Badlands - Voodoo Highway (1991) (Rock Candy Remastered 2010)

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Badlands - Voodoo Highway (1991) (Rock Candy Remastered 2010)

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Badlands - Voodoo Highway (1991) (Rock Candy Remastered 2010)

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Year : 1991 (Rock Candy Remastered 2010)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 110 mb


Bio:

Badlands was a band founded by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee and former Black Sabbath members Ray Gillen and Eric Singer. Badlands also featured bassist Greg Chaisson. After the first Badlands album, Eric Singer was replaced by Jeff Martin. The group lasted from 1988 to 1993 and released two albums, Badlands (1989) and Voodoo Highway (1991) before Gillen left and was replaced by singer John West from New York. Ray's death in 1993 effectively ended any hopes of re-uniting the project. The album Dusk (a demo recorded in 1992 - 1993) was posthumously released in 1998.After touring with Ozzy Osbourne in support of the Ultimate Sin album, Lee was fired in a telegram from Sharon Osbourne while working on one of his muscle cars back in Los Angeles. Lee was completely caught off guard at the time of his firing as he was under the impression he had a solid working gig with the Osbourne camp. Wishing to distance himself as much as possible from his former boss, he set about looking for a charismatic front man with which to launch a new band. He found just that when he met Ray Gillen, a struggling vocalist who had just been separated from Black Sabbath after a short time. Within weeks, the duo had enlisted bassist Greg Chaisson, whom Lee had met during an Ozzy audition. According to Lee, Greg was dismissed from the audition before he had the chance to set up his equipment. Ozzy told him to leave because he showed up for the audition wearing sweat pants. Gillen’s former Black Sabbath bandmate Eric Singer on drums. With melodic sensibilities and solid chops, each member of the band proved a cornerstone creatively, while presenting energetic live shows with flawless musicality.The band released Badlands in June 1989 to good reviews. The band released videos for the songs "Dreams in the Dark" and the Zeppelin-like "Winter’s Call," and both enjoyed decent airplay on MTV. This boosted the album to its peak on Billboard’s album charts at no. 57.Eric Singer soon quit Badlands and later joined Paul Stanley's solo club band which later earned him a new job with KISS following the death of drummer Eric Carr. Badlands picked up Jeff Martin, former vocalist for Racer X and band mate of Greg Chaisson's in Phoenix-based bands Surgical Steel and St. Michael, to take over on drums, and the band released Voodoo Highway in 1991. However, Badlands was slowly breaking apart at the seams. During the recording process, Lee accused Gillen of conspiring with their label to push the band in a more commercial direction. This subsequently led to Gillen being fired. However, since a tour of the UK had already been booked, the vocalist was temporarily re-admitted for its completion. Unfortunately, this wasn't well-publicised in the UK press and the tour attendance was possibly affected.While Voodoo Highway was being recorded and produced, band tensions began to rise. Among other things, the band refused to cooperate with Atlantic Records, who demanded a songwriter (Desmond Child) be hired to help write songs with the band, with Lee stating that the band would "rather make money touring than releasing an album [they] did not believe in." Meanwhile, Gillen had been writing his own material that the band could supposedly use and had called Atlantic to tell them he had completed three or four songs that all had potential to be hits. However, after he presented these songs to the band, Gillen found his bandmates unwilling to record them. Gillen then called Atlantic again, attempting to convince the label to pressure the band into recording his songs. The band continued to refuse, claiming the songs were of an average standard.Due to this band drama, as well as changes in the musical climate at that time (the fizzling out of heavy metal, and subsequent rise of alternative rock), Atlantic subsequently dropped them shortly after their second album was released. In addition, the dispute over the recorded Gillen material led him to quit the band with claims that Lee was a lazy musician, unlike his former band mate Tony Iommi. Lee hired Debby Holiday from the band Stiletto to replace Gillen on their UK tour; however, Badlands drafted Gillen back in to complete the tour before he officially exited the band.

Album:

BADLANDS album - their second titled "Voodoo Highway"- remastered by Rock Candy Records, now with a complete 16 full color booklet including rare photos and a 4000+ full essay about the making of the record.As happened with Badlands self-titled debut, these Rock Candy reissues were on sale only few months due to Ray Gillen's estate / family claim. So this "Badlands Voodoo Highway Rock Candy Remaster" was retired from the market and it's now a collectors item.After touring for the better part of a year in the wake of their self-titled debut Badlands, long-simmering tensions within the band would boil over at the end of the road.Singer Ray Gillen and guitarist Jake Lee were determined to eject drummer Eric Singer from the fold, with only bassist Greg Chaisson speaking on Singer’s behalf… a strange turn of events as Singer and Chaisson had been at odds from day one.Badlands found a new drummer in Jeff Martin, who had fronted Racer’s X as their vocalist and played with George Lynch and Michael Schenker.Other changes were afoot, as the band kicked manager/producer Paul O’Neil to the curb, Lee taking over the controls for the production of "Voodoo Highway".Badlands’ debut album hit #57 on the Billboard Hot 100. Respectable, but the record company (Atlantic Records) thought they could do better. Among a raft of internal strife, Atlantic proposed in 1990 that Jake E. Lee co-write with Desmond Child, the hit making machine responsible for some of the greatest late ’80s successes by KISS, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Ratt, etc and so on.Child‘s input was rejected by the band, and Badlands focused on a blues-based hard rock album instead. Soon after the "Voodoo Highway" tour was completed, Atlantic dropped Badlands. In December 1993, Ray Gillen died of complications due to AIDS.Musically, "Voodoo Highway" is a logical progression for Badlands, showing a band looking to expand their sound. It’s expertly written and superbly performed.“Soul Stealer” and “Love Don’t Mean A Thing” kill me every time I hear them. Many a mix tape in the early ’90s were made better by their inclusion.The guitar riffs on “Silver Horses” or “Heaven’s Train” show off Lee’s brilliance as a writer and performer.The album is interspersed with short tracks like the American Steel piece “Voodoo Highway”, the acoustic “Joe’s Blues” and the soulful “In A Dream”.Some might call these tracks filler material — clocking in at roughly two minutes each — but I disagree. They act as the backdrop for bigger things to come, and sets the tone of the whole album. If it weren’t for “Joe’s Blues”, the opening riff of “Soul Stealer” would not be the boot to the head that it is.This is darkly shadowed bluesy hard rock, and Badlands aren’t ashamed to show it off.I find that even the James Taylor cover “Fire And Rain” is turned into a totally raw song. While Gillen’s voice lacks the warm sensitivity of Taylor’s, he does a fine job of connecting with the material, bringing a little rock ‘n’ roll energy to the lyrics while the band’s high-octane arrangement builds upon the original with emotional fretwork and a loose-knit rhythm track. Lee, again, brings out the best in the song with a nervy solo that cuts to the quick.This performance is echoed again in the album-closing “In A Dream,” an R&B-tinged ballad with gospel undertones, Gillen’s soulful vocals carrying the song until Lee’s subtle, high-lonesome guitar strum kicks in and underscores the emotion of the lyrics."Voodoo Highway" is another killer album from Badlands. This recording is nothing but pure soul-driven hard rock genius.The songs here are just as good as their debut with just a little more fire in Gillen's voice. Jake's guitar is about as raw as you can get -- he didn't want to go commercial if he could help it.One thing Badlands had was energy and, of course, great rhythm guitar. The solos here are unmatched and not just because I say so. Just listen to this release if you haven't heard it in awhile. Jake's pinches alone have been copied more times than an office memo.

Line Up:

Ray Gillen - lead vocals, harmonica
Jake E. Lee - guitar, dobro, keyboards, percussion
Greg Chaisson - electric and acoustic bass
Jeff Martin - drums, percussion, backing vocals

Tracklist:

01. The Last Time
02. Show Me the Way
03. Shine on
04. Whiskey Dust
05. Joe's Blues
06. Soul Stealer
07. 3 Day Funk
08. Silver Horses
09. Love Don't Mean a Thing
10. Voodoo Highway
11. Fire and Rain
12. Heaven's Train
13. In a Dream

+ Video "The Last Time" (Official Video)

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