Can you believe another month has passed? At least Spring is here and temperatures are starting to warm and trees are pushing out pollen and blanketing the world in some sort of yellow dust that is making by white car look pretty dirty. Thanks for that Mother Nature. At least one bright spot is all the purchases made during the month. Let’s get started.
First up my kids and I went to Lunchbox Records as we hadn’t been in a long time. They each bought something and so did I. I picked up a 2021 bootleg of Wicked Lester’s first album or what was supposed to be their first album. Wicked Lester is Gene and Paul’s band before Kiss. I already have a Wicked Lester bootleg but this had a couple songs I didn’t have and now I do. Yes, a review is coming.
And then shortly after, I received a delivery from Japan. It is the Japanese Edition of the Danger Danger Album “Screw It” with bonus tracks and the prized OBI Strip. Now to get the Japanese debut album for a decent price as this one was cheap.
I was digging for records while on vacation down in St. Augustine, Florida and at one of the stores, I came across a vinyl that brought back so many memories. I had this on cassette and I remember loving it and listening to it constantly. I had to get it and at only $5, it was a no brainer.
The album is not something I normally buy and that is because it is a compilation album mixed with numerous artists. The album was K-Tel’s “Master of Metal”! Now, don’t let the name confuse you because it isn’t really that heavy or metal, but it was full of songs that I loved from bands that sometimes do much heavier stuff. The album is from 1984 and had hit songs from some of the biggest bands at that time.
There were so many bands on here that had connections with each other. Such as Black Sabbath is on it with Ian Gillan on vocals, Dio is on here and Ronnie James Dio used to sing with Black Sabbath, Rainbow is on here with Joe Lynn Turner and Dio sang with them as well. Kiss is on here and so is Rush who opened for Kiss. All pretty cool, but back in 1984, I had no idea about these connections.
Do you remember Krokus? I certainly do. Krokus was the biggest selling Swiss band ever until the band Gotthard came along, but that is another post. For now, the focus is Krokus…hey, that rhymed!! Back in 1983, Krokus was starting to make some headway in the US. Their sound was heavy and sounded a lot like AC/DC. Then on April 25, 1983, they released the album ‘Headhunter’. They took that heavy AC/DC sound and when up another notch as they were louder and way heavier than they had ever been before.
All of that was due to producer Tom Allom (hey, I think that rhymes too! – man, I am on roll). Tom is a producer and a sound engineer who had worked with Black Sabbath and Judas Priest so the man knew his metal and he took that expertise and gave Krokus their biggest selling and most successful album to date. And man, did it rock. The use of the twin guitars, the awesome sound of the double bass drum and man the singer could lay down some killer vocals on the chorus. It is everything you could want. And on a side note for you Def Leppard fans, Tom was producer on their debut ‘On Through the Night’.
In 1986, Krokus released their first live album, ‘Alive and Screamin” and to celebrate that release they put out a Special Promotional 12″ Single of “Screaming in the Night”. When I was in New York back in April, I came across this beauty and had to have it.
What attracted it to me was the cover. It was a variation of the live album’s cover by Les Edwards. It is so creepy and sinister that it looked perfectly eerie and something I needed in my collection. The picture is taken from Les Edwards’ painting of ‘The Croglin Vampire’ and was also used as a bookcover for Best New Horror 1990, edited by Stephen Jones and Ramsey Campbell and published by Robinson, and on Super-Monsters by Daniel Cohen, published by Archway. Just click on the link if you want to see the original artwork.
The first side of the record you get two versions of “Screaming in the Night”. You get the live version from the live album and then you get the full length studio version (not the radio edit). The live version sounds incredible. It captures the magic of the album version and brings a new energy to the song. The sound is crystal clear and is everything you want in a live song.
For the live album, there are two changes in the line-up. You now have Tommy Keiser on Bass and Jeff Klaven on drums. The studio album had Chris von Rohr on Bass and Steve Pace on drums. Otherwise, you still have Marc Storace on Vocals, Fernando von Arb on Lead Guitar and Mark Kohler on Rhythm Guitar.
On Side Two you get a live version of “Headhunter” also from ‘Alive and Screamin”. It is bombastic, loud, and so in your face. Marc Storace sounds amazing and the band is hitting on all cylinders. It is a raucous good time and they are just killing it.
I also like the fact it is a promotional copy. It says it on the vinyl labels as well as the little stamp on the back of the album jacket. All-in-all, I love it and it is a great addition to the collection and another Krokus album is always a good thing (almost always as they didn’t always get it right, but around this time they did).
I hope you enjoyed this look at the 12″ Single and maybe I will have some more coming down the pipeline for you to check out.
The family and I took a wonderful Spring Break vacation to the bustling city of New York. What an amazing city. There are so many things to see and so little time to see it all, but we crammed in as much as we could. I was even able to take a few hours and visit some record stores while we were down in Greenwich Village. Lucky Me!!
Before we get to that, let’s talk a little about the trip. We arrived on Sunday afternoon and had a little time to run down to Time Square to check things out. The kids were stunned by the huge, bright, flashing billboards and all the people…all the interesting and very strange people.
We saw where the film the Late Show with Steven Colbert, where the Broadway Show Rocktopia was playing which was starring Pat Monahan from Train while we were there (didn’t see it though), we of course saw Time Square and even went and snapped a picture at Radio City Music Hall.
In my producer extraordinaire series, this is the 3rd producer who helped create some of my favorite albums. The first post in the series was for Robert John “Mutt” Lange and then second post was for Brendan O’Brien. Both legendary producers.
Bruce Fairbairn didn’t have as long as career as the first two guys due to his untimely death back in 1999. However, during his brief time, he crafted some of the most memorable albums of the 80’s & 90’s and the albums sold well over 65 million copies if you just count the platinum and gold albums.
It all started in back in Canada in the late 70’s when he started out producing for a band called Prism. Prism had moderate success in Canada, but not much internationally. In 1980, Bruce started production on the debut album for another Canadian band called Loverboy. Loverboy opened the doors for Bruce with the bands international appeal. He produced 4 albums with Loverboy in the 80’s. They were as follows:
I have been going through this rock & roll trip down memory lane with this blog. It started with the vinyl records I found in a box and than last week with the posters. I actually found one more box from my younger days and this one had a ton of concert ticket stubs from over the years. I also found a couple concert T’s and a couple programs as well. I still can’t believe I kept all this stuff, but I am glad I did.
Going to a concert nowadays, they don’t give you a physical ticket anymore. If they do, they charge you for it. Nope, tickets are on your phone and get scanned in or you print it out on your printer. Not the same as those dot matrix printers from the old days.
You also used to stand in line for tickets. You had to arrive an hour or two before the tickets went on sale whether it was hot, cold, raining or snowing. We did it each and every time we wanted to go see a show. And we loved it! Now you go online from the comfort of you home…not the same.
Whether you want to or not, I am going to take you on a journey of my musical concert experiences…at least most of them because I think I am missing quite a few ticket stubs.
Our journey begins back around 1983. I was only 14 years old. My parents finally agreed to let me go to a concert, but I had to go with my sister…REALLY!!! Actually, it was okay. My sister and I have been to many concerts together and even went to one 2 years ago some 3o+ years later.
I was in the garage getting down the Christmas decorations and I came across a box that strangely said…”Posters”. It dawned on me rather quickly that these were posters that I had when I was younger and posters from when I worked at the Sam Goody Music Stores.
I couldn’t get the box down fast enough to see what was in there. I was surprised at how many I still had after 25-30 years and what great shape they were still in. There were a few slight rips or tears and maybe a little discoloration, but all-in-all I thought they were in great condition.
We will start with those from my personal collection that actually hung on my walls when I lived at home in my parents house around 25+ years ago. First, you will notice the crystal looking candlesticks holding down the posters. They have been rolled up for quite some time and wouldn’t stay open, so I had to have some help.
If you know me, then you know I had to have either Def Leppard or Kiss on my wall. Actually, I had both. The Def Leppard posters were from High & Dry and Pyromania era live shows.
I have been going to records stores way too often as I continue my obsession on buying vinyl. On the flip side of that, I also don’t feel like I have gone enough. Confusing I know. I actually enjoy just browsing through the store and seeing what is there. It is rare I go into the store and I don’t buy anything, but lately I am picking up 5 or 6 at a time and I am loving it.
Most everything I am picking up is of course from the 70’s or 80’s since vinyl died out in the 90’s. The new releases that are out now are too expensive to make it a habit so I focus on the used record. There are no shortages of those, but what I want is seldom available on my visits. It is hit or miss.
Lately, it has been more hit than miss. And it has mostly been 80’s records so I guess the 80’s are back. Yes, I am buying records for albums I had already purchased back in the 80’s whether on cassette or CD, but I don’t have any of those anymore so I actually only have the one physical copy of the album. The other copy is now digital and you can’t really hold that in your hand.
So, what I have been picking up on my adventures you might ask that is from the 80’s? Well, you probably aren’t asking but I am going to tell you anyway.