Category: REMASTER ROCK CANDY

707 – The Second Album [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded] (2017) *HQ*

Specialists at Rock Candy Records have Remastered & Reloaded all-three first albums from American melodic rockers 707, one of the most distinctive sounds of any band emerging from the late ’70s. For their second LP, simply titled The Second Album, 707 considerably changed their musical delivery, to a more straight, mainstream AOR sound.
Enlisting the assistance of producer Jai Winding (Le Roux, Stephen Crane) and recorded in Los Angeles, the band’s sophomore album solidified 707’s potential, albeit with the loss of pianist Duke McFadden who left the band for pastures new.
Now reduced to a trio, this ‘new’ 707 showcased a noticeable forceful approach, something more in keeping with the AOR zeitgeist of the day and evoking comparisons this time around with Journey, Foreigner and Cheap Trick…

ALPHA CENTAURI – Alpha Centauri [Rock Candy Remastered & Reloaded] (2018)

Regarded as cult classic, pioneer Pomp rock band, American combo ALPHA CENTAURI released their only LP in 1977, the self-titled Alpha Centauri, fortunately ‘Remastered & Reloaded’ for the first time by Rock Candy Records specialists, and it has been requested here.
As highly rated collectibles go, the ”Alpha Centauri” album has to be one of the most coveted records of all time. An independent release, it’s an album that spent years lurking in the shadows, heard by few but lauded quite rightly as a masterpiece of ’70s Pomp rock, embroidered with the all the moves and grooves of the great headlining acts of the day such as Styx, Angel and Head East.
The band’s style was a formidable blast of pompous energy, indeed…

CHARLIE – Good Morning America [Rock Candy remastered]

Good Morning America” by CHARLIE has been reissued by Rock Candy, and this is the first proper remaster made on this, one of the most underrated AOR albums from the early ’80s.
Charlie were actually key components of the second half of the seventies in the British melodic rock scene, trying to gain a foot hold at the height of punk rock during those years. The band released five albums that went quite unnoticed in UK, however, in the USA things were decidedly different as their precise style of AOR gained them significant traction on FM radio, which resulted in the band working almost exclusively for that market.
And this is clearly evident on Charlie’s sixth album “Good Morning America”, where the guys firmly decided to go for an American sound. By the time the Eighties had come around…

AVIARY – Aviary [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded] out of print

As requested, here’s a favorite of us: the Rock Candy Records remastered & reloaded reissue of AVIARY self-titled album “Aviary”. While still listed at the label’s website, the CD is out of print.
In a few words, Aviary is one of the greatest AOR Pomp-Rock bands of all time, and this album, a Classic.
Of all the great Pomp acts that flourished during the late ’70s, perhaps none can rival Aviary in terms of ‘pomposity’. And here we can include the likes of Styx, Kansas, Trillion, Angel and Queen, but this five-piece from America called Aviary were, in many ways, the kings of the genre.
Grandiose, bombastic, pompous indeed, and completely impervious to fashion, the unique songwriting talent of vocalist Brad Love and the musical skills he and his fellow band members brought to this album still make it a very special work of beauty.
And a pillar in Pomp Rock history. A must in your collection…

ENUFF Z’NUFF – Strength [Rock Candy Remastered & Reloaded +2]

Rock Candy Records has ‘Remastered & Reloaded‘ this major label release of ENUFF Z’NUFF, “Strength“, a really enjoyable piece of melodic hard rock music and one of the band’s best.
“Strength”, the band’s eagerly expected sophomore album, was another astounding piece of work. Recorded in 1991, the band threw everything and the kitchen sink into their songs, producing a record that, for many, actually eclipsed their excellent debut.
It was an album that showed maturity and depth, without losing the essence of their sound; a compelling mash-up of the Bon Jovi and Cheap Trick. All songs show a band in songwriting heaven, driven to extraordinary highs by Donnie Vie’s sensational and plaintiff voice. Captured in the prime of creativity, their energy and inventiveness knowing no bounds…

ERIC MARTIN – Eric Martin [Rock Candy remastered] (2021) *0dayrox Exclusive*

Eric Martin” is the self-titled mid-Eighties debut LP by gifted vocalist ERIC MARTIN (Mr. Big), an album for many years hard to find (except Japan) is getting a deserved Rock Candy Records remastered treatment. Featuring top class session musicians including Steve Lukather, Michael Boddicker, Randy Jackson, etc – and immaculate produced with a pristine sound, “Eric Martin” needed a modern mastering updated to times, and this fresh reissue deliver the goods.
We find wonderful AOR tracks like ‘Call Of The Wild’, ‘Secrets In The Dark’, or the keyboard/synth filled ‘She’s Out For Blood’.
An addictive rhythm drives ‘Pictures’, there’s a melodic poppy bliss on ‘Information’ (which ranked well on Billboard) and a smooth AOR ballad in ‘Just One Night’.
There’s also a hidden gem here. Eric contributed with 3 songs composed & performed by him for the blockbuster movie Iron Eagle, but only one was featured on the Soundtrack CD. One of these not included is the lovely melodic diamond ‘Eyes Of The World’, only available…

LYNCH MOB – Lynch Mob [Rock Candy Remastered +2] (2021) HQ 0dayrox Exclusive

Here’s in exclusive the Rock Candy remastered treatment on LYNCH MOB‘s second, self-titled album “Lynch Mob“, including bonus tracks. Curiously, the two bonus tracks aren’t listed in the CD back cover. Both are the original Japanese edition bonuses.
Lynch Mob’s debut album Wicked Sensation certainly turned a few heads. All was shaping up well for album #2 but there were changes afoot. Vocalist Oni Logan had stepped away from the project leaving the spot open for another fine blues-based howler. Casting around for a suitable replacement, the band identified an excellent, but relatively unknown, replacement by the name of Robert Mason.
This time around the band opted to dispense with the services of their previous producer and turn to Keith Olsen instead. Keith’s track record was stellar; having produced massive hit records for Whitesnake and the Scorpions among many others.
It also paved the way for a slight shift in direction from their core blues rock style to a far more malleable and melodic hard rock sound, something that optimized Mason’s voice perfectly.
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DANGER DANGER – Danger Danger +5 [Rock Candy remastered] HQ

Many of you asked for the Rock Candy Records remastering of DANGER DANGER first album “Danger Danger” in maximum quality. In terms of sound this “Danger Danger [Rock Candy remastered +5]” reissue is bright and punchy with great dynamics for modern CD players, but apart from that includes as bonus the complete ‘Down and Dirty Live‘ EP remastered for the first time.
New York, New York, says the famous song. So good they named it twice. Well, if that sort of shtick was good enough for ol’ Blue eyes then it was certainly good enough for late ’80s New York area melodic hard rockers Danger Danger whose songs ‘Naughty, Naughty’ and ‘Bang Bang’ helped to emphasize the point perfectly.
Fashioning memorable songs with firebrand riffs, Danger Danger were signed by the Imagine label (a division of Epic Records, headed by Industry legend Lennie Petze) and put into the studio with Lance Quin (Bon Jovi, Lita Ford). The band’s self titled debut album “Danger Danger” instantly produced a hit single with the MTV friendly ‘Naughty Naughty’, a song that defined the band’s appeal as one of the best high-energy melodic rock bands of the era…

TRILLION – Trillion [Rock Candy Remastered & Reloaded]

Considered by many specialists as the greatest Pomp AOR album of all time, TRILLION self-titled debut album “Trillion” is without a doubt one to have in your collection. ‘Remastered & Reloaded‘ by Rock Candy Records, Trillion sounds better then never.
The late Seventies / Early Eighties American music scene was a veritable breeding ground for melodically infused hard rock. However, in many ways, it was a sound built principally on British roots including clearly identifiable stimulation from later period Beatles to the proto-progressive rock movement dominated by Yes, Genesis and Camel to name but a few.
It was this pre-occupation with all things British that gave rise to a brilliantly dynamic style that relied equally on adroit arrangements as it did on melody and accessibility.
Alongside more familiar names such as Kansas, Boston and Styx, Trillion were one of the greatest – yet in many ways unheralded at the time – bands of the era…

TRILLION – Clear Approach +1 [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded]

As requested by many, here’s TRILLION second effort “Clear Approach” fully remastered by Rock Candy Records with a bonus track.
Without a doubt, Trillion was one of the greatest Pomp Rock acts to emerge from the US early ’80s scene. Signed to industry powerhouse Epic Records, the Chicago-based quintet Trillion made major inroads with their self-titled debut album, but it wasn’t until the release of this, their second album “Clear Approach” that matters reached a musical crescendo.
With the addition of new – and terrific – vocalist Thom Griffin, and an astounding selection of highly melodic songs, the band hit a level of sophistication and emotion that few have ever matched in the Pomp AOR genre…

STAN BUSH – Stan Bush (1st album) [Rock Candy 24-bit remaster]

STAN BUSH self-titled debut LP “Stan Bush” garnered healthy critical acclaim and cemented Bush’s reputation as one of the top class songwriter of ’80s Melodic Rock / AOR music.
With a crisp production by Kevin Beamish (REO Speedwagon, Y&T), some of the best session musicians from the L.A. scene like Alan Pasqua, Mike Baird or Leland Sklar, and packed with terrific songs, this is one of best debut albums from the early Eighties American Melodic Rock / AOR era.
It should be noted that Bush & management could have hired top session six-string players as well, but Stan decided to record every guitar heard on this recording. Apart from his smooth vocals and excellent songwriting abilities, Stan Bush owns a distinctive guitar style as well.
As requested by many, here’s the crystal clear remastered reissue by Rock Candy…

JOE LYNN TURNER – Rescue You [Rock Candy Remastered] (2021) *0dayrox Exclusive*

As requested, here’s the recent Rock Candy Records remastered reissue of JOE LYNN TURNER‘s ’80s AOR solo album “Rescue You“. The sound obtained is huge, a proof the original recording / engineering / mastering is excellent.
In between stints with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Deep Purple and Yngwie Malmsteen, this sought-after singe put out this charting solo album in 1985.
Produced by renowned Roy Thomas Baker (Queen) and with a top notch back up band – Bobby Messano (Fiona) on Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals, Alan Greenwood (Foreigner, Spys) on Keys, and Chuck Burgi (Rainbow) on Drums, JLT delivers a fantastic album which feeling and atmosphere is impossible to re-create nowadays.
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STAN BUSH & BARRAGE – Stan Bush & Barrage [Rock Candy Remastered]

As requested, here’s simply one of the greatest AOR records ever made… STAN BUSH & BARRAGE self-titled album “Stan Bush & Barrage”.
If you are a true fan of the genre, all the blabbermouth below is unnecessary… you only need to know that Rock Candy specialists have reissued this absolute 1987 classic remastered in all its glory.
Have you noticed that there are only a few albums from the ’80s that sound dated nowadays? The reason is simple: at the time big record labels always hired famed (and expensive) producers. In the case of Stan Bush, it was no one else than Kevin Beamish (REO Speedwagon, Y&T) who produced his first album, and while at the time it didn’t sold as much as expected, garnered healthy critical acclaim and cemented Bush’s reputation as top class songwriter.
In 1987 Stan signed to the Scotti Brothers label but this time under the handle of Stan Bush & Barrage, a ruse designed to toughen up his image and present a sharper, band identity to the record buying public.
Produced by veteran Richie Wise (Kiss) and utilising a number of key session players (dubbed Barrage) including members of Black Rose, Foreigner and John Parr and Rick Springfield’s band, the music was…

DANNY JOE BROWN and The Danny Joe Brown Band [Rock Candy remastered]

One of the most puzzling moves in the history of Southern Rock occurred when vocalist Danny Joe Brown left MOLLY HATCHET at the top of their huge late Seventies success. He formed THE DANNY JOE BROWN BAND and released the group’s self-titled debut, finely remastered by Rock Candy Records.
Shortly before Brown abandon Molly Hatchet, the group recorded one of the genre’s definitive albums, but Brown wanted his own career. Hence, this album is of interest to Southern Rock / bluesy hard rock fans because it should come as no surprise that it sounds like Molly Hatchet around that era – the early ’80s.
Like Molly Hatchet, Brown’s band also featured a three-guitar attack, courtesy of Bobby Ingram, Steve Wheeler and Kenny McVay.
A couple of extra musical touches support Brown’s throaty growl: slide guitar riffing by Ingram and Wheeler, keyboard accents by John Galvin and harmony vocals that certainly must have been encouraged by producer / engineer Glyn Johns, a legend who’d worked with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eagles and Eric Clapton…

FIONA – Beyond The Pale +2 [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded] *HQ*

Completing the first 3 studio albums by FIONARemastered & Reloaded‘ by Rock Candy Records, here’s “Beyond The Pale“, featuring 2 bonus tracks.
Fiona’s self-titled debut album certainly introduced a sensational new talent to the world of femme fronted rock. Her striking looks and gilded vocals made for a fascinating combination, giving her an edge comparable to the anthemic styles of Pat Benatar, Patty Smyth and Heart.
The debut album made a sure footed impact, nicely setting up her next long playing foray.
For “Beyond The Pale”, Atlantic Records teamed her up with fast rising production talent Beau Hill, a man who made waves producing hard rock act Ratt. It was Beau who recruited a top selection of gifted musicians including Nile Rodgers, Kip Winger and Reb Beach, as well as sourcing a number of key songwriters, including material from the pens of Billy Steinberg, Bob Halligan Jr. and Peter Wolf…