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ERIC MARTIN 'S/T' CANDY409 Categories: ,

“WHEN IT COMES to vocalists operating in the AOR sphere there can be no denying that Eric Martin is at the top of the heap, right up there with the likes of Steve Perry and Lou Gramm. The owner of a voice that could turn a lacklustre tune into a gold plated classic, nonetheless Martin would have to wait many years before his ship finally came sailing home as the frontman of platinum sellers Mr Big. For a lot of his original fans it was the icing on the cake propelling him into the mainstream spotlight after years spent waiting in the wings for lady luck to shine on him. Based in San Francisco’s Bay Area, Eric had initially built a strong reputation as a talent to watch in his previous band’s leading to a deal with Capitol records, producing this debut solo album. Originally issued in 1985 (recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Danny Kortchmar and Greg Ladanyi) the album launched a number of exciting and catchy songs. It also featured a number of top West Coast based musicians, including Waddy Wachtel, bassist Randy Jackson (Journey), drummer Stan Lynch (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers) and Steve Lukather (Toto). The results were spectacular, with song writing contributions from the likes of Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), Neal Schon (Journey), Little Steven and Michael Bolton to name just a few. The record houses several sensational tracks, including ‘Secrets In The Dark’, ‘Information’ and ‘Pictures’. But it’s the cover of Michael Bolton’s stone cold AOR classic ‘Can’t Hold On, Can’t Let Go’ that really takes top honours. Overall the listener was left in no doubt that Eric’s talent would ultimately triumph.”

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TRACK LISTING:1.CALL OF THE WILD 2.PICTURES 3.SECRETS IN THE DARK 4.INFORMATION 5.SHE’S OUT FOR BLOOD 6.EYES OF THE WORLD 7.CAN’T HOLD ON, CAN’T LET GO 8.FINDERS KEEPERS 9.LYIN’ IN A BED OF FIRE 10.JUST ONE NIGHT

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LOVERBOY 'GET LUCKY' CANDY453 Categories: ,

“THE SUCCESS OF the debut Loverboy album caught many folk off guard. It was, of course, a near picture perfect melding of fresh sounding hard rock and AOR, blessed with a contemporary sheen that separated them from the rest of the pack. It was no surprise their music - embraced by radio both at home in Canada and the USA – raced up the charts, selling like hot cakes, pushing the album to double platinum. They also hit the road, racking up hundreds of gigs and supporting many of the big names of the time, in the largest of venues. Best of all, this was a rags to riches story with the band fully embracing their new found glory. Reconvening in their home city of Vancouver, the band set about recording their follow up album, ‘Get Lucky’. Enlisting the same production team as their debut album – that’s Bruce Fairbairn with engineers Bob Rock and Mike Fraser – and recorded mainly in Mushroom Studios, followed by Little Mountain, the band crafted a solid follow-up, rich with melody and hooks to die for. Vocalist Mike Reno by now had carved out an impressive vocal identity, allowing the band to fully punch home the riffs and all the musical accoutrements that you would want. Released in October 1981, the album quickly climbed the charts, reaching #7 in the US. It was rich with quality material, such as ‘When It’s Over’, ‘Jump’ and the epic ‘Gangs In The Street’. But it was the album’s 1st single, the lead-off track ‘Working For The Weekend’, which reached #2 on the Billboard chart, that cemented their reputation as a band with talent to spare and a depth that could not be denied.”

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TRACK LISTING: 1.WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND 2.WHEN IT’S OVER 3.JUMP 4.GANGS IN THE STREET 5.EMOTIONAL 6.LUCKY ONES 7.IT’S YOUR LIFE 8.WATCH OUT 9.TAKE ME TO THE TOP

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LOVERBOY 'S/T' CANDY 452 Categories: ,

“CANADA HAS ALWAYS held a special place in Rock Candy’s heart. Dismissed by some as musically the USA’s poor second cousin, its musical output and importance has actually been very impressive over the years, especially in hard rock terms. From artists including Bachman-Turner Overdrive, to Rush and Bryan Adams, the country has consistently delivered great music and Loverboy are no exception. The band were formed by experienced musicians from several well known acts; guitarist Paul Dean and Matt Frenette had been members of Streetheart, keyboardist Doug Johnson was from Fosterchild and vocalist Mike Reno came from hard rockers Moxy - all names with a pedigree and all highly talented. Formed in Vancouver in early 1980, the band soon sought out major management and secured help from Bruce Allen, Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s long term manager. Cutting demos the band were then signed to Columbia Records in Canada and cut their debut album at the then virtually unknown Little Mountain Sound studios with producer Bruce Fairbairn (working with engineers Bob Rock and Mike Fraser), a man who had previously worked with obscure Canadian combo Prism. Fairbairn, at that time was also relatively unknown, but the debut Loverboy album sky-rocketed all their careers to the stars and beyond. Issued in October 1980, the sound was a combination of tradition melodic rock, great songwriting and the contemporary sheen of say, The Cars and The Knack. It was, in effect a bright new style, with plenty of attack and tough-guy guitar riffs. Songs such as ‘The Kid Is Hot Tonight’, ‘Always On My Mind’ and ‘Turn Me Loose’ established the group as one of the best new Canadian bands, the album also scoring big in the USA , hitting #13 on the billboard chart and selling over 2 million copies.”

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TRACK LISTING:1.THE KID IS HOT TONITE 2.TURN ME LOOSE 3.ALWAYS ON MY MIND 4.LADY OF THE 80’S 5.LITTLE GIRL 6.PRISSY PRISSY 7.TEENAGE OVERDOSE 8.DOA 9.IT DON’T MATTER

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BRITNY FOX 'BOYS IN HEAT' CANDY475 Categories: ,

“THE SUCCESS OF Britny Fox’s debut album took many by surprise but to those who had been following this quartet in the Philadelphia clubs it came as clear confirmation that this high energy four piece were primed for the big time. An extensive North American tour supporting Poison and impressive MTV airplay helped to propel the album to gold sales and beyond. With considerable momentum behind them the band returned to the studio for their follow-up album, another rich slice of powerfully melodic hard rock with all the verve and swagger you might reasonably expect. Recorded this time in New York, they turned to respected British-born producer Neil Kernon (Michael Bolton, Autograph, Dokken etc) to man the controls and help them to reach the next level. ‘Boys In Heat’ is a powerful statement of intent, musically eclipsing their debut by a wide margin, but it also bought to the fore a number of problems both internally and externally. Importantly, band leader and vocalist ‘Dizzy’ Dean Davidson was beginning to separate himself from the rest of the band, even if the songs and playing didn’t exactly hint at that eventuality. This album is packed with volume-packed riffs and exceptional shout-it-out-loud hooks. Tracks such as ‘Living On A Dream’, ‘Standing In The Shadows’ and ‘Plenty Of Love’ propelled themselves to the front of the pack, but the band were unable to secure a support slot on a major tour (proposed KISS dates were initially postponed but later given instead to Slaughter), so matters took a decidedly cool turn. Returning to playing club dates, circumstances came to a head for this incarnation of the band when ‘Dizzy’ Dean finally opted to leave the band.”

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TRACK LISTING:1.IN MOTION 2.STANDING IN THE SHADOWS 3.HAIR OF THE DOG 4.LIVIN’ ON A DREAM 5.SHE’S SO LONELY 6.DREAM ON 7.LONG WAY FROM HOME 8.PLENTY OF LOVE 9.STEVIE 10.SHINE ON 11.ANGEL IN MY HEART 12.LEFT ME STRAY 13.LONGROAD

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BRITNY FOX 'S/T' CANDY474 Categories: ,

“SOME PEOPLE HAVE always kept the music of Britny Fox at arms length. Others, however, fully embraced the band from the very start of their existence. The antipathy some felt wasn’t because of the music but more about their initial look; a particularly flamboyant trip into the realms of regal costume from the 17th Century. It was, it must be said, a major development from the regular post glam rock look fashionable at the time yet, in its own way, it provided their loyal audience with a unique twist on the hair metal style that was riding high at the time. Formed in Philadelphia during the mid ‘80s, the band’s roots were linked to an early incarnation of future platinum sellers Cinderella. Playing all the same clubs, Britny recorded an impressive, cassette only, album titled ‘In America’ that soon attracted attention both locally and, surprisingly, internationally. The result of this success attracted label interest, resulting in signing to Columbia records and the release of this, their John Jansen produced debut album. Issued in 1988 the record made an immediate impact with not only the public but also the hard rock taste makers. The band’s riffs and low-slung musical swagger attracted impressive sales and paved the way to supporting Poison on a mammoth North American tour, playing to large and packed venues. Tracks such as the MTV favourites ‘Long Way To Love’, ‘Girlschool’ and ‘Fun In Texas’ helped to propel the album to gold status, establishing Britny Fox as one of the most in-demand bands of the time.”

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TRACK LISTING:1.GIRLSCHOOL 2.LONG WAY TO LOVE 3.KICK ‘N’ FIGHT 4.SAVE THE WEAK 5.FUN IN TEXAS 6.ROCK REVOLUTION 7.DON’T HIDE 8.GUDBUY T’ JANE 9.IN AMERICA 10.HOLD ON

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ALDO NOVA 'TWITCH' CANDY406 Categories: ,

“ALDO NOVA enjoyed an impressive rocket ride to success with the release of his debut album in 1982. The record shot to #8 on the US Billboard chart led by the infectious hit single ‘Fantasy’, a song that cemented his reputation as one of Canada’s most talented rock singer/songwriters, alongside Brian Adams. It was a commercial crown that perfectly fitted this Montreal native, with many believing that it was the opening salvo to a career that would continue to blossom and reap ever increasing rewards. Sadly that was not to be. Despite a valiant and comprehensive second album, ‘Subject…Aldo Nova’, his commercial star began to fade leaving all eyes on this third album ‘Twitch’. Recorded in 1985 and released in the same year, the record was a determined effort to return to the satisfying and exciting style of his debut with immediately catchy pop rock tracks boasting copious melody. Despite a return to his roots, the results were unfairly overlooked, resulting in the record failing to chart and causing friction with his record label. Aldo vowed not to release further solo albums unless he had complete control over his output, something not achieved until 1991. Despite the strain between Nova and his label at the time, ‘Twitch’ is a meaningful and impressive statement harbouring a number of instantly catchy songs that are injected with solid hooks and fine guitar playing; tracks that should have been the launch pad to far greater success. Recorded in New York, the album is also notable for guest vocals from Michael Bolton and Fiona (Flanagan). It remains a truly great statement from a proven talent.” SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, new interview with Aldo and enhanced artwork with rare photos TRACK LISTING: 1.TONIGHT (LIFT ME UP) 2.RUMOURS OF YOU 3.SURRENDER YOUR HEART 4.IF LOOKS COULD KILL 5.HEARTLESS 6.LONG HOT SUMMER 7.FALLEN ANGEL 8.STAY 9.LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME 10.TWITCH

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FRANKIE MILLER 'FULL HOUSE' CANDY434 (5 BONUS TRACKS) Categories: ,

WITH THREE albums already under his belt, Frankie Miller had earned major respect as a vocalist and songwriter but commercial success had persistently evaded him. For some reason, achieving the magical breakthrough had always slipped through his fingers. ‘Full House’ was another attempt to right wrongs. Frankie assembled a new backing band and recorded an LP with purposeful appeal crammed with a choice selection of freshly penned songs and well chosen covers. Produced by Chris Thomas, who had scored success with overseeing records by Roxy Music, Procol Harum and also mixed Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, the album provided yet another clear indication that Miller’s talent had been hidden under a bushel for far too long. The opening track ‘Be Good To Yourself’ (written by Free bassist Andy Fraser) was selected as its first single and finally gave him chart success in the UK. At this point Frankie’s reputation was at an all time high, giving his record company further belief that this was an act that would eventually reap justifiable rewards. ‘Full House’ is, in the main, a tough, ballsy record not only showcasing his incredible voice but also developing his profile from bar band singer to fully fledged rock star. Check out the stunning interpretation of John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’ and the low down hard rock of ‘Take Good Care Of Yourself’, ‘(I’ll Never) Live In Vain’ and ‘Down The Honky Tonk’, a selection of the finest performances by a singer that has been rightfully dubbed the greatest white soul singer of all time.

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TRACK LISTING: 1.BE GOOD TO YOURSELF 2.THE DOODLE SONG 3.JEALOUS GUY 4.SEARCHING 5.LOVE LETTERS 6.TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF 7.DOWN THE HONKY TONK 8.THIS LOVE OF MINE 9.LET THE CANDLELIGHT SHINE 10.(I’LL NEVER) LIVE IN VAIN BONUS TRACKS (live): 11.FREE AND SAFE ON THE ROAD 12.IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY 13.THIS LOVE OF MINE 14.DOWN THE HONKY TONK

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FRANKIE MILLER 'DOUBLE TROUBLE' CANDY435 (7 BONUS TRACKS) Categories: ,

WITH CHRYSALIS buoyed by the chart success of the ‘Be Good To Yourself’ single from Frankie’s previous album, the label was increasingly convinced that a commercial breakthrough was in sight. It was with this belief that American hard rock producer Jack Douglas was asked to produce ‘Double Trouble’, album number five in Miller’s considerable arsenal of achievements. Douglas was, of course, riding high with a series of big selling albums for Aerosmith but agreed to work on this record. For Frankie’s harder rock fans it was a dream come true, with Douglas providing a beefed-up approach and an far edgier sound. Recording commenced in London at AIR studios but Douglas’s other production commitments soon interfered with the schedule and it was decided to relocate entirely to New York at the Record Plant, a facility that Jack knew well. The band this time around now featured keyboardist Paul Carrack (from Ace), guitarist Ray Russell and several guests, including Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler on backing vocals and mouth harp. It also provided the opportunity for selecting songs that had the potential to follow-up on the stylistic success of ‘Be Good To Yourself’ and set a path to greater rewards. Once again, songs were contributed and co-written by a number of trusted sources, including Andy Fraser (the bombastic ‘Double Heart Trouble’) and Paul Carrack. There’s also a particularly apt and well arranged cover in ‘Stubborn Kind Of Fellow’ written by Marvin Gaye. Issued in 1978, there’s no doubt that ‘Double Trouble’ is one of the definitive Frankie Miller albums, that showcases a man with a plan and a voice that could move mountains.”

TRACK LISTING: 1.HAVE YOU SEEN ME LATELY JOAN 2.DOUBLE HEART TROUBLE 3.THE TRAIN 4.YOU’LL BE IN MY MIND 5.GOOD TIME LOVE 6.LOVE WAVES 7.(I CAN’T) BREAKAWAY 8.STUBBORN KIND OF FELLOW 9.LOVE IS ALL AROUND 10.GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART BONUS TRACKS: 11.(I CAN’T) BREAKAWAY (DEMO) 12.LOVE WAVES (DEMO) 13.GOOD TIME LOVE (DEMO) 14.HAVE YOU SEEN ME LATELY JOAN (DEMO) 15.DOUBLE HEART TROUBLE (DEMO) 16.STUBBORN KIND OF FELLOW (DEMO) 17.GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART (DEMO)

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DONNIE IRIS 'FORTUNE 410' CANDY470 (I BONUS TRACK) Categories: ,

“WITH THREE albums under his belt Donnie Iris and the band were feeling pressure to deliver a knockout punch. MCA had stood by him through thick and thin and let’s face it most of it was pretty thin, but there was a belief that he was just one song away from making a major breakthrough. Of course, musically the band had never been more on top of their game, crafting songs that in another time and place really ought to have propelled them to bigger success. For ‘Fortune 410’ it was decided to move from their local studio in Pennsylvania to record in Cleveland, Ohio, closer to the home of main songwriter/keyboard player Mark Avsec who, it must be said, was feeling the pressure of carrying on more than the rest of the band. Mark had been particular unsettled by a plagiarism lawsuit regarding the hit single ‘Ah Leah! which, although successfully won by him and Donnie, had embroiled them for months on end sucking the pleasure out of their music and working relationship. But, amazingly, listening to this album you’d be hard pressed to detect an undertow of desperation or discontent and many argue that ‘Fortune 410’ is their most concise and enjoyable album. It was also a record that saw the band embrace computer technology but not in a wacky experimental way. The sound became more processed but still retained an edge of perfect pure pop, with some of their most expressive vocals and songs, like ‘Stagedoor Johnny’, ‘I’m A User’, ‘Do You Compute’ and the insanely catchy ‘Cry (If you Want To)’, paving the way for a tidal wave of praise from fans. And the album title? Well, that was the style of Donnie’s black horn rimmed glasses… the same, in fact, as Buddy Holly’s!”

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TRACK LISTING:1.HUMAN EVOLUTION 2.STAGEDOOR JOHNNY 3.CRY IF YOU WANT TO 4.TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT 5.I BELONG 6.SHE’S SO EUROPEAN 7.I’M A USER 8.NEVER DID I 9.SOMEBODY 10.DO YOU COMPUTE? BONUS TRACK:11.THE RAPPER (LIVE)

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DONNIE IRIS 'THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY' CANDY469 (1 BONUS TRACK) Categories: ,

“DESPITE CHALKING up a bona Fide hit single with ‘Ah! Leah!’, and an exceptional debut album, Donnie Iris And The Cruisers career had not exactly exploded to superstar status. This despite a distinctly excellent follow-up album, ‘King Cool’, rammed with potential hit singles that were presented in a luscious style with hints of classic old school rock but blessed with a smooth AOR sheen. Not shrinking from their duty, MCA gave Donnie And The Cruisers their blessing to advance to a third album, the aptly titled ‘The High And The Mighty’ a record that brought Donnie and the band’s music more into focus than ever. Recorded, once again, at a local studio in Pennsylvania, the album continued to mine their musical path with ease. But it wasn’t without hiccups as at one point they noticed that the master tape was beginning to shred in the tape machine. This was due to a manufacturing fault so confronted by the horror of losing their recorded work the band moved to a New York studio with the technology to fix the problem. Thankfully, all was not lost and the record was completed without further issue. Unfortunately ‘The High And The Mighty’ failed to resuscitate their career to the heights of their debut album. Despite a concerted effort, with another batch of stellar songs including ‘I Wanna Tell Her’, ‘Tough World’, ‘Parallel Time’ and ‘Love Is Magic’, there was no breakthrough single and the album stalled at the lower end of the Billboard chart. The bottom line was that the music and songwriting had not suffered. Indeed, the album remains another essential brick in the Cruisers wall of excellence.”

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TRACK LISTING:1.TOUGH WORLD 2.I WANNA TELL HER 3.GLAD ALL OVER 4.PARALLEL TIME 5.THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY 6.THIS TIME IT MUST BE LOVE 7.LOVE IS MAGIC 8.YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME BONUS TRACK: 9.AGNES (LIVE)

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