Monday, 15 March 2010

Alcatrazz - No Parole From Rock 'N' Roll 1983

Genre: Rock
Format: FLAC + cue + log
Released: 1983
Label: Grand Slamm

01. Island in the Sun
02. General Hospital
03. Jet to Jet
04. Hiroshima Mon Amour
05. Kree Nakoorie
06. Incubus
07. Too Young to Die, Too Drunk to Live
08. Big Foot
09. Starcarr Lane
10. Suffer Me

Graham Bonnet - Vocals
Yngwie Malmsteen - Guitar
Gary Shea - Bass
Jan Uvena - Drums
Jimmy Waldo - Keyboards

1. I'll keep this short. Its Malmsteens first "real" band with the excellent Graham Bonnett (ex-Rainbow) on vocals. Every song is an absolute gem, a melodic heaven, and the solo on Hiroshima Mon Amour has to be heard to be believed. Its Malmsteen's best ever. Pure melodic hard rock that grabs your attention. You owe it to yourself to hear these songs.

2. When this album was released back in 1984 it didn't leave my turntable (!) for literally weeks.
Originally released on Rocshire Records with a major label distribution deal, this was the uniting of Ex-Rainbow & MSG front man Graham Bonnet with the 21 year old guitar whiz Yngwie Malmsteen. That union lasted two albums, this one and a live album.

Yngwie is credited as a co writer on every song. This is interesting because it is without a doubt his most accessible, commercial work over the course of his career.

The songs are all absolute works of art. All are heavy and melodic, with great hooks, interesting
topics and lyrics, courtesy of Bonnet. The production is terrific, taking into consideration that this
piece of music was recorded 21 years ago, it definitely stands the test of time. The guitar work is
unbelievable throughout, especially on Island in the Sun and Jet To Jet, where we are treated to
triple-tracked Yngwie. Vocally, this is probably Graham Bonnet's best work of his career. He is much more of a studio singer as opposed to live. Here, he sings every note, all melodies, harmonies and choirs. While he sometimes sacrifices emotion for sheer vocal power, there can be no doubt he is fantastic throughout these recordings.

While literally every song on this album is very good, stellar standout cuts include Kree Nakoorie, General Hospital, Big Foot and Starcarr Lane.

This is a magical record, and definitely one of the supreme highlights of the great 1980's metal movement which ruled the music world.