2008 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Alcatrazz debut album, No Parole From Rock ‘N’ Roll.
This disc features the vocal talents of former Rainbow and MSG singer, Graham Bonnet, and none other than Yngwie Malmsteen on Guitar.
Alcatrazz had a fair amount of success in Japan, and even with a solid amount of airplay on MTV, with their video for Island In the Sun, the band did not much success in the United States.
Malmsteen’s neo classical style of guitar playing is present on this record, but not as overbearing as it is on his solo releases. I am guessing that the music on No Parole From Rock ‘N’ Roll is influenced by Bonnet’s early work in Rainbow, as there are a few similar elements, especially with the 70’s style keyboards of former New Englander Jimmy Waldo.
Yngwie Malmsteen’s awesome guitar playing is takes this record to the next level. Without his guitar work, I doubt that I would have cared much about the songs on this record, but his amazing fret work is always something that I enjoy hearing, especially with his varied styles from song to song this disc.
Sadly, this disc has been out of print in the United States for a long time now. You can still find import copies, but the high prices on those will scare away most hard rock fans. No Parole For Rock ‘N’ Roll is definitely a must own disc for Malmsteen fans everywhere.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Island In The Sun
2. General Hospital
3. Jet To Jet
4. Hiroshima Mon Amour
5. Kree Nakoorie
7. Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live
8. Big Foot
9. Starcarr Lane
10. Suffer Me
Graham Bonnet – Vocals
Yngwie Malmsteen – Guitars
Gary Shea – Bass
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Jan Uvena – Drums