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No Parole from Rock 'n' Roll [Digipak]

  • 1. Island In the Sun
    2. General Hospital
    3. Jet To Jet
    4. Hiroshima Mon Amour
    5. Kree Nakoorie
    6. Incubus
    7. Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live
    8. Big Foot
    9. Starcarr Lane
    10. Suffer Me
    11. Kree Nakoorie
    12. Starcarr Lane
    13. Island In the Sun
    14. Big Foot
    15. Hiroshima Mon Amour
    16. General Hospital
    17. Incubus
    18. Suffer Me
    19. Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live
    20. Jet To Jet
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SFMCD 246

  • Credits
    ProducerDennis MacKay
    EngineerWillie Harlan

    Alcatrazz includes: Graham Bonnet (vocals); Yngwie Malmsteen (guitar).
    Adapter: Alfie Falckenbach.
    Personnel: Graham Bonnet (vocals); Yngwie Malmsteen (guitars); Jimmy Waldo (keyboards); Jan Uvena (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Dennis MacKay; Willie Harlan.
    Recording information: Rocshire Studios; Skyline Studio, Topanga, CA.
    Photographer: Mark Sokol.
    Though blessed with a potent voice, Alcatrazz leader (and purported star) Graham Bonnet was heavily dependent on the songwriting skills of his cohorts. Each album is therefore a reflection of the particular guitarist involved, resulting in a stylistic inconsistency that failed to attract a loyal following for the band. As such, their 1983 debut No Parole from Rock'n'Roll sounds a lot like guitarist Yngwie J. Malmsteen's later solo albums. Still, this is an excellent record, successfully fusing Bonnet's tuneful screaming, Jimmy Waldo's tasteful Rainbow-derived keyboard textures, and Malmsteen's blinding dexterity and speed. The nearly perfect "Island in the Sun" is the album's absolute high point, and it's a wonder the song didn't become a huge hit. And while "Jet to Jet" sounds like little more than a Rainbow outtake, the epic "Kree Nakoorie" showcases Malmsteen and Waldo at their best. Other highlights include the amusing "Too Young to Die, Too Drunk to Live" and "Bigfoot," with its scorching Malmsteen riff. In short, a fine record that any hard rock enthusiast will appreciate. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

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