Ashbury – Endless Skies LP (ROCK055-V-1)

Ashbury - Endless Skies LPAshbury – Endless Skies LP. Vinyl reissue of classic early 80s hard rock private press record from Arizona! A real gem for fans of classic hard rock like Jethro Tull and even 70s metal heads into such obscurities as Legend (From the Fjords) or southern rockers into groups like The Outlaws. Hypnotic vocal hooks and a mystical atmosphere mixing acoustic and electric guitars lures you right into this group’s unique hard rock sound. It’s amazing how such talent can slip right under the radar. These guys were buried treasure waiting to be unearthed when we made contact over 5 years ago and re-released their masterpiece “Endless Skies” on compact disc. Since that time, they have played Ragnarok festival in Chicago with great success and set off to Europe for two more festival shows! Here we bring you a near exact vinyl reissue of the legendary 1983 debut album that collectors scramble for, brilliantly re-mastered and including an informative lyric insert and color poster.

Track Listing:

  1. The Warning
  2. Take Your Love Away
  3. Twilight
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  5. Madman
  6. Hard Fight
  7. No Mourning
  8. Mystery Man
  9. Endless Skies

“Hard rock ripper with progressive edge; been compared to Black Sabbath and Bill Nelson” – The Acid Archives  (I think they mean a cross between the two)

“Some people are just good at certain things, just rule at something. Tom Brady at playing quarterback in the NFL, for instance. Sidney Crosby in hockey, as an example. Dennis Bergeron at coming up with amazing obscure hard rock. I mean, let’s face it, here’s a guy who (along with his late partner, Phil Baker) turned me onto: Winterhawk, Slauter Xstroyes, Full Moon, Sorcery, Manilla Road’s “Dreams Of Eschaton,” do I need to go on? Well, Dennis has done it again, this time hitting me right between the eyes with a little album that came out of Oklahoma in 1983. Now I’ve heard that the wind goes sweeping down the plain in Oklahoma, but the guitars must have too, and a couple guys named Randy & Rob Davis must’ve been standing there, waiting to catch ’em. They did and then they started to play like madmen (well, there’s a song on the album called “Madman,” so…) and came up with this absolute beaut of a record. There is really very little I can say about how good this damn thing is, from beginning to end. The songs are so good, the playing (Randy Davis – lead guitar) & singing (Rob Davis) so spectacular that you’re going back & hitting “repeat” to hear every single track again. So what does ASHBURY actually sound like? The best description I can think of is The Moody Blues songs & vocal melodies crossed with the hard rock riffs & leads of Full Moon (or for the obscure-challenged, Ritchie Blackmore, maybe). From the opening of “The Warning” through scorched-in-your-brain hook-laden jewels like “Twilight” & “Vengeance,” this album stands up with anything from the ’70’s, including all the big boys. You then finish up with the 7+ minute epic title cut and your face-to-face with an opus that finds it’s equal in Full Moon’s “Winter City” & Winterhawk’s “Period Of Change.” This is the real deal, kids, & it’s only a shame that ASHBURY never did a follow-up. Essential for any ’70’s hard rock fanatic!” – Chaos Realm

Rockadrome band t-shirts now available!

Finally, we have some of our artist T-shirts becoming available over at the Rockadrome Store. Grab some now and show your support for Rockadrome and these great bands.

At the moment, we have shirts available from Truth & Janey, Jerusalem, Iron Claw, Icecross, Ashbury and also a Rockadrome label shirt! Coming soon, Winterhawk and Cain shirts! Here are some examples:

Jerusalem Shirt

Truth and Janey Shirt

Ashbury Shirt

Iron Claw Shirt

 

Ashbury photos from European shows!

Ashbury Hammer of DoomAshbury recently finished playing their first ever European shows this past week with an appearance at Germany’s Hammer of Doom festival, followed by two nights at clubs in Greece, the latter being an acoustic set featuring the Davis brothers. All shows were a great success with most fans walking away mesmerized much like they were after Ashbury’s set at the Ragnarrokr fest in Chicago earlier this year.

Here are some links to some photos albums from facebook:

Hammer of Doom photos

You can find Ashbury on Facebook here.

Some video from Hammer of Doom here.

 

Ashbury and Winterhawk mesmerize the crowd at Ragnarokkr fest in Chicago!

Winterhawk Jordan MacarusRagnarokkr heavy metal fest hit the city of Chicago’s south loop area at Reggies on May 3rd-4th. In a surprise to some, Rockadrome label artists, Ashbury and Winterhawk were huge hits as both had the crowd chanting their names and left great impressions on everyone in attendance! The buzz was that they stole the weekend!

I’ve seen this latest incarnation of Winterhawk several years prior at the Alehorn of Power fest in Chicago and it’s always a pleasure to watch Jordan Macarus wield his homemade six string axe and slay the audience with his magical playing. If you’ve never seen them, you need to. At Ragnarokkr they played classics like Hammer and the Axe, There and Back Again, Free to Live and ‘new’ classic Larkin. It’s about time they headed over to Europe!

This was the first time I’ve seen Ashbury live and they were excellent. They entranced the crowd with their own brand of classic epic hard rock as they played classic tracks from the Endless Skies album and a few from their self-released follow up. These old pros knew how to deliver the goods and they whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their great delivery and execution! That’s the great thing about heavy metal crowds, they are not going to just sit back and enjoy they are gonna rush the stage, fist pump, scream, and call for more….and they did!!! Get ready Europe as Ashbury are headed over to Germany and Greece later this year! Ashbury ragnarokkr

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{Ashbury} Randy Davis started playing guitar full time in January 1977, playing lead guitar for a house band in southern Oklahoma. At the same time he joined a local rock band called Rigid Spur, which played all over Oklahoma and north Texas. In December of 1977, Rigid Spur broke up to form the band Ashbury South, a 4-piece dual lead guitar band with Randy as the front-man. Rob Davis joined the band in February 1978 as sound engineer and live show producer. Ashbury South introduced many people to AC/DC and Van Halen, by playing their music before they were known nationally. The band was know for it’s stage and light show, which rivaled any concert band playing at the time. [Read more…]

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Ashbury Endless Sky CD

Ashbury Endless Sky CD

“Some people are just good at certain things, just rule at something. Tom Brady at playing quarterback in the NFL, for instance. Sidney Crosby in hockey,

as an example. Dennis Bergeron at coming up with amazing obscure hard rock. I mean, let’s face it, here’s a guy who (along with his late partner, Phil Baker) turned me onto: Winterhawk, Slauter Xstroyes, Full Moon, Sorcery, Manilla Road’s “Dreams Of Eschaton,” do I need to go on? Well, Dennis has done it again, this time hitting me right between the eyes with a little album that came out of Oklahoma in 1983.

[Read more…]