THREE FRANKIE MILLER ALBUMS: ONCE IN A BLUE MOON, 'HIGH LIFE' AND 'THE ROCK' FOR A BUNDLE PRICE OF £38
“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)
“WHEN IT COMES to big sounding melodic hard rock, Silent Rage’s second album ‘Don’t Touch Me There’ is hard to beat. It’s a compelling record packed with all the moves and grooves that you would expect from a project guided by the likes of Paul Sabu and KISS bassist Gene Simmons, two leading lights from an era where bombastic hooks and commanding vocals ruled the airwaves. Of course, Silent Rage had already established their credentials with a debut album, ‘Shattered Hearts’, a record that indicated that this would be a band to watch. They attracted the attention of Gene Simmons who had started his own label Simmons Records, an imprint through the giant RCA organisation. It was an intriguing situation for both Silent Rage and the label, with many expecting the new record to achieve impressive results. On the face of it, the coupling made perfect sense but the times they were a-changing. The musical climate was much more in tune with grunge and heavy metal by the time this album came out, leaving the band stranded in what had become an abandoned zone. It wasn’t as if Silent Rage couldn’t rock hard with the best of them, indeed the riffs on this record are decidedly brutal in parts, with hugely addictive hooks and massively impressive vocals on top. Check out the title track, ‘Runnin’ On Love’, ‘Touch Me’ and a brilliant re-recording of their signature track ‘Rebel With A Cause’ originally found on their debut album. When the Simmons label floundered in the grunge environment all momentum was lost, leaving the band high and dry, but with a reputation for quality rock that was second to none.”
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, Produced by Paul Sabu (Only Child, Precious Metal), 16 page full-colour booklet, 3,500 word essay with new interview, enhanced artwork & previously unseen photos
TRACK LISTING: 1.RUNNIN’ ON LOVE 2.I WANNA FEEL IT AGAIN 3.TONIGHT YOU’RE MINE 4.REBEL WITH A CAUSE 5.TOUCH ME 6.TEAR UP THE NIGHT 7.SHAKE ME UP 8.DON’T TOUCH ME THERE 9.CAN’T GET HER OUT OF MY HEAD 10.ALL NIGHT LONG 11.I’M ON FIRE
"CALIFORNIAN MELODIC ROCKERS Silent Rage burst on to the scene in the late 80s brandishing a fist full of heavy yet melodic melodies which placed them at the forefront of a scene bursting with big-time possibilities. They were in good company with such masters as Giuffia, House of Lords and White Sister; acts that infused their sound with memorable hooks, tough guitar riffs and big bold songs. Fans of the genre expected them to make a major splash - and in many ways they certainly did - despite registering a lack of major commercial success. Formed initially in the late seventies and working under the simpler handle of Rage, the band eventually settled as a four man unit led by vocalist Jesse Damon (real name Timmy James Reilly) and through a succession of brief encounters managed to hook up with producer/artist Paul Sabu, a man whose body of work has always registered highly with us at Rock Candy. It was Paul who suggested they track their debut album and helped to introduce them to Chameleon Records who subsequently signed the band. Issued in 1987, ‘Shattered Hearts’ is one of the era’s finest melodic rock releases. It perfectly encapsulates the spirit of rock of the late 80s, pushing the envelope with big hooks, commanding vocals, blistering guitar riffs and production values that perfectly encapsulate the band’s sound and style. Check out tracks such as ‘Rich, Young & Pretty’, ‘Rebel With A Cause’ and ‘Make It Or Break It’, all of which lay down the law in no uncertain terms."
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, Produced by Paul Sabu (Only Child, Precious Metal, AOR), 12 page full-colour booklet, 3,500 word essay with new interview, enhanced artwork & previously unseen photos
TRACK LISTING: 1.RICH, YOUNG & PRETTY 2.REBEL WITH A CAUSE 3.SHATTERED HEARTS 4.SARINA 5.FIGHT FOR ROCK 6.MAKE IT OR BREAK IT 7.GOODNIGHT LORRAINE 8.WANTING YOU 9.SHE CAN SHAKE IT 10.YOU’RE NOT THE FIRST ONE 11.SOME KIND OF WOMAN
“THE THIRD SOLO album from Frankie Miller, but this time around tagged as The Frankie Miller Band. Chrysalis, his record company, felt that his career had been undervalued by two previous albums recorded with, even though they were great musicians, what amounted to, session players, not presenting a unified band identity. With this in mind, Miller was charged with gathering a group of musicians that would form the basis of a permanent outfit, the hub of which contained members from Wings and Irish progressive rock band Eire Apparent; that’s guitarist Henry McCullough and bassist Chrissy Stewart. Together with Mick Weaver (aka Wynder K. Frog) on Keyboards and drummer Stu Perry they were sent to San Francisco to record with Neil Young’s producer Elliot Mazer. Because this time around Miller avoided the limitations of working with session players he developed a far more organic and hard hitting record that met with strong critical support but, sadly, once again failed to connect commercially. Recorded in full view of San Francisco’s infamous Alcatraz prison, the contents were bolstered by the inclusion of a number of key tracks, including; ‘Ain’t Got No Money’ (later covered by Cher and Bob Seger), ‘A Fool In Love’ (co-written by Free bassist Andy Fraser and covered by UFO) and the gritty blues rock of ‘All My Love To You’. ‘The Rock’ is viewed as one of the cornerstones of Miller’s career and it’s a record that further enhanced his reputation as one of the greatest blues vocalists of the era. With the appointment of the full-time band he was able to tour the record at home and abroad, which further established his profile and elevated his status.”
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, Produced by Elliot Mazer (Neil Young), 6 Bonus tracks, previously unseen photos, 4,000 word essay and enhanced artwork.
TRACK LISTING: 1.A FOOL IN LOVE 2.THE HEARTBREAK 3.THE ROCK 4.I KNOW WHY THE SUN DON’T SHINE 5.HARD ON THE LEVEE 6.AIN’T GOT NO MONEY 7.ALL MY LOVE TO YOU 8.I’M OLD ENOUGH 9.BRIDGETOWN 10.DRUNKEN NIGHTS IN THE CITY BONUS TRACKS: 11.LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER 12.I’M OLD ENOUGH (EDIT) 13.HARD ON THE LEVEE (LIVE) 14.SAIL AWAY (LIVE) 15.DRUNKEN NIGHTS IN THE CITY (LIVE) 16. WALKING THE DOG (LIVE)
“IN THE EARLY seventies Glasgow-born singer/songwriter Frankie Miller was cementing a solid reputation as a talent to be reckoned with. His gritty whiskey-soaked voice was immediately compared to the true giants of the era such as Paul Rodgers and Rod Stewart. Signed to Chrysalis records, Frankie’s debut caused a stir amongst the cognoscenti but failed to connect commercially. For his follow-up album the label packed him off to America and into the arms of renowned and respected producer/songwriter Allen Toussaint in an effort to further reveal his abilities as a songwriter and vocalist. ‘High Life’ was yet another album of discovery for not only Frankie but also for his growing fan following. Toussaint was almost a deity in the New Orleans soul and funk rock genres, having produced a litany of acts; including bayou king Dr. John, funk meisters The Meters and Labelle, and developing a recording career as a solo artist. Recruiting a pedigree team of session players, including Atlanta Rhythm Section guitarist Barry Bailey, the record was cut in Atlanta and engages a more refined musical direction yet still propels his gritty, blues-fuelled voice to the fore. Tight, funky and raw the tracks explode with a masterful force, giving the impression that Miller was onto not only to something big but also authentic. If you’re looking for the perfect combination of Otis Redding and Paul Rodgers then look no further. Songs such as ‘Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)’, ‘The Devil Gun’ and ‘I’m Falling In Love Again’ ooze class and sophistication yet also capture a rawness that unmistakably identifies him as one of the most soulful white singers on the scene.”
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, Produced by Allen Toussaint (Dr. John, The Meters), includes 'Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)' & 'The Devil's Gun', 5 Bonus Tracks, 12 page full-colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork & previously unseen photos
TRACK LISTING: DISC ONE: 1.HIGH LIFE (FILLER) 2.PLAY SOMETHING SWEET (BRICKYARD BLUES) 3.TROUBLE 4.A FOOL 5.LITTLE ANGEL 6.WITH YOU IN MIND 7.THE DEVIL’S GUN 8.I’LL TAKE A MELODY 9.JUST A SONG 10.SHOO-RAH SHOO-RAH 11.I’M FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN BONUS TRACKS: 12.WITH YOU IN MIND 13.BRICKYARD BLUES (LIVE) 12.THE DEVIL’S GUN (LIVE) 13.IF YOU NEED ME (DEMO) 14.WITH YOU IN MIND (DEMO)
"MENTION THE NAME Frankie Miller to any musician of a certain era and their face will immediately light up regarding his singing ability and subsequent influence on a generation of British vocalists. The owner of one of the finest blues voices of the era, Frankie’s shadow loomed long and hard across a multitude of styles, with enough true grit and authority to carve out a top tier reputation. Compared in the same exalted breath as Rod Stewart, Paul Rodgers, Terry Reid and Joe Cocker, Frankie quickly established a reputation second to none. Originating from Glasgow, Frankie’s first brush with fame came via Jude, a supergroup, including guitarist Robin Trower, which inexplicably failed to connect with the public. It was, however, enough of a career boost to secure him a solo recording contract with Chrysalis records and the release in 1973 of this, his debut album, ‘Once In A Blue Moon’. The record was lauded by critics and supporters, yet inexplicably failed to sell at the time. As a mixture of hardnosed blues and gritty R&B it established Miller as a real force in British rock, with most supporters predicting a bright future. The album was record at the famed Rockfield studio in Wales, backed by pub rock stalwarts the Brinsley Schwarz group and produced by their manager Dave Robinson, a man who would later go on to form Stiff Records. With tight arrangements and gritty instrumental support, the album focussed on an earthy blues rock, allowing Miller’s voice to take centre stage. It also highlighted his compositional skills, setting up a reputation for writing material that would find many varied and successful outlets over the years."
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 4 Bonus Tracks, 12 page full-colour booklet, 3,500 word essay with new interviews, enhanced artwork & previously unseen photos
TRACK LISTING: 1.YOU DON’T NEED TO LAUGH (TO BE HAPPY) 2.I CAN’T CHANGE IT 3.CANDLELIGHT SONATA IN ‘F’ MAJOR 4.ANN ELIZA JANE 5.IT’S ALL OVER 6.IN NO RESISTANCE 7.AFTER ALL (I LIVE MY LIFE) 8.JUST LIKE TOM THUMB’S BLUES 9.MAIL BOX 10. I’M READY. BONUS TRACKS: 11.I CAN SEE THE TRAIN 12.BLOW MY WHISTLE 13.THE RULES OF THE GAME 14.AND IT’S RAINING
PETE WAY’S MUSICAL progress was not only intriguing but also packed with powerful statements of intent, not least the formation of Waysted, one of the early-80s most promising new rock bands. Pete will, of course, always be known for his triumphant years as a key ingredient in UFO, one of the UK’s leading and most influential groups of the 70s and 80s, and his resignation from that band was met with shock and surprise. Initially hooking up with ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke for an early version of Fastway, Pete set in motion a series of events that would lead to the formation of Waysted, an appropriately named cabal of seasoned players looking to make their mark in a new band. Signed, not unexpectedly, to Chrysalis records (home of UFO) the band drafted in former UFO keyboard/guitar player Paul Raymond, drummer Frank Noon (ex Def Leppard), gravel-throated vocalist Ian ‘Fin’ Muir (previously of Flying Squad) and new hotshot American guitarist Ronnie Kayfield. It was a dream team of talent that crafted ‘Vices’, one of the era’s most striking albums, that attracted well deserved attention from the media and the public. Naturally the focus of attention was on Pete Way but vocalist Muir and guitarist Kayfield were singled out as being significant and impressive. Issued in 1983 and produced by Mick Glossop (another UFO alumni), the album carved out a strong and potent style, fusing the classic rock heft of UFO with the low-slung sound being created by fresher sounding acts such as Hanoi Rocks and Dogs D’Amour. Tracks such as ‘Women In Chains’, ‘Love Loaded’, ‘Toy With Passion’ and ‘Hot Love’ are explosive musical cocktails defining the sound of a new era.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, full involvement by the band, rare photos, 6 bonus tracks, all spread out over a superb 16 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1.LOVE LOADED 2.WOMEN IN CHAINS 3.SLEAZY 4.NIGHT OF THE WOLF 5.TOY WITH THE PASSION 6.RIGHT FROM THE START 7.HOT LOVE 8.ALL BELONGS TO YOU 9.SOMEBODY TO LOVEBONUS TRACKS: 10.LOVE LOADED 11.SLEAZY 12.NIGHT OF THE WOLF 13.RIGHT FROM THE START 14.ALL BELONGS TO YOU 15.SOMEBODY TO LOVE
LIVERPOOL BASED THREE piece Strife emerged during the mid-seventies amassing a strong live following on the club circuit and releasing an impressive debut album ‘Rush’ on the Chrysalis label. It was a work of intriguing possibilities, embracing both progressive and harder rock. Their songs were long and convoluted yet also signalled a penchant for melody and purpose that elevated them above the run of the mill units operating at the same time. Sadly, their label failed to recognise the potential and allowed the band to slip between the cracks, and ultimately, due to a contractual production dispute, the band was left in limbo. Despite facing almost overwhelming odds, the band managed to eventually pick themselves up and negotiated a new record deal with the Gull label, the same outfit that signed Judas Priest and released their first two albums. The resulting strife album, ‘Back To Thunder’, was as impressive as their debut, but less flamboyant and more focussed. Indeed, if it wasn’t for the fact that they were just ahead of the rejuvenated interest in British hard rock (the NWOBHM) they could well have been sitting comfortably as one of the key acts operating on the scene. Housing eight tracks, the album boasts a number of standout compositions, including ‘Feel So Good’, ‘Shockproof, ‘Sky’ and the intriguingly titled ‘Fool Injected Overlap’. All solid, punchy hard rock tracks that saw the band embrace a new stylistic approach whilst keeping their progressive rock influences proudly on display. Housed in one of the era’s most attractive album sleeves, the record also boasts the appearance of keyboard wizard Don Airey, who was at the time a member of progressive giants Collosseum II.
24-bit remastering 4,000 word story of the making of the album, band involvement, four bonus tracks, all spread out over a superb 12 page full colour booklet.
Track Listing: 1.SHOCKPROOF 2.LET ME DOWN 3.FEEL SO GOOD 4.SKY 5.YOU ARE WHAT YOU ARE 6.RED SUN 7.FOOL INJECTED OVERLAP 8.WEARY TRAVELLER BONUS TRACKS: 9.YOU DON’T KNOW 10.SCHOOL 11.GO 12.UNRELEASED
STRIFE WERE A trio that operated with considerable success during the 1970s, playing a succession of college and club gigs which helped to secure a firm foothold in the UK market. Their reputation as a band that could deliver consistent performances was well documented and attracted a large following. This intense activity won them a highly coveted record deal with Chrysalis records and the release in 1975, of ‘Rush’, their debut album. Despite the fact that they were, in effect, a power trio, the band’s music was far more considered than what might reasonably be expected from such an outfit. Digging deep into mid-seventies progressive rock, this Liverpool-based band ploughed a niche that relied on adventurous arrangements, expressive lyrical themes and a penchant for mixing solid hard rock with long passages that consistently revealed more of their style with every listen. Led by frontmen - bassist/vocalist Gordon Rowley and guitarist John Reid - Strife’s sound was built on this punchy progressive rock imbibed with heavy riffs and the impressively layered vocals. Indeed, it was the sound of the times and attracted enthusiastic praise, despite a number of logistical setbacks, not least of all a record company that was fast losing interest and a difficult production process. Produced by R. Dean Taylor (most notable for the hit single ‘There’s A Ghost In My House’) and recorded in London and San Francisco, the album’s two standout tracks are the epic seven minute ‘Indian Dream’ and the multipart twelve minute title track that’s blessed with an adventurous sonic tapestry and boasts a fiercely dramatic showdown.
24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, full involvement by the band, rare photos, one bonus track, all spread out over a superb 12 page full colour booklet.
TRACK LISTING: 1.BACK STREETS OF HEAVEN 2.MAN OF THE WILDERNESS 3.MAGIC OF THE DAWN 4.INDIAN DREAM 5.LIFE IS EASY 6.BETTER MAN THAN I 7.RUSH BONUS TRACKS: 8.MAGIC IN MY MIND 9. TAWNY EYES 10. WORRY