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CANDY 'Whatever Happened To Fun…' CANDY120

NAMED IN honour of the period 1960s novel and movie, Candy’s modus operandi from the get-go was to fuse glam rock with pop. Citing influences as diverse as the Sweet, Kiss, Slade, Generation X, Ramones and the Monkees the band worked the LA rock scene like men possessed. They even received a helping hand from Runaways svengali Kim Fowley before hooking up with Kiss’s management company. Signing a record deal with the powerful PolyGram corperation, the band’s debut, and only, album was recorded in Criteria Studio in Miami with producer Jimmy Ienner (the Raspberries, Bay City Rollers) and set out an impressive stall consisting of a flamboyant mixture of power pop and glam rock. Issued in 1985, the album sold not a jot at the time, yet has subsequently become an in demand item amongst aficionados of the 80s LA scene and not without good reason. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement and additional photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet. TRACK LISTING: 1. AMERICAN KIX 2. TURN IT UP LOUD 3. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO FUN... 4. LAST RADIO SHOW 5. KIDS IN THE CITY 6. WEEKEND BOY 7. FIRST TIME 8. ELECTRIC NIGHTS  9. LONELY HEARTS
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Cats In Boots 'Kicked & Klawed' CANDY048

THE CATS In Boots story is the ultimate tale of late eighties big haired rock ‘n’ roll excess. Based in Los Angeles and nudging shoulders with every Sunset Strip wannabe (including Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt, Mötley Crüe, and Dokken) CIB found a new path forward by developing a huge following in Japan that quickly manifested into a series of major record companies falling over themselves to get the band to sign on the dotted line.   It was EMI who won the day, lining their pockets with ready cash and a promise to make them stars. Put in the studio with AC/DC engineer Mark Opitz, the band crafted one of the era’s best, if ultimately overlooked, slices of prime time Hollywood sleaze grating hard rock. The hooks were huge. The guitars cut and thrust. The production sounded like a million dollars and front man Joel Ellis screamed and preened like he had been born to boogie. Fame would come-a-knockin’ double time…or so they thought.   Sadly, a series of missteps, bad luck and unfortunate timing led to the sort of impasse that could only be solved by disintegration. A cult classic at the time, ‘Kicked & Klawed’ (originally released in 1989) is definitely one that got away. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word story of the making of the album by Classic Rock's Sleazgrinder, exclusive interview with Joel Ellis, previously unpublished photos and memorabilia, all spread out over a super 12 page full colour booklet. Tracks listing: 1. Shot Gun Sally 2. Nine Lives (Save Me) 3. Her Money 4. Whip It Out 5. Long, Long Way From Home 6. Coast To Coast 7. Every Sunrise 8. Evil Angel 9. Bad Boys Are Back 10. Judas Kiss 11. Heaven On A Heartbeat
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Channel 'S/T' CANDY050

WHEN IT COMES to high-tech mid eighties melodic AOR there are few better examples than the lone Channel album. Released in 1984, to virtually zero acclaim, except by a select few, the band featured a bevy of heavy hitters from the LA session world including guitarist Tony Berg, drummer Gary Ferguson, bassist Trey Thompson and top-top vocalist Robert Fleischman, a man who, at one time, had been plucked out of obscurity to join AOR super gods Journey. Together, they wrote and recorded one of the most coveted and revered melodic rock albums of the era, a record that set the bar about as high as is humanly possible. The main attraction, apart from the stylishly crafted songs and pin-point production (courtesy of Styx collaborator John Ryan) is undoubtedly the triumphant and hugely compelling vocal performance of Robert Fleischman – a man with an operatic range and a tone to die for. Arguably this is the performance of a life time and one that still sends shivers up the backs of AOR fans the world over. A truly colossal achievement.  24-bit remastering from original source tapes,  4,000 word story of the making of the album by Stephen Allen, exclusive interview with Robert Fleishman, previously unpublished photos and memorabilia, all spread out over a super 12 page full colour booklet. Track listing: 1. I’m By Your Side 2. The Way I Feel 3. Made In America 4. Is It Someone 5. It’s Not Enough 6. Wear White 7. Seen It On Your Face 8. When I look Back 9. The Touch 10. Girls Like You
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CHARLIE 'GOOD MORNING AMERICA' CANDY178

“ALTHOUGH THEY were never a household name Charlie were actually key components of the British melodic rock scene. Formed in the early seventies, under the unlikely banner of Charlie Cuckoo, the band tried to gain a foot hold at the height of punk rock, which effectively annexed them from the UK market. However, in the USA things were decidedly different as their precise style of AOR gained them significant traction on FM radio, which resulted in the band working almost exclusively in that market. ‘Good Morning America’, originally issued in 1981, was the band’s sixth album and crafted with a two new members; drummer Bob Henrit and guitarist/vocalist John Verity, both formerly of Argent and fresh from former CBS great white hopes Phoenix. Released on RCA Records and produced by band leader Terry Thomas (who would go on to craft a hugely successful career in this field later) with John Verity by his side , the intent was to craft an album that would scale the heights of the US charts and push Charlie into the musical super league, alongside Toto, Queen and Styx. Sadly, due to record company shenanigans, it was not to be. The failure to secure commercial gain was obviously not down to the music, far from it. With tracks such as ‘I Can’t Get Over You’, ‘Heading For Home’, ‘Roll The Dice’ and the anthemic title track, they delivered one of the greatest yet, at the time overlooked, albums of their career and certainly a milestone in the AOR pantheon.” Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 12 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay including interview with Terry Thomas, enhanced artwork and rare photos. TRACK LISTING: 1. GOOD MORNING AMERICA 2. I CAN'T GET OVER YOU 3. ROLL THE DICE 4. HEADING FOR HOME 5. SATURDAY NIGHT 6. ALL MY LIFE 7. LOOK FOR YOUR LOVE 8. MY PERFECT LOVER 9. I'M ANGRY FOR YOU 10. JUST ONE MORE CHANCE 11. THE GIRL WON'T DANCE WITH ME
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CHEVY 'THE TAKER' CANDY182

THE TALE OF Chevy is a typical music biz could’ve, would’ve, should’ve saga of a band dogged by bad luck at every turn. Here at Rock Candy we make absolutely no apologies for thrusting obscurities into the spotlight with Chevy being a major case in point. Hailing from the midlands and in particular Leamington Spa, the band’s roots go way back into the 1960s, when some of them were operating under the handle of Cupid’s Inspiration. By 1980 they had reshaped both their music and their name, to the more hard hitting and streamlined Chevy, and were being hailed as part of the burgeoning NWOBHM, admittedly as one of the more melodic and thoughtful bands of that scene. This was underscored by their inclusion on the ‘Metal For Muthas Volume II: Cut Loud’ compilation album, a record that sorted the wheat from the chaff. ‘The Taker’, their debut (and only) album was recorded in London with seasoned American producer John Stronach (REO Speedwagon, Sammy Hagar), a somewhat surprising choice considering the band’s hard hitting riffs. Released in 1980, the album won positive plaudits and it looked as if they were on the cusp of a sizeable victory until practical realities put paid to their hopes. Sadly the band split up shortly afterwards, leaving behind this fascinating and compelling document of an era where home grown hard rock ruled the day. 24-bit remastering from source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, full band involvement, enhanced artwork and photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet. 1. THE TAKER 2. YOU GOT ME RUNNING 3. SKYBIRD 4. CHEVY 5. TOO MUCH LOVING 6. TURN ON THE LIGHT 7. SHINE ON 8. COLD AND LONELY 9. ROCK ON Bonus Tracks 10. LIFE ON THE RUN 11. SEE THE LIGHT 12. JUST ANOTHER DAY
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Circus Of Power 'S/T' CANDY057

Back in the 1980's the Los Angeles rock scene cultivated spandex, glam and big - make that HUGE – hair, whilst in New York a far grittier aesthetic was being honed; one that would promote the hard working, hard living ethos of an inner city blighted by forgotten neighbourhoods and low uemployment. The perfect backdrop, in fact, for the low-down high volume rock ‘n roll of no-frills minimalists such as the Ramones, Raging Slab, Smashed Gladys, Blitzspeer and… Circus Of Power. COP, as they were commonly known amongst friends and fans, lived life on the edge; a trail blazing sound. Spotted by esteemed NYC-based producer Daniel Rey, they were snapped up, together with Raging Slab, by the giant RCA label, creating one of the greatest debut hard rock albums of the era. Raw, edgy and extremely dangerous, Circus Of Power’s debut album, originally released in 1989, is a seething guitar-fuelled temper tantrum that remains as powerful today as it was when first released. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 5 bonus tracks, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, full involvement by the band, rare photos, all spread out over a superb 12 page full colour booklet. Track listing: 1. Motor 2. White Trash Queen 3. Call Of The Wild 4. Needles 5. In The Wind 6. Heart Attack 7. Crazy 8. Letters Home 9. Backseat Mama 10. Machine. Bonus Tracks: 11. Heart Attack (Bonus track on original CD issue). 12. Backseat Mama (demo) 13. Motor (demo) 14. In The Wind (demo) 15. Dreams Tonight (demo)
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Circus Of Power 'Vices' CANDY085

DURING THE late 1980s New York played host to a number of crucial hard rock contenders, including the Throbs, Smashed Gladys, Raging Slab and, of course, Circus Of Power. The latter’s debut album, although failing to set the charts on fire, had blown the proverbial roof off with its brazen mix of low-slung guitar worship and a surly attitude to rival the best of West Coast rivals Guns ‘N’ Roses. Produced, like the debut album, by Daniel Rey and titled ‘Vices’ (for obvious reasons), Circus Of Power’s sophomore release is finely hewn from a similar block of tough granite. Big riffs peppered with throat ripping vocals atop huge blasts of guitar are the order of the day, all expertly inserted into some of the most combustible songs the band ever penned. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 5 bonus tracks, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, full involvement by the band, rare photos, all spread out over a superb 12 page full colour booklet. TRACK LISTING: 1. Gates Of Love 2. Desire/Fire In The Night 3. Two River Highway 4. Vices 5. Don’t Drag Me Down 6. Last Call Rosie 7. Doctor Potion 8. Los Angeles 9. Got Hard... 10. Temptation 11. Junkie Girl 12. Simple Man/Simple Woman BONUS TRACKS: 13. Gates Of Love (Live) 14. Call Of The Wild (Live) 15. Los Angeles (Live) 16. Vices (Live) 17. How Many More Times (Live)
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Cobra 'First Strike' CANDY042

THE DIFFERENCE between achieving success and failing can be down to the most tenuous of reasons. For Cobra the early signs were better than most. They wrote great songs, were fronted by a world class vocalist in Jimi Jamison (later to join Survivor), had first class management (Butch Stone) holding the business reigns and, best of all, the colossal firepower of Epic Records right behind them. Inexplicably, however, the record failed to connect, taking the wind out of their sails and forcing an early retreat into the file marked ‘strictly for connoisseurs’. Although based in Memphis (by way of Switzerland) the band was truly an international collaboration featuring three Americans and two Swiss renegades; Mandy Meyer (from Krokus) and Tommy Keiser (who would also go on to play with Krokus). The Memphis contingent also had some serious form; Jimi Jamison having fronted A&M signed blues rockers Target and guitarist/keyboard player Jack Holder, a Memphis legend having seen active duty as a member of Black Oak Arkansas amongst many other accomplishments. Together with super-fit drummer Jeff Klaven, the band constructed a stunning, but melodic, hard rock sound that has not dated one jot. Originally issued in 1983 and produced by ‘Colonel’ Tom Allom (Judas Priest, Krokus, Def Leppard etc), the ‘First Strike’ remains one of the best and certainly one of the most criminally overlooked albums of the era 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word story of the making of the album by Dave Cockett and exclusive interview with Jimi Jamison, previously unpublished photos, all spread out over a super 12 page full colour booklet. Track listing: Blood On Your Money, Only You Can Rock Me, Travellin’ Man, I’ve Been A Fool Before, First Strike, Danger Zone, Looking At You, Fallen Angel, What Love Is, Thorn In Your Flesh
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Coney Hatch 'Outa Hand' CANDY010

Coney Hatch re-emerged in 1983 with their magically crafted second album ; a record that would further establish the Canadian outfit as one of the hottest hard rock properties around, earning them respect from both the specialist press (Kerrang! magazine in particular) and the more amplified of their peers including Iron Maiden who invited them to guest on their legendary 1983 'Piece Of Mind' tour. Produced by Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeath etc) 'Outa Hand' saw the Toronto four piece take no prisoners boasting killer cuts such as 'Don't Say Make Me', 'Shake It' and the infectious 'First Time For Eveything'. Fully remastered, enhanced original artwork, previously unpublished photos, full band involvement and 3 previously un released bonus tracks from the original sessions. Track listing: 'Don't Say Make Me', 'Shake It', 'First Time For Everything', 'Some Like It Hot', 'To Feel The Feeling Again', 'Too Far Gone', 'Love Games', 'Fallen Angel', 'Music Of The Night'. Bonus tracks: 'Nobdoy Gives you', 'Your Kinda Love', 'Fly On' (demo).
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Coney Hatch 'S/T' CANDY005

NAMED AFTER a mental institution in North London, this Canadian four-piece were much more than your average early 80s rock band. Whereas many of their US counterparts chose to rely on big hair & party anthems, Coney Hatch - based in Toronto Rock City - had an altogether more twisted take on the Great Rock’n'Roll Dream (and big hair!).From the striking sleeve art onwards, ‘Coney Hatch’ The Album was different - a happy (if unconventional) marriage of rolling riffs & off-kilter melodies, topped off with lyrics that were as likely to take a scenic shortcut as stick to the beaten path. Produced by legendary Canadian artist Kim Mitchell (of Max Webster fame), the 10 songs featured here - faves of Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris - are some of the best examples of ‘Maple Leaf Mayhem’ you’re likely to hear. Pucks away!” Fully remastered, 4,000 word essay by Howard Johnson, previously unpublished photos, track by track run down by the band and 3 bonus tracks from the original sessions. Track listing: 'Devil's Deck', 'You Ain't Got Me', 'Stand Up', 'No Sleep Tonight', 'Love Poison', 'We Got The Night', 'Hey Operator', 'I'll Do The Talkin', 'Victim Of Rock', 'Monkey Bars'. Bonus tracks: 'Dreamland', 'When I Draw The Line', 'Sin After Sin' (demo).
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