Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Hi again. More great stuff coming your way tonight rescued from total obscurity, dusted off and uploaded for the benefit of your hearts & ears.
For starters, VAULT were a Heavy Metal quartet formed in Emmen, Drenthe, Holland in 1979. The band was formed by brothers Koos and Anno De Roo, with the line up completed by Norbert Sulman on drums and vocalist Henri Draaijer. The band set about writing their own songs in earnest after jamming on cover versions initially, and were soon playing live regularly with the likes of TRANCE, BODINE and SAD IRON. Their first release would be the 1982 "Hell Of A Block" 7" on Non Records, a classic slice of '80's European Heavy Metal with balls & melody. All 500 copies sold out quickly, making it a collectors item nowadays, spurring the band on to return to the studio to record an album. The album, "No More Escape", was released in early 1983, again by Non Records, to great reviews and positive reactions. Their progress had been noticed by Mausoleum Records who signed Vault and put them to work on a new album to be called "Sword Of Steel". The recordings were better produced and the playing more aggressive, whilst the song writing had also improved. All was looking rosy until Mausoleum suddenly declared bankruptcy, leaving Vault high and dry. Toting the album around the labels as a demo tape, surprisingly there were no takers for the band, and despite sticking around until early 1986 Vault's time had gone. In 2001 the unreleased Vault track "Sword Of Steel" featured on the "Heavy Metal Maniacs Part 2" compilation album, with the entire "Sword Of Steel" album finally seeing a release in a limited vinyl edition of 500 copies on the Hidden Metal Gems label the following year. A bootleg cd is currently doing the rounds, it compiles the "Hell Of A Block" 7", the "No More Escape" album and the "Sword Of Steel" demo/album. It's from this cd that this rip comes. Enjoy!

VAULT - No More Escape/Sword Of Steel (1983) Holland


Secondly, STILLWATER was an American Southern Rock band of the 1970s, which existed from 1973 to 1983 and was based in Warner Robins, Georgia. They released two albums on Capricorn Records, "Stillwater" (1977), which included the single "Mind Bender", (a hit single in 1978). and "I Reserve The Right" (1979). They opened for such bands as BLACKFOOT, ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION and the CHARLIE DANIELS BAND. After Capricorn Records went under in 1978, the band struggled on, recording the album "Running Free" in 1983, but splitting before it was finished. The band reconvened in 1997 to complete the abandoned "Running Free" album, with new drummer David Heck, the album was finally released in late '97, with the band playing shows to commemorate the event. An archive live album "Stillwater Live" comprising recordings from concerts in Utica New York in 1977 and 1978 has since been released on cd. After the band broke up, guitarist Rob Walker enlisted in the Air Force Band of New England, Pease Air Force Base, New Hampshire. He is still in service, currently stationed in Active Duty with the Band of the US Air Force Reserve at Robins Air Force Base. Guitarist Mike Causey can still be seen playing with the likes of EDDIE STONE & FRIENDS, WINTERS BROTHERS BAND, BIG MIKE & THE BOOTY PAPAS. Al Scarborough plays bass with a band called THE WALL in Warner Robins and Macon Ga and has played with EDDIE JAMES GANG. Rob Walker occasionally drops in to play with The Wall too and has also recorded with EDDIE STONE & FRIENDS. Drummer David Heck currently lives and performs in Denver, CO. Keyboard player Bob Spearman, who also played with The Wall, has sadly since died of cancer.

STILLWATER - Stillwater Live (1978) USA


Two goodies from the NWOBHM now to complete tonight's post. Huddersfield five piece NWOBHM band RHABSTALLION were formed in late 1977. They recorded their first 2 song demo in 1980, the same year they contributed a track to the Logo Records 'New Electric Warriors' compilation. A 7" self-financed single, 'Day To Day' was issued on their own Rhab Records the following year. 1982 saw the recording of a further two song demo, the imaginatively titled "Demo II". In 1984 the 4 song "Demo III" tape was circulated, but disheartened, the band folded by the years end. Rhabstallion guitarist David Thompson later held membership of VENTURE, VOYAGER UK and sessioned for NINA HAGEN amongst others. He subsequently formed AOR outfit LOST WEEKEND with another former Rhabstallion colleague, drummer Jack Himsworth. To date Lost Weekend have released 4 albums. In 1994 the specialist Vinyl Tap Records label released the 14 song Rhabstallion compilation album 'Day To Day' which collected all three of the band's demos, both sides of their single and added two live tracks.

RHABSTALLION - Day To Day (1980-1984) UK


And, lastly, but not least, Merseyside based NWOBHM band GASKIN formed in 1980 and were signed to Rondelet Records the following year. They debuted in 1981 with the "I'm No Fool" 7" single, and followed this with a full length album entitled "End Of The World". Both releases were well received in the music press at the time and sold well. 1982 saw the release of their second album "No Way Out", and a further single "Mony Mony" as well as a British tour in as support to WISHBONE ASH. In 1983 bassist Stefan Prockopczuk was replaced by Mark McKenzie and towards the end the group added vocalist Bren Spencer, previously of KAMARG, to the fold.
The band split in early 1983, but Gaskin and Spencer later issued a statement saying they would record a third album under the GASKIN banner to be titled 'Aftermath'. This album never saw the light of day. GASKIN reformed in 1999 and issued the 2000 album 'Stand Or Fall' on Neat Records, as well as making an appearance at the prestigious German Wacken festival.

GASKIN - End Of The World (1981) UK


Hope there's something from tonight's selection to light up your night, whether it's an old favourite or a new discovery. Lemmy know your opinions people and as always, thank you for comments on the last post. If you had troubles getting the first QUARTZ disc from last time, try again now as i've fixed the link after the fault was brought to my attention.
I've also put up a selection of BBC sessions over at my other blog recently, so if your thirst for vintage rawk'n'roll has yet to be slaked, take a little trip over to http://guntherspaps.blogspot.com/ to peruse the goodies there. I'll "see" you all back here for more of the same real soon, 'til then keep on keepin' on.


Anonymous nightsblood said...

Looks like another great post. I always liked the Gaskin LP, an old favorite and one of the first NWOBHM LPs I ever bought. I'll definitely check out the Rhabstalion and Vault offerings; I remember Rhab- being pretty good on NEW and I really like the 'hell of a block' single, although I've not had any luck tracking down a copy of it just yet.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009 2:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Metal Warriors was a great comp - probably my favourite of all the early NWOBHM ones. And thanks for the BBC sessions - Blofeld.

Thursday, June 04, 2009 3:19:00 PM  
Anonymous MisterManiac said...

Many thanks for the Vault and Rhabstallion. Wasn't familiar with these bands prior to your post, but decided to give them a try and was not disappointed. The Vault's singer reminds me a bit of early Brian Ross. Wish they still made music like this, although even if they did, it still wouldn't sound the same given differences in recording technologies and techniques. Fortunately, there are sites like yous that help us continue to discover "new" bands with the sounds we love.

Also downloaded the Gaskin...a nice listen, but definitely preferred Vault and Rhabstallion, since they had a few more hooks IMO.

Thanks for sharing, and looking forward to the next post.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 12:54:00 PM  
Blogger ogmonster said...

Thanks for the live Stillwater.

Thursday, June 11, 2009 2:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice batch, all new to me except the Gaskin. Many thanks,

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Blogger Keith Partridge said...

Are you still looking for
Bachman Turner Overdrive - Japan Tour Live (77 Mercury Japan)?

I will be posting my vinyl rip sometime, along with Brave Belt II.

Friday, June 19, 2009 3:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know i was looking for BTO "Japan Tour Live"?!
Thanks for the offer in any case, but i'm really not a fan, do you perhaps have me confused with someone else?
I still appreciate the thought though. ;)


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Blogger gary said...

I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to record BTO - Live Japan Tour.... Great thanks if you could rip.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved the two Stillwater albums, used to collect anything on Capricorn (I'm in the UK) and the only live tracks I've heard are from Hotels, Motels & Roadshows so, thanks a bundle my friend, I'm looking forward to hearing this album.

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