As promised in my Russia blog, their next album, now as Force 10. Basically more of the same stuff, not quite as pompous theatrical as Russia yet it's all still there, more keyboards, add Supertramp to my last name droppings maybe even some old The Tubes, more 80's sounding, definately no bad album! Favorite tracks: Watanabe, Hypnotized, Mountains Of Love. For more info, check my Russia blog, and read the comments from Russia/Force 10 keyboardist Rick White!
Tom Brighton - guitar and vocals
Rick White - keyboards and vocals
Larry Tuttle - bass and vocals
Jeff Swisstack - drums
Griff Stevens - Singing, woodwinds, guitars and computer grunts.
Force 10 - Force 10. 1981.
Produced by John Stronach.
Own vinyl rip. BitRate 192.
3. (I Feel So) Amused
4. Pictures (Of My Favourite Things)
5. Mountains Of Love
6. Show Me Your Love
8. My Future
9. I'll See You
Two albums by the name Spider, and before their third release, a change of name made them Shanghai. Good album, good well produced pop rock if you're into Heart, Fiona, Romeo's Daughter, Patty Smyth, Wendy and the Rockets... you get my point.
Amanda Blue - vocals
Keith Lentin - guitar
Beau Hill - keyboards (well known 80's & 90's hair band & AOR/rock producer)
Jimmy Lowell - bass
Anton Fig - drums (Ace Frehley, David Letterman's house band, session drummer, Kiss (Dynasty, Unmasked, Killers), Bob Dylan, and lots more)
Shanghai - Shanghai. 1982.
Produced by Bruce Fairbarn (R.I.P.)
My own rip. BitRate 192.
2. Always A Rebel
3. X-Ray Vision
4. I Need Your Love
5. Talk To Me
6. Born To Rock
7. Brand New Boy
8. All Of My Tears
9. On Video
10. Girl Who Likes To Cry
Another rare piece of vinyl: Session guitarist Alan Merrill's solo album from 1985. I once saw Alan Merrill live, paired with Bob Kulick, on a Meat Loaf Concert. Great memory... Good album, basic good hard rock album, if you like Eddie Money, Streetheart, Rick Derringer in the 80's, and such stuff, check this out!
Alan Merrill - Guitar, Bass, Organ, Synth, Lead and backing vocals (The Arrows, Cozy Powell, Runner, Hilly Micheals, Rick Derringer, Weird Al, Meat Loaf, DC Lacroix, Joan Jett)
Benjy King - Synth Jimmy Wilcox - Drums, backing vocals
Donnie Kisselbach - Backing vocals
Fiona Flanagan - Backing vocals
Eddie Tuduri - Drums
Rick Derringer - Guitar, backing vocals 'Love Express'
Alan Tarney - Guitar
Trevor Spencer - Drums
Terry Taylor - Guitar
Tom Strohlman - Alto Sax
Dallas Taylor - Drums, percussion
Steve Gould - Guitar, backing vocals
Dave Still - Percussion
Steve Winwood - Keyboards
Mike Driscoll - Drums
Damalza - Percussion
Oliver Tobias - Backing vocals
All music guide:
'Alan Merrill has had a long and varied career as a pop musician on three continents. Born Allan Sachs, the son of singer Helen Merrill and horn man Aaron Sachs, singer, guitarist, bassist and songwriter Merrill played in several bands in Greenwich Village as a teen before moving to Japan, where, as a member of the group the Lead, he signed a recording deal with RCA Victor Tokyo in 1968. The Lead had one big hit in Japan, "Aoi Bara," before breaking up, leaving Merrill as a solo act. He recorded two albums in 1970 and 1971, Merrill 1 and Alone in Tokyo, becoming a huge star in Japan's domestic market, working as a TV host and soap opera actor as well as recording music. Tired of being viewed as a "teen idol," Merrill formed the glam rock group Vodka Collins with drummer Horoshi Oguchi, recording the enduring TokyoNew York album for EMI Records, which spawned three hit singles, including a beautiful Merrill composition, "Sands of Time."
Merrill left Vodka Collins to form The Arrows in the U.K. in 1974. Among the groups' hits was the first version of "I Love Rock N Roll," later an even larger smash for Joan Jett. Merrill continued his television appearances in Britain, hosting a weekly series called The Arrows Show. When punk hit, The Arrows broke up, and Merrill formed the band Runner, recording the selftitled Runner for Island Records in 1978, before returning to the States, where he joined Rick Derringer's band. He released a solo album on Polydor in 1985, then joined Meat Loaf's band for a pair of albums. He had a reoccurring part in the HBO series Encyclopedia Brown, and began working with producer Jon Tiven in the Jon Tiven Group. Demand for a Vodka Collins reunion brought him back to Japan for three reunion albums by the band in the late 1990s. In 2002 Merrill released a 22song solo
project called Cupid Deranged, which was in essence a career retrospective. A holiday album, A Merrilly Christmas appeared that same year. A double album tribute to songwriters Arthur Alexander and Otis Blackwell, Double Shot Rocks, saw release in 2003, followed by another solo project, Aleecat, in 2004. Steve Leggett, All Music Guide'.
Alan Merrill - Alan Merril. 1985.
Produced by Alan Merrill.
Own vinyl rip. BitRate 192.
01 - She Rocks Me
02 - Hard Hearted Woman
03 - Keep On Comin
04 - Love Express
05 - Cold Cold September
06 - Rock Me In Rhythm
07 - N.Y. City
08 - Rain Chasing Dreams
09 - Freewheeler
10 - Always Another Train
My next posts will have 1 NWOBHM double single added as a bonus. None of the artists need more info, and here's the first one out:
NWOBHM Bonus single 1:
Tygers Of Pan Tang - Hellbound Single. 1981.
Produced by Chris Tsangarides
Side A: 01 - Hellbound
Side B: 02 - Don't Give A Damn
Free Bonus Single - The Audition Tapes
Side A: 03 - Bad Times
Side B: 04 - Don't Take Nothin'
Hope you'll like this stuff, and if you do, please leave a comment :) Rock on!