Monday, June 18, 2007

Back with some stuff...

In a world of Angel, Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, B.Ö.C and a older brother fronting Starz, Rex Smith released 2 albums with his band REX.

Once again, a quote from RockDetector:
Having quit the Hard Rock outfit REX, Mr Smith - the brother of STARZ vocalist Michael Lee Smith - turned solo, albeit with a far more Pop oriented direction.

And here it is, as promised, REX's debut album!
(Their second album are posted here earlier, look in the archives.)

Rex - Rex. 1976.

Produced by Eddie Leonetti

1. Feeling Better
2. Violent
3. Ten Seconds Of Love
4. Rock & Roll Dream
5. Dead End Kids
6. Trouble
7. Call Her "Easy"
8. Stay With Me
9. I Can't Explain


Hotel - Hotel. 1979.

Marc Phillips - Vocals/Keyboards

Tommy Calton - Guitar
Michael Reid - Guitar
George Creasman - Bass
Lee Bargeron - Keyboards
Michael Cadenhead - Drums
By 1977, Hotel signed their first recording contract with Mercury Records for a 45 single called "You'll Love Again". Thanks mostly to Dain Eric's efforts, the song charted. Even though the band showed promise, Mercury was noncommittal when it came a possible LP release. Hotel asked out of their contract and Mercury accepted.Once again the band was free to shop for a record company. In 1978, Dain Eric secured a deal for Hotel with the Scotti Brothers in Los Angeles. The Scotti Brothers were best known for their promotions of records within the industry. They could also secure a record deal for Hotel with a major label - which they did - with MCA. Hotel's debut album "Hotel" was released in the summer of 1979 with the first single "You've Got Another Thing Coming" followed by the Marc Phillips/Barry Mann song "Hold on to the Night."

RockReport says:
'An extremely smooth AOR band, HOTEL came across as an extremely laid back,
toothless unit with the self-titled debut album of 1979 vintage.'

I remember I first saw this album & band mentioned in the english paper Sounds, way back in the early 80's. Took quite some years to find it. I'm not disagreeng totally with RockDetectors statement, but not a bad album, just not a very rockin' one. But, as it's not an easy album to find, I'll share it with you anyway.

Hotel - Hotel. 1979

1. You've Got Another Thing Coming
2. You'll Love Again
3. Right On Time
4. One Time Too Many
5. Old Silver
6. Not Wise To Say
7. Losing My Mind
8. City Lights
9. Hold On To The Night
10. Your Green Eyes


Trigger - Trigger. 1978.
Casablanca Records
Produced by Corky Stasiak & Dennis Ferrante

Jimmy Duggan - Vocals/Guitar
Richie House - Vocals/Guitar
Tom Nigra - Vocals/Bass
Derek Remington - Vocals/Drums

1. Somebody Like You
2. Gimme Your Love
3. Baby Don't Cry
4. Shake It Up
5. Rockin' 'Cross The U.S.A.
6. Deadly Weapon
7. I've Heard That Line Before
8. Beware Of Strangers
9. I Think I'm Ready
10. Don't Stop Your Love
11. We're Gonna Make It


Silver Condor

Silver Condor "Trouble At Home" originally released on Columbia Records in 1983 is truly the first solo album of lead singer, songwriter, producer, Joe Cerisano. This album features a host of great session players including Rick Derringer, Clarence Clemons (Springsteen), Neil Schon (Journey) and Waddy Wachtel (Stevie Nicks).

And what a line-up!

Joe Cerisano - Lead Vocals
Steve Plunkett - Guitar & Vocals
Nick Brown - Guitar
Steve Goldstein - Keyboards
Kenny Aaronson - Bass
Craig Krampf - Drums

Additional musicians:
Rick Derringer - Guitar on 'Thank God For Rock'n'Roll'
Neal Schon - Guitar on 'Holdin' On (Barely)'
Waddy Wachtel - Guitar on 'Goin' Out On The Town' and 'I Stand Accused'
Clarence Clemons - Saxophone

Silver Condor - Trouble At Home. 1983.

1. Trouble At Home
2. Dear Abby
3. Goin' Out On The Town
4. Good Lovin' Don't Come Easy
5. I Stand Accused
6. Thank God For Rock n' Roll
7. When A Man Loves A Woman
8. Turn Back The Big Machine
9. Holdin' On (Barely) (Later on Lee Aarons 1985 album 'Call Of The Wild'1985, renamed 'Barely Holdin' On')


Derringer - Derringer. 1976.

And as a bonus, an old 'hero' of mine, Rick Derringer's band Derringer and their 1976 release simply named Derringer. Drop by for more of his early stuff in here later.

1. Let Me In
2. You Can Have It
3. Loosen Up Your Grip
4. Envy
5. Comes A Woman
6. Sailor
7. Beyond The Universe
8. Goodbye Again



bigfootkit said...

Thanks very much for these, an interesting & eclectic mix. Been wanting to hear the Trigger album for soooo long. I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Anonymous said...

great post!! what a great blogthis one of yours. I was also after the Trigger album. Thanks a lot, mate

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your great blog and "Hotel"! Do you have their second "Half Moon Silver"? It is so rare, but Im so interested in to listen!

Alocacoc said...

Thanks, all!

bigfoot, there no way I can match your blog, dude. So I won't try :))) but I'll dig out some stuff, once in a while.

Sorry, I don't have the 'Half Moon Silver' album. Really want to hear that too!

Rob said...
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Rob said...

ouch that last post had the link chopped short ,here we 'll try again
Hotel "Half Moon Silver" :

Alocacoc said...

Awesome, rob! Thanks a lot! As much as I've managed to get my hands on through the years, there's always some gems that's kept avoiding me :))
I'll post your info&link here later,thanks again! REALLY appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Really appreciate the Derringer album. Do you happen to have "Sweet Evil"? I've heard great things about that album but have never been able to track it down.

WVKayaker said...

Thanks for Trigger and Derringer. Saved me the task of ripping my vinyl.
Come visit us some time!

Anonymous said...

Ty for the hotel and silver condor posts :)

Eric said...

Thanks so much for all this great stuff you have posted.

By any chacne do you have the second Derringer album, Sweet Evil? I liked it even more than the Derringer-Derringer album.

Anonymous said...

Oh my god, thank you sooooo much for putting that first Rex album up. You're my hero haha. I have the record of it, but I've been searching the net forever trying to find someone who has it in mp3 format to put on my iPod(I don't have a usb turntable).
Once again, thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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