Sunday, July 29, 2007


Some sweet stuff for a Sunday evening for your aural pleasure. I hope to god i spelled that right, this stuff's good, but i'm not trying to make any crazy claims i can't back up. Right, before i get bogged down in mind boggling double entendres, let's get to the music eh?
For starters, here's Winterhawk's "There & Back Again", an awesome live album recorded in 1978 at the
Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Live rock'n'roll music often struggles to translate well to the sterile confines of the cd, but there's so much crackling energy, such superlative performances and the atmosphere translates so well that you'll be face down, bedraggled, exhausted, bare chested and delirious, lying on the floor in a pool of booze & sweat by the end of this one. Seriously, they bring the house down here, great songs, fantastic vocals and jaw dropping guitar acrobatics from a band at the peak of their powers. Sweet Rock music from the days when they knew how to do it right.

WINTERHAWK - There & Back Again (Live) (1978) USA

Next, the final piece of the ongoing Rox discography, this is their sole full length release, 1983's "Violent Breed". By the time they recorded this, the Mancunian rockers had toughened up their approach considerably, the big
chantalong choruses are still present & correct, but there's much more menace in the guitar and drum attack. Just look at them on the cover, these guys meant business, or perhaps they were looking for "business". Martin Hooker, owner of their label, Music For Nations, was so sure that he had signed the next big thing that he produced the album himself, but by the time it hit the shelves, Rox were sadly no more. Remember them this way, in weird lace up leather vests, but with those awesome caterwauling guitar leads on "Jailbait" ringing in their ears.

ROX - Violent Breed (1983) UK

Another discography post completed now, this is Jameson Raid's "The Hypnotist", a brilliant little four song EP from waaaay back in 1980. With a better production than on their debut EP, the songs get more of a chance to breathe here, the melodies which were buried slightly on "Seven Days Of Splendour", really get a chance to get under your skin this time 'round. The guitars are sharper, the drums heavier, their debut's promise more than fulfilled. Okay, the lyrical tack of "The Hypnotist" is a little silly, but it was a different era, and that's a small complaint when everything else about this record makes this almost the perfect example of NWOBHM. Jameson Raid, wherever you are now, i salute you!

JAMESON RAID - The Hypnotist EP (1980) UK

To Canada now, for an interesting little rarity by Minotaur, a great little band from Oshawa, Ontario. The four piece specialized in Heavy Rock with a commercial edge, the guitars of Pete Lesperance being absolutely outstanding. Lesperance eventually went on to form the highly respected Harem Scarem in the late '80's with Blind Vengeance vocalist Harry Hess, leaving this 7" as Minotaur's only release during their lifetime. OPM Records put out a compilation of their demos in 2004 called "83-87", and later the Harem Scarem website made the 1st Minotaur demo available as a free download. Nice stuff, give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

MINOTAUR - Burner 7" (1984) Canada

Now, here's the 1985 7" from Swedish quartet Adventure, this one's entitled "Destiny". I can't describe it any better than they do on the Corroseum website, so i won't even bother to try to outdo their sublime review. They describe it thus,"Heavy riff-HR without one iota of hair-rock gayness". That's exactly how we here at NILOOB
like our Heavy Riff Hard Rock, "Hair Rock Gayness" free! Their reviewer isn't as keen on the A-Side, but i'll stick up for it even if he won't. A nice one. Thanks Dom!

ADVENTURE - Destiny 7" (1985) Sweden

Couldn't find out much about our next act, but hopefully their music will speak for itself. This is the 2nd of the 2 7" releases which Buzzard managed between 1981 and 1985, this is "Catch Me Alone", which came out on PTO Records. This is one of the superior later NWOBHM releases, classy with unusual arrangements, although to my way of thinking the A-Side should have been the B, and vice versa, there was definitely something special about Buzzard.

BUZZARD - Catch Me Alone 7" (1985) UK

Last tonight, but absolutely not least, we finish with the "Criminal World" 7" by Londoners, The Lightning Raiders. Much more rock'n'roll in attitude than most of their NWOBHM peers, they managed a pair of singles and a Reading Festival appearance, before they hung up their guitars and retired their thrift store Stones clothing. A great racket, good time but seedy, and let's face it, all the best of good times are a little seedy, are they not?

LIGHTNING RAIDERS - Criminal World 7" (1981) UK

More soon, tired now, must sleep.
Sweet dreamzzzzzz.


Blogger jguill said...

Wow, thanks for the ROX album , I used to have this years ago (got lost ssomewhere along the way).
This brings back some memories.
This is an awsome blog.
Thanks for all your hard work, it is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, July 29, 2007 11:29:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

The Rox album seems to bring back memories for a lot of folks. I'm ashamed to say that i shoplifted my original copy of "Violent Breed" whilst completely out of it. Good record, i really enjoyed it. I think i even traded the album in at the same shop where i originally pinched it when i had to come up with some cash years later.
In fact i know i did, over the years i got to know the owner and at some point i confessed my crime.
He reckons i did him a favour as he'd never have shifted it at full price with that cover. I got the piss ripped out of me over it for a long time.

Monday, July 30, 2007 5:54:00 AM  
Anonymous ogmonster said...

Another big THANKS for your new post. Jameson Raid is good stuff for sure. I haven't gotten around yet to Buzzard and Lightning Raiders, but I'm sure I won't be disappointed in them. Also a \m/ for the Winterhawk. This is a great disc and I'm going over to Rockadrome to pick it up asap.

Monday, July 30, 2007 10:12:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Ogmonster, if you enjoyed "There & Back Again", you'll go nuts for their studio album, "Revival".
Rockadrome do it too, it's awesome, believe me.
Glad you enjoyed the Jameson Raid posts, sadly that's all they recorded, but there'll be plenty more good stuff from that era to come.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 5:15:00 AM  
Blogger terry dark said...

Hi, Thanks for the comments on our music and for keeping the name Jameson Raid alive. It's good to know people still listen to and appreciate our music. Terry Dark.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 1:00:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Terry, thanks very much for the hours of pleasure that Jameson Raid brought me personally, and going by the comments we've received, on the behalfs of our visitors too.
We're not the only ones keeping the name alive, if you have a look around online you'll quickly find that the band are still held in very high regard.
So when you guys reforming then?

Thursday, August 02, 2007 6:00:00 AM  
Anonymous wedge said...

im wondering if the Lightning Raiders here is the same band that had a different 45, circa-'77, comped on an old "Back To Front" collection; and is purported to be ex members & hangers-on of groups like Hawkwind & Pink Fairies & Downliners Sect. anybody out there know?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lyrics to Jameson Raid's 'The Hypnotist' are "a little silly"???!!!! I'm horrified! :-o
I think it is a great song ;-)

Actually, the EP was called 'End Of Part One' - The Hypnotist was the name of the track only.

Things are happening Jameson Raid wise....

If you get a log in , that is just temporary, try later...

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 2:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's interesting to see just how pervasive digital memory has become in our lives. It's like everytime I turn my head, I see something with a card slot or USB jack, haha. I guess it makes sense though, considering how inexpensive memory has become as of late...

Gahhhh, I shouldn't be complaining. I can't get through a day without using my R4 / R4i!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010 4:51:00 AM  

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