Friday, December 07, 2007


Howdy folks, more of those albums Eps & 7"s from those vaguely remembered names from the past who never quite made it from the bargain bin into your collection, who now command nosebleed prices and make you kick yourself on occasion when you remember seeing them cheap back in the day.
Up first, a treat for fans of East Coast early 80's US Metal. What we have here is "Out Of The Darkness", a great 1984 solo album by former VIRGIN STEELE six-stringer Jack Starr. As great a player as Starr was/is, the real incentives to get this one are the musicians who join Starr on this outing, namely Gary Bordenaro & Carl Canedy of THE RODS, Gary Driscoll of ELF, RAINBOW & STARCASTLE and RIOT vocalist Rhett Forester! A fantastic line up would mean nothing without songs of course, and the selection here is top-drawer. This is loud proud brash but catchy US Hard Rock from the golden era. Step right up!

JACK STARR - Out Of The Darkness (1984) USA

Some more Southern Rock for y'all now. This one comes courtesy of my friend in France, Luc, merci mon ami! This is the first solo album from DOC HOLLIDAY keyboard player Eddie Stone. Like his 2nd album, "Eddie Stone & Friends", which i posted here a while back, Eddie drafts in some big hitters from the Southern Rock community, to back him on this collection. Members & ex-members of GRINDERSWITCH, THE OUTLAWS, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND, HYDRA, STILLWATER, CONFEDERATE RAILROAD, TISHAMINGO & THE GREGG ALLMAN BAND feature on the selections here, to name just a few. As you'd expect of performers of this calibre, the playing is outstanding, and Eddie's voice gives the whole thing a real sense of cohesion. It sounds like an old-fashioned vinyl album, with real ebb & flow, light & shade and good pacing. A must for Southern rockers everywhere.

EDDIE STONE - Right Tonight (1999) USA

Up next, the sole 1984 album by Long Island based Traditional Heavy Metal Power Trio, Rising Power. This is their "Power For The People" album on Ross Entertainment Records. Best remembered today for featuring future DREAM THEATER, O.S.I. & FATES WARNING drummer Mike Portnoy, fanatical DT completests have driven the price of this scarce album up to ridiculous heights. It's a rollicking set of Hard'n'Heavy tunes alright, with occasional more experimental parts, but for the most part they go for the throat without too much subtlety. I wonder what fans of DTs more progressive ouvre made of their top-dollar purchase?

RISING POWER - Power For The People (1984) USA

Next, by request, here's the sole release by Toronto quartet Solar Eagle. This is their self titled Mini Lp released in 1988 on their own Solar Eagle Records label. This is Metal Jim, but not as we know it, multi layered and downright odd vocal tracks give this one a trippy feel and a dreamy atmosphere unlike anyone else. The vocals will probably be the deciding factor for listeners, if you enjoy bizarre falsetto a la KING DIAMOND or John Cyriis of AGENT STEEL, then you'll find much to enjoy here. If not, best mosey on by buddy.

SOLAR EAGLE - Solar Eagle Mini LP (1988) Canada

Next, from 1985, we're happy to present the "Stranger In The Night" EP from Midlands based NWOBHM band, STAGEFRIGHT. Released on the S.T.N. label, this is one highly collectible slab o' wax, highly rated by those in the know, and comparable to the likes of MENDES PREY. Melodic, but ballsy with great vocals and memorable hooks, this is a keeper!

STAGEFRIGHT - Stranger In The Night EP (1985) UK

Staying with the NWOBHM next, we go waaay back to 1980 for the lone release from Slowtrain, the "Ronnie" 45 on Spirit Records. Sounds like they were influenced heavily by THIN LIZZY & WISHBONE ASH, as they go for the twin harmony leads quite a bit on the A-Side. The flip is more of a rocker, in a UFO style perhaps, nice stuff!

SLOWTRAIN - Ronnie 7" (1980) UK

Finally tonight, one of the best 7"ers of the NWOBHM era, the WW1 themed "Angel Of Mons" 45 by Shiva, on Heavy Metal Records. Released in 1982, this is expansive and imaginative stuff, which rocks hard, but has a sophistication unmatched by most on the HM roster. There's the RUSH influence in places, putting Shiva in the same kind of space as the likes of CHASAR & LIMELIGHT, but this was a band with their own identity. Awesome.

SHIVA - Angel Of Mons 7" (1982) UK

Right folks, this'll probably be my last update for a couple of weeks, as i've got some upcoming demands on my time which will preclude me from taking care of business here for a time. If i can, i'll get some more stuff up midweek, before my "sabbatical", so take care of yourselves in the meantime and i'll be "seeing" you all back here soon. Hokay?


Anonymous nightsblood said...

Wow, nice set of stuff this week! I love that Jack Starr album; haven't taken it out to play in forever though. Tracks like 'false messiah' are killer, and Rhett gives arguably the best vocal performance of his career. Re: Solar Eagle, yeah, it's all about the vocals, I don't know if there's another voice that shrill in the Metal archives :-) Re: Rising Force, I too wonder what fans of soneone's later band think when they hear the artist's early stuff (for example, I can't imagine many Ministry fans really get into the Hammeron album). Re: Slowtrain, it's a great, obscure inclusion but has never been a personal fave; it just sounds too amateurish to me (kinda like the Mithrandir singles in that regard). I haven't heard that SHIVA single, so I'll hafta check it out tomorrow.

Friday, December 07, 2007 10:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Danny said...

Wow, what a stunning post of rare stuff again. I have to thank you for all your posts! Half of the stuff I have on old tapes or I have the original vinyl, but it's fantastic to have it now in the digital format! And a lot of things I only know by name and are a first for me.

I also have a few requests (If I may):
1st Trust 7", 1st Dokken 7" and 1" Zoetrope 7".

So, thanks a lot again for everything!

Danny, Belgium

Saturday, December 08, 2007 3:58:00 AM  
Anonymous ogmomster said...

THANKS for all the music.

Here's a little something for y'all:

Led Zeppelin - Dec. 10, 2007
pt. 3

Thursday, December 13, 2007 7:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Shiva single. Might there be a chance for the full album to make an appearance here? \^_^/


Saturday, December 15, 2007 6:25:00 AM  
Anonymous matt said...

The Shiva album was posted some time back by Javymetal. You can pick it up over there if the link is still good.

Sunday, December 16, 2007 9:19:00 AM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Here's the seventh track from the Impeccable album I posted in the Comments here awhile back. Sorry the original file left this song off (it's a cover of 'johnny b goode'). This song plus the earlier file represents the entire record.

Thursday, January 03, 2008 9:25:00 AM  
Blogger bigfootkit said...

Hope to be back with you all real soon folks.
Happy 2008 to you all.

Monday, January 07, 2008 6:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Goblin said...

In praise of Rhett Forrester. And of his mighty contribution to the "Out of Darkness" album. As said before, tracks like "False Messiah" are absolute killers, but don't underestimate (apparently) mellower tracks like "I Can't Let You Walk Away". Iron fist in a velvet glove.

Sunday, November 23, 2008 2:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sunday, April 26, 2009 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man,thanks for the jack starr album,you have no idea how many years i've been looking for it only on cassette(till now,heh),and it's one of my favorite albums.cheers!thanks again man!great stuff here ^^

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 1:21:00 PM  

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