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Album review: THE RODS – Expanded Remasters

THE RODS - In The Raw

In The Raw, The Rods Live, Let Them Eat Metal Rock Candy’s remastered & reissued programme often serves to bring a deserving band (and album) to a new audience. The Rods are the perfect example. Their eighties’ albums were in … Continue reading

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Album review: LEGS DIAMOND – Expanded Remasters

LEGS DIAMOND - Out On Bail

Rock Candy Records [Release date 04.12.20] Legs Diamond has ceased trading and then later reopened for business several times since its inception in 1975, and is still gigging to this day. Enterprising UK label, Rock Candy Records remastered and reissued … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK ROSE – S/T

BLACK ROSE - ST

Rock Candy [Release date 09.10.20] 1980: on the surface, Black Rose had little going for it. And yet Cher, guitarist Les Dudek’s part time girlfriend, fronted the band. Strangely, it played down Cher’s involvement. To its cost. The band’s one … Continue reading

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Album review: HEAVEN – Where Angels Fear To Tread

HEAVEN - Where Angels Fear To Tread

Rock Candy Records [Release date 09.10.20] Australia’s tough as teak rock bands. There were four: AC/DC, The Angels, Cold Chisel and Rose Tattoo. But there was also a fifth…Heaven. They had formed in 1980′s Sydney. The band’s vocalist, Scottish born … Continue reading

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Quick plays: GIANT, DAMN YANKEES

GIANT - Last Of The Runaways

Rock Candy Records [Release date 02.10.20] GIANT – Last Of The Runaways In the music world, Dann Huff is best known for his success as a multi award winning Country Music producer/ guitarist and songwriter. But for Melodic Rock fans, … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL SABU – Heartbreak & Only Child

ONLY CHILD

Rock Candy Records Remasters [Release date 07.08.20] From the moment he burst onto the disco music scene in the late seventies, the legend that is Paul Sabu has been inundated with accolades… “best this…”, “best that…”, but he never truly … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN NORUM – Total Control, Face The Truth, Another Destination (reissues)

JOHN NORUM - Total Control

Rock Candy Records Remasters [Release date 07.08.20] It’s always about timing, isn’t it? John Norum left Europe on the cusp of the band’s breakthrough in 1986. He was legally obliged to fulfil a 3 album contract with the label. These … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL SABU – Sabu/Kidd Glove

PAUL SABU - Sabu

PAUL SABU – Sabu Rock Candy Records [Release date 24.04.20] 1980: After building a name for himself as a producer of slicked back, funk-lite disco music, Paul Sabu took an out-of-the-blue offer from MCA Records to record a melodic rock … Continue reading

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Album review: MOLLY HATCHET – Molly Hatchet

MOLLY HATCHET - Molly Hatchet

Rock Candy Records [Release date 24.04.20] Musical blood brothers of Skynyrd and the Allmans, Molly Hatchet released their self titled debut in 1978, with the strikingly original “Death Dealer” artwork on the front cover. It’s one of many unique pieces … Continue reading

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Album review: ZON – Astral Projector/ORPHAN – Salute

ZON - Astral Projector

Rock Candy [Release date 20.03.20] ZON – Astral Projector + 4 The band members’ post Zon experiences are arguably more colourful than their brief, 2 album grab at fame and fortune. And yet, the 1978 debut, “Astral Projector” promised so … Continue reading

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Album review: FOGHAT – Fool For The City & Foghat Live (2019 Remasters)

FOGHAT - Fool For The City

Rock Candy Records [Release date 06.12.19] Britband Foghat clocked up a considerable number of tour miles after relocating to the USA in 1970, road testing their material, looking to kickstart their career. It worked a treat. . . it’s on … Continue reading

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Album review: FASTWAY – Trick Or Treat

FASTWAY - Trick Or Treat

Rock Candy Records {Release date 29.11.19] The late, great “Fast” Eddie Clark died a year ago this month. Many consider Motorhead to be his single most important legacy. Fastway wasn’t far behind. The 80s produced some great horror movies. “Trick … Continue reading

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Album review: KEEL – Keel & The Final Frontier

KEEL - The Final Frontier

Rock Candy Records [Release date 29.11.19] ‘The Final Frontier’ – Discovered, mentored and produced by Gene (Kiss) Simmons, Ron Keel’s hard rock band were of and for their times. On “The Final Frontier” the band’s 3rd album (1985), they make … Continue reading

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JEFFERSON STARSHIP – Freedom At Point Zero

Rock Candy Records Formed from the ashes of West Coast band Jefferson Airplane in the early 70s, Jefferson Starship (later just Starship) kept that influence in their brand of hard rock and power pop.  This album, originally released, saw a … Continue reading

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Rock Candy Roundup: Johnny Van Zant, Lionheart, Fastway, Paris

Johnny VAN ZANT Round Two  ***1/2 The Last Of The Wild Ones **** Youngest of the Van Zant family, Johnny follows an enormous legacy in Ronnie (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Donnie (38 Special). These solo albums (sometimes credited to The Johnny … Continue reading

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FM re-issues

Indiscreet **** Tough It Out **** Rock Candy Records Two classic AOR albums, where the band’s name sums up the sound perfectly. Formed by the former Samson rhythm section of drummer Pete Jupp and bassist Merv Goldsworthy, a few line-up … Continue reading

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MAX WEBSTER re-issues

Max Webster/High Class In Borrowed Shoes/Mutiny Up My Sleeve Rock Candy 2012 Canadian band Max Webster, led by vocalist / guitarist Kim Mitchell, produced some fine hard rock albums between the mid 70s and early 80s. Their roots were in … Continue reading

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ROADMASTER re-issues

Sweet Music/Hey World Fortress Rock Candy 2012 Formed in the early 70s and releasing their first debut album in 1977, Roadmaster are a fine melodic hard rock group who should have been huge. Sweet Music, the second album from 1978 … Continue reading

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PRAYING MANTIS – Time Tells – No Lies

Time Tells – No Lies  4.5/5 (Rock Candy) Metalmorphosis – 30th Anniversary Album (Japan Edition) 4.5/5 http://www.praying-mantis.com/ NWoBHM legends Praying Mantis, led by brothers guitarist Tino and bassist Chris Troy, have always played at the melodic end of hard rock, … Continue reading

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GRAND PRIX – Samurai

Rock Candy In the early 80s Grand Prix were one of Britain’s premier pomp rock outfits, mixing the Britishness of Magnum with US influences from the likes of Kansas, Styx and Journey. 1983 and Samurai was the band’s third album, … Continue reading

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CANDY – Whatever Happened To Fun

Rock Candy This four piece LA band released just one album in the mid 80s that sadly dropped straight off the radar. Strange, given that the band’s sound mixed two of the scene’s two largest exports: melodic sleaze/glam and power … Continue reading

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SHERIFF – Sheriff

Rock Candy Canadian AOR / hard rock from 1982, that somehow didn’t take off at the time. The music is incredible in that the songs are strong, the guitar work outstanding, and Freddy Curci’s vocals with a range to match … Continue reading

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