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Blue Murder

Discussion in 'Maiden Downunder' started by Spruce Goose, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Spruce Goose

    Spruce Goose Then Goose me up woman!

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    Has anyone heard Blue Murder?
    This is the band that John Sykes formed after he left Whitesnake.
    The self titled debut album from 1989 is absolutely killer.
    I have been listening to it for the past week and it's really very good.
    Syke's guitar and vocals are top notch and it is a classic metal album.

    Check out this song VALLEY OF THE KINGS which reminds me of a Dio epic like Stargazer and the like:



    And RIOT which is the album opener:



    And for something a bit different, JELLY ROLL:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmxK9CS3RV0&ob=av2e[/ame]

    Strongly recommend the album


    Blue Murder was formed by John Sykes in 1988. As he was partially responsible for the success of their multiplatinum-selling self-titled album, Whitesnake's label Geffen signed a record deal with Sykes following his dismissal from the band.
    In the nascent stages of the band, drummer Cozy Powell (with whom Sykes had played in Whitesnake) was attached to the project. Ray Gillen, who had previously sung for Black Sabbath and later for Badlands (not the same band Badlands (née John Sloman's Badlands) that Sykes once played in), sang for an early version of Blue Murder, and reportedly the band recorded demos with him.
    Upon comparing the original demos with Sykes singing to the demos with Ray Gillen on vocals, A&R executive John Kalodner encouraged Sykes to handle the vocal duties himself.[1]
    Blue Murder released two studio albums: Blue Murder in 1989 and Nothin' but Trouble in 1993. A live album, Screaming Blue Murder was released in Japan only in 1994, but has since been released elsewhere via iTunes.
    The band was dropped by their label in the mid-90s, at which point Sykes (the only consistent member in the changing line-ups) recorded Out of My Tree in 1995 with Blue Murder members Marco Mendoza and Tommy O'Steen, effectively transforming Blue Murder into an "official" Sykes solo project.
     
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  2. Spruce Goose

    Spruce Goose Then Goose me up woman!

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    Haha... I just watched the film clip of Jelly Roll then for the first time...
    How fuckin cheesy is that?! Awesome.
     
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    I've been wanting to check out Badlands of late.
     
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    Winmar Pillock of society

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    I dig it. I think my playlist needs more shit like this.
     
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    Wow, that's a blast from the past. :D They used to get a lot of airplay on the two late night radio rock shows we had back in the day. :)
     
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    I've been watching the Valley of the Kings clip repeatedly in the last day or so. Fucking awesome.

    I saw the album on vinyl a couple of weeks ago. I can't remember how much it was, but would like to pick it up.
     
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    Yep - Cool song.
    If you want some softer songs but with fucking awesome guitar tone, check out John Sykes solo album 'Loveland'.
    Solid from start to finish and although there is some cheesy lyrics, the melodies and solos are amazing.

    This is a favorite (with Phil Lynott on co-vox):



    And this opening track has such a gorgeous lead tone:

     
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