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DARK STAR - Dark Star

European Import : Candy183

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DARK STAR:
Rik Staines (vocals, keyboards)
Dave Harrison (guitar, vocals)
Bob Key (guitar, vocals)
Mark Oseland (bass, vocals)
Steve Atkins (drums, vocals)
 
Produced by: Dark Star, Pete Chalcraft
Engineered by: tbd
Mixed by : tbd
Remastered by: Andy Pearce
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition. Fully Remastered Sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology. 7 Bonus tracks. Prime NWOBHM. 12 page full colour booklet - 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and band involvement. Back in the early 1980s the world of hard rock was reverberating to an avalanche of new and exciting young bands operating under the banner of the NWOBHM. It was a time when anyone could pick up a guitar, knock out a riff, record their own songs and release their music independently. There were no barriers, apart from the limits of their own ambition, and for most the sky was the limit. It was into this bubbling cauldron that Midlands based five piece Dark Star launched themselves.
Shortly after forming, they recorded a demo that included the seminal NWOBHM track 'Lady Of Mars', a song that was subsequently included on the 'Metal For Muthas Volume II Cut Loud' album. It was a track that secured much acclaim amongst the rock cognoscenti, leading to a record deal with the newly formed Avatar label and the recording of this, their debut album originally released in 1981. Unlike most of the NWOBHM's penchant for a raucous cacophony of fast riffs, Dark Star's aspirations were far broader in scope harnessing a penchant for melody and muscle. Not exactly prog rock, the band's music is carefully crafted eliciting comparisons with Praying Mantis and early Def Leppard. Recorded in just ten days at Spaceward Studios, Cambridge, the album stands proud as one of the cornerstones of a movement that thrilled and motivated an entire generation of hard rock fans.
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