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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Alcatrazz Feat. Yngwie Malmsteen - Too Young To Die


Alcatrazz is probably best known as one of two stepping stones for Yngwie Malmsteen on his way to a successful solo career, having previously served briefly in Steeler. In fact Malmsteen was one of two guitar virtuosos to spend time here (the other being Steve Vai), and neither guitarist really was the leader of the band. The band was founded in 1983 by bassist Gary Shea, keyboardist Jimmy Waldo, and noted vocalist Graham Bonnet, then newly removed from Rainbow and one who's had a history of problems staying with bands. After recruiting drummer Jan Uvena, Malmsteen was eventually added as the final piece to the puzzle, and probably the band's best-known work, the debut No Parole From Rock'n'Roll, was recorded. Vai soon replaced Malmsteen, but his tenure was short-lived as well, and finally the unheralded Danny Jackson was recruited in time for their third album, Dangerous Games, after which the band broke up for personal reasons. Musically Alcatrazz played light mainstream metal, with of course plenty of flashy guitarwork from Malmsteen and Vai. They had a sound made for radio play, and they should have been more popular than they were, but for whatever reason the band never truly took off.

Set list:
01 - Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live
02 - General Hospital
03 - Kree Nakoorie
04 - Island In The Sun
Alcatrazz (Featuring Yngwie Malmsteen) - Live at the Country Club 198305 - Evil Eye
06 - Since You've Been Gone
07 - Hiroshima Mon Amour
08 - Suffer Me
09 - Desert Song
10 - Jet To Jet

LOCATION / VENUEReseda, CA The Country Club  DATE10–83

This was originally broadcast on FM radio back in 1983. This is an excellent A++ CD. It sounds better than the official Live Alcatrazz release - Live Sentence.

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