Dream Street captures Peggy Lee at her most intimate and melancholy – a song cycle exploring love and loss in uncompromisingly frank terms, it strips away the saccharine and schmaltz so common among the singer's Decca sessions to effectively create the first truly adult music of her career. Lee occupies the same harrowing emotional territory staked out by Frank Sinatra via the landmark In the Wee Small Hours, investing the material with the kind of heartbreak and longing that belies the whole "easy listening" tag – this is music shorn of pretense and artifice, as intense as a primal scream yet beautiful in the way only art of this magnitude can be.
Talisman were a Swedish hard rock band characterized by an international melodic/powerful sound. Talisman was formed by bass player Marcel Jacob, who had previously played with Rising Force, John Norum Group and Power. While Jacob was playing with John Norum, he started working on tracks which he thought would end up on Norum's second solo album. The singer on those demos was Göran Edman, also in John Norum Group at that time. Norum rejected the songs and, in the meantime, Göran was offered the opportunity to join Yngwie Malmsteen's band…
DGM is one of the Prog-Metal bands that for some reasons never gained much succes over the years like other bands from this genre. Great, simply excellent album full of catchy arrangements and superb vocal passages sung by their first vocalist Luciano Regoli. Similar bands Elegy, Ivory Tower, Eldritch etc…
This is Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow's second solo album. His first, "The Four Seasons Of Life" was a respectable neo-classical release that contained a lot of guitar work. This release is a bit more song orientated, and what a band Roland has to back him up! Basically this is Yngwie's "Magnum Opus" band minus the Maestro himself and Mats Olausson. Yes, that's right, Mike Vescera lends his golden lungs and the ace rhythm section of Barry Sparks and Mike Terrana create a powerhouse of solid backing throughout. Add to this the keyboard expertise of Ferdy Doernberg (Axel Rudi Pell fame) and you have a bit of a supergroup happening; even Jens Johannson throws in his fleeting fingers on a couple of tracks.
1999's "Animation" was the second album from MVP (Mike Vescera Project). Vescera, of course, is best known as the singer from Obsession, and his stints with Loudness and Yngwie Malmsteen. He’s joined here by guitarists Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Roy Z (Halford, Bruce Dickinson) and Joe Stump (Reign of Terror).
"In the Beginning" is the debut album by Swiss melodic metal/melodic hard rock band "Crystal Ball", originally released in 1999 and reissued this summer by AFM records following the reissue of their iconic album "Hard impact". While lately recognized as a heavy/power metal outfit with high profile release in these genres, "Crystal Ball" stated out as a band that drew elements from both hard rock and metal standing right between the two. In fact the melodic hard rock/glam metal sound of the late `80s was vastly influential on their early works.
R.T.S. (Readiness to Sacrifice) is the second solo album of Michael Kiske. It was released in 1999 in Japan and South Korea, and in Europe in 2001. The music on the album featured Michael moving away from his heavy metal roots. Musically it's a nice melodic pop/rock with many classical arrangements (violins/violas/cellos/flute…) of the best type arrangement by Michael himself. There's also a lot of acoustic guitars (if not only) and the overall is very very calm. Michael makes a real demonstration of his vocal abilities for this album.