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AXE - V

European Import : 199617

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AXE:
Bobby Barth (guitar, vocals)
Bob Harris (vocals)
Edgar Riley Jr (keyboards, backing vocals)
Blake Eberhard (bass)
Teddy Mueller (drums)
 
Produced by: Bobby Barth
Engineered by: Ian Gilchrist, Bobby Barth
Mixed by : Mark Pinske, Bobby Barth, Ian Gilchrist
Mastered by: tbd
Originally known as Babyface which consisted of Bobby Barth on guitar, Edgar Riley Jr on keyboards, Teddy Mueller on drums and Mike Turpin on bass, the group adopted the new title of Axe in 1979 when the band added second guitarist Michael Osborne. Signing with major label MCA Records by manager Lou Mongoniello, Axe released their self-titled debut in 1979 and immediately gained attention with a melodic Rock sound comprising heavy guitars mixed with keyboards. Following Axe with 1980's Living On The Edge the group switched labels to Atco and in 1982 they released their third album Offering, an album that included the hit anthem Rock n' Roll Party In The Streets and a cover of Montrose's I Got The Fire. The album marked the addition of new bassist Wayne Haner to the ranks and AXE got to tour with the likes of the Scorpions, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne and ZZ Top. The band also played in Britain during 1983 opening for Iron Maiden. Following the arrival of the band's fourth album Nemesis and touring with Mötley Crüe in 1984, AXE were dealt a fatal blow when guitarist Michael Osborne was killed in an auto crash in which a badly injured Bobby Barth was lucky enough to escape with his life. The band, however, promptly dissolved following the tragedy. Barth, once recovered, joined Blackfoot, replacing the seasoned Ken Hensley for the 1984 album Vertical Smiles and subsequent touring. The tenure was short lived however and Barth subsequently released a well crafted solo album Two Hearts, One Beat on Atco Records in 1986. In an attempt in 1989 at reforming AXE, including UFO drummer Andy Parker, was made but did not work out, with Barth going to Australia to work with ex-Rose Tattoo frontman Angry Anderson. Upon his return to America in 1991 Barth decided there was sufficient interest in AXE to make a renewed effort to put the group back together, albeit with a slightly revised line-up, and the release of a brand new album, aptly titled Five. The reformed 1997 line up was former Frank Zappa vocalist Bob Harris, Barth on guitars, Edgar Riley Jr on keyboards and original drummer Teddy Mueller plus bassist Blake Eberhard.
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