PROGAOR08: MICHAEL ROSS-Do I Ever Cross Your Mind CD £11
Released for the first time in Europe, this is the debut Michael Ross (Gypsy Rose frontman) solo album recorded between 1998 and 2011 in different sessions. Originally self-released on a tiny press of 100 CD-r copies, this is the first time it gets a pro-CD treatment.
"Do I ever cross your mind" is a more intimate and introspective album that will surely please fans of Bon Jovi and Journey, rather than the more Sleazy & Glammy oriented Rock of Gypsy Rose. Includes lyrics and comments to each song by Mr. Ross himself and one bonus track from 2017.
File Under: Melodic Rock, AOR, Blues/Country Rock.
Collection of Gypsy Rose demos & outtakes most of them recorded in 1991, after their debut album "Prey". These unreleased songs, were supposed to be on the second album that never happened. Finally they are available to the fans for the first time ever! Carefully remastered and presented in a 20-page booklet with band biography (part 2), lyrics, rare photos and song-by-song notes written by Mr. Ross himself, plus short notes of drummer Steve Thomas, ex-guitarist Bryan Joyce and photographer Mark Weiss. This is probably the most anticipated Hard Rock archive collection release of 2018!
File Under: Hard Rock, Sleaze Rock.
PROGAOR06: GYPSY ROSE-Shattered Affair - 1986-89 Roots and Early Days CD £12
Gypsy Rose were a Canadian Hard Rock band formed in the late 80s that caught the attention of Gene Simmons on his newfound label Simmons Records that was operating through RCA. In 1990 the band had released their highly acclaimed debut album "Prey" (produced by Mr. Simmons himself) and they quickly became a strong name in the label so much that many would place high hopes in the band thinking they could become the next Danger Danger or even the next Skid Row. Eventually in 1991 things started to fall apart and the band didn't release the second album splitting up shortly after. The reason for a split up at this time in Rock history is a cliche but so real for the Hard Rock/Hair bands of the era: Band tension and lack of support from the label due to the change of the music climate (Grunge was in). You've heard this story a million times before and most probably lived it. But this melodic brand of Hard Rock survived crawling through the desolate mid to late 90's until it exploded again in the new millennium in a more underground and sectarian spirit that makes possible GYPSY ROSE to be back again touring and have released all these rare tracks on physical digital format (yes, good old CD)!
PROGAOR (in collaboration with Michael Ross and longtime fan Mikael Svensson) proudly presents a compilation of early Gypsy Rose demos plus the previous Michael Ross AOR projects Shattered Heart and Secret Affair. Presented in a 16-page booklet that includes band biography (part 1), lyrics, rare photos and song commentaries from Mr. Ross himself, these seminal recordings were carefully remastered from the old tapes. The wait is over, finally the vaults were open, an absolute delight to all the fans!
File Under: Hard Rock, AOR.
TRACKLIST: GYPSY ROSE: 1. Looks bad on you (1988) 2. Bad boys get ignited (1989) 3. Bang bang boys (1989) 4. Give it to me all night long (1989) 5. Shake and shove (1988) 6. Last rose of summer (1988) SECRET AFFAIR: 7. The oher side of me (1988) 8. If your love is gone (1987) 9. Alone with you (1987) 10. I can’t fight it anymore ( 1987) 11. If it takes me (1987) SHATTERED HEART: 12. Need you tonight (1986) 13. First time for everything (1986) 14. Holding out (1986) Exclusive bonus track – Shattered Heart 15. Need you tonight (take #1) (1986)
PROGAOR05: SNOWMEN-Rock and Roll Communication - Studio Recordings 1982-83 CD £12
With their chilly white faces and hair, originally attacked the heavy rock scene from the icy heartlands of Pennsylvania. The core of the group, singer DALE LEE, guitarist KEVIN DEVER and the drummer only known as ANIMAL, formed a band in Erie, Pennsylvania called SPEEDQUEEN. With this band, they toured the East Coast and Canada. After a considerable number of performances, the band members decided they wanted to be more visual and theatrical so as to give full value to their audience. Hence, the SNOW MEN were born, with a full blown stage production including state of the arts special effects and the Snowmen's outlandish makeup and costuming.
The Snowmen came out for their first official gig on Christmas 1977 at the Roadhouse in Jamestown, New York. After making their presence felt on the East Coast, the Snowmen moved to sunny California. That's not to say that they've forsaken their original fans, in fact the Snowmen have toured and continue to tour extensively. They have played clubs and concert halls in New York, California, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Canada. They are currently preparing to embark on a nationwide tour to promote not only themselves, but a good cause as well. The Snowmen are turning all the profits over to the YMCA in each local area they play.
The Snowmen have also been active in the recording studio. The Snowmen's self-titled debut LP on ICE RECORDS is being followed-up by the single "TAKE A BETTER LOOK AT YOURSELF" b/w "ONE DAY AT A TIME". Both tracks will also be featured on the group's follow up LP, as yet untitled.
Whether it's recording their stage shows or TV appearances, such as the NBC NEWS segment "SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK'N ROLL STAR" which featured them, the group always strives to entertain to the fullest and to bring maximum enjoyment to their audience.
(80s band biography)
File under: Hard Rock, Melodic Rock, 80's Rock.
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