to none other than Judas Priest, who astutely paired them with fast rising production maestro Chris Tsangarides, a man who would later go on to work with Priest, Gary Moore, Y&T and Ozzy Osbourne. ‘First Investment’ was uniformly praised by fans and critics for being a brave, forward thinking work encompassing a variety of influences (Led Zeppelin, Queen and Sparks have been rightly mentioned) that should have catapulted them to major acclaim. Sadly, despite a ground swell of grass roots support, a lack of major management, no agent and few touring opportunities meant that the band were always playing catch up rather than leading the charge. However, their lack of commercial success has failed to dim the bands brief but bright appearance on record with ‘First Investment’ consistently hailed as a hidden British hard rock classic. Truly, one of the era’s most highly regarded obscurities. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, previously unpublished photos, all spread out over a super 16 page full colour booklet. Track Listing: 'Mari-Anna', 'Leo The Jester', '(Aren’t We All) Searching', 'Geneva', 'Cosmic Lullaby', 'Opening Night', 'Finale', 'Statements And Demands', 'Remembering (MGO)', 'Goddess'. Bonus Track: 'Where Have All The Dancers Gone?'
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MONTROSE 'JUMP ON IT' CANDY280

MONTROSE HAD ENJOYED a stellar reputation as one of the best bands of the 70s, with their debut album, in particular, garnering extraordinary praise, if not immediate sales success. But the band had also been criticised for failing to deliver a consistent body of work, with Ronnie Montrose insisting on a course of experimentation rather than repetition. The band’s previous album, 1975’s ‘Warner Brother’s Presents…’ was greeted with faint praise by many connoisseurs of the hard rock genre, with many citing leader Ronnie’s need to diversify the band’s sound as a self destructive achilles heel. It was also noted that the band’s recordings had become somewhat muted so, under pressure to conform, the label made him abandon production duties and had the reigns over to Jack Douglas, a man who had developed a red-hot reputation producing classic Aerosmith albums. Musically this was just the tonic needed and ‘Jump On It’ went someway to return the band to former glories, setting out a more defined rock sound, despite the fact that bassist Alan Fitzgerald had been sidelined in favour of a session player. Issued in Sept 1976, the album contains a number of standout songs, including the hard hitting title track ‘Jump On It’, ‘What Are You Waitin’ For’, ‘Let’s Go’ and ‘Merry -Go-Round’, all of them showcasing the superior talent of vocalist Bob James. However, with Ronnie not able to come to terms with losing control of his own band, and further internal friction, the band, sadly, split up. SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK. TRACK LISTING: 1. Let's Go 2. What Are You Waiting For? 3. Tuft-Sedge 4. Music Man 5. Jump On It 6. Rich Man 7. Crazy For You 8. Merry-Go-Round
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MONTROSE 'PAPER MONEY' CANDY278

THERE’S LITTLE DOUBT that the self titled debut Montrose album was an absolute game changer in the world of hard rock and heavy metal. In fact, these days it is pretty much recognised as ground zero for all that became of the genre, with a sound and swagger that birthed many followers, including Van Halen. Formed by and named after guitarist Ronnie Montrose, the band featured then unknown vocalist Sammy Hagar who would later go on to enjoy a successful solo career and, ironically, front Van Halen. The second Montrose album, craftily titled ‘Paper Money’, was recorded and released in late 1974, produced once again by master of the art Ted Templeman. It was a record that found band leader Ronnie Montrose making a decidedly left of centre stylistic turn, introducing a collection of mellower, perhaps more introspective songs into the mix. Sure, it was still very much a hard rock album, but the emphasis was placed on mood and atmosphere rather than muscle and brawn. It was a record that gave insight into the enormous creative talent of Ronnie and his rather unorthodox working methods. There’s much to be enjoyed here, including the Jagger/Richards penned ‘Connection’, spooky instrumental ‘Starliner’, intriguing ‘Spaceage Sacrifice’ and the epic and eerily prophetic title track. Best of all though is ‘I Got The Fire’, a song that easily picks up where the debut album left off, a track effectively covered by Iron Maiden several years later. SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK. TRACK LISTING: 1. Underground 2. Connection 3. The Dreamer 4. Starliner 5. I Got The Fire 6. Spaceage Sacrifice 7. We're Going Home 8. Paper Money
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Montrose 'S/T' CANDY062

THE DEBUT Montrose album is universally regarded as one of, if not the greatest hard rock albums of all time. Released in late 1973, it introduced both a sound and a swagger that single-handedly dragged heavy rock kicking and screaming from its turgid proto-metal roots into a modern streamlined era, opening up a brave new world of possibilities. It was the sound of a mould being smashed to smithereens and the birth of a new epoch; a sound that Van Halen would co-opt for their own earth shattering debut four years later. For guitarist Ronnie Montrose and frontman Sammy Hagar, this was indeed history in the making. It has been rightfully said that there is not a weak track on this album. Every guitar riff, drum break and ball-squeezing vocal rings out with a pristine clarity that sounds as astounding now as it did when it was first released. Essential to their monumental sound is the creative axis of Sammy Hagar and Ronnie Montrose, who provide the classic guitar/vocalist foil, in a tradition set by Plant/Page, Jagger/Richards and Tyler/Perry. With Hagar’s immediately identifiable vocals and Montrose’s juggernaut guitar riffs the results are truly mind blowing. It is an album full of classic hard rock moves. From ‘Rock The Nation’, to ‘Bad Motor Scooter’, through ‘Rock Candy’ (a track so good, in fact, that a record company was named in its honour!) to the truly Herculean ‘Space Station #5’ there is no denying the sheer thermo-nuclear power.  With the emphasis on maximum mayhem we ask only that no prisoners be taken. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, full involvement by the band, rare photos, all spread out over a superb 16 page full colour booklet. Track Listing: 1. Rock The Nation 2. Bad Motor Scooter 3. Space Station #5 4. I Don’t Want It 5. Good Rockin’ Tonight 6. Rock Candy 7. One Thing On My Mind 8. Make It Last
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MONTROSE 'WARNER BROS. PRESENTS' CANDY279

MONTROSE HAD SUCCESSFULLY crafted a well respected reputation for themselves with two albums of high class hard rock, before abrasive relationships eroded the band’s central core. Vocalist Sammy Hagar was effectively forced to leave the band by an increasingly mercurial Ronnie Montrose, a man who ran the band with complete control and authority. With Hagar cast aside Ronnie appointed new boy Bob James, who, like Hagar, was an unknown quantity, but the possessor of an extraordinary voice. When the band began to plan the recording of their third album, ‘Warner Brother’s Presents…’, Ronnie instigated another significant change, by rejecting powerhouse producer Ted Templeman, in favour of assuming the production duties himself. This led to a more eclectic record, that incorporated several moods, ranging from drawn out epics such as ‘Whaler’ and ‘Matriach’ to snappier cuts such as ‘Oh Lucky Man’ [written by Alan Price] and ‘Black Train’, a proto speed metal romp. But the album’s stand out track is ‘Dancin’ Feet’ with its snappy and uninhibited guitar riff holding centre court. When the album was released in September 1975, it further enhanced the band’s reputation as musicians, but it failed to alleviate their declining sales and lack of chart momentum. It also clearly demonstrated Ronnie Montrose’s continued quest for musical development and diversity, a fact underscored by the appointment of keyboard player Jim Alcivar, helping to pride a vivid and contemporary sounding palette that indicated the direction to come. SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK. TRACK LISTING: 1. Matriarch 2. All I Need 3. Twenty Flight Rock 4. Whaler 5. Dancin' Feet 6. O Lucky Man 7. One And A Half 8. Clown Woman 9. Black Train
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MONTROSE BUNDLE

THREE GREAT MONTROSE CD’S FOR ONE SPECIAL PRICE!
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MORE 'Blood & Thunder' CANDY110

EMERGING AS part of the burgeoning NWOBHM scene and playing every nook and cranny up and down the country, MORE's stock in 1982 was certainly in the ascendance. Album number two was expected to springboard them into the hard rock stratosphere but - as is often the case - things started to go wildly astray. Before long the band had fallen into a state of almost irreversible disrepair, a predicament complicated by internal rancour and managerial shenanigans. Under such circumstances you’d normally expect a somewhat disappointing and ultimately patchy affair. Remarkably, however, nothing could be further from the truth as ‘Blood & Thunder’ is one of the most impressive of all the NWOBHM releases. Built on little more than armour plated perseverance and gargantuan riffs, the sound is utterly uncompromising. Just like the sound of a jet engine preparing for take-off, this is a record is impossible to ignore. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, previously unreleased in Europe, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement and additional photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet. TRACK LISTING: 1. KILLER ON THE PROWL 2.  BLOOD AND THUNDER 3. I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE IT 4. I'VE BEEN WAITING 5. TRAITORS GATE 6. ROCK AND ROLL 7. I WANNA TAKE YOU 8. GO HOME 9. THE EYE 10. NIGHTMARE
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MORE 'Warhead' CANDY112

BASED IN London, MORE’s roots actually lay in the very same avenues and alleyways frequented by Iron Maiden. Indeed, vocalist Paul Mario Day had been - alongside Steve Harris - a member of pre Iron Maiden outfit Gypsy’s Kiss. Both went their separate ways, of course, with Day reappearing as front man for MORE, a ball-busting rough and tumble five piece with a volatile two guitar line-up laying waste to a bunch of catchy hooks. Signed to Atlantic Records, Warhead was originally issued in 1981 and produced by none other than Henry ‘H-Bomb’ Weck, leader of seventies cult US hard rock combo Brownsville Station (‘Smokin’ In The Boys Room’), the album features a fine selection of tracks primarily designed to bludgeon the listener into boot-licking compliance. Fortunately it’s a game they won hands down. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, includes bonus track, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement and additional photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet. TRACK LISTING: 1. WARHEAD  2. FIRE  3. SOLDIER  4. DEPRESSION  5. ROAD ROCKET  6. LORD OF TWILIGHT  7. WAY OF THE WORLD  8. WE ARE THE BAND  9. I HAVE NO ANSWERS  BONUS TRACK: 10.  ATOMIC ROCK
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MOTT 'DRIVE ON' CANDY245

THERE IS NO doubt that Mott The Hoople were one of the most influential British rock bands of the 1970s. Having gone from a struggling club band to wider international success, it came as something of a shock when leader Ian Hunter pulled the band apart by quitting in late 1974, taking flamboyant guitarist Mick Ronson with him to peruse a solo career. For the other members of Mott The Hoople this could have spelt disaster but fortunately their resolve and determination overcame all obstacles resolving to carry on with a revised line up. Enlisting new guitarist Ray Major and unknown vocalist Nigel Benjamin (recommended to the band by Bad Company and former Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs), the band reconvened, still signed to CBS, but under the new handle of Mott. It was this line-up (also featuring former MTH stalwarts Pete ‘Overend’ Watts, Dale ‘Buffin’ Griffin and Morgan Fisher) that recorded ‘Drive On’ one of the year’s most surprising and exciting albums. Although it exploring some of the more grandiose musical themes touched on by latter day MTH, the album is also a hot-bed of hard rocking, allowing the extraordinary vocals of Nigel Benjamin to take centre stage. It’s this full-on direction that lent the record a sense of urgency that still impresses to this day – a fact that hasn’t escaped the attention of Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott who has, in recent years, persistently championed these songs in concert and on newly recorded versions. Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound, contain bonus track, companion essay from Joe Elliott, 16 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,000 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos. TRACK LISTING: 1. BY TONIGHT 2. MONTE CARLO 3. SHE DOES IT 4. I’LL TELL YOU SOMETHING 5. STIFF UPPER LIP 6. LOVE NOW 7. APOLOGIES 8. THE GREAT WHITE WAIL 9. HERE WE ARE 10. IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE 11. I CAN SHOW YOU HOW IT IS BONUS TRACK: 12. SHOUT IT ALL OUT
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MOTT 'SHOUTING & POINTING' CANDY246

WHEN IAN HUNTER and Mick Ronson quit Mott The Hoople in late 1974, many thought that the band would become just another fondly remembered and well respected entry in the history of rock. Few would have gambled on the remaining band members rising up, dusting themselves down and getting back in the ring ready to fight another day. Re-tooled under the newly abbreviated moniker of Mott, the band recruited guitarist Ray Major and super talented yet unknown vocalist Nigel Benjamin, releasing ‘Drive On’, one of the most impressive albums of 1975. Finding support at all levels, the band reconvened for the follow up album ‘Shouting And Pointing’, issued in 1976, a far more panoramic record which took the original Mott The Hoople blue-print, using it to their advantage, increasing the energy level and constructing songs that utilized ambitious arrangements. Nigel Benjamin was a real find, a man seemingly without any vocal ceiling who was also a great frontman. Produced by studio veteran Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin) at the Manor studios in Oxfordshire and mixed by the equally esteemed Bill Price (Sex Pistols, Guns ‘N Roses) the material is both challenging and commercially addictive. Songs such as ‘Collision Course’, ‘Storm’ and ‘Hold On You’re Crazy’ rock the house but its ‘Career (No Such Thing As Rock And Roll)’ and the title track that construct a vivid picture of the band’s grandiose ambitions. Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound, contain bonus track, companion essay from Joe Elliott, 16 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,000 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos. TRACK LISTING: 1. SHOUTING & POINTING 2. COLLISION COURSE 3. STORM 4. CAREER (NO SUCH THING AS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) 5. HOLD ON, YOU’RE CRAZY 6. SEE YOU AGAIN 7. TOO SHORT ARMS (I DON’T CARE) 8. BROADSIDE OUTCASTS 9. GOOD TIMES BONUS TRACK: 10. 'TOO SHORT ARMS (I DON'T CARE)’ (Remix)
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MR. MISTER 'GO ON…' CANDY271

WHEN MR MISTER’S ‘Welcome To The Real World’ album eventually became a huge international seller, producing two massive hit singles in ‘Kyrie’ and ‘Broken Wings’, the music business hailed them as all conquering heroes destined to take their place in the rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame. So much attention was focussed on this their follow-up album, the meticulously crafted ‘Go On...’, with many eyes and ears confidently predicting another massive success story. Sadly, however, that was not to be. ‘Go On...’ suffered at the hands of a record company corporate reshuffle, one that saw it change hands and clean out its long time staff. RCA had been sold to German media group BMG who set in motion a restructuring of the company, a place where Mr Mister’s new music was not appreciated. It was a disappointing state of affairs as the band had poured their heart and soul into crafting an album that, in many respects, displayed a far more confident and courageous sound.... but one that BMG were not sold on. Utilising producer Kevin Killen, who had previously crafted records by U2 and Peter Gabriel, ‘Go On...’ elevates the band to another creative level. The sound is perfectly pristine, boasting a brace of superb songs (including the all time great ‘Stand And Deliver’) wrapped up in a progressive pop sheen that, even to this day, makes it entirely unfathomable as to why the record label failed to see its potential. Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound, Four Bonus Tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos. TRACK LISTING: 1. Stand And Deliver 2. Healing Waters 3. Dust 4. Something Real (Inside Me / Inside You) 5. The Tube 6. Control 7. Watching The World 8. Power Over Me 9. Man Of A Thousand Dances 10. The Border. BONUS TRACKS: 11. Healing Waters (Remix) 12. Bare My Soul (B-Side) 13. Something Real (Inside Me/Inside You) (Rock Dance Mix) 14. Stand And Deliver (Remix)
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MR. MISTER 'WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD' CANDY270

ALTHOUGH MR MISTER achieved colossal commercial success there has always been a vast under appreciation of their musical worth. Unfairly viewed by many as a faceless mid 80’s pop rock band, they eventually scored two worldwide hit singles, their sound showcasing technical ability far beyond the level of musical proficiency normally expected. Indeed, there is an argument that elevates Mr Mister into that rarefied breed of highly respected AOR acts such as Toto, Chicago and Steely Dan. Based in Los Angeles, the band was originally formed by Steve George and Richard Page (later adding über drummer Pat Mastelotto and guitarist Steve Farris). Page and George initially recorded unsuccessfully as Pages before changing members and switching their name to Mr Mister, they were then signed to RCA Records by Paul Atkinson, a former member of revered British psychedelic outfit the Zombies. ‘Welcome To The Real World’, was the band’s second album and saw them facing a make or break situation. Fortunately it was a happy ending, with the album producing two #1 hit singles, in ‘Broken Wings’ and ‘Kyrie’, and going on to sell in excess of two million copies. Co-produced by former Yes soundman Paul De Villiers, the album showcases a collection of highly polished tracks, fusing lyrics, melody and showmanship into one glorious clutch of tracks that actually owe as much to progressive rock as they do to catchy pop. Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound, Six Bonus Tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos. TRACK LISTING: 1. Black/White 2. Uniform Of Youth 3. Don't Slow Down 4. Run To Her 5. Into My Own Hands 6. Is It Love 7. Kyrie 8. Broken Wings 9. Tangent Tears 10. Welcome To The Real World BONUS TRACKS: 11. Kyrie’ (Extended Version) 12. Broken Wings (Live) 13. Uniform Of Youth (Live) 14. Is It Love' (Dance Mix) 15. Is It Love (Dub Mix) 16. Broken Wings (Extended Version)
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