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MelodicRock.com - Vol.1 Revealed and Revisited

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Reviewer :
Kaj Roth Format: Album
Year: 2003
Label: MelodicRock Records
Genre: AOR
Producer: Andrew McNeice
Artist discography



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Andrew at Melodicrock.com has put together a great compilation of unreleased and released AOR tracks from
various and well known artists around the world,looking at all the songs featured on this cool
CD feels like looking into a box of chocolate and not
knowing which one to take first because they all look as tasty!
Westworld-BeautifulJapanese bonus track from the CD Cyberdreams which truly sounds like one of the best songs ever from Harnell and Mark Reale,great chorus!
Adriangale-Midnight blueUnreleased track from the re:program sessions and a cover of Lou
Gramm?s hit,good version but not as good as the original.

Jeff & Terry?s Excellent Adventure-You should knowUnreleased XYZ song that never made it onto "Letter to god",however the poor soundquality drags the rating down but it?s an okay song
Hugo-Forever in my heartUnreleased track that he had written for the first solo album and I understand why it didn?t end up there,one of his weakest up to date
Jim Peterik & World stage(feat Jeff Boyle)-Gutters of goldA song that was meant to be on the World Stage project but Jim thought it was too hard edged and left it off,quite a nice tune anyway with strong vocals from Boyle
Talisman-All wind upUnreleased track from the "Cats and dogs" sessions,a Vanhalen kinda party tune according to Soto and I won?t argue,it?s rocking like a true Talisman song
Gregg Fulkerson of Attraction 65-A date with destinyGregg originally wrote this song for Meat Loaf?s Bat out of hell 2 when he was under the same management as M.L but Jim Steinman ended up writing all the material and after all these
years the song finally sees the day of light here,thank god ?coz it?s my favorite song on this compilation....lovely pianoballad it is.

Mecca-Time spentNew demo song that won?t be on the next Mecca album since it?s too light and the upcoming record will be heavier than the first one according to singer Joe Vana,I sense some Joseph Williams vibes over it.
Jesse Harms-All I want is youOne of the first songs Jesse wrote after leaving REO Speedwagon which both Freddy Curci?s Alias and Robin McAuley has recorded but not available on any album until now when Jesse has decided to let the world know about it,the song is very much like going back to the heydays of AOR in the 80?s,the nostalgic factor is high
House of Shakira-Celebration BoundA 2003 recorded track with the cool Swedes and who knows,it might end up on the next album because it?s just as good as any of their previously released songs.
Mike Tramp-Born to runAn unreleased The Boss cover from ex.White Lion singer which I?m afraid is lightweight compared to Springsteen?s heavyweight version.
Brian Bart & Kelly Keagy-Transient state of mindA new version of the song that is featured on Bart?s album "Always busy" from 2000,this version has Nightranger dude Keagy playing the drums and the singing,an odd tune that feels like a mix between Steve Vai and Chicago!
Balance II-When I fall downNot to be mixed with the classic 80?s band Balance,this is a Brian Moritz tune that has way too much programmed instruments and I have never been into this type of westcoast either,anyway it?s good for what it is.
Billy Falcon-98 to AlabamaSong taken from the latest album and it sure breathes John Cougar Mellencamp,I like it a lot.
Nexx-Meaning of two heartsPreviously unreleased track from the "Colours" sessions,it sounds like a leftover from a Heart record.
Ken Tamplin-When angels cryA typical Tamplin song with all that follows,loud rocker with lots of vocals and it?s also taken from his album "We are the people"
Tommy Denander-GraceDenander?s own favorite tune if you wonder,very laid back and enjoyable stuff indeed,so sit back and relax....it?s all that it takes.
Can?t wait for Vol.2!



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