Category: REMASTER ROCK CANDY

DONNIE IRIS – Fortune 410 [Rock Candy remaster +1] (2021) *0dayrox Exclusive*

Rock Candy Records has just remastered & reloaded DONNIE IRIS‘ most celebrated 80s albums with a pristine sound quality, and here’s the last from the batch, the really mid-Eighties sounding ”Fortune 410”, including a bonus track.
New Wave-ish AOR anyone? ”Fortune 410” is plenty of it. The sound became more processed according to times (originally released in 1983) but still retained an edge of perfect pure power-pop. This album packs some of Iris’ most expressive vocals and songs, like ‘Stagedoor Johnny’, ‘I’m A User’, the delicious ‘She’s So European’, ‘Do You Compute?’ and the insanely catchy ‘Cry (If you Want To)’, paving the way for a tidal wave of praise from fans.
The album had a computer-like artwork – a hi-tech coolness for the era – and the single hit ‘Do You Compute?’ was used by the video game / computer company Atari to form a cross-marketing promotion.
Pure Eighties stuff indeed.
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DONNIE IRIS – King Cool [Rock Candy remastered +1] (2021) *0dayrox Exclusive*

Rock Candy Records has just remastered & reloaded DONNIE IRIS‘ the most celebrated Eighties albums with a pristine sound quality, and for many his best album is 1981’s “King Cool“, in this reissue including a bonus track.
Squeezing out a sound somewhere between The Cars and Foreigner with a dash of radio-friendly AOR, Iris and his kindred spirit, producer, keyboard player & songwriter Mark Avsec formed Donnie Iris And The Cruisers in the late Seventies, releasing a successful debut followed by this one a year after.
”King Cool” is rammed with potential hit singles that were presented in a luscious style with hints of classic old-school radio-rock but blessed with a smooth AOR sheen.
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EDDIE MONEY – Life For The Taking [Rock Candy remaster] *0dayrox Exclusive*

Many of you have been asking for missing Rock Candy remastered & reloaded reissues to complete collections, and here’s as requested EDDIE MONEY‘s 2nd album “Life For The Taking“, perhaps the most complete LP in the singer’s career.
Recorded with a clever ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix it’ approach and sticking to what he knew best, for “Life For The Taking” Eddie reconvened the same team who worked on his debut album. The results were equally as magical, Eddie’s identifiably gritty voice sitting atop a fine collection of songs that mixed r ‘n’ b with rock very much in the same style as his debut album.
Issued in early 1979, the album consolidated the success of his debut, lodging itself in the top 20 of the US album charts. It also contained material that would provide more introspective lyrical content such ‘You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down’ and the magnificent title track, a brooding epic inspired by his childhood experiences in Brooklyn.
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HELIX – Long Way To Heaven [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded] HQ

This one was requested by many in maximum quality, HELIX more ‘AORish’ album from the mid-Eighties; the ultra polished “Long Way To Heaven“, fully ‘Remastered & Reloaded‘ by Rock Candy Records specialists.
Helix were a band you could always count on to deliver; live they were like an explosion in a circus and on record they served up numerous hard rock anthems.
Furthermore, they were relentless hard workers, banging out classy albums in the blink of an eye and touring the world like men possessed. The smart money was on Helix not only making the grade but also setting the bar for Canadian rock in general.
Helix first rocked the world a couple years earlier on the excellent No Rest For The Wicked, but I believe they put all the pieces together just right on this “Long Way To Heaven”. The songs are great and production top notch.
This Rock Candy remaster is excellent, the best…

EDDIE MONEY – Eddie Money [Rock Candy remaster] *0dayrox Exclusive*

Many of you have been asking for missing Rock Candy reissues to complete collections, and here’s as requested EDDIE MONEY‘s most famous album, his self-titled debut fully remastered including the hits ‘Two Tickets To Paradise’ and ‘Baby Hold On’.
After signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Eddie Mahoney burst onto the scene with his eponymous debut album in 1977. Fans immediately fell in love with Money’s sound, and the album went double platinum.
“Eddie Money” was produced by former Doors alumni Bruce Botnick, with able assistance from famed engineers Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin) and Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses). It also featured musical support from members of the Steve Miller Band and introduced guitarist Jimmy Lyon, a man who would act as the perfect foil for Eddie’s instantly identifiable voice…

EDDIE MONEY – Playing For Keeps [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded]

Many of you have been asking for missing Rock Candy reissues to complete collections, and here’s as requested EDDIE MONEY 1980’s album “Playing For Keeps”, fully remastered shaped from 24 BIT digital technology.
Eddie’s s first two albums certainly set the scene: panoramic melodic hard rock filled with memorable hooks supporting an instantly identifiable rasp. It was a tailor made sound that perfectly fitted the American airwaves sitting comfortably besides music from the likes of Boston, Foreigner and Journey. A reliable style that served Eddie well and it was masterfully replicated on this, his third, album.
Highlights include the classic Money rocker ‘The Wish’ (one of his best tracks), melodic midtempo opener ‘Trinidad’, the great…

Y&T – Earthshaker [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded]

Rock Candy Records did a ‘Remastered & Reloaded‘ treatment to the early ’80s Y&T albums, for many, the band’s finest moment. “Earthshaker” was Y&T’s first album for A&M and the first under their current name, after changing it from Yesterday and Today used on the two prior records.
This record changed everything for Meniketti & Co., with a polished production (yet still retaining a quite heavy sound) and full of radio-friendly hooks.
The whole album standouts driven by hot riffs, even present on the ballsy power ballad “I Believe In You”, a reference for just about every hair metal to come in the way of crafting their rock ballads.
“Earthshaker” stunned the hard rock world with its aggressive songs and production. It was a double whammy that breathed new life into the band’s profile, helping to re-establish them as…

EDDIE MONEY – No Control [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded]

Many of you have been asking for missing Rock Candy reissues to complete collections, and here’s as requested their remastered version of  EDDIE MONEY‘s “No Control“, one of his best albums from the Eighties with that wonderful 1982’s US Melodic Rock / AOR sound.
MONEY’s life was turned upside down by the runaway success of his self-titled debut album. The fast-talkin’ New Yorker spent fifteen years chasing his dreams of Rock stardom, first in bands on his native East Coast, then right across the other side of the country following a move to Berkeley, California.
The two following LP’s certainly set the scene: panoramic American Melodic Rock filled with memorable hooks supporting an instantly identifiable rasp.
It was a tailor made sound that perfectly fitted the American airwaves at the beginning of the Eighties sitting comfortably besides music from the likes of Boston, Foreigner and Journey…

DONNIE IRIS – Back On The Streets [Rock Candy remaster +2] (2021) *0dayrox Exclusive*

Rock Candy Records has just remastered & reloaded DONNIE IRIS‘ most celebrated Eighties albums with a pristine sound quality, and perhaps the best is debut “Back On The Streets“, in this reissue including two bonus tracks.
With a sound somewhere between Cheap Trick, The Cars, Foreigner and Loverboy with a dash of radio-friendly AOR, Iris and his kindred spirit producer, keyboard player & songwriter Mark Avsec formed Donnie Iris And The Cruisers in the late Seventies, releasing ”Back On The Streets” in 1980 and surprising many ranking in the Top 40 with its catchy tunes…
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EDDIE MONEY – Where’s The Party? [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded]

Rock Candy specialists reissued / remastered all EDDIE MONEY early albums, and 1983’s “Where’s The Party?” is one of the singer’s most sounding AOR records.
When “Where’s The Party?” was released, Eddie Money was a hugely successful and famous artist with a string of hit singles and platinum albums to his name. Eddie’s raspy tones and his penchant for earthy blue collar rock had served him well, yet his lust for living life to the full had, before the release of his last album, taken a turn for the worse when ill-health nearly ruined his good fortune.
Luckily, Eddie continued to recover from this health set back and commenced the recording his fifth album “Where’s The Party?”, an album largely produced, as was his previous platinum smash ‘No Control’, by veteran studio wizard Tom Dowd (Kenny Loggins, Chicago) in Los Angeles.
Surrounded by a number of top sessions players including guitarist Steve Farris (Mr. Mister), great..

THE JOHNNY VAN ZANT BAND – No More Dirty Deals [Rock Candy remastered]

Many of you have been asking for missing Rock Candy reissues to complete collections, and here’s as requested THE JOHNNY VAN ZANT BAND debut album “No More Dirty Deals” fully remastered from the master tapes and for the first time on CD.
Johnny Van Zant is of course member of the Southern rock’s “royal family” as the younger brother of rock legends Ronnie Van Zant from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Donnie Van Zant from 38 Special. Having watched his older brothers enjoy great success in the 70s, he formed his own band The Austin Nickels in 1977.
They got signed to Polydor Records and changed their name to the Johnny Van Zant Band. They eam up with legendary producer and original Skynyrd A&R man Al Kooper to cut this blistering debut album “No More Dirty Deals”.
Yeah, this is Southern rock, but AOR flavored and with a melodic rock sheen…

IAN THOMAS – Glider [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded]

Many of you have been asking for missing Rock Candy reissues to complete collections, so we have here as requested IAN THOMASGliderremastered album for the first time.
If you’re not Canadian then you’ve either never heard of Ian Thomas, or conversely, you’ll know that he’s one of the most talented artists to ever draw breath. Inside Canada he’s become something of an institution, still touring and still writing magnificent songs, whether it is for himself or one of his other musical outlets.
The man is a staple in the world of Canadian singer-songwriters, with all the praise and goodwill bestowed on a national treasure…

IAN THOMAS – The Runner [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded]

Canadian singer & songwriter IAN THOMAS never made it big as solo artist outside his country, but this talented singer & songwriter has a loyal AOR base of supporters world wide admiring his art with fanatical devotion. One of his best albums, “The Runner“, has been released on CD for the first time with a superb remastering job by Rock Candy.
Certified Gold in Canada, “The Runner” is easily amongst Ian Thomas’ best work, definitely commercial and radio friendly mixing smooth AOR melodies with delicate Westcoast sounds.
The first two tracks,”Hold On” and “Stringin’ A Line” are rich in layered harmony vocals and clever mid paced arrangements. Ian has the uncanny ability to put a slight twist in his bridges and choruses which ultimately makes the songs stand out more…

STARCASTLE – Citadel [Rock Candy remastered] *0dayrox Exclusive*

As requested, here’s the pristine Rock Candy Records remastered & reloaded reissue of American prog / pompsters STARCASTLE third album “Citadel“.
As with their second album, “Citadel” had Roy Thomas Baker as producer who together with the band and the record label decided to give the music a touch of commercialism, with shorter tracks and more radio appeal.
Certainly opener ‘Shine On Brightly’ could have been an AOR classic FM single and ‘Cant Think Twice’ is as close to the band ever came to a drivin’ rock song, something which was already happening in America with bands of this ilk, like Journey or Angel…

STARCASTLE – Starcastle [Rock Candy remastered] *0dayrox Exclusive*

As requested many, now we have the Rock Candy Records remastered & reloaded reissue of American prog / pompsters STARCASTLE first, self-titled debut album “Starcastle“.
Fronted by former REO Speedwagon vocalist Terry Lutrell, STARCASTLE was the American answer to English prog rock, and crafted a spectacular debut album pushing at the boundaries of the genre adding melody and pomp. Think Kansas, Styx, Yes for a close approximation of their complex yet easily accessible and melodic sound.
No wonder that Boston apparently kicked them off a tour for upstaging them. Starcastle’s debut album boasts complex musicianship applied to evocative and melodic songs, all wrapped up in one of the most beautiful and imaginative album sleeves of the era…