Wicked Shimmy – Wicked Shimmy [1998]

rthtyutuityCountry Canada

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members Tim Rud – Vocals,rhythm guitars, Jack – Guitars,backing vocals, Bob – Bass,backing vocals, Dave DeGrassi – Drums

Additional Musicians Chris Lewis,Gary Preston – Hammond Organ

Tracks 01. Hey Ho (4:33), 02. Waking Up Saturday Morning (4:10), 03. Nothing Personal (2:29), 04. Disappointed (3:57), 05. Circles (3:25), 06. Time and Place (2:58), 07. Something New (3:33), 08. When Our Time has Come (3:32), 09. Something to See (4:13), 10. Permanent Thing (3:45), 11. Window Shopping (3:19)

Profile Mega rare album from this Victoria BC based rock outfit released in 1998 and produced by Dave DeGrassi and Michael Borys featuring vocalist of “Playground Hero” Tim Rud. Very limited distribution this album feature 11-tracks and although the songwriting and musianship is good, the songs have lack of feeling that won’t help the record to gain the attention that many deserve. Indeed there’re some really good tunes like “Nothing Personal” and “Something New” that worth your attention.

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Unique – Rock Down [1989]

$_57Country Germain

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 78/100

Band Members Jurgen – Guitars,vocals, Lotar – Bass, Ralf Bruns – Drums,percussion,vocals, Harold – Vocals, Carson – Keyboards,vocals

Tracks
01. Heart On Fire (4:35), 02. I Know What I Know (4:41), 03. Cant Stop (3:37), 04. Feel The Heat (4:53), 05. You And I (4:10), 06. A Man S Tears (4:06), 07. Angie (4:08), 08. No More Time (5:33), 09. You Leave Me Now (5:43), 10. Lonely Child (3:47), 11. Rock Down (5:13), 12. Pain (4:23), 13. You Are The Only Thing (4:53), 14. Surprise (3:43)

Profile One of the rarest album released in 1989 through FAE Musik Records. The band hailed from Bonn formed in the mid 80s and “Rock Down” is their first effort, long out of print that worth your attention, a melodic rock album with many harmony tunes, lots of backing vocals and bombastic keys with some pomp and pop extentions. The band in 1995 released a 3-tracks EP titled “Hold You (And Love You Tonight)” that also is hard to be found nowdays.

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Roz Parade – Roz Parade [1986]

318713_336754433075914_1358544929_nCountry USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members Marc Slaughter – Vocals,guitars, Kendall Trotter – Drums, Kevin Layland – Guitars, Al Rumley – Bass

Tracks 01. Out For Love, 02. All Night Long, 03. In Your Dreams, 04. Low And Lonely, 05. Instrumental

Profile In 1985 after Mark left Xcursion he formed the band Roz Parade. The band were active till 1986 when Mark left the band to join Vinnie Vincent Invasion. In this short period the band released a 5-tracks demo playing in Las Vegas Troubadour while they open for Stryper. The demo by Roz Parade saw Mark and his group taking a close look at what was going on a few hours away in L.A. and applying that to the dead end desert scene of Las Vegas. Legend has it that it was this demo featuring the track “In Your Dreams” that found its way into the hands of Dana Strum, who wanted Mark for the Vinnie Vincent Invasion before Robert Fleishman got on board. 

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Mario Arcuri – Room For Love [1995]

Czdvcsgbountry Canada

Style WestCoast AOR

Rating 81/100

Band Members Mario Arcuri – Vocals,piano, Greg Critchley – Drums

Tracks 01. Room For Love (4:14), 02. With or Without You (4:08), 03. Long Way Home (3:55), 04. Innocent Moments (4:10), 05. Promised Land (5:13), 06. Heart Belongs to me (4:38), 07. Wating for a Sign (2:57), 08. Our Love (4:19), 09. Play (4:05), 10. Lies (4:00), 11. True Love (3:13)

Profile Here’s one of the rarest Westcoast AOR indies ever to come out of Canada! And one of the best, as well. If you love Keven Jordan, Richard Page and David Gibson, this is a melodic dream come true. “With or Without You” (co-written by Regatta’s Greg Critchley), is as smooth and radio-friendly as it gets, thanks to accompanying synth keyboards and tight, polished production. “Long Way Home” and “Waiting for a Sign” showcase Mario’s heavier side, while maintaining the Westcoast flavor. “Our Love” sounds like an 80’s Chicago song and, again, features great keys. 

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Jam Scam – Jam Scam [1986]

ddftjhtkCountry USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 78/100

Band Members Jeff X – Drums, Hugh Contrast – Bass,backing vocals, Brian Harmer – Guitar,backing vocals, Ronnie Dittmar – Vocals,guitars,keyboards

Tracks 01. Emotion, 02. Slipping Away, 03. Ain’t Got No Shame, 04. Boy Scouts of America

Profile  Obscure Austin Texas band with the rare single-sided press mini album released in 1986 and produced by John Viehweg (Southern Discomfort, Zeitgeist). The band play some killer hard rock/aor tunes with emphasis in the strong guitar riffs and lots of harmony backing vocals and definetely with a better production will have a better faith. In any case this rarity worth your attention.

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