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TNT 'INTUITION' CANDY478 Categories: ,

THEY MAY NOT be a household name but a section of hard rock fans hold TNT in the highest regard. That they never sold millions or hardly made a dent in the US charts does not appear to have diminished their stature in the eyes of those that have been exposed to their majestic brand of grandiose rock. Indeed, the more the band’s small but select following continues to champion their legacy, the more their reputation appears to be enhanced. ‘Intuition’ was the highly anticipated follow-up to their previous album, the universally applauded ‘Tell No Tales’ and continued to attract accolades.

With all eyes on a triumphant follow-up album, the band made a concerted effort to drill down deep and concoct a record rich in melody and hard rockin’ goodness. Once again, producer Bjørn Nessjø was in the driving seat and helped to extract tremendous performances, honing in on serious riffs and helping both guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø and vocalist Tony Harnell pull out all the stops. With songs such as ‘Caught Between The Tigers’, ‘Forever Shine On’, and the title track, it was clear that the band had used their time wisely working hard to finely hone their style.

Whilst ‘Intuition', issued in early 1989, hit the spot creatively, the commercial impact of the album faltered and despite hoped for headline touring in the US and Japan, momentum wasn’t sufficient to propel the band to a higher level of achievement. Nonetheless, TNT’s legacy was now cast in stone and, not surprisingly, the band’s reputation has continued to grow and resonate louder than ever.

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TRACK LISTING:1.A NATION FREE (INTRO) 2.CAUGHT BETWEEN THE TIGERS 3.TONIGHT I’M FALLING 4.END OF THE LINE 5.INTUITION 6.FOREVER SHINE ON 7.LEARN TO LOVE 8.ORDINARY LOVER 9.TAKE ME DOWN (FALLEN ANGEL) 10.WISDOM

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TNT 'TELL NO TALES' CANDY477 Categories: ,

SCANDINAVIA HAS PRODUCED many exceptional bands over the years, with Norway’s TNT being one of the most impressive. Vocalist Tony Harnell, who joined for their second album is, in fact, American and was put in touch with the band by Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records. Singing alongside superguitarist Ronni Le Tekrø, the pair turned the group into a sparkling diamond fit for world domination. Indeed, the twin axis of Le Tekrø and Harnell is considered to be one of the greatest ever couplings in the melodic rock scene.

Recorded in Norway and New York, by producer Bjørn Nessjø to exacting standards, this record, their third, was immediately hailed by critics and fans as a masterpiece. Harnell and Le Tekrø crafted a sound that pushed at the very edges of audio wizardry. Le Tekrø’s guitar playing was immediately hailed as the natural successor to Yngwie Malmsteen whilst Harnell’s vocal delivery was compared to Freddie Mercury, leading to comparisons with the imperial majesty of Queen. Indeed, the band left no stone unturned in their quest to push at the boundaries of what could be achieved in an era where flamboyance ruled the world.

Released in 1987, on PolyGram Records, the album Contains a stellar selection of songs, including ‘Everyone’s A Star’, ‘Child’s Play’ and ‘10,000 Lovers (In One)’, a song that became a smash hit in Norway and raised their profile in the US and across the world. The album also includes a number of mesmerising bite-sized instrumental guitar compositions from Le Tekrø, and is regarded as one of the most comprehensive statements of musical intent ever crafted.

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TRACK LISTING:1.EVERYONE’S A STAR 2.10,000 LOVERS (IN ONE) 3.AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE 4.SAPPHIRE 5.CHILD’S PLAY 6.SMOOTH SYNCOPATION 7.LISTEN TO YOUR HEART 8.DESPERATE NIGHT 9.NORTHERN LIGHTS 10.INCIPITS 11.TELL NO TALES

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LOVERBOY 'WILDSIDE' CANDY456 Categories: ,

THERE’S NO ARGUING that Loverboy were one of Canada’s most successful exports during the’80s, racking up a string of platinum albums at home and in the USA and having several hit singles as well. With four huge selling albums under their belt the band refocused their attention by returning to Vancouver’s Little Mountain Studios to cut ‘Wildside’, utilising the original production team of Bruce Fairbairn, with engineers Bob Rock and Mike Fraser. All was looking rosy but it soon became clear that things were not as straight forward as they had hoped for.

For this album the band once again fully opened up to the opportunity to work with outside songwriters, including names like Bryan Adams that had graced previous tracks, and several new contributors: notably Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. There were less famous names on the selection as well such as Todd Cerney, Gerald O’Brien and Alfie Zappacosta (all well known amongst the melodic rock cognoscenti). Once again the production and arrangements were razor sharp, confirming the band’s penchant for showcasing solid and catchy hard rock.

Issued in late 1987, the record failed to emulate the massive success of previous releases, stalling both at home and abroad and leaving everyone bemused as to the reason for the commercial soft performance. But the album is still hugely impressive and there was no drop in quality, with tremendous songs like ‘Notorious’, ‘Walkin’ On Fire’, ‘That’s Were My Money Goes’, and the title track itself.

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TRACK LISTING:1.NOTORIOUS 2.WALKIN’ ON FIRE 3.BREAK IT TO ME GENTLY 4.LOVE WILL RISE AGAIN 5.CAN’T GET MUCH BETTER 6.HOMETOWN HERO 7.WILDSIDE 8.DON’T LET GO 9.THAT’S WHERE MY MONEY GOES 10.READ MY LIPS. BONUS TRACK: 11.Don't Keep Me In the Dark

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ICON 'S/T' CANDY479 Categories: ,

IN THE EARLY ’80s the heavy metal scene was exploding in virtually every territory, not least of all in North America where artists such as Quiet Riot, Dio and Def Leppard were scoring big successes. It was no surprise then to find that the scene was awash with new acts eager to muscle in on this pot of gold. Icon, from Phoenix, Arizona, was one such band, with all the moves and grooves to make a play for stardom, and for a short while they looked set to be the next big thing.

They were first noticed by proven talent scout Mike Varney who was making a splash with his Shrapnel label, initially coming to his attention via a self financed EP released under the name of Schoolboys, he offered them the chance to record an album.They were over the moon to accept his offer and subsequently set about tracking their album in Cotati, California. The results were viewed as something special and, not unsurprisingly, major label record company interest was piqued, resulting in the band being signed to Capitol Records.

Due to another group called Schoolboys, the band’s name was changed to Icon and this, their debut album, was issued in 1984. As an explosive five piece, fronted by singer Stephen Clifford and helmed by the twin guitar attack of Dan Wexler and John Aquilino, the music was expertly crafted very much in the 'now' style of RATT, Mötley Crüe and Dokken. Sadly, due to circumstances beyond this line-up’s control and despite recording a trailblazing follow-up album ‘Night Of The Crime’, the band’s potential was cruelly ignored at the time and they lost their Capitol Records deal. Check out the tracks ‘World War’, ‘On Your Feet’ and ‘Under My Gun’ for examples of their unhearalded greatness.

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TRACK LISTING:1.(ROCK ON) THROUGH THE NIGHT 2.KILLER MACHINE 3.ON YOUR FEET 4.WORLD WAR 5.HOT DESERT NIGHT 6.UNDER MY GUN 7.ICONOCLAST 8.ROCK N’ ROLL MANIAC 9.I’M ALIVE 10.IT’S UP TO YOU

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FRANKIE MILLER 'FALLING IN LOVE' CANDY436 (4 BONUS TRACKS) Categories: ,

THE SIXTH ALBUM in an illustrious career path for Frankie Miller. Once again he maintained a standard that few could match, demonstrating a voice that positioned him as one the greatest blues singers ever to have come out of the UK. Frankie’s quest for perfection had built up a fervent following with the public and arguably even more so with his peers. Revered artists such as Rod Stewart and Bob Seger made no secret of their admiration for both his voice and songs, choosing to cover material that carried his reputation far and wide.

‘Falling In Love’ (titled ‘A Perfect Fit’ for the North American market) once again saw Frankie move with the times, electing to work with a new producer, forever searching for a definitive sound and commercial edge. Selecting David Mackay, who’d recently recorded Kim Carnes, the pace was set with the inclusion of two hit singles, namely ‘Darlin’’ and ‘When I’m Away From You’. The former propelled itself into the UK Top 10 reaching #6, establishing Frankie as a household name but leaving something of a regrettable taste in his mouth that a ballad had widened his popularity.

The record does however contain a section of typical Miller heft, particularly with the tracks ‘A Woman To Love’ and ‘Pappa Don’t Know’. Elsewhere the mood is considered and, as you might reasonably expect, expertly performed, attracting comparisons to Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker albums of the same period. Perhaps Frankie’s Achilles heel at this point was not truly defining his style, yet in many ways by not restricting his appeal his career would ultimately flourish and prosper.

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TRACK LISTING: 1.WHEN I’M AWAY FROM YOU 2.IS THIS LOVE 3.IF I CAN LOVE SOMEBODY 4.DARLIN’ 5.AND IT’S YOUR LOVE 6.A WOMAN TO LOVE 7.FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU 8.EVERY TIME A TEARDROP FALLS 9.PAPPA DON’T KNOW 10.GOOD TO SEE YOU. BONUS TRACKS: 11.IS THIS LOVE (LIVE) 12.CRY TO ME (LIVE) 13.COLD TURKEY (LIVE) 14.WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MY BABY (LIVE)

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FRANKIE 'MILLER EASY MONEY' CANDY437 (5 BONUS TRACKS) Categories: ,

FRANKIE MILLERS previous album had provided the Glaswegian-born singer-songwriter with a major hit single in ‘Darlin’’ but it also presented a major conundrum. The vibe of the album leaned towards a mellower, perhaps even a pop direction, something that was totally incongruous with his persona and ambition. Frankie was a unique vocalist with a rough hewn voice that conjured up vignettes of a tough life lived with fearless abandonment. Having developed an in-concert reputation that would be the envy of many a soul and blues singer, his musical direction had not been made progressively clearer with each passing album as they embraced different styles.

‘Easy Money’, Frankie’s seventh album, was if anything a return to his roots. It was recorded in Nashville by a cabal of players known as the Hitmen, who also doubled as producers. The results were impressive, allowing Frankie to flex his muscles and voice with complete authority. The songs were on-point and focussed giving the record a cohesive vibe. Even the ballads sounded far more assured than on his previous album and the production, although contemporary, was rooted in a far more organic space, bringing out the best of both worlds.

Of course, any committed Miller fan would want to seek out the songs that ring with immediate hooks and for those we need only to look at ‘Cheap…Thrills’, ‘So Young, So Young’, and the superbly soulful and funky ‘Gimme Love’. These are songs that ooze class but have inbuilt heft that root them in the kind of scene that Frankie had earlier occupied in clubs and pubs. A tremendous achievement.

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TRACK LISTING: 1.EASY MONEY 2.THE WOMAN IN YOU 3.WHY DON’T YOU SPEND THE NIGHT 4.SO YOUNG, SO YOUNG 5.FORGET ABOUT ME 6.HEARTBREAK RADIO 7.CHEAP…THRILLS 8.NO CHANCE 9.GIMME LOVE 10.TEARS. BONUS TRACKS: 11.LOCK UP YOUR SECRETARIES (DEMO) 12.THE WOMAN IN YOU (DEMO) 13.BEGGIN’ FOR TROUBLE (DEMO) 14.LONELY EYES (DEMO)

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THE DEBUT LYNCH Mob album ‘Wicked Sensation’ certainly turned a few heads. Produced by Max Norman, the record made no excuses for its rock solid blues based swagger that pivoted the band in the same direction as Whitesnake, Led Zeppelin and Free… not a million miles removed in fact from guitarist George Lynch’s previous band Dokken. All was shaping up well for album #2 but there were changes afoot. Vocalist Oni Logan had stepped away from the project leaving the spot open for another fine blues based howler. Casting around for a suitable replacement, the band identified an excellent, but relatively unknown, replacement by the name of Robert Mason. This time around the band opted to dispense with the services of their previous producer and turn to Keith Olsen instead. Keith’s track record was stellar; having produced massive hit records for Whitesnake and the Scorpions amongst many others. It also paved the way for a slight shift in direction from their core blues rock style to a far more malleable and melodic hard rock sound, something that optimised Mason’s voice perfectly. Emboldened by an impressive collection of tracks, the record sat competitively amongst their peer groups but times were changing. Grunge was now taking centre stage leaving groups like Lynch Mob to struggle but that was no reflection of the music’s quality. ‘Lynch Mob, issued in 1992, showcased a band with lots to say and a point to make. Songs such as ‘Jungle Of Love’, ‘No Good’ and especially ‘Tangled In The Web’ hit home with maximum impact and the potential to become anthems if only the marketplace hadn’t shifted so dramatically. Of course, once again, George Lynch’s guitar playing was exceptional and impressive.”

Fully Remastered Audio, Co-Produced by Keith Olsen (Whitesnake, Scorpions), 16 page full-colour booklet, 4,000 word essay with new interviews & enhanced artwork

Track Listing: 1. JUNGLE OF LOVE 2. TANGLED IN THE WEB 3. NO GOOD 4. DREAM UNTIL TOMORROW 5. COLD IS THE HEART 6. TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN 7. HEAVEN IS WAITING 8. I WANT IT 9. WHEN DARKNESS CALLS 10. THE SECRET BONUS TRACKS: 11. LOVE FINDS A WAY 12. LOVE IN YOUR EYES

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JOE LYNN TURNER 'RESCUE YOU' CANDY464 Categories: ,

AS A WORLD CLASS ROCK vocalist, Joe Lynn Turner is at the top of the tree. His voice has blessed a number of projects from Fandango, Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple to name just a few, but it’s his 1985 debut solo album that showcases his abiliyto present a sound and a style that could easily settle any arguments about his wide ranging prowess. Joe’s range and delivery is utterly compelling; blessed with a rich velvety tone, his diversity is utterly unique elevating melodies and hooks way beyond normal expectations. ‘Rescue You’ was recorded after his stint with Rainbow, and made with the collaboration of a seasoned band, including drummer Chuck Burgi (Balance, Rainbow), keyboardist and songwriter Al Greenwood (Foreigner, SPYS) and guitarist Bobby Messano (Starz, Fiona). It was this line-up that entered the famous Bearsville Studios in Upstate New York to cut this solo album, a record that further cemented his reputation as one of America’s finest vocalists. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars and Journey), the album harnessed a deep melodic resonance and is crammed with superbly crafted songs, and arguably Joe’s greatest vocal performances. Amazingly it didn’t make a commercial impact, floundering outside the Billboard top 100 despite the fact that Joe and band had secured some major touring opportunities including dates with Night Ranger and a major run supporting Pat Benatar. Play this album now and be amazed at the quality of songs such as ‘Endlessly’, Get Tough’, ‘On The Run’ and the title track.

Fully Remastered Audio, Produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, Journey), 16 page full-colour booklet, 4,000 word essay with new interview, new photos & enhanced artwork

Track Listing: 1. LOSING YOU 2. YOUNG HEARTS 3. PRELUDE/ENDLESSLY 4. RESCUE YOU 5. FEEL THE FIRE 6. GET TOUGH 7. EYES OF LOVE 8. ON THE RUN 9. SOUL SEARCHER 10. THE RACE IS ON

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IAN THOMAS 'STILL HERE' CANDY462 Categories: ,

WE AT ROCK CANDY have made no secret of our admiration for the music of Ian Thomas. He’s a man with a long history of recording in his native Canada, this being is fifth album, and although he hadn’t made significant head way sales wise at this point his reputation had grown considerably attracting great reviews and he was playing to very enthusiastic crowds. In fact, Ian’s place in the market was underpinned by his reputation as one of Canada’s most promising new song writers. It was a string to his bow that would pay handsome dividends in later years. ‘Still Here’, although not a breakthrough album in commercial terms, gave Ian his first taste of international attention when Atlantic records in New York signed him hoping to introduce him to markets outside of Canada. In addition, at this point he was also represented by Rush’s management company. The future looked bright, but despite recording a thoroughly engaging record packed with carefully crafted songs, the big breakthrough failed to materialise leaving those who had predicted great things scratching their heads in bemusement. ‘Still Here’ still stands as one of the finest records from any artist of the era; its widescreen production (by Ian himself) lends it a magical vibe which showcases a genuinely beautiful collection of tracks that include, among others, ‘I Really Love You’, ‘Faces’ and the Queen like pop prog of ‘Tycoon’. But if it’s grand ambition that you seek, the opening track ‘Just Like You’ really is the icing on the cake.

Fully Remastered Audio, Produced by Ian Thomas, 12 page full-colour booklet, 4,000 word essay with new interview & enhanced artwork

Track listing: 1. JUST LIKE YOU 2. SALLY 3. I REALLY LOVE YOU 4. CLEAR SAILING 5. STILL HERE 6. COMING HOME 7. FACES 8. TINKERBELL 9. TYCOON

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DIRTY LOOKS 'TURN OF THE SCREW' CANDY461 Categories: ,

“THERE WAS NO doubt that Dirty Looks meant business with the release of their debut album for Atlantic records in 1988. The album was a boiling cauldron of big riffs and serious hooks placing the band right next to such classic four-to-the-floor purveyors of simple, dirty rock ‘n’ roll such as AC/DC and Krokus. Not only did they have the riffs to compete but in frontman Henrik Ostergard they had a character that was larger than life, crafting lyrics to reinforce his tough guy bravado. Unknowingly they had crafted one of the era’s greatest albums that although registering with fans and some well informed critics strangely failed to set the world on fire. Atlantic records however were not disheartened and signalled the go ahead for a follow-up album. Issued in 1989 and titled ‘Turn Of The Screw’, the band moved on to a new producer in John Jansen (Billy Squier, Britny Fox) and set about recording in New York at the world-renowned Power Station studios. A previous attempt to record in Los Angeles with producer of the moment Beau Hill had been abandoned so the pressure was on to deliver a solid follow up. Behind the scenes it appears that certain, unsubstantiated, machinations were working to hint that Henrik was being earmarked to collaborate with AC/DC, something that has never been fully looked at until now. ‘Turn Of The Screw’ it must be said, is another righteous stab at full-frontal riff rock packed with some great and catchy tunes such as ‘Take What Ya Get’, ‘Slammin To The Big Beat’, the title track and anthem ‘Nobody Rides For Free’. It’s another enormous tribute to simple but effective loud and proud hard rock.”

Fully Remastered Audio, Produced by John Jansen (Billy Squier, Britny Fox), 16 page full-colour booklet, 4,000 word essay with new interviews, enhanced artwork & previously unseen photos

Track listing:1. TURN OF THE SCREW (WHO’S SCREWING YOU) 2. NOBODY RIDES FOR FREE 3. C’MON FRENCHIE 4. TAKE WHAT YA GET 5. HOT FLASH JELLY ROLL 6. SLAMMIN’ TO THE BIG BEAT 7. L.A. ANNA 8. ALWAYS A LOSER 9. LOVE SCREAMS 10. GO AWAY 11. HAVE SOME BALLS

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