Category: SHY

SHY – Excess All Areas [Rock Candy remaster +4] (2019) *EXCLUSIVE*

One of the greatest Melodic Hard Rock / AOR albums of all time just has been ‘Remastered & Reloaded‘ by Rock Candy Records; SHYExcess All Areas” including 4 bonus tracks.
Before undertaking their all-important third album, 1987’s “Excess All Areas”, RCA relocated Shy to Los Angeles to soak up the Californian melodic hard rock radio vibe. Songwriting session started soon and the recording label secured the services of – omnipresent in most great ’80s records – talented Neil Kernon to produce.
The result was an awesome blend of American flavored AOR played in a British melodic hard fashion, and one of my top 50 Best Of albums of All Time.

SHY – Brave The Storm [Rock Candy remaster +6] (2019) *EXCLUSIVE*

A much needed remaster of SHY‘s “Brave The Storm” just has been released by Rock Candy specialists including 6 bonus tracks, the British act major label debut which, without a doubt, should have been a real breakout LP for the band.
SHY was a latecomer to the NWOBHM scene, and like many groups like Tobruk and Heavy Pettin’, they straddled the line between metal and arena rock. Featuring powerhouse vocalist Tony Mills, for this “Brave The Storm” released in 1985 they hitched themselves to the American AOR bandwagon, produced by Tony Platt (Cheap Trick, Foreigner).

TONY MILLS – Beyond The Law [Japan edition] (2019)

Former SHY / TNT lead vocalist TONY MILLS will be releasing his seventh solo album “Beyond The Law” today June 21, 2019, while this Japanese version already appeared some days ago. Melodic rocking with an AOR feel along the lines of his early work with SHY, the record highlight is his stratospheric vocal range and skillful songwriting / arrangements, helped...

STATE OF ROCK (Tony Mills) – A Point Of Destiny [Japan Edition +1]

Requested by one of you here’s STATE OF ROCK album “A Point Of Destiny” in its Japanese edition including a bonus track. Formed by 3 members of German melodic rockers FRONTLINE , and ex SHY / TNT front man Tony Mills, this band and album was a sensation at the beginning of the decade. Four years after the last FRONTLINE...

SHY – Shy [Japan Edition +1]

Long running British melodic rock band SHY returned with a new album this decade after many years of absence that saw founding vocalist Tony Mills departing to join the ranks of TNT. Shy has gone without Mills’s services once before (with 1994’s Welcome to the Madhouse), but for a lot of fans Shy’s signature sound and Mills’ instantly recognizable voice...

SHY – Excess All Areas [Zoom Club Records remaster +3]

Another request on the blog was the remastered reissue +3 bonus tracks of “Excess All Areas“, SHY‘s third release and their over-the-top commercial masterpiece. I can give you the name of a dozen bands that deserved to be huge in the AOR / melodic rock British scene in the ’80s. Three of the best at the time were FM’s with ‘Tough...

VA – Lightning To The Nations; NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection (Disc 2)

The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (N.W.O.B.H.M.) was a musical movement that somehow saved – or revitalized if you want – the languishing metal / hard rock scene at the end of the Seventies, and cemented the ’80s sound for the genre during the entire decade. The excellent 3-CD box “Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” comprises...

MIDNIGHT BLUE – Take The Money And Run [YesterRock remaster]

Fortunately, one of the most unknown and obscure bands from glorious ’80 British AOR scene has been resurrected by YesterRock records: MIDNIGHT BLUE, and their awesome only album “Take The Money And Run“, remastered, expanded and with a brand new artwork. Founded by former Tobruk / current FM keyboardist Jem Davis and drummer Eddie Fincher (also ex- Tobruk, No Sweat),...

SIGNAL RED – Under The Radar [Japanese Edition +1] (2018)

SIGNAL RED is a brand new band from the UK formed by two very respected musicians namely guitarist Steve Grocott (TEN) and vocalist Lee Small (PHENOMENA / SHY / LIONHEART). Their debut CD “Under The Radar” will appear in Europe soon, while it has been released in Japan few hours ago. You need good songs. That’s it. Ah, and a...

TONY MILLS – Streets Of Chance (2017)

Vocalist for Shy, TNT and many more, TONY MILLS is one of the greatest singers in melodic hard rock history. He will be releasing tomorrow his new solo album titled “Streets Of Chance“, the Tony Mills album I was hoping for, a return to real Melodic Rock and big choruses. For this triumphant comeback to the melodious field, Mills has...

SHY – Brave The Storm [Japan Cardboard Sleeve LTD miniLP +6]

A requested album from the classic AOR era and a must have in your collection is SHY‘s second effort “Brave The Storm”. This out of print Japanese Cardboard Sleeve LTD mini-LP replica includes 6 bonus tracks and delivers a fan-damn-tastic sonic output. Originally released in 1985, “Brave The Storm” was the second album from this British AOR / Melodic Rock...

V.A. – 20th Anniversary; The Very Best of Z Records Vol.1 (2017)

V.A. – 20th Anniversary; The Very Best of Z Records Vol.1 (2017)

Melodic Hard Rock / AOR specialized label ZRecords are celebrating their 20th Anniversary in 2017, and to celebrate the event has released a double-album compilation titled “20th Anniversary; The Very Best of Z Records Vol.1“, featuring some of the most renowned artists from their roster. During the 2 decades of existence, the British based record label has inked contracts and...

SEVEN HARD YEARS (7HY) – Stories We Tell (2016)

SEVEN HARD YEARS (7HY) – Stories We Tell (2016)

7HY / SEVEN HARD YEARS, the British Melodic Hard Rock band led by ex-SHY Alan Kelly returns with second effort “Stories We Tell“. Shawn Pelata (ex Line Of Fire) remains on vocals and, as in the past, contributions to lead guitar work come from some substantial guests. These include Pete Fry (Farcry), Calle Hammer (Houston), Dave Martin (Marshall Law), Danny...

LIFELINE – Scream [Japanese edition] (2015)

“Scream” is the title of the stunning debut album from British combo LIFELINE combining two very talented vocalists in Nigel Bailey (Bailey, Three Lions) and Lee Small (Shy, Phenomena). Add to that the skills of Paul Hume (LawLess, Demon) on guitars, Steve Clarkson (Bailey) on drums and Andy Bailey (Three Lions, Bailey) on the keys and you have a heart...

LIFELINE – Scream (2015)

“Scream” is the title of the the stunning debut album from British combo LIFELINE to be released by Escape Music the next October 23. The project combines two very talented vocalists in Nigel Bailey (Bailey, Three Lions) and Lee Small (Shy, Phenomena).Add to that talented Paul Hume (LawLess, Demon) on guitars, Steve Clarkson (Bailey) on drums and Andy Bailey (Three...