18 NAMES (Karla Goldman) – Armed And Ready [Retrospect Records reissue]
To make the Karla Goldman request more complete, here we have her previous ’80s band 18 NAMES and their album “Armed And Ready“, a long lost LP reissued some time ago by Retrospect Records, now out of print.
The band showcased Karla’s impressive vocals and included into the line up bass player Scott Bender (future Baton Rouge member). A private release (only vinyl) from 1987, musically 18 Names sounds in fact pretty Pomp / Melodic Rock circa 1983 delivering some lovely parping keyboards / synth typical from the genre.
On the album there’s the original version of the song ‘Never Say No’ later re-recorded by Karla for her 1990 album, and it’s really cool to hear the contrast between this pompy version and the latter more melodic hard / midtempo.
01 – Armed And Ready
02 – I’ll Find My Way
03 – Open Your Eyes
04 – Keep Telling Me
05 – Call My Bluff
06 – Gotta Rock
07 – The Dark
08 – No Rules
09 – Kid Midnite
10 – Never Say No
Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar – Karla Goldman
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Bill Baldwin
Keyboards – John Meanor
Bass, Backing Vocals – Scott Bender
Drums, Backing Vocals – Chris Procopio