Saturday, September 09, 2017

KBC Band - KBC Band (1986)

KBC Band - KBC Band (1986)
Requested in "Request & Fill Corner" section...

When vocalist and guitar player Paul Kantner left Jefferson Starship in 1984, the group disbanded. Grace Slick and lead vocalist Mickey Thomas continued on simply as Starship.
Kantner was looking for new horizons, and soon joined forces with his former Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship bandmate Marty Balin who was playing live with his own band. The duo agreed to form a band with a new sound, and for the purpose they called the also ex Jefferson Airplane bass player Jack Casady.
KBC band (Kantner-Balin-Casady band) was born, and after a 6-month writing period, the group ink a deal with a major label. Their lone self-titled album was released in 1986.

"KBC band" is a pretty different beast from the typically mid-eigthies stuff.
It's commercial, yes, including catchy poppy AOR tunes with heavily-layered vocal harmonies, some bombastic electronic drums and tons of synthesizers, but lyrically has some kind of defiantly message and musically the band adds saxophone (heavily compressed) dueling with the guitar.
On some tracks the vocals are shared between Kantner and Balin, but it's Marty Balin who handles almost all of the lead vocals, resembling on many parts his stupendous solo albums from the beginning of the eighties.

Opener "Mariel" is a catchy rock&pop song that somehow sounds British to my ears, maybe 'cos the political lyrics (Kantner was an activist at the time).
"It's Not You, It's Not Me" was the first single and a minor hit in the charts, which attracted airplay on AOR radio. Written by Van Stephenson, this is a beautiful mid-tempo tune with an anthemic chorus and a melodious guitar / sax interplay.
"Hold Me" is a slow track in the Americana style with a fine guitar work and sweet vocals by Balin, a bit long to my tastes.
On the classic rockin' "America" the vocals are shared again for good effect. This song recently found renewed interest (due to the lyrics) after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The uptempo "No More Heartaches" is one of my favorite songs on the album, an urgent uptempo AOR track full of synths and a ridiculously catchy chorus. This song alone worth the entire disc.
"Wrecking Crew" is another winner. It is embedded with that '80s magic impossible to resist. Poppy AOR ready for the radio - Love it -.
"When Love Comes" is a re-make of a song previously done by Balin on his 1983 solo album 'Lucky'. The KBC Band version has a more classic rock treatment but with the addition of lush keyboards and electronic drums to update the sound to the mid-eighties style.
"Dream Motorcycle" is a simple but infectious pop-rocker with a catchy melody, a bit overwhelmed by a wall of sax though.
The album ends with "Sayonara", an affected and beautifully performed melodic power ballad, full of class and style, another of my favorites here.

KBC Band - KBC Band (1986) back

Ignored or unknown for most Adult Oriented Rock collectors, with great production and a big sound, "KBC band" is a succulent dish of mid-Eighties brilliance, including some memorable AOR moments (specially on the second part, or 'B' side).
By the way, this is a rip at maximum quality from the not so easy to find CD edition of this album.
Highly Recommended.


01 - Mariel
02 - It's Not You, It's Not Me
03 - Hold Me
04 - America
05 - No More Heartaches
06 - Wrecking Crew
07 - When Love Comes
08 - Dream Motorcycle
09 - Sayonara

Marty Balin – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Paul Kantner – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Jack Casady – bass
Mark 'Slick' Aguilar – lead guitar, background vocals
Tim Gorman – keyboards, synths, background vocals
Keith Crossnan – saxophone, background vocals
Darrell Verdusco – drums, background vocals


KBC Band (1986)
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

RTZ (Return To Zero) - Lost And Found + Delp Goudreau (2004)


Requested in a comment...

RTZ (Return To Zero) began as collaboration between ex- Boston members Brad Delp and Barry Goudreau after the recording of the classic "Orion The Hunter" (Goudreau's project) album, where Delp did some vocals as guest.
Some demos were done (mostly with "Orion..." members as back up band) but shelved.

Around '88 Delp contacted Goudreau to work together again and RTZ was officially founded. They had a lot of material and Barry's studio available, then dozens of tracks were demoed.
RTZ signed a contract but the debut album (titled Return To Zero) was delayed until 1991. As group, RTZ only performed a national tour and then disbanded.
Many of the songs discarded from the 1989-90 sessions were packaged into the 1998 release "Lost".

By 2003, a recording label asked the duo to release their recent album "Delp & Goudreau" in Europe, and Goudreau compiled more demos from the very early sessions of RTZ to make a double CD offering.
That's "Lost And Found": the RTZ '80s unreleased recordings on one CD, plus "Delp & Goudreau".

I've never been a big fan of their self titled debut, but these 'old tapes' are pretty good classy mid-Eighties AOR.
The first 4 tracks are the best, obviously the ones recorded circa 1985-6, very good stuff. Also 'Winners And Losers' has an '80s strong scent (reminds me of FRANKE AND THE KNOCKOUTS).

There's also some pleasant songs more 1980-83 oriented, and a couple from the late '80s sessions, being 'Power Of Love' the highlight.
As for the "Delp & Goudreau" disc, well, this album was relentlessly destroyed by critics.
The truth is it ain't half bad. A 'personal album' if you want, mostly for BOSTON die-hard fans.

RTZ (Return To Zero) - Lost And Found + Delp Goudreau (2004) back

These '80s lost tunes were reissued later in the U.S. under the title "Lost In America", but this European double pack has become very hard to find nowadays.
In my opinion, "Lost And Found" is a very nice slice of upbeat American rockin' AOR, and worth a place in your collection.
I've added a bonus; 'Dangerous', originally the Japanese bonus track for the '98 'Lost' album.
Good Stuff.


"Lost and Found" :
01 - One Step Away
02 - Fool For Love
03 - Such A Fool
04 - Rise Above It All
05 - Social Disease
06 - I'm On A Roll
07 - Rock The Night
08 - Winners And Losers
09 - Power Of Love
10 - Show Me
11 - Better And Better

12 - Dangerous (Japan bonus track)

RTZ - Lost and Found - HERE


"Delp and Goudreau" :
01 - What You Leave Behind
02 - Hands Of Time
03 - Let It Roll
04 - Out Of My Hands
05 - Keep On Runnin'
06 - Everyday
07 - I Need Your Love
08 - The Rhythm Won't Stop
09 - Reconciliation
10 - My One True Love


Delp & Goudreau - HERE

Brad Delp : Vocals
Barry Goudreau : Guitar
Brian Maes : Keyboards
Tim Archibald : Bass
David Stefanelli : Drums
... and many more


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

ANDY TAYLOR - The Complete Non-Album Recordings

ANDY TAYLOR - The Complete Non-Album Recordings - front
This is a re-vamp from one of the very early posts on this blog (we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of hardrockaorheaven.blogspot.com this year... time flies!) an album especially recommended for collectors.

ANDY TAYLOR's "The Complete Non-Album Recordings" is an unofficial compilation of all the former Duran Duran guitarist '80s singles not appeared into any of his solo albums.
There's many tracks recorded for movie soundtracks, a couple of unreleased cuts, and a contribution to Rod Stewart's solo album, the rare and hard to find "Lost In You (Extended Version)" with much more guitar licks from Taylor.

ANDY TAYLOR - The Complete Non-Album Recordings - back

After leaving Duran Duran, Andy Taylor has always shown his 'rock side', along with Power Station and solo releases. 
This is a great single collection, a must for soundtrack collectors and '80s music fans.


01. Take It Easy (Rock Mix)
- American Anthem OST only -
02. When The Rain Comes Down
- Miami Vice II OST only -
03. Angel Eyes
- American Anthem soundtrack only -
04. Dead On The Money
- Tequila Sunrise soundtrack only -
05. Be Good To Yourself
- F. Miller cover (never released) -
06. Wings Of Love
- American Anthem soundtrack only -
07. Suffragette City
- David Bowie cover (never released) -
08. Take It Easy (Extended Version)
- American Anthem OST
09. Winner With You
- Stone Cold Sober ltd. ed. EP -
10. Lost In You (Extended Version)
- Rod Stewart 12" only -

Andy Taylor: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Terry Bozzio: Drums
Steve Jones: Guitar
Bryant Simpson: Bass
Paulinho Da Costa: Percussion
... and many other session musicians


ANDY TAYLOR - The Complete Non-Album Recordings
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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

NORIYUKI MAKIHARA - Songs From N.Y. (2007)

NORIYUKI MAKIHARA - Songs From N.Y. (2007)
As requested, here's the other Noriyuki Makihara's 'American WestCoast Ttribute' CD released simultaneously in 2007: "Songs From N.Y.", presented many years ago on this blog.
Again the 'who is who' from the WestCoast / AOR scene were recruited to perform Makihara (Japanese songwriter) songs translated to English, this time arranged with a 'New Yorker feeling'.

Now we have Peter Beckett (PLAYER), Alex Ligertwood (METRO), Kelly Keagy (NIGHT RANGER), Richard Page (Mr. MISTER) and Mark Jordan amongst other lead singers, accompanied by talented session musicians not only from the Californian scene, but also from Nashville and New York.
Production and performances are top notch, a relaxing album to enjoy these gifted voices and light AOR / smooth WestCoast / poppy songs.
Japan release only - Out Of Print


01 - Tom Keane: Star Ferry
02 - Nathan East: 24hr Supermarket
03 - Frankie Jordan: Such A Lovely Place
04 - Alex Ligertwood: Far Away, Far Away
05 - Stephen Bishop: Anytime I Want To
06 - Bill Cantos: Milk
07 - Peter Beckett: Stripe!
08 - Kelly Keagy: Penguin
09 - Mark Jordan: Happy Dance
10 - Richard Page: Tag Team
11 - Jamie Jones: On This Winter Night

Keyboards: Tom Keane, Bob James, Timothy Drury
Guitar: Charlie Mangold, Aaron Fleming, Hiram Bullock
Piano: Don Grusin
Bass: Will Lee, Eric Stern, Nate Brown,
Drums: Omar Hakim, Vinnie Colaiuta
Strings: Matt Funes, Alyssa Park, Eric Hosler
Background Vocals: Jill Dell' Abate, Terry Wood, Bernadetta Barlow, Bill Cantos, Joseph Williams
... and many more




NORIYUKI MAKIHARA Songs From N.Y. (2007)
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Thursday, August 03, 2017

JIM PETERIK and World Stage (2000)

JIM PETERIK and World Stage (2000)
Requested in "REQUEST & FILL CORNER" section...

One of the living icons from the American Rock scene, through the years JIM PETERIK has written / co-written some of the most memorable songs from the genre: 'Vehicle' by the Ides Of March (on which he sang lead vocals), the entire Survivor catalogue from 1980-1993 (he was co-founder and keyboardist) including 'Eye Of The Tiger', hits for .38 Special, Sammy Hagar, Tommy Shaw, John Wetton and countless more.
Since the middle nineties Peterik founded 'World Stage International Records" to professionally record his penned tunes and offering them to other artists, as well help new talents to raise into the spotlight.

At the beginning of the new millennium 'Jimbo' released this album simply entitled "Jim Peterik and World Stage", featuring long time friends such as Don Barnes of 38 Special; Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd; Dennis De Young of Styx; Cathy Richardson of Love Janis; Buddy Guy; Tom Keifer of Cinderella; Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, Kelly Keagy of Night Ranger and a lot more.

JIM PETERIK and World Stage (2000) back cover

This is a wonderful collection of songs spanning Peterik's enviable ability to write diverse rock music ranging from Melodic Rock to Classic Rock and all its variants.
As special bonus, I have added "Armageddon", written & recorded by Jimbo & World Stage for the famous movie of the same name but it wasn't taken by the film producers.
A must have.


01 - Fade To Blue (Don Barnes)
02 - Can't Say It Loud Enough (Johnny Van Zant)
03 - To Miss Somebody (Dennis De Young)
04 - Diamonds For Stones (Cathy Richardson)
05 - Vehicle (Buddy Guy)
06 - Zig Zag (Tom Keifer & Rick Neilsen)
07 - Changed By Love (Don Barnes)
08 - We Wish (David Carl & Jeff Boyle)
09 - Working Blue (Anthony Gomes)
10 - Antenna (Margaret Becker)
11 - Eye Of The Tiger (Jeff Boyle)
12 - Between Two Fires (Kevin Cronin)
13 - 'Till It Shines (Henry Paul)
14 - Long Road Home (Kelly Keagy)
15 - From Here To Hereafter (C. Richardson) [bonus track]
16 - Armageddon (Jim Peterik) [non album bonus]

Jim Peterik - Guitar, Percussion, Lead Vocals
Mike Aquino (Mecca), Jeff Carlisi, Pat Buchanan - Guitar
Mike Brignardello, Clem Hayes, Mark Hill, Bob Lizik - Bass
Ed Breckenfeld, Steve Brewster - Drums, Percussion
Danny Chauncey - Keyboards, Programming
Christian Cullen - Keyboards, Organ, Wurlitzer
Jimmy Nichols - Keyboards, Piano, String Arrangements
Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) - Guitar on 6
Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) - Drums on 6
Don Barnes - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin
Margaret Becker - Lead Vocals
Jeff Boyle - Lead Vocals
David Carl - Lead Vocals
Kevin Cronin - Lead Vocals
Dennis DeYoung - Lead Vocals
Anthony Gomes - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Cathy Richardson - Lead Vocals
Kelly Keagy - Lead Vocals
Tom Keifer - Lead Vocals
Buddy Guy - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Johnny Van Zant - Lead Vocals
Bob Bergland - Sax
Joel Hoekstra - Guitar, Talk Box
Cathy Braaten, Yvonne Gage, Robert W. Johnson - Backing Vocals
... and a lot more




JIM PETERIK and World Stage
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

REQUEST & FILL CORNER 21

Request & Fill Corner PART 21

From now, all request & fills goes in this post Comments.
If you need an album or a single track, request it here, if you have it, be kind with other readers, upload the file and post the link here as well.
Access to this page will be placed at the right column ------>
(the "CLICK HERE" neon sign)
It will be opened in a new window.

Check this section regularly.
You'll find many albums uploaded by readers, not present on the main blog ...

Help each other people!


and don't forget to check out ARCHIVES:



ARCHIVES PART 17

ARCHIVES PART 18

ARCHIVES PART 19

ARCHIVES PART 20



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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

CAPTIVE HEART - Home Of The Brave [Japan release +1] (1997)

CAPTIVE HEART - Home Of The Brave [Japan release +1] (1997) front
Requested and updated to its Japanese Edition

CAPTIVE HEART was a pure American AOR / Melodic Rock band from Chicago, one of the many that arrived too late into the scene but deserved the stardom. They recorded this bunch of songs in 1991-92 to land a U.S. deal, but you already know what happened after those years.
Luckily a German label released the tapes in 1996 as "Home Of The Brave", a year later issued in Japan plus the bonus track "Time Out".
And what an impressive material it is.

Captive Heart strongly reminds me of Signal (Mark Free's band) and Survivor on some compositional structures. Rick Tratar is a really good, second-to-none singer, accompanied by very talented musicians.
We have classic sounding AOR wonders such as "Outlaw", the awesome "It's Too Late" or the smouldering "Over You Over Me".
Title track "Home Of The Brave" has that lovable pulsating midtempo we all love (hints of House Of Lords), while "Can't Stop" is a soaring melodic rocker plenty of harmony vocal layers.

On the softer side "Shattered Dreams" is really American with its anthemic refrain, the soulful "Just One Touch" fits in the good power ballad mould, and "´Til The End" is a compelling slow acoustic number.

CAPTIVE HEART - Home Of The Brave [Japan release +1] (1997) back

"Home Of The Brave" is rarely seen in many AOR / MR favorite's list, but largely deserves the honor.
I remember reading in a magazine some members of Captive Heart stating this recording as pre-production demos, something that you won't notice at all. I can't imagine what they would have been able to deliver with a full-fledged production budget.
This is classic stuff really well composed and performed, with all the magic mojo from the golden years of the genre.
Very Recommended.


01 - Outlaw
02 - It's Too Late
03 - Home Of The Brave
04 - Shattered Dreams
05 - Over You / Over Me
06 - Helpless
07 - Just One Touch
08 - Can't Stop
09 - Heartache
10 - Ride Of Your Life
11 - 'Til The End
12 - Time Out (Japanese Bonus Track)

Rick Tratar - lead and backing vocals
Chuck Kawal - guitars, bass, backing vocals
Tim McGovern - guitar, backing vocals
Scott Bahry - keyboards, drums, backing vocals
Paul Balsamello - bass
Guy Dominick - bass, backing vocals
Steve Moss - drums, percussion, backing vocals




CAPTIVE HEART - Home Of The Brave [Japan release]
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MSG - Built To Destroy [Expanded Edition] (1983)


How about some classic hard rock stuff, and with a personal favourite?
"Built To Destroy" is the best MSG album - in my opinion - of their early era. Features Schenker's finest fretwork and the return of Gary Barden as frontman.
For this album keyboardist Andy Nye has more presence both in the playing as in the songwriting, which redounded in a more commercial sound.

As happened with many albums in this genre during the eighties, there was a different mix for the American audience. This edition consists of both, exquisitely remastered on a single CD.
The first nine tracks are the British version, which features the classic Euro Schenker sound, while tracks 10-18 are the noticeably different American version, with more prominent keyboards, enhanced drums and a much more melodic feel.

According to the liner notes, Schenker himself preferred the American version. This expanded edition allows the listener to choose. I like both, as the remastering job has done miracles with these tapes.
This CD really sounds terrific.

MSG - Built To Destroy [Expanded Edition] 2009 tracklist

Gary Barden - vocals
Michael Schenker - guitars
Chris Glen - bass
Andy Nye - keyboards
Ted McKenna - drums
Derek St. Holmes - vocals on Still Love That Little Devil [US Mix]


MSG Built To Destroy UK/US mix