No Bargain – First Roll [1998]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Raul Castro – Guitars, Sean Cavins – Drums, Brian Pavlik, Joseph Lanza – Bass, Kevin – Vocals

Tracks 01. It’s Rock N’ Roll, 02. Ice Chest, 03. The Road, 04. A Good Man Is Hard To Find, 05. I Can’t Tell You Why, 06. Playin’ With Your Head, 07. Aces & 8’s, 08. You Can’t Get Here From There, 09. Loadie Blues, 10. Witch

Profile This band is a Hair Metal/Glam band that plays catchy, fun and energetic Hair Metal in the vein of Bon Scott, AC/DC, Chain Gang and Wilkes Booth. This album went long out of print right away and it is a wonderful, underrated slice of Hair Metal released back in 1998 via Loadie Records. They played in the San Diego area and opened for some bigger acts such as Blue Oyster Cult, Molly Hatchet, Tony MacAlpine and Quiet Riot. They were also a featured act on ROCK 105.3 San Diego.

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Heartline – Made In Sweden [1988]

Country Sweden

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 84/100

Band Members Jimmie Swedenborn – Vocals, Keller Jungkunz – Guitar, Jocke Grunde – Bass, Jörgen Liden – Keyboards, Jonas Thörnblom – Drums

Tracks 01. Winds Of Change (4:53), 02. Love Is Living On (5:51), 03. Close Your Eyes (4:24), 04. What Can I Do? (4:08)

Profile Great and short-lived rock act from Malmo acted in the late 80s. They had the typical melodic hard rock sound of the period with good songwriting and stellar musicianship. They wrote many demo songs that most of them never seen the light of the day while with the song “Two Hearts” appeared in the compilation “Rock of Sweden Volume 1” released in 1989. Jimmie Swedenborn is the frontman of Fallensky.

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Pipe Dreams – Pipe Dreams [1988]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 79/100

Band Members Joe Chinnici – Guitars,backing vocals,keyboards, Jamie Lee – Vocals,guitars, Mike De Mita – Bass,backing vocals,keyboards, Bill McIntyre – Drums,backing vocals,percussion

Tracks 01. Upstream,Downstream, 02. Headed Toward the Door, 03. Rock and Roll Dreamin’, 04. A Change in you, 05. Carry On, 06. I Go for Them, 07. Living Ain’t Easy, 08. That’s Not You, 09. Keeps you Runnin’

Profile Long Island’s rock band release this rare and hard to find album nowdays back in 1985 in limited copies through White Collar Records. More keyboard oriented release that soften the southern rock style of the band a bit…actually this is pretty close to the AOR field rather than anything else. They played in several clubs and gain lots of attention till early 90s.

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Cheap Wine – Cheap Wine [1991]

Country USA

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Sam Foltz, Adriene Bowgle, Shannon McVey, Fletcher Branick

Tracks 01. Behind Those Eyes, 02. Do you Miss me, 03. Always, 04. Tale of Love

Profile A great California based band that played the sunset strip and sold their own hand made demos. They died off with the grunge movement. They were acted between 1989 till 1991 with big fan base, lots of airplay attention and good quality of songs.

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Rude Awakening – Rude Awakening [1986]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 80/100

Band Members Doug George – Vocals, Scott McAllister – Guitars, Scott Gwinn – Guitars, Brian Smith – Bass, Marty Johanson – Drums

Tracks 01. Looks Like It’s Love Again, 02. Little Girl Move Along, 03. Here’s Lookin’ at you Kid, 04. Blinded (By your Love)

Profile A five piece band from Washington State that released this 4-track tape in 1986. They play four hard rock with glam and metal influences that are better then most. Very good quality of songs, the guitar solo of “Blinded (By your Love)” is truly amazing while “Looks Like It’s Love Again” was band’s hit song that gain a good fan base back then. The band also get support as it mention in their thanks list from Kurdt Vanderhoof and Metal Church.

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Malone – Malone [1989]

Country USA

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members Bob Malone – Vocals,guitars,keyboards, Larry Peluso – Guitars,backing vocals, Mike Rubino – Bass,backing vocals, Ed “Eggman” Monte – Drums,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Life’s Big Game, 02. Don’t Break my Heart, 03. Little Lady, 04. Lovestruck

Profile The band Malone comes from New Jersey, surely one of the most talented band of the area, featuring keyboardist,singer and songwriter Bob Malone. This is the band’s only work where you can clearly the quality of the band and their songs, especially the vocal work is of a high standard as the tight production. The song “Life”s Big Game” has massive radio play potential and billboard 3rd annual Song Contest Certificate of Achievement Honorable Mention. Malone is currently a member of John Fogerty’s band and has played with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, Billy Gibbons, Jimmy Buffett, and Alan Toussaint.

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Barettkade – Barettkade [1990]

Country USA

Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 84/100

Band Members Drew Barrett – Vocals, Vinny D. – Guitars, Ed Wahi – Keyboards, Kyle Wilson – Bass, Vinny Ricciardella – Drums

Tracks 01. Rain Keeps Falling, 02. Everything to me, 03. Never Cry

Profile New York based Barettkade released this hyper rare demo in 1990 in limited copies and definitely worth your attention. A total of three hard rock tunes with perfect sound, clean and soft, hard hitting drums, good string work and catchy tunes compose this work. If you like Saints and Sinners album you will also enjoy this one.

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Dirty Sally – It’s Alive [1992]

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

Rating 77/100

Band Members Mat Webber – Vocals, Jerry Hartman – Percussion, Ric Gad – Guitars, Keith Colkitt – Guitars, Greg Peno – Bass

Tracks 01. She’s Alive, 02. Cums Around, 03. Summertime Blues, 04. Should I stay or Should I Go?

Profile Dirty Sally were another short-lived band from Pennsylvania released this demo tape back in 1992 in limited copies. The band performed in around area but they never got the attention they deserve. Very interesting is the cover of Clash’s “Should I stay or Should I Go?”.

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Lipstik – First Kiss [1990]

Country Canada

Style Glam/Hard Rock

Rating 85/100

Band Members El Cicora – Bass, Ange Curcio – Drums, Paul Gala (Paolo Galati) – Vocals,guitar, Charles V. Rox Vaccaro – Guitars,backing vocals

Tracks 01. I Want You Want (3:59), 02. You’re All I Need (4:35), 03. First Kiss (3:45), 04. Solo Tu Italian (5:21)

Profile These four guys came from Montreal,Canada and released in New Jersey this little masterpiece for promotional use only. Two amazing hard n’ heavy guitar driven tunes and two awesome ballads compose this record. The band started in 1986 under the name “Rapid Fire” releasing two videos of “You’re All I Need” and “I Want You Want” while in 1989 they signed a contract with Whitney Houston’s company, Nippy inc after they send their portfolio to Wade Perry that he got impressed. They changed name to Lipstick and continue performed in around area until they disbanded a bit later.

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Soul Cirkus – Love, Spear and Injection [1992]

Country Canada

Style Hard Rock

Rating 76/100

Band Members Patrick Larocque – Vocals,keyboards, Pierre Andrew – Guitars,backing vocals, Stephane Duval – Bass,backing vocals, Francis Poe – Drums,percussion,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Freedomstruck, 02. Spanish Harlem, 03. The Snake, 04. Once a Demon (Once a Clown), 05. Gallego At Sundown, 06. Lovers on a Rollercoaster, 07. Rosie Silverlight, 08. Moon Soft Ride, 09. McAdam’s Drive, 10. Little Men, 11. St. Christopher of Angels 

Profile Not to be confused with the Jeff Scott Soto band of the same name, here’s the Canadian Soul Cirkus from 1992. A Montreal based rock band formed in May 1990, that was self produced this album in limited copies where fans of Great White and Dirty Deeds will enjoy this album. The song “McAdam’s Drive” appeared in the compilation Yamaha Music Quest ’92 and gain lots of airplay in CHOM 97.7 FM.

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