CHINA – Sign In The Sky [Japan Edition] Out Of Print
This a request from one of you, and a real pleasure to be featured here: “Sign In The Sky“, the second album from Swiss Melodic Hard Rock / AOR combo CHINA, in its out of print Japanese Edition. With a major label behind, China flew to NY to record their 2nd album with Stephan Galfas (Cher, Meat Loaf, Stryper) producing & mixing it at the legendary Electric Lady Studios, and George Marino mastering at Sterling Sound. As you see, a top class 1989 production with that huge sound of the era, and just wait to hear the awesome songs.
“Sign In The Sky” is all about 1989 US Melodic Hard Rock with AOR touches: sharp clean guitar riffs, tons of harmony vocals, a bombastic rhythm section, slashes of synths, and powerhouse clean lead vocals by new singer Brian Kofmehl (ex-Killer).
All songs are very good, melodic, groovy at places, catchy, but the star here is midtempo “In The Middle Of The Night”, one of these bass-pumped AOR tune essential in your collection if you love this genre.
I think that’s enough: if you never heard China’s “Sign In The Sky” then you’re missing a pearl.
Put this baby besides Black ‘N Blue’s ‘Nasty Nasty’, Treat’s ‘Organized Crime’, Hurricane’s ‘Slave to the Thrill’, etc.
The album never has been remastered / reissued, and this Japanese edition is the one to get – as it used to happen at the era, their CD pressings were far superior and the sound quality, excellent.
01 – The Great Wall
02 – Dead Lights
03 – Animal Victim
04 – In The Middle Of The Night
05 – Won t Give It Up
06 – Sign In The Sky
07 – Don t Ever Say Goodbye
08 – Broken Dream
09 – Second Change
10 – Bitter Cold
11 – Take Your Time
12 – Harder Than Hell
13 – So Long
Patrick Mason – lead & backing vocals
Freddy Laurence – guitar
Claudio Matteo – guitar, backing vocals
Brian Kofmehl – bass
John Dommen – drums
Claudio C. Cueni, Al Dellentash – keyboards
James Palace, Kip Kaplan, Stephan Galfas, Steve Grimmett – backing vocals
Out Of Print