Monday, September 17, 2007


Good evening & welcome to another intriguing post (hopefully!), from tHE nEW iMPROVED lIVE & oTHERWISE bLOG. Spot the deliberate mistake!
Up first for your delectation tonight, we are proud to bring you one of the great unsung Southern Rock acts, this is the awesome Doc Holliday. This is their long out of print "Legacy" album from 1996, which appeared on the New South Records label. It's a bit of a sonic smorgasbord, with (then) new songs mingling with rerecorded versions of older songs. For the older songs, they've really mixed it up as far as the arrangements go, an acoustic take on "Lonesome Guitar" anyone? Other oldies include "Song For The Outlaw" & a brilliant full on version of "Redneck Rock'n'Roll Band".
Of the "new" material, i think the pick of the bunch has to be "Dead Man's Road", presented here in a semi-acoustic arrangement. Unlike the later electric re-recording on "A Better Road", this treatment allows the song to breathe a little, and the powerful lyrics really come to the fore. If you've never had the pleasure of hearing Bruce Brookshire & the boys before, (where you been?), this is an unusual starting place, they usually rock a little harder! Open minded listeners will find a lot to enjoy here.

DOC HOLLIDAY - Legacy (1996) USA

For those who like their music a little darker, harder & more epic, here's another slice of the good stuff. From 1984, this is the sole self titled album by American Heavy Metallers Dark Age. This one snuck out on Gnarly Records while no one was looking and slipped under the radar, the band imploding shortly thereafter. What a shame. This is a seriously overlooked US Metal gem. Traditional Metal with great lead guitars and a slight NWOBHM influence, this one kicks ass from start to finish. The closing one-two of "Warrior" & "Viper" make this album worth the heavy price tag alone. Bang them heads!

DARK AGE - Dark Age (1984) USA

An even more obscure US Metal release for you next. This is the impossibly rare self titled EP from the little known Triple Forte from 1983. They pressed this one up themselves in very limited numbers, no it very seldom comes up for sale. No, i don't own a copy, this rip was provided by a friend of a friend of a friend, so don't go badgering me to sell you my vinyl. I don't have it. No one does. Which would mean jack shit if the music didn't deliver, but deliver it does. The bargain basement production job does nothing to take the shine of these gems, my personal favourite of the four songs being "Brainwave Overload", which comes off like RIOT jamming PRIEST. Sure it's derivative, but done this well, who cares? It's their forte.

TRIPLE FORTE - Triple Forte EP (1983) USA

To Sweden now, for another obscure gem from Dom, master of all things heavy and Scandinavian. This is the "ROCK Å STRUL" 7" from Jeremiah, which was self released by the band way back in 1980. Great early Scandinavian Metal with great inventive guitar leads and pummeling tempos. The choruses are pretty catchy for Metal this "true", think HEAVY LOAD for a reasonable comparison, although they've got their own unique thing going on too. A one off as far as i'm aware, how this mob didn't create a bigger stir is a mystery.

JEREMIAH - Rock A Strul 7" (1980) Sweden

Heading into the home straight now, with a triumvirate of NWOBHM 7" rarities, each showing a very different side of the movement.
Up first, "Poltergeist", by Brummie maniacs Scarab, a cracking one-off 7" from 1984 on their own Pharaoh label. To tracks of rough & ready Metal with buzzsaw guitars in a biscuit tin production job. Think early JAGUAR for a comparison, they're that good! This band is no relation to the other Scarab, who released the "Rock Night" 45 which i posted here a while back.

SCARAB - Poltergeist 7" (1984) UK

Nextly, we bring you the more Americanized sound of Storyteller, this is their incredibly hard to find "Mystery Girl" 7" from 1985. They've got their sights firmly set on Hollywood mansions, California girls & FM Radio here, but they pull it off with some aplomb. This type of music is really not normally my "bag" (maan), but when done as well as this, i get sucked in to it like every other sucker. Fans of this style will really enjoy the fuck out of this.

STORYTELLER - Mystery Girl 7" (1985) UK

Finally, here's the "Prisoner Of Love" 45 from Dover, Kent, band Masterstroke. This one came out on the DTS label in 1982, and was their only recorded work to my knowledge. This one is more in a Hard /Classic Rock vein, with UFO coming to mind on the verse parts. I wonder if these guys were a little older than their peers, as they appear to have a more mature command of their songwriting and playing than many of their counterparts. Either way, nice stuff. Dig In.

MASTERSTROKE - Prisoner Of Love 7" (1982) UK

So, that's yer lot for tonight folks. All comments, positive or negative, requests too, gratefully accepted, get typing! See you soon for more out of the ordinary Rawk.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent stuff as usual. Thanks for everything!

Got a request for ya. Feel a bit sheepish about it, considering how you deliver hit after hit every week without any prompting...but since you invited requests I just can't resist asking -- have you got Jet Staxx's 1978 single "I'm Gonna Be The Best Guy / You'll Get The Chop"? It's a pulsating dose of hard rock, proto-metal and punk. Heard it once and never forgot it.

Monday, September 17, 2007 9:24:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Sorry, no i don't have this one. Never even heard of it!
Another one for the ole wants list methinks, sounds like it would be right up my street from your description.
Anyone got this 45?
If i find it, you'll find it here.
Requests are always welcome, no sheepishness required, if i don't know what you guys are hankering after i can't deliver it.
Except by happy accident.
So request away, i might have that sought after obscurity, and even if i don't, you're no worse off than you were before.
Comments on the music posted and related trivia are always MUCH appreciated too.
Let's communicate!

Monday, September 17, 2007 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Nils Tibor said...

Thank you very much for Doc Holliday.
Great stuff.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007 2:16:00 PM  
Anonymous the KIDD said...

Thanks for adding Doc Holliday in your post!X-CELLENT!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 7:13:00 PM  
Blogger garchindorg said...

Hi bigfootkit, awesome English metal posted here! Scarab is... is... simply great!!! Some people know me as "the legendary carajo" (from another site). Thanks a lot my friend and congratulations for your hard work.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 7:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Kit,
Thanks for sharing all that horrendously rare stuff with us. I'm especially keen on the nwobhm vinyl treasures you post. It's good to finally hear some of the ultra obscure 7"es out of Malc McMillans Encyclopedia. Nonetheless, most of them turn out to be pretty disappointing. Which only makes me happy to finally realise that the best of the nwobhm genre has already been sitting in my vinyl cupboard since the early eighties.
Still, hats off to you for posting some unheard gems, like the Titan "East Wind, West Wind" 7" and the Valhalla "Fire In The Sky" 7".

As for requests, here's some stuff I'd really love to hear: the NEON SPIRIT 7", the real VARDIS 100MPH ep on Redball (not the 4 tracks that are erroneously posted everywhere), the two MENDES PREY tracks from the Parkside Steelworks compilation AND last but not least: a good quality version of the second DEEP MACHINE demo tape.

Thanks for all the effort you put into this wonderful blog. Respect!


Friday, September 21, 2007 5:04:00 AM  
Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Cool a Doc Holliday I never heard and pretty good too. Thanks also for Dark Age , Rock On

Friday, September 21, 2007 7:37:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Lots of interesting comments & requests this time around, unfortunately, i don't have any of that stuff, but i'll add them to the never-ending list of things i'm searching for.
Chris, collecting being what it is, at some point i'll come across some of these items, and when i do, you'll find them here.
Thanks for the input, and please keep it coming folks.
Carajo, nice to see you here, always good to bump into good aquaintances in unfamiliar places.

Friday, September 21, 2007 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger garchindorg said...

Hi bigfootkit, nice site, great archives... I see if I can help with the songs includes in Parkside Steelworks, two fantastic songs of Mendes Prey for Chris request. Thanks for share.

Friday, September 21, 2007 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger garchindorg said...

I have a link with The Mendes Prey songs. Please tell me where I leave it. Cheers, carajo

Friday, September 21, 2007 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Carajo, just post the link here in the comments & i'll add your post to my next blog here.
Many thanks for your contribution.

Friday, September 21, 2007 2:27:00 PM  
Blogger garchindorg said...

Ok friend, this is the link:
Cheers, carajo

Friday, September 21, 2007 2:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kit, Carajo,
thanks a lot already for joining forces on the Mendes Prey tracks!
I'm downloading them now and will comment tomorrow.


Friday, September 21, 2007 7:16:00 PM  
Blogger garchindorg said...

Ok great, enjoy it!
Cheers, carajo

Saturday, September 22, 2007 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous matt said...

As usual I'm amazed at the way you constantly deliver such obscure stuff, especially the NWOBHM recordings. Many, many, many thanks for turning me on to most of these bands and for reuniting me with some favorites from my youth.
Since you have opened the request lines; I'd really love to hear Starfighters' - I'm Falling/Heaven and Hell 7" (never could find that one) also the "Remorse Code" album by Heritage.
Thanks again!

Saturday, September 22, 2007 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

"Remorse Code" is one i do have Matt, it may be a wee while before i'm able to dig it out, but i'll get it upped for you buddy.
I'd love that Starfighters 45 too, anyone?

Saturday, September 22, 2007 1:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm Starfighters, love 'em. Never heard the 7" tho. One to keep an eye out for.


Monday, September 24, 2007 3:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it possible to re-up the Storyteller EP? The file was deleted by rapidshit...

PS: Keep on the good work!

Friday, October 12, 2007 2:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Triple Forte, AWESOME.
I sold my copy for $2.00 and the dude re-sold it for $50.00.
I made a cassette copy, but have not digitized it.
The Bass Player claims to have some copies at His Grandmother's house but has not "found" them and sold them to me. He is not ignorant to there value as He periodically receives calls from collectors offering big$$$ for them.
I do not have an update for the Guitar player.
The Bassist is in Vic Farrari
The Drummer lives in Hawaii.

Thanks for sharing.

Monday, September 29, 2008 6:43:00 PM  
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Blogger georgimarsh said...

Hiya! My dad was in masterstroke. I believe they only copied a few hundred copies and gave them out to local pubs etc in dover and surrounding areas.

Thursday, August 26, 2010 6:28:00 PM  

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