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  • Angel 'Angel' - Cargo Records UK

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    Angel 'Angel'

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    Produced by Englishmen Derek Lawrence (Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash) and session guitarist extraordinaire Big Jim Sullivan, the album is treasure trove of surprises and includes several songs that have since gone on to become standard bearers in the star spangled world of melodic-rock mayhem.

    For categorical proof look no further than the straight from the hip attack of ‘Rock & Rollers’, ‘On And On’ and, arguably the greatest pomp-rock creation of all time, ‘Tower’, a pumping behemoth of a track with keyboards and guitars locked in mortal combat.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Tower
    2. Long Time
    3. Rock & Rollers
    4. Broken Dreams
    5. Mariner
    6. Sunday Morning
    7. On & On
    8. Angel (Theme)
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  • Angel 'Helluva Band' - Cargo Records UK

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    Originally issued in 1976,and produced by British ex-pats Derek Lawrence and Big Jim Sullivan in Los Angeles, the albums contains a clutch of 24 Karat showstoppers, including the epic ‘Feelings’, ‘Mirrors’, ‘Pressure Point’ and ‘The Fortune’, a progressive pomp-rock watershed with all the trimmings you might reasonably expect from such a genre defining band. Absolutely essential.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Feelin’ Right
    2. The Fortune
    3. Anyway You Want It
    4. Dr. Ice
    Mirrors
    Feelings
    Pressure Point
    Chicken Soup
    Angel Theme
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  • Angel 'On Earth As It Is In Heaven' - Cargo Records UK

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    Angel 'On Earth As It Is In Heaven'

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    ‘On Earth As It Is In Heaven’ was Angels’ third album and showcases the band expanding their horizons by taking a more directly melodic hard rock path, but one with hooks and riffs to the fore. Just because the music was harder and edgier, isn’t to say that they had abandoned their progressive roots altogether as Gregg Giuffria’s keyboard work will testify.

    Produced by seasoned sound man Eddie Kramer (Hendrix, Zeppelin), the songs here display a raw edge that provides guitarist Punky Meadows with a platform to unleash some of his best riffs, whilst vocalist extraordinaire Frank DiMino soars to new operatic heights.

    Songs such as ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘Cast The First Stone’ and ‘White Lightning’ explode with a sense of urgency that suggests the band were scaling new heights of creativity and feeling all the better for it. Oh, and check out the band’s logo – it reads the same upside down, back to front and in a mirror.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Can You Feel It
    2. She’s A Mover
    3. You’re Not Fooling Me
    4. That Magic Touch
    5. Big Boy (Let’s Do It Again)
    6. White Lightning
    7. Telephone Exchange
    8. On The Rocks
    9. Cast The First Stone
    10. Just A Dream
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  • Fortress 'Hands In The Till' - Cargo Records UK

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    . Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition
    . Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology
    . Cult AOR Melodic Rock album / Contains ‘Hands In The Till, ‘How Do I Exist’ and ‘Requiem’
    . 12 page full colour booklet – 3,000 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new band interview.

    The Music Business is littered with sob stories. Those that shoulda’, coulda’, woulda’ made it if matters hadn’t conspired against them. It’s a familiar tale of woe alright and one that we’ve heard a million times before yet the strangest thing is some of the world’s greatest recordings have been cruelly thrown to the kerb by a simple twist of fate. Step forward Fortress, an act that really ought to have made a much bigger splash than they did.

    Although the band came and went in the wink of an eye, they’re members had actually been active for a number of years, even rubbing musical shoulders with several prestigious outfits during the 70’s, including Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch and cult hard rock act White Witch. The big break came with the formation of Fortress yet, sadly, through no fault of their own, success failed to materialise.

    Based in Los Angeles, the band attracted the ears of Freddie Piro a producer who had already made a big splash recording the progressive rock band Ambrosia. Prio’s Fortress demos attracted the attention of Atlantic Records who promptly signed them, resulting in ‘Hands In The Till’, one of the most impressive heavy and melodic rock albums of the early 80s, attracting eager comparisons to the likes of Journey, Roadmaster, Foreigner and Boston. Sadly, like many other stunning examples, changes in the hierarchy at their label put paid to their dreams.

    1. Hands In The Till
    2. How Do I Exist
    3. Comin' After You
    4. Requiem
    5. Kisses
    6. Let's Do It Again
    7. Breakin' Free
    8. Carry Me Back
    9. Back On The Path
    10. Mystery
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  • Krokus 'Hardware' - Cargo Records UK

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    . Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition
    . Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology
    . Contains ‘Easy Rocker’, ‘Smelly Nelly’ and ‘Mr 69’
    . 16 page full colour booklet – 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and band involvement.

    It’s fair to say that the Swiss music scene hadn’t exactly set the world on fire but with Krokus that situation was rapidly reversed. The band’s fourth album ‘Metal Rendez-vous’ became a surprise success, not only in their home country (sales rocketing to three times Platinum) but also globally where they secured a strong foothold in the charts and on the live front. The band’s no-nonsense brand of tough-guy hard rock found favour in a market that was wide open for that revolution.

    ‘Hardware’, therefore, was released into the arms of an eager fan base feeding off the energy of their previous album and it didn’t disappoint them. Issued in 1981, the record picks up where the band left off, laying down some serious riffage on songs that display a cheeky lyrical charm; an unexpected side-effect of their Swiss/Maltese heritage. Engineered by British studio master Mark Dearnley (AC/DC, Def Leppard) and recorded in London, the album makes full use of their powerful armoury, led by the ripping two guitar attack of Fernando von Arb and Tommy Keefer.
    Heavy but memorable, the album contains a superb selection of tracks, including the in-concert favourites ‘Easy Rocker’, ‘Mr 69’, ‘Smelly Nelly’ and ‘Mad Racket’, songs blessed with a swish and swagger that made it clear the Scorpions weren’t the only band in Europe with big potential.

    1. Celebration
    2. Easy Rocker
    3. Smelly Nelly
    4. Mr. 69
    5. She’s Got Everything
    6. Burning Bones
    7. Rock City
    8. Winning Man
    9. Mad Racket
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  • Krokus 'Metal Rendez-vous' - Cargo Records UK

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    Krokus 'Metal Rendez-vous'

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    . Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition
    . Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology 
    . Contains ‘Heatstrokes’, ‘Bedside Radio’ and ‘Tokyo Nights’ 
    . 16 page full colour booklet – 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and band involvement.

    You can count the amount of internationally successful European hard rock bands on one hand; Swiss based Krokus are one of only a few acts that can be included on that list. With roots reaching back to 1975, the band spent several years experimenting with various line-up changes and recording three albums, before settling on a unique style that came fully into focus with the appointment of Maltese born frontman Marc Storace, formerly of Swiss heavy progressive rockers Tea. 

    It was this formation that signed to German record label Ariola and cut ‘Metal Rendez-vous’, an invigorating example of explosive four-to-the floor hard rock, big on hooks and jam-packed with hell raising riffs. Chief amongst their selling points was Storace’s signature voice and his ability to punch home some incredibly well constructed songs. In addition, guitarists Tommy Kiefer and Fernando von Arb were no slouches either, peeling out a series of ripping solos and laying down tough as nails musical support in a manner befitting the times. 

    Originally issued in 1980 and co-produced with the band in Switzerland by English producer Martin Pearson, the album contains a number of classic Krokus tracks including ‘Heatstrokes’, ‘Bedside Radio’, ‘Streamer’ and ‘Tokyo Nights’, some of which still remain in the band’s live set to this very day.

    1. Heatstrokes
    2. Bedside Radio
    3. Come On
    4. Streamer
    5. Shy Kid
    6. Tokyo Nights
    7. Lady Double Dealer
    8. Fire
    9. No Way
    10. Back-Seat Rock ‘N’ Roll
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  • Krokus 'One Vice At A Time' - Cargo Records UK

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    . Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition
    . Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology
    . Produced by Tony Platt (AC/DC) / Contains ‘Long Stick Goes Boom’, ‘Bad Boys Rag Dolls’ and ‘American Woman’
    . 16 page full colour booklet – 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and band involvement.

    There comes a tipping point in every artist’s career where years of hard work and paying dues suddenly turn into an avalanche of praise and success. Krokus reached this point with the release of ‘One Vice At A Time, a supremely crafted album, boasting a clutch of tracks that elevated their appeal far beyond anything previously conceived or, indeed, achieved. 

    Co-produced in London by former AC/DC engineer Tony Platt and issued in 1982, the band made a concerted effort to refine their sound and ambition by bringing their trade mark style fully into focus. Sure, certain accusations that that their riff hungry approach was uncomfortably similar to that of AC/DC had been banded about but their distinctively European charm and quirky lyrical approach helped to ameliorate such criticism.

    Jam packed with a number of raucous tracks such as ‘Bad Boys Rag Dolls’, ‘To The Top’, ‘American Woman’ (a cover of the Guess Who classic) and perhaps their best known song ‘Long Stick Goes Boom’, there is room enough for the band to drill down deep yet retain a sense of composure befitting a band safe in the knowledge that they were about to reap the rewards of years of hard work. Look out for an appearance by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who provides backing vocals on the track ‘I’m On The Run’

    1. Long Stick Goes Boom
    2. Bad Boys Rag Dolls
    3. Playin’ The Outlaw
    4. To The Top; Down The Drain
    5. American Woman
    6. I’m On The Run
    7. Save Me
    8. Rock ‘N’ Roll
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  • Vandenberg 'Alibi' - Cargo Records UK

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    . Special Limited Deluxe Collector’s Edition
    . Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology
    . Features Adrian Vandenberg from Whitesnake and MoonKings
    . 12 page full colour booklet – 3,000 word essay, enhanced artwork, memorabilia, rare photos and new interview with Adrian Vandenberg

    Adrian Vandenberg has been, quite rightly, hailed as one of the world’s best rock guitar players, carving out a first class reputation for himself since the early 1970s. His band Vandenberg, formed in Holland in 1981, became one of the surprise attractions during the early eighties, storming the US charts and stylistically rivalling the cream of hard rock contenders such as Ratt, Dokken and Def Leppard. With the right looks and hooks it appeared that they could have gone on to bigger and even better things. Sadly, however, it was not to be.

    ‘Alibi’ was their third and final album. Recorded back in Holland, and issued in 1985, the record showcased all that was good about the band, with its powerful riffs, melodic hooks and well-crafted arrangements. Once Again, it was Adrian who stole the show, writing all the songs, designing the artwork and providing a remarkable selection of guitar solos, contributions that would not go unnoticed amongst his contemporaries. Indeed, once Adrian had disbanded the band, David Coverdale approached him to join Whitesnake for their hugely successful ‘1987’ album.   

    Produced by former Golden Earring drummer Jaap Eggermont, ‘Alibi’, despite its relative commercial failure, still holds firm as a record that combines all the great elements of Vandenberg’s all too brief day in the sun, leaving behind a vapour trail that still impresses to this day.

    1. All The Way
    2. Pedal To The Metal
    3. Once In A Lifetime
    4. Voodoo
    5. Dressed To Kill
    6. Fighting Against The World
    7. How Long
    8. Prelude Mortale
    9. Alibi
    10. Kamikaze
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