Graffitti Knoxx – Say It ‘N’ Spray [1987]

Country Canada

Style Glam/Hard Rock

Rating 81/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. One on One, 02. Coming Home, 03. Do What you Want, 04. Forever, 05. Cover Up, 06. Make no Bones (About it)

Profile From Toronto area Graffitti Knoxx released this ep in very limited copies that worth your attention and place into your collection. Re-released in 2016 from STS Records, this band rocks or better yet it kicks ass. Cranking, no frills riff-rock designed to be played loud. The big guitars shout-it-out choruses with gang backing vocals as big as the hair on their heads.

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Bad Influence – Bad Influence [1990]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. Somebody To Believe In, 02. One Night In Your Arms, 03. Everytime You Call My Name, 04. Those Nights, 05. Somebody To Believe In, 06. One Night In Your Arms, 07. Everytime You Call My Name, 08. Those Nights

Profile Bad Influence were a short lived band from New Jersey area released this demo tape in limited copies only for promotion, but they never got a sharing in the music scene. The songs written between 1989/1990, play their chosen style of hard rock quite well and that’s all that really matters.

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Boys – Mer Än En Film [1982]

Country Sweden

Style Melodic Rock/Pop

Rating 83/100

Band Members Anders Wikström – Guitars,keyboards,backing vocals, Göran Ernlund – Keyboards, Leif Liljegren – Bass,guitars,backing vocals, Robert Ernlund – Vocals, Tomas Ericsson – Drums

Tracks 01. Hett Mode (3:44), 02. Här E’ Livet (3:1)9, 03. Det Ligger I Tiden (3:23), 04. Ditt Rykte (3:41), 05. Brudar, Brudar (3:37), 06. Lögner (3:16), 07. Vi Tar Vad Vi Vill (4:18), 08. Snabba Steg (3:40), 09. Allting (3:00), 10. Visa Mej Vägen Fram (3:12)

Profile It all begun back in 1977 when Ernlund fronted his big brother Göran’s band “Sprängdeg” a rock’n’roll act that never recored anything but played a whole lotta live gigs in and around the Stockholm area. Liljegren, who played with Heavy Load for a couple of months joined them in late 1980 and the above mentioned members became “The Boys” who later went on recording a demo tape as “The Treat” which by the way got turned down by every single label they sent it back in late 1982. The Boys is a more straight ahead Rock band who sang in Swedish only and recorded one album released in 1982 by Mercury.

 

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Lestat – Lestat [1990]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 81/100

Band Members David McElmurry – Bass,backing Vocals, Rick Holmes – Drums, John Adams – Guitar,backing Vocals, Jeff Vandenberghe – Vocals

Tracks 01. Breaking all the Rules, 02. Your Love, 03. Wild Child, 04. Place in my Heart, 05. You Know the Way to the Door

Profile Great unsigned act from Houston, Texas acted in the early 90s. This is the band’s demo work from 90s that re-released from STS Records in 2016 in limited copies. Very good indie, with excellent guitars and some good songs, reminds a lot of Inside Out with a little mix of Heaven’s Wish here and there. In 2000 guitarist John Adams and vocalist Jeff Vandenberghe reunion the band under the name Love N War.

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No Alibi – No Alibi [1991]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members David Gionfriddo – Vocals, Jorge Miguel – Drums, Eric Daniels – Bass, Lucio Mazzaro – Guitars

Tracks 01. Not for You, 02. Carried Away, 03. Sheila

Profile Hard to find 3-tracks demo recording came out in 1991 in very limited copies. This Los Angeles based band featuring singer David Gionfriddo and guitarist Lucio Mazzaro previous members of the Italian hard rock band Donna (also presented here) acted in the late 80s. The sound here is a bit heavier while the production is average but it’s understandable. Excellent guitar solos through out. Vocals are pretty good.

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Dreamer – We’ve Got the Power [2008]

Country USA

Style Pomp AOR

Rating 86/100

Band Members Grady Smith – Vocals, Steve Elowe – Vocals,guitar, Tom Slack – Keyboards, Mark Moulin – Guitar, Larry Dent – Drums, Doug Lunn – Bass

Tracks 01. One in a Million, 02. UFO Connection, 03. Queen, 04. We’ve Got the Power, 05. Don’t Wanna Make You Cry, 06. Really Wanna See You, 07. Playing With the Devil, 08. Nothing to Lose, 09. Angel of the Night, 10. Journey to Romance, 11. Cheap Shot Lovers, 12. Heart to Heart, 13. Living on the Wrong Side of Life, 14. Changing With the Times 

Profile Originally the band formed in 1980 by songwriter,keyboardist and producer Tom Slack, drummer Larry Dent, frontman Grady Smith, and executive producer,manager of the band Michael McNulty. In 1981 guitarist Mark Moulin and bassist Doug Lunn joined the band and in 1982 the band’s first work a four tracks EP released with good sales. With the addition of another guitarist Steve Elowe the band started working on a ten track album but due to various circumstances  the album never released and the they split-up.

This rare 14 track album was released on the now defunct AOR-FM label of the UK in 2008 and is numbered “532”. The entire series from AOR-FM have become classic and hard to find.  What you get is Pompy AOR/Melodic Rock that can easily be put next to bands like Shelter, Preview, Sugarcreek, Loverboy, Airrace, Le Roux, Champion, Avion, Dakota, Franke and the Knockouts, so it’s basically breathing out the classic early 80s North American AOR/Radiorocksound.

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Penny Lane – In Memoriam [1994]

Country Germany

Style Hard Rock

Rating 84/100

Band Members Christian Karl – Drums, Dirk Stefan – Bass, Jerry Faite – Vocals, Ralf Kauffmann – Guitars

Tracks 01. Sugary Gun (4:09), 02. Q.E.D. (Sold Out) (3:12), 03. Joanne (3:37), 04. Love in the Backseat (4:10), 05. Callin’ Midnite (3:30), 06. Stop Yer Talk To Me (3:36), 07. Shanghaied in Paradise (3:46), 08. A Bit of Spotlight (3:37), 09. Wild Roses (5:00), 10. Thunder Road (5:01)

Profile Great act from Schleswig – Holstein area formed in 1989. The term Penny Lane is certainly familiar to rock fans around the world. The fact that there was a German band with the same name is probably less well known. This is the first and last album of the band came out in 1991 by Inline Music. The ten songs of the album were realized and they had it all. Convincing hooklines,a perfect arrangement and an exceptional performance. But due to various unlucky circumstances the album could not be released and time went by. The band decided to do something new and the name Penny Lane was erased off the map of German Rockbands.

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West Exit – Monday Comes [1993]

Country USA

Style Southern Hard Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members Lonnie Neil Dearth – Vocals, Rob Minton – Guitars, Adrian Allen – Bass, Ian Hammond – Drums

Additional Musicians Dave Egan – Guitar,keyboards, Matt Minton – Guitar, Vicki Casa – Backing vocals

Tracks 01. Monday Comes, 02. American Boy, 03. Pain & Misery, 04. Heaven May Know, 05. Knocked Over In Style, 06. Much Of A Man, 07. My Island, 08. Right Of Way, 09. Little Push, 10. Foreword, 11. Rising Stream

Profile West Exit is an 80s style Hard Rock/Hair Metal band that hails from the state of Ohio.  The band plays Southern style Hard Rock in the vein of Tesla, Badlands and Tangier.  This is a hard to find indie on many collectors want lists.

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Scott Bradley – In The Beginning [1995]

Country USA

Style CCM Hard Rock/AOR

Rating 80/100

Band Members Scott Bradley, Shaun Tique

Tracks 01. The One, 02. Take His Hand, 03. Blind Truth, 04. Beautiful Day, 05. Sanctuary, 06. God Is Alive, 07. Long Goodbye, 08. Will You Love Me, 09. Love From Above, 10. Beautiful Day (Dance Mix), 11. Give Your Life, 12. God Is Alive (Edit Mix)

Profile Indie record release from 1995. This is an album that is on collectors want lists everywhere.  Scott Bradley is a Christian AOR/Hard Rock Artist that delivers excellent CCM/AOR in the vein of Petra, Whitecross, Stryper and Bride.  Dale Thompson of Bride actually is a guest singer on the song “Sanctuary”, which turns out to be the best and heaviest track on the record. Bradley delivers excellent choruses and well polished musicianship all around.  Fans of top notch AOR will love this.

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Morning Star – Heart Of A Servant [1986]

Country USA

Style CCM AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members Al Ray Hebert,Chris Springer,Jeff Meador,Jesse Conte,Juddy Harris,Lee Matthews,Rickey Baxley – Vocals, Denise Graves,Gary Floyd,Gene Miller,Steve Archer,Tim Archer,Howard Smith – Backing vovals, Keith Nelson,Tim Jaquette – Bass, Dave Spurr – Drums,percussion, Prince Robinson – Guitars, Bob Somma – Guitars,percussion, John Andrew Schreiner,Dan Cutrona – Keyboards

Tracks 01. Where Could I Go, 02. You’ve Got To Love Somebody, 03. Read It For Yourself, 04. Time’s A Wastin’, 05. In The World, 06. Heart Of A Servant, 07. Friend Of A Friend, 08. Angel Of Light, 09. Move On Up The Mountain, 10. Serving You

Profile Rare CCM AOR from this Panama City, Florida group. Morningstar’s only release was on the “Straight Ahead” label which is a division of Lexicon/Light records, Straight Ahead is the same label that gave us the brilliant AOR release by the band “Wisdom” titled “Face to Face”. Morningstar is another very talented band with fantastic all around musicianship. The lead singer sounds just like phil Keaggy at times and the music is similar to his getting closer release ( Without the Simmons drums). Also similar Sounding AOR much like The band “20/Twenty” on the tracks ” Where Could I Go” and “Friend of a Friend”. 

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