The Unknown – Big Dreams (1989)

The Unknown – Big Dreams (1989)

1. Can’t Give Up
2. Hey Julie
3. Never Comin’ Back
4. Just Like Him
5. Say It To Me
6. Hold Me
7. Sugar Shack
8. For You

The Unknown reference page at Heavy Harmonies

Nice cover. If I saw this CD in a record store, I’d grab it for the cover. Luckily, I had a friend who had a CDR of this album and he “highly recommended” it. I believe he described it as “White Lion-ish”. Well, I dig White Lion so I figured I put this on my list to acquire. I never got around to getting a dub of that CDR.

If you head to Heavy Harmonies, you’ll see this CD listed on the Ebay Rarities list at around $122 average. It’s an independent release, by an unsigned band, from the glory days of the late ’80s…..I can see how someone might pay through the nose for it looking to score a lost gem. Some of the comments suggest that it IS a lost gem of pure Hard Rock.

I acquired this album last week for half of the going rate. Pleased with my Ebay savvy, I popped this CD in upon it’s arrival, eagerly anticipating this lost treasure.

It’s very light Melodic Hard Rock/AOR. A cross between Great White-lite, White Lion-lite, Bon Jovi-lite, etc. Get the picture? Obviously, I didn’t like it, it bored me. It is Hard Rock but more fluff than balls. None of the songs are memorable, I didn’t like the songwriting at all. The vocals are a cross between Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Ted Poley (Danger Danger), Mike Tramp (White Lion), and a non-bluesy Jack Russell (Great White) all taken up a bit higher. Now these guys are all cool on their own, add them together and it’s a mess. I played this CD at least 10 times trying to find something I liked, I just couldn’t find anything!

There are reasons why many independent bands didn’t get signed back in the day. Some were in the wrong place at the wrong time, some had bad management, some couldn’t catch a break, and some couldn’t play. Then there are the bands that could play but their material wasn’t up to par…..this is The Unknown – Big Dreams. Avoid paying big bucks on this one. I wish I had gotten that dub from my friend!

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers done touring?

Read about it here…..

If Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are shutting down the live gigs after 30 years together, that would be a shame. Granted, after 30 years, I’m sure the road takes it’s toll. Looks like a new album, a documentary on the band, and a tour will happen this Summer. Looks like we have to catch the band before they stop.

I’ve seen the band twice:

1. One of the best shows I ever saw was on the Wildflowers tour. A brilliant 3 hour show!

2. One of the WORST shows I’ve ever seen was on the Echo tour with Jackson Browne opening. All I remember was a cold spring drizzle on the lawn at the Tweeter Center (Mansfield, MA) and being bored to death by Jackson Browne…..add an hour set change…..and a sub-par 2 hour Petty set = bad concert experience. The band was not at their best that night.

I’ll go to the show if the tix are decently priced. If I have to pay over $50 for a seat under the roof, I might forget it.

Satan – Court In The Act (1983)

Satan – Court In The Act (1983)

1. Into The Fire
2. Trial By Fire
3. Blades Of Steel
4. No Turning Back
5. Broken Treaties
6. Break Free
7. Hunt You Down
8. The Ritual
9. Dark Side Of Innocence
10. Alone In The Dark

Bonus Tracks:
11. Dynamo
12. Pull The Trigger
13. Break Free (single version)

Released on CD in 1997 on Neat Metal/Roadrunner.

One of the best NWOBHM debuts, IMO. Satan is one of those bands that I think didn’t get their just due. I believe it had to due with the name of the band and the album artwork because this band isn’t about “Satan”. Vocalist Brian Ross left the band to form Blitzkrieg and the rest of the guys changed the name to Blind Fury with new singer Lou Taylor. The Satan moniker came back and was changed again after 1 album to Pariah.

Did you get all that? Confused?

I’ve been after this CD for quite some time. Saw it in the local shop for $15 back around the album’s CD release but I passed. Never saw another copy. The prices on Ebay vary: $75+ for the Japanese issue – $30+ for this issue. If you like Traditional Metal from the early 80s/NWOBHM, pick this up.

Fave tracks here: All (this is a classic album)

Current playlist

I’ve been listening to a ton of albums while I’ve been cataloging my CD Collection.

Here’s the latest list:

Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime
Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime II
Lacuna Coil – Karmacode
Accept – Balls To The Wall
Kick Axe – Vices
Angel Witch – s/t
Edguy – Rocket Ride
Dokken – Shadowlife (I had to revisit this to see if it was as bad as I remembered.)
KISS – Creatures Of The Night
Judas Priest – Sin After Sin
Satan – Court In The Act

I’ve been giving serious time to both Mindcrime’s to compare them, #2 isn’t that bad but it’s not the classic the 1st one is.

I hate the Post Office…..

In Japan, the Saxon remasters have been reissued and HMV Japan had the best price.

So I waited a couple of weeks for some extra cash and I placed the order: 1st six Saxon albums remastered w/Express shipping = $120. Delivery takes a week, no problem.

A week comes and goes…..nothing. I get a small card inside my door last Wednesday that said “delivery attempted, please fill out card with delivery instructions”. So I do.

Next day…..nothing. Friday…..nothing. I see my postman Friday afternoon and ask about the package, he says I have to pick it up. I hit the PO just before closing that night…..not there, told to check Saturday AM.

I’m 1st in line at 8am Saturday at the PO…..nothing. I’m told I have to fill out a claim for the package, etc, etc. So I give my wife a call at the house to tell her I might be a few minutes filling out forms…..guess what is on the front porch?

Queen Idol

Looks like the final 8 contestants on American Idol will be performing songs by the legendary Queen on the April 11th episode.

I’m all for giving the band exposure, especially on network TV, but on American Idol? Looks like I may have to watch to catch a glimpse of the band, if they are even on the show!

They should have the contestants sing a tune, play Freddie’s vocal of the same song, and compare. Every contestant would be eliminated. American Idol is a joke!

KISS wine…..again…..

KISS Wine at Celebrity Cellars.com

We already had a KISS wine back around the Reunion/Psycho Circus era. Now we have more wine. Limited to 1000 bottles at $100 each.

Do we really need more KISS wine? If we didn’t buy it 8-9 years ago, will KISS fans buy it now? What KISS fans need, what they want, is a new studio album!

After 29 years of being a KISS die-hard, I’m at my total frustration level.

New Bruce Dickinson solo DVD coming…..

From Bravewords.com:

As previously reported, Sanctuary Visual Entertainment has set June 20th as the U.S. release date for IRON MAIDEN singer BRUCE DICKINSON’s first solo DVD, entitled Anthology. The artwork for the DVD package can be seen here.

The 3 DVD set will include the following contents:

Disc 1 – Live: Dive Dive Dive – Originally released on PMI in 1991. 70 Minute feature of Bruce live in Los Angeles. Skunkworks Live – Originally released by Castle/JVC in 1997. 60 Minute Live feature of Bruce performing in Gerona, Spain.

Disc 2 – Live Bootleg!: Scream For Me Brazil – Previously Unreleased 104 minute feature of Bruce performing in Sao Paulo, Brazil on his 2000 Tour.

Disc 3 – Studio Extras: Promo Videos: ‘Tattooed Millionaire’, ‘All The Young Dudes’, ‘Dive Dive Dive’ (Single), ‘Born In ’58’, ‘Tears Of The Dragon’, ‘Shoot All The Clowns’, ‘Back From The Edge’, ‘Inertia’, ‘Accident Of Birth…’, ‘Killing Floor’, ‘The Tower’, ‘Chemical Wedding’, ‘The Road To Hell’, ‘Abduction’.

Extras: 1. Tyranny Of Souls EPK – Filmed interview with Bruce about the creative processes of making an album together with him talking about each individual song (60 minutes). 2. Interview about each promo video and the thoughts and ideas behind them (60 minutes). 3. Biceps of Steel – Short feature of Bruce in SAMSON, released in 1981.

Bruce comments on the upcoming release, stating, “It’s fantastic to share all of this stuff with my fans. These DVDs contain rare material that people either won’t know exists or have been unable to buy. The Samson video has changed hands for absurd amounts of money, and although we spent loads of time and had and lots and lots of fun making the promos, because MTV didn’t show them many of won’t have been seen. It was high time they were all chucked together in one package.”

New Release Tuesday – 4/4/06

Jackpot!

My weekly Tuesday jaunt to the local shop was one of the best so far this year…..

Goldmine!

4 new releases for $9.99 each…..

Value!

Here’s the list:
Lacuna Coil – Karmacode
Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime II
Evergrey – Monday Morning
Sonata Arctica – For The Sake Of Revenge (w/bonus DVD)

Now how can you go wrong with that?

The only other releases of note (for me) were:

- The new Poison greatest hits – I passed because it’s basically the same as the previous one save for the new cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘We’re An American Band’. A successful band like Poison can’t write a couple of originals? I would have bought it if it had new tunes, but for a cover? No way!

- J. Geils has a new greatest hits as well. They already are a few out there so I passed. I’d rather have all the albums anyway.

- Blackmore’s Night also released a new one but I’m done with the Medieval music. I have the 1st 3, they’re good for a change of pace but I would rather Ritchie do some ROCK music.

- I also noticed the new Venom but I never got into them even though they’re NWOBHM. I’ve never been a Black or Death Metal fan.

Weekend Playlist – April Fool’s

Let’s try this again…..

The kids were sick all weekend and it was a beautiful here in RI. While I was knee deep in anti-biotics, Kleenex, and laundry, my neighbors were outside cooking on the grill and enjoying the Spring weather. Nothing is worse than catching the scent of BBQ while putting in another load of puked-on laundry. The worst April Fool’s joke ever: Spring is here but you can’t come out.

The only way to cope was to pick thru the pile and pull some CDs out.

1. Resin – Truth Be Told (2006)
I just can’t get enough of this local band. The album is Godsmack-ish but still very good. How can you go wrong for $7? You get a good CD AND support the local scene/the future.

2. Edguy – Rocket Ride (2006)
I was hoping this would break thru like the new Primal Fear album did for me. Unfortunately, it hasn’t yet but there are sme very good spots. This is a case where I need to give it more concentrated spins.

3. The Police – Synchronicity (1983)
This was pulled from the CD racks, not the pile of unlistened to discs. A classic album! Reminds me of Summer camp in the early-mid ’80s and meeting my wife for the 1st time. Fave track: Wrapped Around Your Finger

4. Friction – Baby Talk (Retrospect Records reissue, 1990/2005)
A solid long lost album that was featured as Album of the Day a couple of months back. I’ve been listening to this almost every day. It’s damn good but it’s time to file it in the racks and move on to other CDs. This will get frequent revisits.

5. Jaded – s/t (2006)
Another Album of the Day AND another local New England band. Much like the Friction CD, I’ve been listening to this non-stop and I’m burned out on it. Off to the racks but future spins are a definite.

6. KISS – Rock’n’Roll Over (1976)
My favorite album of all-time! Klassic KISS = better day.

Technical difficulties

Well I just finished writing my weekend playlist and I went to publish…..

Lo and behold! Blogger.com had tech difficulties and timed out. Went back and tried to recover but my draft was wiped out.

So I will just have to post tomorrow when things get cleared up.