Country China (Hong Kong) Style Melodic Rock/AOR
Patrick Lui – Lead/backing vocals, Joey Tang – Guitar,backing/lead vocals, Gary Tong – Keyboard,piano,backing vocals, Ernest Lau – Guitar,backing vocals, Eddy Sing – Bass guitar,Backing Vocals, Ricky Chu – Drum,percussion
01. Storm Red Lips, 02. Red Mobile, 03. Phantom of the Opera, 04. He, 05. Purple Dream, 06. Dance All Nite, 07. Love Talent, 08. Ideals Are, 09. Love Ending, 10. Never Loved, 11. Purple Dream (instrumental)
Profile Tai Chi (太極) is a Chinese rock band formed in Hong Kong in 1985 by Patrick Lui (lead vocalist), Joey Tang (guitarist), Gary Tong (keyboardist), Ernest Lau (guitarist), Ed Sing (bass guitarist and backing vocal), and Ricky Chu (drummer). Tai Chi is well known for their catchy and modern tunes, they became known that same year for winning the first edition of the Carlsberg Pop Music Festival. In 1986, the band won “Best Promising New Act” at the RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards. They belong to a 1980s generation of Hong Kong musicians known as the “Band-boom Era”, which also includes the groups Fundamental, Beyond, Tat Ming Pair, Blue Jeans, Small Island, Raidas and Citybeat.They sang both in Cantonese and English and offer an amazing album with great production and many catchy, harmony and memorable tunes. They are still active to date and have a large base of fans. The album re-released by Universal Music in 2004. Great stuff…
Country USA Style Hard Rock
Jerry Traxler – Bass, Chuck Utley – Guitars
01. Born To Rock, 02. Still Think About You, 03. Send Your Love, 04. Too Late For Sorry, 05. Runnin (Live), 06. First Love, 07. Love Games, 08. Closer To Your Heart, 09. Loose On The Streets, 10. Wish
Profile VANDETTA is a very interesting Melodic Rock band out of Maryville, Tennessee formed in 1986 offered some really fantastic catchy classic 80s uptempo melodic rockers with perfect harmonies. The band later changed their name to Saber and in 1997 they release the album “Do or Die”. Ultra rare record and very unknown.
Country Austria Style AOR
Andrea “Violetta” Ölzant - Vocals, Erwin “Bosling” Brandlhofer – Guitar, Herbert Michelitsch – Bass, Yellow Yellow – Guitar, Michi Schneider – Keyboards, Alex Mikulicz – Drums
Mickey Lawrence – Backing vocals, Michi Winter – Piano
01. When the Day has Gone, 02. Feel the Power
Profile SPITOUT hailed from Vienna and formed in October 1984. The band’s only work was the single “When the Day Has Gone” that came out in 1986 via Flash label contain two catchy songs, The titled song has a sweet melody and great piano where the voice of Andrea “Violetta” Ölzant can be compared with Jennifer Rush. The second song is a horny hard rock song where the guitar work is reminiscent of the former Accept. The band has few line up changes before they split up in May 1988. Very rare nowdays…
Country USA Style WestCoast AOR
Paul Jackson Jr.,Doc Powell – Guitars, Marcus Miller – Bass, Nat Adderley Jr. – Horns,keyboards, Irene Cara, David Lasley, Cheryl Lynn, Brenda Russell,Phoebe Snow – Backing vocals, Yogi Horton – Drums, Jimmy Salvemini – Vocals, Ed Walsh,Marcus Miller,Nat Adderley, Jr,Raymond Jones,Skip Anderson – Synthesizer
01. Roll It, 02. Love Child, 03. Whether Or Not The World Gets Better, 04. Gloria My Love, 05. Dangerous, 06. Anyone Can See, 07. She’s Fascinating, 08. It’s Never Too Late
Profile In the summer of 1985, a 14 year old kid from Long Island knocked the socks of millions of TV viewers everywhere as he became the 1985 Junior Vocal Champion on the third annual juniors competition on the hit syndicated talent show Starsearch. His two songs, and particularly his rendition of Kenny Rogers’ monster hit Lady, brought the audience to their feet. Jimmy Salvemini should have been the next big thing in a string of successes from the show that included Sam Harris, Sawyer Brown, Rosie O’Donnell, Sinbad, and Brad Garrett.
After seeing Jimmy perform on Starsearch, R&B superstar Luther Vandross took Jimmy under his wing, writing for and producing his debut album. Just one day after completing work on what was to become Jimmy’s debut album, on January 26, 1986, Jimmy and his older brother Larry, who was also his manager, were passengers in Luther’s car when the Mercedes driven by Luther swerved out of control and collided with two oncoming cars. All three occupants were rushed to nearby Cedar Sinai Hospital, and while Jimmy, who was critically injured, and Luther would eventually physically recover, Jimmy’s older brother would not – after two hours of desperate attempts to save his life, Larry Salvemini died at Cedar Sinai’s trauma center.
Elektra quietly released Jimmy’s debut album in the summer of 1986, hoping to at least gain the 16 year old some exposure. But wisely, the company decided not to pursue marketing on it. It’s a shame because it was a such a FANTASTIC album. The title track was the first single, but the rest of the album was equally as fantastic, particularly his update on the classic Supremes hit Love Child, and his fantastic duet with Phoebe Snow, Whether Or Not The World Gets Better. The album would have put him on the top of the charts had he chose to promote it. It stands as an oasis of late 80s talent in a day when it was hard to find raw talent. It’s a shame the tragic circumstances robbed the music world of a truly gifted young singer.
Country Finland Style Melodic Rock/AOR
Bone – Drums,Percussion, Alex – Grandpiano,Keyboards,Synthesizers, Johnny – Vocals,Guitars,Keyboards, ass, MIke – Bass, Scarlette – Lead Guitar,backing Vocals,Keyboards,Bass, Los Tres Amazonas And Highschool Chamber Choir – Backing vocals
01. Daydreamer, 02. Renaissance of Love, 03. Neutron Bomb, 04. Gallery of Broken Hearts, 05. Lonely Brain, 06. Break Out, 07. Leave Me Alone, 08. One of Those Feelings, 09. How Many Times
Profile Johnny Lee Michaels is a Finnish started as a singer / songwriter in several rock groups in Finland and soon rose into stardom as one of the biggest teen idols in the early 80′s. Later became established as one of the most wanted film and TV-drama composers. A self-educated composer also merits as a producer, arranger, sound designer, recording engineer, programmer / synthesist, performing DJ and a remixer. He has co-written two books about film music techniques and given workshops and master classes at several instances, the remotest so far being the Music Institute Of Tunis.
His style as a composer varies from contemporary classical music to hardcore electronic, from romantic epic themes and spine chilling suspense, to adrenaline driven action scenes and at his best, combining all those elements, spiced up with fresh ideas. As a recording engineer he has worked up from the old-school analog to the latest digital based productions and was one of the first in Scandinavia to mix in surround for the big screen. His sound is recognized by the deep and wide three-dimensional characteristics. As a producer he is known for his strong arranging skills, the ability to combine organic and electronic elements in almost any genre. He has designed and shaped the sound of various artists and bands, The 69 Eyes being one amongst many.
“Daydreamer” is his first and only work came out in 1986 by Yahoo! Records with two different cover versions. The opening song and album’s title is the one of the highlights here with a harmony rhythm that will stuck in your head before the catchy chorus toss you in the air. The freakin’ awesome ballad “Lonely Brain” is an outsanding song with great sonwriting that show us the great potential of Jihnny, the rockin’ “Leave Me Alone” with these great opening guitar riffs and the melodius “One of Those Feelings” with a poppy/southern edge, are the best moments here. Not a must have album but worthly for a listen.
From the late 90′s he has participated in the underground club scene as a DJ and a sound engineer, mostly known from his special live remixing techniques collaborating with the world famous DJ’s. In year 1999 he built the legendary “Helsinki Underground Studios”, a set of four studios in the heart of Helsinki – Punavuori, a coven for myriads of artists for a decade of creative power. It was discontinued in the fall 2009.