Monday, January 15, 2007

A Mixed Bag Of "Sweeties"

A new week, another mixed bag of "sweeties" from the past. And what a tasty selection of hard & soft centres we have for you too.
A couple of requests filled, the BBC vaults plundered for booty, a live treat for jaded palletes, and something a little sweeter than you might expect from me.
First up, for Sergey from Russia, and anyone else of discerning taste really, we are proud to present Liverpool's RAGE.
This is their 1981 album, "Out Of Control", classy Hard Rock from the band formerly known as NUTZ, great guitar abounds, as do great vocals and catchy choruses. More info on the band in the txt file included in the rar.

RAGE - Out Of Control (1981)

Next, a couple of fondly remembered nuggets from the NWOBHM by everyones 3rd favourite Birmingham rock'n'rollers, (Sabbath & Priest are 1st & 2nd obviously!), The HANDSOME BEASTS!!
This is their 1st 7" single & the follow up EP. These were also the1st two releases on the legendary Heavy Metal Records label! Historic stuff, and fine music too. The Beasts were more blues based than many of their peers, and wrote great songs, give your ears a treat.

HANDSOME BEASTS - All Riot Now 7" (1980)

HANDSOME BEASTS - Breaker EP (1981)

This next one's here just because i've been really enjoying it lately, and i thought i'd give you the opportunity to do the same. This is "Venus", the 2nd and final album by MORNINGSTAR from 1979. They were from the Kansas area and specialised in a classy mix of AOR & Hard Rock. Vocal harmonies abound and there is some great inventive guitar from Rick Bacus. Some great tunes on this one, "Angel" in particular had "hit" written all over it. If Styx had been more "Renegade" than "Lady", they might have been Morningstar.

MORNINGSTAR - Venus (1979)

Back to the UK now for another in our series of NWOBHM sessions from the archives of the BBC. More accurately, a rifle through an old box of cassettes marked "Friday Rock Show", recorded off the radio some 25+ years ago. Yup, Tommy Vance's Radio 1 show on the BBC was just about the only thing worth listening to on "the wireless" during those dark days of the early 1980's. Tucked away in it's 10pm weekly slot, T.V. would transport us away every Friday night, to a magical place where guitars filled the air and no-one knew what a Kajagoogoo was. As well as educating us whippersnappers to the joys of the old masters, the show provided a taste of what was up & coming every week with it's 4 song session slots. Here's a cracker, sleazy hard rock from CHINATOWN. The 1st of two sessions they recorded for the show. Enjoy.

CHINATOWN - BBC Session (1982)

Now, as promised, here's the 1980 live set from BLEAK HOUSE, it was recordedat the Stonehouse, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England on the 16th November 1980. This is the full 16 song set recorded from the soundboard, the quality is great, the performance even better! Visitor "Dolly", provided this info about the band, "Bleak House were our "big" local band in St Albans. They played at the City Hall once supported by Clientelle (another bunch of local rockers) in a show that promised stage props/effects as used by Pink Floyd.
On the day the only prop I recall was the set of doors under the drum riser that the singer burst out of at the beginning. I have no idea to this day what the Floyd connection was.
They were named after Bleak House in St Albans - the inspiration for the name (if not the location) of Dickens' novel." Enjoy this artifact from those far off days.

BLEAK HOUSE - Live 1980 (1980)

Finally, here's a real oddity, the sole single by DAVE FEINSTEIN, "Midnight Lady" from 1978. Dave's name may ring a few bells with some of the old timers here. As "David" Feinstein, he toured & recorded through the 60s & 70s with his cousin, RONNIE JAMES DIO, in such acts as RONNIE & THE PROPHETS, THE ELECTRIC ELVES and ELF
When ELF were co-opted as RICHIE BLACKMORE's backing band for the 1st RAINBOW album, David was out of a job. He quit music for a while, finally getting back into it with a band called DAVID FEINSTEIN's THUNDER, featuring CARL CANEDY on Drums and a pre-MANOWAR JOEY DeMAIO on bass. They recorded this sole 7" (as "Dave Feinstein"), and contributed a track to a BUDDY HOLLY covers EP (!), before falling apart. DeMaio went on to form MANOWAR whilst Canedy & Feinstein put together THE RODS.
Has there ever been a stranger tale in the annals of rock'n'roll?
The two songs are great, driving hooky hard rock. More earthy than the members later work stylistically, but a fascinating glimpse at what could have been.

DAVE FEINSTEIN - Midnight Lady 7" (1978)

Whew, that's yer lot for now. Hope you enjoy this scattershot selection.
As per usual, no pws are required for the rars & all include txt files & artwork where available.
Before, i forget, i understand the links for my last 2 posts have been acting oddly for some of you, i've went back and fixed them all one by one, all work fine now. I'm just learning how to use this Blogger thingy, so "wrinkles" may appear here & there, if you notice one, bring it to my attention so i can go bug Time Traveller to find out how to fix it. Belated birthday greetings Bryon, consider the Feinstein 7" your present!
Over & Out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Chinatown bbc session. I remember seeing this band live once and they rocked. As a kid I used to tape the friday rock show but the tapes have seen better days now. I was wondering if you have a copy of Bernie Torme live at Reading 1982 that was broadcast on the friday rock show.
Many thanks in advance

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 1:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Dolly Godfrey said...

Wow, thanks for the Bleak House recording!

I was a bit disappointed to read online that their greatest moment was supporting Steppenwolf - surely their greatest moment was headlining the same venue a few months later!

Could I bung in a request for some More? I saw them support Girlschool (Motorhead turned up and jammed with the girls for the encore!) and was blown away by them. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with what I heard from their LP on the Friday Rock Show (it might actually have been a session) so I never got around to picking it up. All this thinking about gigs at St Albans has made me want to check them out again.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 1:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are looking for More their album called Warhead is on the Hardblog site.(link below)
BTW the album rocks


Tuesday, January 16, 2007 3:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thans a lot for the Feinstein single; I didn't know existed!
Great Blog!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 5:59:00 AM  
Anonymous sergey said...

Hi Kit! I visited this site earlier, I shall visit now it more often! Thank you very much for all early Heavy metal posts. You know, that they for me mean.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 6:16:00 AM  
Blogger jim kosmicki said...

while hard rock and metal were popular in the Central Plains here in the USA, we didn't get much of the NWOBHM stuff that wasn't on a major. so thank you for sharing this material with the world. It makes me feel like I'm back in high school again.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfoot kit said...

Hello all, thanks for your encouraging
comments, requests and anecdotes.
Dolly, you'll be pleased to know that i've got MORE's Donington set from 81 lined up for the not too distant future.
To the feller who requested Bernie Torme, i don't have the Reading set unfortunately, but you never know what the future might bring. It may interest you to know that Torme has recently teamed back up with John McCoy in a new band called GMT (Guy, McCoy Torme), and they have an album out now. A quick google should bring more info.
Sergey and Jim, glad you're both enjoying the posts. I hope feeling like you're back in High School is a good thing!
No comments on the Morningstar album? I was hoping some of you would give that one a shot.
Plenty more good stuff to come, stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 1:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Dolly Godfrey said...

Thanks for the Hard Blog link Kev, it's a good little site. The link seems a bit iffy at the moment but I'll have another go later.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 5:35:00 PM  
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Wednesday, January 17, 2007 10:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the rage album
I saw Nutz a couple of times and they were superb.

Any more Nutz or Rage would be appreciated

Friday, January 19, 2007 7:36:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfoot kit said...

I'm afraid that's all the Rage/Nutz stuff i have, try over at Bryon's Time Traveller blog, there's a Nutz lp or 2 over there.

Friday, January 26, 2007 8:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just discovered your great blog - thanks so much for the Chinatown session. I had give up hope of ever finding a copy! I don't suppose you have the 2nd one as well??

Friday, February 09, 2007 12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for some killer stuff on your blog... the Metal For Muthas stuff brings back memories of being 16 and buying that album when it came out.

BTW... the Toad The Wet Sprocket on the Metal For Muthas album is NOT the same band that came to prominence in the 90's... two completely different bands..

the "muthas" band was English, the 90's band was from Santa Barbara, CA.

Saturday, February 17, 2007 4:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Pope Leo said...


You have 2 great sites, I've discovered lot of great stuff I missed out on back in the day.
Is there any chance to reupload the Rage LP?

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 2:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Metalain said...

Unfortunately the link for Rage-Out of control is no longer valid. Could you post it agains, please.
Thank you

Friday, February 22, 2008 8:18:00 AM  

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