Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Eddie Schwartz


Origin: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

EDDIE SCHWARTZ
Eddie Schwartz
Eddie Schwartz
Discography:

Eddie Schwartz [Public life - 1984] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsPublic life - 1984

Notes:

- Edward Sydney "Eddie" Schwartz C.M. (born December 22, 1949) is a Canadian musician who had moderate success as a recording artist in the early 1980s, before becoming a successful songwriter, and record producer in the late 1980s and the 1990s.

Schwartz was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and graduated from Toronto's York University in 1976 as a music and English major. He began his musical career soon after playing guitar for Charity Brown's backing band and signed with Infinity Records for a solo contract in 1979. His self-titled debut album, Schwartz, followed in 1980, with A&M Records, as Infinity had gone bankrupt by then, and spawned his first Canadian hit, "Does a Fool Ever Learn".

His next album, No Refuge, came out in 1981, and did well in Canada, as well as the US, placing in the Billboard 200 and spawning a U.S. and Canadian hit single, "All Our Tomorrows," (#28 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100). A follow-up track from this album, "Over the Line" also crept into the Hot 100, peaking at #91. This single would be his last one to crack the U.S. charts to date. At least half of the songs on the No Refuge album have since been covered by other mainstream artists ("Good With Your Love," by Mickey Thomas on his 1981 Alive Alone album; "Tonight," by Amii Stewart on her 1982 I'm Gonna Get Your Love album; "Heart on Fire" by Honeymoon Suite on their 1984 self-titled debut album; and "All Our Tomorrows," by Joe Cocker on his 1987 Unchain My Heart album).

Schwartz's third and last album for a major record label, Public Life, came out two years later and featured another Canadian hit with "Strike." Also included on this album was the original recording of his composition, "Special Girl," which was a minor hit for him and became a bigger hit for the band, America.

Although his earliest hit as a songwriter for other artists was Pat Benatar's 1980 single "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", Schwartz didn't focus significantly on producing and songwriting until the late 1980s. Since then he has produced artists of various genres including The Doobie Brothers, Paul Carrack, Rita Coolidge, Donna Summer, and Lawrence Gowan, and penned hits for Paul Carrack ("Don't Shed a Tear", "I Live By the Groove"), The Doobie Brothers ("The Doctor"), and Donna Summer ("Fascination"). Additionally, many songs he himself originally recorded/performed have been covered by other artists to great success. Examples include: "All Our Tomorrows" (recorded by Joe Cocker), "Does a Fool Ever Learn" (recorded by Helix), and "Special Girl" (covered by both America & Meat Loaf).

He has won multiple BMI, Juno, and SOCAN awards. In 1995 he released an album, Tour de Schwartz, only in Canada, to generally good reviews.

Schwartz was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2012. -




- Born in 1947, the Toronto native grew up playing in a number of bands while attending York University. A Music & English major, his first 'break' was as guitarist for the touring version of Charity Brown in after graduating in 1977. He ventured out on his own and in 1978 landed a deal as a writer for ATV Music.
After peddling his demos to every conceivable label, he eventually landed a deal of his own with Infinity Records the next year and headed into the studios with producer Murray Klugman. But before the album could be released his label closed its doors. He instead got distribution from A & M and released his debut - simply titled SCHWARTZ in 1980. A virtual 'who's who', co-producer was Murray Krugman, and had a helping hand from the likes of Rick Derringer, Nona Hendryx and David Tyson (who'd worked with Alannah Myles). The first single was "Two Hearts Full Of Love", followed by "Does A Fool Ever Learn". Though neither made a particularly huge impact on the charts, Helix scored big with "Fool" on their breakout NO REST FOR THE WICKED album later that year.

Meanwhile one of the demos he'd used to shop around for a solo deal ended up in the hands of the producers of Pat Benatar. Her 1981 version of the still-unrecorded "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" wond up being one of her biggest singles ever, selling over 2 million copies worldwide. His next full solo album was NO REFUGE, released in 1981. With three tracks co-written by David Tyson, the first single was "Heart On Fire", followed by "All Our Tomorrows" (recorded also by Joe Cocker) and "Over The Line". But despite Schwartz's version of "All Our Tomorrows" cracking Billboard's Top 30, solo success for the most part still eluded him.

Nearly 2 full years would pass before his next album. PUBLIC LIFE was another well-crafted pop/AOR mix of slick production and tight melodies. With guest appearances by Rick Derringer, the album took on a more guitar-oriented 'rock' record than his previous solo work. The lead single was "Strike", backed with "I've Had Enough". Along with other tracks like "Special Girl" (covered by both America & Meatloaf later), " PRIVATE LIFE - BEST SHOTS also hit the shelves the same year. Basically a repackaging of PUBLIC LIFE, it also contained Schwartz's spin on songs best known by the artists who made them hits, not him - including "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Does A Fool Ever Learn".

The latter part of the decade saw him focusing more on a production career, working with the likes of Donna Summer, Long John Baldry, Hall & Oates, Rita Coolidge Joe Cocker, The Doobie Brothers, Paul Carrack and many others - a trend which continued though the beginning of the 90's as well. It wouldn't be until '95 that Schwartz released a new disc. Mostly a collection of all of his biggest-selling songs, TOUR DE SCHWARTZ is the quintessential album - including "Best Shot", "All The Lovers In The World" (covered by Gowan) and "Don't Shed A Tear" (recorded by Paul Carrack). Guest appearances include Gowan, Alannah Myles and Marc Jordan among others. Though he released "Bourbon Street" as a single, yet again major chart success of his own eluded him.

One of Canada's most prolific songwriters, Eddie Schwartz has received countless Juno and International awards and other acclaim. His songs have sold over 20 million copies worldwide and have been recorded by an incredible array of versatile artists - as is the list he's worked with as a producer. Aside from those already mentioned, he's also worked with April Wine, Asia, Amy Sky & The Arrows. His work has also found its way into several movie soundtracks, including 'Continental Divide' with John Belushi (which he also had a small part in) and 'Navy Seals' featuring Charlie Sheen. -

Eddie Schwartz [Public life - 1984]


Eddie Schwartz [Public life - 1984]

Origin: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

Eddie Schwartz [Public life - 1984] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics

Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Eddie Schwartz - Vocals, guitar, backing vocals
Rick Derringer - Guitar
Peter Follett - Guitar
David Tyson - Keyboards, bass, backing vocals
Jimmy Bralower - Drums
Gary Craig - Drums
Michael Braun - Drums

Tracks:

1. Don't Come To Me
2. Feed The Fire
3. Special Girl
4. Times Square Heart
5. Not Tonight
6. I've Had Enough
7. Strike
8. Passing Ships (The Ballad Of Henry And Lucy)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Loverboy [Wildside - 1987]


Loverboy [Wildside - 1987]

Origin: Calgary, Alberta (Canada)

Loverboy [Wildside - 1987] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics

Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Paul Dean - Guitar, backing vocals
Mike Reno - Vocals
Doug Johnson - Keyboards
Scott Smith - Bass
Matthew Frenette - Drums, percussion

Additional musicians:
Darrell Mansfield - Harp
Bruce Fairbairn - Backing vocals
Alison Glass - Backing vocals
Paul Hyde - Backing vocals
Neil Shilkin - Keyboard programming

Tracks:

1. Notorious lyrics
2. Walkin' on Fire lyrics
3. Break it to Me Gently lyrics
4. Love Will Rise Again lyrics
5. Can't Get Much Better lyrics
6. Hometown Hero lyrics
7. Wildside lyrics
8. Don't Let Go lyrics
9. That's Where My Money Goes lyrics
10. Read My Lips lyrics
11. Don't Keep Me in the Dark lyrics

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Ballard


Origin: Gothenburg (Sweden)

BALLARD
Ballard Ulf "Wolf" Widlund - John Ballard - Raven
Ulf "Wolf" Widlund - John Ballard - Raven

Discography:

Ballard [Standing in the shadows - 1989] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsStanding in the shadows - 1989 (with lyrics)

Notes:

- Sådärja, nu kör vi! Jag hade ju planer på att köra lite Eurovision-tema förra veckan. Eftersom det ju ändå var ESC överallt, så tänkte jag liksom hänga på. Men, av det blev inte mer än en spansk klassiker från 1986. Så OK, en vecka senare – här är faktiskt något som både är ‘svensk vinyl’ och samtidigt går att koppla till årets upplaga av Eurovision Song Contest…

ohn Ballard är skotten som sedan 80-talet varit en del av den svenska folksjälen. Typ. Det verkar ju faktiskt som att de flesta minns honom från Melodifestivalen 1984 som ‘en av förlorarna bakom Herreys’ och hans bidrag Rendez-vous plockas ofta fram i schlagernostalgiska sammanhang – och det är ju alltid nåt! Den gången kom han trea, men han hade faktiskt placerat sig som femma året innan, då tillsammans med Ann-Louise Hansson med låten Bara en enda gång.Men det är inte därför han är här…

Knappa tio år senare är han sedan en av männen bakom Ace of Base och röner därigenom stora internationella framgångar som låtskrivare och producent. Men, det är inte därför han är här – och inte heller för att han var en av låtskrivarna bakom årets Eurovision-tvåa från Azerbaijan…

Det är nämligen mer intressant vad som hände där efter hans Melodifestivaldeltagande dyker han nämligen upp som Ballard, vilket i praktiken är en trio bestående av John och två hårdstajlade killar vid namn Wolf och Raven – inga dåliga grejer :) Wolf heter egentligen Ulf Widlund och är en rutinerad räv som bl a turnerat med Leather Nun, Ulf Lundell och Mikael Rickfors, men vem Raven är har jag ingen aning om.

Så, varför plockar jag då upp gruppen Ballard? Jo, helt enkelt för att albumet Dancing in the shadows har en given plats i vinylsamlingen, under ”grymt bra och bortglömt”, vilket här exemplifieras av singlarna Undergound och titellåten, vilka du hittar här nedan. -


Ballard [Standing in the shadows - 1989]


Ballard [Standing in the shadows - 1989]

Origin: Gothenburg (Sweden)

Ballard [Standing in the shadows - 1989] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics

Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

John Ballard - Vocals, backing vocals
Ulf "Wolf" Widlund - Keyboards, synthesizers, guitar, bass, drum programming
Raven - Keyboards, synthesizers, drum programming

Additional musicians:
Jan Eliasson - Guitar
Hákan Svensson - Guitar
Nils Wohlrabe - Guitar
Lars Eliasson - Drums, cymbals, drum programming
Máns Abrahamsson - Drum programming
Dorian Shopow - Keyboards
Marie Knutsen - Backing vocals
Micke Öijwall - Backing vocals

Tracks:

1. Standing in the Shadows lyrics
2. Underground lyrics
3. There She Goes lyrics
4. Radio lyrics
5. Talk Talk lyrics
6. Middle of the Night lyrics
7. Tell the World lyrics
8. Family lyrics
9. Serious lyrics
10. Last Time lyrics

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Surgin'


Origin: New Jerey (USA)

SURGIN'
Surgin'
Surgin'
Discography:

Surgin' [When midnight comes - 1985] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsWhen midnight comes - 1985

Notes:

- This US melodic hard rock group was founded in 1984 by former Rest members Tommy Swift (drums) and Jack Ponti (guitar, vocals). Enlisting the services of Russel Arcara (vocals), John Capra (keyboards), Gay Shapiro (keyboards) and Michael King (bass, vocals), they debuted in 1985 with When Midnight Comes. This featured the Bon Jovi track, ‘Shot Through The Heart’, which was written by Ponti and Jon Bon Jovi, while they were both part of Rest. Elsewhere the album was comprised of infectious hard rock anthems, underscored by strong melody lines, and was critically acclaimed at the time of release. In spite of tours supporting Aerosmith and Ratt, Surgin’ failed to achieve commercial success. As Ponti concentrated on session work and composing for other artists, Surgin’ became redundant. The album was reissued in 2001 by Zoom Club. -

(https://www.allmusic.com/artist/surgin-mn0000753873)



- Surgin were a band that was formed out of the 1980's hotbed that was the New Jersey melodic rock scene. In retrospect, they were hardly an original outfit, but were melodic to the core. You'd have to be really with two keyboardists! For musical reference points take a couple of swigs of Adrenalin, a dram of Airkraft, and mix it all together with healthy doses of liquid Bon Jovi, and this is what you'll get. The Bon Jovi reference is quite apt, as Surgin band members Jack Ponti and Russell Arcara used to be in a working band with Mr Bongiovi himself, called The Rest. Well as they say, 'the rest' is history. As an international release, this album appeared on the UK label Music For Nations. Not a bad choice, as their roster at the time was awesome. -

(https://glorydazemusic.com/articles.php?article_id=973)

 
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