Tyketto was just getting rolling around the time that the grunge movement took over the hard rock scene, and stalled out any progress they were making.
It is a shame as Don’t Come Easy is a very good melodic rock CD. This CD did not give Tyketto the recognition that they deserved.
The opening track Forever Young was a staple on the nationally syndicated Z-Rock hard rock radio station, and was getting airplay on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball back in the day.
Wings was also another semi hit for the band and also had a video on MTV. Danny Vaughn sounds great on this track and is one of my favorites here.
Seasons is an outstanding acoustic guitar based song. This song should have been released as a another single. It really is that good.
Standing Alone is the third single released from Don’t Come Easy. This is a great power ballad from this disc. Check out the video below, if you don’t remember this track.
Lay Your Body Down is pure 80’s cheese metal. The music for this track almost reminds me of RATT in some places. Nonetheless, it is a fun song, and worth checking out.
Walk on Fire starts out acoustically ala Uncle Tom’s Cabin, but then busts out into a much heavier but melodic track.
Nothing But Love is an ok track but is not one of my favorites here, however, this isn’t a filler song by any means.
Danny Vaughn is a fan of the blues and shows it on Strip Me Down as he breaks out the blues harp on the intro and body of the song. This is a funky track and very upbeat.
Sail Away has a Slaughter like bass groove about it, but it is a very cool and upbeat way to close out Don’t Come Easy.
A few things really stand out on this disc. The production is top notch, and the band sounds like a million bucks. Danny Vaughn’s voice is fantastic throughout the whole recording, and the whole band is as solid as ever. If this disc was released a couple of years earlier, it would have had much greater success. If you are a fan of good pop metal and maybe some glam, you ought to check this disc out. If you enjoyed the videos above, then this disc is a no brainer for you. This disc is becoming increasingly harder to find, and is starting to fetch higher dollars on EBay now. If you don’t own this, the time to get it is now!
Rating: Out of 10
- Forever Young
- Burning Down Inside
- Standing Alone
- Lay Your Body Down
- Walk On Fire
- Nothing But Love
- Strip Me Down
- Sail Away
Frontiers Records reports:
“Frontiers Records is proud to announce the signing of GREAT WHITE for the release of the band’s forthcoming “25th Anniversary / Reunion” all-original studio album in August, 2007!
The Southern California blues-rock band first took a bite out of the rock scene in 1984 and since then has achieved worldwide success, encompassing sales of over six million records. They received a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Hard Rock Performance” for the song ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’ and earned a double platinum certification for the album …Twice Shy.
The soulful, blues-based signature sound that turned songs like ‘Face The Day’, ‘Rock Me’ and ‘Save Your Love’ into international hits, can also be found on the new songs which are currently being mixed by the band’s keyboard player Michael Lardie.
“I don’t feel it’s a record where we have tried to reinvent ourselves”, says guitar player Mark Kendall, “It’s like everything you have liked or disliked over our entire career rolled into 1 record and then some. But everyone has grown musically and I think that will show through”.
The – still untitled – new album, is the first all original in 8 years and was recorded in just three weeks during March, ’07. The process was very spontaneous. According to drummer Audie Desbrow, “The recording experience was a blast. We had a lot of fun doing this one”, while Michael Lardie adds: “The one thing I wanted to make sure of, was that FUN was the signpost for every bit of recording we did, no stress, loose, upbeat, mission accomplished! Egos have been checked at the door and decisions are made as to what is best for each song.”
Bassist Sean McNabb comments, “I think we had creative control on this one and everyone got to give ideas, that made it a band thing,”
Michael Lardie concludes, “The new songs sound fresh to me, very Great White but with an approach of what we sound like in a live performance situation. Kendall and I are having fun channeling our Stones roots and playing off each other in the Richards/Woods tradition.”
Great White has been churning out memorable songs since the early 80’s, when singer Jack Russell and guitarist Mark Kendall joined forces and adopted a blues-based sound that went against the era’s glam rock grain. Their independently released EP Out Of The Night sold 20,000 copies and brought Great White to sign a deal with EMI America, which issued the eponymous Great White in 1984.
Shot In The Dark, their follow-up independent release, marked the arrival of drummer Audie Desbrow. By the time Capitol Records signed the band and reissued Shot In The Dark, keyboardist-guitarist Michael Lardie had come aboard. Great White then hit the road with DOKKEN and was on the verge of even bigger success. The 1987 follow-up Once Bitten…, which featured the hit tracks ‘Rock Me’, ‘Lady Red Light’, and ‘Save Your Love’, went platinum. Their next album …Twice Shy, which featured the Top 5 hit ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’, more than doubled that tally.
The late 80’s were boom years for the band, marked by non-stop touring with some of the biggest bands of the era and playing also in Europe and Japan. Great White recorded two more albums for Capitol – Hooked, which was certified gold and Psycho City.
Although Capitol issued a Best Of compilation in 1993, Great White had already departed the label to begin work on their next studio release, Sail Away, released on Zoo Records in 1994 supporting it with relentless touring. Their next release, Let It Rock in 1996.
Great White then signed with Portrait Records, an imprint founded by A&R guru John Kalodner that featured fellow hard rock acts such as RATT. Can’t Get There From Here was released in 1999 and is the band’s last studio opus thus far.
Frontiers Records plans to release the newest album at the end of August, 2007. More details will be released at a later stage.
HEAVEN AND HELL On “Eddie Trunk Live” This Evening!
The following update from legendary DJ Eddie Trunk, in regards to today’s “Eddie Trunk Live” program:
“HEAVEN AND HELL Live in the studio for “Eddie Trunk Live” on XM Satellite Radio! Tune in to channel 41 from 6 -10 PM (EST) and call in and talk to the band, live, commercial free and uncensored nationwide, only on XM!”
I have been listening to quite a bit of stuff in the last week.
Black Stone Cherry has been in my playlist for several weeks now. I don’t know what it is about this CD that gets me fired up, but I usually listen to the entire CD weekly.
Newcomers to my playlist are:
Masterplan’s new disc – MKII,
Grand Lux – Carved In Stone,
Pink Cream 69 – In10sity
Faith and Fire
plus quite a bit of KISS, Motley Crue, Riot, Accept, Dio era Black Sabbath, and JORN.
Bo Bice has a new song on the Blades of Glory soundtrack, and has released the following video:
Big Cock has released a video for their track Ride on Me.
Waysted is the hard rock band formed by former UFO bassist, Pete Way. Save Your Prayers is the bands’ fourth studio disc, and first featuring vocalist Danny Vaughn. This is the highest charting release (#185) for Waysted to date.
Save Your Prayers starts with a very good upbeat rocker Walls Fall Down. Black and Blue was a small hit in the U.S.
Former UFO guitarist Paul Chapman cuts loose on Heroes Die Young. His guitar work on this song is superb. If you aren’t singing along with Danny Vaughn before this song is done, you need to have your head examined. This is a lost classic that should have helped Waysted become a household name.
Heaven Tonight may be the song that everyone remembers Waysted for. The band re-recorded this track which originally was on their The Good, The Bad, The Waysted disc from 1985. This is a killer track, and almost makes Save Your Prayers worth picking up for this song alone.
How The Wast Was Won is a very good keyboard/guitar driven rocker that reminds me somewhat of some the hard rocking songs by Journey.
Wild Night is a high-speed, head banging tune. Paul Chapman breaks loose on this track, and drummer Johnny Dee pounds the hell out of his drums and makes himself heard.
Something about Out of Control reminds me a ton of Y&T. Danny Vaughn sounds a lot like Dave Meniketti on this track. It is one of the heavier tracks on Save Your Prayers. It isn’t the best song that I have ever heard, but I like it.
A great power ballad So Long closes this disc. Danny Vaughn’s voice shines on this track. It wouldn’t have listened to this track a second time if it wasn’t for his excellent voice.
After listening to Waysted’s Save Your Prayers again for the first time in a long time, I realized how under rated this band is. Save Your Prayers is a very good melodic hard rock disc, and still a worthy pick up in 2007. This disc was re-released in 2004 by Majestic Records with two bonus tracks, and again in 2006 as a 21st Anniversary collection with a 2nd live disc. Don’t let this one slip past you again. Its well worth your money. Check it Out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Walls Fall Down
2. Black & Blue
3. Singing To The Night
4. Hell Comes Home
5. Heroes Die Young
6. Heaven Tonight
7. How The Wast Was Won
8. Wild Night
9. Out Of Control
10. So Long
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Can you get them all right?
Universal states that Chinese Democracy will be remembered for a long time, because, It is THAT good!
Further details are forthcoming on a North American tour by Guns N’ Roses in the summer of 2007 in support of the new record.
Keep visiting Hard Rock Hideout for further details. More news will be posted as it breaks! Until then, enjoy the video for the new G N R track, There Was A Time!