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Jailhouse – Alive In A Mad World [1989]

Jailhouse were an L.A. based five piece that played a benevolent brand of hair metal. This five track EP (on Restless Records) was their debut. The first four tracks were recorded live at the Roxy in Hollywood on June 30, 1989. The last track is a studio cut called Stand Up. According to the liner notes, proceeds of the EP were to be donated to runaway youth charities. Jailhouse’s principal songwriter was guitarist Michael Raphael. The band also included three ex-members of Rough Cutt.

The album starts off with the one and only Riki Rachtman introducing Jailhouse to the Roxy crowd. Opening number Land Of Today starts off real shaky with vocalist Danny Simon struggling to sing in key (maybe he couldn’t hear the guitar?). Once the song kicks into gear, Simon sounds just fine. The songs have nice-guy lyrics that seem a bit out-of-place on the sleazy Sunset Strip. As if the guys were gonna change the world? How cute! But its kind of endearing and though the lyrics are a bit cringe-worthy, the band delivers the goods live. The fourth track is a useless cover of Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak.

I would have much preferred another original composition to this worn out tune. Closing the album is the acoustic Stand Up. More silly lyrics but a catchy song. These guys were not too heavy, maybe on par with Poison, but they knew their way around a melody and, it seems, the stage. Harmless stuff. I’m surprised how much I enjoyed this!

Band Members
Amir Derakh – Lead Guitar
Danny Simon – Lead Vocals
Dave Alford – Drums, Backing Vocals
Matt Thorr – Bass, Backing Vocals
Michael Raphael – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals

01. Land Of Today [Live] (6:13)
02. Please Come Back [Live] (4:33)
03. Modern Girl [Live] (4:11)
04. Jailbreak [Live] (5:05)
05. Stand Up [Acoustic Studio Version] (5:02)

Jeff from Play it Loud

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