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 sees ‘IDEFI‘, 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
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.
So here’s the second batch of 20 albums you should have in your collection according to the staff at RPR Media UK©
These suggestions are from Phil Schofield
Blind Fury – Out Of Reach
Roxanne – Roxanne
Skull – No Bones About It
Raven – Rock Till Ya Drop
Roxy Blue – Want Some
Jude Cole – View From 3rd Street
Lion – Dangerous Attraction
Andy Taylor – Thunder
Kick Axe – Vices
21 Guns – Salute
Red Dawn – Never Say Surrender
Q5 – Steel The Light
Stan Bush & Barrage – Stan Bush & Barrage
Tattoo Rodeo – Rode Hard Put Away Wet
G Force – G Force
Dirty White Boy – Bad Reputation
Streets – Crimes In Mind
Only Child – Only Child
Shadow King – Shadow King
Wall Of Silence – Shock To The System
Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting a list of twenty albums each member of the staff think you should have in your music collection.
First up are Peter Scallan’s suggestions:
Alaska – The Pack
Be Bop Deluxe – Futurama
Camel – Stationary Traveller
Code of Silence – Dark Skies Over Babylon
Furyon – Gravitas
Grand Prix – There For None to See
Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam – Coming Up For Air
Lion – Dangerous Attraction
Phil Mogg and the Sign of Four – Dancing With St Peter
Montrose – Jump On It
The Power Station – Living in Fear
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Rock Drill
Stone Gods – Silver Spoons and Broken Bones
Temple of the Dog – Temple of the Dog
The Tygers of Pan Tang – Burning in the Shade
Danny Vaughn – Fearless
Virginia Wolf – Push
Chris Whitley – Living With the Law
Wildfire – Summer Lightning
Wild Horses – The First Album