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ALAN GORRIE (feat Dann Huff) – Sleepless Nights [AOR Light Mellow 1000 series] (2020) *EXCLUSIVE*

In a similar fashion to their ‘HR/HM 1000‘ hard rock series, Universal Music Japan has started last December “AOR Light Mellow 1000 series“, a new campaign reissuing a number of hard-to-find AOR titles under the supervision of AOR Light Mellow’s specialized label leading expert, Toshikazu Kanazawa, on sale for a limited time at a special price of ¥ 1,000 = about 10 USD.
From the long out of print records from the list, we have this Hi-Tech AOR little gem: ALAN GORRIE‘s 1985 album “Sleepless Nights“.
This the only solo album released by Gorrie, bass player / vocalist of the Average White Band, also known as session man for many big acts.
Among the ‘dudes’ playing here we find Dann Huff, Michael Landau, Nathan East, Joseph Williams, John ‘JR’ Robinson, Jeff Bova, and the impressive cast continues… the who’s who from the LA Session scene.
Are you an ’80s AOR sucker? Grab this one pronto.
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Jaime Page’s DARK UNIVERSE – Into The Black [Remastered 2021]

Jaime Page is a well known Australian musician / rock guitarist who has been part of many bands and collaborated with other artists. Perhaps the most notable is having her song ‘Resurrection’ being recorded by Brian May on his solo album ‘Back to the Light’. And what a killer song it is.
Musically Jaime Page’s DARK UNIVERSE album “Into The Black” has many points in common with May’s album, however more varied in nature ranging from mid-paced melodic hard rockers to progressive. And there’s an excellent vocalist in Donna Greene who reminds me of Ann Wilson at places.
When “Into The Black” was released three years ago, Jaime Page came out as transgender and a new chapter in her life started.
Now the album is being re-issued, remastered and slightly remixed to reach Page’s original sound vision. It comes with bonus material and new artwork.
A very good, always interesting band and elaborated melodic music always trying to escape from the common ground and delivering something unique. Read full review –>
Highly Recommended

MIDNITE CITY – There Goes The Neighbourhood [Japan Edition +1] Out of Print *EXCLUSIVE*

MIDNITE CITY‘s stupendous second album “There Goes The Neighbourhood” in its Japanese edition included an exclusive bonus track, but this Asian CD was pretty hard to find because the band had chosen small record label AnderStein Music for the release. AnderStein Music – in fact a Japan-based music shop – now disappeared, with “There Goes The Neighbourhood [Japan Edition +1]” becoming a collector’s piece.
Following on from their explosive self-titled debut album, MIDNITE CITY returned all guns blazing with this sophomore release. A collection of fist pumping, high energy, feel-good melodic rock / hair metal of the highest order.
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MIDNITE CITY – Midnite City [Japan Edition +1] Out of Print

Included by 0dayrox team into the ‘Best Of list’ of the year, MIDNITE CITY‘s self-titled debut “Midnite City” was among the strongest debuts. This Japanese edition, now out of print, features an extra, bonus track.
At the time new Melodic Hard Rock band from England but formed by experienced musicians, MIDNITE CITY included Rob Wylde (ex Vega) – who also fronts Tigertailz for some time now – and Tainted Nation / Eden’s Curse’s Pete Newdeck (who back in 2014 released one of the best British AOR albums In Faith’s ‘There’s A Storm Coming’), a partnership in crime who deliver here the classic sound of the genre we all know and love.

JIM PETERIK – Comeback Story / The Best In Us + Quarantine Live Set 2020 *EXCLUSIVE*

JIM PETERIK hasn’t been quiet during this lockdown: he wrote & recorded two new songs, “Comeback Story / The Best In Us” performed in a duet with powerhouse vocalist Cathy Richardson (Starship).
But Jimbo also did a streaming live show presenting bot new cuts plus some amazing acoustic / electric versions of some of his best songs.
There’s a great take of timeless classics such as ‘Eye Of The Tiger’, ‘Burning Heart’, ‘Caught Up In You’ (the song he wrote for 38 Special) but also surprising arrangements on ‘Heavy Metal’ (co-penned with Sammy Hagar for the movie of the same title), his classic ‘Vehicle’ into an amazing blues version where Cathy Richardson shine on vocals, and the rare, very early Ides Of March’s ‘L.A. Goodbye’.
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MIDNITE CITY – Crawlin’ In The Dirt (2021) + Open Invite [Limited Edition EP 2019]

Fantastic AOR / melodic rockers MIDNITE CITY just released ‘Crawlin’ In The Dirt’, the first single taken from the band’s upcoming album which is set for release in May. This big, uptempo rocker is rammed full of riffs, hooks and harmonies; it sees these AOR favourites continue to take things up a notch with every release and is guaranteed to delight their avid fans no end.
Additionally, MIDNITE CITY has made available again the ‘acoustic into the studio’ EP ”Open Invite”, recorded in 2019 and originally a limited edition hand numbered CD only available for purchase during the band’s ‘Here Comes The Party UK Tour’.
Great stuff.

BIG COUNTRY – Out Beyond The River [Compulsion Years Anthology, Cherry Red 5-CD Remastered Boxset] (2020)

As requested, here we have the Cherry Red Records limited box-set ”Out Beyond The River: The Complete Compulsion Recordings”, a newly remastered set featuring the original classic line-up of Scottish rockers BIG COUNTRY, fronted by the late Stuart Adamson.
This set celebrates the recordings of the band made between 1993 and 1994 for Chrysalis Records imprint Compulsion.
Featuring 71 tracks on 5 discs, including the albums ”The Buffalo Skinners” (featuring the great Simon Phillips on drums), the double live album ”Without The Aid Of A Safety Net’ recorded at Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow on 29 December 1993, a disc of rare B-sides / bonus tracks, US radio mixes & previously unreleased song, plus a CD with the original demo for every track on The Buffalo Skinners album…

CREYE – Creye [Japan Edition +1] + ‘No Easy Way Out’ cover

Frontiers Music thrilled us with the announce of the release of the self-titled debut album from one of the world’s hottest Melodic Rock / AOR newcomers, CREYE. This Japanese edition includes a bonus track, and as extra, we have Creye’s cover of Robert Tepper’s classic ‘No Easy Way Out’.
This is timeless Scandi melodic rock with a polished, pristine production and melodies to die for. One of 2018 ‘Album of The Year’ for sure.
AWESOME

BENJAMIN ORR – The Lace [Wounded Bird Records remastered] (2021) *EXCLUSIVE*

Out of print and fetching ridiculous price at auction sites, Wounded Bird Records has reissued their remastered version of The Car’s founding member BENJAMIN ORR only solo album, “The Lace“.
With guitars handled by session whiz Michael Landau and bandmate Elliot Easton, and co-production / keyboards courtesy of talented musician and longtime Joni Mitchell collaborator/then-husband Larry Klein, the musicianship was top-notch, and the same can be said for the majority of the songs, all of which were co-written by Orr with his fiancée Diane Grey Page.
Originally appeared in 1986, “The Lace” is pure ’80s from every corner: this is a terrific slice from the golden era with ‘that soun’d – co-produced / engineered by the great Mike Shipley (Def Leppard, Scorpions).
The atmospheric AOR Top 40 single “Stay The Night” still is a classic radio staple, and one of the best representation of the ’80s.
If you are fan of classic ’80s hi-tech AOR with a heap of keyboards and an excellent singer, then ‘The Lace’ should be a compulsory acquisition. For me, it’s a must have.
A Must
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URIAH HEEP – Equator [Rock Candy Remastered +4] (25th Anniversary Expanded Edition)

As requested here’s the remastered version including 4 bonus tracks of URIAH HEEP‘s mid-Eighties album “Equator“. Although not credited due to legal reasons, this is a Rock Candy Records production, with Andy Pearce remastering and featuring artwork / booklet in the label’s habitual fashion.
“Equator” resulted very hard to find for years as the band originally released this album via a new record label, Portrait Records, a subsidiary of CBS. In the 90s many record companies resulted interested in a reissue, but CBS / Sony wanted an extortionate sum for the rights. So “Equator” had to way 25 years for this Expanded Edition remastered, finally released by Cherry Red UK.
Musically, this is not your classic Seventies’ URIAH HEEP. It was 1985, the sound here is slick, commercial polished melodic hard rock produced by Tony Platt (Foreigner).
Indeed, “Equator” feels like mix of ’80s Bad Company when Brian Howe was the vocalist, and Foreigner. Remastered and the 16-page booklet are excellent.
HIGHLY Recommended

GOWAN – Return Of The Strange Animal [24-Bit Remastered]

Lawrence GOWAN is a Canada-based musician, but few people know that he is a Glasgow, Scotland native. His second, 1985’s album ‘Strange Animal’ was recorded in England at the studio where John Lennon made his ‘Imagine’ album. Produced by British David Tickle (Prince, U2) and featuring a more ‘theatrical’ Gowan, this album was his commercial breakthrough in Canada.
Celebrating the record 25th Anniversary, “Return Of The Strange Animal” is a remastered version of the original ’85s ‘Strange Animal’ plus a bonus…

JEFF SCOTT SOTO – 24th Of June: Alive ‘N Kissing [Rare promo only CD]

In the mid-1990s, when JEFF SCOTT SOTO released his debut solo album ‘Love Parade’, the record company decided to organize a press conference and invite many reporters from various countries. That was the way that many people could gather in one room and ask many different questions and find out everything they wanted to know.
And just before it happened Soto and his musicians, including Gary Schutt, Michael Voss, and Takara’s Neal Grusky, decided that it could be interesting to play an acoustic set after all the questions were answered. So the set was recorded, and released under the title “Alive ‘N Kissing“, but in very small quantities – a collectors item now.
It’s very cool hearing Jeff Scott Soto performing songs of Journey, Takara, or Prince, and enjoy his unique voice.

TIMELESS HALL – Timeless Hall +3 [Digitally Remastered] (2021)

Danish band with American vocalist, TIMELESS HALL recorded & released by themselves this self-titled debut disc back in 1994. Now founder member / guitarist Arne Lunde is reissuing the album fully remastered via his own studio recording company / label Unique Sound Image Factory including as bonus TIMELESS HALL’s 3-track promotional only EP from 1996.
This album proves to be more than a ‘collectors item’, but an elaborated bunch of strong songs something like QUEENSRYCHE meets SAIGON KICK.

CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE – Ten High (2021)

Ten High” is the debut album on Carry On Music by golden-throated vocalist / guitarist CHRISTOPHER SHAYNE. The Phoenix-born young rocker and his rock-solid band have handily met that aural challenge so hard to find in Classic Rock today, which builds mightily on the gritty sonic template set forth on early ZZ TOP albums.
As the holy grit and hellfire groove of ”Ten High” amply proves, Shayne and his band of road-dog brethren are more than the sum of what would happen if ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith and Van Zant dove head first into a Cuisinart together without missing a beat. All produced with that old-school, AC/DC Highway To Hell kind of sound.
This is first class fried-chicken, gutsy but polished bluesy Hard Rock with a killer Southern vibe.
HIGHLY Recommended

ACCEPT – Too Mean To Die (2021)

To be released next week, “Too Mean To Die” is the (now) German/American quintet ACCEPT 16th studio effort, and the album’s title seems like an appropriate moniker. This marks the first record in the band’s four-decade career not to feature original bassist Peter Baltes, leaving guitarist Wolf Hoffmann as the Accept’s lone original member and primary composer.
But Hoffmann hasn’t forgotten how to craft a meaty riff and pounding, melodic juggernaut rhythms. Every element that makes up a classic ACCEPT record is present here.
In fact – and while ACCEPT has not released a bad album this decade since the band’s rebirth with Mark Tornillo – “Too Mean To Die” should be the best; all killer and no filler.