STONEBOLT - NEW SET OF CHANGES

 

 

 

Limited edition numbered cd of 1000 units only 0001 to 1000!
Remastered at 24 bits by Graig Wadell at Armoury Studio, Vancouver, Canada, November 2022

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Release date: 20 January 2023
Catalogue No: ESM372
Bar Code: 5 031281 00372 0

Track List:  Take the time (5:54) / You don’t care 4:54 / Crying again tonight 4:16 / Landing in love 5:11 / Please please me 3:48 / New set of changes 5:11 / Come and see me 3:21 / All by myself 3:51 / Here comes the rain 5:06 / Midnight angel 5:23 Bonus track: Back on the bottom line 4:21

The Band:
Ray Roper: Guitar, lead & backing vocals / David J Wills: Lead & backing vocals /
John Webster: Keyboards / Brian Lousley: Drums & percussion / Danny Atchison: Bass

Stonebolt were a Canadian band based in the Vancouver area and recorded 4 albums between 1978 and 1982. They released their debut album in 1978 on Parachute records and it put them on the map, especially the song “I will still love you” which attracted some chart recognition.

When the label “Parachute” folded the band signed with RCA and recorded “Keep it alive” in 1979, the music was quite poppy during this early era. However, things changed for what is regarded as their best album “New set of changes” which had strong elements of Pomp rock and comparisons could be made to bands such as Styx and Prism. This was released right at the start of the 80’s when the Melodic rock era was beginning to come alive. This third album is up there with many other classics though it never really got the attention it deserved.

“New Set of Changes” had some really strong tunes and is a pleasure to the ears, opening track “Take the Time” is one of those songs that will be going round in your head even after the first spin. There are many other strong songs on the album and also a bonus track “Back on the bottom line” which was a song that missed a deadline for an album but was a firm favourite in their live shows. Here it is for the very first time as a bonus track.

Stonebolt did record a fourth album “Juvenile American Princess” in 1982 and was a worthy addition to the band’s roster but “New set of changes” will always sit high above the other releases as their golden moment.

This limited edition release will be a great way to remember this Canadian quintet and with more up-to-date production techniques the sound is as fresh as it was in the 1980’s.

 

 


 

 


THE ROADS - SIMPLE MAN

 

 

 

Escape Music is delighted to announce the release date for The Roads Featuring Gary Pihl (Boston/Sammy Hagar Band) and Mick Devine (Seven/solo artist)  title of the album “Simple Man”   

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Release Date: 18th November 2022
Catalogue No: ESM371
Barcode: 5 031281003713

The Roads are:
Mick Devine - Vocals  (Seven/solo artist)
Gary Pihl - Guitars (Boston/Sammy Hagar)
With special guests:
Josh Devine - Drums (One Direction/Levara)
Tracy Ferrie - Bass guitar (Stryper/Boston)
Paul Taylor - Keyboards (Alice Cooper/Winger)
Lawrence Gowan - Keyboards (Styx)
Neil Miller - Keyboards
Lin Devine - Background vocals
Ben Devine - Additional vocals
Scott Pihl - Additional guitar

Produced by Gary Pihl and Mick Devine
Mixed and Mastered by Dario Mollo
Executive Producer Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd
Artwork Design by Eric Phillippe

Track list:
1 - Let’s not let it end like this  3:38
2 - Promise me    4:34
3 - Simple man   5:18
4 - How long?   3:47
5 - It will be alright  3:46
6 - No way   4:09
7 - Avalanche   3:35
8 - Love so strange  5:01
9 - Just not the same  3:44
10 - Love lives in promises  3:25
11 - Will you believe in me?   3:34
12 - Save you from your yesterdays  4:20

If the definition of a road is a pathway from somewhere - to somewhere, then The Roads is the perfect name for the collaboration of Mick Devine and Gary Pihl. Each musician has had a long journey from humble beginnings to incredible heights. Mick with the band Seven and his solo career and Gary as former Sammy Hagar Band and current guitarist with the band Boston have focussed their talents toward a new destination. Their intersection at this moment for their debut, Simple Man, promises to be the culmination of their experience and desire to go farther than they’ve ever been

The seeds for this musical endeavour were first sown when Escape Music Khalil Turk sent the Turkish Delight song, ‘Get Out Of Here’, to Gary Pihl so that he could add guitars to it. “I was flattered that he wanted me to participate with the rest of those excellent musicians, but I had some ideas about how to change the groove of the song,” reveals Pihl. “That required changing the drum parts and Khalil gave me free reign to try it. He put me in touch with the drummer, Josh Devine. I’d always admired Josh’s terrific work with One Direction and Levara and as I told him my groove ideas, he knew exactly was I was talking about and of course, made the drum track even better than what I imagined.”

In turn Pihl wanted to know the identity of the singer, which Josh Devine revealed was his Father, Mick Devine of Escape Music artists, Seven. Never one to miss an opportunity, Khalil Turk could see the chemistry developing and suggested they work together. “After about two minutes on the phone with Mick, I could tell he was a smart and talented guy with a great singing voice and eager to write some thoughtful lyrics and rocking songs,” says Pihl. “That’s what was most appealing to me.”

The song writing throughout was an equal affair between Pihl and Devine. With Pihl adamant that he did not want it to sound like Boston, he certainly acknowledges that they have been inspired by every other band that’s come before them, but that they strived to be unique. “We never set to write with any direction in mind,” reveals Mick Devine. “The songs naturally formed as we worked making it by far the most collaborative writing partnership, I have been involved in. We very quickly realised that we had something special and the songs we were writing would really stand up and we are both so proud of this work.”

But great songs require great musicians and joining both Pihl and Devine in this exciting new adventure are a myriad of experienced recording artists. According to Pihl, “using Mick’s son, Josh for drums, was the easiest choice.” Having worked with One Direction and Levara, his ideas set the stage for the rest of the musicians to lock into. With Pihl’s Boston partner of over ten years, Tracy Ferrie, joining on bass, the keyboard parts were deftly handled by session player Neil Miller and Winger’s Paul Taylor, an old band alumnus of Pihl’s from years ago. With Lawrence Gowan graciously agreeing to play keys on three songs, Pihl had always admired his work with Styx and of course his own band, Gowan. Even though he was so busy with Styx, through the magic of remote recording, he was able to send his fantastic ideas. “I told him I didn’t want listeners to say, “that sounds like Styx keyboards” I want listeners to say, “that sounds like Lawrence Gowan!”. With Pihl’s son, Scott, adding guitar and Mick’s wife, Lin and son Ben adding vocals, The Roads – a name created by Khalil Turk - were ready to roll.

With Escape having been instrumental in quality releases from both Pihl’s outfit, Alliance, and Devine’s band, Seven, you can guarantee that this album is going to uphold that fine tradition. The album’s sound comes from a time when North American AOR behemoths ruled the airwaves and if you look closely, you’ll detect traces of Styx, Kansas, Foreigner and bands of that ilk in its DNA, but it’s armed with an identity all its own. From the lush, expressive vocals of Devine, through to Pihl’s subtle and understated guitar playing, The Roads is far from a conclusion or end and have created a journey that’s got plenty of miles left on the clock, one that you’ll want to take time after time.

ROB EVANS – POWERPLAY AND FIREWORKS MAGAZINES – OCTOBER 2022

 

 

 


 

 


TURKISH DELIGHT - VOLUME 1

 

 

 

Escape Music are pleased to announce the release date for the long awaited Turkish Delight studio album titled “Volume 1" with 500 limited edition double Vinyl “Side A+B Snowy White colour and side C+D Skull Gold colour” all will be numbered 1-500!

 

 

 

 

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Release Date: 21st October 2022
Catalogue Number: ESM370
Bar Code 5031281003706
Vinyl Catalogue Number: ESMV1009
Barcode: 5 031281010094

The Musicians are:

Ronnie Platt: Lead vocals   (Kansas)
Billy Greer: Lead vocals (Kansas/Seventh Keys/Streets)
Jeff Scott Soto: Lead and backing vocals  (Talisman/Yngwie Malmsteen/Trans Siberian Orchestra)
Robin McAuley: Lead and backing vocals  (Michael Schenker Group/Grand Prix/solo artist)
Chris Ousey: Lead vocals and Backing vocals  (Heartland/Ousey-Mann/Virginia Wolf))
Jerome Mazza: vocals (Pinnacle Point/Steve Walsh)
James Christian: Lead and backing vocals (House Of Lords)
Terry Brock: Lead vocals (Strangeways/Kansas)
Lee Small: Lead and backing vocals (Phenomena/Lioneheart/Shy)
Mick Devine: Lead and Backing vocals  (Devine Intervention/7/solo artist)
Ronnie Romero: Lead and backing vocals (Rainbow/Michael Schenker Group)
Tony Harnell: Lead vocals and backing vocals (TNT/Westworld/Starbreaker/Morning Wood)
Steve Overland: Lead and backing vocals (Lonerider/FM/solo artist)
Robin Beck: Backing vocals (solo artist)
Matt Sinner: Bass  (Primal Fear/Sinner)
Joel Hoekstra: Guitars (Whitesnake/ Trans Siberian Orchestra/13)
Mike Slamer: Guitars  (City Boy/Streets/Seventh Key/Steelhouse Lane)
Jeff Pilson: Bass (Foreigner)
Gary Pihl: Guitars  (Sammy Hagar/Boston)
Steve Morris: Guitars and Keyboards (Heartland/Lonerider)
Gene Black: Lead Guitars (Tina Turner/Rod Stewart/Device)
Billy Sheehan: Bass (Mr Big/The Flood/Talas)
Tracy Ferrie: Bass  (Stryper/Boston)
Ricky Phillips: Bass  (Baby’s/Styx/Bad English)
Rocky Newton: Bass  (Michael Schenker Group/Lionheart)
Josh Devine: Drums (One Direction/Levara/Devine Intervention)
Takeaki Itoh: Bass (Pinnacle Point)
Jim Kirkpatrick: Slide guitar  (FM/The Flood/Bernie Marsden Band)
Chris Childs: Bass  (Thunder/Lonerider)
Steve Mann: Keyboards (Michael Schenker Group/Lionheart/Ousey/Mann)
Vince DiCola: Keyboards (Rocky4/Staying Alive/Transformers/Storming Heaven)
Mark Mangold: Keyboards (Touch/American Tears/Drive She Said)
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Keyboards  (Revolution Saints/Edge Of Forever/Hardline)
Stevie D: Lead guitar
Marco Mendoza: Bass (Whitesnake/Thin Lizzy/Journey)
Jimmy Nicholas: B3 (Faith Hill/Kenny Loggins/Van Zant/Jim Peterik/Juice Newton)
Tommy Denander: Guitars and keyboards (Radioactive/Steve Walsh/Robert Hart))
Brain J Anthony: Bass (Steve Walsh/Lonerider/Robert Heart/ Robbie LeBlanc)
Brian Tichy: Drums (Whitesnake/Dead Daisies/ Foreigner)
Mark Stanway: Keyboards (Magnum/Grand Slam)
Robin Beck: Backing vocals (solo artist)
Nikolo Kotzev: Lead guitars (Brazen Abbot/Robin Gibb)
Fredrik Folkare: Guitars (Unleashed/Heartwind)
Mikael Rosengren: Keyboards  (Heartwind)
Steve Newman: Guitars/keys/backing vocals (Newman/Compass)
Eric Ragno: Keyboards (Baby’s/Joe LynnTurner)
Fredrik Bergh: Keyboards (Talk Of Town/Bloodbound)
Michael Lange: Drums

 

Vinyl

Side A
1. INTRO   1:49
Music arrangement: Vince DiCola

2. Live Again   4:46
Steve Newman)
Ronnie Platt: Lead vocals   
Chris Ousey: Backing vocals
Steve Newman: Guitars/keys/backing vocals
Steve Mann: Keyboards
Stevie D: Lead guitar
Rocky Newton: Bass
Josh Devine: Drums

3. Crazy Days  3:27
(Dean London/Tommy Denander)
Jerome Mazza: vocals
Vince DiCola: Keyboards
Joel Hoekstra: Guitars
Takeaki Itoh: Bass
Josh Devine: Drums

4. Bad Enough    4:45  
(Steve Newman)
Billy Greer: Lead vocals
Joel Hoekstra: Guitars
Matt Sinner: Bass
Steve Newman: Keyboards
Eric Ragno: Keyboards
Josh Devine: Drums

5. NEVER WILL FORGET   3:42  
(Steve Morris / Mick Devine)
Mick Devine: Lead and Backing vocals
Steve Morris: Guitars and keyboards
Jim Kirkpatrick: Slide guitar  
Chris Childs: Bass
Josh Devine: Drums  

Side B
1. Harder They Fall   3:54
(Steve Overland / Tommy Denander)
Jeff Scott Soto: Lead and backing vocals  
Joel Hoekstra: Guitars
Tommy Denander: Guitars  
Billy Sheehan: Bass
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Keyboards  
Josh Devine: Drums

2. Get Out Of Here    3:57
(Mick Devine / Steve Morris)
Terry Brock: Lead vocals
Mick Devine: Backing Vocals
Gary Pihl: Guitars  
Steve Morris: Keyboards
Tracy Ferrie: Bass  
Josh Devine: Drums

3. Believe   5:29
(Steve Overland / Fredrik Bergh)
Robin McAuley: Lead and backing vocals  
Mike Slamer: Guitars
Fredrik Bergh: Keyboards
Jeff Pilson: Bass
Josh Devine: Drums

4. Hangman Blues    3:20
(Lee Smal /Tommy Denander)
Lee Small: Lead and backing
Joel Hoekstra: Lead Guitars
Tommy Denander: Guitars and keyboards
Rocky Newton: Bass
Josh Devine: Drums

Side C
1. State of Mind    4:40
(Mick Devine / Tommy Denander)
Jerome Mazza: Lead and backing vocals
Mick Devine: Backing vocals
Gene Black: Lead Guitars
Tommy Denander: Guitars and keyboards
Ricky Phillips: Bass  
Mark Stanway: Keyboards
Josh Devine: Drums

2. Belly Of The Beast*  5:24
(Steve Morris/Chris Ousey)
Chris Ousey: Lead and backing vocals  
Steve Morris: Guitars
Mark Mangold: Keyboards
Chris Childs: Bass
Josh Devine: Drums

3. Holy Water    5:13
(Mike Slamer /Lee Small
Ronnie Romero: Lead and backing vocals
Lee Small: Backing vocals
Mike Slamer: Guitars
Marco Mendoza: Bass
Jimmy Nicholas: B3 Hammond
Josh Devine: Drums

4. Sweet Serenity    3:34
(Mikael Rosengren/James Christian)
James Christian: Lead and backing vocals
Robin Beck: Backing vocals
Nikolo Kotzev: Lead guitars
Fredrik Folkare: Guitars
Mikael Rosengren: Keyboards
Takeaki Itoh: Bass
Josh Devine: Drums

Side D
1. Take It Away    3:30
(Steve Overland/Tommy Denander/Michael Landau)
Tony Harnell: Lead vocals and backing vocals
Steve Overland: Backing vocals
Tommy Denander: Guitars and keyboards
Marco Mendoza: Bas
Josh Devine: Drums

2. BAD TO GOOD    4:27
(Steve Overland/Tommy Denander)
Steve Overland: Lead and backing vocals
Tommy Denander: Guitars and keyboards
Brain J Anthony: Bass
Brian Tichy: Drums

3. The Year 2000**    6:04   (Vinyl Only)
(Dariush/Chris Ousey/Mariam Mohammed)
Chris Ousey: Lead and backing vocals
Tommy Denander: Guitars and keyboards
Brian Anthony: Bass
Michael Lange: Drums

4. FROZEN ROSE**   4:57  (Vinyl Only)
(Kouroush/Chris Ousey/Mariam Mohammed)
Chris Ousey: Lead and backing vocals
Tommy Denander: Guitars and keyboards   
Brian Anthony: Bass
Michael Lange: Drums

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CD Version:

1. Intro  1:49
2. Live Again  4:46
3. Crazy Days  3:27
4. Bad Enough  4:45
5. Never Will Forget  3:42
6. Harder They Fall  3:54
7. Get Out Of Here  3:57
8. Believe  5:29
9. Hangman Blues  3:20
10. State Of Mind  4:40
11. Belly Of The Beast  5:24
12. Holy Water  5:13
13. Sweet Serenity  3:34
14. Take It Away  3:30
15. Bad To Good  4:27

 

Produced by Khalil Turk for Turkish Delight Productions
Mixed and Mastered by Stephen DeAcutis at Sound Spa Studio, New Jersey, USA
*Mixed by Andy Zukerman
*Mastered by Fredrik Folkare
**Mixed and Mastered by Brian J Anthony  (Vinyl Only)
Artwork Design by Hugh Syme (Rush/Bad English/Elton John)

Turkish Delights

‘Turkish Delights Volume One’ celebrates the absolute joy that Escape Music co-owner Khalil Turk has for the kind of music he loves so much and has spent the last thirty and then some years championing. Indeed, his enthusiasm for a new band or a new song today is no different from when I first met him in the mid ‘80’s. I lost count of the number of phone calls he made to me when I was working for ‘Kerrang!’ magazine, where he would excitedly tell me ‘Dave, you just have to listen to this! It’s brilliant! You’ll love it!’ before playing me something over the phone – new and often obscure - he had picked up on his international record buying trips. Nine and a half times out of ten he’d be right!!

Khalil’s quality control has been such that the record label he co-founded with fellow melodic rock enthusiast Barrie Kirtley in 1995 remains reliably and solidly in place all these years later. Escape continues to deliver monthly doses of quality hard rock, melodic rock and AOR to a very devoted following.  

Khalil had first entered the music business in the early ‘90’s, effectively as a talent scout for the German owned Long Island label. However, after the company folded, Turk felt  that, rather than look at opportunities with other labels, he had the enthusiasm and now had rather more knowledge of the inner workings of the music business to put something together himself alongside the equally enthusiastic and astute Kirtley. We’ve seen hundreds of solid album releases from a huge variety of acts (including AXE, Steve Walsh (Kansas), John Elefante (Kansas), Lonerider, Shadowman, Alliance, Pinnacle Point, Mass, Heartland, Grand Illusion, Overland, Last Autumn’s Dream, Punky Meadows, ColdSpell, Chris Ousey, Ozone and Touch, to name just a few) as well as reissues (from Aviator, Sugarcreek, Jon Butcher Axis, Franke And The Knockouts, FM, Tantrum and Surrender, Zon, Hanover Fist etc) ever since.

So here we are, over twenty five years since that first Escape Music album appeared hot off the presses (Heartland’s ‘III’ album in November 1995, if you’re asking) and this collection of songs, personally chosen by Khalil, reiterates that pure joy he still possesses for the music he is utterly immersed by.

With material from the pens of Steve Overland (FM), Chris Ousey (Heartland), Steve Morris (Export/Ian Gillan/Heartland), Mick Devine (Seven), Steve Newman (Newman/Compass) and Tommy Denander (Radioactive) there’s also a list of musicians culled from Khalil’s contact book that, quite frankly, is VERY impressive. Just a few names appearing on ‘Turkish Delights’ to throw at you include Ronnie Platt (Kansas), Billy Greer (Streets/Kansas), Billy Sheehan (Talas/David Lee Roth/Mr Big), Gary Pihl (Sammy Hagar/Boston/Alliance), Gene Black (Device), Jeff Pilson (Dokken), Jeff Scott Soto, Chris Childs (Thunder), Mike Slamer (City Boy/ Streets/Seventh Keys/Steelhouse Lane) Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake/Joel Hoekstra’s 13), Mark Mangold (American Tears/Touch/ Drive, She Said), Mark Stanway (Magnum), Mat Sinner (Sinner), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake/Journey), Ricky Phillips (The Babys/Bad English/Styx), Robin Beck, Robin Mc Auley (Grand Prix/MSG), James Christian (House Of Lords) Steve Overland (FM), Jerome Mazza (Pinnacle Point/solo), Terry Brock (Strangeways) and Vince DiCola (‘Transformers’/Thread/Storming Heaven). This is a cast of thousands. Well, it at least appears that way!

It’s a very interesting package and, as Khalil would surely say, you’ll love it!

Dave Reynolds

August 2022