Author: mikeladano

Metal, hard rock, rock and roll! LeBrain's Record Store Tales & Reviews! Poking the bear since 2010.

#1024: Where were you when Freddie died? When Eric died?

Lunch With Ladano yesterday was regarding the events of November 23, 1991.  The announcement that Freddie Mercury had AIDS, the worst kept secret in rock. Do you remember?

 

#1023: “Just the pieces of the man I used to be”

RECORD STORE TALES #1023: “Just the pieces of the man I used to be”

You never know how it’s gonna go.

You roll out of bed feeling like a winner, and then suddenly for absolutely no reason, that completely changes and you’re struggling to break even.

Maybe it’s the pressures of modern life.  The hustle and the bustle.  The need to get things done, even though you’re behind and energy is in short supply.

The feeling of loneliness even though you are not alone.  There’s a dark place in your heart, only inhabited by you, that no one can break into.  It’s not that you can’t let them in.  It’s that you don’t even know how to open that door.  Of if you actually want to.  If you’d prefer to be alone.

The daily monotony, the commute, the cold, the damp.

The fact that all the hours of daylight happen when you’re in an office doing your daily grind.

The pressure and drive to do something important, to be someone who matters.  To make a difference.  To be somebody…anybody…but who you are.

Somehow, a sad song helps.  There’s something about a sad song that can pry its way into your soul.  Provide sympathy.  Warmth.  Help you dry the tears.  That tells you someone out there is feeling the exact same way you do.  It’s as if someone in the world knows you, just as well as you know yourself.

You could be in a room full of happy celebrations, and feel so alone, so completely down, yet have to fake it to make it.

One of the worst winters of my younger life was the winter of ’95-96.  I had just been dumped by my first real serious girlfriend.  I put on a brave face and for a few days, I thought I had weathered the storm.  I listened to “classic British hard blues” that week and felt super strong.  The crash came later.  One of the albums that helped me through that winter was Queen’s Made In Heaven.  The final album with Freddie.  Though there is some undeniable dark material on the album, such as “Mother Love”, and “Too Much Love Will Kill You”, I was amazed at how positive some of the other songs such as “Heaven For Everyone” were.  The album was like a journey through my own convoluted feelings.

“I’m just the pieces of the man I used to be,
Too many bitter tears are raining down on me.”

Yet on the same album:

“In these days of cold affections,
You sit by me and everything’s fine.”

What will the album for the winter of 2022 be?  For the last several years, I’ve been digging deep down into the albums that made me happy as a youth.

“Listen! They said I didn’t stand a chance,
I wouldn’t win no way,
But I’ve got news for you,
There’s nothing I can’t do!”

It was a different time.  There was misery, but nothing can duplicate that feeling of hearing a song for the first time.  A song that you know means something to you.  That is destined to stick with you for your whole life.  And when you put those records on again, a million things start happening in your head.  You can be 12 or 13 again.  A time when the real problems of life were completely unknown to you and the biggest issue you had was figuring out how to talk to the girl you liked.

Like a phantom of a dream, old songs make the memories real again.  As you wipe a tear from your eye, you remember.  It can help sooth the sadness.

Sometimes you just have to cry it out, whatever it is.  Hell, I don’t know what it is exactly.  I just know it sucks.

They say that life never hands you anything you can’t handle.  I don’t know about that.  History is rife with people who could not handle what life has given them.  I think I can – but it’s never simple, straightforward, or obvious how to do it.

So I write.

It’s the only thing I’m really good at.  The only thing people really notice about me.

I write in the hopes that someone will understand.

That someone will relate.

That someone can take what I have experienced and draw something good from it.

And that maybe I’ll get some of that goodness back.

This winter has been pretty good.  My strategies are working.  My support personnel are solid.  But there will always be days where I can’t help it.  Can’t help FEELING IT.  The old familiar sting of that cold, unrelenting loneliness.  The kind of loneliness that can strike even when you are in a room full of loved ones.

One of the best albums for this time of year is Catherine Wheel’s Adam & Eve record.  It captures it all.

“Start the day, in a cold December way, feel what’s new, it’s December through and through.”

And on the same record:

“And we crown ourselves again,
There’s been no change since you and I were young,
When we burned ourselves again,
The spaceship days when you and I were young.”

I crave those spaceship days so hard sometimes.  But you can never really go back.

Except with a song.

Come back with me.  Join me in my memories, on this sad, cold winter day.

NEWS: BMG to issue Dokken LP & CD box sets, including their 4 classic albums

Press release from Chipster PR below.  If you are aiming to beef up your classic Dokken collection on CD or vinyl, then now is the time.  180 gram black vinyl, remastered and ready to rock.  You’re going to get some Christmas money, so you may as well bank on pre-ordering The Elektra Albums 1983-1987.

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

BMG TO ISSUE DOKKEN LP & CD BOX SETS, INCLUDING THEIR 4 CLASSIC ALBUMS

The 4 albums that made Dokken one of the ‘80s top rock bands are now being collected together as a box set (available in LP or CD formats) from BMG, ‘The Elektra Albums 1983-1987.’ 

Released on January 27, 2023, the limited edition set will include Dokken’s million-selling, worldwide charting first 4 studio albums (‘Breaking the Chains,’ ‘Tooth and Nail,’ ‘Under Lock and Key,’ and ‘Back for the Attack’) as a either a 5LP or 4CD set. 

All of the albums feature the classic line-up of Don Dokken (vocals), George Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass), and “Wild” Mick Brown (drums), and all have been newly remastered by Andy Pearce (Black Sabbath, Motorhead). Additionally, the LP box features 180g black vinyl.

Pre-order the boxset here: https://BMG.lnk.to/dokkenPR

Both LP & CD box sets include:

  • Breaking The Chains (1983) – US #136
    • Includes “Breaking The Chains” (#32 US Rock) and “Paris Is Burning (Live)”
  • Tooth And Nail (1984) – PLATINUM – US #49
    • Includes “Into The Fire” (#21 US Rock), “Just Got Lucky” (#27 US Rock), and “Alone Again” (#64 US Hot 100, #20 US Rock)
  • Under Lock And Key (1985) – PLATINUM – US #32
    • Includes “The Hunter” (#25 US Rock), “In My Dreams” (#77 US Hot 100, #24 US Rock)
  • Back For The Attack (1987) – PLATINUM – US #13
    • Includes The Theme From Nightmare On Elm Street 3, “Dream Warriors” (#22 US Rock), “Burning Like A Flame” (#72 US Hot 100, #20 US Rock), and “Prisoner” (#37 US Rock)
5LP boxset includes:
  • Breaking The Chains 1LP
  • Tooth And Nail 1LP
  • Under Lock And Key 1LP
  • Back For The Attack 2LP
4CD boxset includes:
  • Breaking The Chains 1CD
  • Tooth And Nail 1CD
  • Under Lock And Key 1CD
  • Back For The Attack 1CD
Hailing from Los Angeles, Dokken released a string of platinum albums throughout the 1980’s, and toured the globe  with the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal, including Van Halen, Aerosmith, Metallica, Scorpions, and Kiss. 

The band had several hit singles on the Mainstream Rock and Billboard Hot 100 charts, and were all over MTV with their videos for “Breaking The Chains”, “Alone Again”, “Into The Fire”, “In My Dreams”, “It’s Not Love”, “Burning Like A Flame” and especially the Theme from Nightmare on Elm Street 3, “Dream Warriors’, where they starred alongside Freddy Krueger.

Dokken have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, and their live album, Beast from the East was nominated for the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1989.

And now, fans will get to experience – and hear – all four classic albums in a way they had never been able to before. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:  dokken.net

Youtubin’: Def Leppard – “Kick” live from The Stadium Tour

Not one of the best songs from Diamond Star Halos, “Kick” was still well received by much of Def Leppard’s fandom. It was showcased on The Stadium Tour with Poison, Joan Jett and Motley Crue. Is a new Def Leppard live album in the works? Let’s hope!

REVIEW: Deep Purple – “Woman From Tokyo” (Japanese CD single)

DEEP PURPLE – “Woman From Tokyo” (Originally 1973, 1998 Warner Japan CD reissue)

The 2:56 single edit of Deep Purple’s “Woman From Tokyo” is somewhat of a rarity on CD.  It’s not on the Singles A’s and B’s.  You could get it on a Japanese box set called Purple Chronicle.

The original song was almost six minutes, so half of the tune was chopped out for single release.  The intro is mangled.  The middle section is missing, and cut in such an amateurish way.  The guitar solo is missing.  Rule of thumb:  never cut the friggin’ guitar solo from a Deep Purple song, of all bands!  This is a butcher job of a single edit.  Probably why it never made the cut to Singles A’s and B’s.

The B-side “Super Trouper” is also 2:56, but unedited.  That’s just how the song goes, one of Purple’s shortest.  No, it’s not an Abba cover, but both songs were named after Super Trouper stage lights.  Some of Ian Gillan’s lyrics can be interpreted to be about his impending departure from Deep Purple. “I wanna be like I was before, but this time I’m gonna know the score.” A lot of looking in the rear view mirror in this song. A lot of past-tense.

Because of the butcher job on the “Woman From Tokyo” edit, the B-side here outshines the A-side.  The single at least has lyrics.  For collectors and analysts only!

1/5 stars

Youtubin’: Ozzy Osbourne Says ‘Black Sabbath Is Over’

And it should be over; it had its run. It had a start, middle, and a couple endings. And it should be over now. Ozzy is right and this is good.

Ozzy is also right when he says the music he recorded with Tony Iommi on the excellent Patient Number 9 could have made great Black Sabbath tracks.  He also sounds legitimately sad that he’s not touring and his health isn’t up to it.

All things considered (and there is a lot to consider), Ozzy looks pretty good here.  Rock on Ozz.

“Fuck Sammy [Hagar]!” says Dave Lizmi on Grab A Stack of Rock with Mike, Harrison and Robert Daniels! This is our clickbait headline!

Robert “Visions In Sound” Daniels not only grabbed a stack of rock, but also a rack of socks!  Rob rocked us all tonight, with some cool soundtracks that are rare and desirable to collectors!  Harrison “Mad Metal Man” Kopp also stepped up to the plate with some 3 CD sets and assorted items.  Because Rob was on, I decided to go with a Star Wars theme with CDs, VHS, and stickers.  But we got much than we bargained for.  Other features:

  • A controversial “Ask Harrison” featuring Tee Bone Erickson
  • A “Fuck Sammy Hagar” from Dave Lizmi of the Four Horsemen
  • Some bizarre video tape formats from Rob’s TV days

Next week, Uncle Meat and Marco the Contrarian will be grabbing stacks of rock with us!  Don’t miss it!

 

NEWS: Coney Hatch to play entire debut album at El Mocambo – 40th anniversary

Be there December 29 in Toronto! From there, the Hatch is off to the UK to open for Steve Harris’ British Lion!

NEWS: Loudness release new video for “Tengoku No Tobira (Heaven’s Door)” from new album Sunburst

Loudness have released a new DOUBLE album called Sunburst, and in support of that new album comes the music video “Tengoku No Tobira (Heaven’s Door)”.

There’s a very 80s vibe to the music, while the production is modern and tough. The band still consists of original singer Minoru Niihara, shredder Akira Takasaki, bassist Masayoshi Yamashita, and drummer Masayuki Suzuki. What do you think of this track?

Robert “Visions In Sound” Daniels Grabs a Stack of Rock with Mike and the Mad Metal Man! – 7:00 P.M. E.S.T. tonight

GRAB A STACK OF ROCK…with Mike and the Mad Metal Man
Episode 4: Special guest Robert Daniels

Fourth week of Grab a Stack of Rock!  It’s already been a month!  We’re doing something special tonight.  This evening, Harrison and Mike are joined by one of the internet’s foremost experts on just about everything movie related, Robert “Visions In Sound” Daniels!  What will he show off tonight?  You’ll just have to tune in and see.  Robert is in the midst of listening to his entire soundtrack collection in alphabetical order by movie title.  Perhaps we’ll see where he is currently.  As usual, it’s his choice how he spends his hour tonight and I can’t wait to find out.

Also, “Ask Harrison” will return as a new regular feature.


UPDATE:

If deliveries come in time, I will also be unboxing:

  • KISS – Creatures of the Night box set
  • QUEEN – The Miracle box set
  • PINK FLOYD – Hey Hey Rise Up CD single

Come on Amazon guy, don’t let us down.

Friday November 18 at 7:00 P.M. E.S.T. Enjoy on YouTube or on Facebook.