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 vinyl represses are here!

Vinyl represses have arrived at the Rockadrome store! Several of our most popular titles are now back in print on vinyl, including our most popular release of all-time, JERUSALEM! Now’s your chance to grab this killer UK hard rock monster from 1972 while it lasts. Housed in an awesome thick gate-fold cover and presented as a near exact reissue of the original relesase. Remastered from the original tapes, it sounds even better than expensive original pressing!

Jerusalem LP

Also, back in stock is the near exact vinyl reissue of the ultra-rare dark Icelandic hard rock debut album from ICECROSS. Includes a poster and an insert with liner notes and photos. As of this writing, we still have a some of the limited edition (only 100 made) white vinyl packages available! These won’t be around forever, once they are gone, that’s it.

Icecross LP white vinyl

IRON CLAW 2-LP is back again as well. We blew out of the limited edition red-vinyl edition and then the black vinyl followed. We did a limited repress for those who missed out on the first go around. Remastered for vinyl by Tony Reed (Mos Generator) this one is a killer heavy rocker, housed in heavy duty gate-fold cover and including a poster and an insert! A must for those into heavy rock like Tear Gas, Leaf Hound, Jerusalem, Ancient Grease, Toad, Sir Lord Baltimore, Incredible Hog or Elias Hulk!

Iron Claw LP

 

Remastered IRON CLAW now available as double album vinyl!

Iron Claw LPIRON CLAW – s/t 2-LP. The Vintage/Rockadrome label is happy to announce the gate-fold cover double album vinyl release of this early 70s Scottish underground heavy rock music. Iron Claw were stomping around the UK with the likes of Black Sabbath, Hackensack, Pink Fairies, Juicy Lucy and others from the time, but never released a proper album. Their name, Iron Claw, was taken from the first line in King Crimson’s song “21st Century Schizoid Man”. In the beginning, Iron Claw probably became the world’s first Black Sabbath tribute band, as they incorporated the entire first Black Sabbath LP and single into their set! As it turns out, Bassist Alex Wilson was the one who unearthed his personal recording of the oldest known concert tape of Black Sabbath, a 1969 gig recorded in Dumfries, Scotland! As time progressed, Iron Claw’s live sets included many originals as well as hanging on to some covers such as War Pigs, Fairies Wear Boots, Wicked World, Green Manalishi and Lady Whisky. This collection of sixteen original studio tracks documents their existence from 1970 thru 1974 and includes extensive liner notes, lyrics and photos inside the gatefold and on a 12″ insert. Also includes an 11×17 poster. For fans of Tear Gas, Leaf Hound,   Jerusalem, Ancient Grease, Toad, Incredible Hog, Elias Hulk! All new mastering for vinyl by Tony Reed!

It’s also available in a limited edition red vinyl package through the label website only. The special edition extras include:

  • RED vinyl version (only 100 pressed) exclusively available from www.rockadrome.com in collector pack.
  • Embroidered patch (red logo with red border)
  • 4″ x 4″ sticker x 2 (cover art)
  • 1.5″ pinback button (logo)
  • IRON CLAW double-sided T-Shirt (Gildan pre-shrunk 100% cotton) with cover art on front and 70s tour dates/amplifiers on the back.

Iron Claw LP red vinyl

Track Listing:

Side One:

  1. Claustrophobia
  2. Mist Eye
  3. Skullcrusher
  4. Let it Grow

Side Two:

  1. Sabotage
  2. Crossrocker
  3. Winter

Side Three:

  1. Rock Band Blues
  2. Pavement Artist
  3. Strait Jacket
  4. Gonna Be Free

Side Four:

  1. Loving You
  2. Lightning
  3. All I Really Need
  4. Knock Em Dead
  5. Devils

 

Press:

“Best of all is the should-have-been-a-hit ‘Pavement Artist’, which hits all the right spots.” – Shindig!

“16 pulverizingly heavy early masterpieces of dirty doom metal, this is a can’t miss package for all fans of heavy psych, proto-metal and the early days of doom rock.” – The Ripple Effect

“This Scottish band are just ridiculously heavy and I think it’s a travesty that the 16 songs they wrote around 1970/1971 never got an official release until 2009. This whole album is just breathtaking.” – Terrorizer

40th anniversary ICECROSS vinyl reissue is out now!

Icecross CDICECROSS – Icecross LP. We are very proud to announce the 40th anniversary LP reissue of this 1973 Icelandic hard rock underground monster that’s been the target of collectors for at least two decades! Carefully remastered for pristine sound that lays waste to all the bootlegs that have come before. Includes 12 x 12 insert with liner notes, clippings and photographs and 11 x 17 poster featuring cover art and band photos celebrating 40th anniversary of this classic underground cult favorite. With quality poly-lined paper sleeve for record.

It’s also available in a limited edition (only 100 made) package direct from the Rockadrome label. This SPECIAL EDITION includes extras:

  • WHITE vinyl version (only 100 pressed) exclusively available from www.rockadrome.com in collector pack.
  • 3 x 3 embroidered patch
  • 4 x 4 sticker
  • 1.5 pinback button
  • Two-sided ICECROSS T-Shirt (Gildan pre-shrunk 100% cotton) with cover art on front and 40th anniversary commemoration on back

Icecross LP white vinyl

Icecross possess a unique and dark sound for their time which reveals influences ranging from Sabbath to Crimson to Blue Oyster Cult and beyond all melded together in such a way to form their distinct Icecross style. Considered proto-metal by many, though they don’t achieve this with a typical smash your face approach. Instead, Icecross unleash some killer inventive guitar sounds by way of Leslie speakers combined with wild ominous bass lines, frantic drumming, spooky effected vocals and splendid use of bow to create a perfect dark heavy guitar album. One of the few, if not the only, Icelandic band inspired by Sabbath at that time.

For fans of Leaf Hound, Blue Cheer, Elias Hulk, Iron Claw, Jerusalem, Necronomicon, Hairy Chapter, Incredible Hog, Dust, Pentagram, Flower Travellin’ Band and the like.

All tracks are self-composed and sung in English:

Side One:

  1. Wandering Around
  2. Solution
  3. A Sad Mans Story
  4. Jesus Freaks

Side Two:

  1. 1999
  2. Scared
  3. Nightmare
  4. The End

40th Anniversary reissue of ICECROSS now available!

Icecross CDThe 40th anniversary first official reissue of ICECROSS on the Vintage/Rockadrome label has arrived at the Rockadrome shop. This 1973 Icelandic hard rock underground monster has been the target of collectors for at least two decades! Carefully remastered for pristine sound that lays waste to all the bootlegs that have come before. 12-page booklet with liner notes, clippings and photographs.

ICECROSS possess a unique dark sound which reveals influences ranging from Sabbath to Crimson to Blue Oyster Cult and beyond all melded together in such a way to form their distinct Icecross style. Considered proto-metal by many, though they don’t achieve this with a typical smash your face approach. Instead, Icecross unleash some killer inventive guitar sounds by way of Leslie speakers combined with ominous effected bass lines and splendid use of bow to create a perfect dark heavy guitar album. One of the few, if not the only, Icelandic band inspired by Sabbath at that time.

ICECROSS – S/T CD (ROCK051-V-2) on the Vintage/Rockadrome label.

Track Listing:

  1. Wandering Around
  2. Solution
  3. A Sad Mans Story
  4. Jesus Freaks
  5. 1999
  6. Scared
  7. Nightmare
  8. The End

Press:

“Their album has been legendary among collectors for years. All in all this is an album of overwhelming power with an underlying, uncomfortably penetrating coldness. Obviously one for guitar lovers or those willing to delve into the more obscure history of heavy metal”  – Scented Gardens of the Mind

 

Stepson – Lost Tapes 72-74 LP (ROCK/LION048-V-1)

Stepson Lost Tapes LPStepson - Lost Tapes 72-74 LPSTEPSON – Lost Tapes LP (Rock/Lion048-V-1) OUT NOW! About forty years in the making, and finally the world has the second Stepson album! Utilizing tapes preserved by drummer Len Fagan then transferred to digital and mastered by bassist Bruce Hauser, this fine collection of twelve songs is as close as the world will ever get to a real second Stepson album. Some is raw, some is embryonic, but it’s all prime stuff for fans to savor, reflecting the band’s “devil may care” attitude and rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. And just in case you don’t believe that the band liked to party, consider that the exact recording dates (and even some locations) have long been forgotten. To borrow an old adage: If you can remember Stepson, you weren’t there. Kicking off with a crunching riff by guitarist Joey Newman, ‘Danger Zone’ is the heaviest track Stepson ever cut, replete with an ominous atmosphere reflecting the seedy side of their native Los Angeles; ‘Streets of Alameda’ (1974) is an ode to vocalist Jeff Hawks’ hometown, [Read more…]