Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
I was never a fan of collections of any kind. I never cared about hidden treasures or lost tapes, never wanted recordings of secret gigs, TV shows appearances or anything that lost its way from the studio to the final track listing of a release. I think there was a turning point though as I found an excellent bootleg back in 1999 or 2000 when Halford was performing with Black Sabbath and then about 15 years later a collection of all the b sides of Iron Maiden singles that made me reconsider what a good collection can offer to a fan. The last months there were out some excellent Riot collections that were totally worth to invest, but I think that now the whole package is completed. This Metal Blade Records release has to offer some rare material that will please all Riot’s friends. It wasn’t an easy job to organize and catalog the considerable archives of the late Mark Reale. But as Metal Blade’s mastermind is a lifelong Riot fan this turned to be an exciting prospect. As exciting is to work almost a year of through cassette tapes (mostly unlabeled), VHS cassettes and ancient reel to reel formats – from this many never heard before songs and pieces of music were unearthed. This collection contains some until now unheard songs or alternate versions of classic Riot tracks. Rockworld Theme Rockworld was a music TV show from the late 70’s – Riot was approached to compose and record a track for the main theme. This track is a “lost” outtake from the early Guy Era! Bloodstreets (Alternate Version): This alternate version of the classic “Thundersteel” era song has an alternate ending different from the album version. In this version the chorus repeats in a loop, instead of the guitar solo ending from the “Thundersteel” album. Buried Alive (Tell Tale Heart) (Alternate Version): A different arrangement than the album version. The intro heard on the “Thundersteel” record was originally intended as the end of the song, but was ultimately moved to the start. Runaway (Instrumental Early Idea Demo): A fantastic instrumental from Mark Reale…The musical theme became the basis for the song “Runaway” which was released on the “Privilege Of Power” album. Killer (Tony Moore Vocals): This version of “Killer” differs from the version found on “Privilege Of Power” as it features Tony Moore providing all vocals, instead of the trade off with Joe Lynn Turner. Maryanne (Rough Mix): Maryanne is a highlight of the “Privilege” record, should have been a single/video…coulda beenhuge! – This rough mix shows the song in a slightly more formative stage. Medicine Man (Tony Moore Vocals)Titel: Magic Maker (Tony Moore Vocals), Faded Hero (Tony Moore Vocals), What Could Have Been…These 3 songs are demos recorded for the follow up to “Privilege Of Power” prior to Tony Moore departing.. the band, all 3 were recut for the “Nightbreaker” record with Mike Dimeo on vocals… this 3 track demo gives a glimpse into how things might have turned out had Tony stayed. Sylvia (Outtake), Good Lovin (Outtake) and Creep (Instrumental Outtake): Three demo tracks that were from the Nightbreaker sessions, although none of these made it to the final release in any of its numerous issues, ‘Sylvia’ could have made it to the record, it appeared years later in 2000 as a bonus track on an unsanctioned live release, while ‘Good Lovin’ shows the band once again experimenting with brass. Finally, Creep is an instrumental track of which little is known. Instrumental 1994 (Brethren Outtake): An instrumental outtake from the “Long House” sessions, never was developed any further, but cool nonetheless. Medicine Man (Tyrant Sessions) and Magic Maker (Tyrant Sessions): These two demos featured Jag Panzer vocalist Harry ‘Tyrant’ Conklin and it was recorded, while the band were looking for a singer to replace Tony Moore, but the job ultimately went to Dimeo. A must have for all the Riot fanatics out there indeed!