After Jeff Scott Soto’s stint with Yngwie Malmsteen was over, Soto was able to land a gig with the Japanese guitar virtuoso, Kuni. The rest of the band included Mike Terrana on Drums, who played with Yngwie and Beau Nasty, as well as Douglas Taylor Baker on Bass, who also wound up playing with Beau Nasty. Behind the boards on this one is a name a lot of you should be familiar with due to the bands Vinnie Vincent Invasion and Slaughter. That is right, Dana Strum produced the album and I have to say the production work on here is fantastic.
The band was very popular in Japan and they even got to tour. One of the shows was recorded for TV so it makes wonder if there is a live album or bootleg of that show anywhere. I need to start looking for that.
The copy I have is actually a re-release from 2018 and has a couple live bonus tracks and who doesn’t love bonus tracks. All releases of this album are Japan only which means…yes…OBI strips and my copy is no different. You can see it a few pictures down. Also included is a fold out page that has an essay in Japanese and I have no idea what it says, but you see Vinnie Vincent’s name mentioned, Loudness, Yngwie and several other band names so I am guessing it is talking about the band members and where they came from plus tons of other great information that would be nice to read…if I read Japanese. The page also has the lyrics to the songs, in English, on both sides.
After the ‘Defenders of Faith’ Tour, the band took it easy for a little while. They didn’t jump right back in to the studio. There was no tour planned in 1985, but did do one live show that year. Of course that was to play at Live Aid on July 13th, 1985. They played in Philadelphia at around 11am in the morning. Rob said that was a good time to play because it meant he could spend the rest of the day just drinking. Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing, Ian Hill and Dave Holland rocked the world that day and then went back to record an album.
By this time they had already started recording their follow-up album. They started recording in June 1985 down in Nassau, Bahamas at the Compass Pointe Studio. It was a beautiful place to record, but it was also a bad time for Rob Halford whose drinking and drugs were getting out of hand. Rob also got hepatitis during the recording of the album and was sick from that for a little while. Then around Christmas 1985, Rob finally checked in to rehab to get clean and he actually succeeded. He made it look easy which of course we know it never really is. Now with Rob clean, they finally finished the album around February 1986 which they finished up at the Record Plant in Los Angeles.
The original concept of the album was to be a double album called ‘Twin Turbos’. The record company did not agree with that concept and ended up taking the more commercial songs and putting together a single album simply called, ‘Turbo’. The band also changed up their sound to match a little more of what the glam rock scene was doing at the time. The band got a little lighter sound, no where near as heavy, and they introduced guitar synthesizers in to the mix. So for some fans, this was sacrilege. The band was abandoning who they were as a heavy metal band to fit mainstream. Right or Wrong, the band still had success with the album as after its release on April 14, 1986, the album quickly went Gold and eventually went Platinum about a year later. The album reached #17 on the US Charts and only #33 on the UK Charts.
Back in April 2018, Ace Frehley released his first single from his upcoming (yet unannounced) album. The day was actually April 27th which was Ace’s birthday…do you think they planned that?? This the first new track since his 2014 album ‘Space Invaders’. He did have a new album back in 2016, but it was a cover’s album so nothing new there.
The reception of the new music was so great, that a special limited edition 12″ Single has now been released (3 months later). They had no intentions of releasing a physical copy of the song, but the people spoke and Ace & the record company listened and BAM!! Physical product.
I was able to pick up one of these Limited Numbered Edition 12″ Singles with the White/Black Marble vinyl. And they weren’t kidding about being numbered. I am #3701 out of #4000, I believe.
The new song “Bronx Boy” is a heavy guitar driven track…what else would you expect, it is Ace “freakin’ Frehley. There is a raw, grittiness to the song that harkens back to his early days growing up in the Bronx, New York. The song opens with a quick, nasty guitar riff and jumps right into the vocals describing Ace’s life as a “street kid” and his “street life”. The vocals are rough and classic Ace which is what is great about the song. Plus, the guitar solo is what we know and love from the Spaceman and he doesn’t disappoint.
Back in 1984, Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams wrote a fun song about a young lady that was about to marry her Prince…literally. The song was about Princess Diana or so it is assumed. The song is taken from the viewpoint of a gentleman who had seen Diana in a magazine and then on TV and fell in love with her. “Diana” was his profession of that love for her and he begged her to leave the life she was about to enter and be with him.
We know that she didn’t do that, sadly, as she might still be with us today. “Diana” was supposed to be on Bryan’s album ‘Reckless’; however, he left it off as he didn’t want to upset the Royal Family. He also probably didn’t want to make them mad and screw up his dual Canadian & British citizenship. The song has actually never been released on any Bryan Adams album or compilation. It is probably his most popular non-album song.
“Diana” was released as a B-Side to the song “Heaven” and it was released as this very special 12″ 3 Song E.P. which I came across in a collection of vinyl I picked up. Bryan used to play the song in concert on a regular basis, but upon Princess Diana’s death he has since put the song to pasture and no longer plays it live. I did find a rumor that stated that Bryan actually did date Diana after her split from Prince Charles. Now of course, it is solely a rumor and has never been stated as fact by Bryan or anyone from Diana’s camp. It was a rumor started by one of Bryan’s ex-girlfriends.