It’s always great to see a press release like this because it speaks about some truly classic pieces of music and the companies that are aiming to get these works into your hands. I’ve known about Rock Candy Records for a few years now, but with their operating out of England it’s not always easy to get our mitts on releases for our own collection and of course to gain your interest in them with a topical review. The words below might change that so dig on in and know that I will return at the close with some additional thoughts.
ROCK CANDY RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF U.S. OPERATION WITH 4 NEWLY AVAILABLE COMPACT DISC TITLES SET FOR RELEASE NOVEMBER 18, 2016 – ALBUM PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW FOR DELUXE DISC RE-RELEASES FROM SAMMY HAGAR, THE NYMPHS, SALTY DOG AND TYKETTO – RED DISTRIBUTION TO DISTRIBUTE ROCK CANDY RECORDS IN NORTH AMERICA
The Press Release:
The times they are a-changing, but luckily there remains one constant: great music will live forever and in the catalogue and reissue world that has never been more relevant. In the land of rock, that’s hard rock, heavy rock, classic rock or, call it what you will rock, no label has won more acclaim and earned respect than Rock Candy Records. Owned and founded by former music journalist and A&R man Derek Oliver, Rock Candy has focused on breathing life into records that deserve a place in the pantheon of rock history.
Operating out of London, England for the last eight years, the label specialises in revisiting some of the most important and significant records from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. From Ted Nugent to Rick Springfield, by way of Quiet Riot, Dokken, Billy Squier, Toto, Ratt, R.E.O. Speedwagon, L.A. Guns, Ace Frehley, Hanoi Rocks, and Kansas, the label has re-activated some of the greatest records of the last forty years, buffing them up, and re-positioning them as 24 Karat diamonds. To date, Rock Candy has re-released over 300 titles in Europe.
Rock Candy has made a concerted effort to dig deep and unearth a string of lesser known acts and records ripe for reappraisal, albums that have always been hot on the collectors market but overlooked at the time of release or just slipped below the surface through no fault of their own. Records by Montrose (the band who wrote the track that inspired the company’s name), Hughes/Thrall, The Godz, Blue Murder, Smashed Gladys, Girl and Blackfoot) have all been brought back to life for a victory lap. Having conquered Europe, Rock Candy has now set up shop in North America, happily partnering with industry powerhouse RED Distribution. It’s a match made in rock n’ roll heaven and one that will shortly see the launch of a U.S. offensive, starting with four tantalising titles on Friday, November 18th.
RED President Bob Morelli comments, “Derek Oliver’s Rock Candy imprint and RED are a perfect fit. Already a leader in unearthing the best in-demand out of print rock titles in Europe, the label joins RED like-minded music strategy in the U.S. As we outpace industry growth in vinyl Market Share, the addition of Rock Candy will help keep that trend alive and we are thrilled to have them on board.”
Keep an eye and, especially, an ear out for future offerings, but for now please raise a glass and join us for a toast to the imminent arrival of the following four solid gold classics all released on Friday, November 18th. These forthcoming CD titles along with limited-edition select merch are available for pre-order now at the newly launched Rock Candy U.S. storefront.
Visit http://merchnow.com/catalogs/rock-candy-records now for more information.
The Nymphs were signed to Geffen Records in the late 80s on a wave of hope and excitement. Fronted by Inger Lorre, she soon attracted a reputation for being controversial, volatile and unapologetic. She was unquestionably the real deal – and this record is a bonafide snapshot from the edge of Hollywood babylon during a time when music was being revolutionised in Los Angeles.
SAMMY HAGAR ‘ALL NIGHT LONG’
Sammy Hagar’s early studio work was often considered rather dull compared to his work with Montrose, but his1978 live album suddenly reversed that criticism. Most live records are compromised by studio fixes but this record is pure dynamite – warts and all. Sammy’s performance is phenomenal and the energy level is through the roof.
SALTY DOG ‘EVERYDOG HAS IT’S DAY’
Formed in Los Angeles during the late 80s, Salty Dog honed their chops and assembled a line-up that was very different from what was happening on MTV. Indeed, the band’s style incorporated a number of influences, from the old school rock of Led Zeppelin to the contemporary cut and thrust of Guns ‘N RoIt was a sound that paid homage to the blues; that’s the vintage gnarly influences of Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker.
TYKETTO ‘DON’T COME EASY’
The early 90’s presented a massive challenge to melodic rock bands, with the musical climate being transformed by grunge, a rush of angry young men playing stripped down rock built on angst and melancholy. For Tyketto this landscape meant that their arrival would be subjected to a chilly reception. Undaunted they were signed to industry giant Geffen Records and cut this, their powerful debut album. Inexplicably, the label sat on the completed record for over a year, but by then it was already too late.
About RED Distribution:
RED is an innovative digital and physical distribution company owned by Sony Music Entertainment. Headquartered in New York City, RED is widely recognized as the industry leader in music distribution and artist development. RED specializes in digital account management, playlist marketing, physical sales and marketing, label and product management, and radio promotion for the industry’s best independent record labels and Sony joint ventures. In 2007, RED launched ‘stache media, a multi-faceted marketing agency, to support RED releases and artists, in addition to outside clients. ‘stache media’s staff provides services in digital marketing, publicity, college lifestyle marketing, advertising & consumer research, brand & partnership marketing, influencer marketing, on demand manufacturing and creative production. With an emphasis on customer service, a passion for music and a collaborative culture, RED continues to provide its labels with a superior experience.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I think this is an amazing development and one that will really go over well with our readers because it’s going to put some potentially long ago forgotten classics back into their sights and give them the means to snag a copy for their own collection. I loved the first Tyketto album and believe that I still have that and the Nymphs debut. That band went away almost as fast as it arrived so adding insight to it for readers is of great interest to me. I might have the Salty Dog somewhere since I once helped a radio DJ and the station extras sometimes went to me for the collection. CD’s were pretty pricey back in the day and now not so much provided you can even find them. You should click around the website for the company to see what is coming down the pike but I will tell you that I am super psyched for this and cannot wait to sink my music scribe teeth into the re-issues. What do you readers think about this news? Is it something that sparks your interest as well? Were you ever a fan of the acts mentioned and maybe even owned these albums way back when? You can let me know what you think down in the comments section below. See you next time.
Official Website: http://www.rockcandyrecords.com/