REBEL feat. John Lawton – Stargazer [Digitally Remastered] (2020)
Today, the rare, cult album “Stargazer” by REBEL featuring John Lawton on lead vocals is being reissued for the first time on CD and fully Digitally Remastered.
Originally released in 1982 but unfortunately poorly promoted, Rebel was the brainchild of a young guitarist called Tommy Clauss (later in ZAR). John Lawton, ex-Singer of URIAH HEEP was on a promotion tour for his album ‘Heartbeat’ in Germany, when Tommy had the chance to meet him and to ask if he wants to produce their album. Lawton ended recording all the songs on “Stargazer”.
Classic rock in the vein of URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE or RAINBOW, this album is way too good to be forgotten. During the years it became a kind of cult album for hard rock fans, but it never got a proper and official release on CD, until now.
It is 1982 and the Hard’n Heavy scene in Germany is about to grow. Especially in southern Germany there is a big movement with a lot of great bands. One of them is called REBEL and it is the brainchild of a young guitarist called Tommy Clauss.
Tommy got his first attention in a band called STEVEN. With his Ritchie Blackmore (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW) and Mick Box (URIAH HEEP) influenced style of playing he got noticed as a big talent.
John Lawton, ex-Singer of URIAH HEEP and LUCIFER’S FRIEND, was on a promotion tour for his album ‘Heartbeat’ in Germany, when Tommy had the chance to meet him and to ask if he wanted to produce their album. After John agreed they started to record the album.
Because the singer of REBEL had a few problems singing the songs, John himself stepped in. Together with Sound Engineer Ian Morris (John Parr) the album was recorded in one month, and released on small time German label Ohr Today.
The result was ‘STARGAZER’ which unfortunately didn’t get the success it deserved, because the album wasn’t promoted well and so the band split up.
Later in the 80’s John and Tommy teamed up again for the first album of a band called ZAR. But this is a totally different story!
This is very good classic hard rock with a first half of the 80s feel. Limited to 500 copies.
01 – Stargazer
02 – Broadway Nights
03 – Give It All You Got
04 – Iron Horse
05 – Surrender
06 – Innocent and Wild
07 – Hold Your Head Up
08 – Wings of Fire
John Lawton – vocals, production
Tommy Clauss – guitars
Al Stübler – keyboards
Peter Weber – bass
Peter Garratoni – drums