Wrecking Crew – Fun in the Doghouse [1993]

Country Australia

Style Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members Dave Wilkins – Lead/backing vocals, Brent Dehn – Guitar,backing vocals, David Anthony Reynolds – Bass,backing vocals, Gary Synnerdahl – Drums,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Welcome To The Circus, 02. 10C Lovin’, 03. Stay, 04. Sister Mercy, 05. She Wants Love, 06. Do What You Do, 07. Midnight, 08. Going Down, 09. Haunted,10. Outta Love, 11. Soul Train

Profile Hard to find nowdays album from this Aussie pub rock band of the 90’s released in 1993 from Trafalgar Records. “Fun in the Doghouse” is the band’s only work with some great b-sides on their singles. The album produced by Kevin Shirley a well kknown music producer and mixer for many artists such as the bands Journey, Iron Maiden, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa, Dream Theater, HIM, Mr. Big and Europe. Excellent song writing and guitar parts blend with some funky parts that worth the search. With the end of the band the original member formed the band “Utopian Babies”.

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Success – Success [1991]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 78/100

Band Members Derrick LeFevre – Vocals, Jim Finn – Guitars,backing vocals, Steve Newcomer – Drums,percussion, Rick Flores – Keyboards,backing vocals, George Garvin – Bass,backing vocals, Bill Wilkerson – Guitars,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Money, 02. Walkaway, 03. One Ting, 04. Alisha, 05. Go for it All

Profile Out from Houston,Texas, Success formed in August 1989. In the next two years the popularity of the band get grown rapidly with many live gigs and a fan base in the area. They manage to record a demo, produced by Ron Goudie that will be  their ticket to get for a record deal that never came due to the music changes. Their songwritiing abilities are really good as the guitar work. The band still writing and performiing songs waiting for the chance of a contract.

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Raal – Alright OK [1989]

Country Mexico

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Rafael Villafañe (RAAL) – Lead/backing vocals,guitars,keyboards, Tommy Thayer,Jamie St. James,Dennis St. James,Tony Cavazo,Jeff Labansky – Backing vocals, Eric Lowen,Ed Navarro – Guitars,backing vocals, Michael Thompson,Mark Slaughter,Ray Faubert – Guitars, Dana Strum,Steve Kobashigawa,Davey Farragher – Bass, Bobby Rock,John Keane – Drums, Michael Finnegan,Greg Huwitz – Keyboards

Tracks 01. Alright OK (4:40), 02. Little Girl (4:19), 03. Like A Rolling Stone (4:55), 04. Losin’ You (4:01), 05. Alright OK (acid mix) (4:40), 06. Little Girl (acid remix) (4:31), 07. Like A Rolling Stone (acoustic) (4:51), 08. Losin’ You (Sykes mix) (3:11)

Profile Rafael Villafañe is a Mexican multi-instrumantalist, singer and composer known as Raal but also being one of the owners of some of the most famous discos of Mexico. His one and only album came out in 1989 through Baby’O Records and Tapes contain four original songs and four mixes. The quality of the songs are worthly while very interesting is the covering of Bob Dylan’s song “Like A Rolling Stone”. Beyond there’re some guest appearances from Tommy Thayer, Dana Strum, Mark Slaughter and Bobby Rock among others.

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Outlaw Circus – Outlaw Circus [1993]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Mmebers Chris Logan – Vocals, Michael Moore – Keyboards,backing vocals, D. Sebastian Gillmeister – Guitars, Timothy Medina – Bass,backing vocals, Bryan Johnson – Drums,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Darkness, 02. Should’ve Known Better, 03. As I Am

Profile Short lived hard rock outfit from Austin Texas formed in the early 90s. The reputation of the band got expoded with the addition of vocalist Chris Logan with his amazing vocal range but also with the quality of their song. Chris Logan later work with M.S.G. and Jake E. Lee. The band became one of the top in Texas among unsigned acts with many live gigs in around area. They recorded four song and release a tape with three of their songs, mostly sold in their lives. Their songs gain lots of airplay in local radio stations but also as a theme music for Z-Rock FM. But unfortunately like many bands of this genre come into an end due to the arrival of Grunge/Alternative music.

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Calamity Jane – Wanna Play [1992]

Country USA

Style Glam/Hard Rock

Rating 78/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. Pretentious, 02. Main Attraction, 03. All Because of You, 04. Crying Inside, 05. She’s my Girl, 06. Rock Me (Through the Night), 07. Stiff Shot, 08. Salty Water, 09. Hell or High Water, 10. Your Days are Numbered, 11. Rikmeister, 12. The Shak

Profile Great collectors find and mega rare album by this Los Angeles based band acted in the late 80s and early 90s. This self produced and released tape is a collection of demo songs recorded from the band between 1989 till 1992. There’re some really cool tunes in the vein of Hurricane and Great White, with a killer ballad “Crying Inside” that could be in a compilation. Very rare nowdays.

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Sleazy Angels – Shake my Snake [1990]

Country France

Style Sleaze Glam

Rating 75/100

Band Members Greg Sexton – Vocals, Phill Loony – Guitars, Mark Jumpy – Drums, Ginny “Rocks” Celton – Bass

Tracks 01. Bad Side, 02. Big Bad Blue, 03. No Glove, No Love, 04. Piece of the Pie, 05. Shake my Snake, 06. Why Don’t you Come Back

Profile Extremely rare and obscure album by this Paris based band acted in the late 80s and early 90s. The band formed in 1989 by members of Voix De Fait, Stators and Firefox, playing hard riffing sleazy hard rock well arranged and performed with great gang vocals and worthly bass line. The band between 1989 and 1990 took part in many live gigs gain lots of fame, fan base and airplay while they appeared in France Metal Hammer Magazine.

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Robbin Julien – Here We Go [1985]

Country USA

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 82/100

Band Members Robbin Julien – Vocals, Chris Dietrich,Jim Behringer,Geoff Bouchier – Guitars, Dik Shopteau – Bass, Tim Curtis,Joe Vitale,Gordy Knutson – Drums, James Walsh,Ricky Peterson,Greg Inhoffer – Piano, Ricky Peterson,James Walsh,Greg Inhoffer,Bryan Rossi – Synthesizers, Pat Mackin – Saxophone, Robbin Julien,James Walsh,Mary Jane Alm,Pat Frederick,Scott Neilson,Dik Shopteau,Bobby Jones – backing vocals

Tracks 01. Backstreet Beat, 02 You’re The One, 03. Me And The Boys, 04. Here We Go, 05. Little Girl Eyes, 06. Looks Like Love Again

Profile Robbin Julien coming from Minneapolis release this album back in 1985 through Atco involve members from Judd, Gypsy and Jumpstreet and definetely another unknown melodic gem that worth a place into your collection. The band style is a mix of American AOR, West Coast and Radio-Rock with the classic sound and vibe of the era. Production is excellent and the arrangements have great emphasis on details, almost clinical. At first listen it’s easy listening and likeable, but after repeated playing and a more meticulous inspection you’ll find a solid songwriting process and juicy instrumentation. 

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Link – Temptation [1983]

Country USA

Style Melodic Rck/Pomp AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members Kent Mazey – Bass,backing vocals, Burt Scheel – Drums,percussion, Greg Orr – Guitars,backing vocals, Kevin Mazey – Keyboards,backing vocals, Paul Christensen – Vocals,saxophone,keyboards

Tracks 01. Hang On, 02. Temptation, 03. Gone Are The Times (The Last Tango), 04. Shadow of Myself, 05. Can’t Get Enough, 06. Long Live Rock

Profile Formed in the late 70s in Ohio,Cleveland area this rock outfit is one those undiscovered gem in melodic rock scene that worth your attention. They started as a sc-fi concept band under the name Link Laser changed their name to Link in 1980 with the release of their debut album “All for you”, an album caused a sensation covering David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”. Their followed mini album “Temptation” in a small indie label Our Gang Entertainment with some line up changes of Ron Marrone and Roger Hatfield replaced by Paul Christensen on vocals and guitarist Greg Orr. Pure pomprock, bombastic keys, lots of backing vocals, great drive and superb vocals make it worthly for your collection.

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Judy Street – More Than Enough [1983]

Country USA

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 85/100

Band Members Judy Street – Lead/backing vocals, Pat Kelly – Guitars, John Hobbs – Piano, Bob Selvin – Synthesizer,organ, Chris Brosius,Danny Timms – Backing vocals, Michael Sifret – Bass, Paul Gladen – Drums, Terry Schonig – Percussion

Tracks 01. More Than Enough (3:15), 02. Heartache and a Half (3:15), 03. Where do we go from Here (3:00), 04. Give me a Reason (2:48)

Profile Very rare and sought after indie EP released in 1983 from Chameau by a woman who may or may not be the same Judy Street who put out a single in the 70’s that always gets tagged as “soul”. In any case, this is catchy, anthemic melodic rock album with weatcoast influences that worth your attention.

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Paris – Paris [1984]

Country USA

Style Melodic Rock/Pomp AOR

Rating 78/100

Band Members Trudy Boli – Vocals,vibraphone, Michael Childs – Drums,bell Tree,backing vocals, Hal Frasher – Bass,taurus,pedals, Dan Skinner, Pianosynthesizers, Tim Trakh – Guitars,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Let’s stop Pretending (4:20), 02. Feathers in the Fire (4:07), 03. Get you Back (4:00), 04. Crazy Drivin’ Blues (3:25), 05. In your Arms (4:46), 06. Feels Like the Real Thing (3:55), 07. Please me (4:30), 08. Don’t Worry (4:25), 09. Make the Time (5:15)

Profile Obscure and mega rare female fronted band from Illinois release their self-titled debut album back in 1984 through Wes Bad Records in limited 500 copies. Cool, early heavy rock with nice doomy riffs while keeping a proggy, psychedelic and pomp edge.Worthly is the covering song of Russ Ballard’s “Feels Like the Real Thing”.

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