A typical mid-'80s Euro-metal band from Switzerland, Krokus formed back in the '70s as a symphonic rock outfit modeled on the likes of Yes and ELP, switching to metal when the band's former direction proved unprofitable. The hard rock lineup included Maltese-born vocalist Marc Storace, guitarists Fernando Von Arb and Tommy Kiefer, bassist Chris Von Rohr (originally the lead vocalist), and drummer Freddy Steady. Kiefer was replaced by roadie Mark Kohler in 1982. Their brand of metal relies heavily on AC/DC and the Scorpions, with simple, radio-friendly riffs and repeatedly chanted choruses.
Barclay James Harvest's sensibly titled debut album was one of the unsung classics of the late '60s, a post-psychedelic pop album that posits a peculiar collision between the Bee Gees' vision of classic grandeur and the heftier sounds leaking out of the rock underground…
Motohiko "Toko" Hino (1946 - 1999) was a Japanese jazz drummer. In the mid-1970s, Hino was repeatedly voted by Swing Journal the best jazz drummer in Japan, though from 1978 he was based in New York City. He released an album under his own name in 1971 and two more in the early 1990s, and played with musicians such as JoAnne Brackeen, Joe Henderson, Takehiro Honda, Karen Mantler, Hugh Masekela, John Scofield, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Sonny Rollins.
Roger Morris' obscure First Album was part of a low-key country-roots rock movement in Britain in the early '70s – Brinsley Schwarz being its most notable exponents – that led to (and could be considered an early part of) the pub rock genre.
The Alan Bown Set was formed as R&B/soul band in 1965, but two years later they shortened their name to The Alan Bown! and switched to pop-psych-rock, but with some rhythm and blues elements (inc. powerful trumpet/saxophone section) still present in their sound. After three great but rather unsuccessful singles, their debut LP ﬁnally appeared in October 1968 on Music Factory label. This stylistically varied, exceptionally well-played and cleverly arranged pop-rock masterpiece contained imaginative, short, but complex tracks full of compelling ideas, memorable hooks and great vocals by criminally underrated Jess Roden. Unfortunately, the album went completely unnoticed. This expanded CD edition contains 14 rare bonus tracks, including 10 amazing rarities from the BBC archives.
A Flock of Seagulls is the eponymous debut album by the Liverpudlian New Wave band of the same name. It was released in 1982 on Jive, and featured international smash hit, "I Ran (So Far Away)", which reached the top 10 in the U.S. and New Zealand, as well as number 1 in Australia. The song "Space Age Love Song" also managed to score radio play. On the success of the singles, the album reached number 10 in the States.