Archive for August 14, 2007

Nothing is better than dragging the kids out at 9am to go to Target, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy. That’s what it takes nowadays if you’re a diehard KISS fan and you want all that bonus material. Why? Because Gene & Paul have brainwashed us into thinking that we want it all. So, like the diehard I am, I had both my girls dressed and fed so we could enjoy what they call “KISS Day”.

About 5 minutes from home is a strip of shopping plazas and all the major retailers, and my usual record store, are all within a half mile of each other. Makes for easy shopping. Armed with $150 in birthday money (I turn 35 Thursday!) the first stop was Target:

KISSology 2 DVD (2007) – $22: Target is the first to open up on the strip and it’s also the farthest away, maybe an extra two blocks! The bonus disc available at Target was the one avaiable at the majority of retail outlets: Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan 4/21/88 Crazy Nights Tour. I could have gotten this version anywhere but the price was right and there was another purchase to be made…..

Madden 08 (2007, Playstation 2) – $50: I’m a big NFL Football junkie and a video game freak so this is a must buy every year. The fact that Madden is released the week of my birthday every year makes it a great gift from my girls. Actually, my oldest daughter who is 8, has only ever known giving me a Madden football game for my birthday. They brought me to the game, picked it out, and asked if I still wanted it because it was “KISS Day”. Maybe Gene & Paul aren’t the only ones brainwashing?

This KISS fan cannot live with only one bonus disc so the next stop was two blocks down and across the street to the most evil store in the United States…..Wal-Mart. I’m a Union worker and representative so shopping at Wal-Mart defies principles but I couldn’t wait until their exclusive bonus disc hit Ebay!

KISSology 2 DVD (2007) – $25: The highest price of all three visits but the exclusive bonus disc of the Dynasty Tour from Largo, MD in ’79 was a must. Somewhere I sensed Gene was smiling…..

Wait! There’s one more version of KISSology 2 to be had! One block down and across the street again to Best Buy where they don’t open until 10am. We park at 9:50 and get out to join the crowd of twenty people at the door. Everyone there was for the Madden game except one guy in a KISS t-shirt that saw mine and gave me the thumbs up! Comraderie at it’s finest!

KISSology 2 DVD (2007) – $22: Another store, another bonus disc. This time it’s another Crazy Nights Tour stop: The Ritz in New York 8/13/88. Played three days before my 16th birthday in ’88…..but I wasn’t there! I saw this tour in Providence on 12/12/87 for $16.50 w/Ted Nugent…..Crazy Nights era KISS is important to me, LOL! Highlight of this purchase was my 3 yr. old pushing through the door and running ahead yelling, “Where’s my Daddy’s KISS DVD?”. It was a proud moment. As I paid for my 3rd KISSology 2 in an hour, I sensed Gene & Paul laughing as dollar signs flew over their heads…..

The list was complete: all three versions of KISSology 2 and Madden o8 for Playstation 2…..but we are only two blocks away from the record store I shop at! Off to Newbury Comics to spend my last $30 of birthday loot!

Y&T – Live: One Hot Night CD/2 DVD set – $20: I usually get to the record store early to get the only copy of things like this but it’s 10:10am and someone might have bought it already, especially for a bargain twenty bucks. It had just come out of the delivery box when we walked in the store, it hadn’t even settled on the shelf before I had it at the register. With all the KISS and Madden I’ll expose myself to in the next 24 hours, Y&T will be a nice diversion.

Totals:

  • 90 minutes round trip
  • 4 stores
  • 1 video game
  • 3 KISSology 2 sets
  • 1 Y&T set
  • $140

Stryper - The Roxx Regime Demos 1983 (2007)

Stryper – The Roxx Regime Demos 1983 (2007, Fifty Three Five Records)

  1. From Wrong To Right
  2. My Love I’ll Always Show  (original Rock version)
  3. Loud N Clear
  4. You Know What To Do
  5. You Won’t Be Lonely
  6. Co’mon Rock
  7. Tank  (Robert Sweet drum solo)
  8. Honestly

Roxx Regime Demos promo

Band Lineup:
Michael Sweet – Vocals & Guitars
Robert Sweet – Drums
Oz Fox – Guitars
Timothy Gaines – Bass

Produced by:
Stryper

Total Time – 28:44

Stryper official website

This is an easy review to write because this is basically an album of unreleased demos. Flashback to 1983 and the band is named Roxx Regime. In an attempt to get a record deal, the band puts together a demo tape and is subsequently signed to a deal with Enigma Records. Once the deal was ready to sign, the band changed their name to Stryper and the rest is history! This is supposedly the original demo with no overdubs and/or re-recordings. What you get on this disc is a band that is very polished and energetic for a new set of rockers. The quality of the recordings are raw and harder than their commercially released counterparts. It’s pretty good for a demo, very listenable.

Five of the first six songs (‘My Love I’ll Always Show’ being the exception), ended up on the original E.P., THE YELLOW AND BLACK ATTACK (1984). That E.P., along with ‘My Love I’ll Always Show’, and a new song called ‘Reason For The Season’, were re-released as a full album under the same name in 1986 on Hollywood Records after their second album, SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND (1985) went gold in the U.S. 

This version of ‘Honestly’ pre-dates the 1986 version from TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL and it is of poor quality. It could just be the recording because this is damn close to the album version, including the harmonies. The drum solo by Robert Sweet, ‘Tank’, is a throwaway…..I never consider Robert Sweet when the conversation turns to great drummers and I’m not going to start now. Plus, it’s only 44 seconds long! So what’s the point?

Bottom Line:
If you want to hear the earliest Stryper recordings, then pick it up. If you want to hear the proper recordings, buy THE YELLOW AND BLACK ATTACK and TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL. For collectors and completists only…..and at a cheap price, mine was $9.99!