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“ALDO NOVA enjoyed an impressive rocket ride to success with the release of his debut album in 1982. The record shot to #8 on the US Billboard chart led by the infectious hit single ‘Fantasy’, a song that cemented his reputation as one of Canada’s most talented rock singer/songwriters, alongside Brian Adams. It was a commercial crown that perfectly fitted this Montreal native, with many believing that it was the opening salvo to a career that would continue to blossom and reap ever increasing rewards. Sadly that was not to be. Despite a valiant and comprehensive second album, ‘Subject…Aldo Nova’, his commercial star began to fade leaving all eyes on this third album ‘Twitch’. Recorded in 1985 and released in the same year, the record was a determined effort to return to the satisfying and exciting style of his debut with immediately catchy pop rock tracks boasting copious melody. Despite a return to his roots, the results were unfairly overlooked, resulting in the record failing to chart and causing friction with his record label. Aldo vowed not to release further solo albums unless he had complete control over his output, something not achieved until 1991. Despite the strain between Nova and his label at the time, ‘Twitch’ is a meaningful and impressive statement harbouring a number of instantly catchy songs that are injected with solid hooks and fine guitar playing; tracks that should have been the launch pad to far greater success. Recorded in New York, the album is also notable for guest vocals from Michael Bolton and Fiona (Flanagan). It remains a truly great statement from a proven talent.” SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, new interview with Aldo and enhanced artwork with rare photos TRACK LISTING: 1.TONIGHT (LIFT ME UP) 2.RUMOURS OF YOU 3.SURRENDER YOUR HEART 4.IF LOOKS COULD KILL 5.HEARTLESS 6.LONG HOT SUMMER 7.FALLEN ANGEL 8.STAY 9.LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME 10.TWITCH
WITH THREE albums already under his belt, Frankie Miller had earned major respect as a vocalist and songwriter but commercial success had persistently evaded him. For some reason, achieving the magical breakthrough had always slipped through his fingers. ‘Full House’ was another attempt to right wrongs. Frankie assembled a new backing band and recorded an LP with purposeful appeal crammed with a choice selection of freshly penned songs and well chosen covers. Produced by Chris Thomas, who had scored success with overseeing records by Roxy Music, Procol Harum and also mixed Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, the album provided yet another clear indication that Miller’s talent had been hidden under a bushel for far too long. The opening track ‘Be Good To Yourself’ (written by Free bassist Andy Fraser) was selected as its first single and finally gave him chart success in the UK. At this point Frankie’s reputation was at an all time high, giving his record company further belief that this was an act that would eventually reap justifiable rewards. ‘Full House’ is, in the main, a tough, ballsy record not only showcasing his incredible voice but also developing his profile from bar band singer to fully fledged rock star. Check out the stunning interpretation of John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’ and the low down hard rock of ‘Take Good Care Of Yourself’, ‘(I’ll Never) Live In Vain’ and ‘Down The Honky Tonk’, a selection of the finest performances by a singer that has been rightfully dubbed the greatest white soul singer of all time.
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, Produced by Chris Thomas, 4 Bonus tracks, previously unseen photos, 4,000 word essay and enhanced artwork.
TRACK LISTING: 1.BE GOOD TO YOURSELF 2.THE DOODLE SONG 3.JEALOUS GUY 4.SEARCHING 5.LOVE LETTERS 6.TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF 7.DOWN THE HONKY TONK 8.THIS LOVE OF MINE 9.LET THE CANDLELIGHT SHINE 10.(I’LL NEVER) LIVE IN VAIN BONUS TRACKS (live): 11.FREE AND SAFE ON THE ROAD 12.IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY 13.THIS LOVE OF MINE 14.DOWN THE HONKY TONK
WITH CHRYSALIS buoyed by the chart success of the ‘Be Good To Yourself’ single from Frankie’s previous album, the label was increasingly convinced that a commercial breakthrough was in sight. It was with this belief that American hard rock producer Jack Douglas was asked to produce ‘Double Trouble’, album number five in Miller’s considerable arsenal of achievements. Douglas was, of course, riding high with a series of big selling albums for Aerosmith but agreed to work on this record. For Frankie’s harder rock fans it was a dream come true, with Douglas providing a beefed-up approach and an far edgier sound. Recording commenced in London at AIR studios but Douglas’s other production commitments soon interfered with the schedule and it was decided to relocate entirely to New York at the Record Plant, a facility that Jack knew well. The band this time around now featured keyboardist Paul Carrack (from Ace), guitarist Ray Russell and several guests, including Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler on backing vocals and mouth harp. It also provided the opportunity for selecting songs that had the potential to follow-up on the stylistic success of ‘Be Good To Yourself’ and set a path to greater rewards. Once again, songs were contributed and co-written by a number of trusted sources, including Andy Fraser (the bombastic ‘Double Heart Trouble’) and Paul Carrack. There’s also a particularly apt and well arranged cover in ‘Stubborn Kind Of Fellow’ written by Marvin Gaye. Issued in 1978, there’s no doubt that ‘Double Trouble’ is one of the definitive Frankie Miller albums, that showcases a man with a plan and a voice that could move mountains.”
TRACK LISTING: 1.HAVE YOU SEEN ME LATELY JOAN 2.DOUBLE HEART TROUBLE 3.THE TRAIN 4.YOU’LL BE IN MY MIND 5.GOOD TIME LOVE 6.LOVE WAVES 7.(I CAN’T) BREAKAWAY 8.STUBBORN KIND OF FELLOW 9.LOVE IS ALL AROUND 10.GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART BONUS TRACKS: 11.(I CAN’T) BREAKAWAY (DEMO) 12.LOVE WAVES (DEMO) 13.GOOD TIME LOVE (DEMO) 14.HAVE YOU SEEN ME LATELY JOAN (DEMO) 15.DOUBLE HEART TROUBLE (DEMO) 16.STUBBORN KIND OF FELLOW (DEMO) 17.GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART (DEMO)
“WITH THREE albums under his belt Donnie Iris and the band were feeling pressure to deliver a knockout punch. MCA had stood by him through thick and thin and let’s face it most of it was pretty thin, but there was a belief that he was just one song away from making a major breakthrough. Of course, musically the band had never been more on top of their game, crafting songs that in another time and place really ought to have propelled them to bigger success. For ‘Fortune 410’ it was decided to move from their local studio in Pennsylvania to record in Cleveland, Ohio, closer to the home of main songwriter/keyboard player Mark Avsec who, it must be said, was feeling the pressure of carrying on more than the rest of the band. Mark had been particular unsettled by a plagiarism lawsuit regarding the hit single ‘Ah Leah! which, although successfully won by him and Donnie, had embroiled them for months on end sucking the pleasure out of their music and working relationship. But, amazingly, listening to this album you’d be hard pressed to detect an undertow of desperation or discontent and many argue that ‘Fortune 410’ is their most concise and enjoyable album. It was also a record that saw the band embrace computer technology but not in a wacky experimental way. The sound became more processed but still retained an edge of perfect pure pop, with some of their most expressive vocals and songs, like ‘Stagedoor Johnny’, ‘I’m A User’, ‘Do You Compute’ and the insanely catchy ‘Cry (If you Want To)’, paving the way for a tidal wave of praise from fans. And the album title? Well, that was the style of Donnie’s black horn rimmed glasses… the same, in fact, as Buddy Holly’s!”
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 1 Bonus Track, 12 page full colour booklet, extensive liner notes and enhanced artwork.
TRACK LISTING:1.HUMAN EVOLUTION 2.STAGEDOOR JOHNNY 3.CRY IF YOU WANT TO 4.TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT 5.I BELONG 6.SHE’S SO EUROPEAN 7.I’M A USER 8.NEVER DID I 9.SOMEBODY 10.DO YOU COMPUTE? BONUS TRACK:11.THE RAPPER (LIVE)
“DESPITE CHALKING up a bona Fide hit single with ‘Ah! Leah!’, and an exceptional debut album, Donnie Iris And The Cruisers career had not exactly exploded to superstar status. This despite a distinctly excellent follow-up album, ‘King Cool’, rammed with potential hit singles that were presented in a luscious style with hints of classic old school rock but blessed with a smooth AOR sheen. Not shrinking from their duty, MCA gave Donnie And The Cruisers their blessing to advance to a third album, the aptly titled ‘The High And The Mighty’ a record that brought Donnie and the band’s music more into focus than ever. Recorded, once again, at a local studio in Pennsylvania, the album continued to mine their musical path with ease. But it wasn’t without hiccups as at one point they noticed that the master tape was beginning to shred in the tape machine. This was due to a manufacturing fault so confronted by the horror of losing their recorded work the band moved to a New York studio with the technology to fix the problem. Thankfully, all was not lost and the record was completed without further issue. Unfortunately ‘The High And The Mighty’ failed to resuscitate their career to the heights of their debut album. Despite a concerted effort, with another batch of stellar songs including ‘I Wanna Tell Her’, ‘Tough World’, ‘Parallel Time’ and ‘Love Is Magic’, there was no breakthrough single and the album stalled at the lower end of the Billboard chart. The bottom line was that the music and songwriting had not suffered. Indeed, the album remains another essential brick in the Cruisers wall of excellence.”
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 1 Bonus Track, 12 page full colour booklet, extensive liner notes and enhanced artwork
TRACK LISTING:1.TOUGH WORLD 2.I WANNA TELL HER 3.GLAD ALL OVER 4.PARALLEL TIME 5.THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY 6.THIS TIME IT MUST BE LOVE 7.LOVE IS MAGIC 8.YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME BONUS TRACK: 9.AGNES (LIVE)
“SECOND ALBUM from Donnie Iris (And The Cruisers) picking up momentum where his debut album left off. The surprise hit single of ‘Ah Leah!’ from the previous year’s ‘Back On The Streets’ album positioned Donnie as a name to watch and, true to form, he did not fail to deliver on his promise. Once again the compositions are brilliantly executed allowing him and partner in crime Mark Avsec to craft a selection of unique and melodically stunning tracks which set the Cruisers apart from the competition.
Once again, the trademark sound of lush multilayered vocals permeates all of the songs evoking comparisons to (but not copying) the glorious doo-wop and blue eyed soul with close harmonies and arrangements that truly catapult the tracks into the stratosphere. Of course Donnie’s lead vocals are fabulously addictive, leaving no stone unturned in crafting exquisite detail and courting accolades from every corner of the musical spectrum (including Huey Lewis & The News). All this was conceived during and after a particularly harrowing plagiarism law suit firmly dismissed without merit but dragging on for months in the courts.
Despite the aggravation and disturbance of the court action Donnie and the band, concocted a terrific collection of songs including the brilliant title track (complete with heavy power chord support), ‘That’s The Way Love Ought To Be’ (again blessed with huge guitar support) and ‘Broken Promises’. Each track is sprinkled with oodles of overdubbed vocal harmonies further defining Donnie’s trademark sound at a time when uniformity was busily dumbing down the scene.”
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 1 Bonus Track, 12 page full colour booklet, extensive liner notes and enhanced artwork.
TRACK LISTING:1.SWEET MERILEE 2.THE PROMISE 3.PRETENDER 4.LOVE IS LIKE A ROCK 5.THAT’S THE WAY LOVE OUGHT TO BE 6.MY GIRL 7.BROKEN PROMISES 8.KING COOL 9.COLOR ME BLUE 10.THE LAST TO KNOW BONUS TRACK:11.SHOCK TREATMENT (LIVE)
“DON’T BE FOOLED by his look. Funny how rock music can hand success to a musician virtually overnight whilst other times it can take an eternity to achieve the same results. Of course there are plenty of examples either way but for Donnie Iris it was a case of taking the long way, years spent paying dues under a number of guises but in 1980 Donnie’s ship came sailing home with his debut solo album ‘Back On The Streets’ and in particular the hit single ‘Ah Leah!’. It was a classic song very much the sound of an era being somewhat pop but also resolutely rough and tough rock. It was also noticeable for its huge wall of multilayered vocals consisting, some say, of approximately seventy overdubs giving it an instantly recognisable sound. Although Iris had been around the block a few times (The Jaggerz & Wild Cherry), the Cruisers were a project conceived to merge perfectly written and performed power pop with a classic early eighties sound. Teaming up with partner Mark Avsec, the duo were co-conspirators of a sound that struck an immediate chord with radio and live audiences helping to position Donnie as a bright young thing amongst an exciting wave of new performers such as Loverboy, The Cars, and The Knack. Donnie’s vocal style and the songs are surprisingly evocative of classic doo-wop set against a tougher 80s hard rock backdrop with stinging guitars and a powerful rhythm section blasting it into a new dimension. Of Course, ‘Ah! Leah!’ is the track that punches above its weight but do not under any circumstances miss out on ‘Too Young For Love’, ‘Joking’ and the brilliantly arranged ‘You’re Only Dreaming’ with its layers of multi part harmonies and a brilliantly affected vocal from Donnie. This is indeed an album that just keeps on giving with every repeated spin.” SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 2 Bonus Tracks, 12 page full colour booklet, extensive liner notes and enhanced artwork.
TRACK LISTING:1.AH! LEAH! 2.I CAN’T HEAR YOU 3.JOKING 4.SHOCK TREATMENT 5.BACK ON THE STREETS 6.AGNES 7.YOU’RE ONLY DREAMING 8.SHE’S SO WILD 9.DADDY DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE 10.TOO YOUNG TO LOVE BONUS TRACKS: 11.AH! LEAH! (LIVE) 12.I CAN’T HEAR YOU (LIVE)
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“AVALON WERE quite an enigma. The band not so much exploded onto the scene but escaped via the release of a four track EP issued on the Capitol label in 1982. Although its marketing and promotion was low-key, the record caught the ears of dedicated melodic rock fans that soon realised this was an act with major potential and talent to spare. That the record didn’t trouble the charts or indeed many radio playlists is neither here nor there as its class and quality lodged it in the same league as music by Mr. Mister, Player, Ambrosia, and Christopher Cross. It is sharp, melodic and beautifully arranged, with all the accoutrements normally associated with big selling acts from an era where songs and melody ruled the world. The band primarily consisted of two members, Chris Coté and Rick Neigher, two musicians who had connected in Los Angeles in the mid 70s and went on to achieve success with TV advertising and film music. It was this partnership that turned their attention to writing and recording songs for their own project, put a band together (which included guitarist Mike Mirage) and look for a recording deal. It was former Blood, Sweat & Tears drummer Bobby Colomby who had become an A&R guy at Capitol Records that recognised their talent and signed them. Proposed as a teaser for a full album which never materialised due to apparent internal label politics, the project soon went cold and floundered. Containing four tracks of top class melodic rock, the EP has subsequently become something of a touch stone for AOR fanatics. Here we present the original EP with seven bonus tracks (one live), all of which demonstrate what a sensational band they were. Listen and be amazed.”
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 7 Bonus Tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, new interviews and enhanced artwork with rare photos
TRACK LISTING: 1.CAN’T FIND A WAY (TO SAY GOODBYE) 2.DEEPER THAN THE HEART 3.CROSSFIRE 4.THE WRITING ON THE WALL BONUS TRACKS: 5. LIVING IN THE GOLDEN YEARS. 6. RIVER OF NO RETURN 7.MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS 8.LOVE'S THE ONLY WORD 9.SPIRITS OF LOVE 10.A MATTER OF TIME 11.DREAMLAND (LIVE)