BANGALORE CHOIR – All Or Nothing : The Complete Studio Albums [remastered +15 bonus] (2022) *0dayrox Exclusive*

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Today we bring to you in exclusive early ’90s hard rock band BANGALORE CHOIR 3xCD box set “All Or Nothing – The Complete Studio Albums”. This set brings together all three of the band’s studio albums “On Target”, “Cadence” and “Metaphor” completely remastered plus fifteen bonus tracks in total.
Formed by ex- ACCEPT, future BONFIRE and currently successful solo artist David Reece and named after a type of torpedo, BANGALORE CHOIR included Ian Mayo and Jackie Ramos – both former members of the Atlantic Records signed HERICANE ALICE – so their melodic hard rock debut delivered a mature set of kick ass songs performed by experienced musicians and written by the best in the business like Jon Bon Jovi, Aldo Nova, Steve Plunkett, Ricky Phillips, etc.
All the three albums just oozes class, and the sound quality is clean and powerful.

When considering a list of all the known pop metal, melodic metal and hair metal bands, it’s possible the name Bangalore Choir may not bob to the top. It’s a shame really, because their sole album from their early days, 1992’s On Target, may have hit the scene a little too late after these genres’ 1980s heyday, otherwise it was good enough to have competed with the likes of Kiss, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi et al.
The Californian band was formed by vocalist David Reece, whose profile had been raised when he served as a surprise replacement for Udo Dirkschneider as front man for German speed metal merchants Accept – surprising because UK singer Rob Armitage appeared to have landed the role, having appeared in several interviews and promo shoots, and even performed live with the band. It didn’t pan out however, and it was Reece who performed on Accept’s 1989 album Eat The Heat.

Reece has a great voice, rich and powerful, dropping into David Coverdale territory from time to time, while retaining enough of a raspy edge to underline his rock credentials.
He then formed Bangalore Choir, who recorded their debut album ‘On Target’ with Ian Mayo on bass and Jackie Ramos on drums, (both from Hericane Alice, Burning Rain), and the dual guitar attack of Curt Mitchell and John Kirk (both from Razor Maid).
The album powers in with Angel In Black, a corking, commercial rocker about the stereotypical bad girl, which could have come straight from the Bon Jovi songbook. If The Good Die Young (We’ll Live Forever) is an anthemic, slow, melodic rock number that arguably should have been a classic of the glam metal genre, while Doin’ The Dance (co-written by Jon Bon Jovi), nevertheless presented a funkier front, more reminiscent of Extreme.
Hold On To You begins with some nice acoustic arpeggios before presenting another big, anthemic chorus and some harmony guitars. The twin guitars offer some great moments throughout the album, not least on the driving pop-rocker Slippin’ Away, and the staccato, thudding Freight Train Rollin’ .
‘On Target’ is bold and brash and benefits from a bombastic production and on the evidence of this record Bangalore Choir really should have hit the big league.

The album failed to make much of an impact, perhaps because the genre already had its well-established big names by that time, and the mainstream had started to push in other directions in any case. The band folded, and Reece went on to join Sircle Of Silence and perform on a number of other projects including a solo album in 2009, before the call went out to reform Bangalore Choir nearly 20 years after its previous incarnation.
The drum stool was taken by experienced German Hans in’t Zandt, and Reece landed Danny Greenberg on bass, (who had been in the original line-up before Ian Mayo), and Curt Mitchell on guitar once again, this time alongside producer/guitarist Andy Susemihl.

This line-up went on to release the studio album ‘Cadence’ in 2010, which effectively carried on where On Target had left off, with the same melodic sensibilities. After an extended intro, this set once again powers into a great, melodic but rocking number called Power Trippin’. Reece’s voice is still excellent, and the guitar sounds, both rhythm and lead, benefit from updated and improved production and some genuine shredding speed.
Survival Of The Fittest with its angry, shouted vocals, nevertheless betrays some notable Coverdale influence, while Heartattack And Vine presents a steamroller riff from the heavier end of the Def Leppard range. Sweet Temptation is a classic melodic pop-rocker, straight from Kiss, Bon Jovi, or even early Whitesnake; the highlight of this track is a gorgeous but short wah solo over open chords. Another album highlight is the mid-tempo High On The Clouds, which swings between hard rock and a catchy hook.

The same line-up went on to record the band’s final album to date, 2012’s Metaphor. Although keeping much the same melodic rock aesthetic, this one has a notably rockier, harder-edged tone.
Once again it kicks off on a strong number with the fast, blues minor key riffage of All The Damage Done. Talking of blues, the second guitar solo in the title track is very reminiscent of Joe Bonamassa, but in fact the twin guitars are used to excellent effect in both rhythm and lead parts, with imaginative rhythm riffs, and both answerback and harmony duets.
Some excellent variation is introduced with the resonator acoustics of Never Trust Ole Joe Alone, with its thudding kick drum and added harmonica. It keeps threatening to take off into a standard rocker, but insistently continues as a folksy blues, even ending on a bit of solo harp.
The album ends with Always Be My Angel, which kicks off with a fast harmony guitar intro recalling Gary Moore’s stint with Thin Lizzy, although the song veers more towards Boston territory after that, then Bon Jovi for the choruses.
It’s difficult to argue with that kind of company, and it’s a pity that Bangalore Choir didn’t make more inroads into the business.

“All Or Nothing – The Complete Studio Albums” is an excellent scope of Bangalore Choir complete discography, a great band which music has stood the test of time. Each disc is rounded off by an informative one-minute chat from David Reece himself, giving a little background to each album and a run-down of the band members on each.
Highly Recommended

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CD1 : On Target +8
01 – Angel in Black
02 – Loaded Gun
03 – If the Good Die Young
04 – Doin’ the Dance
05 – Hold on to You
06 – All or Nothin’
07 – Slippin’ Away
08 – She Can’t Stop
09 – Freight Train Rollin’
10 – Just One Night
11 – Wazoo City (Intro) [Live At Firefest] (Bonus)
12 – Power Trippin’ [Live At Firefest] (Bonus)
13 – Just One Night [Live At Firefest] (Bonus)
14 – Martyr [Live At Firefest] (Bonus)
15 – Doin’ the Dance [Live At Firefest] (Bonus)
16 – Loaded Gun [Live At Firefest] (Bonus)
17 – If the Good Die Young [Live At Firefest] (Bonus)
18 – David Reece Talks About on Target (Bonus)

CD2 : Cadence +4
01 – Wahzoo City
02 – Power Trippin’
03 – Martyr.
04 – Livin’ Your Dreams
05 – Survival of the Fittest
06 – Tomorrow
07 – Heartattack and Vine
08 – Still Have a Song to Sing
09 – Dig Deep
10 – Never Say Goodbye
11 – Sweet Temptation
12 – High On The Clouds
13 – Spirits Too They Bleed
14 – Surrender All Your Love
15 – Livin’ Your Dreams Every Day [Live At Firefest] (Bonus)
16 – Slippin’ Away [Live At Firefest] (Bonus)
17 – Freight Train Rollin’ [Live At Firefest] (Bonus)
18 – David Reece Talks About Cadence (Bonus)

CD3 : Metaphor +3
01 – All the Damage Done
02 – Trojan Horse
03 – Silhouettes on the Shade
04 – Metaphor
05 – Don’t Act Surprised
06 – Never Trust Ole Joe Alone
07 – Scandinavian Rose
08 – Catch an Angel Fallin’
09 – Civilized Evil
10 – Fools Gold
11 – Always Be My Angel
12 – Angel In Black [Live At Firefest] (Bonus)
13 – All Or Nothin’ [Live At Firefest] (Bonus)
14 – David Reece Talks About Metaphor (Bonus)

David Reece – vocals
Curt Mitchell – guitar and background vocals
John Kirk – guitar and background vocals
Ian Mayo – bass and background vocals
Jackie Ramos – drums and background vocals
Dan Greenberg – bass
Derek Thomas – drums
Andy Susemihl – guitars
Rene Letters – drums



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