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Various Artists
Rock And Roll Rebels & The Sunset Strip-Volume I
May 2015
Released: 2015, Eonian Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: JP

I've been following the company trajectory of the young upstart label Eonian Records for unite some time. I really appreciate record labels like this that totally specialize on one small era and excel in what they do. Eonian is one of those companies and they have just released a very cool, limited action four CD box-set called ROCK 'N' ROLL REBELS & THE SUNSET STRIP-Volume I. In case you are not familiar Eonian specialize in rare, demo and out of print material from second and third tier melodic Metal / Glam bands from the United States from back in the 80's and early 90's. After several high calibre albums (which we have reviewed here) the band has put together a neat box-set.



This box-set is massive. There are 72 songs from 36 bands spread across four discs. This is a really cool idea to have not one, but two songs from each band, to give the listeners a better sampling of what they do (or did). Housed n one of those double-wide jewel boxes, the cover and design are made to look like an amplifier. Inside is a glossy 72 page booklet, full colour with all sorts of features. It starts with a long essay co-written by Johnny X of The Wild and Adam Gifford of the band Paradise. They are fully aware that they never quite made it but take pride in being the 'underground' of the Hollywood scene. Each band has a full page profile with a photo, some vital statistics, recording info and the origin of the band name. It is a gorgeous and well thought out presentation.



Musically this box-set is so fun and just loaded with great tunes. Any one of these songs with the right, timing, exposure or lucky break could have, would have been a hit. For die-hard glam/melodic metal fans there are many members that went on to greater fame, bands evolved, musicians changed and now you can see some of the roots of the scene. For example the band Southgang was originally titled called Byte The Bullet and they include an early version of the track 'Russian Roulette' which later appeared on one of their later, major label albums. This set is loaded with cool stuff like that. This is an incredible collection of rarities and the sound quality is also very decent as well. The energy nd enthusiasm is evident as bands put some of their best material forward hoping for that ever elusive record deal .



Everyone knows about Poison and Warrant, through countless stories have been told many times over, but the scene was much bigger, broader and deeper than many people realize. All of these bands played in the golden-era of the Sunset Strip along side the big name bands and if you are a true music fan you will hear that these bands are as good or even better than some of the bands that did make it to greater levels of international exposure. ROCK AND ROLL REBELS captures the spirit and exposes the seedy underbelly of one of the most exciting and fun times in American music history.







SPECIAL GUEST BONUS REVIEW BY CELTIC BOB



I love 80’s Metal, always have and always will. I have a sort of soft spot for it as my teenage years were that decade. That was when I discovered Metal and became the music freak that I am today. The vast majority of the 80’s Metal I enjoy is the stuff that many hate. I’m talking the Hair Metal, Glam Metal, Sleaze Metal...whatever you want to call it, it’s still Metal at the end of the day. The Sunset Strip stuff had a little more edge and grit to it. It was raw and real. I loved it, still do so when word came out that this set was in the works I couldn’t wait to hear it. Finally the day arrived when I got to sit back, crack a beer and enjoy an evening of music from an era that I loved by band’s I never heard. Not much could be better.



While listening to the excellent music I was reading the liner notes in the booklet, looking at the photo’s when I cam across one photo towards the back that caught my eye. The black and white photo simply said “Ralph - LongGone” underneath. Could it be? Nah? Was it? I immediately went to the page for LongGone and the band shot confirmed it. It was a pre-Steel Panther Ralph Saenz. I instantly had to check out the band to hear it. Pure late 80’s in every aspect. He had the voice but not quite as strong and powerful as it is now but easy to see why he made it. After scanning through all the bands for now famous members the other standout was Dizzy Reed who went on to join Guns n’ Roses.



If you are into Glam, Hair, Sleaze...or just 80’s Metal in general then do yourself a favour and get this set. Loads of fantastic music and an informative book to boot. Hopefully we’ll see a second volume in the not too distant future.
Track Listing

DISC ONE:

Rattlesnake Shake - Shootin' Daggers
Rattlesnake Shake - Get Around (Everybody Needs Somebody)
Alice Be Tokelas - In the Morning
Alice Be Tokelas - This Is Now
The Wild - Get Down 2 Night
The Wild - Some Girls
LongGone - Higher
LongGone - Sticky Situation
Hans Naughty - Fallen Nature
Hans Naughty - Be In You
Imagine World Peace - Something I Miss
Imagine World Peace - Sometimes
Bad Blood - Slip
Bad Blood - Sweet Addiction
Cyclone Sound - City Monsters
Cyclone Sound - All Systems
Hap Hazzard - Sorry
Hap Hazzard - Under Fire

DISC TWO:

Charlotte - Little Devils
Charlotte - Krackerman
Lypswitch - Sexx On The Sun
Lypswitch - She's So Psychedelic
Bad Bones - My Love Is For Real
Bad Bones - Give Good Love
Enticier - Daddy's Little Girl
Enticier - One Way Ticket
Scratch - Merry Go Round
Scratch - Smack Dab
Hardly Dangerous - Sweeter Than Honey
Hardly Dangerous - Game Of Love
Sam Mann and Thee Apes - Feel My Body
Sam Mann and Thee Apes - Nasty Woman
Mad Reign - Rise
Mad Reign - The First One's Free
The Mimes - Crack Alley
The Mimes - Kick, Kick (Scratch And Fight)

DISC THREE:

Shake City - Betty Blue
Shake City (Hot Wheelz) - She's Atomic
Blackboard Jungle - Paint You A Picture
Blackboard Jungle - Chicago
Paradise - Satisfaction Guaranteed
Paradise - I'm In Love With You
Hollywood Rose - Sweet Little Angel
Hollywood Rose - Come A Little Closer
Taz - Day Of The Dog
Taz - Dogtown
Daddy Ray - Success
Daddy Ray - Nag, Nag, Nag
Children - Dance With Me
Children - Water Into Wine
Shel Shoc - Lotta Love
Shel Shoc - Pull The Trigger
Dallas Dollz - Dirty Money
Dallas Dollz - Doin' Time

DISC FOUR:

Deaf, Dumb and Blonde - Heaven's Trail
Deaf, Dumb and Blonde - Down And Dirty
Cold Shot - Give Me What I Need
Cold Shot - Little Too Late
New Improved God - Back Where You Belong
New Improved God - Dead Rock Stars
Agent Zero - Shadows
Agent Zero - Distant Memories
Aces & Eights - Read My Lips
Aces & Eights - You Ain't My Religion
Rough Justice - Cheap Disguise
Rough Justice - Good Ole' Days
Byte the Bullet - Let Em Down Easy
Byte the Bullet - Russian Roulette
Spyder Blue - Dummy Says
Spyder Blue - Love, Lies, And Hate
Charlemagne - You're All I Need
Charlemagne - Who Needs Bad Girls

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