Saturday, January 27, 2007

Only the beginning.......

As many of you may have read over at the other blog, a friend of both blogs has sent a dazzling array of tuneage, both obscure and more well known for you ears to feast on. Here I'll post the rare Norweigian metal, harder stuff, the NWOBHM, and the hard southern rock, and over at the other blog everything else. First up, one that a lot of people are going to scoff at, but I recommend. This is not the Wendy of the Plasmatics. Instead of screaming for the most part she has a breathy, sexy (but still tuff) voice that is very enticing. The production, handled by none other than Gene Simmons of Kiss (who was dating WOW at the time--hey it was a step up from Cher!!) and with instruments on various songs played by the late Eric Carr (Kiss' skinsman at the time) , Gene and Ace Frehley does a ripping guitar solo or two. As the late Ms. Williams would've said (and did quite often) "C'mon, you know you wanna".

Tor Erik sent many comps and here is the first 2. These were released by Mike Vraney (or Varney) for the Shrapnel label in the early days of that label. Very good stuff and if you know Mike, you know he had a penchant for excellent guitarists. These comps are no exception, but most of the bands here never went any further than these comps. Both volumes do have the Rods (Kit posted Rod member's David Rock Feinstein's pre-Rods single below), and vol.2 has Vixen which was Marty Friedman's early Hawaiian band and there is a great track from Exciter too(anyone out there have Violence & Force they care to share?!?!?).

US Metal Volume 1

US Metal Volume 2

And here are two great mostly NWOBHM comps with some very obscure bands from that genre (Ethyl the Frog anyone?) along with the not so rare. Early version of Iron Maiden's Sanctuary on vol.1, along with surprises like Toad the Wet Sprocket (they were metal at the beginning?!?!?!) and Bootliggers by Nutz.

Vol.2 has much more obscure stuff except it does have White Spirit and 2 from Trespass.

Metal For Muthas Vol. 1 (NWOBHM)

Metal For Muthas Vol. 2 (NWOBHM)

Here's V2's highly original cover.

These guys and girls were treated as a joke, possibly due to Rick Derringer's cartoonish production or possibly due to the lead vocalists cartoonish behavior, but this band were an early MTV staple for a time with their "High In High School" video. They kinda remind me musically of Andrew WK's style of bubblegum metal, maybe a measure of lighter Twisted Sister type glam thrown in with the vocalsit being of the Ron Keel/Kevin DuBrow shouter variety. Roxy Pettrucci (later of Vixen, the girl band, not Marty Friedman's Hawaiian band mentioned above)was the drummer and her sister was the guitarist. Fun stuff. Another pic of the band below. Why? Fuck if I know. More of the producer below.

And this was a very pleasant surprise. I got this album a long time ago at a thrift store, where there were a ton of radio station albums in the bins, and I grabbed a bunch that looked interesting (I got the Morningstar album Kit posted in a previous entry at the same time!) and this (as well as the Morningstar) turned out to be excellent AOR (album oriented rock for those who may wonder) with a touch of hard rock as well as proggy moments. Unfortunetly when I got rid of the bulk of my record collection in the mid 90's this was a casualty of that misfortune and now I am ecstatic to have it again!! If you are in the mood for some classy obscure rock done with style, I can place no higher recommendation on either of the 2 aforementioned Lps. I think I thanked Tor-Erik 10 times for this so far, well here's another!!!

Here's the first of many NWOBHM bands that were sent. This band is more famous for their guitarist Phil Collen going to (and wimping out) Def Leppard than anything they did as a band. At least in the states, I believe they may have been a bit more popular in the UK. I listened to their album Sheer Greed, but at the time, being in a "the heavier the better" phase, I wrote it off as what I refered to at the time as "pussy metal". So I downloaded this and am going to try to give it another chance as this one is their 2 CD anthology. Hey, I wrote off Rough Cutt around the same time and I absolutely love them now, so who knows!

CD 1

CD 2

I'll be honest, I don't much of the Norweigian hard rock scene (I could tell ya plenty about the black metal, as I used to listen to a lot of that) but what I have heard in the last day or two has been high quality stuff. And here is a comp of some of the best. I figured I would post this as a sampler as Tor-Erik has sent us several full albums of many diverse band which I will get posted in the next day or so. There is a tremendous amount of stuff to sort out I tell ya!! So for a starter give this a shot. I know just by looking at the pic there is more Heaven to come.

The Best Of Norwegian Hard Rock part 1

The Best Of Norwegian Hard Rock part 2

And as promised back in the blurb for Madam X here's a Rick Derringer album (sort of) from around the same time period roughly. This is DNA's Party Tested which stood for Derringer and Appice. And the Appice is of the Carmen variety, ex-Rod Stewart and Vanilla Fudge skin-thudder. Interesting if you are a fan of either, but if you aren't you may wanna run. This ain't the Hootchie Coo Derringer, this is the I'm about to produce Weird Al Yankovich (and Madam X)Derringer. I always thought it was fun, but I've issued the warning.

More NWOBHM with Angel Witch's '82 Revisited. Live stuff I do believe.

And here are 2 from Bodine, their 1st, and 2nd, Bold as Brass. I really like these guys.


Bold As Brass:

And here are a few that either are live shows and have no covers, or albums I couldn't find covers for.

Montrose KSAN Record Plant 1973

Montrose Live In Cleveland 1974,

Stevie Salas Colorcode - Bootleg Like A Mug!! Live In Japan

Dirty Tricks - Night Man. 1976.

Dirty Tricks - Hit & Run. 1977

Riggs - Riggs. 1982.

Gamma - Concert Classics 1998

Queensryche - KBFH 1983

The Dictators - CBGB 1976

Styx - Live Providence 1975.

Shakin' Street (Ross The Boss, Manowar) - Shakin' Street. 1980

Lee Aaron Project - Lee Aaron Project (one of the hottest babes in hard rock ever!!!)

Diamond Head - The Academy Manchester

Diamond Head - The Friday Rock Show Sessions

Quartz - Satan's Serenade Bonus 1/3

Quartz - Satan's Serenade Bonus 2/3

Quartz - Satan's Serenade Quartz 3/3

Much more to come. Please don't forget to thank Tor-Erik for his generousity. He says he is sending more!!


Anonymous Danny said...

Wow, all these great things!!!

Thanks, Danny

Saturday, January 27, 2007 3:41:00 AM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

I know, I couldn't believe it either!! And there is more to come, much more.


Saturday, January 27, 2007 4:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Cosmowombo said...

Thanks, but slow down man...nobody can keep up with all this!!

Saturday, January 27, 2007 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dirty Tricks - Night Man
Heavier than I thought! Really awesome!

Saturday, January 27, 2007 1:56:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfoot kit said...

Sheezus, that's a huuuge post!
I've already got a post ready to go, but i'll hold off for a few days to give this hugeness it's top o' the page time.
Tor-Erik, many many thanks, it really is a small world, filled with great tunes!

Saturday, January 27, 2007 6:55:00 PM  
Blogger JavyMetal said...

As usual, your posts are awesome!!!! Would it be ok if I ask you for some albums I've been looking for? Let me know and keep doing your excellent work!

Saturday, January 27, 2007 7:09:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfoot kit said...

javymetal, the way things are going every album ever released is likely to show up at some point! Lol.
Request away, if we've got it or can get it you'll get it too.
Here is the link to a rar containing cover art for most of the albums included in this post.
Hope this is of use to you all.

Saturday, January 27, 2007 10:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Sergey said...

It's Cooooool! words...
Tor-Erik, Thanks! (and more... and more...)
I love this blog!

Sunday, January 28, 2007 8:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow this is the greatest, nicest hard bunch I've seen in a long time!
Thanks soooo much for this goodies!!
I don't even know where to start!
Mr. Varney is back!!

Varney Rocks!

Sunday, January 28, 2007 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Shakin Street album has been on my wish list for ages - Thanks. I saw them play live as support to Black Sabbath(Dio singing)in 1980. They were excellent and it was great to see Ross as I have always been a big Dictators fan. Never understood Man-O-War though. Other much appreciated posts are Dictators at CBGBs & the Metal for Muthas albums. Here's a request: Goin' Down Laughing by Tiger.
All the best
Titus Luxor

Monday, January 29, 2007 4:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no! Track 9 'I want to Box You' on the Shakin' Street album is corrupt - what a disappointment.
Otherwise excellent.
Have you got Messin' with the Boys by Cherie & Marie Currie?
Love from Lucy

Monday, January 29, 2007 5:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here Varney Rocks again!
I wanted to express my gratitude again for such a bag of goodies!
Specially to Tor Erik!
I was looking for this USMetal compilation for years!...I love it!!!! By, the way I wanted to ask if would be possible to get at least some information about the bands included on the first volume?
Well, I got so inspired that I'm rippin' my Violence & Force vinyl to share with you, so feel free to add it on a new post or anything you consider the best; the album has a pair of nasty scratches(no wonder!) at the beginning of Track number five and six; but I thought you might wanna have it anyway..I do!!
Just let me know if I should send the link to some E-Mail adress or it will be O.K here on a new comment???
And again:
Thanks soooooo much!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 29, 2007 9:47:00 AM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

I really hope you get this, because I really want that Violence and Force badly!! Had it as a teenager and it will bring back memories!! You can either email it to me or post it here, whichever you prefer!!

Thanks in advance!!


Monday, January 29, 2007 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There you have it, my friend!

Monday, January 29, 2007 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

As Latka from the TV show Taxi would've said

Tank you veddy much!!


Monday, January 29, 2007 2:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My pleasure!!

Monday, January 29, 2007 3:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah track 9 of Shakin street dosen't play properly Any chance of sorting it out? Cheers anyway.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 3:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Skipper from Holland said...

Happy days are here again!!!!!! Like a timemachine I went to my LP collecting years. Most of the stuff I've got on vinyl or I wanted to have them in the 70- and 80ties.
Thank you well very much.
As an real Canadian rock fan (I dare to say that I was one of the first who heared from Rush (for crying out loud) in Holland) I missed some albums from Wrabit. Who got some? Thanks in advance.

Say Hello to Tor-Erik

Groeten uit Holland

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 4:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi many thanks for shakin street, unfortunatly track 9 jumps around like a rabit on a hotplate, any chance of fixing this ? cheers

Saturday, February 24, 2007 1:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thx for the 'girl - anthology'!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 4:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great posts... brings back lots of memoriesd, especially the NWOBHM stuff.

btw.. on Metal for Muthas, the Toad The Wet Sprocket is NOT the band that became famous in the early 90's...

this one is a British band, while the 90's band was from california.. two completely different bands.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 3:44:00 PM  
Blogger Spacelord said...

Hello there, thanks alot for US Metal Volume 1 and 2. I can provide Volume 3. Do you have Volume 4 in Stock. Would love to hear from you. Thanks for a great Blog.
Cheers from Switzerland. Andy.

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Anonymous scoach said...

thanks for Diamond Head - The Friday Rock Show Sessions: it's very hard to found it!
I'm looking for: Girl (UK)-1980-Live At The Marquee. Can you found it?

Monday, March 01, 2010 9:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the out of print Quartz comp. I've been rockin to it all day!

Monday, August 16, 2010 9:35:00 PM  
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Hey, Man, could you re-up Stevie Salas - Bootleg Like a Mug?

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