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LEGS DIAMOND BUNDLE Categories: Sales , New Release

ALL THREE LEGS DIAMOND CDS FOR ONE GREAT PRICE: LEGS DIAMOND 'S/T', LEGS DIAMOND 'A DIAMOND IS A HARD ROCK', LEGS DIAMOND 'FIRE POWER'

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LEGS DIAMOND 'FIRE POWER' CANDY342 (with 11 bonus tracks) Categories: Sales , New Release

“THE GREAT LEVELLER in life is the mysterious arrival of Lady Luck. You can carry on investing time, experience and energy in anything but without a well timed appearance by the grand dame of serendipity you might as well whistle in the wind. That, unfortunately, was the case for Legs Diamond, one of the greatest, yet underexposed, bands of the 1970s. That they had the talent and the mandate to climb to the very heights of success, sadly, life decreed otherwise. Having recorded two sensational albums for well heeled Mercury Records, the band were casually cast adrift when sales figures revealed unexpected and disappointing results. But with deep resolve they opted to carry on and found a new home with independent label, Cream Records. Unfortunately, as things turned out it was not the saving grace they had hoped for but it did provide them with the opportunity to record yet another album that significantly added to their reputation. Issued in 1979, the record actually received well intentioned promotion and contained arguably one of their greatest tracks, namely ‘Underworld King’, a song that further bolstered their reputation as the American comparison to Deep Purple. Other highlights include ‘Come With Me’ and ‘Man At The Top’. It is an album of light and shade, clearly the result of behind the scenes influences, but at least the band’s heart and soul was still beating loud and clear, letting us know that they were still very much contenders to the throne.”

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TRACK LISTING: 1. UNDERWORLD KING 2. MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE 3. YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ 4. REMEMBER MY NAME 5. CHICAGO 6. MIDNIGHT LADY 7. HELP WANTED 8. COME WITH ME 9. TRAGEDY 10. MAN AT THE TOP BONUS TRACKS: 11. WINDS OF FORTUNE 12. BETWEEN THE LEGS 13. HOUSE ON FIRE 14. SYMPTOMS OF PASSION 15. DANCE HALL GIGOLO 16. FIGHT FOR IT 17. HIDIN’ 18. GAMBLIN’ ON YOU 19. URBAN DESPERADO 20. CARD SHARK 21. SMOTHER ME

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LEGS DIAMOND 'A DIAMOND IS A HARD ROCK' CANDY341 (With 6 Bonus Tracks) Categories: Sales , New Release

“HAVING RECORDED ONE of the best debut hard rock albums of the 1970s, Legs Diamond had set a seriously high standard that attracted the attention of connoisseurs worldwide. Although the record failed to connect commercially, those in the know identified the band as being one of the brightest and most accomplished to have emerged for many years. Against all odds, ‘A Diamond Is A Hard Rock’, the band’s second album, was not only a more impressive statement but also one that solidified the group’s reputation for years to come. Produced this time around by Eddie Leonetti (who worked with Angel, Moxy and Rex) the record is an astonishing development of their debut, helping the band to fully realise their enormous potential. Recorded in their native Los Angeles, and released in the fall of 1977, it showcases the band at the very peak of their powers, unleashing a veritable barrage of rock solid material. Cleverly bridging the gap between balls to the wall hard rock and more constrained content, the album builds on their reputation as a band that could easily combine clever instrumental prowess with hard as nails riffs. Songs such as ‘Waiting’, ‘Long Shot’, ‘I Think I Got It’, and the title track, exploded out of the grooves with lean and mean intent. However, it’s the imperial ‘Woman’ that elevates the record to classic status. It is also a defining vehicle for showcasing front man ‘Rick Sanford’s extraordinary voice.”

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TRACK LISTING: 1. DIAMOND IS A HARD ROCK 2. WAITING 3. LONG SHOT 4. WOMAN 5. JAILBAIT 6. I THINK I GOT IT 7. EVIL 8. LIVE A LITTLE 9. FLYIN’ TOO HIGH BONUS TRACKS 10. HIGH SCHOOL QUEEN - Demo 11. TEASER 12. IT TAKES MORE SOUL (TO ROCK & ROLL) 13. STUMBLER 14. SHOWTIME IN CHICAGO 15. EVIL

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LEGS DIAMOND 'S/T' CANDY340 (2CD set with 12 Bonus tracks) Categories: Sales , New Release

“IF EVER THERE was a band that should have taken their music to the very top of the rock charts and beyond, then Legs Diamond were surely it. Feted by the cognoscenti, yet forever living in a shadow, the band’s influence and reputation has actually increased as the years have flown by. To many, their music has come to represent some of the greatest hard rock to have emerged from North America, with some calling them, quite accurately, the American Deep Purple. Formed in Los Angeles during the mid seventies, Legs Diamond developed their chops and killer look at all the hip clubs, on and off the strip, establishing their five man line up and eventually signing to industry leaders Mercury Records, supported by strong management. The band’s debut album came to represent the very soul of a movement that was in full swing, led by the likes of Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, BOC and Montrose. There was nothing shallow about the band’s music or message; it was a full on assault of cock sure riffs, sublime vocals, intricate arrangements and a confidence that you only witness in the most talented acts. Produced by Derek Lawrence (Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash), and issued in 1977, the record contains seven extended tracks, including the prized knock out pairing of ‘Stage Fright’ and ‘Satin Peacock’. Lengthy workouts such as ‘Rat Race’ and ‘Can’t Find Love’ (weighing in at nearly nine minutes) take the band to the very outer limits of creativity yet still pack a heavyweight punch.”

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TRACK LISTING: CD 1: 1. IT’S NOT THE MUSIC 2. STAGE FRIGHT 3. SATIN PEACOCK 4. ROCK AND ROLL MAN 5. DEADLY DANCER 6. RAT RACE 7. CAN’T FIND LOVE CD 2: 12 BONUS TRACKS: 8. COME WITH ME 9. RAT RACE 10. THRIL SEEKER 11. HIGH SCHOOL QUEEN 12. NOT YOURS NOT MINE 13. DEADLY DANCER 14. ONE WAY TICKET 15. AVALANCHE 16. TRACES 17. STREET RUNNER 18. CLOSER 19. FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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MORNINGSTAR 'VENUS' CANDY301 Categories: Sales , New Release

“AS FAR AS major label obscurities go Kansas City five piece Morningstar must surely rank as one of the most underground of them all. Having issued two albums of period pomp rock, the band barely registered a blip on the radar, but in the UK and Europe some fans of this type of music started to take notice of their records, because a number of import shops were stocking them. It was also helpful to their discovery that the album sleeves seemed to indicate that this was a band that followed in the footsteps of other late seventies musical champions such as Styx, Kansas and REO Speedwagon. ‘Venus’ was the band’s second album, issued in 1979, on the Columbia label and like their debut, it failed, spectacularly, to bother the charts despite the quality of their music. However, to a select few, the band’s penchant for playing in a style later labelled as pomp rock (think Trillion, Roadmaster, Starcastle) gave them an undeniable edge, creating the small but dedicated following; one that would grow in later years with the Internet helping to tap into a scene ripe for reappraisal. Recorded in Louisiana, the album built on their debut but it has a slightly more mainstream approach, best exemplified by the epic, Foreigneresque vibe of ‘Never Meant To Be’, the poptastic vibe of ‘Rosie’ and the classical pomp rock of ‘Let Me Dream’, with its majestic finale. If it’s a rock power ballad you seek, look no further than ‘Angel’, one of the earliest examples of that style.”

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TRACK LISTING: 1. ANGEL 2. EVERYBODY I LOVE YOU 3. LADY LOVE 4. ROCK & ROLL RODEO 5. NEVER MEANT TO BE 6. ROSIE 7. GIMME SOME LOVIN’ 8. HARD BARGAIN DRIVER 9. LET ME DREAM

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NUTZ 'NUTZ TOO' CANDY368 (with 1 bonus track) Categories: Sales , New Release

“LIVERPOOL BASED quartet Nutz were signed to the hip and happening independent label A&M records during the early seventies and represented an emerging breed following in the grand footsteps of established master practitioners such as Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Queen. Their debut album displayed a maturity beyond their years, attracting positive applause and strong reviews. In addition to a healthy touring schedule it was a successful exercise in laying the ground work for the future. So, with a positive reputation established, the group set about recording their follow-up album in London’s Trident studios utilising, once again, producer John Anthony who had so successfully guided their debut. It wise a wise move as the resultant record showed distinct maturity and a great gift for constructive arrangements. It also continued to showcase the inventive guitar playing of Mick Devonport and Dave Lloyd’s mellifluous and uniquely identifiable voice. Issued in 1975 on the A&M label and, once again, housed in a somewhat risque cover, ‘Nutz Too’ housed a brace of intelligent and well constructed tracks that veer from on-point mid-seventies hard rock such as ‘Take It From Me’, ‘Cool Me Down’ and the jewel in the crown ‘Sinner’, to more introspective fair like ‘Dear Diary and ‘The Love You Lost’. A solid record, then, and one that also gave them an opportunity to make a memorable appearance on the BBC’s ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ TV programme.”

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TRACK LISTING: 1. NATURE INTENDED 2. I WANT NEVER GETS 3. TAKE IT FROM ME 4. CHANGE’S COMING 5. DEAR DIARY 6. IS IT ALL FOR REAL 7. COOL ME DOWN 8. R.S.D. 9. THE LOVE YOU LOST 10. SINNER 11. KNIFE EDGE BONUS TRACK: 12. LONG SHIPS

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MORNINGSTAR 'S/T' CANDY300 (WITH 2 BONUS TRACKS) Categories: Sales , New Release

“YOU MAY NEVER have heard of Morningstar, but that’s no reason not to make a space in your life for them now. You see, there was a time during the late 1970s when the American music business was releasing an incredible volume of classy rock bands; a seemingly never-ending succession of groups that drank from the same golden goblet as Boston, Styx and Journey. And that style wasn’t the only touchstone, as British progressive rock also played a major part in many a US band’s sound. Morningstar were no exception to that rule. Formed in Kansas during the early 70s, the band became a formidable live draw and soon attracted the attention of Columbia records who happily signed them. Recorded in Nashville, their debut album is a fitting period piece, illiciting comparisons to similar sounding mid-west champions such as Roadmaster, Trillion and Starcastle; all groups with a penchant for melody who displayed respect for classy arrangements and impressive musicianship. Morningstar also imbibed heavily from the progressive rock world occupied by the likes of Yes, ELP and Procol Harum. Issued in 1978, the album made little commercial headway but they became regarded as a band to watch. With their hard driving edge and progressive flourishes several tracks standout, such as the pounding ‘Turn Out All The Lights’, the epic six minute ‘Through The Night’, which is a veritable stylistic cornucopia of heavy but melodious rock and ‘Sad Lady’, a classy pomp rock prima donna blessed with layers of soaring vocals and impressive keyboards; all qualities that continue to impress.”

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TRACK LISTING: 1. SHOTGUN ROMANCE 2. PREMEDITATED RENDEZVOUS 3. SUNSHINE (CHANGIN’ OF THE SEASON) 4. THROUGH THE NIGHT 5. SWEET GEORGIA PEACH 6. SAD LADY 7. ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL SHOW 8. TURN OUT ALL THE LIGHTS 9. TOO MUCH TO LOSE BONUS TRACKS 10. GENTLEMEN OF FORTUNE 11. REMEMBER WHEN

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NUTZ 'S/T' CANDY367 (with 8 bonus tracks) Categories: Sales , New Release

“WITH THE RISE of British rock as a major, worldwide, force during the early seventies (think Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep etc.) a slew of up and coming home grown acts also appeared. Groups such as Strider, Stray, Bedlam and Stretch were all popular on the gig circuit and were joined by impressive contenders Nutz, a group that had been building a reputation for some time since the late sixties. Formed in their home city of Liverpool, initially trading under the name of Harpoon, this four man unit fitted right into the scene and not surprisingly secured major management (linked to Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin’s svengali) and an enviable deal with the influential A&M label. Initial recordings with blues producer Neil Slaven were aborted but quickly reconvened with John Anthony (Queen, Roxy Music) at Rockfield studios located in rural Monmouthshire. These sessions proved far more fruitful, paving the way for a record that made Nutz one of the country’s most talked about acts. Issued in 1974, and housed in a highly controversial sleeve, the album attracted strong reviews from the music press and saw the band instigate an intense gigging schedule (including opening for Queen on their 1974 tour). The album itself is an impressive mixture of powerful hard rock, and more ambitious compositions such as the hard hitting ‘Ain’t No Thanks To You’ (featuring superb slide guitar), ‘As Far As The Eye Can See’ and ‘Poor Man’. It also showcases some exceptional individual performances, particularly from vocalist Dave Lloyd and guitarist Mick Devonport.”

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TRACK LISTING: 1. POOR MAN 2. AIN’T NO THANKS TO YOU 3. SPOKE IN A WHEEL 4. I CAN’T UNWIND 5. CAN’T TELL HER WHY 6. AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE 7. LOVE WILL LAST FOREVER 8. LIGHT OF DAY 9. ROUND & ROUND 10.JOKE BONUS TRACKS: 11. JUST FOR THE CRACK 12. JUST FOR THE CRACK (Live) 13. JOKE (Live) 14. I CAN’T UNWIND (Live) 15. AIN’T NO THANKS TO YOU (Live) 16. POOR MAN (Live) 17. ROUND & ROUND (Live) 18. LIGHT OF DAY (Live)

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RIOT 'FIRE DOWN UNDER' CANDY371 Categories: Sales , New Release

THE SAYING GOES that you can’t keep a good band down. For New York based five piece Riot that maxim was not only true but hugely understated. Against all odds Riot fought for the right to be heard by overcoming huge obstacles and battling a ferociously indifferent industry. That they came through the wars intact with a musical legacy and integrity to match is arguably a minor miracle and one not lost on their legions of loyal fans. Riot’s early struggles have been fully documented. Their two previous albums (especially 1979’s ‘Narita’), made for a riveting preamble for the appearance of ‘Fire Down Under’. Despite notching up serious momentum, including healthy album sales and being embraced by the UK and its burgeoning NWOBHM scene, the bands fortunes were in the dumps. Their label (Capitol) had elected to abandon them by refusing to release the album. In an enterprising move the bands fan following instigated a campaign to get the record issued… which, in an early sign of people power, was eventually accomplished but on a new label, Elektra records. ‘Fire Down Under’, originally issued in 1981 turned out to be the band’s creative zenith unleashing a brace of tracks that placed Riot in the upper echelons hard rock nirvana. Produced, once again, by their production/management team in New York City, the record explodes with deadly intent. Tracks such as ‘Outlaw’, ‘Swords And Tequila’, ‘Run For Your Life’ and the title track take no prisoners allowing vocalist Guy Speranza and guitarist Mark Reale to shine like diamonds.

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TRACK LISTING: 1. SWORDS AND TEQUILA 2. FIRE DOWN UNDER 3. FEEL THE SAME 4. OUTLAW 5. DON’T BRING ME DOWN 6. DON’T HOLD BACK 7. ALTAR OF THE KING 8. NO LIES 9. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE 10. FLASHBACKS BONUS TRACKS: 11. MISTY MORNING RAIN 12. YOU’RE ALL I NEEDED TONIGHT 13. ONE STEP CLOSER 14. STRUCK BY LIGHTNING 15. OUTLAW (REMIX/EDITED) 16. ROCK CITY (LIVE)

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SHADOW KING 'S/T' CANDY335 Categories: Sales , New Release

“THE FORMATION OF Shadow King presented a unique and exciting opportunity, the band consisting of a veritable cavalcade of super-hot talent from a number of key musical touch stones. Vocalist Lou Gramm had propelled Foreigner to major success over two decades, whilst guitarist Vivian Campbell had been an integral member of Dio. The rhythm section of Bruce Turgon and Kevin Valentine had also served in a number of highly respected outfits, including Warrior and Steve Stevens’s Atomic Playboys, so the creation of Shadow King was greeted with huge anticipation. Signed to Atlantic Records, home of Foreigner, the quartet were paired with acclaimed producer Keith Olsen (Whitesnake, Heart, Ozzy Osbourne) and recorded in Los Angeles. It was a productive pairing, with the results displaying not only a brace of killer songs, but also a sonic sheen that looked set to propel the band into the melodic rock super league. But sadly that was not to be. According to the group there were dark forces at work within the label attempting to derail the project in an effort to reunite Lou Gramm with Foreigner. Matters were also complicated by guitarist Vivian Campbell being approached by Def Leppard, looking to replace recently deceased guitarist Steve Clark. All that bad luck combined with the rising tide of grunge taking a firm foothold the band floundered, playing only one highly praised gig in London before falling apart and leaving behind just this superlative, solitary, album. Check out ‘tracks such as ‘What Would It Take’, ‘Anytime, Anywhere’ and the anthem ‘Once Upon A Time’.

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TRACK LISTING: 1. WHAT WOULD IT TAKE 2. ANYTIME, ANYWHERE 3. ONCE UPON A TIME 4. DON’T EVEN KNOW I’M ALIVE 5. BOY 6. I WANT YOU 7. THIS HEART OF STONE 8. DANGER IN THE DANCE OF LOVE 9. NO MAN’S LAND 10. RUSSIA

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