Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tesla - Discography

The band formed in 1984 in Sacramento as City Kidd, and was renamed Tesla during the recording of their first album, 1986's Mechanical Resonance, on the advice of their manager that City Kidd was not a great name (in addition, there was already another band going by that name). The band derived their name, certain album and song titles, and some song content from events relating to Nikola Tesla, an inventor and electrical engineer born in the 19th century.

The band's original lineup consisted of lead vocalist Jeff Keith, guitarists Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch, bassist Brian Wheat, and drummer Troy Luccketta.

Tesla's music is often referred to as heavy metal, but is better described as blues metal. The band's lyrics also strayed from the themes popular in heavy metal, particularly in the 1980s at the beginning of their career. A further distinction from their contemporaries was their T-shirt-and-jeans image which was in strong contrast to Glam Metal bands of the time, which were characterized by big hair, leather pants, and flashy makeup. Also in the early days of their career, Tesla toured with David Lee Roth, Def Leppard, and Poison which incorrectly resulted in the band being categorized as a Glam metal band. The band's members resented this labelling. Tesla has always been proud of the fact that their music has always been just guitars and drums, with an occasional piano from guitarist Hannon and/or bassist Wheat and occasional organ from Hannon, with no synthesizers or anything to distort their sound. Their albums always proudly proclaimed, "No Machines", referring to that fact. The band's 2004 album, Into the Now, appears to include synthesized beats. but in fact does not. Drummer Troy Luccketta cleverly designed his drum set to make it sound like synthesized beats, as seen on the Cuminatcha live 2008 DVD section on Troy's gear.

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Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
(1986)
Mechanical Resonance is Tesla's debut album. In Billboard 200 (1986) it ranked No. 32.
Tracks: (Listen Online or download them for study)

01 EZ come EZ go
02 Comin' Atcha Live
03 Gettin' Better
04 2 Late 4 Love
05 Rock Me To The Top

06 Were No Good Together
07 Modern Day Cowboy

08 Changes
09 Little Suzi
10 Love Me

11 Cover Queen
12
Before My Eyes

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Tesla - The Great Radio Controversy (1989)
Jeff Keith – vocals
Tommy Skeoch – guitars
Frank Hannon – guitars, piano, organ
Brian Wheat – bass
Troy Luccketta – drums

The second album by American rock band Tesla, released in 1989. The songs combine 1980s metal with some blues-influenced elements, as well as the occasional love ballad. The record features many two-part counterpoints provided by guitarists Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch, on both electric and acoustic guitars. The hit single "Love Song" received considerable MTV airplay and rocketed the band to stardom. Many tracks on this album later received acoustic versions on their follow-up album, Five Man Acoustical Jam, a precursor of the Unplugged trend. The album is titled after the controversy about the identity of the inventor of radio. It is posed that Serbian engineer Nikola Tesla (whom the band is named after) is the true inventor of radio, while the Italian Guglielmo Marconi took the credit and is widely regarded as having the title. The album's inner sleeve recounts this story.

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study)
01 Hang Tough (Jeff Keith, Tommy Skeoch, Frank Hannon, Brian Wheat) – 4:21
02 Lady Luck (Keith, Skeoch, Hannon, Wheat) – 3:39
03 Heaven's Trail (No Way Out) (Keith, Skeoch) – 4:41
04 Be a Man (Keith, Hannon, Skeoch) – 4:20
05 Lazy Days, Crazy Nights (Keith, Skeoch) – 4:26
06 Did It for the Money (Keith, Skeoch, Hannon) – 4:25
07 Yesterdaze Gone (Keith, Hannon) – 3:43
08 Makin' Magic (Keith, Skeoch, Hannon, Wheat) – 5:03
09 The Way It Is (Keith, Troy Luccketta, Skeoch, Hannon) – 5:14
10 Flight to Nowhere (Keith, Skeoch, Hannon, Wheat) – 4:43
11 Love Song (Keith, Hannon) – 5:20
12 Paradise (Keith, Wheat, Hannon) – 4:59
13 Party's Over (Keith, Hannon, Skeoch) – 4:24

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Tesla - Psychotic Supper (1991)
Their 3rd studio album. It was re-issued outside the US in 2000 with 3 bonus tracks.

Tracks: (Listen Onl ine or Download for study)
01 Change In The Weather (Hannon, Keith, Skeoch) - 3:38
02 Man Out Of Time / Edison's Medicine (Barbiero, Hannon, Keith, Skeoch, Wheat) - 4:47
03 Don't De-Rock Me (Barbiero, Skeoch) - 5:11
04 Call It What You Want (Barbiero, Keith, Wheat) - 4:29
05 Song & Emotion (Barbiero, Hannon, Keith, Skeoch) - 8:29
06 Time (Hannon, Keith) - 5:13
07 Government Personnel (Hannon) - :58
08 Freedom Slaves (Hannon, Wheat) - 6:40
09 Had Enough (Skeoch) - 4:49
10 What You Give (Hannon, Keith) - 7:15
11 Stir It Up (Keith, Skeoch) - 5:41
12 Can't Stop (Hannon, Keith, Skeoch, Wheat) - 5:27
13 Toke About It (Barbiero, Hannon) - 5:27
14 Rock the Nation (Montrose (band) [import version bonus track] - 3:31
15 I Ain't Superstitious (Dixon) [Import version bonus track-Original B-Side of "Love Song" single-Released in 1989] - 3:12
16 Run Run Run (Ferguson, Andes) [Import version bonus track-Original B-Side of "The Way It Is" single-Released in 1990] - 2:47

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Tesla - Bust A Nut (1994)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study)
01 The Gate, Invited
02 Solution
03 Shine Away
04 Try So Hard
05 She Want She Want
06 Need You Lovin'

07 Action Talks
08 Mama's Fool
09 Cry
10 Earthmover
11 Alot To Lose
12 Rubberband
13 Wonderful World
14 Games People Play



TESLA - Into the Now (2004)
Jeff Keith – lead vocals (1984–1994, 2000–present)
Frank Hannon – guitars, piano, organ, Hammond organ, backing vocals (1984–1994, 2000–present)

Dave Rude – guitars, backing vocals (2006–present)
Brian Wheat – bass, piano, backing vocals (1984–1994, 2000–present)
Troy Luccketta – drums, percussion (1984–1994, 2000–present)

Classic hard rockers Tesla were one of those bands that reluctantly hitched a ride on the hair metal bandwagon of the late '80s, only to get bum-rapped on the early-'90s flip side when their career was undeservedly sunk alongside those flaming chunks of hairspray and mascara. Unable or perhaps unwilling to cope with culturally enforced grunge exile thereafter, the members of Tesla chose extinction instead, quietly going their separate ways after touring in support of their fourth studio album, 1994's understated Bust a Nut. The fact that they also resisted the temptation to join in the minor spat of pop-metal nostalgia heard in the late-'90s also speaks volumes about their true nature, and makes their eventual return with 2004's Into the Now all the more worth investigating. And sure enough, for the most part, "Into the Now" is a prototypical Tesla album: heavy, melodic, focused, and -- when in doubt -- understated.

Vocalist Jeff Keith is reliable as ever throughout, his voice sounding all the better for the nicotine ravages of time, while guitarists Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch resurrect their six-string harmonies in all their glory for the memorable "Mighty Mouse" and the decidedly psychedelic "Come to Me." In short, like virtually every Tesla album before it, "Into the Now" takes the back door to one's perception, unassumingly sneaking up on you with the realization "Hey! This is really good!" A classy comeback by a classy band, it's therefore practically guaranteed to please -- not wow -- aging fans with its time-warp sensibilities and authenticity of spirit.

Tracks: (Listen Online or download them for study)
01 Into The Now
02 Look at Me
03 What A Shame
04 Heaven Nine Eleven
05 Words Can't Explain
06 Caught in A Dream
07 Miles Away
08 Mighty Mouse
09 Got No Glory
10 Come To Me
11 Recognize
12 Only You

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Tesla - Reel to Reel (2007)
Jeff Keith - lead vocals
Frank Hannon - guitar, backing vocals
Brian Wheat - bass, piano, backing vocals
Troy Luccketta - drums, percussion
Dave Rude - guitars, backing vocals

The sixth studio album by hard rock band Tesla. Released on June 5, 2007, it includes covers of classic rock and blues songs from the late 1960s and early 1970s recorded by Tesla in their own style through a vintage Neve console directly to Ampex 456 analog tape to capture the purity of these timeless and legendary songs. Songs include: "Space Truckin'," "I've Got A Feeling," "Ball of Confusion," "All The Young Dudes" and "Street Fighting Man.".

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download it for study)
01. Space Truckin'
02. Walk Away
03. Hand Me Down World
04. Bad Reputation
05. Thank You
06. I've Got a Feeling
07. Day of the Eagle
08. Ball of Confusion
09. Rock Bottom
10. Stealin'
11. Bell Bottom Blues
12. Honky Tonk Women
13. Dear Mr. Fantasy

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Tesla - Reel to Reel, Vol.2 (2007)
The 7th studio album by hard rock band Tesla, and the second part of the band's covers album Real to Reel, released in retail outlets on September 25, 2007. The album was initially only available to people attending the band's 2007 concert tour during August 2007, when the first volume was released, but then became available at retail outlets in September. It was also released free with August 2007 copies of the UK magazine Classic Rock. This version does not feature the cover of Peter Frampton's "Do You Feel Like We Do".

Like the first Real to Reel album, the second volume also features covers of classic rock and blues songs from the 1960s and 1970s that inspired and influenced the band, recorded by Tesla in their own style using analog tape and vintage equipment.

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download it for study)
01. All the Young Dudes - 3:48
02. Make It Last - 4:49
03. Shooting Star - 5:40
04. Not Fragile - 4:37
05. Street Fighting Man - 4:24
06. Is It My Body - 2:34
07. I Want to Take You Higher - 3:51
08. Do You Feel Like We Do - 11:44
09. Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers - 3:05
10. Seasons of Wither - 4:53
11. Saturday Night Special - 5:42
12. War Pigs - 9:00

13. Run Run Run (Jojo Gunner) Bonus Track

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Tesla - A Piece Of Time (2007)
An EP by Tesla featuring cover songs and alternate recordings of classic Tesla songs, released as an iTunes exclusive EP on November 20, 2007. This EP features seven songs, four of which are cover songs, two are new arrangements to previously released songs by the band, and one is a whole new acoustic arrangement to the classic Christmas song "Silent Night".

"Signs" is a song the band already covered on their unplugged live album Five Man Acoustical Jam but it is featured here in the actual non-acoustic version.

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download it for study)
01. I Love You (Climax Blues Band cover) - 4:06
02. Everything I Own (Bread cover) - 3:26
03. Signs (Five Man Electrical Band cover) - 4:17
04. The Way It Is (Jeff Keith/Frank Hannon/Tommy Skeoch/Troy Luccketta) - 4:40
05. What You Give (Keith/Hannon) - 7:10
06. I'd Love to Change the World (Ten Years After cover) - 5:31
07. Silent Night - 2:45

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Tesla - Forever More (2008)
The 8th studio album by hard rock band Tesla, released on October 7, 2008}[1]. The album was produced by Terry Thomas, engineered by Michael Rosen, and recorded and mixed at J Street Recorders in Sacramento, California by Terry Thomas and Michael Rosen

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download it for study)
01. Forever More - 5:04
02. I Wanna Live - 3:35
03. One Day at a Time - 3:11
04. So What! - 3:39
05. Just in Case - 4:38
06. Fallin' Apart - 4:22
07. Breakin' Free - 5:02
08. All of Me - 3:27
09. The First Time - 4:11
10. Pvt. Ledbetter - 3:23
11. In A Hole Again - 5:25
12. The Game - 4:53

Bonus Tracks
My Way (European Bonus Track) - 2:56
What A Shame (Live) (European Bonus Track) - 4:47

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Rob Rock Discography

Robert Jens Rock, aka Bob Rock (born 19 April 1954 in Winnipeg, Manitoba), is a Canadian musician, sound engineer, and record producer. Rob Rock is one of the most exciting and energetic singers in heavy metal. Rock can sing virtually any style of music. His vocal range has often been compared to legendary metal singers Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), and Rob Halford (Judas Priest). Rob Rock possesses a unique ability to scream in the stratosphere, all the while singing in a very melodic overtone. His Vibrato and use of Harmonies has created a signature vocal style. Lastly, Rock has an innate ability to write lyrics that have depth and meaning. He is definitely an original lyricist.

Rock is best known for giving bands such as Metallica and Mötley Crüe a more elaborate record production. He has also worked with Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Cher, The Cult, David Lee Roth, Skid Row, Veruca Salt, Nina Gordon, Our Lady Peace, The Tragically Hip, The Tea Party, Lostprophets, American Hi-Fi and Simple Plan.

He briefly returned to performing, forming the band Rockhead with ex-Payola$ drummer Chris Taylor. The band released one self-titled album and two singles, but split up shortly afterwards. Rock is also producing his own band's next album, Langford. The Payola$ have mentioned plans for a tour in early 2008. Rock also produced The Offspring's eighth studio album, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, which received mixed reviews. Released on 17 June 2008, it was their first album in four-and-a-half years, since Splinter in 2003.

Rock was asked directly and interviewed with Canadian rock trio Rush to produce their eighteenth studio album Snakes & Arrows, but because Rock had prior obligations with The Offspring, he was unable to produce the record, and he directed the band to Foo Fighters and Velvet Revolver producer Nick Raskulinecz for the gig. Bob Rock attended the Rush concert at the Los Angeles Nokia Live on 8 May 2008 where he discussed Rush's next record with band members. He had also been unavailable to produce Rush's previous studio album, 2002's Vapor Trails, due to his obligations with Metallica.

Rock penned an essay on the recording of The Tragically Hip's album World Container. Rock produced the five finalist songs of CBC Sports's Hockey Night in Canada Anthem Challenge in late 2008.

Bob Rock was chosen to produce Metallica's multiplatinum self-titled album (known as The Black Album) after the band's iconic admiration of Mötley Crüe's 1989 album Dr. Feelgood. The Black Album was released in 1991 and subsequent followups produced by Rock included Load (1996), ReLoad (1997), Garage Inc. (1998) and S&M (1999). Metallica once again tapped Rock to produce their 2003 album St. Anger, in which he played bass guitar due to the departure of bassist Jason Newsted.

A petition that over 20,000 fans signed was posted online. The petition called for Metallica to dump Rock as producer, claiming he had too much influence on the band's sound and musical format. Rock claimed the petition was hurtful for his children. He was also quoted saying "Sometimes, even with a great coach, a team keeps losing. You have to get new blood in there." In February 2006, Metallica chose producer Rick Rubin to produce their next album, ending the group's long-time relationship with Rock.

Rock most recently has produced 311, who will be releasing their 9th studio album, Uplifter, on 2 June 2009.

Rock's career both as a producer and musician was recognized at the 2007 Juno Award Ceremony for his lifetime contribution to popular music. Rock was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). "Bob is a musical craftsman whose wide range of talents show no signs of slowing," said Melanie Berry, CARAS President. "He has helped to define rock as we know it today, and we are very proud to recognize him in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame."

Rock confirmed his acceptance of the award: "It is an honour to join great producers like Bob Ezrin, Bruce Fairbairn, Daniel Lanois, Jack Richardson, and David Foster in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame" says Rock. "They are all giants of the industry, and to be recognized, means that I had to have worked with truly great artists. I thank them for their confidence and inspiration."

Bob Rock has been nominated for Juno Awards 17 times in various categories ranging from Producer of the Year, Recording Engineer of the Year, Composer of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year. He has won on numerous occasions for both his production work and his work in bands such as the Payola$ and Rock and Hyde. Rock last won Producer of the Year in 2005 for Simple Plan's "Welcome to my Life". He has been nominated for 2007 Producer of the Year for his work on The Tragically Hip's album "World Container".

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Rob Rock - Rage of Creation (2000)
JVC/Victor Entertainment (Asia) Massacre Records (Europe) Rob Rock Music (USA)
This solo outing led to Rock's departure from Impellitteri. Apparently everything was ok, until Chris heard the new solo project. Whether this is true or not, I do not know, but it is the rumor that was going around at the time of release. Too bad because Rob and Chris had chemistry. Still, this album smokes!!! It's leaps and bounds more interesting than "Crunch," which makes the rumor seem to be true. Of course Rob's signature wail makes this album sound like an Impellitteri disc. Rob Rock teams up with his Driver bandmate Roy Z, who plays guitar and produces. Roy is no slouch on the guitar either, so this adds even further to the comparisons. Also making a guest appearance is Jake E. Lee (ex Ozzy/Badlands). "Eagle" is an ABBA cover.
Tracks: (Listen Online or Download here)
01 In The Beginning

02 The Sun Will Rise Again

03 One Way Out
04 Judgement Day
05 Streets Of Madness
06 Eagle
07 All i Need
08 Media Machine
09 In the Night
10 Never too Late
11 Forever

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Rob Rock -
Eyes of Eternity (2003)
Massacre Records (Europe) JVC/Victor Entertainment (Asia)
Rob Rock Music (USA)
Produced, arranged and mixed by Roy Z. Executive producers Rob Rock and Roy Z. (Roy is known for his work with Halford and Bruce Dickinson, while Rob is know for his long stint with Impellitteri.) Rob's second solo CD is heavy, guitar driven heavy metal that comes across as a bit more European sounding than "Rage of Creation." There are ten tracks that are all on level with each other. The exception is tracks nine and ten which are simply outstanding. The epic, twelve minute long "The Hour of Dawn" is a standout track. This song starts as an atmospheric metal anthem that reminds me slightly of mid-90's Stratovarius and ends with a 4-1/2 minute long guitar jam, that includes guitar solos by 15 different guitar shredders. Among the guitarists included are Narnia's Carl Johan Grimmark, Jack Star, metal legend Axel Rudi Pell and someone simply known as "The Warlock." Finshing out this CD is a bonus track called "Beautiful Lady" which is simply one of the best ballads ever written. As I recall this song was actually recorded several years ago and was released as a bonus track on the Japanese version of "Rage of Creation". Despite how much I like Rob's heavy material, he really does excel at ballads. Found it somewhat amusing that this CD contains a song called "Rage of Creation." I wonder if this song might have been written for the "Rage" session but not used until this disc. This song is a tight, crunchy mid paced rocker that leads into one of the albums fastest, and heaviest songs "Conqueror's Hymn". The guitar tones on this song are outstanding and prove to me that you don't need to downtune a full step to have a heavy sound or to write a monsterous riff. As usual, Rob's lyrics are honest and thought provoking, mostly deal with his faith in Almighty God.
Tracks: (Listen Online or Download here)
01 Rock The Earth
02 Stranglehold
03 Eyes of Eternity
04 The Everlasting
05 Rage of Creation
06 Conqueror's Hymn
07 Fields Of Fire
08 You Know
09 The Hour of Dawn
10 Beautiful Lady



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Rob Rock - Holy Hell (2005)
AFM Records (Worldwide) JVC/Victor Entertainment (Japan/Asia)

Once again behind the Rob is producer Roy Z, who also recently worked with Judas Priest on their comeback album. Rob's solo album is at least as good as Priest's, if not a step above and that is saying a lot. "Slayer of Souls" is an all our power metal assault, one of the heaviest songs on the CD, and is complete with a big, gritty guitar sound. Likewise, the title track is a pummelling power metal romp. "I'm a Warrior" originally appeared on the Driver EP and then again on the Impellitteri "Answer to the Master" album. "Warrior" is a certainly a great song. This particular re-recorded version leans closer to the original Driver version, which has long been out of print. Likewise, "When Darkness Reigns" is a re-recording of "Fly Away" from the Driver EP. "First Winds Of The End Of Time" is a mid-paced rocker that reminded me a bit of Rob's work with Impellitteri. "I'll Be Waiting for You", which is listed as a bonus track, is one of the albums highlights. This emotional ballad is probably one of Rob's best yet. Roy Z's guitar work is excellent as usual. On top of the guitar talents of Roy Z, Rob also employs the talents of guitar shredder Carljohan Grimmar (Narnia). As any Rob Rock fan would expect, the vocals are outstanding. I read an article recently that put Rob on the same level as guys like Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford. I would agree 100% with this opinion. Rob has a classic heavy metal voice and an incredible range that few can match. Rob does give up the mic a bit in the closing song "Move On" and allows Tobias Sammet (Avantasia, Edguy) to share lead vocal duties. In all honestly however, this is probably the weakest track on the CD. "Holy Hell" is without a doubt the best Rob Rock solo disc thus far. It manages to be heavier than the past two, yet more melodic and memorable at the same time.
Tracks: (Listen Online or Download here)
01 Slayer of Souls
02 First Winds Of The End Of Time
03 Calling Angels
04 Holy Hell
05 Lion Of Judah
06 I'm A Warrior
07 I'll Be Waiting For you
08 When Darkness Reigns

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Rob Rock - Garden Of Chaos (2007)
Returning two years later with his fourth solo outing Garden Of Chaos, Rob has put together a work taking the guitar driven heaviness characteristic to Holy Hell and imbuing it with the melodic sensibilities of Rage Of Creation and Eyes Of Eternity. Noteworthy hooks abound throughout the project, particularly on the catchy melodic metal of “Savior’s Call”, “This Is The Last Time” and “Spirit In The Sky”- three tracks heavily influenced by the eighties. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a more aggressive sound then check out “Garden Of Chaos” (a fast paced track backed by periodic outbursts of double bass), the bottom heavy “Satan’s Playground” and aptly entitled metal anthem “Metal Breed”. “Millennial Reign”, a sublime piece with a neo-classical feel, stands alongside the mid-tempo “Only A Matter Of Time” and straightforward hard rock of “Ride The Wind” (a Japan only release remixed version of a song that made its initial appearance as a bonus track to Holy Hell). You will also find two very well done acoustic ballads in “Unconditional” and “Ode To Alexander”.

Check Out Millenial Reign's Lyrics:

For 1000 years, the throne of grace,
For 1000 years, no suffering painFor 1000 years, Millennial reign
King of Kings, with all power and majesty
And with justice He alone judges and makes war
Lord of Lords, His eyes blazing like fire
On His head are many crowns, wears a robe dipped in blood


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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Damn Yankees Discography

The band was formed in 1989, consisting of Tommy Shaw of Styx, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Ted Nugent of Amboy Dukes and his own solo career, and Michael Cartellone. Presumably inspired by the musical of the same name, Nugent once also explained that he coined the name because whenever someone asked him how he and Tommy Shaw would sound playing together, he would always reply by saying they would sound like “a bunch of damn Yankees.”

After the release of their debut, the Damn Yankees went on a year-and-a-half world tour with the likes of a revamped Bad Company, Poison and Jackyl. Their U.S. tour coincided with the Persian Gulf War, in which the band unfurled American flags and made patriotic statements. However, Nugent’s onstage archery stunts became a matter of controversy when he was arrested and fined after firing a burning arrow into an effigy of Saddam Hussein in Colorado.

In 1992, Damn Yankees once again went platinum with their follow-up album Don’t Tread. The title song (sung by Jack Blades) enjoyed extensive coverage at the Barcelona Olympic Games. Ted Nugent also appeared on Rock the Vote, voicing support for the GOP against Bill Clinton. Although the second release was not as successful as the first album, it contained a few minor hits, such as "Mister Please," "Where You Goin’ Now," and "The Silence Is Broken," a Top-10 AOR power ballad featured on the 1993 Jean-Claude Van Damme film Nowhere to Run. As the band began working on a third album, Damon Johnson of Brother Cane was added as another guitarist. The move was necessary due to Shaw's participation in Styx. If Shaw was unavailable Johnson would fill in as second guitarist. There was also talk that all three guitarists would play together when Shaw was available. In July 2008, reunion tour rumors came around-supposedly to start after Styx and Ted Nugent respectively finish their tours.

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Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees (1990)
Produced by rock producer Ron Nevison, the new band’s self-titled debut album went double-platinum in 1990. Ted Nugent's well-tooled heavy blues guitar became a cornerstone, but Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw rose to the forefront as a potent vocal duo. Jack Blades’s leading single "Coming of Age," hit #64 on the U.S. Top 40, and #1 on the AOR charts, while Tommy Shaw’s "Come Again" received extensive AOR airplay. 1990's chart-topping rock ballad "High Enough" featured a passionate duet between Shaw and Blades, backed by a string section in the studio. Backed by a popular video, it rose to #3 on U.S. Top 40, and #2 on AOR charts.

Ironically, "High Enough" happened to be the first #1 pop single in Ted Nugent’s career, despite the fact his career had been built on his "Motor City Madman" image. In fact, Damn Yankees seemed to be following a similar course pursued by Jack Blades’s prior band, Night Ranger, developing an overall hard rock sound in the studio, but relying heavily on power ballads to sell their albums. Furthermore, their songs appeared on several Hollywood film soundtracks, such as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, John Candy’s comedic vehicle, Nothing But Trouble and the 1991 action movie The Taking of Beverly Hills.
Tracks: (Listen Online or Download here)
01 Coming Of Age
02
Bad Reputation
03
Runaway
04 High Enough
05 Damn Yankees
06 Come Again
07 Mystified
08 Rock City
09 Tell Me How You Want It
10 Piledriver


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Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees (1992)
The platinum Don't Tread Album hit the airwaves in 1992. Going on what was believed to be a temporary hiatus in 1994, the group disbanded with the members going their separate ways soon after.

In 2000, the band recorded what was supposed to be the third Damn Yankee's album for Portrait Records but pulled the plug on the project after expressing dissatisfaction on the finished product.
The boys say that we haven't seen the end of Damn Yankees. Only time will tell.

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download here)
01 Don't Tread On Me
02 Fifteen Minutes Of Fame
03 Where You going Now
04 Dirty Dog
05 Mister Please
06 Silence Is Broken
07 Firefly
08 Someone To Believe
09 This Side Of Hell
10 Double Coyote
11 Uprising


NOTE:
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Damn Yankees - The Essentials (2002)

Tracks: (no links here)
01 High Enough
02 Coming of Age
03 Where You Goin' Now
04 Don't Tread on Me
05 Come Again Listen
06 Fifteen Minutes of Fame
07 Mister Please
08 Bad Reputation
09 Piledriver
10 Damn Yankees
11 Runaway
12 Silence Is Broken

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Robert Sweet (Stryper's drummer)

Robert Lee Sweet (born March 21, 1960 in Lynwood, California), Height 5'9" - is the drummer of the Christian metal band Stryper. He and his brother Michael originally founded the band as Roxx or Roxx Regime. Robert became known as the "Visual Time Keeper" for his wild drumming and captivating drum kits. Unlike most drummers, Sweet faces in the direction of stage left or right while playing, not straight ahead, so that the audience can see him and not have their view of him obscured by his drumkit. Sweet also played a key role in the visual direction of the band itself as well as being a significant contributor to the group.

After Stryper broke up in 1992, Sweet went on to play in a variety of acts and projects largely Christian-oriented. He participated in the band King James alongside former Stryper bassist Tim Gaines and former Whitecross guitarist Rex Carroll, and toured with them until 1996. He also participated in such projects such Shameless and Titanic. Sweet went on to record a solo album titled Love Trash which demonstrated an eclectic side of his writing and performing capabilities. Later, Sweet joined Blissed and some other bands.

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Robert Sweet - Love Trash (1998)
Tracks: (download or listen online as you click em)
01 Help Me to Help Myself (4:57)

02 Love Trash (4:07)

03 The F Word (4:49)

04 Any Enemy (4:06)

05 Sweet Betrayal (2:47)

06 Me, Myself and You (3:20)

07 I'm *******" (4:00)

08 Best Regrets (4:30)

09 Love Trash (Radio Mix) (4:22)

10 Sweet Betrayal (Radio Mix) (2:54)



My Comment:
The Songs are not so melodic, but much on heavy guitar riffs. Though, Robert has a nice voice. Good for Stryper fan collector. I shall update this Robert Sweet post from time to time

Sunday, April 5, 2009

John Schlitt - Discography

John William Schlitt (born February 3, 1950 in Lincoln, Illinois) is known for his career as the Lead singer of Christian Rock band Petra from 1986 until the band's retirement in late 2005. Prior to joining Petra in 1986, Schlitt was the vocalist for Head East.

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John Schlitt
Shake (1995)
While still a member of the Christian rock band Petra, singer/songwriter John Schlitt mounted a solo career, debuting in 1995 with Shake; Unfit for Swine followed a year later. If you are a Petra fan, close your eyes as you listen to this album and you will see Petra playing in the background.
Click the song, LISTEN online or download for study.

Tracks:
01. Wake the Dead
02. Don't Look Back
03. Show Me the Way
04. Inside of You
05. Let It Show
06. Carry the Burden
07. One by One
08. Try Understanding His Heart
09. Hard Way
10. Road to Calvary

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John Schlitt

Unfit For Swine (1996)
The second album released by John Schlitt - frontman of the legendary Christian Rock band, Petra It was released in July, 1996.

Click the song on you can LISTEN online or download for study.

Tracks:
01. Save Me 3:37
02. God Is Too Big 3:42
03. Can't Get Away 4:18
04. We Worship You 4:12
05. Need I Remind You 4:15
06. Take You On 3:53
07. Helping Hand 4:49
08. There Is Someone 3:45
09. I Killed a Man 3:57
10. Don't Have to Take It 3:48

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John Schlitt

The Grafting (2008)

Multiple Grammy Award-winning recording artist and former Petra frontman John Schlitt released his third solo album, The Grafting, in January, 2008 through TAG Artist Group. Since Petra retired in 2005, Schlitt has been taking a new path with his music. He has signed with Franklin, Tennessee based Fused Management for this new chapter.

In a press release, he said, "I’m very excited to be working with Fused Management. My career is going in a whole new direction with new management and a new album. The music itself is going down a whole new path; the fact that my interests have changed as I have grown older is reflected in The Grafting.

"The subject matter on this project is just as important as the music," further explained Schlitt. "The songs cover a variety of adult-themed topics including adoption, divorce, taking care of third world children, among other issues of importance in today’s world."

Produced by Schlitt's son-in-law, Dan Needham, The Grafting is more personal and emotional than his earlier solo projects.
Click the song on you can LISTEN online or download for study.

Track Listing:
01. Stand
02. Keep Your Light On
03. Only Men
04. Face Of God
05. The Grafting
06. First Song
07. Your Eyes
08. Lord Have Mercy
09. Gravity
10. Carry On