Sunday, June 28, 2009

Jason Becker - Discography

Jason Becker. Born July 22, 1969, a neo-classical guitarist who achieved fame at age 16 as a technical virtuoso and guitar prodigy. When his father gave him a guitar, he wouldn't let go of it. He studied the works of violinist Niccolò Paganini and was a playing partner with Marty Friedman. He later arranged Paganini's 5th Caprice, performing it during an instructional guitar video. Becker's compositions often include high speed scalar and arpeggio passages, both of which are trademarks of his 'shred' style of guitar playing. He demonstrated the arpeggio sequence during a clinic at the Atlanta Institute of Music. A video of this performance first appeared on his Hot Licks guitar instructional video.

Becker started out playing alongside Marty Friedman in the Mike Varney produced-duo, Cacophony. Becker and Friedman toured together with Cacophony in Japan and across the United States.

At the age of 20, he joined David Lee Roth's band, replacing Steve Vai, who went on to join Whitesnake. While recording the A Little Ain't Enough album in 1989, and preparing for the subsequent tour, Becker began to feel what he called a "lazy limp" on his left leg. He was soon diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and given three to five years to live. He could barely finish the recording, using low-gauge (thin) guitar strings and other techniques, which would make it easier to play with his weakening hands. Although he managed to finish the album, which got released in 1991, he did not join the supporting tour due to his inability to perform on stage; former Lizzy Borden guitarist Joe Holmes took Becker's place on tour.

Due to his illness, he eventually lost the ability to speak and now communicates with his eyes via a system developed by his father. Although his ALS gradually robbed him of his ability to play guitar, to walk, and eventually even to speak, he still remains mentally sharp and, with the aid of a computer, continues composing. In the back of the Perspective CD case, Becker states "I have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. It has crippled my body and speech, but not my mind." Now in his late 30s, his medical condition has remained stable since 1997. In 2003, Jason posted on his website that he was feeling better and had gained some weight, while the folder for his 2008 album Collection also mentions an upcoming book.

Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn (1988)
Perpetual Burn features blistering fretwork from Jason Becker, an album that set a new standard for progressive heavy metal music. Including the always powerful Atma Anur on drums and some wicked guest guitar solos from label mate Marty Friedman, Perpetual Burn embodies brilliant compositions featuring Becker's highly structured and complex guitar lines. "Air" contains some of the most beautiful playing you'll hear, as Becker uses a clean tone to express emotion on a song dedicated to his parents. A true metal/shred/progressive classic. Instrumental Guitar (Electric (Heavy)/Shred/Heavy Metal)

01 Altitudes
02 Perpetual Burn
03 Mabel’s Fatal Fable
04 Air
05 Temple of the Absurd
06 Eleven Blue Egyptians
07 Dweller in the Cellar
08 Opus Pocus

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Jason Becker - Perspective (1996)
Shred/neo-classical guitarist Jason Becker, stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease at age 20, released his CD Perspective at age 25. Using a MIDI-based studio including a keyboard, Macintosh, sequencing software and an analog recording system, Becker has created his own system for making music via computer. “As my guitar playing dwindled, something else in my music got better,” stated Becker. “Many times in music, if you are given limitations, it expands the creativity.” Perspective features an impressive array of guest performers on the record including Michael Lee Firkins, Matt and Gregg Bissonette, Steve Hunter and Journey’s Steve Perry. Instrumental Guitar (Electric/Hard Rock/Classical), total running time, 60:48

01 Primal
02 Rain
03 End of the Beginning
04 Higher
05 Blue
06 Life and Death
07 Empire
08 Serrana
09 Meet Me in the morning

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Jason Becker - The Raspberry Jams (1999)
The Raspberry Jams are a collection of demos, songs and ideas on guitar from the archives of Jason Becker’s many tapes. In the words of Jason Becker himself, “The songs on The Raspberry Jams were all recorded so I wouldn’t forget them as possible songs for some CD. I never planned on releasing these versions, but as I listened to this stuff, I thought, ‘hey, it isn’t right to hide this neat music.’ So here you go. I hope you get as big of a rush listening to it as I do.” For a fascianting glimpse of immense talent in the rough and raw, check out the 25 raspberry jams contained on this CD. Instrumental Guitar (Electric (Heavy)/Shred/Heavy Metal), total running time, 61:02

01 Becker-Ola
02 Mandy’s Throbbing Little Heart
03 Amma
04 When You Wish Upon A Star
05 Jasin Street
06 Beatle Grubs
07 Grilled Peeps
08 If You Have To Shoot..Shoot-Don’t Talk
09 Purple Chewable Fern
10 Black Stallion Jam
11 Amarnath
12 Angel Eyes
13 Throat Hole
14 Dang Sea Of Samsara
15 Urmila
16 Thousand Million Suns
17 Clean Solo
18 Too Fast, No Good For You!
19 Sweet Baboon
20 Shock Tea
21 Ghost To The Post
22 Blood On The Traches
23 Oddly Enough
24 Crush
25 Vocal Silliness

Jason Becker - The Blackberry Jams (2003)
The Blackberry Jams is a collection of private recordings and previously unreleased demos from Jason Becker’s “Perpetual Burn” era that gives guitar fans insight into his private musical thoughts from the period.

In the words of Jason Becker himself, “These recordings were done between 1987 and 1988 and were recorded onto a Tascam four-track. They are very raw and rough because I never intended for anyone to hear them except for Mike Varney and Marty Friedman.

The Blackberry Jams includes different variations of parts from familiar songs, demos I did that became parts of songs that Marty Friedman and I wrote together. These demos were recorded as possible music for “Perpetual Burn”, “Go Off” and “Dragon’s Kiss”, Marty Friedman’s solo CD.” Instrumental Guitar (Electric (Heavy)/Shred/Heavy Metal), total running time, 73:58

01 Go Off! Intro
02 Groin-grabbingly Transcendent
03 Opitudes
04 Church Of The Weird
05 Mabel’s Air…Could It Be Any Faster?
06 Short X-Ray Eyes
07 Airage
08 Perpetual Burn
09 Ashram Of You, Lee
10 Images Intro
11 Mabel… Simple Little Nibbling
12 Jewel
13 Kind Of Like A Spring
14 Air
15 Ten Yellow Pointy Kitties
16 Absurd Temple Jig
17 Part Of Stranger
18 There’s That
19 Black Cat
20 Little Rippage
21 Perpetual Tudes
22 Floor Pie
23 El Beckero
24 Pocus I Say
25 Conglomeration… Boy Meets Guitar
26 Little Dweller
27 Jewel #2
28 Long X-Ray Eyes
29 Altitudes Jam
30 Bemesderfer’s Wooping Stick
31 If It Weren’t So Purdy I’d Call It Skin Flute

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Jason Becker - Collection (2008)
Guitarist Jason Becker (David Lee Roth, Cacophony) has just released “Collection” on Shrapnel Records. This pure work of genius contains three new recordings totaling over 20 minutes in length and includes new performances by some of Becker’s guitar buddies: Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Michael Lee Firkins, Marty Friedman, Steve Hunter and Greg Howe. In addition, the CD is enhanced and contains some bonus material playable on computer.

01 Rain
02 River of Longing
03 Images
04 Opus Pocus
05 Higher
06 It's Showtime!
07 Altitudes
08 End of the Beginning
09 River of Longing (Reprise)
10 Meet Me in the Morning
11 Air
12 Electric Prayer for Peace
13 Mandy's Throbbing Little Heart

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Vince Neil - Exposed (1993)

Neil was born in Hollywood, California to Odie and Shirley Wharton. During the 1960s, his family moved around Southern California from Inglewood to Watts, before finally settling in Compton. Growing up in Compton was sometimes tough for Neil, who once had his neck slashed by a gang member. Neil eventually got in trouble at school for fighting and drug use, and was subsequently expelled.

Neil was discovered while performing with his band, Rockandi in 1980, and joined Mötley Crüe in 1981. Neil had been friends with Tommy Lee in high school (at one point, Vince lived in Tommy's van, Justify Fullthen Tommy's parents invited him in, and Vince slept beside Tommy's bed). Mötley Crüe was looking for a lead vocalist at the time and were impressed by Neil, after hearing him through Lee. Mötley Crüe released its first album, Too Fast for Love the same year. In 1983, Mötley Crüe released Shout at the Devil, a blockbuster success that has established the band as one of the biggest acts in the history of rock and roll.

In February of 1992, Motley parted ways with Vince Neil, both sides issuing statements. Motley Crue claimed that Vince was more interested in car racing and partying than the bands new music, and claims that Vince quit the band on his own accord. Neil claims that he was fired from the band, because he didn't approve of the bands new musical direction.

Vince had taken up indie racing a few years prior, often turning up at celebrity races. Vince enjoyed the sport so much, that he eventually formed Vince Neil Racing. Vince was racing in the Indy Lights open wheel developmental series at the time. Vince retired from racing in 1992 after crashing his car during a race in Long Beach after the third lap.

In 1992 he released his first solo offering, the single "You're Invited (But Your Friend Can't Come)" was featured on the Encino Man soundtrack. Vince quickly made a video for the song which featured a cameo by Pauly Shore. The video does not feature guitarist Steve Stevens as Stevens was hired after the song and video had been released. Stevens re-recorded the song for Vince's first solo album.

Exposed, was Vince's first solo album, and was released in 1993. The album debuted at #13 on the Billboard charts. The album featured Steve Stevens (former Billy Idol guitarist and Atomic Playboys founder, and who subsequently played all bass and guitar tracks on 'Exposed'), Dave Marshall, Robbie Crane, and Vik Foxx. The album debuted at number 13 on the Billboard 200 and eventually went platinum, doubling the sales of Mötley Crüe's 1994 self-titled album.

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for Study)
01 Look in Her Eyes 5:50
02 Sister of Pain 5:02
03 Can't Have Your Cake 3:57
04 Fine, Fine Wine 4:12
05 The Edge 4:53
06 Can't Change Me 4:41
07 Set Me Free 4:03
08 Living Is a Luxury 5:39
09 You're Invited (But Your Friend Can't Come) 4:22
10 Gettin' Hard 4:38
11 Forever 5:15

Other Albums (soon to be posted)
* Carved in Stone, 1995, US #139
* Live at the Whisky: One Night Only, 2003

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The Outfield - Discography

A British pop rock band based in London. They began recording during the mid-1980s, and released their first album, Play Deep in 1985. The album went triple platinum in America. The Outfield are unusual for a British band in that they enjoyed commercial success in the US, but never reached the album or singles charts in their homeland. They continued to record into the early 1990s, before a hiatus during the middle of that decade. They resumed touring in 1998, and thereafter released two live albums via their web site.

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Outfield - Play Deep (1985)

No.9 in USA. The Brits had their shot at 80's rock in the form of The Outfield, consisting of guitarist John Spinks, lead vocalist and bassist Tony Lewis, and drummer Alan Jackman. And with producer Rick Chertoff at the helm, he worked similar magic that he did on Cyndi Lauper's landmark She's So Unusual and The Hooters' Nervous Night.

Tracks: (Listen online or Download for study)
01 Say It Isn't So 3:49
02 Your Love 3:36
03 I Don'T Need Her 3:51
04 Everytime You Cry 4:29
05 61 Seconds 4:18
06 Mystery Man 4:04
07 All The Love 3:32
08 Talk To Me 3:34
09 Taking My Chances 3:37
10 Nervous Alibi 3:55

* Bangin' (1986) #18 US
* Voices of Babylon (1989) #53 US
* Diamond Days (1990) #90 US
* Rockeye (1992)
* Playing the Field (1995)
* Big Innings: The Best of The Outfield (1996)
* It Ain't Over (1998)
* Extra Innings (1999)
* Live in Brazil (2001)
* The Outfield Live (2005)
* Any Time Now (2006)

Soon To Follow

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tak Matsumoto Group - TMG I (2004)

Tak Matsumoto Group (often abbreviated as TMG) is a supergroup consisting of members from several bands around the world. Since 2004, the group includes Eric Martin, Jack Blades, Brian Tichy & Tak Matsumoto.

TMG I lineup:
Eric Martin (Mr. Big) – Lead vocals
Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Shaw/Blades) – Bass, backing vocals
Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Seether, Foreigner, Pride & Glory, Glenn Hughes, Sass Jordan, Slash's Snakepit) – Drums
Tak Matsumoto (B’z) – Guitar

Tak Matsumoto Group - TMG
I (2004)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download it for study)
01 Oh Japan ~Our Time Is Now~
02 Everything Passes Away
07 Signs of Life
10 My Alibi

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Rick Springfield - Shock Denial Anger (2004)

Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23, 1949 in Sydney) is an Australian-American songwriter, musician and actor. As a musician, he is most famous for the 1981 #1 single "Jessie's Girl", which became a Grammy Award-winning landmark of 1980s pop-rock and helped establish the emerging music video age. As an actor, Springfield's best known role is that of the character Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital. He originated the character from 1981-1983 and then returned to play him again from 2005 until present. He then appeared on Don't Forget The Lyrics in January 2009 to sing his song "Jessie's Girl" and his new song "What's Victoria's Secret." He stayed until the show was over. On March 19 2009, he plays a gig in support of Voices of Uganda at the Key Club in Los Angeles. The gig is co-organized by fellow General Hospital alum, actress Melissa Fitzgerald.

Springfield grew up in a military family and moved frequently, as his father was posted to various military bases throughout Australia and Great Britain. Springfield started playing piano at the age of 9 and the guitar at the age of 13. He first wrote songs when he was 14.

In 1974, Springfield dated and lived with then 15-year-old actress Linda Blair. He considered it his first "grown up" relationship, despite nearly 10 years difference in their ages.

He married Barbara Porter (October 27, 1984). They met in 1980 while she was working as a receptionist at the recording studio where he recorded his 1981 album Working Class Dog. They have two sons: Liam, born in 1985, and Josh, born in 1989.

In 1985, Springfield took a break from his musical career to spend more time with his family, and to deal with the depression that had affected him since his adolescence. He had also wrestled with depression in the 1970s, when the serious illness of his father (who died on April 24, 1981) and career troubles caused him to "hit the wall" and contemplate suicide.

In 2006, Rick Springfield became a citizen of the United States, but also retains his Australian citizenship.

In 2009, Rick made a surprise appearance on Don't Forget the Lyrics! to commemorate the contestant's love for the 1980s. He sang "Jessie's Girl" after host Wayne Brady introduced him.

1982 - Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "Jessie's Girl"
1983 - American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist along with John Cougar Mellencamp

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Rick Springfield - Shock Denial Anger (2004)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download as you click the song for study)
01 Perfect
02 I'll Make You happy
03 Will I

04 God Gave You To Everyone
05 I don't want any thing from You
06 Jesus Saves
07 Beautiful you
08 Wasted
09 Shoot Your Guru
10 Alien Virus
Angels Of The Disappeared
12 Eden
13 The Invisible Girl
14 My Depression
Your Psychopathic Mother
16 Every Night I Wake Up Screaming
17 Open My Eyes

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Winger - Discography

Winger was formed in 1987 by Kip Winger (vocals, bass), formerly of Alice Cooper's band and Reb Beach (guitars). Paul Taylor (guitars, keyboards) was also a natural recruit for Winger, having also played with Alice Cooper's band. To round up the line up they recruited former Dixie Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein. The band's first choice of name was Sahara, but that name was taken by another band, so they all decided on Winger instead. Although they changed the name to Winger, the word Sahara can still be seen on the lower right corner of the debut album's cover.

They recorded three studio albums. The debut album, Winger, was released on August 10, 1988 on Atlantic Records. The record was a success, achieving platinum status in the United States, and gold in Japan and Canada. Radio and MTV hits from the album included "Madalaine", "Seventeen", "Headed For A Heartbreak", and "Hungry".

In 1990, the band was nominated for an American Music Award for "Best New Heavy Metal Band". Shortly after, Winger released its second album In the Heart of the Young, which went platinum in the U.S. and gold in Japan. Hit radio tracks and MTV videos included "Can't Get Enuff", "Miles Away" and "Easy Come Easy Go".

Winger followed the release of its second album with a 13 month world tour, playing over 230 dates with Kiss, Scorpions, ZZ Top, Extreme and Slaughter. Paul Taylor left the band after the tour. In 2001 the band returned to the studio to record the song "On the Inside" for The Very Best of Winger. In 2002 they reunited to tour the US and Canada on a bill with Poison, but once again disbanded afterwards.

In May 2006 a press release announced that Winger has reformed to record another album and tour Europe. The album IV was released in Europe in October and the nine-country "Winger IV Tour" ran in the last two weeks of the same month.

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Winger - Winger (1988)
Kip Winger – bass guitar, vocals
Reb Beach – guitars, vocals
Rod Morgenstein – drums, vocals
Paul Taylor – keyboards, vocals

Additional Musicians:
Dweezil Zappa – left side guitar solo on "Purple Haze"
Beau Hill – additional vocals
Ira McLaughlin – additional vocals
Sandra Park – strings
Rebecca Young – strings
Hae Young Ham – strings
Maria Kitsopoulos – strings

The debut album of the American rock band Winger. The album was released by Atlantic Records in 1988 and it was produced by Beau Hill. The music was radio friendly, but with a progressive twist that also showcased the band's musical talent. The lyrics, however, were typical of the age and genre. It produced a number of radio and video hits, including "Headed for a Heartbreak" and "Seventeen", peaking at #19 and #26 at the Billboard's single chart. The album itself peaked at #21 at the album chart and achieved platinum status in the United States and went gold in Canada and Japan.

In support of the album Winger toured for over a year with bands like Bad Company, Scorpions, Cinderella, Bon Jovi, Poison, Skid Row and Tesla.

01. Madalaine
02. Hungry
03. Seventeen
04. Without the Night
05. Purple Haze
06. State of Emergency
07. Time to Surrender
08. Poison Angel
09. Hangin' On
10. Headed For a Heartbreak
11. Higher and Higher - (bonus track)

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Produced by Beau Hill. Engineered by Jimmy Hoyson.
Album Status: Billboard Chart Position #15

Kip Winger - vocals, bass and keyboards
Reb Beach - guitar and background vocals
Rod Morgenstein - drums and percussion
Paul Taylor - guitar, keyboards and background vocals

Additional Musicians:
Nate Winger - background vocals
Paul Winger - background vocals
Chris Botti – trumpet on "Rainbow In The Rose"
Micheal Davis – trombone on "Rainbow In The Rose"

The 2nd album by American glam metal band Winger. It was released by Atlantic Records in 1990.

Musically, In the Heart of the Young followed closely in the footsteps of the band's debut album. Once again produced by Beau Hill, the album features hook driven, progressive-tinged, radio friendly pop metal. There are, however, also some notable changes from the debut. In the second half of the album the lyrics take on a more serious approach than was typical for the genre and the band also stretches out into longer and more complex progressive passages than on the first Winger album.

The album was certified platinum and produced such hits as "Can't Get Enuff", "Easy Come Easy Go" and "Miles Away", the latter of which made the Top 20 at Billboard's single chart. According to Kip Winger, "Can't Get Enuff" and "Easy Come Easy Go" were late additions to the track listing, written because it was felt there were not enough rock songs on the album. The album itself peaked at #15 at the album chart.

01 Can't Get Enuff
02 Loosen Up
03 Miles Away
04 Easy Come Easy Go
05 Rainbow In The Rose
06 In The Day We'll Never See
07 Under One Condition
08 Little Dirty Blonde
09 Baptized By Fire
10 You Are The Saint, I Am The Sinner
11 In The Heart Of The Young

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Winger - Rare & Unreleased (1991)

01. Battle Sations
02. All I Ever Wanted
03. Blue Murder
04. Out For The Count
05. Hour Of Need
06. Silent Night
07. Headed For a Heartbreak (Demo)
08. Never
09. I Can't Get Enuff (Unplugged)
10. In The Heart Of The young (Demo)
11. Hell To Pay
12. Never (Demo)

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Winger - Pull (1993)
Produced by Mike Shipley and Kip Winger.
Album Status: Billboard Chart Position #83

Kip Winger - vocals, bass, guitar and keyboards
Reb Beach - guitar and background vocals
Rod Morgenstein - drums, percussion and background vocals
Additional Musicians:
Alex Acuna - percussion
Frank Latorre - harmonica

Their third and last studio album, Pull, was recorded in 1992/93 as a three-piece band. It was originally going to be called "Blind Revolution Mad", after the opening song. At some point though, the title was changed to Pull. Reportedly Kip Winger, anticipating that critics would dismiss the album out of hand, re-named it "Pull" as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the CD being used by critics as a skeet shooting target. The album was produced by Mike Shipley, but was not as successful as the previous album. On the following tour John Roth (guitar) was called in to replace Paul Taylor. After the Pull tour, the band broke up. Kip Winger embarked on a solo career and the other members worked on other projects.

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download as you click the song for study)
01 Blind Revolution Mad
02 Down Incognito
03 Spell I'm Under
04 In My Veins
05 Junkyard Dog Tears On Stone
06 The Lucky One
07 In For The Kill
08 No Man's Land
09 Like A Ritual
10 Who's The One

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Winger - The Very Best Of Winger (2001)
A Winger compilation album released by Atlantic Records and Rhino Entertainment Company in 2001. Most of the songs on the album were collected from the three Winger studio albums, Winger (1988), In the Heart of the Young (1990) and Pull (1993), but there is one new recording called "On The Inside" and a Japanese bonus track from the Pull album called "Hell To Pay." According to Kip Winger, "On The Inside" was a leftover riff from the Pull sessions that he and Reb Beach worked into a complete song for the release of this compilation

01 On The Inside (Kip Winger, Reb Beach) – 4:24
02 Blind Revolution Mad (Winger, Beach) – 5:26
03 Down Incognito (Winger, Beach) – 3:48
04 Spell I'm Under (Winger) – 3:56
05 Who's The One (Winger, Beach) – 5:46
06 Junkyard Dog (Tears On Stone)" (Winger, Beach) – 6:55
07 Hell To Pay (Winger, Beach) – 3:24
08 Can't Get Enuff (Winger, Beach) – 4:24
09 Under One Condition (Winger, Beach) – 4:30
10 Easy Come Easy Go (Winger) – 4:06
11 Rainbow In The Rose (Winger, Beach) – 5:34
12 Miles Away (Paul Taylor) – 4:15
13 Seventeen (Winger, Beach, Beau Hill) – 4:12
14 Madalaine (Winger, Beach) – 3:47
15 Hungry (Winger, Beach) – 4:01
16 Headed for a Heartbreak (Winger) – 5:15

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Winger - IV (2006)
Kip Winger - vocals, bass, acoustics, keys
Reb Beach – guitars, vocals
John Roth – guitars, vocals
Cenk Eroglu – keys, guitars and effects
Rod Morgenstein - Drums

Additional Singers
Denny McDonald - background vocals
Paula Winger - background vocals

01 Right Up Ahead 5:07

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Winger - Live (2007)
Released - November 27, 2007
Winger Live is a two CD and DVD live set culled from Winger 2007 US reunion tour Directed by Jack Edward Sawyers. Kip Winger, Reb Beach, Rod Morgenstein and John Roth rip through all the hits, progressive jams and new material taken from their comeback album IV. Keyboardist Cenk Eroglu was not present for this show despite his appearance on Winger IV. The cover consists of a checkerboard-style grid of live still frames pulled from the video footage itself.

01 Blind Revolution Mad
02 Loosen Up
03 Easy Come Easy Go
04 Your Great Escape
05 Down Incognito
06 Rainbow in the Rose
07 Generica
08 Junk Yard Dog
09 Right Up Ahead
10 Reb's Guitar Solo
11 You Are the Saint, I Am the Sinner
12 Rod's Drum Solo
13 Headed for a Heartbreak
14 Can't Get Enough
15 Seventeen
16 Who's the One
17 Miles Away
18 Hungry
19 Madalaine
20 Blue Suede Shoes (CD version only)

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Winger - Karma (2009)
01. Deal With The Devil
02. Stone Cold Killer
03. Big World Away
04. Come a Little Closer
05. Pull Me Under
06. Supernova
07. Always Within Me
08. Feeding Frenzy
09. After All This Time
10. Witness
11. First Ending (Instrumental. A European Bonus track )

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Gene Simmons - Asshole (2004)

Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz [חיים ויץ pronounced /ˈxɑː.iːm/] on August 25, 1949) is an Israeli American hard rock bassist, vocalist, and actor. He is best known as "The Demon", the blood-spitting, fire-breathing, and tongue-wagging bassist and vocalist in the hard rock band Kiss, an act he co-founded in the early 1970s. Simmons also contends that he has "never been high, drunk, or smoked in his life."

Simmons was born in Haifa, Israel, and immigrated to New York City at the age of eight, with his mother Florence Klein—a Jewish Hungarian immigrant. Florence and her brother, Larry Klein, were the only two members of her family to survive the Holocaust. His father, Feri Witz, did not accompany them to the U.S. When Simmons was young, his mother's long absences while working two jobs in order to make ends meet left emotional scars that gave him a strong desire for wealth. After arriving in the U.S., he took the name Eugene Klein (later Gene Klein), Klein being his mother's maiden name. In the late 1960s, he changed his name to Gene Simmons to honor legendary rockabilly performer Jumpin' Gene Simmons.

Simmons became involved with his first band, Lynx, then renamed The Missing Links, when he was a teenager. Eventually, he disbanded The Missing Links to form The Long Island Sounds. While he played in these bands, he kept up odd jobs on the side to make more money, including making fanzines and trading used comic books. Simmons attended Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, New York. He then joined a new band, Bullfrog Bheer, and the band recorded a demo, "Leeta"; later included on the Kiss box set.
The Demon

Simmons formed the rock band Wicked Lester in the early 1970s with Stanley Harvey Eisen (now known as Paul Stanley) and recorded one album, which was never released. Dissatisfied with Wicked Lester's sound and look, Simmons and Stanley attempted to fire their band members; they were met with resistance, and they quit Wicked Lester, walking away from their record deal with Epic Records. They decided to form the ultimate rock band, and started looking for a drummer. Simmons and Stanley found an ad placed by Peter Criss, who was playing clubs in Brooklyn at the time; they joined and started out as a trio. Paul Frehley responded to an ad they put in the Village Voice for a lead guitar player, and soon joined them. Kiss released its self-titled debut album in February 1974. Stanley quickly took on the role of lead performer on stage, while Simmons became the driving force behind what became an extensive Kiss merchandising franchise.

In 1983, while Kiss' fame was waning, the members took off their trademark make-up and enjoyed a resurgence in popularity that continued into the 1990s. The band hosted their own fan conventions throughout 1995, and fan feedback about the original Kiss members reunion influenced the highly successful 1996-1997 Alive Worldwide reunion tour. In 1998, the band released Psycho Circus, its first album in almost 20 years by the original line-up. Since then, the original line-up has once again dissolved, with Tommy Thayer replacing Ace Frehley on lead guitar and Eric Singer (who performed with Kiss from 1992 up through 1996) replacing Peter Criss on drums.

Gene Simmons - Asshole (2004)
Asshole is the second solo album release by KISS member Gene Simmons. It was released in 2004 on the Sanctuary Records Label. Due to its controversial anatomical nature, the album's title does not appear on the front cover of the album. On the side of the CD case the title reads "***hole". Dave Navarro plays guitar on the Prodigy cover Firestarter.

Tracks: (download for study) [updated links Sept.2011]
01 Sweet & Dirty Love (Simmons)
02 I'm the Firestarter (Liam Howlett)
03 Weapons Of Mass Destruction (Simmons)
04 Waiting for the Morning Light (Bob Dylan, Simmons)
05 Beautiful (Mark Addison, Nina Singh)
06 Asshole (Frank Tolstrup)
07 Now That You're Gone (Bruce Kulick, Simmons)
08 Whatever Turns You On (Simmons, Dave Williams)
09 Dog (Simmons, Bag)
10 Black Tongue (Simmons, Frank Zappa)
11 Carnival of Souls (Simmons, Scott VanZen)
12 If I Had a Gun (Simmons, Bag)
13 I dream a 1000 Dreams (Simmons)
14 You're my Reason For Livin' (Simmons) (Bonus track in Japanese edition)
15 Everybody Knows (Simmons) (Bonus track in Japanese edition)

Tracks 14 & 15 were previously released on Gene's "Sex Money KISS" audio lunchbox bonus CD, and will only be included on the Japanese release. The DualDisc reissue includes 5.1 surround sound and stereo album mixes, the "Firestarter" music video, photos, lyrics, and weblinks.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues (1990)

Gary Moore (born Robert William Gary Moore, 4 April 1952, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish guitarist and singer. In a career dating back to the 1960s, he has played with artists including Thin Lizzy, BB King, Colosseum II, Greg Lake and the Blues-rock band Skid Row, as well as having a successful solo career. Among many cameo appearances over the years, he performed the lead guitar solo on "She's My Baby" from Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.

Moore grew up on a road opposite Stormont, off the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast and started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight, and got his first quality guitar at the age of fourteen, learning to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed. Like so many others, Moore's early influences were artists such as Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Later, having seen Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in his home town of Belfast, his own style was developing into a blues-rock sound that would come to dominate his career. His largest influence in the early days came from Peter Green, of Fleetwood Mac fame, who acted as a mentor when Moore was playing in Dublin. Green continued to influence Moore, and Moore later paid tribute to Green in his 1995 album Blues for Greeny, an album consisting entirely of Peter Green compositions. On the album Moore played Peter Green's celebrated 1959 Les Paul standard guitar which Green had loaned to Moore after leaving Fleetwood Mac. Moore ultimately purchased the guitar, at Green's request, so that "it would have a good home".

Gary Moore has remained relatively unknown in the US, although his work has "brought substantial acclaim and commercial success in most other parts of the world - especially in Europe". Moore has throughout his career been recognised as an influence to many guitarists such as Randy Rhoads, John Sykes and Kirk Hammett.

Over his long career, Gary Moore has been anything but predictable in his style and genre, at times to the dismay and confusion of his fans and critics alike, ranging from an amalgam of rock, jazz, blues and country, to traditional electric blues, to hard rock, heavy metal and more. Although primarily recognized as a blues-rock artist, his variations and versatility are no more evidenced than by a glimpse at some of his collaborations including such diverse acts/artists as George Harrison, Trilok Gurtu, Dr. Strangely Strange, Colosseum II, Albert Collins, Jimmy Nail, Mo Foster, Ginger Baker, Jim Capaldi, Vicki Brown, Cozy Powell, The Beach Boys, Gary Husband, Ozzy Osbourne and Andrew Lloyd Webber, to name a few.

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Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues (1990)

A lot of people will pass off Gary Moore as a one hit wonder, a lot of people have probably never even heard of him, but once you hear one of his rock, or blues records, you will fall in love with his sheer amazing ability. Gary Moore started out by forming Skid Row in 1970, and then drifted in and out of monsterous Irish rockers, Thin Lizzy, lending his hand to Phil Lynott's band on many an occasion, whether it be finishing off an album, or playing in Lizzy's electric live shows. But Gary yearned for more, a successful solo career beckoned and when his first album stalled in 1973, he went back to playing in Lizzy, as well as Colosseum II and a few Greg Lake solo records before returning to his solo career in 1979, releasing a top ten single with Phil Lynott, then going on to release a series of powerful rock records throughout the 80's, all to marginal success....Then he things changed.

Gary returned to his first love, the Blues, and released this corker of a record, 'Still Got The Blues'. This really put Gary on the map of success, spawning 2 massive hits, 'Still Got The Blues' and 'Walking By Myself', still 2 remaining staples in his live sets today. This album also contains special guest contributions by Albert king, Albert Collins and George Harrison.

Tracks: (Click a song, LISTEN online or download for study.)
01 Moving On
02 Oh Pretty Woman
03 Walking By Myself
04 Still Got The Blues
05 Texas Strut
06 Too Tired
07 King Of The Blues
08 As The Years Go Passing By
09 Midnight Blues
10 That Kind of Woman
11 All your Love
12 Stop Messin Around

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Kip Winger - From the Moon to the Sun (2008)

Kip Winger is an American rock musician, member of the hard rock band Winger and a solo artist. Born as Charles Frederick Kip Winger in Denver, Colorado, on June 21, 1961, to parents who were jazz musicians. Music was a way of life since childhood. He grew up playing in a band named Blackwood Creek with brothers Nate, Paul and friend Peter Fletcher (currently in Pigmy Love Circus). Blackwood Creek broke up in 1980.

At 16 he began studying classical music after being exposed to the likes of Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky in ballet class. Also at age 16,Justify Full he sent a demo tape to Alan Parsons, to which he received a personal reply from Alan himself. Years later, when Kip was chosen to be the lead singer of the Alan Parsons Project, he presented Alan with that very letter from 30 years prior.

In 1982 he moved to New York City and waited tables while studying Composition with Edgar Grana. His first big commercial break came in 1984 when he co-wrote a song for the group KIX's third album Midnite Dynamite. During that time he was working closely with producer Beau Hill, recording bass and vocals on various records. While Reb Beach was working on Fiona Flannigan's Beyond The Pale record at Atlantic studios, Kip and Reb were introduced to each other and later began recording demos. Later, in 1985, Winger joined Alice Cooper's band. After making two albums with Alice, Kip left in March 1987 to focus on his own band.

Kip went back to New York to work on songs with Reb Beach. They were joined by drummer Rod Morgenstein and keyboard player Paul Taylor. They initially performed under the name Sahara, but eventually changed their name to Winger per Alice Coopers suggestion. Winger released three of its seven albums (Winger in 1988, In the Heart of the Young in 1990, and Pull in 1993) before their first break up in 1994.

Kip then moved to New Mexico to work on his solo career and study with Richard Hermann at the University of New Mexico. Tragedy struck Kip in 1996 when his first wife Beatrice was killed in an automobile accident. He worked and recorded three solo records in Santa Fe, New Mexico: "This Conversation Seems Like a Dream", "Songs From The Ocean Floor", and "Made By Hand"

In 2002 He moved to Nashville and began working on his fourth solo record, "From The Moon To The Sun," which he co-produced with Cenk Eroglu. In September 2006, Kip reformed Winger, with the Pull-era line-up, to record the band's fourth studio album, IV, and to go on tour to support it.
During their 2006 tour, Winger recorded "Winger Live". Kip has since reformed his original band, Blackwood Creek, and is mixing for a new release in early 2009.

Kip Winger has recently completed a twenty minute symphonic piece, "Ghosts," written for strings, piano, and harp for a ballet commission. He is currently studying with composer Michael Kurek.

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Kip Winger - From the moon to the Sun (2008)
Kip Winger - Vocals, Bass, Piano, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Synth
Cenk Eroglu - Guitars, Keyboards, Effects
Andy Timmons - Guitars

Alan Pasqua - Piano
Noble Kime - Piano
Ken Mary - Drums
Rod Morgenstein - Drums
David Davidson - ViolinCello - John Catchings

"From the Moon to the Sun" is Kip Winger's 4th latest stab at artistic expression, in the form of a solo album. Sometimes sleepy, othertimes ghostly, a few Westcoast bleach washed moments and a couple of dark moody tracks to disturb the atmosphere now and then, this is a disc of variety and conscious soul stirring. The tracks have meaning and purpose, laying down the rules of love, the laws of life and a few stabs at storytelling inbetween. It will not appeal to everyone but does have its niche, and comes off much more polished and focused than his meandering "This Conversation Seems Like a Dream". Kip's solo work is far, no - lightyears removed from his melodic excess 80s days as well, and has none of those fun, partying, lust obsessed fluff tracks. I suppose it would have been a bit creepy to have a more mature Kip singing with a leer about teenage girls in this day and age. These are dire, serious pieces, sometimes cynical, and a few with hope. Kip is a man who has been put through his paces and had his limits tested and his musical output reflects those trials and tribulations he has faced down in his own life's journey. Now whether that groundwork makes for a compelling listen depends on how the tune unravels.

Tracks: ( Download, extract and use Media Player)
01 Every Story Told
02 Nothing
03 Where Will you go
04 Pages and Pages
05 Ghosts
06 In your eyes Another Life
07 Runaway
08 California
09 What We Are
10 One Big Game
11 Why
12 Reason To Believe
13 Monster Remix (European Bonus Track)

Kip lived with Rachel Hunter before she married Rod Stewart. Several songs were written about her on Wingers earlier CDs. Kip lost his first wife in a car accident in 1996. He has since remarried.

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