Welcome again my friends, to the blog which never ends.
Another top selection of the great & the good from the "should have been huge" vault. Fine rockin' fayre that's good for what ails thee.
For starters, a collection of rare B-Sides, alternate versions & a complete BBC session by Australia's most mighty, the awesome Rose Tattoo. Top drawer hard nosed dirty rock'n'roll from the masters, at the height of their powers, between the years of 1978 and 1982. We'll never again hear so savage and beautiful a slide guitarist as the late great Pete Wells, may he rest in peace. You need this one, your pitiful life is incomplete without it, it's that simple.
ROSE TATTOO - Rare Blooms (1978-1982) Australiahttp://rapidshare.com/files/47598345/ROSE_TATTOO_-_Rare_Blooms__78-82__Aus.rar
Around about 1986 i was listening to the late Tommy Vance on the Friday Rock Show one Friday evening when he played a song by this next band. The name of the band was Jesters Of Destiny, and the song he played was "Diggin' That Grave". I was instantly fascinated, the song was heavy, but catchy, humorous but twisted. Like a Hard rock SPARKS or a rejuvenated ALICE COOPER playing FAITH NO MORE. I hunted for the album for years, finally getting a copy of the remastered expanded version recently. This is amazing stuff, instant but complex, fun without resorting to novelty, memorable and melodic without sacrificing an inch of musical muscle. A band too far ahead of the pack to reap the benefits of their pioneering. You'll listen to this agog that they didn't sweep the floor with every other release that year. Essential!
JESTERS OF DESTINY - Fun At The Funeral (1986) USA
DELUXE EXPANDED SUPER DUPER REMASTERED EDITION
A very pleasant gift now from Ogmonster
for you all. This is a fantastic compilation of tracks by Detroits own Seduce. Thanks very much Og, the hard work & the thought are both very much appreciated. Here's the lowdown in his own words.
"I made this comp from Seduce's only two albums, demos from 2nd LP, and some live unreleased songs.
01-06 From " Seduce " '85
07-11 From " Too Much, Ain't Enough " '88
12-16 From " Demos " 1986-87
17-19 From " Live @ Traxx: Detroit, Michigan 1985 "
The photos are an early promo '83 and promo from their 2nd LP '88. Hope you enjoy it and let me know how you like 'em."
SEDUCE - The Best Of Seduce (1985-1988) USAhttp://www.sendspace.com/file/1b7afo
Here's another in the ongoing series of Wrathchild posts, this is their final album from 1989, "Delirium". By the time they recorded this one the writing was on the wall for the band. Their big opportunities had come & gone. But they still managed to pull one last hurrah out of the hat. This is a slicker than their output of yore, more American sounding, but still unmistakeably Wrathchild. The huge choruses, bolstered by guest backing vocals from GRIM REAPER man Steve Grimmett, stick to your psyche, like gooey bubblegum to backcombed hair. A good if untypical farewell from a great band.
WRATHCHILD - Delirium (1989) UKhttp://rapidshare.com/files/46803239/WRATHCHILD_-_Delirium__UK-1989_.rar
A nice slice of Welsh NWOBHM from the unfeasibly youthful Mithrandir next. This is their "Magick" EP from 1982, which came out on the New Leaf label. Recorded in Peterbourgh on Christmas Day 1981, the 569 copies of the EP sold out quickly, making them hard to come by nowadays, copies changing hands for $140 US when they come up. Musically, this is technically complex NWOBHM with memorable melodies and great guitar. Nice stuff.
MITHRANDIR - Magick EP (1982) UKhttp://rapidshare.com/files/46518857/MITHRANDIR_-_Magick_EP__UK-1982_.rar
Back to 1980 now for some more NWOBHM from High Treason. This is their "Saturday Night Special" 7" which was released on Burlington Records. Nice solid riffing stuff, this is NOT the LYNYRD SKYNYRD song of the same name, but it manages to stand nicely on its own 2 feet. Miraculously, after a 1981 split, High Treason reformed in 2005, releasing an album called "Radio Will Find Me", the same year. They are currently recording a new album.
HIGH TREASON - Saturday Night Special 7" (1980) UKhttp://rapidshare.com/files/46206109/HIGH_TREASON_-_Saturday_Night_Special_7____UK-1980_.rar
This one i like despite it not really fitting the remit of the page. This is the "Hypnotizing You" 7" by Amazon, a record i hunted down as it was described as a NWOBHM release in something i'd read. Whilst it fits the DIY ethos & the time frame of the movement, the music is not particularly Heavy. It's more in the Powerpop mould with strong vocals by Lori Chacko, who would later sing the title track from the ELVIRA movie, "Mistress Of The Dark", before teaming up with ex-HAWKWIND man, Huw Lloyd Langton in THE HUWLIGANS. It's good catchy stuff, so if you enjoy that style of music why not give it a go.
AMAZON - Hypnotizing You 7" (1980) UKhttp://rapidshare.com/files/46211484/AMAZON_-_Hypnotizing_You_7____UK-1980_.rar
Finally tonight, here's another obscure gem from Sweden courtesy of Dom
. This is the "Fighting Man" 7" by Lezlie Paice from back in 1983. Great big monolithic slabs of Heavy Heavy guitar riffage are the outstanding elements on this one, the songs themselves being memorable if slightly too simplistic. The vocals are a bit of a disappointment unfortunately, being heavily accented and providing some unintentional giggles as a result.
But that guitar sound...unbelievably fine.
LEZLIE PAICE - Fighting Man 7" (1983) Swedenhttp://rapidshare.com/files/46208466/LEZLIE_PAICE_-_Fighting_Man_7____Swe-1983_.rar
Phew, that was a biggy. Hope you enjoy it folks. More to come at the weekend.