The Mix Tape
I did this mix tape as an album of songs I like from different artists, as I wanted to get the feel of those songs into my song writing.
Kiss – I’ve Had Enough (Into The Fire)
It’s a perfect album opener with a fast palm muted and aggressive riff. It’s a Paul Stanley and Desmond Child composition, appearing on the “Animalize” album released in 1984.
Y&T – Temptation
For track 2, it was always the most accessible tune, so here is a pop rock tune, with big harmonies.
Y&T worked hard on A&M Records and built a career. Then the big labels came calling and Geffen Records got the signature for a lot of money. And Y&T also got a label rep, who told them what songs should be worked on and what songs shouldn’t.
This one is written by Al Pitrelli and Bruno Ravel during the early Danger Danger days, with Phil Kennemore adding some lyrics and it appeared on their 1987 album “Contagious”, which Geffen earmarked to sell a lot to cover the costs of the Whitesnake 87 album.
Kansas – One Man, One Heart
The Kansas tracks on this mix tape are from the Steve Morse era of Kansas between 1986 and 1988. Steve Morse was involved in the “Power” album released in 1986 and “In The Spirit Of Things” released in 1988.
These two tracks are from the “In The Spirit Of Things” album and even though I’m a Steve Morse fan, he wasn’t involved in writing em.
This one is written by Mark Spiro and Dan Huff (the same Dan Huff from Giant) and what you get is a melodic rock song, worthy of a place on the imaginary album.
Kansas – Stand Beside Me
This one is written by Mark Jordan and Bruce Gaitsch and it’s like the ballad track.
Hericane Alice – I Walk Alone
This band was good and this track is a stompy 12/8 bluesy romp, perfect to close off Side 1 of the imaginary album.
Kiss – Love Gun
You open up Side 2 with another aggressive album opener. Can’t go wrong with a Kiss cut.
Sammy Hagar – Remember The Heroes
This is a very underrated song from the mighty Sammy Hagar. It appeared on the “Three Lock Box” album, released in 1982 and Jonathan Cain (who was having an unbelievable run of high profile songs with Journey and other artists) is a co-writer with Sammy Hagar.
Kansas – Silhouettes In Disguise
It’s from the “Power” album released in 86. This track is written by Steve Morse and Steve Walsh. And it’s the fast past riff that hooks me.
Kansas – Three Pretenders
This cut is also from the “Power” album. This track is written by Billy Greer, Steve Morse and Steve Walsh. The way the guitar and synth chords work in the intro hooks me in and the vocal line from Steve Walsh is perfect.
Bad English – Possession
And it closes with a melodic rock AOR song.
And here is another take of an imaginary album.
Blue Murder – We All Fall Down
Another fast and aggressive opener to kick off the album about Louie who lost his daughter behind the tracks, as the sweet brown sugar took her.
John Sykes pulled out his Phil Lynott experiences vocally and lyrically.
David Coverdale – The Last Note Of Freedom
Hans Zimmer wrote the music and Billy Idol wrote the lyrics. I’ve read that David Coverdale has been credited as well, but I am pretty sure he wasn’t credited on the original Days Of Thunder soundtrack.
It’s a melodic rock gem, bordering between, pop and rock.
George Lynch – We Don’t Own This World
The Nelson twins sing on this track, and man, they deliver.
It’s actually written by Pilson and Lynch, so it’s definitely got their Dokken vibe, but the Nelson twins are the difference. It’s a melodic rock hit with an intro riff that reminds me of “Women From Tokyo” from Deep Purple.
Dream Theater – Lifting Shadows Of A Dream
Its Dream Theater bringing their U2 and Marillion influences to their form of progressive hard rock, and it works so good to close Side 1.
Vince Neil – The Edge
The side 2 opener is fast, a bit progressive in its structure as it moves between Spanish/Flamenco guitar riffs to metal Uli Jon Roth style of riffs. Steve Stevens played some of this best riffs with Vince Neil.
Stryper – Calling For You
After an aggressive opener, you always need a little melody. And Stryper is at their melodic best on this song.
Tesla – Cry
From the excellent “Bust A Nut” album released in 1994.
And for those who said that grunge killed hard rock artists, well it didn’t kill Tesla.
In a volatile market, made hostile by the record labels who dumped hard rock bands and then had their puppets in the press lambast the style, Tesla, stood tall and worked hard touring on this album and even got a certification in the process.
And then the labels tried to kill em off.
Megadeth – Tornado Of Souls
This is a fast rocker and the solo from Friedman is a “wow” moment.
Aerosmith – Living On The Edge
The simple riff in D, that just keeps repeating is addictive and the vocal melody from Tyler captures you.
Meatloaf – Bat Out Of Hell II – Back Into Hell
The longest song titles in the world brought the mighty Loaf back into our lives.
And even though he released 4 or 5 albums after “Bat Out Of Hell”, all of those albums ceased to exist and it was like his career was “Bat Out Of Hell” 1 and 2.
The Jimi Hendrix Story / Def Leppard – Pyromania
A friend of mine had a Jimi Hendrix compilation and I recorded it over a few different tapes. I can’t even remember what was on this side before I taped Hendrix over it.
And of course, “Pyromania” on side 2, a perfect Walkman companion. This Def Lep album is the perfect bridge between the 70’s British Rock and Glam artists merged with the NWOBHM and the LA Sunset Strip.
I also added “King Of Fools” from Twisted Sister, “Sleepin In The Fire” from WASP and “Love Gun” from Kiss to the end of it. I think you get the drift that I really liked “Love Gun”.
I even wrote a song called “Love Gin” and “Cold Gun”. I know, merging two Kiss song titles is pretty desperate.