Only the beginning.......
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!
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!!