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Retrospect Records - April 24, 2008


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Retrospect Records is excited to announce the following new releases:





ARRIVAL "Point of Origin" - AOR fans and collectors rejoice! Here we have one of the most amazing collection of AOR gems ever assembled on one disc. Arrival hail from Denver and here we have 10 mind-blowing tracks of pure melodic rock featuring previously unreleased recordings by none other than MARK FREE (King Kobra , Signal , Unruly Child). After King Kobra and before Signal , Mark recorded five fantastic AOR tracks with Arrival and here they are in all their remastered glory. Sharing vocal duties with Mark is the equally talented Michael Badagliacco and between these two singers , we have an instant Melodic Rock classic. Retrospect once again unearths a masterpiece which must be heard to be believed. Massive hooks , World-class musicianship and a top-notch production makes this cd an essential addition to your AOR collection. This release could definitely be a contender for album of the year and comes highly recommended to fans of Journey , Styx , Survivor , Alliance , Toto and Franke & the Knockouts and of course Mark Free. Arrival has also dug out more original copies of their highly acclaimed 1999 release "Delayed" which will also be for sale exclusively through Retrospect Records.



PRETTY BOY "The Metro Sessions" - For the first time ever on cd , here is another fantastic slice of 80s AOR / Melodic Hard Rock / Hair Metal from Retrospect Records. If you are familiar with the three highly-touted releases by the band MARIAH then you'll know that Pretty Boy was the moniker they used back in the late 80s before changing their name to Mariah. Here we have the unmistakable vocal pipes of Dennis Lind , the tasty guitar work of Tim Compton (ex-Lynn Allen) , and drummer Curt Bearden who are joined on this release by brothers John and Bill Brown on bass and keys respectively. These recordings are the songs that prompted JON BON JOVI himself to start working with the band...and it's not hard to see why. These sessions sound like they could have come directly off of Slippery When Wet or 7800 Fahrenheit. Hit after hit , huge production and vocal harmonies galore. Some may say these recordings were actually better than the Mariah material. Easily one of the best 80s melodic albums you've never heard , and now you have the opportunity. Truly amazing stuff!





D.C. LACROIX "Livin By the Sword" + "Crack of Doom" - In the late 80s this female-fronted Hard Rock act rocked the world with two albums that have never seen the light of day on cd , until now. Featuring blistering axework and the unique vocals of Sylvie Lacroix makes this release a nice acquisition for fans and collectors of 80s Hard Rock.





REAL STEEL "Real Steel" - Again , for the first time ever on cd Retrospect unleashes another killer slice of 80s Melodic Metal / Hard Rock. Just when you think you've heard it all , Real Steel fires on all six with their hi-octane brand of Hard Rock. Imagine the melodic metal of bands like Dokken , Scorpions , WASP and Accept meets the pure Hard Rock of Cinderella , Quiet Riot and AC/DC and you have the majesty of REAL STEEL. No 80s Metal fan should be without this ass-kicking release. Real Steel will be performing at Rocklahoma this year. ESSENTIAL!





LETCHEN GREY "Party Politics" - Originally released on LP and cassette only back in 1986 , Letchen Grey finally sees a cd release of this collectible EP. Quite a gem , with some infectious hooks and smoking guitar work , this sunset strip act could strut their stuff with the best of em. Highly recommended to fans of: Dokken , Vyper , Metalwolf , Tuff Luck , Motley Crue etc..





MATRIX "Matrix" - Hailing from the Chicago area , Matrix recorded quite a few demos back in the early 90s that never saw a cd release before now. This is quality progressive metal with a vocalist in Terry Higgins that showcases his impressive range , not to mention the shredding lead guitar work from Alby Odum. Similar to bands like Fates Warning , Watchtower , Queensryche and Manilla Road.





MALICE "The Rare and Unreleased" - 80s Metal legends Malice raided their vaults and found no less than 18 rare demos and previously unreleased tracks for this comprehensive collection. Malice released two super full-length albums of melodic metal titled "License to Kill" and "In the Beginning" which saw much success in the mid to late 80s. Now you can complete your Malice collection.





TOMMY HAD A VISION "Scarred for Life" - Salt Lake City-based cohorts T.H.V. unleash their third album through Retrospect Records and it's quite a corker! Produced by Mark Kendall of Great White , THV serve up a healthy dose of true 80s-style Hard Rock similar to bands like Motley Crue , Great White , Dokken and Ratt. Excellent release from a real up-n-comer who also happens to be one of the headliners on the Retrospect stage at Rocklahoma this year.


Retrospect Records is set to release another 40 to 50 albums this year including some heavyweight AOR gems so keep an eye on this website as well as www.retrospectrecords.com for more details!!


See you at Rocklahoma!

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The Arrival fell through the letterbox the other day....awesome...Sam has done an excellent job on this release (as usual).

I'm gonna have to keep an eye out for a cheap copy of Delayed I think.

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