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Lea Hart - 'Trapped' & 'Ready to Rumble'


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Anyone else got these two great discs from 1992 ('Trapped') and 1994 ('Ready to Rumble')?

 

Up until the Russian pressings of these 2 CDs recently became available, I had no idea they even existed. For me, Fastway (along with bands like Saxon and MSG) only really became worth hearing when they turned things more melodic/commercial. I admit there were probably too many keys on that 'On Target' CD, but the actual songs were still pretty great. That and the 'Bad Bad Girls' were both good discs, and imo easily the best Fastway ever did... though I admit I've not yet heard 'Waiting for the roar.'

 

Anyway, if you're like-minded, these two solo albums should be just for you as they take up exactly where Fastway left off. Not that many keys on these discs, but otherwise a very similar style. I will say his vocals aren't great on the more aggressive tracks, but it is honestly hard to find a poor track on the two albums (4 songs do overlap, appearing on both CDs) and there is just great hook after great hook.

 

Very pleased that these two are now a part of my collection. Any other fans?

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You should probably check out the True Brits compilations as well, as a lot of the songs that he used for Fastway and other artists he was working with like Jackie Bodimead, ended up on those complilations, but sung by other artists. Pretty much all the songs were in the style of Bad bad girls.

Same deal with the All Stars album as well.

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You should probably check out the True Brits compilations as well, as a lot of the songs that he used for Fastway and other artists he was working with like Jackie Bodimead, ended up on those complilations, but sung by other artists. Pretty much all the songs were in the style of Bad bad girls.

Same deal with the All Stars album as well.

Hmmm, never seen those either. The one True Brits CD on the main side ('Ready to rumble') appears to be mostly songs from the Lea Hart and Fastway CDs, but I'd be very interested to investigate them further and see the other discs. Thanks for the tip.

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Also check out the English Steel discs Start 'Em Young and Lucky Streak w/Lea Hart as well. Again some of the songs are reworked Fastway tracks but there are some other pretty good tunes on there as well. :beerbang:

 

I tried winning Hart's two original releases on ebay a while back but $30+ each was too ridiculous for me. Nice to see they are now available in a less expensive form. ;)

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Also check out the English Steel discs Start 'Em Young and Lucky Streak w/Lea Hart as well. Again some of the songs are reworked Fastway tracks but there are some other pretty good tunes on there as well. :beerbang:

 

I tried winning Hart's two original releases on ebay a while back but $30+ each was too ridiculous for me. Nice to see they are now available in a less expensive form. ;)

Wowser, more. I had no idea he was so involved everywhere. His discography on the main pages is huge. I do see a lot of overlapped tracks, though, so I may just be content with the solo albums and Fastway for the moment, and wait for the other CDs to come to me rather than chase them hungrily. :)

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A prolific guy, I saw him support Judas Priest before anything mentioned like Fastway or Yaya (he probably had 15 CD's and a box set out even by then :lol: ) I think he was billed as Lea Hart and Canning Town! Pretty good, funny though coz the keyboard player fell off his seat....yuk yuk! Love the Yaya album Scarred... I always thought the had a good ear for a song.

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A prolific guy, I saw him support Judas Priest before anything mentioned like Fastway or Yaya (he probably had 15 CD's and a box set out even by then :lol: ) I think he was billed as Lea Hart and Canning Town! Pretty good, funny though coz the keyboard player fell off his seat....yuk yuk! Love the Yaya album Scarred... I always thought the had a good ear for a song.

Another post another band I did not know of. I'd like to check these Yaya clowns out too. Both albums, including the one with the new lead singer. Both sound very interesting.

 

Goddamn has this thread opened a whole can of (expensive) worms.

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You should probably check out the True Brits compilations as well, as a lot of the songs that he used for Fastway and other artists he was working with like Jackie Bodimead, ended up on those complilations, but sung by other artists. Pretty much all the songs were in the style of Bad bad girls.

Same deal with the All Stars album as well.

Hmmm, never seen those either. The one True Brits CD on the main side ('Ready to rumble') appears to be mostly songs from the Lea Hart and Fastway CDs, but I'd be very interested to investigate them further and see the other discs. Thanks for the tip.

Thats the band, I'm talking about the three compilations from 1993, 1994 and 1995 (in the compilations section).

There is also another set with the same name, but I think the only one on the site is Vol.II.

http://heavyharmonies.com/cgi-bin/glamcd.cgi?BandNum=236&CDName=True+Brits

http://heavyharmonies.com/cgi-bin/glamcd.cgi?BandNum=236&CDName=True+Brits+2

http://heavyharmonies.com/cgi-bin/glamcd.cgi?BandNum=236&CDName=True+Brits+3

 

plus the other Vol.II

http://heavyharmonies.com/cgi-bin/glamcd.cgi?BandNum=236&CDName=True+Brits+Vol.II+-+One+Good+Reason

 

And All Stars

http://heavyharmonies.com/cgi-bin/glamcd.cgi?BandNum=236&CDName=All+Stars

 

You will see some of the same songs on most of those compilations, but will probably have different singers on them, plus as I said, a lot of the songs you will recognise from Fastway, possibly his solo stuff and from the Jackie Bodimead solo album.

 

Sometimes its good to hear a different version as you may like the vocals better or whatever.

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A prolific guy, I saw him support Judas Priest before anything mentioned like Fastway or Yaya (he probably had 15 CD's and a box set out even by then :lol: ) I think he was billed as Lea Hart and Canning Town! Pretty good, funny though coz the keyboard player fell off his seat....yuk yuk! Love the Yaya album Scarred... I always thought the had a good ear for a song.

Another post another band I did not know of. I'd like to check these Yaya clowns out too. Both albums, including the one with the new lead singer. Both sound very interesting.

 

Goddamn has this thread opened a whole can of (expensive) worms.

I'm not sure the 1st one Scarred has been released as a legit CD (maybe Jap????)...Bernd (Swazi) may know..he has a CD I think but could be a top notch bootleg?

Heh ... I just pulled the vinyl out to look at it and a Y&T single fell out too Meanstreak shaped disc....ah...memrories

 

Anyway bud...if u want me to rip u a copy drop me a line....don't have the 2nd Yaya though

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geoff, so this 92 and 94 release are commercial melodic rock kind of stuffs, if you have to pick one, which one is better ?

Tough one, mate. Yep, both are very commercial melodic rock discs. I'm only about halfway through the 2nd one in my car, and they're much the same... in a good way. If I had to pick at this point, I'd probably go with 'Trapped' if you only get one. But I don't think you'd go wrong if you went the other way. ;)

 

A prolific guy, I saw him support Judas Priest before anything mentioned like Fastway or Yaya (he probably had 15 CD's and a box set out even by then :lol: ) I think he was billed as Lea Hart and Canning Town! Pretty good, funny though coz the keyboard player fell off his seat....yuk yuk! Love the Yaya album Scarred... I always thought the had a good ear for a song.

Another post another band I did not know of. I'd like to check these Yaya clowns out too. Both albums, including the one with the new lead singer. Both sound very interesting.

 

Goddamn has this thread opened a whole can of (expensive) worms.

I'm not sure the 1st one Scarred has been released as a legit CD (maybe Jap????)...Bernd (Swazi) may know..he has a CD I think but could be a top notch bootleg?

Heh ... I just pulled the vinyl out to look at it and a Y&T single fell out too Meanstreak shaped disc....ah...memrories

 

Anyway bud...if u want me to rip u a copy drop me a line....don't have the 2nd Yaya though

Thanks for the offer, mate. Had a cheeky look on the net and found a copy for download in seconds. :) Couldn't find one for the 2nd album, though, if anyone has that one?

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looks like i got to buy both of them then thx :whistle:

If you're going to buy them from where I assume you're going to buy them from... then yeah, for those prices why not pick them both up? :)

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Very underrated artist is our Lea - 'Trapped' is a great disc that I have had for ages now and I just picked up an original Bellaphon copy of 'Ready To Rumble' a couple of weeks ago on evilbay for under a tenner (there are 2 or 3 up for grabs at the moment) - Both of them are damned fine albums in my book, with 'Trapped' just winning it. As Howdy mentions, definitely check out the True Brits & English Steel stuff, as there are some killer tracks on all of them - some of the cream of Brit Hard rock in the line ups aswell - all should be fairly easy to pick up. As for YaYa, 'Scarred' has never had an official release on CD as of yet, but the 2nd one is an absolute killler AOR disc, although pretty hard to come by now.

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I was able to pick up the 2nd cd by Ya Ya in a Cash Convertors for mere sum of $AU5.

Geoff, I can send up to you if want copy it.

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looks like i got to buy both of them then thx :whistle:

After listening to them both, just stick with 'Trapped' for now, I'd say. Turns out 5 of the 10 tracks on 'Ready to rumble' are double-ups. One slightly annoying thing I noticed is that he possibly purposely tries to disguise song names so they don't look like double-ups on the two CDs. A few examples:

 

From 'Trapped' / From 'Ready to Rumble':

Don't Rock The Boat / Rock the Boat

What Do You Want From Me / What Do You Want

The Only One / Only One

So Far Away / Far Away

 

But there was one song, I forget which one, which is the same on both CDs but it's called a different line from the chorus on each disc. It's a bit cheeky and I'm not a fan of this technique, but they are two great discs and if you're happy to buy the 2nd one for 5 new songs, give it a go to. But be warned there are only 5 different songs. :)

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ok geoff, thanks

well it's weird for him to do that way, don't know what's the reason, but do you think the 5 songs are all great or passable ?

Yeah, definitely. Basically, what you have if you combine both CDs is 15 great songs and 5 alternate versions of 5 of the songs. But yeah, the 5 "new ones" on 'Ready to rumble' are great too.

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