JAX – Half-Cocked & Fully Loaded [2015]

jax_album_coverCountry USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 79/100

Band Members Patrick Conlon – Drums,Backing Vocals, Robert Agnello – Bass,Backing Vocals, Thom Jack – Lead Vocals,Guitars

Tracks 01. Givin’ My Heart, 02. Hot, So Hot, 03. Danger Zone, 04. I’m Not Sorry, 05. Your Mama Don’t Hafta Know, 06. Teenage Nervous Breakdown, 07. Heads Will Roll, 08. Live The Life You Love, 09. Just Got Ta Know, 10. You’re A Nasty Bit O’ Business, 11. Iron Curtain Of Love, 12. Catfight In A Cathouse, 13. The Way You Loved Me Yesterday, 14. Broken Hearted, 15. Half Cocked & Fully Loaded

Profile JAX was formed in New York City 1987 by Thom Jack. They originally consisted of Thom Jack on guitar and vocals, Patrick Conlon on drums, bassist Robert Agnello, and keyboardit Al Maddy. JAX recorded a six song demo in a SOHO studio in New York City that Thom had helped to build in exchange for free studio time. It was engineered by Danny Caccavo (KISS, David Johansen), with keyboards by Bob Kinkel (Trans Siberian Orchestra).

In January of 1988, Thom took the songs to the annual international music industry conference at MIDEM, Cannes, in the south of France. There was immediate interest from many labels, and JAX eventually signed with a very successful music production company out of Frankfurt, Germany, and recorded their first album there at Hotline Studios (White Lion), with Erwin Musper producing (Def Leppard, Bon Jovi).

“Half-Cocked & Fully Loaded” is a cool ’80s US Hard Rock / pop metal album in the vein of Ratt, some Poison, Twisted Sister and alike. Jack’s vocals has all the swagger needed for this type of rock and his songs are pretty catchy. Production and sound is good, in fact above the standard for pre-production stuff like this recorded during that era. The additional tracks are 3 demos and the title track, which recorded later as it’s more heavy than the rest. Nice slice of lost ’80s US Hard Rock.


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