Tuesday, February 16, 2010

DRAFT 6

Quiet Riot was an American heavy metal band whose 1983 US Festival appearance helped to solidify metal's image. They are best known for their hit singles "Cum on Feel the Noize" and "Metal Health." They were founded in 1973 by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni, under the name Mach 1. The original line-up featured lead vocalist the late Kevin DuBrow, Rhoads, Garni, and drummer Drew Forsyth. Dee Snider was a lead vocal list for two years, before forming Twisted Sister.

In a radio interview given by the band in 1979 and available here, DuBrow said the band's name was born of a conversation with Rick Parfitt of British band Status Quo in which Parfitt said he'd like to name a band "Quite Right".They are ranked at number 100 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock." Quiet Riot also has a notable iconic heavy metal mascot. Their mascot resembles a man (modeled by the artist himself, Grammy Award winning illustrator Stan Watts of Cedar Park, Texas) in a metal facial mask and in a straightjacket (somewhat similar to Hannibal Lecter) which has appeared on almost every single Quiet Riot album. This mascot has been considered alongside Megadeth's Vic Rattlehead, Iron Maiden's Eddie the Head, Motörhead's Snaggletooth B. Motörhead, A.K.A Warpig as enduring familiar heavy metal symbols.

Band History:
The original four members recorded their debut album Quiet Riot, or QR I, which was released in Japan in 1977. Months later, bassist Kelly Garni left the band. The second album Quiet Riot II, or QR II, was recorded at The Record Plant and released in Japan in 1978. Although Garni's replacement Rudy Sarzo was pictured and credited on 'QR II', he did not join before its recording. In 1979 Rhoads auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne's band after the editors of a small, Los Angeles based magazine, Raw Power (including future Liquid Blue singer Scott Stephens) asked Dana Strum to contact Randy to see if he would be interested. Six months after the audition, Osbourne hired Randy. DuBrow and Forsyth tried to keep the band together following Rhoads' departure, with the addition of guitarist Greg Leon and former Suite 19 bassist Gary Van Dyke During this period of 1980-1982, the band's name was changed to DuBrow.

Following Rhoads' death in a plane crash on March 19, 1982, DuBrow attempted to reform Quiet Riot. None of the other original members were interested, so Tony Cavazo's brother, Carlos, whom he had played with in LA locals Snow, joined as lead guitarist, Sarzo re-joined the band on bass, and Rudy's friend, drummer Frankie Banali, completed the lineup.

In September 1982, with a little help from producer Spencer Proffer (who'd produce W.A.S.P.'S 2nd album The Last Command in 1985), they were signed to CBS records in America. On March 11, 1983, their American debut album Metal Health was released. (Their two previous albums, QR I and QR II, have still not been released in the United States).

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Quiet Riot - Metal Health (1983)
Metal Health is the third album by American heavy metal band Quiet Riot. It is their first record without guitarist Randy Rhoads. It was released on March 11, 1983, bolstered by the #5 hit "Cum on Feel the Noize" and the #31 hit "Metal Health". It knocked The Police's Synchronicity out of #1 in the U.S.,making it the first heavy metal album to go #1. The album went on to sell more than 6 million copies and is considered a classic among heavy metal fans to this day. However, some critics such as Allmusic, perceive it as a one-hit wonder, owing to Quiet Riot's relative lack of critical and commercial success with following albums (and subsequent disintegration) towards the end of the 1980s. The title track was ranked #35 on Vh1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs.

Tracks: (Listen Online as you click the song or Download for study)
01. Metal Health (DuBrow/Cavazo/Sarzo/Banali) 5:16
02. Cum on Feel the Noize (Holder/Lea) 4:51
03. Don't Wanna Let You Go (DuBrow/Cavazo) 4:42
04. Slick Black Cadillac (DuBrow) ** 4:12
05. Love's a Bitch (DuBrow) 4:11
06. Breathless (DuBrow/Cavazo) 3:51
07. Run for Cover (DuBrow/Cavazo) 3:38
08. Battle Axe (Cavazo) 1:38
09. Let's Get Crazy (DuBrow) 4:08
10. Thunderbird (DuBrow) 4:43
11. Danger Zone (DuBrow) * 5:06
12. Slick Black Cadillac (live) (DuBrow) * 5:14

* On Metal Masters Remaster*
* "Slick Black Cadillac" is a re-recorded version of the same song from Quiet Riot II.

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Quiet Riot - Condition Critical (1984)
This album was not nearly as successful as its predecessor in either fan reaction or sales, although it did sell over 3 million copies, debuting at #15 on the billboard charts. Like the band's previous album, it also featured a Slade cover song as the second track.


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Quiet Riot - III (1986)

Tracks: (Listen Online as you click the song or Download for study)
01. Main Attraction - 4:43
02. The Wild and the Young - 3:37
03. Twilight Hotel - 4:35
04. Down and Dirty - 3:15
05. Rise or Fall - 4:01
06. Put Up or Shut Up - 4:07
07. Still of the Night - 4:42
08. Base Case [bass solo] - 0:59
09. The Pump - 4:02
10. Slave to Love - 3:55
11. Helping Hands - 4:13

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NOTE:
Kevin DuBrow, lead singer of the band for the majority of its existence, was found dead in his Las Vegas, Nevada home at approximately 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, 2007. The cause of death was ruled a cocaine overdose. Quiet Riot disbanded after the death of their lead singer.


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Quiet Riot - Live & Rare

Tracks: (Listen Online as you click the song or Download for study)
01. Let's get Crazy
02. Condition Critical
03. Run For Cover
04. Swinging Lumber
05. Winners Take All
06. Cum On Feel The Noize
07. Metal Health
08. Danger Zone
09. Gonna Have a Riot
10. Thunderbird (Demo)
11. Love's a Bitch (Demo)
12. Let's get Crazy (Demo)



Vincent John Cusano (born August 6, 1952, in Bridgeport, Connecticut), better known as Vinnie Vincent, is a guitarist and songwriter most famous for his brief membership in the band Kiss. Vincent played on the album Creatures of the Night and subsequently toured with Kiss in "Ankh Warrior" makeup created by Paul Stanley, Kiss's lead singer and rhythm guitarist. After that, he remained with Kiss for one additional album, Lick It Up recorded in 1983, before being fired from the band for alleged unethical behavior. He later performed as a solo artist and with his own band, Vinnie Vincent Invasion.

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Vinnie Vincent Invasion - Invasion (1986)
Robert Fleischman - Vocals
Vinnie Vincent - Guitars; vocals
Dana Strum - Bass; backing vocals
Bobby Rock - Drums

This album was an instant success as it climbed into the Billboard Top 100. However Fleischman refused to adopt the outrageous glam image, and showed no desire to tour. The Invasion was forced to find a new vocalist, and they decided on Mark Slaughter. But there was tension between Vincent and Slaughter from day one, which intensified even more when new record label management wanted Slaughter to become focal point of the group!

Tracks:
01. Boyz Are Gonna Rock (Vinnie Vincent)– 4:54
02. Shoot U Full of Love (Vincent) – 4:44
03. No Substitute (Vincent) – 3:52
04. Animal (Vincent) – 5:33
05. Twisted (Vincent) – 4:49
06. Do You Wanna Make Love (Vincent, Robert Fleischman) – 3:23
07. Back on the Streets (Vincent, Richard Friedman) – 4:50
08. I Wanna Be Your Victim (Vincent) – 4:36
09. Baby-O (Vincent) – 3:43
10. Invasion (Vincent, Fleischman) – 7:50

NOTE:
The follow-up album had some success, but internal turmoil killed the band in late 1988 at the end of their one-month tour. Vincent recorded a third Invasion album with Fleischman, but it never saw the light of day, and he has remained out of the limelight and recorded sporadically ever since. Rock went on to fame with Nelson, while Slaughter and Strum formed Slaughter and reached platinum success.
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Vinnie Vincent & Jeff Scott Soto - Publishing Tape (1987)


Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study by clicking the song)

01. Young Blood Young Fire
02. Forbidden
03. I'm On Fire For You
04. My Love Goes With You
05. Gypsy in Her Eyes

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Vinnie Vincent Invasion - All Systems Go (1988)
Mark Slaughter - Vocals
Vinnie Vincent - Guitars; backing vocals
Dana Strum - Bass; backing vocals
Bobby Rock - Drums

Tracks:
01. Ashes to Ashes – 5:05
02. Dirty Rhythm – 3:38
03. Love Kills – 5:36
04. Naughty Naughty – 3:30
05. Burn – 4:38
06. Let Freedom Rock – 4:44
07. That Time of Year – 4:11
08. Heavy Pettin – 4:38
09. Deeper and Deeper – 4:02
10. Breakout – 2:01
11. The Meltdown (Instrumental) [Bonus CD Track] – 2:01
12. 'Ya Know' I'm Pretty Shot" (Instrumental) [Bonus CD Track] – 4:07


NOTE: Vincent filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1989.

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Vinnie Vincent - Guitars from HELL (1991) (unreleased)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study by clicking the song)
01. Rocks On Fire
02. Nuke It
03. Shocker
04. Invicible
05. Truth
06. Full Shred
07. Wild Child
08. Young Blood
09. Genesis

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Vinnie Vincent - Euphoria (EP) (1996)




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Vinnie Vincent.1999 - Pink And Black Attack (1999)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study by clicking the song)
01. Back On The Streets (with Jeff Sotto)
02. Back On The Streets
03. Gypsy In Her Eyes
04. Forbidden
05. My Love Goes With You
06. Tears
07. Maybe Its The Rain
08. Young Blood
09. Boyz Wanna Rock
10. I'm In Love
11.
It's So Pretty
12. Your Baby
13. Back On The Streets (Warrior Demo)
14. Gypsy In Her Eyes (Warrior Demo)

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Vinnie Vincent - Archive Volumes I: Speedball Jamm (2002)
Produced by Vinnie Vincent; "Speedball Jam" was the title of a Vinnie Invasion instrumental which was recorded live in the studio and played live on occasion. This CD, with one long 71 minute track is an analog transfer of a Vinnie warm up session, with some very wild shredding. Sound quality wise, it wouldn't have been too difficult to take out the analog hiss without losing the sound depth. And there is no reason why it couldn't been tracked properly. I've added the tracking in an effort to differentiate the different parts of the recording. The live version closes the CD.
Tracks: (Listen Online or Download for study by clicking the song)
01. Speed Ball Jam

a. Shredd 1 - Solo (07:27)
b. Shredd 2 - w/ drums & bass (11:23)
c. Shredd 3 - Solo (00:47)
d. Speedball I (13:01)
e. Speedball II (10:08)
f. Speedball III (01:40)
g. Speedball IV (04:09)
h. Speedball V (09:22)
i. Shredd 4 - Solo (04:17)
j. Speedball (Live) (08:57)

NOTE: This is a Jam full of Vinnie's ANNOYING great Guitar Solos.

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Mr. Big is a hard rock super-group that formed in 1988. The band is a quartet composed of Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), and Pat Torpey (drums); Mr. Big also included Richie Kotzen, a reputable blues-based guitarist who replaced Paul in 1999 when Paul decided to focus on a solo career. The band is noted especially for their "shred guitar" musicianship, intense live performances, and well-crafted songs.

Identified early on as a "musicians' band", Mr. Big was able to produce Justify Fullnumerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres, be it ballad, heavy metal, or blues rock. Prior to the formation of the group, each of the members already had a reputation of being virtuosos as well as established song-writers/ composers.[2] Their songs were often marked with strong vocals and vocal harmonies, and a technical proficiency in all instruments. Their hits include "To Be With You" (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991), "Wild World", "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind", "Just Take My Heart", other ballads, and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances, such as "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy", "Addicted to that Rush", "Colorado Bulldog", and "Take Cover", among the rest.

Mr. Big's following and reputation remained strong for over two decades, despite the band being challenged by personal internal conflicts and the changing trends in mainstream music. Over the years, through the different heights of the band's career, the fan-base of the group has remained steadfast - even after the demise of the band in 2002. Fans have always asked for the band's reunion.

In February 2009, as a result of fan-demand and also after several coincidences over the past couple of years that have gradually brought the group back together again, Eric, Pat, Paul, and Billy finally announced their decision to reunite. This announcement was marked with celebration and excitement amongst fans all over the world, especially in Japan. The band members themselves are very happy to be together again as friends, and to perform once more for fans all over the world. Their first tour is in Japan in June 2009.

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Mr. Big - Mr. Big (1989)


Tracks: (Click each song to Listen Online or Download for Study)
01. Addicted to that Rush
02. Wind Me up
03. Merciless
04. Had Enough
05. Blame it On My Youth
06. Take A Walk
07. Big Love
08. How Can you Do What you Do?
09. Anything For You
10. Rock and Roll Over
11. 30 Days in The Hole

NOTE:
Track 11 originally recorded by Humble Pie on the album Smokin'.

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Mr.Big - Lean Into It
(1991)

Tracks: (Click each song to Listen Online or Download for Study)
01. Daddy Brother Lover Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)
02. Alive And Kickin
03. Green-tinted Sixties Mind
04. CDFF-Lucky This Time
05. Voodoo Kiss
06. Never Say Never
07. Just Take My Heart
08. My Kinda Woman
09. A Little Too Loose
10. Road To Ruin
11. To Be With You
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Mr. Big - Bump Ahead (1993)

Tracks: (Click each song to Listen Online or Download for Study)
01. Colorado Bulldog
02. Price you Gotta Pay
03. Promise Her the Moon
04. What's It Gonna Be
05. Wild World
06. Mr. Gone
07. The Whole World's Gonna Know
08. Nothing But Love
09. Temperamental
10. Ain't Seen Love Like That
11. Mr. Big
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Mr. Big - Hey Man (1996)

Tracks: (Click each song to Listen Online or Download for Study)
01. Trapped in Toyland
02. Take Cover
03. Jane Doe
04. Goin' Where the Wind Blows
05. The Chain
06. Where Do I Fit In?
07. If That's What It Takes
08. Out of the Underground
09. Dancin' Right into the Flame
10. Mama D.
11. Fool Us Today


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Mr.Big - BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST! The Best Of MR.BIG (1996)

Tracks: (Click a song to Listen Online or Download for Study)
01 - Addicted To That Rush
02 - Rock & Roll Over
03 - Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
04 - To Be With You
05 - Just Take My Heart
06 - Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy
07 - Wild World
08 - Colorado Bulldog
09 - Promise Her The Moon
10 - Nothing But Love
11 - Take Cover
12 - Goin' Where the Wind Blows
13 - Seven Impossible Days (unreleased track)
14 - Not One Night (unreleased track)
15 - Unnatural (unreleased track)
16 - Stay Together (unreleased track)

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Mr. Big - Get Over it (2000)

Tracks: (Click each song to Listen Online or Download for Study)
01. Electrified
02. Static
03. Hiding Place
04. Superfantastic
05. A Rose Alone
06. Hole In The Sun
07. How Does It Feel
08. Try To Do Without It
09. Dancin' With My Devils
10. Mr. Never In A Million Years
11. My New Religion
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Mr.Big - Actual Size (2001)

Tracks: (Click each song to Listen Online or Download for Study)
01. Lost In America - 4:52
02. Wake Up - 3:44
03. Shine - 3:43
04. Arrow - 3:42
05. Mary Goes Round - 4:00
06. Suffocation - 4:42
07. One World Away - 4:05
08. I Don't Want to Be Happy - 4:50
09. Crawl Over Me - 5:08
10. Cheap Little Thrill - 3:11
11. How Did I Give Myself Away - 4:15
12. Nothing Like It In the World - 5:01

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