ROADMASTER – Hey World [Rock Candy remaster]
ROADMASTER was unquestionably one of the pillars in the Pomp AOR movement, and fortunately Rock Candy Records has remastered their more essential albums. All really good, being this “Hey World” a transition from the Pomp of the band’s origins to the upcoming melodic hard rock of the ’80s.
Showcasing frontman Stephen ‘Mac’ McNally’s unique vocals, together with a brace of supremely melodic tracks, Roadmaster’s third album “Hey World” is universally regarded as a high watermark of the initial days of the genre.
Indeed, it is a record that fuses supremely crafted melodic AOR with all the grandeur and magnificence of the greatest Pomp Rock bands of the era. Think Styx, Kansas, Trillion and Starcastle wrapped up into one glorious bundle of fun.
“Hey World” delivers all the lip smacking components of prime Pomp, with soaring lead vocals, multi-layered harmonies, breathtaking arrangements and an extraordinary keyboard component.
Touring with the likes of Ted Nugent, Blue Oyster Cult and Aerosmith, the “Hey World” album helped to consolidate Roadmaster reputation as one of the Mid-West’s hardest working and best loved bands.
“Hey World” it’s a record that continues to offer up surprises even to this day.
Roadmaster was ahead of their time with this release anticipating the sound developed by the likes of Journey or Styx two years after.
Excellent 24-bit remastering by Rock Candy (handled by Andy Pearce) from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement and additional photos spread out over a 16 page full color booklet.
01 – Hey World
02 – My Eyes Have Been Opened
03 – I’m On My Way
04 – Never Say Goodbye
05 – Us Coming Back
06 – Say You Wanna Be With Me
07 – Rainbow Waterfall
08 – Looking For The Day
09 – Good To Be Back Home
Stephan McNally – vocals
Rick Benick – guitars, backing vocals
Michael Read – keyboards, synthesizers
Toby Myers – bass, backing vocals
Bobby Johns – drums, backing vocals
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