CATS IN BOOTS – Kicked & Klawed [Rock Candy remastered] + 0dayrox extra

Requested by one of you, “Kicked & Klawed“, the one and only CATS IN BOOTS album appeared in 1989 for sure deserved a place on this blog via this stupendous Rock Candy Records remaster, and to make it better, we added an extra track, the original Japanese edition bonus.
The Cats In Boots story is the ultimate tale of late ’80s big haired rock ‘n’ roll excess. Based in Los Angeles and nudging shoulders with every Sunset Strip wannabe (including Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt, Motley Crue, and Dokken) Cats In Boots found a new path forward by developing a huge following in Japan that quickly manifested into a series of major record companies falling over themselves to get the band to sign on the dotted line.
It was EMI who won the day, lining their pockets with ready cash and a promise to make them stars. Put in the studio famed engineer Mark Opitz, the band…

SILENT RAGE – Don’t Touch Me There [Rock Candy Remastered & Reloaded] (2021) *0dayrox EXCLUSIVE*

“Don’t Touch Me There” is the fabulous second album from SILENT RAGE originally appeared in 1989 via Simmons Records / RCA, and for years hard to find. Now it has been properly remastered by Rock Candy obtaining a fabulous sound quality.
Co-produced by Gene Simmons & Paul Sabu, the record did well in the charts and in MTV with the hit video ‘Rebel With A Cause’. This is a killer record with a glossy production typically ’89: huge vocals, sharp melodic guitars & pounding drums, mixing melodic hard rockers, a couple of AORish midtempo tunes and a power ballad.
You have it all here, and this remaster Rocks.
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RAGING SLAB – Raging Slab [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded] *0dayrox EXCLUSIVE*

As requested, here’s the Rock Candy Records remastered reissue of NYC Hard Rockers RAGING SLAB self titled 1989 album “Raging Slab“.
Signed by RCA Records and herded into the recording studio with legendary producer Daniel Rey (Ramones, Circus Of Power, etc) they crafted one of the greatest – or at least original – debut albums of the decade. With their hard rock southern bluesy mix, the Slab – as they were affectionately tagged – made for one hell of a circus side-show.
This is punchy, urgent, fried-chicken in motor-oil heavy stuff with a Seventies southern rock mojo amped with ’80s distortion / reverb, catchy as Hell…
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FACE DANCER – This World [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded] *0dayrox EXCLUSIVE*

More requested albums here; the hard to find Rock Candy Records remastered reissue – first time on CD – of US rockers FACE DANCER debut LP; “This World“. This is one of the early Rock Candy releases and now pretty scarce.
“This World” is a fantastic album full of wonderful quirky new-waveish melodic rock mixed with Pomp rock overtones, produced by Richie Wise who had previously aided on the first two Kiss albums. Blending sounds from Queen, Styx, The Cars, and the power pop of Cheap Trick, Face Dancer offered up a rousing collection of great tunes with a sound ahead of its time…

TRIGGER – Trigger [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded] *0dayrox EXCLUSIVE*

As requested, here’s the quite hard to find Rock Candy Records (not listed into their website anymore) remastered reissue of the the long sought after – and never before available on CD – self titled debut album from cult late Seventies New Jersey band TRIGGER self-tiled album.
Originally issued on the legendary Casablanca label in 1978, this album has been a hard rock collector’s favorite; for years a perennial top 3 title in virtually every reissue wish list published in on-line forums and beyond.
Discovered by Gene Simmons of Kiss who helped them to get a record deal, Trigger’s sole major label album was issued slap bang in the middle of the disco era resulting in low sales but attracting huge critical acclaim. As contagious a collection of loud & anthemic, no frills riff rockers you’ll ever likely hear, the band’s music combines the the best elements of groups such as Starz, Teaze, Kiss, The Babys and Billy Squier.
This reissue, officially licensed from Universal Music, has been remastered from the master tapes and sound fabulous.

ERIC MARTIN BAND – Sucker For A Pretty Face [Rock Candy remastered +5]

The first, major label solo debut of Mr. Big’s terrific vocalist Eric Martin has just been ‘Remastered & Reloaded‘ by Rock Candy Records, featuring 5 bonus tracks. In fact, this “Sucker For A Pretty Face” was the debut of his ERIC MARTIN BAND, originally named ‘415’.
Although the name Eric Martin is synonymous with the platinum selling melodic hard band rock band Mr. Big, there was a time when he was just another struggling singer, one of many trying to get a shot at the big time.
Eric’s calling card was, and still is, a one in a million voice; a golden rasp blessed with a silky smooth delivery that would eventually establish him as a contender for serious chart action.
A must for ’80s US Melodic Rock fans, Eric Martin Band’s “Sucker For A Pretty Face” is plenty of hooky rockers highlighting Eric’s awesome vocals.
The sound quality of this Rock Candy remaster is pretty impressive, featuring 5 bonus tracks including the studio track ‘Stop in the Name of Love’ plus 4 tracks recorded live at the ’83 Hawaii gig, also with a really good sound.

ERIC MARTIN – I’m Only Fooling Myself [Rock Candy remaster]

Here’s another request – and I scratch my head thinking why this great album wasn’t featured here before… ERIC MARTIN‘s second solo album “I’m Only Fooling Myself” recorded before he joined MR. BIG. This is terrific ’80s AOR album including the ‘who’s who’ from the L.A. session musician scene. And this is the first time appeared on CD, remastered by Rock Candy Records specialists.
While production is top notch, I always found the original release a bit flat in terms of sound. This Rock Candy remaster revitalized all levels and brightness. There’s a world of difference between this pristine remaster and the slightly flat sounding original LP / cassette release.
Truly one of the greatest ‘solo artist’ AOR albums of the second half of the ’80s from unquestionably one of the world’s most revered Rock vocalists.

ZODIAC MINDWARP AND THE LOVE REACTION – Tattooed Beat Messiah +9 [Rock Candy Remastered]

As requested here we have the now out of print, ‘remastered & reloaded‘ reissue by Rock Candy Records of ZODIAC MINDWARP AND THE LOVE REACTION 1988’s album “Tattooed Beat Messiah“, including no less than 9 bonus tracks, b-sides taken from the various singles the band released back in the day, for the first time on CD. This was one of the few RC releases housed into a cardboard slipcase.
At the time, Motley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses and Bon Jovi were ruling the American rock, whilst the UK was struttin’ its stuff with The Cult, Rogue Male and… Zodiac Mindwarp!
The brainchild of Mark Manning, former music mag designer and professional raconteur, Zodiac Mindwarp And The Love Reaction (to give the project its full unexpurgated title) was brought into being with a single aim in mind, to live the sex, drugs & rock’n’roll dream like there was no tomorrow.
Choc full of kick ass riffs, sleazy grooves and swagger the album received critical acclaim in 1988…

THE THROBS – Language Of Thieves & Vagabonds +2 [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded]

As requested here’s the rarely seen Rock Candy remastered version of THE THROBSLanguage Of Thieves & Vagabonds“, including two bonus tracks. Once upon a time, The Throbs were touted as New York’s answer to Guns N’ Roses. This, their debut record, which was produced by legend Bob Ezrin (Kiss, Alice Cooper) and released on Geffen Records in 1991 should have, by all means, made these guys stars.
During the late 80’s/early 90’s appeared quite a few bands which didn’t gain the success they deserved and whose albums are considered to be lost classics. “Language Of Thieves & Vagabonds” and The Throbs are in this wagon.
Listening to ”The Language Of Thieves And Vagabonds” now, you…

FM – Tough It Out +5 [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded]

Originally appeared in 1989, the glorious year for Melodic Rock / AOR music, “Tough It Out” was the second album by FM, greatly remastered by Rock Candy Records plus five bonus tracks.
Their debut album, ‘Indiscreet’, set the scene perfectly. This was a British band with their eyes set firmly on the American market, playing music equal to, if not superior, than masters of the craft such as Foreigner, Journey and Survivor.
That they had not earned a significant sales foothold was shocking but it only fueled their resolve to come back out swinging with their sophomore album, the stoically titled “Tough It Out”. This time around…

STAMPEDE – Hurricane Town +4 [Rock Candy Remastered & Reloaded]

As requested, here’s the Rock Candy remastered reissue of cult classic STAMPEDE album “Hurricane Town” (1983), including 4 bonus tracks. Back in the NWOBHM era, there were a few bands valiantly trying to be a little radio-friendly. One was called Def Leppard, but there was also Shy, Chrome Molly, and at the heavier end, Wildfire and Glaswegians Heavy Pettin’.
Stampede nestled in amongst them, but had an appealing ‘70s guitarishness to their pompy hard rock, courtesy of the band’s standout talent axe seducer Laurence Archer, who would play craps for UFO and Phil Lynott’s Grand Slam.
”Hurricane Town” is the band’s second album, sporting a crisp melodic production all over catchy rockers sung by Laurence’s stepdad Reuben Archer…

FM – Indiscreet [Rock Candy Remastered 2-CD set / 18 bonus tracks]

With the recent reissue of FM members earlier band Wildlife, many of you asked for this superb remaster of FM‘s first LP “Indiscreet“, remastered by Rock Candy Records. When the band were celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the release of their classic debut “Indiscreet”, in conjunction with Rock Candy Records they assembled a Deluxe 2 CD set containing the original album freshly digitally remastered plus no less than 18 bonus tracks.
Alongside the original “Indiscreet” album plus rare BBC sessions and a live track on one CD, the release includes an extra disc of rarities such as singles b-sides, extended 12” remix versions, live tracks, and for the first time on CD, the hard to find instrumental version of “American Girls” (only appeared on a mega rare maxi-single vinyl back in 1986) special to demonstrate your skills at the mic / karaoke.

WILDLIFE (pre Steve Overland’s FM) – Burning [Rock Candy Remastered & Reloaded] (2021)

Rock Candy Records just remastered & reloaded “Burning“, the debut album from WILDLIFE, a long lost Steve Overland’s FM related melodic rock / AOR obscurity resurrected for the modern age. Steve, his bro Chris Overland and drummer Pete Jupp were the core of the band, and would later become the core of FM.
Discovered by the late Adam Faith, WILDLIFE recorded ”Burning” (originally released in 1980) produced by Rupert Hine (Rush, Saga) a buoyant, focused debut.
The songs and the production are clearly influenced by the early ’80s AOR sound from America. The title track, ‘Too Close To The Heart’ and ‘If The Night’ are high caliber material. But despite its quality, it was tough for a UK band to make a mark in the genre. So, many people passed on it.
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RICK SPRINGFIELD – Living In Oz [Rock Candy Remastered & Reloaded]

Requested by many, here’s RICK SPRINGFIELD‘s “Living In Oz“, one of his best ’80s albums ‘Remastered & Reloaded‘ by Rock Candy Records.
“Living In Oz” appeared at a time when Rick had made name for himself as a beloved actor in various TV series and as a rock&pop artist, having released the multi-platinum albums Working Class Dog and Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet.
After that he wanted a lot more Rock credibility and started to write harder-edged material that would take his (already) outstanding career to a new level.
Recorded with such luminaries as incredible guitarist Tim Pierce, drummer Mike Baird (Stan Bush, Journey) keyboardist Alan Pasqua, Richard Page & Tom Kelly doing backing vocals, etc, and produced…

1994 – Please Stand By… [Rock Candy remastered +4]

Fronted by the charismatic Karen Lawrence, 1994 were one, in a long list, of great North American female-fronted hard rock bands emerging on the back of the success of Heart and Pat Benatar. Their sophomore record “Please Stand By…” was one of the strongest albums in the genre from the era, superbly remastered by Rock Candy Records released for the first time on CD including 4 lovely bonus tracks.
Who couldn’t love the vocals of the lovely Karen Lawrence? A particularly versatile singer who could just as easily strip the paint off your woodwork with her throaty roar as caress your ears with her beautiful melodies. The main difference with 1994’s debut was new guitarist Rick Armand (and bassist Bill Rhodes, who plays more guitar than bass here), resulting in a little more varied material.
The opening title-track is a great upbeat song, and the track the original LP ended with – the raucous ‘Keep Ravin’ On’, is perhaps the heaviest thing 1994 ever recorded.