Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the European release on December 3rd of two (2) NELSON albums: “Before the Rain” the demo collection of songs that secured their recording deal with Geffen Records in 1990 and “Perfect Storm – After the Rain World Tour 1991” live concert album. A North American release will follow in February 2011, as a complement to the release of NELSON’s brand new original album “Lightning Strikes Twice”.
“Both of these extraordinary albums provide a NELSON time capsule,” reflects Gunnar Nelson. “From the early demo recordings on ‘Before the Rain’ to the rare live tour recordings on ‘Perfect Storm’, the music on these albums offers a unique glimpse of our early career.”
“These two NELSON albums are indeed newly unearthed roots of the NELSON family tree,” adds Matthew Nelson. “They both offer valuable insight to what makes our current sound what it is by way of an amazing journey back in time as we were first putting all of the pieces of the puzzle together.”
The phenomenal success of NELSON’s 1990 debut LP “After The Rain” did not happen overnight. It came after years of hard work that are documented in the “Before the Rain” album, a release that tells the story of twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson and their five year musical journey (from 1986 to 1990) to reach the Rock N’ Roll Promised Land.
In 1986, after writing songs with Dweezil Zappa for his debut LP “My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Momma” and writing and recording the title cut for the film “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” under the band name Power Tool, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson decided they needed to hone their songwriting craft and learn from experts. They started with writer/producer Jack Ponti in New Jersey and recorded the songs they wrote that year with friends that eventually became the band Skid Row. Next, they journeyed to Australia to collaborate with Little River Band’s hit writer Graham Gobel and other writers for two months Down Under. A subsequent 3-month stay in the U.K. to write with hit makers Adrian Gurvitz and Argent’s Russ Ballard followed.
Though elements from those experiences and sessions would wind up in later attempts, NELSON finally hit musical pay dirt writing songs in a bedroom in Pacific Palisades California and recorded them in a 16-track demo studio in a converted garage in the San Fernando Valley with a then unknown writer/producer named Marc Tanner.
The results are what can be heard now on “Before the Rain”. These are the original demonstration recordings that caught the attention of A&R legend John Kalodner in late 1989 and scored Nelson a recording contract with Geffen/DGC Records which led to eventual sales of more than 3,000,000 copies of “After The Rain” and all the success that followed, including a World tour with over 300 concerts.
NELSON’s live line-up included some incredible virtuoso musicians such as Bobby Rock on drums, Brett Garsed on guitar, Paul Mirkovich on Keys and vocals and the addition of Joey Cathcart on vocals and second lead guitar. NELSON provided 4-part harmony, stellar musicianship, veteran showmanship, twin frontmen, and most importantly – great songs. NELSON played venues ranging in size from 1,200 to 60,000 seats between 1990-1992 from New York to Tokyo, sharing the stage with some other great bands with some strong openers, including House Of Lords, Tyketto, Enuff Z’nuff, Cinderella and Lynch Mob.
Amazingly and sadly, throughout the 3-year phenomenon of “After The Rain”, none of the tour’s concerts were ever filmed in their entirety. “Perfect Storm” live audio recordings are all that remain to document the height of NELSONMANIA for posterity. If you were there you are sure to remember how you felt that night experiencing the magic of the “After The Rain” tour in person. If you weren’t, you can be transported back in time now through this amazing live album.
With all the right components for success, the right cast of characters, the best fans, everything converging at the right place and time…. NELSON’s After The Rain World Tour was “The Perfect Storm”.
“Before the Rain” tracklisting includes:
After The Rain; Bits And Pieces; (Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection; Will Ya Love Me; You’re All I Need Tonight; More Than Ever; (It’s Just) Desire; I Can Hardly Wait; Senorita; Everywhere I Go; Let’s Get This Show On The Road; Far Away From Home; It’s Gotta Get Better; I Wish; That’s Love; Avalon; Runnin’ Outta Time (The Silence Is Broken); Love Is All We’ve Got.
“Perfect Storm” tracklisting includes:
On With The Show!; Fill You Up; More Than Ever; Only Time Will Tell; Uluru; Will You Love Me; (Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection; Two Heads Are Better Than One; Bits And Pieces; After The Rain; The Legend; Thank You And Good Night; Interlude; Everywhere I Go; Keep One Heart (full band version – studio Bonus Track).
Before the Rain – performers:
Matthew and Gunnar Nelson – All instruments
Perfect Storm – performers:
Gunnar Nelson – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Matthew Nelson – Lead Vocals, Bass
Brett Garsed – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Joey Cathcart – Vocals, Guitar
Paul Mirkovich – Vocals, Keyboards
Mickey Finn, original vocalist for JETBOY, has officially announced his departure from the band. The split took place mid-September when Finn revealed he would not be able to take part in a planned European tour. JETBOY has chosen to continue without Finn and the European tour will take place November 12 through mid-December.
Commented Finn: “I wish the guys the best but from here on out they should start fresh and change there name because it’s just not JETBOY anymore.” He added, “I apologize to all the JETBOY fans who will be disappointed by this news and thank you for your support over the years.”
Finn formed JETBOY with longtime friends Billy Rowe and Fernie Rod in 1983.
Twenty years after the release of the highly acclaimed “Damnednation”, JETBOY’s latest EP, “Off Your Rocker”, was made available on March 2 via iTunes and Amazon.com.
JETBOY’s last CD/DVD release, “The Glam Years”, came out on Cleopatra/Deadline Records. It contained a DVD of a 1986 concert at Los Angeles’ legendary Whisky a Go-Go (featuring a chock-full of extra interviews and photos) as well as a 21-track CD of the group’s greatest hits.
As previously reported, Mickey’s new band COLD BLUE REBELS — which also features Joe Normal (guitar) and Danny Dangerous (bass) of ZEROS plus former GLAMOUR PUNKS skins basher Spazz Draztik on the drums — has completed work on its debut album, “Blood, Guts, n’ Rock & Roll”, for a January 11, 2011 release via Horror High, LLC. The CD artwork is being created by D.A. Frizell who has worked on such projects as AVENGED SEVENFOLD (illustrator on “Nightmare” and “Book Of Nightmares” and litho), Michale Graves (cover art for “Punk Rock Is Dead”), SEVENDUST (cover and interiors on “Cold Day Memory”) and DISTURBED (“Decade Of Disturbed” movie poster).
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/coldbluerebels
HRH Note: This is extremely disappointing news from the Jetboy camp. Mickey Finn is the type of singer that will be nearly impossible to replace for Jetboy. I am glad that I was able to see and cover the Jetboy shows with Mickey in Columbus, Ohio & M3 in Columbia, MD. It is going to be tough for Jetboy to rebound from this. Best wishes to both the guys in Jetboy, and Mickey Finn, and his Cold Blue Rebels. Hopefully we will end up with two kick ass bands out of this split.
The only singer I have ever seen that could come close to matching Ronnie James Dio’s vocals on the classic Black Sabbath tune “Heaven & Hell” is Ray Gillen. Check out this clip with the late Ray Gillen on vocals live from Montreal in 1986.
Black Sabbath has released Deluxe Editions of their classic discs Eternal Idol & Seventh Star.
Eternal Idol is digitally all-remastered and expanded edition of this 1987 album including two bonus tracks on Disc One plus the complete album session originally recorded by the late Ray Gillen on Disc Two. The Eternal Idol, Sabbath’s 13th studio album, was an altogether harder sounding record and brought back an ‘edge’ that had been missing from Seventh Star. Whilst there was much for the Sabbath fan to celebrate with tracks such as, ‘The Shining’, ‘Ancient Warrior’, ‘Born To Lose’ and the title track, the album wasn’t as well received and settled at number 66 in the UK and a disappointing 168 in the US.
Over the years however, fans of Black Sabbath and hard rock in general have been re-discovering all that The Eternal Idol has to offer.
Eternal Idol Track Listing
1. The Shining (5:58)
2. Ancient Warrior (5:34)
3. Hard Life to Love (5:00)
4. Glory Ride (4:48)
5. Born to Lose (3:43)
6. Nightmare (5:17)
7. Scarlet Pimpernel (2:07)
8. Lost Forever (4:00)
9. Eternal Idol (6:35)
10. Black Moon (2010 Deluxe Only)
11. Some Kind of Woman (2010 Deluxe Only)
Disc 2 (2010 Deluxe Only)
1. Glory Ride
2. Born to Lose
3. Lost Forever
4. Eternal Idol
5. The Shining
6. Hard Life to Love
8. Ancient Warrior
Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of this 1986 album including bonus tracks. Seventh Star was the 12th official Black Sabbath studio album and reached the #27 position in the UK and #78 in the US. This expanded edition of the album adds the U.S. remix of the ‘No Stranger To Love’ single and also for the very first time on CD, a live performance from London’s Hammersmith Odeon in June ’86 which features then unknown American singer, Ray Gillen on lead vocals.
Seventh Star Track Listing
1. In for the Kill (3:40)
2. No Stranger to Love (4:28)
3. Turn to Stone (3:28)
4. Sphinx (The Guardian) (1:11)
5. Seventh Star (5:20)
6. Danger Zone (4:23)
7. Heart Like a Wheel (6:35)
8. Angry Heart (3:06)
9. In Memory … (2:35)
10. No Stranger To Love (Remix, 2010 Expanded Edition Only)
Disc 2 (Live, 2010 Expanded Edition Only)
1. Mob Rules
2. Danger Zone
3. War Pigs
4. Seventh Star
5. Die Young
6. Black Sabbath
8. Neon Knights
who was brought-in to complete the tour following the departure of Glenn Hughes due to illness.
HRH Comment: The Second Disc featuring the late Ray Gillen is worth grabbing both of the remastered Sabbath discs above.