Vamp – The Rich Don’t Rock [1989]

1241714709_vamp__the_rich_dont_rock_frontCountry Germany          

Style Hard Rock

Rating 82/100

Band Members Tom Bellini – Lead vocals, Ricolf Cross – Guitar, Olli Scholz – Bass, Dicki Fliszar – Drums

Tracks 01. Heartbreak, Heartache, 02. Like I Want, 03. Rich Don’t Rock, 04. Love Games, 05. Renegade, 06. All Nite, 07. Lonely Nights, 08. Stand by Me, 09. Bleeding, 10. Talk Is Cheap, 11. Shout, 12. Why

Profile The band formed in 1985 in Bonn by  Tom Bellini (vocals), Ricolf Cross (guitar), Olli Scholz (bass) and Dicki Fliszar (drums). The band signed a contract with Atlantic Records and the band in September 1989 released their 12 songs debut album titled “The Rich Don’t Rock” and should be held in the same regard as other classic hard rock albums of the era. Produced by Tony Platt (AC/DC, Foreigner) and stuffed to the rafters with arena-ready choruses, hooky guitars and Tom Bellini’s ballsy vocals, The Rich Don’t Rock was a creative triumph for the German group. The group applied for their music in the interlude of the European tour of Bonfire , approximately 30,000 units were sold worldwide. The sales of the album were not enough Atlantic Records, and Vamp lost his record deal.

Peter Price of Atlantic Records felt the song Renegade had the potential to be a hit, and was therefore a remix in order, which was conducted by Andy MacPherson. This remix Price liked it so well that he has all the album title mix of MacPherson again left. This work took three months to complete and could not be from the producers of the album, which had to fulfill other obligations monitors.

With the result, the band does not agree, so except for the title Renegade, All Night, Bleeding and Talk is Cheap all other tracks on the album have been remixed once more, this time by Kenny Jones. On 7 April 1989, the song was The Rich Do not Rock the MacPherson mix as single and maxi-single released. On the back was the song Why, Why, Why(later on the CD version of the album only Why titled ) in a mix of Tony Platt, on the maxi-single was also the title Shoutincluded, came the sound of Kenny Jones.

The first track is a killer opener – done as good as they could have done, “Love games” is great commercial hard rock, as is ‘Lonely nights” and “Stand by me” – both melodic gems and I believe I also quite liked “Why”. But Vamp continues rocking in an incredible way with the nasty little rocker called “Bleeding”, a thrilling bass-propelled beast with blazing heavy guitars all over and a crunching climax that sends every needle into the red. Awesome. The foot-tapping does not stop with “Talk is Cheap” where Tom Bellini sounds like Kevin DuBrow in places and the band rocks with a live feel. We need balance for the end and the Americanized AORish “Shout” blast your speakers with a style reminding you Icon in the skeleton and Autograph during the chorus, all wrapped by swirling keyboards.

In January 2013 was the record company Divebomb Records announced that they have launched the new album in a deluxe version. The new edition was by guitarist Ricolf Krückel remastered , expanded the album to several bonus tracks. On a second CD, seven professionally produced demo recordings of the title The Rich Do not Rock and eight from the unreleased second album Vamp, One Smack killer contain.

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