Year : 1984 (Rock Candy Remastered 2012)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock
Country : United Kingdom
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 165 mb
Lionheart is a British hard rock band formed in late 1980, originally featuring singer Jess Cox (ex-Tygers of Pan Tang), guitarist Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron Maiden), guitarist Steve Mann (ex-Liar, later with MSG, Michael Schenker and Eloy), and bassist/vocalist Rocky Newton (ex-The Next Band, Wildfire), and drummer Frank Noon (ex-The Next Band, Def Leppard). The band split up in 1986 but reformed in 2016 with a line-up featuring Stratton, Mann, Newton, plus vocalist Lee Small (Shy and Phenomena) and Clive Edwards (ex-UFO and Wild Horses) on drums.Lionheart made their debut one Saturday night at the Marquee Club in London but musical differences ended with Cox leaving the band replaced by former Lautrec frontman, Reuben Archer. Former Judas Priest drummer Les Binks replaced the Wild Horses-bound Noon for the 1981 UK tour with Def Leppard with former Wild Horses drummer Clive Edwards eventually replacing Binks. Archer, too, would briefly spend time in Wild Horses before forming Stampede with his step son, guitarist Laurence Archer, Noon, and bassist Colin Bond.The song "Lionheart", recorded by Reuben Archer, Dennis Stratton, Steve Mann, Rocky Newton, and Frank Noon would belatedly surface on the Heavy Metal Heroes Vol. 2 (Heavy Metal Records) compilation in 1982. That track remains the only representative recording of the band's early sound as they would change their style significantly later on.Lionheart are due to appear at the Sweden Rock festival in June 2017.A winter UK tour with Airrace in November and December 2017 is also scheduled.
"Hot Tonight" is the only official LIONHEART album... until few weeks when the band will return after more than 30 years with a new, second CD. Meanwhile, let's enjoy their superb 1984's debut Remastered & Reloaded by Rock Candy Records.A super-group of sorts founded by ex Iron Maiden Dennis Stratton, the band slowly made a name in the NWOBHM movement, but at the time of the recording of "Hot Tonight" they embraced a Melodic Rock / AOR sound & style.Part of the legendary line-up featured on the ground-breaking Iron Maiden debut, within a year of its release guitarist Dennis Stratton found himself out in the cold.Joining forces with one-time Liar guitarist Steve Mann (later of course to join the MSG ranks), bassist Rocky Newton (McAuley Schenker Group ) and original Tygers Of Pan Tang vocalist Jess Cox – we’ll gloss over the constantly changing drum seat for now – this new band of budding hopefuls (by then already christened Lionheart) set about writing a batch of songs that would attract the interest of promoters and labels alike.It didn’t take too long to figure out that the rasping growl of Cox wasn’t suitable for the commercially slanted songs they were coming up with, and after auditioning a number of different singers (including Lautrec’s Reuben Archer) they eventually settled on session man Chad Brown. Possessed of a soulful, passion drenched melodic ard rock voice, Chad’s classic vibrato fitted the mood perfectly.Thanks to Nigel Thomas (former manager of Joe Cocker and Spooky Tooth) the band scored themselves a US deal with CBS, and in the spring of ‘84 decamped to Los Angeles to record their debut album "Hot Tonight" under the guidance of producer Kevin Beamish.A household name thanks to recent mega platinum successes with REO Speedwagon, Beamish was the perfect choice to help Lionheart mould their friendly Melodic hard rock / AOR sound, and when "Hot Tonight" duly emerged several months later they made no apologies for the distinctly American sheen it conveyed.Indeed, despite its British origin, Lionheart's debut is built on the songwriting and production standards of American melodic hard rock.Boasting a surfeit of strong hooks, multi-layered harmonies and impetuous keyboards, tracks like the hugely infectious ‘Towers Of Silver’, the audacious ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ (resplendent with its pompous keys), the fizzing ‘Wait For The Night’, brooding ‘Nightmare’ and spirited title track ‘Hot Tonight’ all showcased a band that would surely go all the way.Lionheart's "Hot Tonight" is a cult classic, for years out of print and never officially released on CD until this Rock Candy Records remaster.Most songs on this album open on staccato keyboards (and I love this) in a pure mid-80s AOR fashion, followed by a pumping rhythm section, sharp guitars, and the melodic, clean vocals plenty of harmonies.There's a colorful booklet in this Rock Candy reissue including never seen photos provided by Steve Mann himself, and a complete essay about the band / recording plus previously unknown details.
Chad Brown - lead vocals
Dennis Stratton - guitars, backing vocals
Steve Mann - guitars, backing vocals, keyboards
Rocky Newton - bass, backing vocals
Bob Jenkins - drums
01. Wait for the Night 6:00
02. Hot Tonight 3:44
03. Die for Love 4:22
04. Towers of Silver 4:14
05. Don't Look Back in Anger 4:09
06. Nightmare 4:53
07. Living in a Dream 4:44
08. Another Crazy Dream 3:54
09. Dangerous Game 4:00
+ Video "Die for Love" (Official Video)
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