Graham Bonnet – Anthology [2CD] (2017) [CD FLAC]

Graham Bonnet - Anthology [2CD] (2017) [CD FLAC] Download

Artist: Graham Bonnet
Album: Anthology [2CD]
Genre: Hard Rock
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 1.07 gb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Three disc (two CDs + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) set, the first all encompassing, career spanning retrospective from this highly respected singer and song writer, from his first hits of the late 1960s, right up to the Graham Bonnet Band in 2017. Few frontmen can claim to have had such a lengthy and far-reaching career, first finding fame as part of The Marbles duo, who enjoyed a hit with the Bee Gees’ ‘Only One Woman’ in 1968, followed by a solo career across the 1970s, again enjoying further success with the Bee Gees on the disco flavored ‘Warm Ride’. He achieved what was possibly his greatest success when he replaced Ronnie James Dio in 1979 for Down To Earth in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Worldwide hits followed with the single ‘All Night Long’ and Russ Ballard’s ‘Since You Been Gone’. Solo success beckoned with the song ‘Night Games’, plus Russ Ballard’s ‘S. O. S. ‘, from the Line-Up album in 1981, backed-up by a stellar line-up that included Cozy Powell and Jon Lord, as well as guest appearances from Status Quo’s Rossi and Parfitt. Graham briefly joined The Michael Schenker Group for 1982’s Assault Attack. Recognizing that his greatest success to date was with the melodic hard rock of Rainbow, Graham formed Alcatrazz in a similar mold, with a then little known Swedish guitarist Yngwie J. Malmsteen, and the No Parole From Rock ‘N’ Roll LP. Sadly, this line-up only lasted one studio and one live in Japan album, where Alcatrazz had quickly built a huge following. Graham evidently had a knack for finding highly influential guitar talent, recording second Alcatrazz opus with Steve Vai and the Disturbing The Peace album. A third and final Alcatrazz record produced ‘Blue Boar’ from Dangerous Games before the singer hooked up with Chris Impellitteri and the band Impellitteri. Graham has subsequently recorded with Forcefield, Japan’s Anthem, the Taz Taylor Band and the super group Blackthorne that he formed with guitarist Bob Kulick in 1993. Over the years, Graham has also found time to reunite with Impellitteri, and more recently for successful shows with Alcatrazz and The Michael Schenker Group. Now fronting the Graham Bonnet Band, represented here by an unreleased version of the Rainbow hit ‘All Night Long’, plus new songs ‘My Kingdom Come’ and ‘Mirror Lies’, this Anthology is completed by a DVD of many rare video clips taken from across Graham’s career, and includes some track-by-track intros from Graham, filmed especially for this collection.

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Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow – Stranger In Us All [Expanded Edition 2017] (1995) [CD FLAC]

Richie Blackmore's Rainbow - Stranger In Us All [Expanded Edition 2017] (1995) [CD FLAC] Download

Artist: Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow
Album: Stranger In Us All [Expanded Edition 2017]
Genre: Hard Rock
Year: 1995
Size: ~ 483 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Rainbow originally formed in 1975 when Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple to join forces with the band Elf, featuring Ronnie James Dio, to record debut album, “Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow”. Named after Ritchie’s favourite hangout, the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Blvd, he steered Rainbow through seven studio LPs, plus a double live LP, with albums fronted by Joe Lynn Turner, Graham Bonnet and the aforementioned Ronnie James Dio, and at times featured such respected rock luminaries as drummer Cozy Powell, bass guitarist and producer Roger Glover and keyboard player Don Airey. Rainbow split in 1984 when Ritchie joined Deep Purple’s Mk2 reunion, and a further tumultuous decade. Ritchie quit Purple once more following a 1993 Helsinki gig, this time for good. Shortly after, it was announced that the guitarist was reforming Rainbow. Rumours abounded regarding who might feature in the line-up, but the new record would feature a band of relative unknowns. . The resulting record, “Stranger In Us All”, was issued under the name Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow in August 1995. . The extensive liner notes also feature a personal account from singer Doogie White, plus plenty of artwork and memorabilia from Doogie’s own Rainbow collection.

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Purpendicular – Venus To Volcanus (2017) [CD FLAC]

Purpendicular - Venus To Volcanus (2017) [CD FLAC] Download

Artist: Purpendicular
Album: Venus To Volcanus
Genre: Hard Rock
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 377 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Just a few short weeks after the excellent new Deep Purple album Infinite arrived, this kick ass release follows hot on its heels. Purpendicular are a European Deep Purple tribute band who have been around since 2007 playing the music of that legendary but also recording their own original music in the same style as the mighty Purple. Venus to Volcanus is their new album on Fastball Music, and it contains 11 original songs squarely in the vein of everything from In Rock to Infinite.

Purpendicular are comprised of vocalist Robby Thomas Walsh, guitarist Herbert Bucher, Oliver Klammt on Hammond organ & keyboards, bassist Winnie Bucher, and drummer Jurgen Zink. Walsh for his part is a dead ringer for Ian Gillan circa 1971, so he’s got that bluesy hard rock swagger as well as perfectly capable of screaming up a storm. Just check him out doing his thing on the rocking “Bullet” or the dramatic “I Can’t Win Them All”, each one combining the best of old and new Purple. Klammt’s keyboard work is integral to the bands sound, from those lush Hammond tones to blazing synth, he’s the perfect foil for guitarist Bucher, who tends to lean more towards the Steve Morse or Joe Satriani side of things rather than mimicking Ritchie Blackmore. “Absence” and “Moving” are textured, atmospheric numbers that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Perfect Strangers or Rapture of the Deep, and the heavy “Wonderful” even features an appearance from Ian Paice himself on drums (Paice has been associated with the band on and off over the years) and ex-Rainbow keyboard player Tony Carey. “End of Pain” digs deep with great grooves, lots of riffs, and majestic atmosphere, while the smashing “Evil Tongue” is a snarling number with venomous Walsh vocals and plenty of guitar & Hammond fury. In fact, Venus to Volcanus gets heavier as the album progresses, with “Trouble Man” and “Earth Sand” containing some of the heaviest riffs on the album and “No Rest” just a great, kick ass hard rock & prog flavored number.

If you love Deep Purple old and new, Purpendicular do their best to combine both worlds here with their own original material. Venus to Volcanus is not only a fantastic tribute to a legendary band, but also a testament to just how good Purpendicular are at doing their own thing. Recommended.

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Rhino Bucket – Discography (1990-2017) [FLAC]

Rhino Bucket - Discography (1990-2017) [FLAC] Download

Artist: Rhino Bucket
Album: Discography
Genre: Hard Rock
Year: 1990-2017
Size: ~ 4.36 gb
Source: CDs
Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

To put it simply, Rhino Bucket sound exactly like Bon Scott-era AC/DC, something for which the band makes no apologies. Furthermore, what could easily be passed off as mere plagiarism becomes instead a celebration of the original masterpiece thanks to Rhino Bucket’s bold-faced indifference and oftentimes fantastic songs. They also deserve some credit for coming up with one of the most original and bizarre names in rock history.

Wayne’s World Formed in Van Nuys, California in 1987 by Finnish-born transplant Georg Dolivo (Bon Scott-cloned vocals and guitar), lead guitarist Greg Fields, bassist Reeve Downes, and drummer Liam Jason, Rhino Bucket perfectly replicated AC/DC’s raw, three-chord boogie to perfection on their self-titled debut album. But while they were quickly embraced by the U.K. and European press, the band was faced with nothing but apathy and scorn in America, where they were pegged as rip-off artists and received little promotional support from their label. Despite the inclusion of one of its tracks, “Ride with Yourself,” in Mike Myers’ popular Wayne’s World movie, their aptly titled second album, 1992’s Get Used to It, also failed to make any headway, and the band was soon unceremoniously dropped by Reprise. Still they soldiered on, and in an ironic twist of fate, recruited former AC/DC skin-pounder Simon Wright to replace the departed Liam Jason for their third album, 1994’s independently released Pain. Rhino Bucket finally called it a day the following year, but eventually re-formed in 2001 with plans to record a new album. After a lengthy hiatus, the group returned in 2006 with And Then It Got Ugly, which saw Brian Forsythe of Kix taking over lead guitar duties. In 2008 the band appeared on the soundtrack of director Darren Aronofsky’s Oscar-winning sports drama The Wrestler, and the following year saw the group release their fifth studio long-player, The Hardest Town. Who’s Got Mine? dropped in 2011, followed by another olympic bout of touring that saw the band play a relentless string of shows both at home and abroad. After a short break from the studio, Rhino Bucket returned with their seventh full-length, The Last Real Rock N’ Roll, in 2017.

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