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20th Century Music Delivers A Trio Of Reissues From Drive, Alistair Terry And Lion

New German / American reissue label 20th Century Music is set to release three long lost and out of print titles to make anyone’s upcoming holiday season better than expected.  

December 8th seesIDEFI, the material that should have made up Houston based progressive metallers Drive‘s third album, finally hit the streets in a proper release.  Working very closely with the band members and their families, ‘IDEFI is not a reissue, rather, a celebration of singer David Earl Taylor and founder member / guitarist Rick Chavez, lives.  The album features a huge 24 page booklet, liner notes from Chris Leibundgut, heartfelt tributes to both Chavez and Taylor and the first 100 orders will also include a Rick Chavez guitar pick replica. The album is limited to 500 copies.

On December 15th, both Alistair Terry‘s ‘Yonge at Heart and Lion‘s ‘Dangerous Attraction‘ will be rolled out.  Terry‘s ‘Yonge at Heart‘ (a reference to his favourite street in Toronto, Yonge Street) is a power pop / melodic rock slice of heaven and was recorded after the Pet Hate frontman’s former band had called it a day.  The album features a deluxe 16 page booklet, lyrics, liner notes written by Rob Evans and is limited to 500 copies.

Lion‘s highly sought after ‘Dangerous Attraction‘ is considered a hard rock masterpiece of the highest order by many fans of the genre.  The album, the band’s first full length, was originally issued by Scotti Bros in 1987 and featured a reworking of their independent hit ‘Powerlove.’  The remastered reissue also includes the ‘Transformers‘ theme song as well as a 16 page booklet, extensive liner notes detailing the band’s history written by Chris Leibundgut and is limited to 500 copies.

All three albums can be pre-ordered now from vanitymusicgroup.com/store

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Review: Black Bambi – Black Bambi

Review: Black Bambi – Black Bambi

20th Century Music (August 2017)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Black Bambi, one of the multitude of bands that never ‘made it’ back in those heady days of the late 80’s and early 90’s. With legendary producer Beau Hill at the helm and with the backing of Atlantic Records everything was lined up for success right?  Wrong! Black Bambi was unfortunately one of those bands that came so close. Now with new re-issues label 20th Century Music about to finally release the album to the masses we can at last hear what all the hype was about.

As expected given the original recorded date, you get a strong dose of hard rock, but with that almost bluesy groove that some bands managed to inject, something that is certainly to my own personal tastes and it’s something that I think helps the album stand out a little more than other releases from that time period.

If there’s one big similarity for me sound wise,  it’s with sorely missed Scandi rockers Aces High with hints of Royal Court Of China. And those are similarities that I’m certainly happy to hear.

Beau Hill’s production across the twelve tracks of this self titled album shines through, with a tight bass line and a spaciousness to the sound with no muddying of vocals and guitar.

Stand out tracks for me – ‘Celebration‘, ‘Shadows‘ and ‘Soul Of A Child‘. Mind you there isn’t a bad track on the album.

Highly recommended.


20th Century Music A New Reissue Label Focusing On The 1975 – 1995 Era

A new reissue label focusing on the 1975 – 1995 era of popular – and not always so popular – music, has thrown their hat into the ring.

20th Century Music is a German – American partnership operating as a division of Vanity Music Group that will concentrate on both licensing material from major and independent record companies as well as uncovering undiscovered gems along the way.

Over a year in the planning stages, the label has lined up several releases with the first being the popular German power metal band from the early 1990’s, Tarot (forced to change their name to Tarot Beyond for this release). The band wound up with the opportunity to have their debut album produced by Accept drummer Stefan Kaufmann at Dierks Studios but let it slip away because “we were young and green so we missed out on a great chance. Our own fault but what can we do?” says the band.

Second out of the gate is the long lost album from Los Angeles hard rockers Black Bambi. The band was signed to Atlantic Records shortly after forming, built up a major buzz based on a wealth of press before being unceremoniously dismissed from the label before their album had a chance to hit the streets. Their story is finally told, courtesy of frontman Steven Ray Anastos, inside the album’s booklet.

Other releases scheduled before the year is over and in early 2018 include the solo effort, ‘Yonge at Heart from Pet Hate frontman Alistair Terry, Drive‘s unreleased iDefi material, Lion‘s ‘Dangerous Attraction, Julliet‘s self titled album from 1990 and Cold Sweat‘s ‘Break Out as well as releases from Parish (Crimson Glory adjacent) and Wicked Witch (pre-Savatage). All releases will be silver pressed (no CD-R’s ever) and will come with 12 – 16 page full colour booklets with lyrics, rare photos, band interviews and when available, bonus tracks and DVD material.

The self titled releases from both Tarot Beyond and Black Bambi are slated for release on August 18 and can be pre-ordered from Vanity Music Group. The company’s website, still a work in progress, can be found at 20th Century Music.

Digital fans can currently order Black Bambi‘s album on iTunes and Tarot Beyond‘s release on Amazon  and other digital platforms.


Black Bambi – Black Bambi Released On 20th Century Music August 18th

What do you do when all of your plans go sideways? Picture this: It’s 1990 and you’re in one of, if not the most hotly tipped rock band in the United States. Tons of press, sold out club shows around Southern California and girls lining up as far as the eye can see.

And then … nothing. The ride comes to an abrupt halt and you’re left scratching your head and wondering where and how it all went wrong.

Such is the story of Los Angeles’ one time favorite sons Black Bambi. Says the band’s frontman, Steven Ray Anastos, “Basically, we were orphaned. John Carter, our A&R guy, good friend & mentor, parted ways with Atlantic Records right as we were completing the album. The timing could not have been worse. We were left high & dry and there was no coming back from that.”

Nearly thirty years after the band’s only album was shelved it sees the light of day through 20th Century Music.

Let’s go back to the beginning, though, shall we?  The band initially came together when San Diego transplant Steven Ray Anastos left his band City Slick only to discover than another band from his hometown, Aircraft, had also called it a day.  Having admired that band’s material, Anastos decided to call guitarist Ronny Jones to see if they might put something together to test the waters and soon after Steven and the bulk of Aircraft were in business as Black Bambi.  “We took off right out of the gate writing new songs and rehearsing nearly every single night. It was a very exciting time and we were very optimistic that we had a sound that was unlike anyone else in Los Angeles at that time” recalls Anastos.

Playing their first show at The Whiskey A Go-Go on New Year’s Eve 1987, the band ran through a handful of shows before the rhythm section was ousted in favor of bassist John Grimmett and drummer Dave Casey. “When Ronny & I started looking for a new rhythm section we basically went back to the guys we had played with in previous bands. Dave was in my band City Slick and in Ronny’s band Aircraft, and John and I had played together briefly in Mickey Knight. It came together pretty damn quick and we never looked back.”

At this point the band’s sound became darker and more focused and a buzz was swiftly building throughout the major labels. 1989 would see the band sign with the legendary John Carter at Atlantic Records and they were immediately sent into Enterprise Studios with highly sought after producer Beau Hill behind the board for an album that was scheduled for an early 1990 release. Steven says, “We had the time of our lives during that recording process. It was really a dream come true to be recording with a successful producer such as Beau Hill, and in such a legendary studio. Lots of platinum albums came out of that room and we had very high hopes that we would be the next in line. It was also the high point of the band’s relationship as friends.”

Regarding the band’s songwriting process, Steven says:Our songs always started with Ronny writing a cool guitar riff, which seemed to come very easily to him back then, and I would write the melody and lyrics. I was reading lots of Vampire books at the time and was very much into poetry, Jim Morrison, etc., so lots of the lyrics are a little bit twisted and moody. Again, things always came together effortlessly, and John & Dave certainly added a solid backbone to our sound.

Opening slots with both Badlands and The Black Crowes followed and Black Bambi were primed for major success. And then the bottom fell out. John Carter left Atlantic Records soon after and suddenly the band had none at the label in their corner. Leaving the label shortly after, they began showcasing for other major labels with everyone having a different vision for the band than they had for themselves. Steven recalls: “We were broken hearted, man. Our dreams were slipping though our fingers and there was absolutely nothing we could do about it. Naturally, the band began to splinter and within a few months we were done. Since that time, nearly 30 years actually, we have received countless emails & inquiries from all over the world asking if the LP is available and where it can be purchased. We truly appreciate your interest and your excitement about our lost album, and now we can say yes, it is available either on Limited Edition CD or digitally on iTunes. So, come and get it …

Good things come to those that wait, indeed.


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