ALCATRAZZ – Disturbing The Peace [SFM remastered + bonus disc]
A couple years ago we featured at 0dayrox the Cherry Red / Hear No Evil Records remastered reissue of ALCATRAZZ‘s “Disturbing The Peace”, including 9 bonus tracks (HERE). Now we have here the 2-CD release of the album by The Store For Music, which is pretty different.
First, it comes with a bonus disc of a previously unreleased Live recording from October 10, 1984, At Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan.
Second, the remaster of “Disturbing The Peace” is warmer, separated, with an old-school aural feel that many people prefer. And third, featured a new album cover.
Speaking about “Disturbing The Peace”, it’s a killer album. After the incendiary debut, this second Alcatrazz studio album appeared in 1984. Major changes had occurred; management, record label and crucially the departure (sacking) of enfant terrible Yngwie Malmsteen.
In came on guitar the inspired choice of a young and extremely talented Steve Vai (ex Frank Zappa and later to grace David Lee Roth and Whitesnake).
As Graham Bonnet himself opined, with Vai they were a ‘band’, not a showcase for vocals and flashy guitar shreds. And I’d agree as Vai plays ‘with’ the band and the result is truly cohesive.
Produced by legend Eddie Kramer, “Disturbing The Peace” simply rocks.
Kicking off with the killer ‘God Blessed Video’ it sets the tone for the entire album, hard rock / melodic US metal that grabs you by the throat with Bonnet’s unique vocal, Vai’s impressive riffs and some great drum work from Jan Uvena. It’s MTV friendly and indeed enjoyed heavy rotation.
‘The Stripper’ and ‘Painted Lover’ (one of my favorite Alcatrazz songs ever) are two more assassin, catchy tunes, and there’s ‘Will You Be Home Tonight’ and the excellent ‘Desert Diamond’ to show off Graham’s broad vocal range and not just the ‘scream style’ he often gets saddled with.
As said, “Disturbing The Peace” is a terrific ’80s hard rock album, and this version, more suited for the vinyl LP lovers type of sound: warmer. And you have a bonus disc with a very good live recording, where the song versions are hotter.
CD 1: Disturbing The Peace Remastered
01. God Blessed Video
03. Will You Be Home Tonight
04. Wire And Wood
05. Desert Diamond
07. Painted Lover
08. Lighter Shade Of Green
09. Sons And Lovers
11. Breaking The Heart Of The City
CD 2: Previously Unreleased Live Album Oct 10, ’84, Tokyo:
02. Breaking The Heart Of The City
03. Jet To Jet
05. Sons And Lovers
06. Hiroshima Mon Amour
07. God Blessed Video
08. Will You Be Home Tonight
09. Kree Nakoorie
10. Since You’ve Been Gone
11. Painted Lover
12. Suffer Me
14. Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live
15. Kojo No Tuki (The Moon Over The Lake)
16. Night Games
17. All Night Long
Graham Bonnet – vocals
Steve Vai – guitar, backing vocals
Gary Shea – bass
Jan Uvena – drums, backing vocals
Jimmy Waldo – keyboards, backing vocals
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