ROB MORATTITRANSCENDENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release date: 24th June, 2016
Cat No: ESM293
Barcode: 5 03128100293 8

Track List: 1- Answer Of Life  4:46 / 2-Don’t Give Up 3:53 / 3- Edge Of Love  4:01 / 4- I’m Back  4:28 / 5-Lost And Lonely 5:31 / 6-I’m Flying High 4:32 / 7-Within Your Eyes 5:06 / 8-Midst Of June 5:06 / 9-There’s No Denying 4:22 / 10-To Be An Honest Man 5:02 / 11-Baby I'm Yours 4:48 / 12-Euphoria 3:06

Rob Moratti - Lead Vocals and all background harmonies.
Torben Enevoldsen - Lead, rhythm guitars and keyboards.
Fredrik Bergh – Keyboards
Tony Franklin - Bass.
Stu Reid - Drums and percussion
Christian Wolff - Lead and rhythm guitars on "Don't Give Up" and "Lost And Lonely".
Ian Crichton (Saga) - Lead guitars on "I'm Back".

Mixed and Mastered by Richard Chycki
Produced by Rob Moratti

Canadian singer Rob Moratti has had a varied career to date, he first appeared as a songwriter and lead vocalist in the early 90’s for the band “Moratti” and two fine albums were recorded “Desolation” in 1995 and “Legends of Tomorrow” in 1997.

He then took centre stage in the band “Final Frontier” alongside Mladen from Von Groove, a band that went on to record 4 albums and gained a cult following in Europe and Japan. The band played exciting hard melodic rock set apart by Rob’s powerful vocals.

In 2008 Rob was chosen to replace Michael Sadler in the band “Saga”, a fine accolade indeed, and he featured on the 2009 album “Human Condition” as well as touring extensively with the band. Sadler returned to Saga and so Rob went on to record a solo project “Victory” in 2011 with Escape Music. “Victory” had an impressive line-up that included Reb Beach (Whitesnake) and Tony Franklin (The Firm). The album was an instant success and has since become a firm favourite with fans all around the world.

Recently Rob recorded a fine tribute to the band “Journey”, the band that influenced him greatly in his youth, this recording was limited to 1000 numbered units and has since sold out. In addition he provided vocals for the Rage of Angels CD “The Devil’s New Tricks”, an album that really sees his vocals reach new heights.

That brings us to 2016 and Rob has completed his second solo outing “Transcendent” which sees him giving his best performance yet, his vocals have never sounded better as he sings his heart out throughout all 13 tracks. This is Melodic Rock at its very best and with band members that include Torben Enevoldsen and Tony Franklin we are set for a real treat. Guesting on guitar is Saga’s own Michael Crichton, exciting times indeed.

Rob’s career is starting to really take shape, this is one monster album.

 

 

 


 

 


PUNKY MEADOWS
– FALLEN ANGEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escape Music is Proud to announce the signing of Punky Meadows
the former Angel Guitarist!!

Release date: 20th May 2016
Catalogue Number: ESM292
Bar Code: 5 03128100292 1

Track List: Descent / The Price You Pay / Straight Shooter / Breathless And Jaded / Loaded Gun / Lost And Lonely / Home Wrecker / I Wanna Be Your Drug / Leavin Tonight / Searchin / Something Strange / Shadow Man / Shake Shake / Summertime Love / Fallen Angel / They Don’t Like My Ways (Bonus Track) / Summertime Love/Alternate Solo (Bonus Track)

 

PUNKY MEADOWS "Fallen Angel" is

PUNKY MEADOWS - LEAD GUITAR, RHYTHM GUITAR
DANNY FARROW - RHYTHM GUITAR
FELIX ROBINSON - BASS GUITAR (Angel)
CHANDLER MOGEL- LEAD VOCALS (Outloud)
BOB PANTELLA –DRUMS (Monster Magnet)
CHARLIE CALV – KEYBOARDS (Shotgun Symphony)

Punky Meadows is best known for being the iconic lead guitarist of the 70's band ANGEL on Casablanca records. ANGEL, like label mates KISS, were a huge theatrical band that while also being a headlining act in the US were also one of the biggest rock bands in Japan.

Punky was a huge influence to many musicians for not only his great feel, tone and unique style of guitar playing, but also his rock star image that many have tried to emulate over the years. ANGEL released 6 albums on Casablanca before disbanding in 1981 due to the demise of the label. During his career Punky had been sought after and considered to join well-known bands such as Kiss, Aerosmith, New York Dolls and Michael Bolton. Upon the disbanding of ANGEL he occupied himself with successful business ventures while continuing to play guitar and write songs.

Through social media, the fans have let him know that they want to hear from him and with his new found passion in music with close friend Danny Farrow Anniello they have written some great new songs for his solo album FALLEN ANGEL. The songs are very melodic yet diverse with catchy choruses that stick with you. Punky is playing better than ever and it really shows on this timeless collection of music. Punky wants to bring the fans the best he has and FALLEN ANGEL proves it.

Also you can hear Felix Robinson on bass guitar former member of Angel also played with 707 and White Lion…..and Bobby Pantella on Drums former Raging Slab and is currently with Monster Magnet

This solo album is a stunning recording, and it is everything that fans old and new will want to hear; we are all giving Punky a very warm welcoming return.

 

 

 


 

 


CULVER KINGZ – THIS TIME

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release date: 24th June 2016
Catalogue Number: ESM290
Barcode: 5 03128100290 7

Culver Kingz is:
Michael Thompson : All instruments
Billy Trudel : Lead vocals and backing vocals

Produced and Mixed by : Michael Thompson

Track Listing:
1- Better Days 04:05  /  2-Chains Get Broken 04:33 / 3- Eyes Of Barbados 04:29 / 4- Dirty Secret 04:22 / 5- Wan Chai Girl 04:13 / 6- R & B Love Song 04:59 / 7- This Time 04:20 / 8- Don’t Take This Love 04:26 / 9- Forever 04:29 / 10- Coming Home Soon 04:51 / 11- You’re Not Alone 04:12

In 1983, Michael Thompson and Billy Trudel were introduced to each other. They were brought together by manager Steve Brooks and Producer/Engineer, Wyn Davis to form a new band called Slang. They worked hard in the studio and out playing shows to get this new project noticed but nothing seemed to work in their favor. After 2 years of struggling, they started to adventure into other projects. In 1985 Billy signed his first recording contract with The City, a band on Chrysalis Records and Michael was playing guitar with Andy Fraser (Free) When Manager Alan Neven ( Guns & Roses) heard the project. He took it to Geffen Records and the band was signed. But there was a problem, Billy couldn’t sign the contract because of his prior obligations to The City. So Michael had to find another vocalist to record the album.

That’s when he found Moon Calhoun to take Billy’s place. They changed the name of the band to the Michael Thompson Band and released the record in 1987. Since that time both Michael and Billy became well established in they’re music carriers, backing up some of the biggest artist in the music industry. Then in 2011, Michael and Billy re-connected and decided to finish that record they always wanted to make. That was the birth of the Culver Kingz. The band name came from both of them living in Culver City and writing and recording everything in Michaels studio. Now all these years later they are thrilled to come back full circle and do what they do best, Make music.

For the past 30 years, here are just a few artist Michael Thompson, and Billy Trudel have worked with.

Michaels credits are: Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Ricky Martin, David Foster, Madonna, Michael Bolton, Babyface, En Vogue, Bobby Womack, Quincy Jones, Beyoncé, Stanley Clarke, N Sync, Toni Braxton, Rod Stewart, Vince Neil, The Scorpions, Mariah Carey, Michael McDonald Brian Adams Animal Logic and many more.

Billy’s credits are: Elton John, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Phil Collins, Bonnie Raitt, Mary J Blige, Sting, Motley Crue, Trixter, Spice Girls, Rod Stewart, Brotherhood Creed, Joe Perry, Pet Shop Boys, B B King, Brian Adams, Stevie Wonder, Sir George Martin, Bon Jovi, Back Street Boys Warpipes, The City, Public Domain and many more.

If you like bands such as Matchbox 20 and Santana this album is definitely for you!!!

Look for the Culver Kingz on 20th May 2016.  

 

 


 

 


ERIKADEAF, DUMB & BLONDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Release date: 20th May 2016
Catalogue Number: ESM291
Bar Code: 5 03128100291 4

Track list: Killer / Heroes of Heartbreak / Suckerpunch / Drama / Hearts gone bad / Sleeping with a memory / Once upon A time / Go Down / Us Fools / One for the road / Start your engine / Warhoney

Vocals: Erika, Redas Jefisovas, Sebastian Qvarfordt, Oscar Bromvall, Marcus Blomberg, Tomas Blade, Lena Borg.
Guitars: Jesper Strömblad, Oscar Bromvall, Redas Jefisovas, Tommy Denander, Peter Rooth, Alex Angleflod, Johan Flodqvist.
Bass: Marcus Blomberg, Jesper Strömblad.
Keyboards: Alex Angleflod, Mic Michaeli, Tommy Denander.
Handclaps: The Plura-Sex Society.

Produced by Alex Angleflod and Erika for Yellow Snow Productions, a division of Spoil Me Rotten Inc.
Recorded at RedDoor Studio by Alex Angleflod.
Mixed by Willem Bleeker at thelegendary X -Level Studios” (Abba, Beyonce, Korn)”
Mastered by Mats Lindfors at Cutting Room.

Erika was born on a cold winter night in Skelleftea, Sweden where she started her own band at just 12 years old. As a teenager she relocated to Stockholm where she started to write and record demos with various rock bands. In the late 1980’s she dated and later married guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen.  In 1989 Erika was offered her first deal for a record, which was called “Cold Winter Night”, an album she co-wrote which proved to be a resounding success. The following tours were a sell out and Erika became a rock singing sensation. Her marriage with Yngwie ended in 1992 and she found herself back in Stockholm and recording two more successful albums “In the arms of a stranger” and “Lady Luck”. The latter album featured the hit song “Lost in Paradise” a duet with Eurovision star Jan Johensen.

In 1995 Erika recorded “When Christmas comes to town”, a song which is regarded as a Christmas classic in Sweden and then  released her fourth album “Planet X” and then “Ripe” which were both very big in Japan.

In 2014 Erika started to record the sixth outing which is “Deaf, Dumb and Blonde”, an album which surpasses all she has done – she still has the vocal power of her earlier releases and is set to make a big stir in the rock world once more. With production from Alex Angleflod and Erika herself the album was also recorded at Red Door studio (Abba, Beyonce, Korn). Also featured on the recording are band members from Europe, Candlemass and In Flames.

During her career Erika has appeared on countless TV shows in Scandinavia and  Japan as well as writing for many other well-known artists, one of those being “AOR” (Frederic Slama).  In short she is a legend and this new album should see her extending her popularity to a whole new audience.

Discography: Cold Winter Night (1990) / In The Arms of a Stranger (1991) / Lady Luck (1993) / Planet X (1995) / Ripe (1998) / Supertrax (compilation 2000) / Deaf Dumb and Blonde (2016)