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AOR HEAVEN ::: N E W S L E T T E R ::: 22/10/2021

 

Howdy melodic rockers,

What a week and I really mean it with CAPITAL LETTERS ! I can easily say after being more than 25 years in the business that we have almost that we have dealt with all possible madness over the years, but what happened this week is hard to describe.

 

After receiving the shipment with the Nestor CD and both Lost U.K./U.S. jewels releases from Hagan and Monro the madness is pretty much unstoppable !

 

We have sold almost 400 copies of the Nestor CD within 4 days and it still goes on and on ! Me and my wife are working almost 14 hours per day to get the stuff out, but please bare with us if it takes a day longer as usual - we're doing our very best to satisfy you !

 

I assume there will be more good business coming our way as the mr.com releases from Andy Qunta and Mark Edwards should hopefully get delivered by Monday - fingers crossed !

 

And there are more stuff from the past like Cinderella, Teaser and Mad Margritt plus the new LastWorld CD - crazy !!

 

wishing you a great week

Georg & Monika

 

 

 

AOR HEAVEN RELEASES:

OSUKARU - Starbound

A: 11 € B: 13 €

 

AOR and melodic rock from Sweden at its best, even if album number six sounds a bit rougher or harder in comparison to the first five efforts. Given the genre, there are quite versatile arrangements and surprise here and there. And frontman Fredrik Werner sounds pretty rough at times which is a cool counterpart to the partly sugar sweet compositions. Definitely check out the mid tempo monster “Somewhere Sometime Somehow“ with a guest appearance by Mark Holden (sax, BOULEVARD) or the fascinating “Joker (In The House Of Cards)“. No fillers whatsoever and production is first class! A really cool record! OSUKARU definitely plays the same league as fellow Swedes TREAT, H.E.A.T. or ART NATION by now.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://youtu.be/XUZA3FPjf98

SIX SILVER SUN - As Archon Fall

A: 11 € B: 13 €

 

Finnish outfit SIX SILVER SUNS and their debut “As Archon Fall“ sound like a hybrid of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT. This record is a fascinating journey through the sound of the seventies with some eighties flavour. A really beautiful artwork completes the picture of a breathtaking record here. Tracks like “Children Of The Stars“, “Lord Of The Southern Tower“ or “Cosmic Bitter Blues“ for instance make the listener constantly discover new exciting details. Let’s keep track of these guys from up North!

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://youtu.be/5N_x8HM1leA

 

 

 
EXPECTED NEW RELEASES !!
 

ANDY QUNTA - Legend In A Loungeroom + bonus CD (deluxe edition)

B: 14,5 € B: 17,5 €

Andy Qunta (pronounced 'Kunta') is a British keyboard player, songwriter, vocalist and part-time guitarist. He moved to Australia in 1982 to join the popular band Icehouse, co-writing one of their biggest hits; "Crazy". He also co-wrote "You're The Voice", which has since become something of an anthem since John Farnham had a worldwide #1 hit with it, and songs for the Manfred Mann's Earth Band (penned together with Chris Thompson. By 1988, Andy ink a contract for a solo album, "Legend In A Loungeroom", recorded in Los Angeles with renowned session musicians. Superb AOR stuff  next to Tom Kimmel, Brian Spence and Glen Burtnick, with a touch of his former band Icehouse. Digitally remastered plus 15 track bonus CD.

watch: https://youtu.be/0zL-d8cGyn0

MARD EDWARDS - Land Of The Living + bonus CD (deluxe edition)

B: 14,5 € B: 17,5 €

Following the split of the band "The Runners", Australian singer and songwriter Mark Edwards signed with WEA Records and released one album in 1986 entitled "Land Of The Living". Mark Edwards spent two years writing, performing, and producing "Land Of The Living" with collaborator Michael Hegerty. The result was a a collection of fine poppy AOR songs showcased well by a production that is clean and polished. The album itself was subject to a very limited CD run in the late 80s, pressed before the use of barcodes and long since designated a true Australian rarity. Overall a nice collection of classic 80s singer / songwriter AOR next to Daryl Braithwaite. Digitally remastered incl. 11 bonus tracks, limited to 1000 copies.

watch: https://youtu.be/MPSSVdJfoSs

CINDERELLA - Night Songs + bonus CD
(digi pack, digitally remastered)

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

This is the debut album from these Philadelphia rockers, and did it ever set the world on fire! Cinderella showed the masses that they weren’t afraid to rock with songs such as “Night Songs,” “Shake Me” and “Push Push”. “Nobody’s Fool” is a great power ballad and charted at #13, followed by the unstoppable “Somebody Save Me.” At this point in their career, Cinderella had the looks and talent to reach the top of the glam scene. Tom Keifer‘s gritty and wailing vocal delivery put Cinderella on the pop-metal map. This classic easily gets two thumbs up! On top Jon Bon Jovi discovered these guys and hooked Cinderella up as the opening act on Bon Jovis mega everything "Slippery When Wet" tour of 1986! Bad Reputation re-issue.

watch: https://youtu.be/MCOrtJMQmVs

TEASER - Teaser +5 (digitally remastered)

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Born in The Hague in the Netherlands in 1954, Ad van den Berg started to take his guitar playing more seriously at the age of 17. After moving to Enschede in the east of the country in his teens, Ad later played in local bands, such as Mother of Pearl and Darling making his recording debut with the latter at the age of nineteen. After joining a local outfit Maddogs,  Ad wrote all the songs for the only album by the band by then known as Teaser. This eponymous work recorded for the Vertigo label in 1978 on the selftitled Teaser album carried a superb slice of bluesy hard rock in the vein of BAD COMPANY, FREE and WHITESNAKE. Digitally remastered re-issue from Bad Reputation records incl. 5 bonus tracks.

listen: https://youtu.be/mG7FWFiFPrQ

JULLIET - Julliet (digitally remastered)

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Jullietwas a Tampa-based band was born in 1985 by lead guitarist Jimmi DeLisi and bassist Ty Westerhoff. After cycling through various lead vocalists, they found their perfect match in Kenny McGee. During this time, Julliet caught the attention of Kevin DuBrow of Quiet Riot, who went on to produce their first album entitled “Passion” (which was shelved until 2004). After moving to L.A. in 1988 things got rolling and they got signed by Enigma / Capitol Records in 1989. What's interesting here is that Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan produced their selftitled debut in 1990 which showcased a superb slice of commercial hair metal stuff in the vein of White Lion, Cinderella and cohorts. Digitally remastered re-issue.

listen: https://youtu.be/G_xS7otcmKk

FREAKSHOW - Freakshow
(digitally remastered)

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Singer Markus Allen Christopher was the singer, songwriter and bandleader of MISS CRAZY, which has released two strong albums so far. After hooking up with drum legend Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT) FREAKSHOW was born and Frankie invited his friends Jeff La Bar (CINDERELLA) and Tony Franklin (BLUE MURDER) to joyn him as well. With nearly all songs penned by Markus the musicial direction pretty much follows the same direction of MISS CRAZY – typically 80s US arena rock in the vein of CINDERELLA, AC/DC, TESLA and Y & T, which got pushed to the max by the fantastic rhythm section of Banali / Franklin, while M. A. Christoper still sounds as the younger brother of CINDERELLA’s Tom Keifer.

listen: https://youtu.be/K4h1LXzhodE

LASTWORLD - Fractured Mirror

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

LASTWORLD is a melodic rock/AOR project by Jim Shepard (all instruments) und David Cagle (v, MARTY & THE BAD PUNCH). Even though the first rather heavy rocker “Save Yourself“ might be slightly misleading, most of the rest is rather melodic rock. Album number three is quite a collection of good or even strong songs. The Chicago-based Americans definitely deserve attention. Although the sound might not always be comparable to competitors from e.g. Sweden, the song material certainly is for the most part.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://youtu.be/SPWmY2gVHWI

MAD MARGRITT - The Best Of 1999-2021

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

MAD MARGRITT from the US play eighties infused hard rock. Fifteen track in total (including three previously unreleased ones) of which “Nothing Can Keep Me Away“ with Derek St. Holmes (v, TED NUGENT) sticks out. Sleazy hard rock which probably can only emerge from America. MAD MARGRITT, a name to be remembered if you are into hard and melodic rock. This Best Of is the perfect introduction to the band, not only because the previous records are a hard find.

MARTIN STARK

listen: https://youtu.be/L37ux7CejuQ

 

 

NEW RELEASES IN STOCK!!

NESTOR - Kids In A Ghost Town (digi-pack)

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

NESTOR from Sweden easily put the album of the years with just their debut. Eighties sound without any compromises including a guest appearance by Samantha Fox (v)! Tracks like “On The Run“, “Tomorrow“ or “1989“ would have been huge hits back in the day for sure. Without question, record of the year - no matter what might come up later this year. An album like a travel in time. And the production is huge… I mean really huge!

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://youtu.be/B1PkYFv76LA

MONRO - Monro +7 (digitally remastered)

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Hailing from Wales, these guys were on the prowl the same time as fellow countrymen Kooga, though Monro's style of rock is much streamlined and glossy than the counterparts. Released in 1987 on the small Spellbound Records label, MONRO’s debut had the same potential as FM’s “Indiscreet”, “ATLANTIC’s “Power”, the 2nd YA YA album or FATE’s “A Matter Of Attitude” and it’s still a mystery why this band ended as a typically one off shot. They even supported LEE AARON in Europe to promote this album, but that didn’t changed their situation and the band broke up after just one killer album. Vol. 23 of the mage classic "Lost U.K. jewels" series incl. 7 studio bonus tracks and limited as usual to 500 copies !!

watch:https://youtu.be/VExd1VGdPPE

HAGAN - Bang! Bang! (digitally remastered)

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Coming from New Orleans, HAGAN was primarily influenced by seventies bands like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Van Halen and Black Sabbath, but also embraced the sounds of their ‘80s contemporaries like Dokken, Dio, Def Leppard and Ratt and definitely leaned the heavier end of the Hard-Rock spectrum.  The band cut a 4-tracks demo-tape in 1986 (something that became a cult-item from then!) plus 6 more tracks in the studio during 1989 with a different singer under the moniker of Bang!Bang! and recalling the sound of classic 80s acts like Icon, Queensryche or Crimson Glory this re-issue contains also 3 more additional tracks and has been fully remastered. Vol. 11 of the "Lost U.S. jewels" series, limited to 500 copies.

listen: https://youtu.be/t1pjSOe-N1A

BROTHERS IN ARMS - Sunset And Clark (digi pack)

B: 14 € B: 16,5 €

Guitarist / songwriter JACK FROST (Savatage, Seven Witches) already pleased us some time ago with his album ‘Out In The Cold’ feat. a wide list of star vocalists / musicians from the ’80s / early 90s melodic hard rock scene. BROTHERS IN ARMS is Frost’s new project, a wonderful 10-track collection of killer melodic hard rockin’ tunes plenty of super singers / musicians involved. Feat. the likes of Keith St. John (Burning Rain), Steve Overland (FM), Andrew Freeman (Last In Line), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt), Jesse Damon (Silent Rage), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon) plus a few more you can be sure to get high quality stuff ! This is great late ’80s sounding album with some of the best in the genre involved.

watch: https://youtu.be/DyMTXkrPmGM

DAUGHTRY - Dearly Beloved

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Chris Daughtry has been rocking stages from 2007 when his self-titled debut arrived and he hasn’t looked back since.  A stellar vocalist Chris and his band have delivered a level of consistency across their subsequent releases that have garnered him more than 9 million album sales and 16 million single sales. With "Dearly Beloved" Daughtry has again delivered a couple of hits, some great ballads, and an anthem or two for the road. This is damn catchy modern rock with hard rock touches, modern but very well done and with a wide appeal from young people to old-school fans. Yet another classic to sit alongside an already impressive back catalogue, "Dearly Beloved" will no doubt keep his army of fans happy for a while yet.

watch: https://youtu.be/5PPjXHC_NkU

U.D .O. - Game Over (ltd. edition digi pack)

B: 14 € B: 16,5 €

“Game Over“ is a typical U.D.O. record even though some songs are pretty political or let’s rather say critical with society nowadays.  “Kids And Guns“ or “Holy Invaders“ to mention just two. A little less hard as most of the last efforts of the band but still rocking like hell showcasing traditional metal made in Germany. What else would you expect? Udo Dirkschneider (v) is one of the last originals out there. Hopefully the game not over anytime soon.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://youtu.be/sv29zn_gXY8

 

COMING NEXT !!
 

TONY MITCHELL - 11/26
EDGE OF THE BLADE - 11/26
PETER GOALBY - 11/05
CRAZY LIXX - 11/05
GROUNDBREAKER - 11/12
 
     
 

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