This guy sounds like Daryl Hall. I'm ashamed to admit, I've never heard his stuff before but I have now and I'm glad I have. Not bad at all if you like post 80's Hall & Oates. Zappacosta's Quick...Don't Ask Any Questions.
After Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs left "the Hoople" Mott continued on with 2 more albums of decent hard rock. Nobody seemed to care but these are definetly worth a listen. The albums Drive On from '75 and Shouting and Pointing from '76.
Shouting and Pointing
Here's the cover for Drive On.
I believe I have these ladies to thank for my first adolescent fantasies. The ultimate bad girls, the Runaways. This is their first from 1976. Most everyone knows this already but Joan Jett and Lita Ford both started out in this band. Not everyone knows that Vicki Blue, a later member of the band shot a great documentary about the band called "Edgeplay" that has been released on video and is a must see if you are even remotely interested in these lovely ladies.
Here's the cover featuring Cherie Currie, an early point of contention in the band as the other members were none too happy about being left out. I think it's a great cover myself.
And for the southern rock fans, this is a very underated band that should have been huge. Raging Slab were around for around 10 years, first with an indie punk label (Buy Our Records), then they moved to RCA where they released this self titled LP in 1990, then moved to Rick Rubin's Def American label where they scored a minor hit with "Take A Hold" from their first Def American LP, and recorded at least two others before riding off into that sunset we call oblivion. Where are these guys (and girl) now? If you like hard southern boogie, you can't do much better than this one! Check out "Joyride". Excellent song, and that pretty little filly on the cover is responsible for that rippin' slide guitar heard throughout this raging slab of an album.
And here's a band that started out more in a progressive vein but as the 70's wore on found AOR to be more to their liking. America didn't seem to care at all until they released a little dittie called My Girl in 1981 that was a brilliant slice of classic power pop. After that they disappeared here in the states, but remained big in Canada. This is the best of their stuff according to the cover, but there were some glaring omissions although "My Girl" and several other good power pop/AOR goodies can be found on this one.
Here's a few more that don't have covers (but there are more with covers to come later):
Desmond Child & Rouge - 1st. 1978.
I have a big problem with this guy. He ruined many great bands with his sappy cliched songs, Aerosmith for one, but this album was an early attempt at stardom on his own. It shows a lot of the reasons he failed, but also brings back memories as he made early videos for some of these songs that were shown on Midnight Special and Don Kirshner's Rock Concert and those songs are like visits to time long gone that I wish would return. Some folks say he is an AOR god. I beg to differ.
Toronto - Girls Night Out
Toronto and Holly Woods - Assault and Flattery
Canadian hard rock with a pop bend to it. Had a very minor rock radio hit with "Your Dady Don't Know" in the early 80's. If you like Spider (the South African transplanted to US band, not the UK NWOBHM band) or Pat Benetar's harder stuff, try this. If Lee Aaron's more your cup--check the Live and Otherwise blog later.
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SJO9A8NR Assault & Flattery
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6UBC6SHV Girls Night Out
Pandora's Box - The Original Sin (Jim Steinman).
Great early AOR from the Meat Loaf / Bonnie Tyler (oh God!!!!!) collaborator.
King's X - Acoustic Groove - Live Westwood One 1991
A highly underated band, and one that has never released a bad album, but has never gotten much recognition for all of the good ones. The one that did attract a bit of attention for the band, Faith Hope and Love (1990) was the least satisfying of all as they briefly adapted a Lenny Kravitz style and all but forgot their smoking hard rock/metal and boogie-funk fests. They retified that on the albums that followed and were rewarded with an undeserved return to obscurity to all but those of us who knew. The guitarist, Ty Tabor has released several good solo LPs and Doug Pinnick, bassist and vocalist, has guested with several groups in the studio and on tours. Those in the know about these guys rave on endlessly (like myself!!). Here's a short set from the acoustic groove radio show released during their brief stint of radio popularity in early '91.
More to come including damn near the whole Micael Des Barres catalog, including Silverhead, Detective; Several Blackfoot albums; every album released by the Babys and much more.
And I will begin working on all those requests as early as tomorrow (but probably Sunday).