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LYNCH MOB 'S/T' CANDY463 Categories: ,

THE DEBUT LYNCH Mob album ‘Wicked Sensation’ certainly turned a few heads. Produced by Max Norman, the record made no excuses for its rock solid blues based swagger that pivoted the band in the same direction as Whitesnake, Led Zeppelin and Free… not a million miles removed in fact from guitarist George Lynch’s previous band Dokken. All was shaping up well for album #2 but there were changes afoot. Vocalist Oni Logan had stepped away from the project leaving the spot open for another fine blues based howler. Casting around for a suitable replacement, the band identified an excellent, but relatively unknown, replacement by the name of Robert Mason. This time around the band opted to dispense with the services of their previous producer and turn to Keith Olsen instead. Keith’s track record was stellar; having produced massive hit records for Whitesnake and the Scorpions amongst many others. It also paved the way for a slight shift in direction from their core blues rock style to a far more malleable and melodic hard rock sound, something that optimised Mason’s voice perfectly. Emboldened by an impressive collection of tracks, the record sat competitively amongst their peer groups but times were changing. Grunge was now taking centre stage leaving groups like Lynch Mob to struggle but that was no reflection of the music’s quality. ‘Lynch Mob, issued in 1992, showcased a band with lots to say and a point to make. Songs such as ‘Jungle Of Love’, ‘No Good’ and especially ‘Tangled In The Web’ hit home with maximum impact and the potential to become anthems if only the marketplace hadn’t shifted so dramatically. Of course, once again, George Lynch’s guitar playing was exceptional and impressive.”

Fully Remastered Audio, Co-Produced by Keith Olsen (Whitesnake, Scorpions), 16 page full-colour booklet, 4,000 word essay with new interviews & enhanced artwork

Track Listing: 1. JUNGLE OF LOVE 2. TANGLED IN THE WEB 3. NO GOOD 4. DREAM UNTIL TOMORROW 5. COLD IS THE HEART 6. TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN 7. HEAVEN IS WAITING 8. I WANT IT 9. WHEN DARKNESS CALLS 10. THE SECRET

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JOE LYNN TURNER 'RESCUE YOU' CANDY464 Categories: ,

AS A WORLD CLASS ROCK vocalist, Joe Lynn Turner is at the top of the tree. His voice has blessed a number of projects from Fandango, Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple to name just a few, but it’s his 1985 debut solo album that showcases his abiliyto present a sound and a style that could easily settle any arguments about his wide ranging prowess. Joe’s range and delivery is utterly compelling; blessed with a rich velvety tone, his diversity is utterly unique elevating melodies and hooks way beyond normal expectations. ‘Rescue You’ was recorded after his stint with Rainbow, and made with the collaboration of a seasoned band, including drummer Chuck Burgi (Balance, Rainbow), keyboardist and songwriter Al Greenwood (Foreigner, SPYS) and guitarist Bobby Messano (Starz, Fiona). It was this line-up that entered the famous Bearsville Studios in Upstate New York to cut this solo album, a record that further cemented his reputation as one of America’s finest vocalists. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars and Journey), the album harnessed a deep melodic resonance and is crammed with superbly crafted songs, and arguably Joe’s greatest vocal performances. Amazingly it didn’t make a commercial impact, floundering outside the Billboard top 100 despite the fact that Joe and band had secured some major touring opportunities including dates with Night Ranger and a major run supporting Pat Benatar. Play this album now and be amazed at the quality of songs such as ‘Endlessly’, Get Tough’, ‘On The Run’ and the title track.

Fully Remastered Audio, Produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, Journey), 16 page full-colour booklet, 4,000 word essay with new interview, new photos & enhanced artwork

Track Listing: 1. LOSING YOU 2. YOUNG HEARTS 3. PRELUDE/ENDLESSLY 4. RESCUE YOU 5. FEEL THE FIRE 6. GET TOUGH 7. EYES OF LOVE 8. ON THE RUN 9. SOUL SEARCHER 10. THE RACE IS ON

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IAN THOMAS 'STILL HERE' CANDY462 Categories: ,

WE AT ROCK CANDY have made no secret of our admiration for the music of Ian Thomas. He’s a man with a long history of recording in his native Canada, this being is fifth album, and although he hadn’t made significant head way sales wise at this point his reputation had grown considerably attracting great reviews and he was playing to very enthusiastic crowds. In fact, Ian’s place in the market was underpinned by his reputation as one of Canada’s most promising new song writers. It was a string to his bow that would pay handsome dividends in later years. ‘Still Here’, although not a breakthrough album in commercial terms, gave Ian his first taste of international attention when Atlantic records in New York signed him hoping to introduce him to markets outside of Canada. In addition, at this point he was also represented by Rush’s management company. The future looked bright, but despite recording a thoroughly engaging record packed with carefully crafted songs, the big breakthrough failed to materialise leaving those who had predicted great things scratching their heads in bemusement. ‘Still Here’ still stands as one of the finest records from any artist of the era; its widescreen production (by Ian himself) lends it a magical vibe which showcases a genuinely beautiful collection of tracks that include, among others, ‘I Really Love You’, ‘Faces’ and the Queen like pop prog of ‘Tycoon’. But if it’s grand ambition that you seek, the opening track ‘Just Like You’ really is the icing on the cake.

Fully Remastered Audio, Produced by Ian Thomas, 12 page full-colour booklet, 4,000 word essay with new interview & enhanced artwork

Track listing: 1. JUST LIKE YOU 2. SALLY 3. I REALLY LOVE YOU 4. CLEAR SAILING 5. STILL HERE 6. COMING HOME 7. FACES 8. TINKERBELL 9. TYCOON

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DIRTY LOOKS 'TURN OF THE SCREW' CANDY461 Categories: ,

“THERE WAS NO doubt that Dirty Looks meant business with the release of their debut album for Atlantic records in 1988. The album was a boiling cauldron of big riffs and serious hooks placing the band right next to such classic four-to-the-floor purveyors of simple, dirty rock ‘n’ roll such as AC/DC and Krokus. Not only did they have the riffs to compete but in frontman Henrik Ostergard they had a character that was larger than life, crafting lyrics to reinforce his tough guy bravado. Unknowingly they had crafted one of the era’s greatest albums that although registering with fans and some well informed critics strangely failed to set the world on fire. Atlantic records however were not disheartened and signalled the go ahead for a follow-up album. Issued in 1989 and titled ‘Turn Of The Screw’, the band moved on to a new producer in John Jansen (Billy Squier, Britny Fox) and set about recording in New York at the world-renowned Power Station studios. A previous attempt to record in Los Angeles with producer of the moment Beau Hill had been abandoned so the pressure was on to deliver a solid follow up. Behind the scenes it appears that certain, unsubstantiated, machinations were working to hint that Henrik was being earmarked to collaborate with AC/DC, something that has never been fully looked at until now. ‘Turn Of The Screw’ it must be said, is another righteous stab at full-frontal riff rock packed with some great and catchy tunes such as ‘Take What Ya Get’, ‘Slammin To The Big Beat’, the title track and anthem ‘Nobody Rides For Free’. It’s another enormous tribute to simple but effective loud and proud hard rock.”

Fully Remastered Audio, Produced by John Jansen (Billy Squier, Britny Fox), 16 page full-colour booklet, 4,000 word essay with new interviews, enhanced artwork & previously unseen photos

Track listing:1. TURN OF THE SCREW (WHO’S SCREWING YOU) 2. NOBODY RIDES FOR FREE 3. C’MON FRENCHIE 4. TAKE WHAT YA GET 5. HOT FLASH JELLY ROLL 6. SLAMMIN’ TO THE BIG BEAT 7. L.A. ANNA 8. ALWAYS A LOSER 9. LOVE SCREAMS 10. GO AWAY 11. HAVE SOME BALLS

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LOVERBOY 'LOVIN' EVERY MINUTE OF IT' CANDY 455 Categories: ,

“LOVERBOY’S RISE TO fame was pretty much overnight. This well respected five piece Canadian band had struck gold with their debut release in both their home country and the USA, giving them a foothold that showed no signs of eroding. Indeed, ‘Lovin’ Every Minute Of It’ was their fourth album and continued their conquest, offering up two classic hit singles with the title track and ‘This Could Be Right’, both of which hit the top 10 on the Billboard charts. It was quite a Cinderella story made even more powerful by the fact the band maintained the same line-up, but this time switching from their original studio team to British producer ‘Colonel’ Tom Allom (Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Krokus) still though opting to record in Vancouver at Little Mountain studio. Paying meticulous attention to detail and choice of material, they had numerous well known contributions including Bryan Adams & Jim Vallance, Jonathan Cain, and, not least of all, Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange who penned the title track, a standout song that kept their commercial appeal right at the front of the public’s interest. With Tom Allom at the desk it was also an album that beefed up the band’s rock credentials throwing extra weight behind Paul Dean’s guitars and fine-tuning Mike Reno’s vocal recordings to an impressively high standard. Issued in August 1985, the album continued their magic chart success, going on to sell over three million copies and garnering impressive reviews from both fans and critics. Bolstered by superb tracks such as ‘Steal The Thunder’, ‘Dangerous’ (also a single) and ‘Bullet In The Chamber’, the album remains an essential brick in Loverboy’s impressive ammunition.”

Fully Remastered Audio, Co-Produced by Tom Allom (Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Krokus), 16 page full-colour booklet, 4,000 word essay with new interviews, enhanced artwork & previously unseen photos

Track listing: 1. LOVIN’ EVERY MINUTE OF IT 2. STEAL THE THUNDER 3. FRIDAY NIGHT 4. THIS COULD BE THE NIGHT 5. TOO MUCH TOO SOON 6. LEAD A DOUBLE LIFE 7. DANGEROUS 8. DESTINATION HEARTBREAK 9. BULLET IN THE CHAMBER

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LOVERBOY 'KEEP IT UP' CANDY454 Categories: ,

“BY THE TIME of this release Loverboy were on a roll. Their previous two albums had scored massively in both their home country of Canada and, perhaps more importantly for sales, the USA. In fact ‘Get Lucky’ has sold more than seven million copies and gave birth to no less than four hit singles, spearheaded by the now all-time classic ‘Working For The Weekend’. ‘Keep It Up’ continued the success with the hugely catchy single ‘Hot Girls In Love’ (which reached No.11 on the Billboard singles chart), the upbeat ‘Queen Of The Broken Hearts’ and very heavy ‘Strike Zone’ cementing their sound. It was a record that would eventually sell four million copies. Produced once again by long time collaborator Bruce Fairbairn, the album continued in the same vein as previous recordings, mixing a potent blend of hard rock, sophisticated production and contemporary sounds that were just right for the period. It also showed the band working as a tight unit giving every member room to impress, led by the immediately commanding vocals of frontman Mike Reno and Paul Dean’s razor-sharp guitar riffs. Best of all, however, was the fact that there was no drop in songwriting standards, the band refusing to rest on their laurels or deliver substandard material. Consisting of a concise nine tracks, the album packs a real punch on all levels, giving the band a long lasting legacy that has seen them ride out several changes in musical fashion due to the sheer quality of their songwriting and musical talent. Like Cheap Trick and Def Leppard, Loverboy’s reputation has continued to grow as time edges ever onwards.”

Fully Remastered Audio, Co-Produced by Paul Dean & Bruce Fairbairn (Aerosmith, Van Halen, Poison), 16 page full-colour booklet, 4,000 word essay with new interviews, enhanced artwork & previously unseen photos.

Track listing: 1. HOT GIRLS IN LOVE 2. STRIKE ZONE 3. IT’S NEVER EASY 4. CHANCE OF A LIFETIME 5. QUEEN OF THE BROKEN HEARTS 6. PRIME OF YOUR LIFE 7. PASSION PIT 8. ONE-SIDED LOVE AFFAIR 9. MELTDOWN

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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.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, new interview with Eric and enhanced artwork with rare photos

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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“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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