Van Halen Tribute LP to Feature Members of Journey, Aerosmith, Ozzy, DIO, WASP - Cover Art Revealed!! For Immediate Release: On September 11th, 2012, Versailles Records will release 'Take Your Whiskey Home: A Millennium Tribute to Van Halen - 1978 - 1984,' featuring current/former members of Jeff Scott Soto (Journey), Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne Band / Badlands), Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith), Stephen Pearcy (RATT), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath / Heaven & Hell / DIO), Rowan Robertson (DIO), American Dog (ftring members of Dangerous Toys / Salty Dog), and others including a number of hot Millennium rock acts including Leaving Eden, Takara, Richard Kendrick, Electric Sister, Iconic Tonic, Bugsy Parker, Erling Solem, Inside Moves, Touch 2 Much, Steve Pugh, Adventures of Leonid, Fair Warning, MYSTIC FORCE, American Hellbilly, Skyscreamers, Lee Thompson, Fan Halen, Marko Pukkila, Andy Endberg, Martian Honey, Fran and the Love Buzzards, Sinful Lilly, and Loaded Gun. ______________________________________________________________________________ USA TODAY.com, Blabbermouth.net, Melodicrock.com, other Mainstream Media around the World Feature News of Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art Debut - March 21st, 2012 Versailles Records' forthcoming 3-disc 'No More Tears: A Millennium Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne - 1971-2012' received worldwide press with the release of the album's cover art, including most notably in USA TODAY.com: View the article Other media outlets who carried the story included a host of premier rock magazines and radio stations across North America including Brave Words/Bloody Knuckles Magazine, 93.3 WMMR (Philadelphia), Antimusic.com, Hair Bangers Radio, Hit the Floor Magazine (UK), KFMX 94.5 Absolute Rock Radio, India Times, Riff Magazine, 99 X (South Florida's biggest rock station), Backline Magazine, 95.5 KLAQ Radio (El Paso), WPHZ 102.5 FM (Bedford, Indiana), along with Ozzy Osbourne's official Twitter page, theofficialpageof.com/ozzy-osbourne. A full copy of the press release follows: 'No More Tears: A Millennium Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne' Cover Art Unveiled - Mar. 16, 2012 Due in stores nationwide in North America on July 10th, 2012 via Versailles Records, the first "definitive" tibute to Ozzy Osbourne's 40-year reign as the Prince of Darkness over the ever-thriving heavy metal genre he helped invent, "No More Tears: A Millennium Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne - 1971-2012", features rock and metal superstars and many of the hottest rock and metal bands on the rise from around the globe covering Ozzy's BLACK SABBATH and entire solo catalog performed in full-length, hit by hit chronological order over the course of a three-CD set. The tribute will feature exclusive liner-note commentary from a wide range of record producers who worked with Ozzy in the studio, including Ron Nevison, Duane Baron, Keith Olsen, and Michael Beinhorn; and the track listing features star appearances from: * Vince Neil (MOTLEY CRUE) * George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB) * Stu Hamm (STEVE VAI band) * Gregg Bissonette (JOE SATRIANI, SPINAL TAP, DAVID LEE ROTH) * Derrick LeFevre (LILLIAN AXE) * Chris Poland (MEGADETH) * Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER, VINNIE VINCENT INVASION) * Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER, OZZY OSBOURNE) * Gary Moon (THREE DOG NIGHT, NIGHT RANGER) * Eric Singer (KISS, BLACK SABBATH, BADLANDS, THE CULT) * Paul Taylor (WINGER) * Keri Kelli (ALICE COOPER, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, L.A. GUNS, RATT) * Richard Kendrick (NEAR LIFE EXPERIENCE) The box set also features bands from around the globe celebrating Ozzy's legacy, including: From USA, Canada * LEAVING EDEN * BUGSY PARKER * SLANT * KINGSHIFTER * HIGH VOLTAGE * THE MADELEINE HAZE * FIERCE ATMOSPHERES * ENDLESS VENDETTA * TATTOO FRANK * SHANE DOSS * METALHORSE * SANTAGATA * DEVIL * STILETTO GHETTO * DraZZnick * TAKARA * MR. THUMB * DAWN OF THE FINAL DAY * IN HIS BLOOD * CRYPTIC CHAOS * MR. MURRAY * STILETTO GHETTO * DENNIS DEEN * RAVAGE * A NEW DECREE * SKYSCREAMERS * ALL BUT IMPOSSIBLE * SAGE4 * JERIES ALFREIH * SNAKESKYN WHISKEY * TITAN'S EVE * ROSE REITER From Europe: * DIRTY ROSE * ANNIHILATION * ATTICA RAGE * CRITICAL SOLUTION * DOOM DOGS * JUST ONE FIX * W.A.N.T.E.D. * SNOWBLIND * MATANUSKA * CORNIVUS * CRY HAVOC * BLACK IRIS * CRITICAL SOLUTION * ERLING SOLEM * STONEDIRT * STALWART * TRELLEBORG * QUATERMOC Australia, South America, Mexico * KINOATH * REACT * OZZMOSIS * RIFFUZ * NASTY REPUTATION * MATVEY * AL SOLO / MANURI ______________________________________________________________________________ January 17th, 2012- "LA Weekly reviews 'The Chronic 2011: A Millennium Tribute to the Songs of Dr. Dre'!!!" For Immediate Release: LA Weekly, read by some 3 million people a week, reviewed Versailles Records' recently-released Dr. Dre Tribute LP this month. Some highlight excerpts: "Indie label Versailles Records -- who specialize in tribute albums for everyone from Led Zeppelin to Tina Turner -- last month released The Chronic 2011: A Millenium Tribute To The Songs Of Dr. Dre... Specific track reviews: "Nuthin But a G Thang" - "Domino, a Long Beach MC with some cred from the '90s, does a decent Snoop impersonation here, and sounds effectively spaced out." "Dope Man" - Nate Sylak - "This Nate Sylak dude is easily the breakout artist of the album...Dude kills it. Definitely worth a listen." "No More Drama" - Canadian singer/songwriter Rose Reiter holds her own here "Let Me Ride" - Bronx Style Bob, Paula Brown and Ben Dixon - "This track has a slowed-down tempo and strut-worthy swagger." "F#ck Tha Police," Nate Sylak and Rippa Da Don - "We were hoping that this album wouldn't butcher one of the most influential songs in hip-hop history. NWA did more than craft a hit single with this f-you to law enforcement -- dudes incited riots. So thankfully this reinterpretation of "F#ck Tha Police" is actually quite solid. There's brashness in Nate Sylak's verse." "Natural Born Killas," Chancellor Warhol and Drupy - "On this one, Tennessee MC Chancellor Warhol drops a verse that Dre would be proud of. This single -- the first joint track from Dre and Ice Cube's revamped partership in the wake of NWA's fallout -- was stone cold. And Warhol, inhabiting the big-balled persona of Dre on the first verse, does it justice." "We Want EZ" - Self Destruction- "Eazy-E is a master of goofball swag; the man with rubber-band flow was cut down far too early in his career. But luckily, here Eazy's honor isn't put to shame...with this re-purposing of the debut single from his 1988 debut album Eazy Duz- It...Self Destruction's affable quirkiness and nimble flow pay credible homage to a Eazy." ______________________________________________________________________________ September 10th, 2011 - Album Art Exchange picked Re-Invention Records' artist the Haunted Heads' debut LP 'Songs Playing in my Head' as 'Wacky Album Cover of the Day. http://www.albumartexchange.us/2011/04/wacky-album-cover-of-the-evening-178.html ______________________________________________________________________________ March, 2011 - Versailles Records' AC/DC Tribute Reviewed at Allmusic.com/Billboard.com Versailles Records' newest release, 'Rock & Roll Train: A Millennium Tribute to AC/DC' was reviewed by Allmusic.com/Billboard.com. A highlight clip: "Proving the age-old saying 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it,' Rock & Roll Train: A Millennium Tribute to AC/DC finds bands like Skyscreamers and Leaving Eden doing their best to pay tribute to the masters of hard rock." ______________________________________________________________________________ December 6th, 2010- Versailles Records' AC/DC Tribute receives press coverage at RockAAA.com Meanwhile, Versailles Records' tribute album to the Australian giants will finally be released in January. Rock & Roll Train features specially-convened bands which include members and ex-members of Guns n'Roses, Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Ratt, Skid Row, LA Guns and many more. http://www.rockaaa.com/news/brian-johnson-crashes-pub-gig-1201 ________________________________________________________________________ August 4th, 2009 - The Rock and Roll Report Covers News of Versailles Records' forthcoming Stone Temple Pilots Tribute LP! Versailles Records Releasing Buckcherry, Stone Temple Pilots Tributes on Aug. 11!! Posted on August 4, 2009 by Mark Boudreau On August 11th, Versailles Records will return to stores with the release 'Lit Up: A Millennium Tribute to Buckcherry' and 'Wicked Garden: A Millennium Tribute to Stone Temple Pilots,' collectively featuring current/former members of Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Badlands, Fuel, Matt Fink of Prince and the Revolution, Metal Church, Alice Cooper Band, Europe, Mountain, Ratt, Steelheart, LA Guns, Dokken, Steelheart, Slash's Snakepit, W.A.S.P., the Circle Jerks, Warrant, Lizzy Borden, Racer X, Quiet Riot, and others. Both Tributes will include a 2nd Free Bonus Disc, Buckcherry's titled 'Anthem Rock Vol. 1/2', and STP's a free bonus sampler featuring unsigned, Millennium bands influenced by STP. On the same day, the label will issue Katet's 'Quantum Journey,' which features a guest appearance by Stryper/Boston frontman Michael Sweet. Visit www.versaillesrecords.com for further release information. http://rockandrollreport.com/versailles-records-releasing-buckcherry-stone-temple-pilots-tributes-on-aug-11/ _______________________________________________________________________ May 24th, 2009 - Versailles Records' AC/DC Tribute LP was featured this month in Drum Magazine "In an article titled: 'Chris Slade Records AC/DC Tribute Album', Drum Magazine reported that "apparently, it's a comparatively short way back to the top for former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade, who recently recorded the band's classic track "It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock & Roll)" (from AC/DC's first American LP High Voltage) with Lizzie Borden guitarist Ira Black. The track is slated to appear on the upcoming Versailles Records release, Rock & Roll Train: A Millennium Tribute To AC/DC. In addition to Slade and Black, the album promises to feature a veritable cavalcade of metal sidemen from such bands as Guns 'N Roses, Megadeth, Fuel, Hanoi Rocks, and L.A. Guns, among others. DRUM! publisher Phil Hood still hasn't announced whether he'll pose in his Angus Young naughty schoolboy uniform for the cover photo. Stay tuned for further details." http://www.drummagazine.com/wiretap/post/chris-slade-records-ac-dc-tribute-album/ _______________________________________________________________________ December 9th, 2008 - Legendary St. Louis rock radio station KSHE 95 Reports on Versailles Records' forthcoming Buckcherry Tribute LP BUCKCHERRY GETTING ITS OWN TRIBUTE ALBUM Point Music News provided by Pulse Buckcherry will be the subject of a new tribute album from Versailles Records called Lit Up: A Millennium Tribute To Buckcherry. According to Blabbermouth.net, the collection is due out in the early summer of 2009 and will feature current and former members of Megadeth, Slash's Snakepit, Ratt, White Lion, the Alice Cooper band, L.A. Guns and others. Also in the works from Versailles are a November CD titled Misty Mountain Hop: A Millennium Tribute to Led Zeppelin, and a Spring 2009 set called Wicked Garden: A Millennium Tribute to Stone Temple Pilots. Buckcherry's own new album, Black Butterfly, arrives on Tuesday (September 16th). The band's upcoming tour with Avenged Sevenfold, scheduled to start that day, has now been canceled due to Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows needing to rest his voice. Buckcherry's plans are yet to be announced. Meanwhile, HardRockHideout.com recently asked Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson about a nearly forgotten part of the band's history. During its hiatus between 2001 and 2005, Nelson and vocalist Josh Todd worked with guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum on an early version of what later became Velvet Revolver. Asked if some songs recorded at rehearsal by the group will ever surface, Nelson said, "We didn't make a record but we did do a very detailed recording of them in a live situation. They do exist, I do have them but they will never see the light of day." November 24th, 2008 - Fender.com Reports on upcoming release of Versailles Records' Led Zeppelin Tribute "Versailles Records will release a tribute to Led Zeppelin tomorrow titled "Misty Mountain Hop : A Millennium Tribute To Led Zeppelin" http://www.fender.com/community/forums/viewtopic.php?p=157802&sid=c523e64b3790f88a48aebe0935039c27 _______________________________________________________________________ December 8th, 2008 - MelodicRock.com Announces Release of Versailles Records' Misty Mountain Hop: A Millennium Tribute to Versailles Records' "LED ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE DUE FROM VERSAILLES RECORDS ON NOVEMBER 25: On November 25th, 2008, Versailles Records will return to retail with 'Misty Mountain Hop: A Millennium Tribute to Led Zeppelin,' which features current/former members of Megadeth, Kiss, Black Sabbath, Dio, Badlands, the Circle Jerks, The Cult, Ratt, Lillian Axe, Deep Purple, L.A. Guns, Warrant, White Lion, Robert Plants The Honeydrippers, Iggy Pop Band, Hanoi Rocks, Alice Cooper Band, Slashs Snakepit, Dangerous Toys, Johnny Thunders Band, Zebra, David Bowie Band, Ace Frehley Band, Rainbow, Billy Idol Band, Roger Daltry Band, Quiet Riot, Circle II Circle, Riot, ECW, and others including Richard Kendrick, Strikeforce, Chris Catena, Marko Pukkula, Harry Slash & the Slashtones, Rose Reiter, A.J. Caruso, Blayne Coupel, Debbie Landry, Lee Thompson, Charlie Bonnett III and Jason Andrews, Snowblynd, and Chris Heaven- as well as liner notes by legendary record producer Ron Nevison (Led Zeppelin/The Who/Heart, etc)- celebrating the bands greatest hits! The tribute also features a bonus CD Sampler featuring millennium rock/metal bands influenced by Zep. That same day, Versailles offers Christian rock fans 'Glory Rock Vol. 1/2', featuring current/former members of such Christian rock legends as BRIDE, Petra, Guardian, Neon Cross, and Liberty N' Justice, as well as mainstream rock legends including Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Cinderella, Ratt, Lillian Axe, Quiet Riot, Dangerous Toys, Billy Squier Band, Rod Stewart Band, The Scream, and Grammy-winning pianist Randy Cantor, as well as Grammy/Dove Award winner Bob Carlisle (of Butterfly Kisses fame)! Check out www.versaillesrecords.com or www.myspace.com/versaillesrecords for more info on these forthcoming releases!" http://www.melodicrock.com/news2008.html ________________________________________________________________________ July 31, 2006- Versailles Records recieved 3 reviews in Metal Edge Magazine this month, for our bands the RadioVipers and One Bad Son, plus 'Its So Easy: A Millennium Tribute to Guns N' Roses,' all in stores now. Click here to read all 3 reviews. You can also check out some updated reviews on the David Lee Roth and Bon Jovi Tributes on the same page. __________________________________________________________________________________ July 7th, 2006- What's up all!! Been a while I know, but only because we've been too busy to update this site, :-)... Anyway, let's get it rolling, here's what's been going on in the Versailles camp: -Most recently, we've been finalizing work on 'Three Lock Box: A Millennium Tribute to Sammy Hagar', which features some awesome players, including current/former members of HANOI ROCKS, SKID ROW, ZEBRA, RIOT, THE UPTOWN HORNS, LILLIAN AXE, DIO, and SAIGON KICK, as well as Grammy-winning keyboardist Randy Cantor, Richard Kendrick, Chris Catena, Chris Heaven, Daniel Flores, and others. That record hits stores August 15th, so if you're a fan of the red rocker, please go out and check it out! - In June, we finalized a deal with Chris Catena to do a limited-run distribution of a double-album of material in the late fall, featuring a star-studded roster of guest players including Doug Aldrich, John Taylor, Al Kooper, Chester Thompson, Stephen Ferrone, Glenn Hughes, Bruce Kulick, Stevie Salas, Jeff Scott Soto, Mickey Moody, Bernie Marsden, John Lawton, Kelly Simonz, Johnny Olhin, Doug Wimbish, Vitalik Kuprij, Tony Franklin, Tommy Aldridge, Dave Meniketti, Myron Dove, Chuck Wright, Eric Singer, Virgil Donati, Tommy Denander, Kee Marcello, Benny Johansson, Daniel Flores, and Marco Mendoza. That as-yet untitled project will be, released on the same day as 'Double Talkin' Jive: A Hard Rock Tribute to Guns N' Roses', the second volume in our series. - In May, Versailles act One Bad Son won a $10,000 radio contest in Saskatoon, beating out 2100 other applicant bands as one of 20 who recieved the aforementioned grant to record their sophmore album, beginning in August, and due for release in the summer of 2007. - On April 25th, we released our first 3 albums of 2006: 'Its So Easy: A Millennium Tribute to Guns N' Roses', 'One Bad Son: This Aggression Will Not Stand', and the 'RadioVipers: The Morning Sunburst.' - In non-label related news, Jake had two new books out this past June, including 'Kanye West: In the Studio' (via Amber Books), and 'Behind the Boards Volume 1: The Best Kept Secrets and Untold Studio Stories of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal's Biggest Hit Records (Told By the Producers Who Created Them)', published by Rock N' Roll Books, and available exclusively for sale through Motley Crue's online store at http://store.motleystore.com/nc-bhtb.html, and via Amazon.com. A retail street date will come this fall. This is the first volume of a 3-part series, featuring exclusive, chapter-long interviews with the following ground-breaking record producers- Scott Humphrey (Motley Crue, Rob Zombie) with Tommy Lee (in a special artist/producer segment), Dave Jerden (Jane's Addiction, Alice in Chains, Social Distortion), James Michael (Meatloaf, Sammy Hagar, Motley Crue, Saliva), Tom Werman (Motley Crue, Cheap Trick, Twisted Sister, Poison, Ted Nugent), Andy Johns (The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, Jethro Tull, Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Satriani, Van Halen, Kiss), Bob Rock (Motley Crue, The Cult, Metallica, Bon Jovi), and Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper).' Also, work on John Corabi's authorized autobiography is days from finished, and Corabi recently signed with New York-based literary agency Fletcher-Parry, who have sold books by repped books by Paul McCartney and Ali G among others. ______________________________________________________________________________ Happy New Year to everyone from Versailles Records- LOTS AND LOTS of new shit going on, here it goes: - A couple weeks back, David Lee Roth played an unknown track from 'Just Like Paradise: A Millennium Tribute to David Lee Roth' on his new radio show, which replaced Howard Stern's exit from Infinity Broadcasting in December. Pretty cool! - RadioVipers' CD is at design currently. The band's album comes out April 25th, 2006, the same day as One Bad Son and 'Its So Easy: A Millennium Tribute to Guns N' Roses! RadioVipers also just handed in their covers of Sammy Hagar's 'Heavy Metal' - which is the SICKEST cover of ANYTHING I've heard since Richard Kendrick's Edie off of the Cult Tribute. Next to Rik, these guys are the best self-produced band I've ever heard as well. Since Richard is living in Belgium right now, I am going to try and go over there this summer to hook everybody up for some European dates. We will have more info soon on the RadioVipers' tour schedule for Europe and the States, as well as distribution info on their record for the European and Japanese territories. - We have a TON of new tributes in the works, including forthcoming tributes to Guns N' Roses (April 25th), and Sammy Hagar this summer. For 07, we're already recording on tributes to Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and KISS, which we've just announced. There will be press going out on this in the next week. Richard Kendrick is- as usual- doing alot of the backing tracks/pre-production for these tributes, along with a new cat we've hooked up with Marko Pukkila, who is the bassist for Altaria. He's doing a ton of tunes for the aforementioned tributes coming out over the next 2 years. - One Bad Son will mix their record between March 2nd and 5th at Audio Art Recording with Neil Meckelborg and Jake Brown, who is flying up to meet the band for the first time in person too. That should be very cool, and the band's debut album is out also on April 25th... - We've hooked back up with our old friends at Metal Edge for full-page color ads we'll be running throughout the late spring and early summer promoting the new records discussed above. - John Corabi has completed recording his lead and backing vox for 'Home Sweet Home' for our forthcoming Motley Crue Tribute. Fred Coury from Cinderella produced the song with John. - Versailles artist John Spinner is currently chilling back in Buffalo for a bit, but we've begun pre-production on the backing tracks for his forthcoming album, 'Soul's First Kiss', here in Nashville. Some of John's songs are also under consideration for placement with other artists to perform. We'll keep you posted on this. - Versailles president Jake Brown, also a biographer, has followed the crowd off the bridge and started a page at MySpace finally, here's the link if anyone's curious: www.myspace.com/jakebrown420. In writing-related news to Jake's biography writing, he's virtually done with John Corabi's Authorized Autobiography, and is currently in the middle of Jasmin St. Claire's, both of which should be in stores before the end of 2006. Also, he's writing 'Dr. Dre in the Studio' and 'Kanye West In the Studio' presently for Amber Books, both will be out in June, 2006. Lastly, Jake had a great conversation last week with Don Brewer regarding the possibility of a Grand Funk Railroad authorized autobiography. Interest is there from the band, but discussions are still preliminary at this point, so keep tuned for news on that one way or the other in the near future. ____________________________________________________________________________ December 11th, 2005- Versailles Records' "Just Like Paradise: A Millennium Tribute to Diamond David Lee Roth", released on November 22nd, was part of an article in USA TODAY on Tribute albums. Please click here to read. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ December 4th, 2005- Versailles Records News Update: - In late April, 2006, Versailles Records will release "Its So Easy: A Millennium Tribute to Guns N' Roses", featuring current/former members of Heart, Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne Band, Love/Hate, Adler's Appetite, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Riot, Lillian Axe, Warrant, Every Mother's Nightmare, Faster Pussycat, Pretty Boy Floyd, Ratt, LA Guns, Lita Ford Band, Metal Church, Slash's Snakepit, Brides of Destruction, etc, along with tracks by Versailles artists including Richard Kendrick, One Bad Son, Jasy Andrews, and the RadioVipers, as well as Marko Pukkila, Chris Catena, and Chris Heaven among others. That same month,Versailles will release the debut LPs of Canadian rock act One Bad Son, and Italy's hottest rock act, the RadioVipers. Pre-orders for the Guns N' Roses Tribute may be emailed to a special address at GnRTributepreorders@yahoo.com. - In July, 2006, Versailles will issue 'Three Lock Box: A Millennium Tribute to Sammy Hagar', featuring current/former members of Poison, Hanoi Rocks, Skid Row, Lillian Axe, Dio, Saigon Kick, Richard Kendrick, and others!!! Stay tuned for more names to be added!!! - Jasy Andrews has TONS of new reviews posted to our reviews section. We're so very proud of the work she's done promoting this album over the fall both via media and live venues. Critical praise has also been on our side in large part, so please click here to read some of what the press has had to say about Jasy's debut LP, 'Little Girl.' Also, she's been playing out steadily around Nashville this fall, and will have a series of new shows coming upin December and early January. Click here toreadmore specifics about time, dates and places! - Versailles Records is excited to announce the signing of a distribution pact with Musea Distribution for the territory of France. Jasy Andrews' debut LP, 'Little Girl' will see a release there sometime late in the spring of 06, and we are also expecting to close a licensing or distribution pact for the Japanese territory sometime in the early spring, as our distributor, Big Daddy Music, will be acting in negotiations on our behalf at 2006's NEDIM conference. - Finally, Versailles owner/operator Jake Brown, also an entertainment biographer, issued the following update this past week concerning forthcoming biography titles for 2006: "Versailles Records owner/producer Jake Brown has been readying SIX new entertainment biographies for release, on top of the EIGHT that are already out, including books on Death Row Records' CEO Suge Knight, Motley Crue founder Nikki Sixx, rappers 50 Cent, Notorious BIG, Jay Z, R&B star R. Kelly, Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin, and a studio study of late rap icon Tupac Shakur, all released between 2002 and 2005. for 2006, Brown has an equally-as-ambitious publishing schedule planned, with authorized autobiographies due on former Motley Crue frontman John Corabi and former adult film/wrestling star Jasmin St. Claire, as well as a studio study on Kanye West and book on the Murder Inc. Criminal Trials for Amber Books, the first volume of the rock producers' anthology, 'Behind the Boards', featuring interviews with Bob Rock, Tom Werman, Andy Johns, Bob Ezrin, Scott Humphrey & Tommy Lee, James Michael, and Dave Jerden, and finally, "Motley Crue: In the Studio", featuring interviews with Tommy Lee, John Corabi, Bob Rock, Scott Humphrey, Tom Werman, Dave Darling, and James Michael among others. By December of 2006, Brown's published books total will have reached 14 titles in 4 years, and hopefully offer something new for fans of every music genre." _______________________________________________________________________________________________ November 30th, 2005- Hope everybody had an awesome holiday! Versailles Records is proud to announce the signing of one of Italy's hottest new rock acts, the RADIO VIPERS, whose debut LP, 'The Morning Sunburst', will be released Stateside in April, 2006. The deal's terms extend to the territories of North America, Japan, and the European countries of France and the United Kingdom. Described by Metal Hammer as "a cross between Motley Crue, AC/DC and Faster Pussycat!... (RadioVipers are) powerful sleaze-rock...a tribute to the hair glam and the alcoholic hard rock of the '80s'." According to Versailles CEO Jake Brown, "the RadioVipers are the most honed combination of vintage meets modern hard rock that I have heard in years. They are very much derivative of Aerosmith circa Toys in the Attic, AC/DC circa Highway to Hell, Motley circa Too Fast For Love, Guns N' Roses circa Appetite for Destruction, and finally the Cult circa Electric. Any rock fan that grew up between the time frame of these five albums, i.e. 1975 - 1990, will get something out of listening to this band's music! They have the look, the sound, the name, everything that should define modern-day rock n' roll, and still could have come straight out of 1976 or 1986, and now out of today! I got their demo on a friday, and had a deal worked out with the band by the following Monday morning! We're going to feature them on some forthcoming tributes to Guns N' Roses, Sammy Hagar, and Motley Crue for exposures-purposes, and because fans will get to hear an authentic taste of their roots, but their new album was already recorded and mixed when I got it, so this is also going to allow us to focus alot more on promoting them in the US hard rock market. Check out the band's website at www.radiovipers.com to learn more about them!" _______________________________________________________________________________________________ September 23, 2005- Versailles Records News Update: 1.) Okay, first, Jasy Andrews updates, there are many!!! Jasy's record is in stores now, so please go out and pick up a copy. So here we go: August/September, 2005- Jasy made both Billboard and MTV.com's New Release Announcements, as well as was featured in a News piece in Rolling Stone Magazine.com!!! Her record is currently the subject of a Tower Exclusive listening booth program through the end of october, so drop in and give the disc a listen at any Tower location in America. Jasy will play her first show in support of 'Little Girl' on October 15th, from 6:00 - 7:30 at the French Quarter Cafe in her hometown of Nashville, TN. Jasy's cd was reviewed on Celebritycafe.com this month, so please visit our reviews page to check out the great things they had to say about her new album! You can go check out Jasy on her NEW myspace homepage at www.myspace.com/jasyandrews! Finally, Jasy was a big hit at the Big Daddy Music Distribution annual labels conference. She performed a 3-song set for executives, as well as P-Funk Legend George Clinton, who went wild over her set, as well as members of Nashville Pussy, who really dug the show as well! 2.) Versailles Records recording artist One Bad Son has entered the studio to begin work on their debut LP, recording with well-respected Canadian producer/engineer Neil Meckelberg. Check out everything that's happening with the band at www.onebadson.com! 3.) Versailles Records has announced plans for a subsidiary clothing line- 'Sex, Drugs and Rock N' Roll Clothing' -that will launch in early 2006. 4.) Versailles Records has completed work on 'Just Like Paradise: A Millennium Tribute to David Lee Roth', due November 22, 2005. The record features some interesting rock pairings, including European rockers Chris Catena (teaming up with former Poison guitarist Blues Saraceno) performing 'Goin' Crazy', Chris Heaven, and Marko Pukilla (teaming up with former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson and drummer Vinny Appice on 'And the Cradle Will Rock' and Lillian Axe singer Derrick LeFevre on 'Just Like Paradise.') 5.) Finally, Versailles Records has donated 2,000 copies of our tribute album, 'What's Love: A Tribute to Tina Turner' to the victims of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. The CDs will be handed out at shelters to accompany a large amount of portible CD players that have been donated. ____________________________________________________________________________ July 25,2005- Versailles Records News Update: 1.) Jasy Andrews' debut LP, 'Little Girl', is completed and currently at press. The album is an 18-song double-CD that hits stores August 23rd nationwide. The album was produced by Jasy and Versailles founder/owner Jake Brown, and mixed by Jasy, Jake, Jesse Poe and Chris Lambert at historic Studio 19 in Nashville, TN. On July 29th, Jasy will travel to Washington, D.C. to perform at the historic O Street Hotel as part of Big Daddy Music Distribution's annual label conference. Stay tuned to learn more about her album's release re reviews, articles, interviews, etc, or visit www.jasyandrews.com. 2.) 'Always: A Millennium Tribute to Bon Jovi' was released nationwide on July 19th, 2005. Our European label partner for the album, MTM Music and Publishing, will release the album across Europe this fall. 3.) Versailles Records has finally found a European home for 'What's Love: A Tribute to Tina Turner', again MTM Music and Publishing, based in Germany, ironically also Tina Turner's home turf. Stay tuned for further news regarding this album's overseas release schedule for Europe and related territories. 4.) Versailles Records has announced the forthcoming 'Just Like Paradise: A Millennium Tribute to Diamon David Lee Roth', due for release November 22nd, 2005. This album features current and former members of Aerosmith, Dio, TNT, Dokken, Lillian Axe, Watchtower, American Dog, Lynch Mob, Enuff Znuff, Riot, the Uptown Horns, and Richard Kendrick and Corey Craven. Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon on the European release schedule for this album. 5.) Versailles Records is in the beginning stages of planning an ASS-KICKING tribute to MOTLEY CRUE, due for release in the late summer of 2006! Stay tuned for artist announcements and related news concerning this release. 6.) Finally, Richard Kendrick is hard at work wrapping work on the LONG-awaited double-CD debut from his band, Straitjacket Smile, featuring original members A.J. Caruso, Ross Stevens and Neil Bernard. Kendrick is producing, as well as juggling a new-born daughter and his duties as guitarist for Near Life Experience alongside Lillian Axe's Steve Blaze. Visit www.richardkendrick.com to see pics of his adorable new daughter, or to catch up with his goings-on musically and in general. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ January 26, 2005- Versailles Records MASSIVE news update: 1.) Jasy Andrews is 2/3rds through recording her debut album for Versailles Records. She next enters the studio on Saturday, January, 29th, and mixes in later March. Look for news updates as the spring goes on for her official website relaunch, as well as information on her album's street date and tour dates for summer, 2005. 2.) Versailles Records has completed work on two as-yet untitled tributes to Bon Jovi (due in late Spring, 2005) and Guns Roses (due for release in late 2005, or early 2006), collectively featuring current and former members of Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses, Warrant, Ratt, The Scorpions, Love/Hate, L.A. Guns, Brides of Destruction, The Scream, Union, Adler's Appetite, and Thrills for Kills, as well as contributions by Versailles Records' artists Jasy Andrews, Richard Kendrick, Straitjacket Smile, One Bad Son, John Spinner, and Corey Craven, as well as from Drama Queen Die's Andrew Walker, The Issues, Jason Andrews, Coli Brice, and a host of others. 3.) Versailles Records has signed a licensing deal with Germany-based MTM Music and Publishing for our forthcoming Bon Jovi Tribute. 4.) Versailles Records has signed a licensing deal with Netherlands-based Mascot-Provogue Records for our forthcoming Guns N' Roses Tribute. 5.) Versailles Records is in the process of finalizing deals with several exciting new acts, including canadian rock band One Bad Son, featuring Shane 'The Impaler' Volk on lead vocals; longtime Versailles' collaborator Corey Craven, and Nashville-based singer-songwriter John Spinner. Look for a late summer, 2005 release date on John Spinner's debut album; and spring/summer 2006 release dates for One Bad Son and Corey Craven's respective debut releases. Official websites on all the aforementioned will launch soon! ______________________________________________________________________________________________ May 24, 2004- Versailles Records forthcoming Tina Turner Tribute was the subject of a brief write-up in the Boston Globe's Life Section. Visit the articles section to read the full text. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ May 21, 2004- Versailles Records' forthcoming Tina Turner Tribute is advertised in the "June 10, 2004" rack date issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, featuring Eminem and D12 on the cover. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ May 11, 2004- Melodicrock.com, the biggest AOR music site online, ran a brief news article on Versailles Records' forthcoming Tina Turner Tribute. Visit the articles page for the full write-up." _______________________________________________________________________________________________ April 15, 2004- Versailles Records is proud to announce the signing of a brilliant new talent, Jasy Andrews, who contributed a hauntingly beautiful rendition of 'Private Dancer' to our forthcoming Tina Turner Tribute. She will record an EP, and full-length LP, both due for release in 2005. To learn more about this exciting new talent, check out her website at www.jasyandrews.com! Also stay tuned to our site for more info on Jasy's releases as it comes! _______________________________________________________________________________________________ April 1, 2004- Michel'le, Rose Reiter, and Jasy Andrews completed recording on their contributions to the Tina Turner Tribute this week. We leave on Sunday the 4th to mix the record at our mainstay studio, John Schwabb Recording, in Columbus,Ohio. The street date for the record has also been annouced as June 15, 2004! _______________________________________________________________________________________________ March 15, 2004- Nancy Kerrigan was written up in Sports Illustrated this month in specific regard to her participation on Versailles Records' forthcoming Tina Turner Tribute! Visit the articles page to check out the full write-up! _______________________________________________________________________________________________ March 1, 2004- From www.RichardKendrick.com, diary entry recounting Versailles Records' trip to Boston in conjunction with the recording of our forthcoming Tina Turner Tribute: "Last Sunday I flew to Tennessee to hook up with Jake Brown for one of these crazy "road trips" he likes to partake in from time to time. Monday morning we went to Fido's, a coffee house near down town Nashville, for coffee and conversation with Kip Winger. He's doing a track on this upcoming Tina Turner Tribute record. Afterwards, we went to his recording studio and listened to some music that will be released sometime in the near future... Not a solo album but a new band. Great stuff too. I had a killer time. He's a lot of laughs. That afternoon Jake and I drove to Maryland to visit his parents. Tuesday we drove to Boston, met up with Jake's friend Adam, had dinner and then turned in early. Wednesday we picked up Adam, and went downtown to Bristol Recording Studio where we would be recording Nancy Kerrigan for the Turner Tribute. Adam spent the day filming her for a DVD of the making of the album. The Boston Herald showed up and took pictures of the session as well. Their story ran the next day on the front page of their local section. Later that evening, Jake and I drove to Lenox, Massachusetts, up to Stonover Farm Bed and Breakfast, which is run by Tom and Suky Werman. For those of you that may not know, Tom Werman was a record producer for some of the best selling rock acts of all time, including Motley Crue, Poison, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, Lita Ford, Molly Hatchet, etc. We had dinner and discussed all kinds of things related to his work. I could have listened to his stories for days. He and his wife are very nice people and I had a great time. Jake and I stayed over-night at Stanover Farm and on Thursday Tom fixed us breakfast (a goat cheese omelet and bacon) I stepped outside and snapped some pictures of the place and then we had to get on the road. We drove back to Maryland and to Jake's parent's house. That night we had Outback Steak for dinner and plenty of conversation.Friday, Jake and I hit the road back to Nashville. I finally got my first real look at New York city from a distance... Neato... New Jersey too. When we got back to Nashville, I helped Jake rebuild the Versailles Records website. All the content has not been updated yet but the format is all new. It should be completed in the near future. Saturday I flew back to Houston and I have been trying to play catch-up ever since. I'll be in Ohio at the beginning of April to mix the Turner Record. Thanks for checking out the site. RIK" ______________________________________________________________________________________________ February 29, 2004- www.Tiffany.org- "Tiffany sang "What's Love Got to Do with It?" for an upcoming tribute album to Tina Turner to be released by Versailles Records." _______________________________________________________________________________________________ February 27, 2004- Blues guitar wonder Tony Janflone, Jr. will contribute lead and rhythm guitars to a rendition of "Rock Me Baby", collaborating with R&B vocalist Michel'le, on Versailles Records' forthcoming Tribute to Tina Turner. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ February 26, 2004- Boston Herald Inside Track Section: "Olympic ice princess - and sometime warbler - Nancy Kerrigan belts out the Tina Turner tune, `Simply the Best,' yesterday at Boston's Bristol Studios for an upcoming tribute album to the rockin' diva. (Staff photo by Michael Fein)" ________________________________________________________________________________________________ February 23, 2004- www.Electricbasement.com- KENDRICK GOES POP! (Press Release) "Rock Producer RICHARD KENDRICK collaborates with Nancy Kerrigan, Tiffany, Darlene Love, Alannah Myles, others on new Tina Turner Tribute! For the past 5 years, Versailles Records recording artist and executive music supervisor has worked with some of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal, co-producing tracks by members of Aerosmith, Guns N Roses, Ozzy Osbourne Band, Smashing Pumpkins, Badlands, Dokken, Salty Dog, LA Guns, Dangerous Toys, Rough Cutt, Queensryche, Lynch Mob, TNT, Night Ranger, Faith No More, Tuff, Ratt, Love Hate, Kansas, Quiet Riot, Kix. For the past year however, he has expanded his production palet to include pop-cross over as he has overseen the musical production on Versailles Records' forthcoming tribute to Tina Turner, due in the summer of 2004. In the course of this project, he has collaborated with a number of multi-platinum & Grammy Winning pop voices, including Tiffany, Grammy winner Deniece Williams, Phil Spector protege and 60s R&B icon Darlene Love, canadian pop diva Alannah Myles and blues guitar great Jeff Healey, urban R&B diva Michel'le, as well as Olympic Medalist Nancy Kerrigan! While a formal press campaign on the release of Versailles latest tribute will follow beginning in principle in April, we felt like letting the rock press in early on this extraordinary accomplishment on Kendrick's part, single-handly performing and producing the majority of this album's backing music, and physically producing all of the aforementioned artists in the studio. Additionally, in 2005, Kendrick's own band, STRAIGHTJACKET SMILE, will release its long-awaited debut LP! Visit www.versaillesrecords.com to stay tuned for regular updates on the coming release of "What's Love?: A Tribute to Tina Turner", or www.richardkendrick.com to keep up with all that Kendrick's up to in the course of this or other projects!" This item also ran at www.thetourbus.com, ________________________________________________________________________________________________ January 9, 2004- This article ran via the Associated Press wire, also appearing on ESPN.com and WJLA.com, concerning Nancy Kerrigan's participation in our forthcoming Tina Turner Tribute: "Former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan speaks to reporters during a news conference at the U.S. Figure Skating Champships Friday. (AP/John Amis) by NANCY ARMOUR ...She's done television specials, had parts in movies and even recorded a couple of songs. The singing part of her career happened by accident, with a songwriter calling Solomon after the 1994 Olympics and saying he had some music for Kerrigan. "Jerry said, 'Can you sing?' I said, 'I sound pretty good in the car to myself but I don't know how anyone can hear me,"' Kerrigan said. "Who doesn't sound good in the car?" Turns out she could sing, though. She's recorded a couple of songs - including one she performed to at ice shows last year - and is going to sing Simply the Best on an upcoming Tina Turner tribute album. "It's scary, it's Tina Turner!" Kerrigan said with a laugh. "She's awesome." But the part of her life that gives Kerrigan the most joy is motherhood. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ November 3, 2003 - From www.richardkendrick.com- diary entry recounting Versailles Records' trip to LA in conjunction with the recording of our forthcoming Tina Turner Tribute: "I got back from my California road trip on Saturday and I have been recovering and catching up ever since. Let me tell you, when you do that trip as a straight shot, with no stops other than to get gas and piss, it well beat your ass. And if you do it twice in one week... Well anyway, the trip was a lot of fun. I'm not even sure where to begin really. I guess I'll just take things in order. As Jake and I drove into CA. on Tuesday morning, we were greeted by all the smoke form the So Cal fires that were/are burning out of control. I hope they catch the sick fuck(s) that started that! And I hope they burn the mother fucker alive! Even though we were all beaten up from our long overnighter, we drove around town a bit and checked out "The Strip" and some of the other sites. Finally, we ended the day off with some Taco Bell and a lot of sleep. On Wednesday we made the rounds to a few music producer's houses for interviews and photos - Jake is writing a book and has landed quite a few big names. First off, we met James Michael. He has written songs for and produced such artists as Taylor Dayne (which he was working on when we showed up), Meatloaf, Motley Crue, Sammy Hagar, Saliva, Orgy, Céline Dion, The Backstreet Boys, Wilson Phillips ...and many more. We had a nice chat with him. He is a very down to earth guy. He hangs out with a lot of rock stars, but he does not act like it. He still seems to be a fan of the music. He has an excellent little recording set up at his house that really has a nice vibe. You would have never known it was anything but a house if you were not inside. I could have hung out at his home studio all day a shot the shit about music. I walked away knowing that If this guy isn't already, he is going to be the next big thing... VERY CUTTING EDGE! Next, we went to Scott Humphrey's "Chop Shop" studio. Now, this guy has a serious studio! And quite a track listing. I could never get it all to fit here. Gold and Platinum records all over the walls. He has produced and/or engineered artists like Motley Crue, Rob Zombie, Coal Chamber, Andrew W. K., NSYNC and lots and lots and lots more. And in addition to all that, he is also featured in "The Dirt", that book about Motley Crue. While we were at the "Chop Shop" we were treated to something a bit different and I'm sure helpful to Jake's book -- Tommy Lee, Motley Crue drummer and solo artist, famous for his rockin', his hot woman and his dick, who was asleep upstairs when we got there, came down and participated it Scott Humphrey's interview. It added a really nice dynamic to the whole thing -- as they both assumed their rolls as producer and artist. You could see these guys were used to working with each other and enjoy it very much. Their approach to things seems to be to stay on top of all the latest technology. This was a very neato experience and Tommy Lee came across as an enthusiastic, charming, approachable guy. Next we moved on to Dave Jerden's studio. He has produced or engineered just about everyone... Alice In Chains, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthrax, Herbie Hancock, Jane's Addiction, Spinal Tap, The Offspring, The Rolling Stones, and so many more (here is a link to a better list). We sat around a table and did his interview. He is a very nice man. We talked a lot about the lost art of making records. His producing style is exactly the opposite of Scott Humphrey's, where he feels that technology, things like ProTools, in some ways, takes away from the human element of the recording process. Jerden is not a big fan of the music that is being stuffed down our throats these days. I have to agree with him there. To end this day off, we went by Ventura Distribution Inc. to meet with Mitch Mallon (Vice President of Music Videos) to discuss some of the details about the forth coming Tina Turner Tribute DVD that Jake has in the works. During the drive out there, we evidently missed a 3.7 earthquake. We were riding in the car and I guess we just didn't notice it. We were told about it when we arrived. Anyway, Mitch was a real HOOT!! and a pleasure to meet. We discussed the possibility of their company re-releasing a lot of old metal concerts and releases that never made it to DVD yet. I hope his company does some of that. There are a lot of old shows that I used to have on VHS tape that I would love to get my hands on now. We mingled with the gang at Ventura for a while and then we went back to our hotel for more Taco Bell and more sleep. Thursday, we were off to Karma Recording Studio to meet with ProTools-meister, Michael Rich. Michael's resume' lists some of the most prestigious studios in CA. such as "Record Plant" in Hollywood, "Enterprise" in Burbank, and many others. We were at Karma to record vocals by Deniece Williams and Tiffany. Both of these ladies were pros. They had completely different approaches, but the results were very nice. We spent part of the afternoon hanging out with Tiffany. She is super-duper nice. She's all grown up now and still sounds great. I think we will be working on future projects with her. You will be able to check out moments from their sessions, as well as interviews, on the corresponding DVD that Versailles Records (Jake) will be putting out. That night Jake and I had a couple of burgers at "The Rainbow" on Hollywood Blvd. It's a pretty neat place. It was all decorated for Halloween, so I guess the place usually looks a bit different. My burger was really good though. We started to go out, but I think we realized we needed to rest for our long drive home. Friday, I woke up two hours before I needed to. That Sucked! I could not return to sleep. And so, we said goodbye to California and did the reverse drive back to Texas... All day and night. Saturday, we got in mid-day. I had to burn a few CDs for Jake to take back to Tennessee with him. It took me a long while to finally go to sleep. All in all, I really had a good time. I'm sure Jake, that crazy mother fucker, is going to have us back out there on the west coast again really soon. He really seems to like doing that trip as one big long drive... hes a real gluten for punishment." _______________________________________________________________________________________________ September 24, 2003- The Boston Herald "Kickoff for TFN The Football Network, the all-pigskin, all-the-time cable channel dreamed up by Jerry Solomon, aka Mr. Nancy Kerrigan, makes its debut this weekend with the Harvard-Brown game direct from Harvard Stadium. The bad news is, TFN isn't available in Massachusetts yet. The good news is, Fox Sports New England will simulcast the game and TFN's coverage. ``We thought it was fitting to launch with this game. It's one of the oldest football programs in one of the oldest stadiums and the company was incubated up in Boston,'' said Solomon, who now splits his time between Lynnfield and Baton Rouge where the network is headquartered. Solomon said he hopes to have the channel available here in the near future. Meanwhile, the missus - an Olympic silver medalist - is off to China, Japan, Moscow, Canada and Paris to cover the International Skating Union's Grande Prix series for the Lifetime channel. But before she goes, Nance, who considers herself a singer, will cut a tune for a Tina Turner tribute album. ``I think she's doing `Simply The Best,' '' said her hub. ``She's surprisingly good. She can sing, much to my surprise.'' File under: Singing Her Praises. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ August, 2003- Versailles Records has been working since February, 2003 on a new release, tentatively titled "What's Love? A Tribute to Tina Turner", which features a confirmed roster of multi-platinum and Grammy Winning artists, including Tiffany, Deniece Williams, Jeff Healey, Jane Child, Alannah Myles, Darlene Love, Michel'le, and Olympic Medalist and International Skating Star Nancy Kerrigan, as well as Richard Kendrick, Ross Stevens, Jasy Drew, Tony Janflone, Jr., Kelly Ann Monahan, and Wendy Jans. An accompanying DVD documentary on the making of this album will be released via Ventura Distribution. Both releases are scheduled for a summer, 2004 street date!" _______________________________________________________________________________________________ July 5, 2003- Versailles Records has signed a multi-album license deal for the Canadian territory with Outlaw Entertainment for the following releases, 'Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT', 'Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani', and 'Best of Both Worlds: A Tribute to Van Halen'. " _______________________________________________________________________________________________ June 15, 2003- Versailles Records has signed a licensing deal with MTM Music & Publishing Ltd. for the European release of "Best of Both Worlds: A Tribute to Van Halen." _______________________________________________________________________________________________ May 27, 2003- MTV.com News / www.Billboard.com / www.IceMagazine.com: "New Releases: Lillix, '2 Fast 2 Furious,' Led Zeppelin, O.A.R., Local H, Vince Neil & More...Various artists - Best of Both Worlds: Van Halen Tribute (Versailles)" _______________________________________________________________________________________________ April 8, 2003- www.VH1.com- "Marc Bolan's discography has been updated to officially list Versailles Records as the label releasing 'You Scare Me to Death.' " _______________________________________________________________________________________________ January 18, 2003 - www.Metalcoven.dk- "VERSAILLES RECORDS UPDATE: (Press Release) "This spring Versailles Records will release, for the first time in the US, legendary glam rock band T-REX's 's front man MARC BOLAN's first solo album, 'You Scare Me to Death', in stores in March; as well as a new tribute record in April entitled 'Best of Both Worlds: A Tribute to Van Halen's David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar', featuring current and former members of bands including Aerosmith, Dokken, Dangerous Toys, TNT, XYZ, Enuff Znuff, Watchtower, Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot, Kix, and a host of others." _______________________________________________________________________________________________ November 5, 2002-www.MTV.com / www.Billboard.com / www.IceMagazine.com- "New Releases: Justin Timberlake, Bjork, Wallflowers, U2, Dave Matthews Band, David Cross & More...Various artists - American Hair Bands 1 (Versailles)." _______________________________________________________________________________________________ October 29th, 2002-www.rockunited.com- THE HAIR METAL NOSTALGIA CONTINUES... "Mon November 5, 2002, Versailles Records will release 'American Hair Bands Vol. 1'. This compilation boasts current and former members of Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt, Enuff Znuff, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, the Charlie Daniels Band, Love/Hate, LA Guns, and Ratt, as well as some of the country's hottest new acts, including Crash and Burn, The Fakes, Cookie (who played the Warped Tour, and have been featured in SPIN, AP, and Rolling Stone), Richard Kendrick, Corey Craven, BFE, and G-Soul, who have been featured on VH-1 and ESPN. The roster features production and mixing work from Martin Favere (Screaming Trees, Mud Honey, Presidents of the United States, Queens of the Stone Age), Michael Wagener (Motley Crue, Skid Row), and Joe Renke (Alien Crime Syndicate, Presidents of the United States), and the material covered includes classics by Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Judas Priest, The Cult, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Grand Funk Railroad, Thin Lizzy, and a host of others. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will go to support the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack." This article also ran at www.rockreport.be. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ September 4, 2002- Melodic Rock.com- "A TRIBUTE TO ROCK N ROLL AND TO SEPTEMBER 11: Versailles Records have a new release out that plays the dual role of introducing some new bands to the scene, as well as honoring the anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy. American Hair Bands Vol. 1 - A Tribute to the Best of 1970s/1980s Hard Rock Anthems seeks to pay tribute to both the best of 1970s/80s' hard rock and to the victims of the September 11th, 2001 tragedy. The compilation is due in stores the first week of November, 2002 and a portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will go to support the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. The roster features production and mixing work from Martin Favere (Screaming Trees, Mud Honey, Presidents of the United States, Queens of the Stone Age), Michael Wagener (Motley Crue, Skid Row), legendary punk producer Don Fury, and Joe Renke (Alien Crime Syndicate, Presidents of the United States), and boasts current and former members of Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt, Enuff Znuff, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, Charlie Daniels Band, Love/Hate, LA Guns and Ratt, as well as some of the country's hottest new acts, including Crash and Burn, The Fakes, Cookie, Richard Kendrick, Corey Craven, BFE and G-Soul. The material covered includes classics by Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Judas Priest, The Cult, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Grand Funk Railroad, Thin Lizzy, and a host of others. Check out www.versaillesrecords.com for more updates on this coming release!" _________________________________________________________________________________________ August 12, 2002- Hard Radio.com / Brave Words / Bloody Knuckles- "Versailles Records are set to release the collection American Hair Bands Vol. 1: A Tribute To The Best Of 1970's/1980's Hard Rock Anthems. The set pays tribute to both hard rock and to the victims of the September 11th, 2001 tragedy. Due out in early November, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will go to support the victims of the September 11th terrorist attack. The roster features current and former members of GUNS N' ROSES, AEROSMITH, QUIET RIOT, ROUGH CUTT, ENUFF Z'NUFF, MOLLY HATCHET, BLACKFOOT, CHARLIE DANIELS BAND, MINISTRY, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT, LOVE/HATE, LA GUNS and RATT, as well as some of the country's hottest new acts. The material covered includes classics by OZZY OSBOURNE, AC/DC, JUDAS PRIEST, THE CULT, VAN HALEN, MOTLEY CRUE, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, THIN LIZZY and others. Check out www.versaillesrecords.com for updates on this release. " _____________________________________________________________________________________________ August 7, 2002- www.Antimusic.com- "CD of 70/80's Hard Rock To Benefit 9/11 Victims Planned. Do you love 70's and 80's hard rock? We have news about a new tribute album that may interest you. Here is the official press release we received from Versailles Records, the label that recently released popular tributes to Steve Vai / Joe Satriani as well as The Cult. For Immediate Release NY-based Versailles Records' experiment in paying tribute to both the best of 1970s/80s' hard rock and to the victims of the September 11th, 2001 tragedy with 'American Hair Bands Vol. 1: A Tribute to the Best of 1970s/1980s Hard Rock Anthems' is turning out to be one of the freshest and exciting tributes we have been involved in to date. The compilation is due in stores the first week of November, 2002, and a portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will go to support the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. The roster features production and mixing work from Martin Favere (Screaming Trees, Mud Honey, Presidents of the United States, Queens of the Stone Age), Michael Wagener (Motley Crue, Skid Row), and Joe Renke (Alien Crime Syndicate, Presidents of the United States), and boasts current and former members of Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt, Enuff Znuff, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, the Charlie Daniels Band, Ministry, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Love/Hate, LA Guns, and Ratt, as well as some of the country's hottest new acts, including Crash and Burn, The Fakes, Cookie (who played the Warped Tour, and have been featured in SPIN, AP, and Rolling Stone), Richard Kendrick, Corey Craven, BFE, and G-Soul, who have been featured on VH-1 and ESPN. The material covered includes classics by Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Judas Priest, The Cult, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Grand Funk Railroad, Thin Lizzy, and a host of others. Be sure to check out www.versaillesrecords.com for more updates on this coming release! " ______________________________________________________________________________________________ April 16, 2002- www.MTV.com- "On MTV.com, Alien Sex Fiend's discography has been updated to officially list Versailles Records as the label releasing the band's Singles 1983 - 1995 Collection." _______________________________________________________________________________________________ February 26, 2002- Versailles Records recording artist Richard Kendrick is the subject of four interview features with Antimusic.com, Rock and a Hard Place, Guitarmania.ca, and Skylight E-Zine this month. All interviews are available in the articles section of the site. ____________________________________________________________________________________ February 25, 2002- Versailles Records' latest releases, Richard Kendrick's Murder and the F Word, and Lords of Karma; A Tribute to Satriani/Vai have been the subject of some new reviews available in the reviews section, notably from GuitarMania.ca and QUINTESSENCE METAL WEBZINE. ____________________________________________________________________________________ February 12, 2002- Versailles Records' "Lords of Karma: ATribute to Vai/Satriani" recieved a positive review at Tartarean Desire. Visit the Reviews section to read more. ____________________________________________________________________________________ February 8, 2002- Versailles Records' "Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani" recieved a great review at Electricbasement.com. Visit the reviews section to read more. _____________________________________________________________________________________ February 7, 2002- Versailles Records' "Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani" has been selected as release of the month at GuitarMania.ca, one of Canada's largest guitar player websites. Additionally, a stellar review on the Tribute can be read over in the Reviews section of our site. _____________________________________________________________________________________ February 4, 2002- Versailles Records two newest releases, "Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani" and Richard Kendrick's "Murder and the F Word", both released nationally Tuesday, January 29, 2002, have received some early reviews from hard rock and metal webzines and print publications, including Rock and a Hard Place, Classic Rock Revisited, Antimusic.com, Strutter Magazine, Sky Light E-Zine.com, Tartarean Desire, and SLAM! Party Rock'zine. Look out for a load of new reviews coming in February, 2002, and a featured review of the Vai/Satriani Tribute in Guitar One Magazine in the May Issue, rack date April, 2002. ____________________________________________________________________________________ January 31, 2002- Versailles Records recieved a news plug for both its forthcoming Tribute to Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, and release of Versailles artist Richard Kendrick's solo debut, Murder and the F Word, in the April issue of Metal Edge Magazine's Metal Wire (rack date March, 2002). Visit the articles page to read more. ____________________________________________________________________________________ January 26, 2002- Enuff Znuff's version of Yankee Rose off of Versailles Records' forthcoming Tribute to Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, recieved its world debut on the Tour Bus Radio Show Saturday night, January 26, 2002, coinciding with Chip Znuff's call-in interview to plug the record and celebrate the Radio Show's 3-yr. anniversary. _____________________________________________________________________________________ January 22, 2002- Versailles Records' forthcoming January, 2002 releases, "Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani" and Richard Kendrick's solo debut, "Murder and the F Word", were the subject of a brief news article at antimusic.com. Visit the articles section to learn more. ____________________________________________________________________________________ December 10, 2001- Versailles Records' forthcoming January, 2002 releases, "Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani" and Richard Kendrick's solo debut, "Murder and the F Word", were the subject of a brief news article at Electricbasement.com. Additionally, Lords of Karma was the subject of a newswire plug at Hard Radio.com's hard news board and in the newswire for Brave Words/Bloody Knuckles. Visit the articles section to learn more. ____________________________________________________________________________________ December 6, 2001- Versailles Records' forthcoming January, 2002 releases, "Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani" and Richard Kendrick's solo debut, "Murder and the F Word", were the subject of a brief news article at Melodicrock.com. Visit the articles section to learn more. ____________________________________________________________________________________ "November 21- Versailles Records is pleased to announce a licensing pact with UK-based Cherry Red Records for state-side rights to seminal UK New Wave group Alien Sex Fiend's "The Singles 1983 - 1995" greatest hits collection. Look for a late-March release date for this record." _____________________________________________________________________________________ "November 2, 2001- Versailles Records is pleased to announce a licensing pact with Netherlands-based Mascot Records for stateside-rights to Danse Macabre's debut album, "Totentanz", legendary European metal band Ancient Rights' frontman Gunther Theys goth-rock experiment. Look out for a late April/early May release date for this record." _____________________________________________________________________________________ "October 15, 2001- Versailles Records has reached a Europe-wide licensing deal for "Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani" with Netherlands-based Mascot Records." _____________________________________________________________________________________ " October 1, 2001- Versailles Records is pleased to announce an early summer 2002 release date for a best of compilation from Florida's premier metal band Premonition, tentatively titled "The Metal Years", and drawing selected tracks from each of the band's five studio and live records released between 1995 and 2001. Premonition is fronted by Tattoo Frank, who made waves at AOR radio in the summer of 2001 with his rendition of the CULT's "American Horse" alongside former OzzyOsbourne/Badlands lead guitarist Jake E Lee." _____________________________________________________________________________________ "September 21, 2001- Versailles Records is pleased to announce Jason McMaster's addition to the roster of "Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani" in a co-lead vocal on the DLR-era Vai classic "Shy Boy" alongside George Lynch and Tony Harnell." __________________________________________________________ " August 17- Versailles Records is pleased to confirm January, 2002 as the tentative release date for two forthcoming releases, "Little Guitars- A Tribute to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai", and Richard Kendrick's (Straitjacket Smile, Mudbone) solo debut, "Murder and the F Word". __________________________________________________________ " August 10, 2001- Versailles Records is happy to announce the completion of a formal licensing pact with UK-based Cherry Red Records for a European-wide release of "Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT"." __________________________________________________________ " August 8- Versailles Records is happy to confirm the participation of former Aerosmith/Flame lead guitarist Jimmy Crespo, in collaboration with rock violinist Dave Ragsdale, whose resume includes stints with Kansas, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Queensryche, in a rendition of Joe Satriani's Echos for our forthcoming Tribute to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, due out in January, 2002. " ________________________________________________________ " June 19, 2001- Versailles Records' CULT Tribute made its debut at radio this week, charting in several of the Radio Trade Magazines' most added categories, including the Album Network's Agro Metal Chart, where American Horse, featuring Jake E Lee and Tattoo Frank of Premonition was # 6 most added with 13 new stations, on FMQB's Metal Detector Chart, where American Horse was # 8 most added with 23 new stations, and on CMJ's Commercial Spins/Loud Rock Chart, where American Horse was # 8 most added with 22 new stations. Note- As this is our first week of a six week radio campaign, adds are not counted as official chart positions, which occur based on actual rotations. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for official chart positions based on station rotations. " ________________________________________________________ "June 9, 2001- Versailles Records' Cult Tribute received an 83% out of 100% in its review at MelodicRock.com" ________________________________________________________ "June 7, 2001- Versailles Records' Cult Tribute received a great review at www.aor-Europe.com" _________________________________________________________ "June 7, 2001- Versailles Records' Cult Tribute scored an 83 out of 100 points in a review at Harmody.com " _________________________________________________________ " June 6, 2001- Versailles Records' Cult Tribute received a 7 out of 10 from Martin Popoff in a review at HardRadio.com, the internet's second largest on-line radio station." _________________________________________________________ " June 5, 2001- Versailles Records' Cult Tribute received an upbeat review from metal site Tartarien Desire (http://embark.to/tartareandesire) " __________________________________________________________ "June 4, 2001- Versailles Records is featured this month in a profile for Iconofan.com / Rocknworld.com, as the first label participating in the site's new monthly series entitled "What's in a Label?". __________________________________________________________ "June 1, 2001- Metal Sludge mention in weekly rewind in response to a plug from an interview Versailles Rcds exec did with Iconofan.com." __________________________________________________________ May 24, 2001 Versailles Records' forthcoming Cult Tribute was reviewed by The Darkest Hours webzine, receiving a very favorable review (click here to read). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- May 23, 2001 Versailles Records received yet another fabulous review of its forthcoming tribute to the CULT, this time from The Daily Vault (click here to read) where it received an A - rating! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- May 11, 2001 Versailles Records' forthcoming CULT Tribute received another positive review from "Knightcrawler: Rockin' America" online webzine. Click here to read. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- May 9, 2001 Chip Znuff discussed both the forthcoming CULT Tribute the band played on, as well as Versailles Records' forthcoming Satriani/Vai Tribute in a wide ranging interview with Rocknworld.com for the band's forthcoming tour opening for Poison (click here to read). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- May 02, 2001 Wiping the sweat from our collective brow, Versailles Records' Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT has survived its Metal Sludge review, getting a 30 out of 40 Fire Woman (click here to read). (Note: For those who don't know, Metal Sludge has grown in under two years into one of the internet's largest underground Hard Rock/Metal websites (receiving upward of 2,600,000 hits), effectively replacing Beavis and Butthead in setting the bar in terms of what is and isn't cool in the modern day incarnation of the rock/metal genre. The staff at Versailles thank you Bastard Boy Floyd for not shredding us, and look forward to your future reviews of our releases.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- April 27, 2001 Versailles Records' forthcoming CULT Tribute received another great review from Kickers Magazine, in which the release got an 8 1/2 out of 10 stars! Check it out over in the reviews archive. The review will officially be posted in the May 12 issue of Kickers Magazine. __________________________________________________________ "April 27, 2001- Versailles Records Cult Tribute was featured as part of an article on the band's comeback, published by Marianne Maro at Suite101.com" ___________________________________________________________ " April 25, 2001- Versailles Records' Cult Tribute was the subject of an article at ChartAttack.com, by Kate Guay " -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- April 24, 2001 Electric Basement's review of Versailles Records forthcoming release Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT is up at the site's reviews section. (Click HERE to read.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- April 22, 2001 Following the world premier of Enuff Znuff's rendition of She Sells Sanctuary on the Tour Bus radio station on Saturday night, April 21, 2001, the song was posted on Napster for download, and continues to be available for official download at the official radio station site www.thetourbus.com in conjunction with voting in an official Bon Jovi tour contest. This song can also be downloaded directly from the band's official website www.enuffznuff.com. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- April 21, 2001 Versailles Records' forthcoming release Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT was the subject of a news feature at www.artistdirect.com (click here to read). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- April 20, 2001 Versailles Records' forthcoming release Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT is currently the subject of a news feature at www.antimusic.com (click here to read). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- April 04, 2001 Versailles Records is pleased to announce the signing of a three-year exclusive distribution deal with New Jersey-based Big Daddy Distribution pact for the United States. The first release under the deal will be Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT which will be in stores everywhere on JUNE 5, 2001! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- December 18, 2000 Versailles Records received a pair of press updates this week in both the Brave Words/Bloody Knuckles weekly news letter mailed out to the magazine's 100,000 plus subscribers, and at Hard Radio's Hard News Board, regarding Dangerous Toys front man Jason McMaster's recent completion of the liner notes for "Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT" -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- December 15, 2000 Versailles Records received a news update in Metal Edge's News Wire in the publication's March issue (rack date Dec.15) regarding the recent completion of our tribute to the CULT". Additionally, ads for the aforementioned project begin to run in the same issue, to continue throughout the Spring. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- December 13, 2000 Versailles Records received a news update at Melodic Rock.com regarding our forthcoming Steve Vai/Joe Satriani tribute, along with a debut of the cover art for "Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT" (Click here to read - www.melodicrock.com) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- July15, 2000 Versailles Records received another press update regarding its forthcoming tribute to the CULT on the newswire at www.foundrymusic.com. Click here to read. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- June 13, 2000 Versailles Records received another press update on its in-the-works CULT Tribute this week on Hard Radio's Hard News Board for the week of 6/12/2000 regarding Joe Lynn Turner's completion of vox on "The Rain". As an added surprise, Arno Hecht of the Uptown Horns, who has played with such rock legends as Robert Plant, James Brown, the Rolling Stones and Tom Waits, popped in and laid a lead Saxophone line on the song, which was produced by the E.C.W.'s Harry Slash. (Click here to read.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- June 06, 2000 Versailles Records is pleased to confirm that adult film and print actress Kendra Jade will pose as part of the cover art concept for our in-the-works CULT Tribute, scheduled for an early Spring 2001 US release. In addition to her extremely popular on-line presence, Ms. Jade has appeared on nationally syndicated tv and radio shows such as The Jerry Springer Show and Howard Stern's Morning Show. She also dances in exclusive engagements throughout the United States, and has appeared in a series of adult entertainment film releases that have been distributed widely to video, and shown nationally on cable networks. Please stay tuned for more information regarding her involvement in this project as it develops. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- May 18, 2000 Versailles Records' in-the-works CULT Tribute was mentioned atop this week's News Wire at Kickers Magazine.com. Please visit http://www.kickersmagazine.com to check it out. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- May, 2000 Versailles Records recieved another press update at CTV regarding its forthcoming CULT Tribute, currently in the works, and scheduled for a Spring 2001 release. Click here to read. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- April 25, 2000 PIT Magazine conducted interviews this month in their Spring Issue with artists affiliated with Versailles Records releases, including an interview with Ft. Lauderdale based Premonition's frontman, Tattoo Frank, concerning their new record, the band's history, and their newly inked deal with King Fowley's (The Deceased)Old Metal Records. Tattoo Frank will also be teaming with Jake E Lee on "American Horse" for an upcoming CULT tribute currently in the works from Versailles Records. In related news, the members of O.C.D. were also interviewed in the new issue of PIT Magazine, discussing the release of their new record RITUALISTIC, working with Michael Wagener, who mixed the record, as well as making mention of both their appearance on recently-released The Second Coming: A Millennium Tribute, as well as their spot on our upcoming CULT tribute, performing "Memphis Hip Shake". Ads for Organ Grinder Records (O.C.D.'s label), also appear in the aforementioned issue of PIT, as well as Spring issues of Metal Maniacs, Metal Hammer, and Brave Words Bloody Knuckles. Versailles Records' Second Coming Tribute has also begun popping up in retail chains around the US, including smaller one stops and larger retailers such as Borders Music. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- April 10, 2000 Versailles records received dual press coverage on updates to our in-the-works CULT tribute at Hard Radio's Hard News Board (click here to read, scroll to page 9), as well as in Brave Word Bloody Knuckle's weekly newsletter part II, both for the week of 4.10.2000. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- April 7, 2000 Versailles Records is extremely pleased to confirm Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands) to team with Tattoo Frank (Premonition) on American Horse for an in-the-works tribute to the CULT, due in fall, 2000. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- March 28, 2000 Versailles Records is pleased to confirm the pairing of Stevie Rachelle (Tuff) and Marc Ferrari (Keel) to contribute Vox and Lead Guitar, respectively, on Outlaw for our in-the-works tribute to the CULT, due in fall, 2000. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- March 6, 2000 Versailles Records is happy to confirm Joe Lyn Turner (Deep Purple, Rainbow) to perform the Phoenix on our upcoming CULT tribute, currently in the works, and now looking at an early fall rack date, as opposed to mid Summer as earlier reported. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- February 15, 2000 Versailles Records' upcoming CULT tribute was plugged in Brave Words/Bloody Knuckles' Weekly NewsLetter for Brave Radio # 135, Week of February 13-19, 2000, Pt. II, which is e-mailed weekly to thousands of on-line rock and metal fans worldwide. Organ Grinder Records' upcoming release of O.C.D.'s Ritualistic album was also plugged, in addition to mention of their participation on the CULT tribute, performing Memphis Hip Shake. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- February 04, 2000 Versailles Records, Inc is happy to confirm My Life With Thrill Kill Kult to perform "Witch" with Project.44 for the upcoming tribute to the CULT, scheduled for release in the Summer of 2000. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- January 25, 2000 Versailles Records, Inc is happy to confirm She Sells Sanctuary as the track to be performed by Enuff Z'nuff on the label's upcoming Cult tribute, set for a Summer 2000 release. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- January 12, 2000 Versailles Records, Inc is happy to confirm Wild Flower as the track to be performed by Gilby Clarke on an upcoming tribute to the CULT, to be released in the Summer of 2000. Also, on Febuary 14, 2000, American Dog, featuring Michael Hannon of Salty Dog, will open for Sebastian Bach in Columbus, Ohio. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- January 04, 2000 Versailles Records' upcoming CULT tribute, scheduled for release in summer of 2000, was plugged in Metal Edge's March 2000 (available now in stores) Metal Wire. (Click HERE to see write-up.) Our working line up now includes: Paul Shortino & Jimmy Crespo, Gilby Clarke, Jizzy Pearl, Jason McMaster, Jim Martin & Anand Bhatt, Mike Hannon and American Dog, Enuff Z'nuff, Babylon AD, Chris Caffery, Johnny Crypt & Chris Van Dahl, OCD, Pleasure Crush, and Mudbone. Look out for a Spring release date for the "Second Coming" tribute to be annouced. Happy New Year to everyone!!! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- December 17, 1999 Versailles Records, Inc is happy to confirm Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses) for participation on a yet-to-be-announced track for the upcoming tribute to the CULT currently being assembled. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- December 14, 1999 Versailles Records, Inc tribute to the CULT, currently being assembled, is mentioned in HARD RADIO's Hard News section for the week of 12/13, page 4. Please click here to see press update. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- December, 1999 Versailles Records' recently recieved another press update regarding its forthcoming CULT Tribute on the news wire at www.Absolute68.com. Click here to read. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 24, 1999 Versailles Records, Inc is happy to confirm Enuff Z'nuff to contribute a to-be-announced track to an upcoming tribute to the CULT currently being assembled and scheduled for a Summer of 2000 release. Everyone have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 18, 1999 Versailles Records, Inc. is happy to confirm The Vow, featuring Chris Van Dahl and Johnny Crypt (both of LA Guns fame) to perform Love Removal Machine for an upcoming tribute to the CULT being assembled by Versailles Records, Inc and scheduled for release in the summer of 2000. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 15, 1999 Versailles Records, Inc is happy to confirm Chris Caffery (Savatage) to perform New York City on an upcoming tribute to the CULT to be released summer of 2000. Other tracks that have been decided on by confirmed acts include Fire Woman, being performed by Jizzy Pearl, Sweet Soul Sister, performed by Paul Shortino/Jimmy Crespo, Lil Devil, performed by Jim Martin and Anand Bhatt, King Contrary Man, performed by Jason McMaster, Peace Dog, performed by America Dog featuring Jason McMaster. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 14, 1999 Versailles Records, Inc tribute to the CULT, currently being assembled for release in summer of 2000, was recently mentioned in connection with news of Faith No More's Jim Martin and Anand Bhatt's "Conflict" release, set to hit record stores soon, and being featured as the soundtrack and score to a Vivid Video movie starring Penthouse's Lori Michaels, and sharing the album's title. To read more, go to http://openupandsay.com/news/news.html. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 9, 1999 Versailles Records, Inc is happy to announce the confirmation of Jizzy Pearl (Love Hate/La Guns) to contribute vocals to Fire Woman for the upcoming tribute to the CULT, to be released summer 2000. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 8, 1999 Versailles Records, Inc is happy to confirm Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith, Flame) for participation on the CULT tribute, due Summer of 2000. The veteran rock guitarist will duo with Paul Shortino on a yet-to-be-announced track. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 4, 1999 As Versailles Records, Inc assembles its roster for an upcoming tribute to the CULT to be released in the Summer of 2000, we have confirmed Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Jason McMasters (Dangerous Toys), Michael Hannon (Dangerous Toys, Salty Dog), Jim Martin (Faith No More) and Babylon AD. Other acts participating include the Guttersluts, Pleasure Crush, OCD and Tattoo Frank of Premonition. Look out for more acts to be confirmed as in the coming months. _______________________________________________________________________________________
'The Chronic 2011: A Millennium Tribute to the Songs of Dr. Dre' - LA Weekly "Nuthin But a G Thang" - "Domino, a Long Beach MC with some cred from the '90s, does a decent Snoop impersonation here, and sounds effectively spaced out." "Dope Man" - Nate Sylak - "This Nate Sylak dude is easily the breakout artist of the album...Dude kills it. Definitely worth a listen." "No More Drama" - Canadian singer/songwriter Rose Reiter holds her own here "Let Me Ride" - Bronx Style Bob, Paula Brown and Ben Dixon - "This track has a slowed-down tempo and strut-worthy swagger." "F#ck Tha Police," Nate Sylak and Rippa Da Don - "We were hoping that this album wouldn't butcher one of the most influential songs in hip-hop history. NWA did more than craft a hit single with this f-you to law enforcement -- dudes incited riots. So thankfully this reinterpretation of "F#ck Tha Police" is actually quite solid. There's brashness in Nate Sylak's verse." "Natural Born Killas," Chancellor Warhol and Drupy - "On this one, Tennessee MC Chancellor Warhol drops a verse that Dre would be proud of. This single -- the first joint track from Dre and Ice Cube's revamped partership in the wake of NWA's fallout -- was stone cold. And Warhol, inhabiting the big-balled persona of Dre on the first verse, does it justice." "We Want EZ" - Self Destruction- "Eazy-E is a master of goofball swag; the man with rubber-band flow was cut down far too early in his career. But luckily, here Eazy's honor isn't put to shame...with this re-purposing of the debut single from his 1988 debut album Eazy Duz- It...Self Destruction's affable quirkiness and nimble flow pay credible homage to a Eazy." 'Its So Easy: A Millennium Tribute to Guns N' Roses'- Metal Edge Magazine- "Its So Easy is a wonderful collection of GNR's most poignant tracks, 'Paradise City,' 'Its So Easy', and 'Night Train' are all done well by various artists including One Bad Son, RadioVipers, and Jizzy Pearl. A must listen for GNR and rock fans alike." ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's So Easy: A Millennium Tribute To Guns N' Roses - Jukebox.ca These all-star tribute albums for classic rock bands are something to be wary of when they get released. Mostly because a small collection of about five different small rock labels (including Mausoleum, Rock Candy, Deadline, Anagram and Cleopatra) have a habit of rereleasing the same tribute songs on CDs with different covers and different names. There's another particular Guns N' Roses tribute album, for instance, that is available under three different titles on three different labels with an identical collection of songs. However, there's no need to be so wary here. This is a new album featuring many new takes on the classic GN'R songs. They're not all new. Jizzy Pearl's version of Sweet Child O' Mine with help from Tracii Guns of Brides of Destruction and former GN'R guitarist Gilby Clarke comes from a previous tribute release (the presence of now-deceased drummer Randy Castillo should give this away to most), but the other ten tracks are new versions recorded specifically for this release. Most of them stay pretty true to the originals but, dare I say, rock a little harder. That's not to say better. There'll probably never be a better version of a Guns N' Roses song than the original, but they nearly all heavier. Based on this fact, there's little point talking about every track on it's own. Suffice to say that they're all hard-rocking, well performed covers. It's only really worth picking out where things differ. The first instance of any artistic license comes with Derrick LeFevre's version of Rocket Queen. His performance of the song is suitably accurate, but the guitar solo provided by Richard Kendrick (who's own version of You Could Be Mine kicks off the CD) is simply awesome. L.A. Guns front-man Phil Lewis and ex-Slash's Snakepit/Alice Cooper guitarist Keri Kelli join forces for a reasonably standard version of Nightrain which comfortably re-captures the groove of the original, and Finnish rockers Valerian turn in a slightly heavier version of Mr Brownstone before Drama Queen Die's brilliant acoustic version of I Think About You. The best, however, comes towards the end with One Bad Son's impassioned version of Civil War. Brilliantly delicate in the right moments, and then when the song explodes in true rock style, this version doesn't with a much heavier guitar tone than the original, marking this track out as one of the best GN'R covers there's ever been. The performance is superb and vocalist Shane Volk is only one this album that retains his own vocal style and doesn't try to sing exactly like Axl. Lewis and Pearl are distinctive enough because we're all familiar with their voices by now, but the others really do try to stay as true to the original vocal lines as possible. Volk does this as well, but in his own voice, which is much grittier than Axl's. Joe Delaney and cohorts from many of his bands come together with House of Lords guitarist Jimi Bell for a really gritty, heavy version of Paradise City, Delaney's voice being much deeper than Axl's, but equally as strong and the guitar work from Bell, as anyone familiar with his work will be unsurprised to hear, being quite superb. Lastly former Rainbow/Deep Purple singer Joe Lynn Turner teams up with Harry Slash and his Slashtones to close the album with reasonably accurate version of Pretty Tied Up, probably the most unusual choice of cover song on this particular CD. There's only one thing wrong with this release, and that's Jasy Andrews' cover of Patience. It's not a bad cover. In fact, it's a very good cover. But it sounds so unbelievably, jarringly out of place against the other ten tracks that it's impossible to resist the urge to skip it. We all know Patience isn't a heavy song, but Jasy's version is so soft and delicate it belongs on an all-girl love songs compilation or something. Unfortunately for Jasy, who is a fantastic singer by the way, her track does not belong here. It's obvious it doesn't, and is therefore equally obvious that the label have included it purely because she is one of their very few recording artists and this, so they think, is good exposure. While this is certainly true for Richard Kendrick, One Bad Son and Radio Vipers, who are all also on Versailles records (the US record label responsible for this album) it is not true of Jasy. The reason being all three of the others are hard rock acts who will appeal to those buying this CD. Jasy isn't a hard rock artist, and won't. The exposure idea is a solid one, but the artists need to be put on releases that are going to appeal to a similar audience. Just in case though, if female singer/songwriters are your thing, check out Jasy's debut double album Little Girl, which includes her version of Patience in the correct setting. On the subject of the planned exposure, this CD has done its job, prompting me to check out Radio Vipers who's version of It's So Easy appears here, One Bad Son, Joe Delaney's American Trash and Richard Kendrick's bands Near Life Experience and Straitjacket Smile. All four bands are absolutely superb. I've even bought Near Life Experience's debut 2002 album. Both Radio Vipers and One Bad Son release debut albums this year in Europe (both are already out in the US) and Kendrick is in the process of recording Straitjacket Smile's debut double album, due for release later this year. Also look out for these artists to appear on forthcoming Versailles Records tribute albums for Motley Crue (including a new version of the Vince Neil-era Home Sweet Home by Neil's replacement John Corabi), KISS and a harder rock tribute to GN'R. Die-hard GN'R fans should love this. The versions are all excellent and it just might introduce you to some new bands you might like. Obviously if you're not familiar with Guns N' Roses (where the hell have you been?!), you'll be needing to buy their albums first before taking a look at this one, but make sure you come back to this, it's a hard-rocking reminder of the greatness of the original band. Axl's new Guns N' Roses return this year with new album Chinese Democracy and a new tour. Jukebox will bring you all the news from the sold-out warm-up show in London next month, but for now you could a do a lot worse than check out these new takes on the old classics. " hard rocking " ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rockreport.be- It's So Easy - A Millennium Tribute To Guns N' Roses "Tribute album...to be honest it's hard for me to see what's the point of this kind of releases...after all if you want to hear a song by Poison, Mötley Crüe or in this case Guns N' Roses...you turn to the original, right? So to say I wasn't really excited to hear what's on offer here is a bit of an understatement. But guess what...the listening experience turned out to be quite enjoyable after all. Sure the songs miss some of the street level sleaziness that is so well captured on that very first studio offering of Axl and his bunch of rowdy rock 'n rollers but that doesn't change the fact that there are quite a few smoking renditions included here. Another thing that added to this disc being a joy to listen to is that the majority of the tracks come from that mighty (and in my book classic) debut. Responsible for laying down the musical parts that make up this album are quite a few familiar faces such as former GNR six stringer Gilby Clarke, Phil Lewis (LA Guns), Tracii Guns (who along with Axl actually laid the foundations for GNR), the late Randy Castillo, Joe Lynn Turner and Kerri Kelli. Of course there are also a number of less familiar names involved of which mister Derrick LeFevre (who has recently recorded lead vocals for a new album by the Stevie Blaze led Lillian Axe) and Nashville native Jasy Andrews (who serves up a breathtakingly beautiful piano version of "Patience") stand out. The thing that I feared the most when I fed this disc to my CD player is that the songs would feature some truly horrible vocals. After all, whether you like the guy or not, Axl Rose is the owner of one of rock's unique voices and responsible in a big way for the band's sound. And while not one of the vocalists involved sounds exactly like Axl some of them come close or have at least recorded fitting vocal parts. The tracks that have yanked this here scribbler's chain best are a truly smoking version of "It's So Easy" by the Radio Vipers, "Rocket Queen" by the aforementioned mister LeFevre, "Sweet Child O'Mine" (recorded by the all star line-up of Jizzy Pearl, Gilby Clarke, Randy Castillo and Tracii Guns and the only cut which is everything as good as the original!) and "Night Train" (which sees Phil Lewis teaming up with Kerri Kelli for killer version of one of GNR's finest cuts). All in all a pleasant surprise and one that has changed my opinion on tribute albums...at least for the moment. (PS) _______________________________________________________________________________________________ RadioVipers- The Morning Sunburst Metal Edge Magazine- "Sleaze metal (as if there aren't enough metal sub genres) is making a return, and RadioVipers stay true to form. Expect a lot of Aerosmith-esque grooves and raspy singing. The '70s feel is unmistakable and at times, irresistible. 'House of Beggars' sounds like it could've been the anthem for a bell-bottom clad high school graduating class. The cover of GNR's 'Its So Easy' fits RadioVipers style so well that recording the cover may have well been 'so easy.' A classic sound that feels fresh, Radio Vipers score with The Morning Sunburst." _______________________________________________________________________________________________ One Bad Son- This Aggression Will Not Stand- Metal Edge Magazine- "Saskatoon, Canada natives One Bad Son may be onto something with This Aggression Will Not Stand. Melding grunge, vintage guitar chords, and wailing vocals, One Bad Son sound like children of the '70s, even though they claim their influences are Audioslave, Metallica and Guns N' Roses. 'Force Majeure' could be called the showpiece of the album, as all of One Bad Son's big guns are brought out in full force. The heaviness does led up fpr a cozy ballad or two, 'Still Water' and 'Other's Song.' Both are done with equal conviction, minus the almost expected cheese factor. This Aggression Will Not Stand succeeds at dredging up an old sound we're all familiar with and putting a fresh spin on it, with revamped chords, riffs, and vocals. Well Worth the Listen." _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Just Like Paradise- A Millennium Tribute to David Lee Roth- THE MUSIC KORNER Just Like Paradise - A Millennium Tribute To Diamond David Lee Roth. Before I get started with the music I have an issue with the fact that 6 of the 12 cuts here have already appeared on the label's 2003 tribute to Van Halen and 3 of those make their third appearance here having also been on their 2002 tribute to Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. Having said that, Just Like Paradise is a sometimes enjoyable trip through 12 cuts that at times stick a little too close to the original (or in the case of the dead on, note for note cover of "Hot For Teacher" by the Van Halen cover band Hot For Teacher way too close), but at others they veer enough to really stand out. Among the highlights here are Corey Craven's "Tobacco Road", "Panama" featuring vocals from Richard Kendrick and killer guitar work from Jimmy Crespo (ex-Aerosmith), the down and dirty Southern swagger of American Dog's "Take Your Whiskey Home", the bluesy "Goin' Crazy" from Blues Saraceno and Chris Catena and my 2 favorite cuts "Shy Boy", which is given an extra heavy treatment courtesy George Lynch on guitar and vocals from Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, Godzilla Motor Company) and TNT's Tony Harnell and Enuff Z'nuff's "Yankee Rose", which is surprisingly heavier than the original, but just as catchy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Metal-Rules.com Just Like Paradise: A Millennium Tribute to Diamond David Lee Roth 2005, Versailles Records 3.5/5 12 musical tributes to one of Hard Rock's greatest frontmen. Featured on this collection are some well known and some not so well known musician's doing DLR related tracks. The songs here cover both his VanHalen work as well as his solo material. Of the 12 songs featured here there is an even split between solo and VH material. Both are equally as good. The main thing that is apparent on the disc is the great guitarists featured throughout. There is everyone from George Lynch to Rowan Robertson to Blues Saraceno, even the unknowns do a spectacular job of recreating the originals. While they are no Vai's or Eddie's they do hold their own and add to them in places. The weakness on this album is largely in the vocal category. None of these singers can top Dave's vocal's in any of these songs. Dave is truly a unique singer that cannot be imitated and he makes every song his own. Some artists here try and even do the ad-libs but fail and fall flat. Overall it is a decent tribute disc and one of the better ones out there. It's great to see some of these musician's still around and playing. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RockSomething.com As with all tribute records, whether or not you like the artist that is being mimicked and can also see any point in tributes in the first place, will already tell you if these two albums will be worth learning more about. With Bon Jovi and David Lee Roth being the subjects here, the likelihood is that at least one – if not both – of these artists will interest you, and furthermore after the rather excellent All Star Tribute to Iron Maiden this year, I'm not about to suggest that tribute albums are all pointless, money-grabbing affairs. "Just Like Paradise: A Millennium Tribute to David Lee Roth" has both a longer title and a bit more going for it. A mixture of Lee Roth's material from Van Halen days and beyond, this compilation benefits from the fact that many of the songs on show here also require a guitarist to interpret Eddie Van Halen's virtuosity as well. It means that " Panama" and "Shy Boy" (featuring Tony Harnell) are particularly good tracks on a tribute album that has a little added zip. That said, it's hardly groundbreaking and a VH tribute act perform the track they're named after ("Hot for Teacher") which does seem a little cheap on a tribute album if we're honest. (3/5) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Always- A Millennium Tribute to Bon Jovi- THE MUSIC KORNER The Bon Jovi tribute, Always - A Millennium Tribute to Bon Jovi also has several cuts that stick a little to close to the original, but overall is definitely he better of the two. Standouts here include Jasy Andrews beautiful female vocals and piano arrangement of "I'll Be There For You", the bluesy "Wanted Dead Or Alive" from Tony Janflone Jr, Jani Lane's "Lay Your Hands On Me", the stripped down, acoustic "Billy Get Your Guns" from One Bad Son, John Corabi's (Union, Motley Crue, The Scream) edgy sounding "Born To Be My Baby" and the highlight of the album Jizzy Pearl's high energy spin on "Bad Medicine". As with almost every tribute CD out there both of these are hit and miss, but should be really fun listens for fans. (Versailles) - Geoff Melton ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Metal-Rules.com Always: A Millennium Tribute to BonJovi 2005, Versailles records 3/5 This musical tribute to one of the most popular band's of the 80's contains mostly unknown player's. This recording covers BonJovi's entire recording careear including his solo material. The standout on this disc is undeniably Jasy Andrews' cover of "I'll Be There For You". Her stellar voice coupled with a piano adds more to the classic piece than you could imagine. Even though it does have aslight country sound to her voice she does a remarkable job. Clearly an amazing vocalist that will definitely go far. Hearing Warrant members doing some BonJovi is interesting to say the least as both artists ruled the air at the same time. An interesting collection that is worth it for the Warrant and Jasy Andrews tracks alone. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Always: A Tribute to Bon Jovi Versailles Records Rock Hard Haven by Michael Lloyd Staff Writer Comments: Take a bunch of established names in Rock Music, add a few newbies, then toss in some of the best Melodic Hard Rock songs in history and what do you get? A mixed bag of good, bad, and downright awful ... that's what. Tribute albums are always (ha!) hit and miss. You never know what you're going to get. Most of them are cash cows for the label, and a way to jumpstart their name by grabbing once popular names for one-off's. One has yet to come across a tribute album that is consistent and high quality from beginning to end. This Bon Jovi tribute is certainly no exception. There are some strong moments on the album. Jani Lane does a good rendition of "Lay Your Hands On Me." He sticks very close to the original and proves once again that he's one of the most underrated voices in the business. Newcomer Jasy Andrews does a stirring piano and vocal take on "I'll Be There For You" ... sort of like Norah Jones minus the jazz. Derek LeFevre does a nearly identical version of "Living On A Prayer," complete with talk box and vocal harmonies. Nothing special, but familiar enough to kick off the album well and not scare anyone off. John Corabi and Jizzy Pearl do respectable jobs on their chosen tracks, "Born To Be My Baby" and "Bad Medicine." Jizzy adds that sleazy, near Punk vocal tone. The Issues efficiently butcher "It's My Life" with its altered drum patterns and weak vocals. Colie Brice attempts a true-to-the-original take on "Runaway," to poor results. The tempo drags, the vocals are weak, and the overall sound is just bad. The stripped down acoustic presentation of "Stick To Your Guns" is borderline laughable. The voice Jason Andrews lacking all feeling and the necessary emotion to pull off a song like that in such a naked setting. Corey Craven gives "You Give Love A Bad Name," the bad bar band treatment as well ... almost there, but changed enough to know he just can't pull it off vocally. Obviously, as with any tribute album, this would be for the die-hard Bon Jovi collectors, rabid fans of the "name" players here, or the mother's of the remaining players. Buy only if you're one of these. Track Listing: 1. Living On A Prayer 2. I'll Be There For You 3. Blaze Of Glory 4. Wanted Dead Or Alive 5. Lay Your Hands On Me 6. Billy Get Your Guns 7. You Give Love A Bad Name 8. Born To Be My Baby 9. Stick To Your Guns 10. Bad Medicine 11. Always 12. It's My Life 13. Never Say Goodbye 14. Runaway HRH Rating: 5/10 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RockSomething.com As with all tribute records, whether or not you like the artist that is being mimicked and can also see any point in tributes in the first place, will already tell you if these two albums will be worth learning more about. With Bon Jovi and David Lee Roth being the subjects here, the likelihood is that at least one – if not both – of these artists will interest you, and furthermore after the rather excellent All Star Tribute to Iron Maiden this year, I'm not about to suggest that tribute albums are all pointless, money-grabbing affairs. Having dealt with that, are these two albums any good? "Always: A Millennium Tribute to Bon Jovi" isn't bad. But then nor is it particularly great. Whilst Derrick Lefevre deals admirably with "Living on a Prayer" and Versailles Records' fantastic Jasy Andrews provides a refreshing female take on "I'll Be There for You", the album also suffers from a few merely average performances. "You Give Love a Bad Name" (featuring Corey Craven) and The Issues' version of "It's My Life" aren't awful attempts, but the songs are so regularly played throughout everyday life, that it almost seems tiresome to hear them spun out by anything other than the real thing. That said the in-form Jizzy Pearl (his latest album "Vegas Must Die" is worth a listen) does leave behind a good impression on "Bad Medicine" as does Colin Brice on "Run Away". (2/5) _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Jasy Andrews- Little Girl, Released August 23rd, 2005: ______________________________________________________________________________ Jasy Andrews, Little Girl (Versailles)- Popmatters.com Oh, the perils of a debut album. And what's that? A double album to boot? Oh boy... But don't let that fool you, Jasy Andrews is able to make this a thoughtful, laidback and quite cozy, folksy two-disc collection. While citing influences like Tori and Sarah (McLachlan), Andrews comes off more in line with people like John Denver and Emmylou Harris in terms of how easy it seems each line, each note just rolls off the tongue or acoustic guitar as it does with "Keep It Up" and the piano ballads "I'll Do That Much" and the gorgeous "Free". She can carry a note in a blackberry let alone a bucket -- clear, crisp and oh so pretty. She even makes Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There For You" bearable...Disc Two is much of a departure from Disc One as "Slide Show" and "Little Girl" and a cover of Guns N' Roses "Patience" keeps this precious lullaby feel going...It's a pleasing, promising cornerstone. — Jason MacNeil _____________________________________________________________________ "Jasy's artsy!" - George Clinton, P-Funk Legend _____________________________________________________________________ This Side of the Traxx- Review: Jasy Andrews: Little Girl This 'little girl' has filled big shoes, as I see it. With an album out, titled just that-'Little Girl', Nashville-native Jasy Andrews has made herself a spot, in my mind, where a classic such as Judy Garland would be sitting. She has 'STAR' written all over her. Her voice is amazing! And using her voice to put her words to music was just what Jasy Andrews did, as she realized that one of her sole purposes on this earth is to use that amazing God given voice to produce angel-like sounds and stories that females can all relate to. On Jasy's album, not only will you find original songs like 'Keep it Up' and 'I Already Knew', but remakes of some already popular songs such as Tina Turner's 'Private Dancer', and would you believe- Bon Jovi's 'I'll Be There For You'?!?! Imagine that song set to piano and sung by a sultry warm inviting voice. It's hot! This is a CD you must check out! _____________________________________________________________________ Lights Out Films- Jasy Andrews- Little Girl Album Review So here's the thing about Jasy Andrews, this new artist that I'm listening to. She's a young artist who released a double disc set that I had the chance to listen to. I really like her voice and the songs are soft in a way that makes me just want to curl up and cry myself to sleep. If I was, you know, that way (that way being an emotional, fragile trainwreck of a teenage girl.) Each song on Little Girl is a little different but tinged with both country and neo-hippie wondering. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but it's the kind of music that can be narrowcasted to a very particular crowd. In this case, I'd say that crowd would be the second stage at Lilith Faire - alongside artists like Sarah McLachlan and Fiona Apple. I'm sure that Jasy wouldn't mind the comparisons either. Jasy Andrews' Little Girl is a quintessentially chick folk album so you know what you're getting. Frankly, I'm not quite sure if there's a radio market for this kind of music, slow and comtemplative as it is. But then again, why would anyone want to be on the radio, so filled with trash these days? Of course, this leads me to a discussion of the songs that would have some great radio airplay - in fact, some of them already have. A few of the stronger songs on the album are covers of previous hits, most notably Tina Turner's Private Dancer. I hadn't ever heard a cover version of this song, but I have to say that I enjoyed Jasy's version quite a bit. It's soulful and contemplative in a way that the original isn't. The cover of GNR's 'Patience' is good too, but where's the whistling?!? The cover of Bon Jovi's "I'll be There for You" strips away the hair metal cheese, just leaving the emotional core of the song, so at the very least, there's those familiar tunes to tide you over between soulful bouts of melancholy. Jasy is a little hard to put your finger on. Most of the songs are stripped down to piano and vocal, leaving Jasy there lonely on the stage. It's certainly not the kind of music that will have you raising the roof, drinking crunk juice and hearing songs about bitches and money. It's not even the kind of toe-tapping folk that seems to be so radio friendly. But Little Girl is an emotional and solitary experience. The kind of thing that you put on your iPod if you're going to just sit and relax. Alone and quiet. Music Grade: B+ _____________________________________________________________________ "Jasy Andrews has the vocal splendor, diction and technical expertise that reflect her extensive classical training...Her debut release, 'Little Girl'...spotlights both her stirring voice and compositional versatility...Her enunciation, sound and pacing is as precise and crystal-clear as that of many top opera or jazz divas.' " - Nashville City Paper ____________________________________________________________________ "Andrews ably mixes the laid-back feel of an open-mic night (read: bongos and tambourines) with gentle acoustic guitar and sweetly sung country-soul melodies "- MSN-CNET.Com Critics Pick ____________________________________________________________________ September, 2005 Jasy Andrews- Little Girl The Celebrity Cafe.com Jasy Andrews is a talented singer/songwriter who creates beautiful music. Her debut, double album "Little Girl" is a stunning collection of lyrical vision. Although there are many gifted female artists, there is always room for another. In a business that changes every 15 minutes, Andrews shows that she has staying power. Every song on "Little Girl" is full of soul and passion, and Andrews's feelings emanate through her music. Songs that exemplify this include "Free" and "Slideshow." Aside from Andrews' original compositions, "Little Girl" features amazing covers of standards. Her performance of "Private Dancer" is breathtaking. I might prefer her version of "I'll Be There For You" to Bon Jovi's. Jasy Andrews has the gift, both lyrically and vocally speaking, to make a lasting impression on the music industry. "Little Girl" will not be the last we hear from this artist. Reviewer: Gail Hoffer new pop Reviewer's Rating: 9 Reader's Rating: 10.00 Reader's Votes: 3 _________________________________________________________________ Blogcritics.org Somewhere, a Disney musical is missing its star. I mean this as a compliment; Jasy Andrews is possessed with a sweet, lovely voice, the sort that makes one want to hand out lollipops and bring little birds out to sing along. The Nashville-based singer/songwriter boasts an impressive debut, a double CD that demonstrates her prowess with the piano and the power of her ultra-feminine voice. With eighteen songs, three of which are covers, she waxes philosophically on relationships and identity, creating what she refers to as a soundtrack for life: Little Girl is the product of the last 10 years of my life writing songs. I see music in colors when I write, so each song on this album represents a different shade of the female emotional experience, be it pain or happiness, in love and in life. The album is in many ways a soundtrack to the world I see around me. Andrews served for a time as lead singer of the band Inner Jonez, but found she preferred to work solo, experimenting with her own songs and arrangements. While her lyrics are somewhat lacking in depth, this is solid, relaxing music, perfect for sitting on the porch on an autumn day or for providing a soothing backdrop during a bath. The title track is a standout, as is "I Needed Time," which seems to be an anthem to the singer's own small-town beginnings, but the best track on the album is "Slide Show," the leadoff on the second disc. "Slide Show" is the kind of song that you hear once and it haunts you for days, drifting through your dreams until you catch yourself humming it while driving to work. If Andrews can keep her future work at that level, she'll have a bright future.The three covers are interesting. "Private Dancer" is solid next to Tina Turner's original recording, though different in tone, but the best of the three is the cover of the Guns n' Roses song "Patience." It's a song familiar to many, and hearing this throaty rendition gives it a whole new feel. The major drawback of this album is that the songs suffer from sameness, a similarity that makes me wonder if a double album was indeed necessary. A few tracks could have been cut and the result would have been just as satisfying. The covers, however, serve to break up the monotony, and overall, the album is a solid effort. _______________________________________________________________ www.sportsology.net Little Girl Has a Big Sound by Russ Cohen I recently came across a double CD compilation by Jasy Andrews entitled Little Girl. When you see the vague picture of her on the cover it peaked my interest and made me want to see and hear more from her. The first single "Keep it Up" is an interesting song and it really shows off this new artists' range and writing ability. The arrangement is unusual and the sound of the album will remind you of the Cranberries and Tori Amos - - but a lot better. While most of the CD is comprised of original music there are some terrific covers of some monster hits. The first one "I'll Be There For You" is serene and that really lets you hear the beauty of the lyrics. Another classic remake is "Private Dancer" and again when you hear it you will love it. The last one is "Patience" and to turn a metal song into an easy listening song of substance is difficult and she pulled it off. There are 18 songs that will put you in a good mood. Just because Josy is a female artist she doesn't fall into the "man bashing" or "painfully sad" artist and that's a plus. Those singers are talented but I don't want to listen to music that will ultimately depress me. With all of the older and established artists out there it's fun to hear some newcomers and she is a real talent. Few have her vocal range and combine that with some tasteful piano playing and you have a dynamite combination. Get this CD for a change, because change is good. ____________________________________________________________________ Insidepulse.com Jasy Andrews - Little Girl Review Review by Michaelangelo McCullar Is there room for another female singer-songwriter? The Inside Pulse: In the same vein as Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, and Vanessa Carlton comes Jasy Andrews, the newest female singer-songwriter. With her stark acoustic sound, mainly piano accompanied by some guitar, Andrews is hoping to carve a niche out for herself with her solo debut, Little Girl, an ambitious double LP. But can the newcomer carry a double disc her first time out? Positives: Andrews has a lovely voice, with a haunting quality to it. Her arrangements...do a great job of highlighting her vocal range... Cross-breed: Tori Amos mixed with Vanessa Carlton. Reason to buy: If you miss Lilith Fair, then you may enjoy this album. Jasy Andrews is an artist with promise..." ____________________________________________________________________ www.entertainmentworld.us Jasy Andrews - Little Girl CD Review Friday, October 14, 2005 - by Logan Lenz " Jasy has one of the most amazing voices you have ever heard...The music itself is sweet and subtle. The album is a two disc set that features a total of 18 tracks. The...music is definitely filled with great taste. The highlight, for me was the cover of 'I'll be there for you.' It truly made me smile." _____________________________________________________________________________ Best of Both Worlds- A Tribute to Van Halen's David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar (Street Date: May 21, 2003) ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Electric Basement Just like rap music, tribute records were predicted to be short-lived by many critics, but, in the end, the thumping beats and cover songs still stand, even if they both walk hand in hand, fading slowly into the night. Here we have one big concept, perhaps influenced by the SAMMY HAGAR/DAVID LEE ROTH tour from last year. Who knows. I do not immediately dismiss tribute records because there is a built in curiosity to listen to each song at least once to see how "they" did it. The highs? AMERICAN DOG acts as backing band to RICHARD KENDRICK on "Panama" and it is an excellent choice as lead off track, for it spanks and does do the song justice, even if the indie trib album trademark of smallish sounding drums is there. "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" actually has a big sound and American Dog take complete hold of "Take Your Whiskey Home" with MICHAEL HANNON threatening to sing and without being doused with reverb. God Bless him! WOOF! "I Can't Drive 55" initially sounds off-assedness but it turns out the Dog is helping out here too, forgoing the studio musician aesthetic of the original and adding a "swamp"-ish character. Cool. But how does one drive over 55 in a swamp? The not-so-highs..."Shyboy" is handled by Lynch but it is not as, hmm, I don't know. It doesn't breath as much. "Why Can't This Be Love" was never a song I cared for, so points deducted right there. "Mas Tequila" was always a shining example of how not to steal from others. Do not rip off a hockey arena anthem riff because EVERYONE, including your f-ing grandmother will notice. Gary Glitter must be rolling in his...well, he's till alive, right? It's covered okay, but doesn't that mean, in a way, it is a cover of a not so readily admitted riff rape? All in all, a reasonable collection done mostly well by pretty good musicians. Can't complain. Still can't drive at all in a swamp. Not with my Corolla anyway.--Brian Coles _______________________________________________________________________________________________ www.nehrecords.com Review TRIBUTE TO VAN HALEN "Best Of Both Worlds" Description: Largely faithful, unimpressive, and mis-titled tribute Score: 68 Buy it here - more info. It's time for another crack at every record label's favorite game, Messin' With The Classics! This time, Versailles Records has packaged up "Best Of Both Worlds: Tribute to Van Halen"; as the liner notes imply, however, the full title of the CD should be "A Tribute To Van Halen's David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar." Only half the songs on it are from VH; the other half are from DLR or Hagar solo. The problems with this album, however, extend beyond the title. Most of the songs add little to fans' appreciation of VH, DLR, or Hagar. The covers are generally faithful, although key players often fall short of the idols (Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar) that they attempt to emulate. Guitar mega-hero George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) sounds awesome on his cover of Diamond Dave's "Shy Boy," but his fretboard frenzy sometimes overpowers the melodicism of Vai's original leads. Melodic superstars Enuff Z'Nuff sound almost nothing like themselves on their cover of "Yankee Rose." The modern-feeling increases in axe intensity on tracks like "Panama" and "I Can't Drive 55" muddle the dynamics of the originals more than improving them. American Dog's snarling "Take Your Whiskey Home" is the exceptional highlight on this generally unimpressive tribute. If you need need new, subtly heavier revisions on Hagar and DLR cuts, this "Best Of Both Worlds" may suit your tastes, but it lacks both the creativity and the performance firepower needed to make it a worthy listen for most Van Halen fans. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Hard Radio Reviews By: Martin Popoff Various Artists - Best Of Both Worlds: A Tribute To Van Halen (Versailles Records) Versailles continues to tap into a bewildering assortments of unknowns and slightly knowns for competent versions of rock starry rock songs, this latest distraction offering six Dave tracks and six Sammy tracks - three solo and three VH from each. As usual, American Dog wins, Hannon crocodialing his way through Take Your Whiskey Home. Elsewhere, it's sort of surreal seeing Full Tilt (huh?) covering Mas Tequila (double huh?) and a Van Halen tribute band called 5150 do a dead-on identical version of Right Now. Closes with Steve Whiteman from Kix in front of a steamrolling version of There's Only One Way To Rock. In total, not embarrassing but a) no one cares about any of these guys - and it's not like they are demonstrating their personalities or interesting reworkings and b) three quarters of the songs aren't any good AS ORIGINALS. Rating 5 out of 10 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Classic Rock Revisited Various Artists: Best of Both Worlds: A Tribute to Van Halen Versailles Records Rating: 2.5 out of 5 By Jeb Wright Website: www.versaillesrecords.com/ Versailles Records has taken on the mother of bands to pay homage too. The CD is split into two eras called sides (trying to appeal to us old farts that own vinyl). The first 'side' is dedicated to David Lee Roth and the second 'side' to Sammy Hagar. A tribute to Van Halen should include both of these artists yet it should also include musicians who can actually pull off the music. A tribute to Van Halen should not include each singers solo material. This is where the confusion begins. The spine label shows that this is a Van Halen tribute but the CD cover says "Van Halen's David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar." The latter proves to be the case as half of the albums 12 tracks are solo artist's covers. That being said some of the versions are great while others are embarrassing. On the DLR side, "Shy Boy" with shredder George Lynch rocks hard and hardly seems like a cover but "Yankee Rose" by Enuff Znuff is horrible. The vocals are so far off that the entire song is ruined. The Sammy side has high moments such as "When Its Love" by Richard Kendrick but also contains sucko songs as well, most notably "I Can't Drive 55" by Shane Volk. The Sammy songs are much better proving that the DLR era of Van Halen and the Eat Em & Smile band were more technically difficult than the Sam Halen era or the Red Rockers solo stuff. In the end, it was a great marketing idea capitalizing on both Van Halen's lack of output and the recent Sam & Dave tour. The end result, however, will not keep you coming back for more. Visit the Rock Shop To Buy This CD Today! Email your response to this review to me here! We would love to hear from you! Back To Top -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Van Halen Vault.com - Best of Both Worlds - A Tribute to Van Halen's "Diamond" David Lee Roth & "The Red Rocker" Sammy Hagar Executive Producer: Jake Brown for Versailles Records *Note: Rating system/comments are just the opinion of the webmaster (me)...who am I really to judge. =) Nice work to all involved, I recommend this cd. -Jerel Panama 3:21 (rating 9 out of 10) The guitarist, a former member of Aerosmith, known as Jimmy Crespo, rips this one up. Richard Kendrick does a A+ job on the vocals. This group adds their own favor to the song. It's one of the best songs on this cd. Shy Boy 3:18 (rating 8) Another All-Star guitarist George Lynch makes this song his own. Tony Harnell member of West World and Jason McMaster share the energy in the Lead Vocals. This song was also contributed to the album "Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani". Yankee Rose 4:23 (rating 7) Chicago based Enuff Znuff takes over on Yankee Rose. This track is the album's lead single. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love 3:45 (rating 8) These guys are having fun, and plain out rockin'. Jim Yelenick leads Jet Black Joy's vocals duties Tobacco Road 2:21 (rating 9) Corey Craven, singer of Slo Annie, does the vocals and guitar - and does a very nice job of it. Take Your Whiskey Home 4:23 (rating 10) I was personally impressed with this song. Way to go American Dog! American Dog also did the backing tracks for the following tracks on this cd: Panama, I Can't Drive 55, and There's Only One Way To Rock. Mas Tequila 3:59 (rating 6) Musically this song was good. But it felt like David Lee was singing... Why Can't This Be Love 3:49 (rating 8) Gravity Pharm catches the energy on this. Very realistic compared to VH's version. I Can't Drive 55 5:46 (rating 7) A Straight forward rocker by Shane "The Impaler" Volk When It's Love 5:37 (rating 7) I loved the music, but the vocals just didn't seem to fit. The guitar was excellent. I've got to hand it to Richard Kendrick...he does the vocals, backing vocals, guitar, bass, and the keyboards! Drums are handled by Blayne Coupel. Right Now 4:43 (rating 10) Musically, this is one of the top songs on here. Scott Szeryk is a Eddie Van Halen Clone on this one. The Band "5150" is the best Sammy Era Tribute band out there. I liked the way they recorded this track too (sounds close to the real VH). There's Only One Way to Rock 4:07 (rating 10) There's only one way to end this album... and they picked it. Nice job Steve Whiteman, and again kudos to American Dog who did the backing track. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS - A TRIBUTE TO VAN HALEN Versailles Records I'm spoilt here, three pieces of VH releated material in under one week, first the new Sammy Hagar live disc, then the new excellent David Lee Roth disc and now a new VH tribute disc. If your a Van Halen die hard nut case like me who likes everything that the band release, inside and outside of the band, then your just gonna love this new tribute which is miles better than the tribute CD from 2000. This album runs like a party jukebox and is fun all the way and one of the better tribute albums of late. You got a mix of the Roth and Hagar years as well as choice cuts from each artists respectful solo careers and there are some great versions here. Kicking off on side one the "Diamond Dave Side" with one of my fave VH's songs 'Panama' where we witness an unknown singer called Richard Kendrick who steals the show, he does an amazing job and if VH need a new singer then this guy is their man, period, he pulls everything together and does not mess up. Kendrick is joined by Jimmy Crespo, a blinding cover version with a great production. Next up is a Roth number from "Eat 'Em And Smile", the classic 'Shy Boy', with TNT's Tony Harnell on the mic. Harnell is joined by George Lynch and Jason McMaster. This is followed by another classic 'Yankee Rose', it's somewhat slower than the original version which features Enuff Z'Nuff's Donnie Vie doing a god awful version of the song, his vocals sound rougher than usual, and they simply ruin the song. Vie sounds more like Lemmy than Dave Lee Roth. 'Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love' is next and performed by a band called Jet Black Boy whom are an unknown band from Denver, they sound a little like Xyz and I would love to hear more material from these guys, not bad at all. This is followed by 'Tobacco Road' performed by Corey Craven, who like Richard Kendrick has a great Roth like voice and does a good job on this classic. American Dog pop up next with their rendition of 'Take Your Whiskey Home', another good version that the band pull off well, adding a little of their own punch to the song without ruining it. And then we hit The Red Rocker Side, Sammy Hagar was amazing when I saw him with VH twice, and it's a pity he left the VH camp, at least he went out in style with the stunning "Humans Being" from the "Twister" film. Anyway The Red Rocker Side, gets into full drive with an excellent version of Sammy's own 'Mas Tequila' performed by another unknown band called Full Tilt from Canada, good version and another interesting band. The world-wide smash hit single 'Why Can't This Be Love' follows and is performed by Gravity Pharm, a difficult song to copy as it was one of the highest songs Hagar sang for VH, and unfortunatley GP don't carry the song off so well. 'I Can't Drive 55' is next, who can forget that video eh? remember? go on think, remember Hagar in that court room? Anyway a gentleman called Shane "The Impaler" Volk, covers this one and does a good job, and here we go with one of my all time personal songs, the stunning 'When It's Love', and hey good old Richard Kendrick is up on the mic again, he doesn't do so well on this one as he did on the Roth number, but he still a great singer, think I will go about seeing if we can interview this guy. The Grammy award winning 'Right Now' follows, performed by VH cover band 5150, and it's a great version, they get it right, right down to the keyboard arrangements and that deep bass sound. Good version, production could have been better though. The singer is good. The CD ends with 'There's Only One Way To Rock' performed by ex Kix man Steve Whiteman and he does a good job indeed. Overall then, a good little tribute to all era's of the Van Halen clan, from VH to solo projects. A neat little jukebox of nuggets to feast upon until VH get there shit together and put out a new album. Until then check this out and revel in the glory days, will we ever see them again? www.versaillesrecords.com Nicky Van Baldrian www.aordreamzones.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brave Words/Bloody Knuckles - its not horrible Best Of Both Worlds A Tribute To Van Halen (Versailles Records) Best Of Both Worlds is your typical tribute album. Band completists will track it down for their collection and the casual fan will prefer the real deal. Overall, this is a satisfying album that blends solo era material with classic Halen tracks. Numerous guest musicians make this tribute slightly more interesting than the average garage band homage. They include Jimmy Crespo (cameo in Aerosmith), Enuff Z Nuff, George Lynch (ex-Dokken) and Steve Whiteman (ex-Kix). Enjoy, but pull out 1984 when done! Mitch Lafon 7 _________________________________________________________________________________________________ American Hair Bands Vol. 1 (Street Date: November 5, 2002)- _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Guitar Mania.ca- November, 2002 Review of American Hair Bands Vol. 1 Guitar Mania - Review "American Hair bands Vol. 1" (Various Artists) Bang your Head, pump your fist because American Hair Metal Vol. 1 has arrived!! From four alarm fire shredding to straight up rock melodies, this tribute CD covers all grounds. The CD is in the same vein as past Versailles Record releases, combining an all star cast of musicians performing memorable tunes from yester year. This time around it is the "Big Hair" 80's that provides the inspiration for the all star cast to strut their stuff. This is a good time party CD that pays homage to some of our all time favorite artists from the era of spandex and leather. The CD has Enuff Znuff performing "Yankee Rose", Jizzy Pearl kicking ass on the Cult's "Fire Woman" and Dave Hlubek riffing out on the Thin Lizzy tune "Don't Believe A Word". Another highlight is the very cool Jet Black Boy performing a Van Halen classic "Ain't Talkin' About love" - slamin dude!! With an all star cast like what Versailles Records has assembled for this CD, it is destined to be a classic. I have to give Versailles Records a fist pumping high five for assembling some of the best-of-the-best musicians to perform on this CD of 80's madness. Be sure to check this one out - no party should be without a copy of American Hair Bands Vol. 1!! Rock On! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Rock and a Hard Place- November, 2002 Review of American Hair Bands Vol. 1 AMERICAN HAIR BANDS VOL. 1 "The Best Of 1970s/80's Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Anthems!" The way everyone bitches about cover-songs, I'm surprised they keep making these compilations. I'm one of those that enjoy hearing other's interpretations of songs, so bring em' on! I'll admit that I used to get upset if the songs strayed too far from the original, now I seem to look for tracks that take the song in a different direction. This compilation is relatively safe, in other words, fans of the originals won't be offended for the most part. There's a couple that actually equal the originals, those being Cage's version of Priest's "Freewheel Burning" and American Dog doing Twisted Sister's "Under The Blade". The Fakes take on Motley Crue's "Live Wire" is right up there as well. It's a souped up version with some modern elements that ads to the song. On the other end of the spectrum, Nu-Metal band G-Soul, who I actually like a lot, didn't do justice to another Motley tune "Shout At The Devil". I'm sorry, but the versus just weren't made for rapping. One of the more interesting tracks is Cookie's version of Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself For Loving You". They have a rockabilly flare to them and speed up the song dramatically. I don't know if I like it or not, but it's done very well and is certainly an interesting take on the song. Two other tracks that vary from the originals are Jet Black Joy's "Ain't Talkin' About Love" and "Highway To Hell" from Crash And Burn. Both are more punk versions of the classic tunes that work pretty well. Jet Black Joy's version is produced better and they aren't a true Punk act like Crash And Burn. There's a number of tracks that are of good quality, even if they aren't exactly "daring", they are certainly worth the listen. Enuff Z' Nuff doing David Lee Roth's "Yankee Rose" is a prime example. It says Donnie Vie is doing vocals but he's never sounded like this before, instead of his normal melodic delivery he's growling and sneering, a must for their fans. Jizzy Pearl does a great job with The Cult's "Fire Woman" (one of three Cult songs on the CD). Gilby Clarke's "Wild Flower" was a little to watered down for my tastes, and the Jimmy Crespo/Paul Shortino cover of "Sweet Soul Sister" was a bit too slickly produced. Neither were bad, they just missed the emotion of the originals. There are some fillers on the album, as there always are, but with 17 tracks, I applaud them for doing their best to give the fans a ton of music to sink their teeth into. For fans of the bands who are covered, or the bands doing the covering, this is a pretty damn good one for the collection. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Electric Basement.com November, 2002 Review of American Hair Bands Vol.1- VARIOUS ARTISTS - American Hair Bands: The Best of 70s/80s Hard Rock/Hevay Metal Anthems! (Versailles) While the tribute album days are fading fast, there is still a few hearts beating the rhythm of regurgitation...or is it heart burn? Actually, some trib efforts aren't so bad and are deserved. Versailles has unleashed a few hot and many not, but at least you can recognize the names playing musical chairs - Enuff Z'nuff, Gilby Clarke, Jizzy Pearl, Paul Shortino etc. Some you may not. Basically, this is a compilation of tribute album tracks, most of which are competent if not entirely inspired. In a weird way it is interesting to hear these things atleast once. I admit I enjoy Pearl belting out "Firewoman" and Cage absolutely rips through "Freewheel Burnin'. But will it warrant repeated listens? Probably not many. The production is too dry and often suffocated by low budgetary confinements. Also, few, if any of these offer much in the way of killer reinterpretations. If you dig this stuff, you dig it. If you don't, you don't. - Brian Coles ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Lords of Karma: A Tribute of Vai/Satriani (Street Date: January 29, 2002)- ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Guitar One- May, 2002 Review of Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani What makes Satriani and Vai so revered is their inventiveness. So paying tribute to their accomplishments by merely reproducing their licks without taking the compositions in new directions- as is the case on this disc- seems a bit weak. Its not as if the original versions are in short supply. (Six of the ten tracks are culled from Surfing with the Alien and Eat 'Em and Smile.) Regardless, the likes of Jake E Lee, Brad Gillis, and George Lynch reconfirm their guitar-hero stature as they interpret the riffs of two esteemed peers while playing to prerecorded backing tracks laid down by Richard Kendrick. Moment of Truth: "Tender Surrender" (1:56 - 3:48) Tony Janflone Jr. passionately executes a wide range of Vai-inspired tricks including huge bends, smooth legato phrasing, wide interval jumps, and blinding scalar runs. - Bob Keelaghan ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Metal Sludge.com Review of Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani- A TRIBUTE TO VAI/SATRIANI "Lords Of Karma" by bastard boy floyd Cover: 3 Summer Songs out of 10. I have no idea what the hell this is. Some sort of fancy symbol or something. It doesn't stand out and there are no guitars anywhere to be seen. This is a tribute for 2 guitarist, maybe some fucking guitars somewhere would have been nice. Maybe I'm just too simple minded. Booklet: 6 Attitude Songs out of 10 One thing Versailles Records has is at least quality booklets. It has notes on all the artists on this CD along with little pictures. It's nothing too fancy, but it's easy to read and gives you an idea of what you're going to be listening to. Songs: 5 Copycats out of 10. There are 5 songs for Satriani and 5 songs for Steve Vai. I'd have to say the Satriani side is a bit better. Bruce Kulick, Jake E Less and Brad Gillis are some of the guitarist who tackle the Satriani stuff. Most of it is note for note and sounds good enough. On the Vai side, I just want to ask who decided that Enff Z'Nuff should cover "Yankee Rose?" Chip Z'Nuff sings it and makes Lemmy sound like Steve Perry. It's basically a sloppy version of "Yankee Rose" and it doesn't even sound like Enuff Z'Nuff. And why is "Shy Boy" and "Tobacco Road" on this CD when that wasn't even a David Lee Roth or Steve Vai song to begin with? It's a cover of a cover. The Vai side has 3 David Lee Roth songs and 2 Steve Vai songs. Kind of like a one legged man in a rodeo, totally pointless. If you're going to do a tribute to Steve Vai, at least do Steve's own work. Comments: The problem I have with tributes like this is it really isn't a tribute, it's just other guitar players playing the same shit Vai & Satriani did. They don't really add any new interpetations or make the songs their own. They just copy the solos and stuff note for note. If I wanted to hear that, I'd buy the original. But we got sent this for free, so in that case I'm not out any cash, so what do I care? _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Reviewed by Nick Martinelli The Shred Zone www.theshredzone.com 5/11/02 Song one, "Always With You, Always With Me" brought to you by the hands of Bruce Kulick will sooth your soul. Bruce took this old guitar classic and gave it a new feel with his acoustic guitar playing. He did a great job and I really liked the arrangement. "Surfing With the Alien" by shred monster Jake E. Lee (formerly of Ozzy and Bad Lands) will tear you to pieces with his insane guitar playing. I haven't heard from Jake in a while and its great to see him still releasing music. Jake's guitar playing on this track is a memorable performance for sure. "Echo" track three, from Jimmy Crespo / Dave Ragsdale is a nice slow melodic change to the upbeat driving tunes that are on this record. Their playing was superb, and they really created a huge atmospheric sound with this remake. The track is full of life and the guitar and violin playing is top notch. Dave Ragsdale's violin playing really added to the songs vibe. It's not every day that you hear hot violin playing with screaming guitar. Nice combo! Brad Gillis's "Summer Song" is a real treat if your a fan of Gillis's monstrous guitar playing. He throws in some of his own signature guitar licks and tricks all over the place, and man was I impressed. Brad really spiced up this song and gave it a lot more flare and excitement. If you haven't heard Brad Gillis's guitar playing you've probably been a shell for the past 20 years! Remember 80's hits like "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" or "Sister Christian"? Well my friends that was Brad Gillis in Night Ranger! These days he's tearing it up with his own solo work and touring with Night Ranger for summer festivals and such. Keep your ears peeled for Gillis's amazing guitar work, its hard to miss. "Friends" song five was remade by Neil Zaza and I wouldn't have picked anyone else for the job. His style of playing fit this song's vibe so well, it was a match made in heaven. Zaza is a non stop melodic guitarist and this song accented his style even more. Neil screams out some amazing leads and plays with so much soul. Put this one on "loop" a few times, you won't regret it Enuff Znuff rocked the house with their rendition of "Yankee Rose." Enuff Znuff gave the song that 80's Metal feel to it. Grab your hair spray and lets jam some tunes, know what I mean? Their version was real fun and upbeat. Guitar playing was real tight, and the vocal work complimented the song. You'll dig it 150%. "Shy Boy" song seven from the Lynch, Harnell an McMaster camp is without a doubt one of the most standout tracks on the album. Lynch's chops from hell guitar playing dominates this songs vibe and presence. It's no wonder why George is worshiped by the masses. To tell you the truth this song sounds like it came right off the "Under Lock and Key" Dokken album. It has that fast paced rhythm guitar playing and George's super fast licks that made Lynch famous. Versailles Records own Richard Kendrick tore it up with his version of "The Attitude Song." Kendrick turned this song into a chop fest for sure. With screaming guitar playing and some exciting accents. He's a guitar player that will always seek to shock you note to note. I can't begin to imagine his thought process while he's playing. Great job Richard, your playing really smoked and your chops were tight. "Tender Surrender" track eight was performed by Tony Janflone Jr. was another smooth and cool feeling number. Janflone's guitar playing is really soulful and on top of the game. He really did this mellow number justice with his knack for creating a bluesy atmosphere. His leads were really clean, and he jumped from clean to overdriven tones throughout the song which gave it a lot of variety. He displayed a wide variety of techniques, so listen closely for all those styles merged together. Song ten "Tobacco Road" covered by Corey Craven was a hopping number that rocked my socks off. The song was for sure one of the most upbeat songs on this CD and it was the best one to finish it off. Craven's guitar playing is hot stuff and I would like to hear more from this relatively new player. He has a lot to offer as a guitarist and his skills are smokin'. From four alarm fire shredding to soulful melodies, this tribute CD covered all grounds. With all star appearances from George Lynch, Brad Gillis, Jake E. Lee and more, this tribute album is destined to be one of the best of all time in it's genre. I have to give Versailles Records a hand for getting together some of the rock industries best guitar players for a blazing storm of guitar madness. So how about getting Satch and Vai to do a tribute to George Lynch or Brad Gillis in return? (laughs) Be sure to drop by Versailles Records and pick this one up now, or check out your local music retailer, it's selling fast. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ AOR-Europe.com LORDS OF KARMA: "A Tribute to Vai / Satriani" 9 Versailles Records 2002 Review by Endre "Bandi" Hübner 13 February 2002 Finally!! A tribute album that is REALLY a tribute to the artists it is dedicated to not just a lame attempt to cash in on well-known names. I've been very disappointed by some of the "tribute" albums that came out lately and approached this one very carefully too. My fears were growing stronger when I saw that the album opens with Satriani's "Always With Me, Always With You", one of my all time favorite instrumental pieces. Then Bruce Kulick's (Kiss, Union, Blackjack, Meatloaf) version of the song washed all my fears away. He has recorded an electro-acoustic version of the song that almost brought the tears into my eyes. If the original weren't so perfect I would even say "better than that" but obviously that's pretty much impossible. Jake E. Lee (Ozzy, Badlands, etc.) smokes with "Surfing With The Alien", great version, not just playing note-by-note but he manages to add his own personality and style into the final product. This is true for all the performers and this makes the album a real tribute and different from the recent endless flow of fake tribute albums. Another pleasant surprise is Jimmy Crespo and Dave Ragsdale (the rock violinist) doing a great guitar-violin version of "Echo". Gotta be heard to believe! Brad Gillis (Night Ranger) is as good on "Summer Song" as Lee was on "Surfing" which is not surprise after his great solo effort. Neither is Neil Zaza's superb "Friends"; Neil's own stuff is pretty much in the Satch vein anyway. Had there only been instrumental songs on the album, it would have gotten the maximum 10 points but some weaker vocal songs slipped in among the Vai tributes. The band members of Enuff Z'Nuff had already destroyed some of the songs on various tribute albums, and that's pretty much what they do with Dave Lee Roth's "Yankee Rose" here. Neither the guitars, but for heaven's sake not even the vocals(!) live up to the original! And if someone can't sing Dave well enough that's more than a critique... I expected more from "Shy Boy" too, mainly because George Lynch is definitely a capable guitarist and Tony Harnell is one of my favorite singers but their version pales in comparison to the original too. However it can be blamed on the production too, as the whole sound is quite weak on this one. Richard Kendrick, a new, rising talent restores the faith with a great version of "The Attitude Song". Much credit goes to the guy anyway, because for almost half of the songs on the record he is the one to provide all the musical background for the soloists. Tony Janflone is not a household name among rock fans mainly because he is working on more jazzy territories and that may be one of the reasons for choosing "Tender Surrender". He does beautiful, soulful rendition of the song. The album finishes with an okay version of "Tobacco Road" by Corey Craven (weak vocal performance and production again). Disregarding the vocal track this is a perfect album and essential for EVERY instrumental guitar fan. www.versaillesrecords.com By the way, you might want to check out our reviews of earlier Jake E. Lee, Brad Gillis, Neil Zaza, and other mentioned artists' or band's releases in our archives... __________________________________________________________________________________________________ A TRIBUTE TO VAI/SATRIANI- Melodicrock.com LORDS OF KARMA Versailles Records VE20006 Produced by: Jake Brown/Richard Kendrick/Joe Viers -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Released: OUT NOW GENRE: Hard Rock OVERALL: 83% Versailles Records were previously behind a very good Cult Tribute and this is their second foray into the Tribute world. The thing I like about this and also the Cult Tribute are the persons involved. The label has unearthed a few different people, rather than the same old suspects used on other tributes. Featured on Lords Of Karma are Bruce Kulick, Jake E Lee, Brad Gillis, George Lynch, Tony Harnell, Richard Kendrick, Neil Zaza & Jimmy Crespo. Most tracks are faithfully reproduced, with each guitarist adding their own personal style and trademark sound to the tracks. On the Vai side of the things, it was great to hear a couple of vocals from the Dave Lee Roth Eat Em And Smile era included. Yankee Rose features Enuff Z Nuff doing their own thing and on Shy Boy George Lynch shreds like a mad man while Tony Harnell and Jason McMaster share lead vocals. This track ROCKS! Overall, an above average release and above average performances of some classic songs. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Electricbasement.com- CD Review VARIOUS ARTISTS - A Tribute to Vai/Satriani: Lords of Karma (Versailles Records) Not too many tribute records as of late, so this double dose of tributage might help make up for the lack of genre releases, not that the genre HAS to exist. Stacked with some of the usual suspects and a few semi-big names (Bruce Kulick, Jake E. Lee, George Lynch etc.), this concise ten tracker devotes 5 carefully chosen pieces to each virtuoso. Careful in all regards I suppose for paying tribute to renowned guitarist could get real ugly if the ball is dropped. Digging in: Kulick's take on "Always with Me, Always With You" is rather gorgeous and perfectly legit, maintaining a bluesy yet technical tone, fading away as an appetizer for Jake. E. Lee's extra metal version of "Surfing with the Alien." The hook is not as obvious here, buried in crunch but that's all cool, for we aren't looking for uninspired copycats. The other highlight on the Satch side is Brad Gillis on "Summer Song" a tasty sister to "Surfing." Enuff Z'nuff dare take on Vai's "Yankee Rose" and...hmmm....well, not nearly as awkward as I would have imagined. In fact, there is more red meat here than I would never had guessed Enuff Znuff could tackle. The vocal harmonies are where they shine. But then again, this is supposed to be a guitar album...ahh screw it, this ain't half bad. "Shy Boy" finds George Lynch doing quite well, but once again, the vocals surprise here, thanks to Jason Mcmaster and Tony Harnell. Richard Kendricks and Corey Craven chime in among others and you have a set that is about 40% little knowns and the rest recognizable to at least the hard rock loyalists. None of the tracks are embarrassing and are honestly better produced and not as half-baked as most tributes have been for the last oh, say 5 years. Still, this isn't as expansive or urgent as it could have been. I mean, why split this up between 2 legends? Still another budget tribute album when it comes down to it, so fans will have to decide how worth it is to them to shell out another 16 bucks to hear other people do their hero's music.- Brian Coles ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ QUINTESSENCE METAL WEBZINE "Lords of Karma"- A Tribute to Vai/Satriani (2002 Versailles Records) I thought things were quiet after the "Crushing Days" compilation but here we are with both guys being tributed and a serious complation compared to some of the really gnarly ones Dwell had put out over the course of the last 5 years...total mutilation! Versailles really gathered some talent for this release and despite some of them go amok on certain songs, it's still a very good compilation nonetheless. Some of the stars are Bruce Kulick, Brad Gillis, Jake E. Lee (the one runs amok!), Neil Zaza, George Lynch, Richard Kendrick, Jim Crespo and Enuff Znuff to name the majority. The CD is split in half with the first 5 tracks paying homage to "Satch" with Lee's good but overboard cover of "Surfing With the Alien", Brad Gillis doing "Summer Song" and "Friends" by Zaza as my best picks for the first half and the Vai part has a couple vocal tracks like "Yankee Rose" by Enuff Znuff (great guitar and music but the vocals are just horrible....raspy and monotone as hell from smoking and whiskey drinking I would say...ha ha!) and "Tobacco Road" by Corey Craven. Lynch hooks up with Jason McMaster (from the 80's thrashers,Watchtower) and Tony Harnell, ex-lead vocalist for TNT to cover "Shy Boy", great song but not one of Vai's best since to me, it's a bit repetative lyrically. Richard Kendrick's version of "The Attitude Song" and Zaza's "Friends" are practically note-for-note and the best tracks on here. Not a bad compilation and somewhat like "Crushing Days" with "hits and misses" but worth the curiosity of listeners.. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ http://www.tartareandesire.net. V/A - A Tribute To Vai/Satriani: Lords Of Karma Versailles Records, 2002 "Versailles Records is the label behind this tribute album dedicated to the two guitar legends Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. These two guys have played with a great number of bands like Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, Axis and Rolling Stones before deciding to go solo which was a very good choice as it turned out. The people performing these ten tracks (five from Vai and five from Satriani) are also quite famous and have been or are members of bands like Enuff Znuff, Dokken, TNT, Watchtower, Kiss, Aerosmith and Meatloaf. This means that they have not just picked up the guitar, some of them have even spent more than 20 years learning to pick the strings. The result is as it should be, a clean and perfected tribute album, nothing more, nothing less. Most of the ten tracks are of course completely instrumental which I'm glad for because I think at least some of them would have been ruined if they had included a vocalist, at least if he/she isn't good enough. If you are a guitarist yourself you will have no problem at all appreciating the greatness of both Satriani and Vai but no matter what kind of music you listen to I think you will be able to enjoy this album. There are mostly slow and emotional tracks on the album but also some for hard rock fans. This is instrumental rock in the highest division and if it wasn't "just" a tribute album I might have rated it even higher. Outstanding tracks: "Surfing With The Alien" (Satriani) and "Tobacco Road" (Vai)." (7.5/10) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Guitar Mania - CD Review Vai / Satriani Tribute - "Lords of Karma" Released on Versailles Records this new CD pays tribute to two of the greatest and most recognized shred kings of our time - Steve Vai & Joe Satriani. The CD brings together some of the hottest guitarists from the 80's and 90's all paying homage to the two masters that pushed over the top guitar playing to the forefront. Shred kings like George Lynch, Neil Zaza, Richard Kendrick, Jake E. Lee, to name a few, all contribute their personal guitar styling to some of Vai and Satriani's most memorable work. There is some first rate guitar playing throughout this CD. Fans of both Vai and Satriani will really dig this release. The highlight of the entire CD is Richard Kendrick's superb recreation of the Vai Classic "The Attitude Song". Just like the title states, Kendrick plays with authority and attitude. He has interpreted this shred masterpiece with skill and finger flying dexterity that should place him among the front-runners of today's instrumental guitar scene. Other songs of note are Neil Zaza's interpretation of "Friends" and Brad Gillis's rendition of "Summer Song". I also really like the teaming up of George Lynch with Tony Harnell for the David Lee Roth (Vai) tune "Shy Boy" - a great rocker with loads of signature George Lynch all over it. This is the first release I have heard from Versailles Records. From a production stand point this CD is also first rate. I have a feeling we are going to hear many more quality releases from these guys in the not so distant future. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Rock and a Hard Place- LORDS OF KARMA - A TRIBUTE TO VAI/SATRIANI You could make a case that Steve Vai and Joe Satriani are the two greatest guitarists to walk the Earth. Of course there's Hendrix and Randy Rhodes, but we'll never know what level they may have reached. Instead of arguing about it, I suggest picking this amazing tribute up and hearing what some of the worlds other greats can do with their material. The first half is Satriani with Bruce Kulick doing extreme justice to "Always With Me, Always With You". Jake E. Lee takes on arguably the most recognizable guitar instrumental ever, "Surfing With The Alien" and probably the next most widely know "Summer Song" is done by Night Ranger Axeman Brad Gillis. All three guys do amazing work here, not straying dramatically from the originals, but then again, why would you have to! Jake E. Lee's version is the most aggressive as he shows he has only improved over the years. Legendary Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith) and Rock Violinist Dave Ragsdale redo "Echo", a nice song, but the pace doesn't allow for a lot of showing off. And underrated guitarist Neil Zaza does a fantastic version of "Friends" to wrap up the Satriani side. The Steve Vai tracks may be a little more recognizable as he worked with more artists and bands than Satrini. In fact, three of the cuts here are off David Lee Roth's first solo album. I was amazed to see Enuff Z' Nuff taking on "Yankee Rose" and even more amazed to hear they did a killer job with it. It has a bit of their influence in it, but for the most part stays true to the original. I have NEVER heard Donnie Vie sound like this either, he's closer to Bon Scott than his own style. Next comes three of my favorite dudes, George Lynch, Tony Harnell, and Jason McMaster (Dokken, TNT, Dangerous Toys respectively) doing KILLER version of the old Talas tune "Shyboy". All I can say is you need to hear it. Richard Kendrick redoes "The Attitude Song" and shows he's emerged as a helluva player. Tony Janflone Jr. does a nice job on "Tender Surrender", the albums most laid-back remake, and Corey Craven smokes on Tobacco Road to round the CD off. As you would expect from a group of players like this, the production is amazing and the quality of the product and packaging is also done very well. This is a "Tribute" album versus a "Interpretation", meaning the songs stay very true to the original. I think back on that Kiss Tribute done in the early 90's by a bunch of artists who had no business on the album. ALL of the musicians here belong as they've been a part of the same scene as Vai and Satriani have been, some even longer, which shows the appreciation for these guys. Will we ever see young players like this? I don't know, it's not real promising in the states due to Video Games and MTV, so I think we can only look at Europe. In the meantime, let's enjoy the contributions of all the brilliant musicians on the album and the two men they are paying tribute to... Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ http://www.iconomusic.com Lords of Karma – A Tribute to Vai/Satriani Label: Versailles Records Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review By: antiGUY How in the hell do you find musicians with the balls let alone the skill to do covers of some of the best work of two of most gifted guitarist to ever pick up the six string? We still don't know how he did it but Jake Brown at Versailles Records accomplished what he set out to do. The songs included on this disc not only pay homage to the originals and the guitar skills of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai but also showcase the unquestioned talent of those who participated. The thing about gifted guitarist is that each one approaches the instrument in their own special way, which gives them a sound and style all their own that is readily identifiable with only hearing a few notes. Not only do Steve Vai and Joe Satriani possess this quality with their music but many of the guitarists who took part in their album as well. Each guitarist approached the songs mindful of the original yet they each give it their own special flair and style really making it their own instead of a note for note copy. Bruce Kulick has never really gotten his due as a truly exceptional guitarist. Die hard KISS fans know what Bruce is capable of, as he produced some of the most memorable guitar leads and solos of KISS's career but unfortunately not everyone could see past the image problems KISS had and didn't give Bruce the attention and respect he deserved. Not only does he meet the challenge of recapturing the magic of one of Joe Satriani's most memorable songs, he really shows us what he is made of with his approach to playing "Always With Me, Always With You". A great job Bruce! We know Ozzy doesn't mess around when he picks lead guitarist. To play with Ozzy you have to be even better than the top of your class and have a distinct style. Jake E Lee stepped into the permanent guitarist slot with Ozzy after the tragic death of Randy Rhodes. While they were tough shoes to fill Jake brought his own grace and substance to Ozzy's music and really measured up to the task producing some truly incredible guitar work and unforgettable solos while he was with Ozzy. Just listen to the solos on "Bark at the Moon" and you know Jake is a Guitar God all his own. While his later projects never achieved the commercial success as his work with Ozzy, Jake has to this day remained one of the most innovative guitarist in rock. His cover of Satriani's best know song "Surfing With The Alien" starts out pretty true to the original but then he busts loose and gives it the Jake E Lee flavor, taking it far beyond the confines of the original version. An amazing new look at a classic song done by one of the most underrated guitarist on the scene today. When Aerosmith was looking for a guitarist to replace Joe Perry they looked no further than Jimmy Crespo, the former guitarist of Flame. While the gig with Aerosmith was short lived Jimmy has made his mark working with artists ranging from Billy Squier, Rod Stewart, Rough Cut and Dave Ragsdale of Kansas who recorded this cover of "Echo" with him. The chemistry between Crespo and Ragsdale is undeniable and while this is a mellower song than the other Satriani tunes featured here, the performances are smokin' and really show how Satriani made a career by making the guitar the ultimate lead instrument without the need for vocals! Most people know Brad Gillis from his work with Night Ranger but they forget that he was the man that Ozzy tapped to fill in on guitar for the "Speak of the Devil" tour after Randy Rhodes' death. We have a testament to that teaming with the "Speak of the Devil" album where Brad put down some amazing leads. Here he gives us a flat out rockin rendition of "Summer Song" taking an already mind bending song and giving it his own special touch. Brad never really got his due but after you hear what he did here there will be no denying this guy is one hell of guitarist! Neil Zaza was a natural choice for this album, he is a widely respected instrumental guitarist and after hearing his take on "Friends" we know why! It's a perfect end to the Satriani portion of the album as Neil explores the many personalities of Satriani's music, playing it with an explosive passion. Steve Vai is easily one of the most unique and accomplished guitarist in rock, there isn't anyone out there who sounds even remotely like Vai, a man who has the ability to make his guitar really speak. So I was interested to hear this portion of the album and how the artists measured up to the challenge. First up is one of my favorite underdogs and in my opinion the most underrated band in a generation, Enuff Z'nuff. I know Jake feels the same way, why else would he give them the biggest hit to cover on this album and on last summers Cult tribute album? Enuff Z'nuff fans get a special treat with this cover of "Yankee Rose", the band's cofounder and bassist Chip Z'nuff takes the microphone, something he rare does since he agrees Donnie Vie is one of rocks most amazing vocalist. Chip does a great job here giving the David Lee Roth hit a more down and dirty feel. Definitely a cool cover by a cool band. Fans of 80's melodic rock band Dokken know that George Lynch can hold his own on the guitar. Here he teamed up with vocalists Tony Harnell and Jason McMaster for an unforgettable cover of "Shy Boy" which ironically the guitars come out sounding more like Bruce Kulick than Steve Vai but hey it rocks nonetheless. Chances are you have never heard of Richard Kendrick but once you hear his take on "The Attitude Song" you will never forget him. He takes the Vai showcase song and turns it inside out playing the memorable Vai approach to the instrument and then wrapping his own unforgettable guitar style around it. Richard simply kicks ass and makes you really nostalgic for the days of guitar heroes. The good news is he has a brand new album out, which is also released by Versallies Records, called "Murder and the F Word" if you can't get enough of what you hear from him here. Jazz guitarist Tony Janflone Jr gives us a great bluesy rendition of "Tender Surrender" that words can't describe, you really have to hear it for yourself. And the relatively newcomer Corey Craven closes out the disk with a balls to the wall rendition of "Tobacco Road". It's the perfect way to end a killer album. Hats off the all the musicians who took part on this tribute and congrats to Jake and Versailles Records for pulling off what many would have considered impossible, a tribute album to Satriani and Vai? Can't be done! Well it has been and let me tell you it quite simply kicks ass! __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Classic Rock Revisied- Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 This is one tribute album to actually get excited about! If you play guitar or love to listen to others play guitar then you will be foaming at the mouth and chomping at the bit with every song on this killer ode to two of the true masters of the six string, electrified axe: Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. The CD is split into two sections: Satch's part and Steve's part (kinda makes ya miss records now don't it). The talent level on the disc is as loaded as a tourist in the French Quarter at 2am during Mardi Gras. Names like Bruce Kulick (Kiss & Grand Funk Railroad), Jake E. Lee (Ozzy), Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith), David Ragsdale (Kansas), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger) and Enuff Znuff tear up the ten songs on the CD. The Satriani side wins hands down as the majority of the talent showed up to play Satch's gems including "Always With Me, Always With You" (Kulick plays this one on an acoustic), "Surfing With The Alien" and "Summer Song." The Vai side is good as well with the highlights being a couple of David Lee Roth era tunes "Tobacco Road" and "Yankee Rose." __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Strutter Zine.com A TRIBUTE TO VAI/SATRIANI-VARIOUS BANDS/ARTISTS (VERSAILLES RECORDS) This is one of those high qualities tribute records, with many well-known musicians involved, such as BRUCE KULICK, BRAD GILLIS, JAKE E. LEE, NEIL ZAZA, ENUFF'Z'NUFF, GEORGE LYNCH and several others. The CD contains 10 tracks, with a SATRIANI side and a VAI side, both 5 tracks. I must say I really like the JOE SATRIANI side, as I found him always the best of these 2 excellent guitarists. The songs on his CD's were always more melodic and progressive, than the mostly boogie and groovy hardrock style of STEVE VAI. Songs like "Surfing with the alien", "Echo" and "Summer song" are covered very well. The fans of VAI will of course also enjoy the 5 tribute songs on this CD. This CD is just a total must for anyone who is into instrumental guitar based hardrock, and of course very interesting to listen to if you're a fan of either Vai or Satriani or both! More info at: http://www.versaillesrecords.com and e-mail them at: Speedynumb@versaillesrecords.com (Points: 8.0 out of 10) ___________________________________________________________ Skylight E-Zine (http://www.geocities.com/skylightgr/heavymetal.htm) LORDS OF KARMA - A Tribute To Vai/Satriani (Versailles Records) Another one tribute , but not at a specific artist or a progressive group (Labels please ,no more tributes at Queen & Rush ,find something different ! ) , it's a tribute for Steve Vai and Joe Satriani . Interesting idea and interesting guest appearances from Jake E. Lee , Jason Mc Master ,George Lynch , Brad Gillis , Bruce Kulick , Enuff Znuff , etc. If you are a wannabe axeman or a guitar freak , maybe you would listen to this Cd and then starting discussions about Joe ,Steve and their offer in guitar scene . ___________________________________________________________ SLAM! Party Rock'zine http://www.slamrock.f2s.com A.A.V.V. "Lord Of Karma - To Tribute to Vai/Satriani" Versailles Records - 2002 **** 8.5 **** Outside for the Versailles Records this I pay to two of the greatest chitarristi of last the 20 years: Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. I pay is divided in two parts, before it introduces pieces that have rendered celebre Satriani and to play we find them people that it knows what means "to play": BRUCE KULICK , creed does not have need of presentations, attempts in the calm "Always With Me, Always With You", while an other monster of six ropes, JAKE and LEE boasts with "Surfing With The Alien". Coupled JIMMY CRESPO/DAVE RAGSDALE us test with "characterized Echo" from violino of this last one, while BRAD GILLIS and NEIL ZAZA close the dedicated cinquina Satriani with beautifulst "the Summer Song" and "Friends". From the sixth trace in then the part dedicated begins to Goes: the ENUFF Z' NUFF with the irriconoscibile voice of Donnie Ways are exhibited with one of beautifulst song of the repertorio Vai/Roth , "Yankee Roses", while an unknown trio composed from GEORGE LYNCH to guitar and TONY HARNELL and JASON McMASTER to the voice gives a Pò of energy with the stellar "Shy Boy". Decidedly over the average also the executions of orchestrate them "The Attitude Song" ( RICHARD KENDRICK ) and "To stretch Surrender" ( TONY JANFLONE Jr ) that they lead to us towards the tenth and last trace "Tobacco Road", played and sung from COREY CRAVEN . www.versaillesrecords.com Speedynumb@versaillesrecords.com ___________________________________________________________ John Ridge- The ZineScene.com "The vai/satch tribute was real good. I'm particulary fond of tributes when their done tastefully (ie Death metal bands covering AC/DC doesn't' NOT make a good tribute (as Dwell tried to do) but this is creative and features some real good talent, all of which I've had the pleasure of hearing on your CD's." Reviews to follow ___________________________________________________________ Richard Kendrick- Murder & the F Word (Street Date: January 29, 2002)- Rock and a Hard Place- RICHARD KENDRICK - "Murder And The F-Word" Versailles Records Richard Kendrick could have made your basic Melodic Hard Rock album here. He has all the elements, the powerful voice, fantastic guitar licks, and an amazing sense of melody. Yes, he COULD have put together a bunch of cliche' songs talking about love and heartbreak. INSTEAD he took a different route, he went the conceptual route. Oh, I can hear you moaning out there, that's usually my reaction too. However, we have to give this a chance, it's a new direction for Melodic Hard Rock, and let's face it, this genre isn't exactly tearing up the charts. So Kendrick takes a chance here with "Murder And The F-Word". He puts together some solid tracks of progressive Rock that take you on a journey of emotions. I couldn't put my finger on the sound until I read some of his influences were Queen and TNT, then I started to put things together. This is not nearly as Epic as the bands I just mentioned, but it has the precision of Ronnie Le Tekro and some of the tones of Brian May. I can't really compare his voice to Mercury or Harnell however. He's not trying to shatter glass in most cases. I will be the FIRST to admit I was hoping for some strait-up Rockers on here, like I mentioned, he has all the elements to put together a KILLER AOR record. But there HAS to be albums like this, it give Melodic Rock a new look and a new life. It's harder for critics to bash it and unfairly call it 80's Rock. It bleeds over into the Progressive genre, and God knows Melodic Rock and Progressive Bands need to pull together. This is NOT Dream Theater nor is it Journey, but both sides can appreciate end enjoy this project. If you look at it in another light, this could be a movie soundtrack of sorts and it takes you from one story to the next. There's a ton of music on "Murder..." as well. There's 17 tracks listed with about a fourth of them being instrumental and shorter tracks that tie the songs together. Some of the tracks that stood out to me were "Share This Tender Moment" which is anything but a ballad, in fact it's most likely the opposite. "Start Again" has a "Pop" flavor to it with some great melody, piano and an interesting structure. "Now I'm Alive" is one of the more modern cuts, it's fairly dark and menacing. It reminds me a lot of Lillian Axe actually. "Freedumb" is one of the better rocker's on the album, which actually sounds a bit like Winger... yes, I said Winger, those of you who have a problem with that bite me! When it comes down to it, this album is done extremely well. The production is good, although I wanted a more "real" drums sound and the guitars turned up a bit. If you are a fan of Melody and Harmony, this is a must for your collection, there's a lot to listen to, and you'll hear something different every time you listen. This album is good for the genre, no, there's no songs that'll be taking over radio, but one thing cannot be denied, it's creative, artistic and very well-done. This oughta give the critics something to TRY and chew on. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ QUINTESSENCE METAL WEBZINE Richard Kendrick (U.S.)- "Murder and the F Word" (2002 Versailles Records) I was a bit leary on ths guy at first since he contributed to many tribute compilations on a national release level but that never seems to get my vote on the musicians in general since "cover" song compilations are a dime-a-dozen like us writers doing reviews. This CD is original material and damn! if I wasn't floored from the start; it's not even instumental either! Critics called this a cross between Whitesnake, Queensryche and Dream Theater. Sorry dudes, I think you're way off base and listened to something other than Richard Kendrick; I guaranteee you I can throw you one better. Perhaps Mr.Big, Damn Yankees, King's X and Night Ranger? with a huge Brian May influence? I stress this point emphatically simply because of the harmonized vocals and the music period. Guitar-wise, we can throw in Nugent and Randy Rhoads also with May (May's a huge one and "Don't Fly Away" is just one example). Richard already mentioned of not venturing full-time in the vocal department but his voice is very good and crosses the lines of Jack Blades and Don Henley. An absolutely pleasing CD with everything you could want as far as heavy rhythms, "balls-out" guitar soloing and very catchy and original licks. One for the collection and an attribute to the guitar-oriented Rock/Metal fan. ______________________________________________________________________________________________ GuitarMania.ca Richard Kendrick - "Murder and the F Word" Richard Kendrick strikes out on his own with "Murder and the F Word". Don't let the title fool you; this is a CD of varied influences with great guitar chops and suburb vocals. Bands like Queen, TNT, Night Ranger and Dream Theatre come to mind when cranking this CD for the first time. The guitar work is very melodic with injections of over the top excursions into the unknown. Just listen to Kendrick's cover version of Steve Vai's - "The Attitude Song" and you will see what I mean. Every track contains some very ambitious guitar work with emphasis being placed on the M (melody) word. Kendrick down plays his own vocal abilities in the liner notes, but damn the boy can sing. I have not heard vocal harmonies like these since Bohemian Rhapsody - can you say multi layered!! The CD is divided into 5 sections - loosely based on a conceptual theme throughout. All of the songs stand up on there own and put forth a great hard rock feel. Obviously Richard is making a nod of respect to the blazing 80's on most tracks. Kendrick's originality is showcased throughout the CD. He is very masterful at combining the campy vibes of hard rock with some amazing progressive passages - a cool combination that draws the listener in, you never know what is coming next! Kendrick is an all around musician with a high degree of finely tuned skills. Musicians, musician with compositional, guitar and vocal chops to die for. Murder and the F Word is a first rate solo effort - I predict we are going to hear much more from this versatile musical force. Check out the cool interview with Richard Kendrick on the Guitar Mania Web Site: http://www.guitarmania.ca ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Murder & the F Word Review- Rocknet.nl Recently, Versailles Records submitted two new releases. One being their excellent Vai / Satriani tribute album 'Lords Of Karma' and the other being this debut album by Richard Kendrick. Other than being released on the same label, the link between the two would be Mr. Kendrick himself, who does a great version of Vai's 'The Attitude Song' on that very tribute album. On this one it's featured as a bonus track. ;) Now I suppose some of you have heard this man's name before. I myself must admit it didn't ring any bells. The bio sheet included states that Kendrick has backed up quite a few solified stars in the studio, amongst which names like Guns 'n Roses, Aerosmith, TNT, Night Ranger, Lynch Mob, Tuff, Ratt and loads more. So the guy knows what he's doing. Duh!!! I didn't need that list to tell me this. A couple of spins of 'Murder And The F-word' would have told me quick enough ;) The album is labeled a 'concept' album. Now don't run off screaming, I have found that the concept is very thin, and Mr. Kendrick even admits to that in the (way cool) liner notes. The album is roughly divided in 4 or 5 chapters, but the songs are just as good singled out, as in their 'context'. So, what to expect from a backing musician? Well, he gracefully admits to being influenced by 'B-movies, Horror / Science Fiction novels and Big Overproduced Hard Rock'. And that just about sums up what you'll find on this record. Lots of familiar riffs, and traditional song structures you're probably no stranger to. But listen up: there's more than this to the dude. Since I haven't found no list of players in the booklet, I assume he has done all playing and programming himself. If this is true, I can but applaude his skills. Especially the guitars sound great, and his vocal capacities are nowhere near as horrible as he fears (read the liners...) Though not overall powerfull, and often drowned in background vocals, Kendrick has a pleasant voice, that sometimes has a Paul Stanley-ish quality to it. Traditional twin guitar work is really fun when it's done like this. Not pretentious, or in a show-off manner, but well-woven into the songs. The (At least *partly* programmed) drums sound somewhat dry. Richard Kendrick makes a lot of fun of himself, but really takes what he does serious enough to give you this amazing album that will touch many a heart that has beaten through the great rock era of the 80's. So for recording this piece of work and dedicating it to Queen at that.... I salute you, Richard Kendrick! __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Antimusic.com Richard Kendrick: Murder and the F Word- Rating 4 Stars out of 5 Sick of waiting for a new Van Halen album? You can get the next best thing, the debut release from Richard Kendrick which sports some cool Van Halen'esq hard rockin tunes. You get it all: the guitar mastery; the vocal punch of Sammy meets Dave meets Ian Gillian, the rip-roaring melodies, rich harmonies and count 'em 17 tracks. Ok, I'm not saying Kendrick is aping Van Halen just that the music fits the same mold, then again there are elements of Rainbow and Deep Purple here as well. My only previous exposure to Kendrick was his contribution to "Fire Women – A Tribute to the Cult". Now we get a taste of Richard's own music and it's equally impressive. If you're an adherent to 80's style guitar based hard rock then this is the CD for you. "Murder and the F Word" features some strong songwriting and excellent musicianship. We have a new guitar hero and his name is Richard Kendrick _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Classic Rock Revisited- Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Richard Kendrick: Murder & the F Word Richard Kendrick has been involved around the fringes of classic hard rock for years. He has performed in bands that have opened for nearly everyone. Versailles Records has given the guitarist the opportunity to step out on his own with the release of his first solo CD. Murder & The F Word is a concept album that attempts to match the great overproduced pomp rock albums of the 1970's. Kendrick adds more modern guitar sounds hinting at influences as diverse as Slash and Brian May. In fact, the album is dedicated to the band Queen and by the music on F Word, he must be taking the influence all the way back to the days of Queen II. This album comes very, very close to representing what I believe the artist hears in his head yet it does not quite fall in the same league that he was shooting for. Two of the strongest tracks are "One Life Stand" and "Don't Fly Away." In these two tracks Kendrick finds the perfect mix of raw emotion and musical fortitude. Unfortunately, the end result leaves the listener a bit confused trying to find the concept behind the concept album. Some ideas are fragmented and not easily understood. Kendrick does come through with his intended result several time such as the epic "The Flood" and "How Many Times." In the liner notes Kendrick states that he loves "big overproduced hard rock" yet it is the production end that fails to meet up with other big overproduced hard rock gems. Perhaps the artist should have brought in an outside producer to collaborate with instead of trying to do everything himself. For instance, in the song "Fiancée", the opening classical piece does not transition with the same effect and smoothness as say early Queen does. The dynamics are not hitting the same listener responses that are needed to pull off such a grandiose undertaking. All that said, Murder & The F Word is a good album. Kendrick is on the right track. His music holds the seeds of originality and musical talent necessary to achieve the lofty goals he has his eyes upon. Classic Rock Revisited looks very forward to following his career and is hopeful that the next one will hit the bull's-eye. If you are looking for a unique, disturbing, thought provoking and strange CD then look no further. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Strutter Magazine.com MURDER AND THE F-WORD-RICHARD KENDRICK (VERSAILLES RECORDS) Out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana comes RICHARD KENDRICK, a multi-instrumentalist who is also playing in the band STRAITJACKET SMILE, and worked on 3 tribute CDs on VERSAILLES RECORDS, so I think this he's quite a busy guy. In between all the other projects, he recorded this solo-CD 'Murder and the F-word', a concept-album that contains all kinds of hard rock styles, but mainly is focused on high quality melodic rock stuff. There are 17 tracks, of which the last couple of tracks are not that interesting, but the first 7 songs are really impressive. The production is very good and I also have to admit that Richard's lead vocals are very melodic and a pleasure to listen to. Opener "I know why" is not a good start though, as this is an average uptempo boogie rocker a la DAVID LEE ROTH. Much better is the big sounding midtempo progressive AOR/Melodic rocker "One life stand", a song with some lovely harmonies. "Don't fly away" starts with some JOURNEY type of piano-keys, while the song itself develops into a great melodic rockballad. The CD continues with the progressive melodic rocker "Start again". There is some great 'Pomp' orientated keyboardplay on this song, and some biting groovy guitarwork, but the chorus lacks a bit, nevertheless, it's an enjoyable 6 1/2 minutes counting tune. Up next is one of the best tracks, the fantastic classy late 80s orientated fun uptempo AOR/Melodic Rocker "Sherri's song" that easily can be compared to the best stuff DANGER DANGER and FIREHOUSE put out on their debut albums. This last mentioned song has some lovely melodic guitarwork and also has a playing time of more than 6 minutes. The uptempo melodic heavy rocker "Share this tender moment" follows, but is just a nice tune, with some SKID ROW influences, although I also noticed some slight progressive metal influences. Then comes "Don't touch", a great progressive melodic rocker with many good harmonyvocals, and actually this song shows an own direction of Richard that isn't easy to compare, but remains to sound melodic all throughout the song. From track 9 on, which is the terrible industrial 90s inspired "Now I'm alive", the CD goes has many average songs to offer and has barely something to do with the glorious melodic rock of the first 7 songs on the CD. The instrumentals "Losing my place", "The pieces" and "Reprisal" as well as the groovy modern metal songs "Freedumb" and "The attitude song" and the boogie rocker "Laughin' myself goodbye" all have nothing interesting to offer for fans of melodic or progressive rock/metal. That's a pity, because the beginning of the CD was very impressive, with great high quality melodic songs like "One life stand", "Don't fly away", "Sherri's song" and "Don't touch". I hope a future solo record of Richard will follow that direction, instead of the average material of the second part of his debut solo-CD. Anyway, hopefully soon reviews of his 3 tributes and his band STRAITJACKET SMILE's CD release (which is said to be a great melodic rockalbum). (Points: 8.0 out of 10) ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Nikammusic Productions Richard Kendrick-"Murder & the F Word" Versailles Records VE20007 The advert for this album by multi-instrumentalist ( and voiced) Richard Kendrick was intriguing enough, promising a cross between Queensryche, Dream Theatre, and Whitesnake( huh!), but the reality is rather different. Plenty of theatre, and think Queen and Queen plus, with a little extra intent in the guitar department, a nod and a wink at Noel Coward camp, and something special seems to be a brewing..oh and a bit of Queen. Opener ' I know why' with Kendrick crossing, despite his protestations in the liner notes at his vocal talent, the Nelson twins with a soucpcon of Tommy Shaw, and some of the most ambitious harmonies this side of 'A Night at the Opera' or The Sweet jamming with Caballe. Clearly, a man who cannot face a harmony without adding just one more..and then...dare he...another one. 'One Life stand' rolls in atop a De Garmo gone May riff; Kansas meets Freddie vocal arrangements, and a Leppard-esque segueway into a guitar/keyboard interplay; whilst 'Don't Fly Away' is best viewed as 'My melancholy blues' with a touch of Journey's yearning, and a certain spare elegance; and 'Star again' is Rychian guitar flurries, a Roxy Music verse, and a certain gilded wit, detailing how "nice guys finish last apparently". There's so much in this album, with a thread,a concept twisting through proceedings, it's almost pointless trying to encapsulate the vision and ambition in a few words: other than to suggests that the waltz and wit of 'Don' touch' sort of snapshots the whole. Not a multi-million dollar production but a solid one, and if you like Queen, and all those suspects who have paid even a passing homage-and you know who they are-then all is left to do is, in the man's own words, 'strike up the band baby'. Andrew paul ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Skylight E-Zine (http://www.geocities.com/skylightgr/heavymetal.htm) RICHARD KENDRICK - Murder And The F-Word (Versailles Records) Richard is a guitarist and he has backed up at studio many current and former members of Ozzy , Guns'n'Roses , Kansas , Ratt , Dokken,etc. This is his first solo album and he expresses the inspiration that drove him to record this album. It reminds me classic hard rock in the style of Night Ranger , Dokken ,Whitesnake and of course the guitar playing is great ! Richard is an interesting axeman with a good voice (he also sings in the album) but in terms of composition , needs more time to create something different . ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tartarean Desire (http://embark.to/tartareandesire) Richard Kendrick - Murder And The F-Word Versailles Records, 2002 "Throughout the 90's the American multi-instrumentalist Richard Kendrick has performed with bands like Dark August, Straitjacket Smile, and Mudbone who have opened up for world famous artists Lizzy Borden and Pantera. After having recorded several tracks for different tribute discs he has now finished the work on his first solo album for Versailles Records. I am not sure whether I like this album or not - some songs are as foolish as the title of the album while others totally rocks and shows the talent that this man is in possession of. Versailles Records are trying to keep the metal and hard rock from the 80's alive and so is Richard Kendrick, sometimes very nicely but other times it sounds pretty boring and sleazy. He has a very (and I do mean very!) good hard rock voice but sometimes the songs remind me of the worst moments of Whitesnake. There are some great tracks though and it is just about heavy enough to be enjoyable. I would still only recommended this album to hardcore fans of 80's glam metal and hard rock." (6/10) ________________________________________________________________________________________________ SLAM! Party Rock'zine http://www.slamrock.f2s.com RICHARD KENDRICK "Murder And The F-Word" Versailles Records - 2002 **** 8 **** Truly Bravo this chitarrista American who after is made boneses playing with Dark August and Straittjacket Smile and opening for famous groups much like Culprit Speedwagon, Babylon TO, Cheap Trick, Cinderella, Firehouse , etc... is hour to the taken ones with the own solista career. The bio of presentation it introduces Kendrick like a crossing between DREAM THEATER , WHITESNAKE and QUEENSRYCHE , but to my judgment first they only seem to influence the sound of the CD that opens with mid the time of "the Know Why" in which they make capolino the EXTREME , instead "Start Again" could be a fantastic one connubio between the band of JAMES LABRIE and SANTANA . "Share This Tender Moment" has brought back me to the mind the solista job of GEORGE LYNCH , while "Laughin' Myself Goodbye" is a fast one heavy rock on the style of the STREAM or the VANDAL . The job introduces diciasette traces very and between several intro and pieces it orchestrates them, we find also the cover of STEVE YOU GO "The Attitude Song" to close the rich album that are sure will please all more the lovers of the class metal searched and than virtuosismi. Memory that Kendrick has recently participated to the CD I pay of CULT and VAI/SATRIANI always prints to you from the Versailles Records. www.rickardkendrick.com www.versaillesrecords.com ____________________________________________________________ Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT (Street Date: June 6, 2001- June 9, 2001- Melodic Rock.com- "Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT" Overall: 83% out of %100 I start every review of a tribute CD with the same line. These tributes are basically aimed at already established fans of the band in question and in a lesser degree, aimed at fans of the artists that appear on each tribute.A tribute to The Cult is no different. Established fans of the band will have the most enjoyment out of this, followed by fans of those appearing on this album.Those suspects include: Jizzy Pearl, Enuf Z Nuff, Paul Shortino & Jimmy Crespo, Jake E Lee, American Dog, Jason McMaster, Gilby Clarke, Corey Craven, Jim Martin, Stevie Rachelle, Joe Lynn Turner and a few others.Quite an impressive line up.As they are already well established, the songs are of course classics. No debate there.These tribute albums fall into two categories. Ones that have a few dollars spent on them and sound quite impressive and those that are done at a bargain rate, with two or three of them recorded at once. These are less desirable and less in demand.I am happy to report that Fire Woman fits into the first category, the essential for collectors category. In fact, I rate this tribute up there with the 3 or 4 best of them that I have heard. The money spent on the production and recording of this album will easily be repaid with the demand for the record. Along with the Bruce Kulick produced Van Halen and Aerosmtih Tributes, this is almost as good.Enuff Z Nuff rip through She Sells Sanctuary, Jizzy Pearl sounds right at home on the title track Fire Woman and Paul Shortino and bud Jimmy Crespo sound as fresh and as powerful as ever on Sweet Soul Sister - an album highlight.American Dog provide most of the album's backing tracks, along with a gentleman by the name of Richard Kendrick, who as well as performing his own solo versions of a couple of Cult Tracks, helps out the rest of the bands with backing vocals and additional instrumental support. His vocals are enjoyable and should be a talent to look for in the future. BOTTOM LINE: A tribute album that has the opportunity to appeal to more than just fans of the Cult, as it is well produced and well executed. Basically, one of the better tribute albums thus far released and in the top 5 as far as enjoyment received from listening to it. Top-notch performances of a selection material that spans The Cult's entire repertoire, not just one segment of it. PRODUCTION: 85% SONGS: 88% VIBE: 80% ATTITUDE: 80% ESSENTIAL FOR: Most fans of the Cult, fans of the artists within, and fans of good solid hard rock. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ June 7, 2001- www.aor-Europe.com- "Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT", by Wally Walstorm I gotta admit that I expected this to be yet another boring tribute album, with some crappy performances by some artists that I never even heard about before when I first got the CD in my mail. Well ... I´m glad to say that I was dead wrong this time, as "Firewoman - A tribute to Cult" is actually one of the best tributes I´ve heard in a long time. Versailles Records have done a good job with getting together a pretty impressive line-up of rock stars, let me add that the CD booklet is filled with info about the bands and the frontcover with adult star Kendra Jade is for sure a sight for sore eyes " - Enuff Z´Nuff, Jizzy Pearl (Love/Hate, Ratt, L.A.Guns), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith, Rough Cutt), Jake E. Lee (Ozzy, Badlands, Ratt etc.) Jason MacMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth), Michael Hannon (Salty Dog, Dangerous Toys), Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses, Thrills for kills), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Stevie Rachelle (Tuff), Jim Martin (Faith No More) -" are some of all the rock stars who´d like to give their tribute to UK rockers The Cult. Some of my favorites here would be "Firewoman" by Jizzy Pearl and let me tell you that he does a kick ass version of a really good song. David Letterman´s favorite band: Enuff Z´Nuff disappoints nobody with their killer version of "She sells sanctuary" another winner in my book. Paul Shortino & Jimmy Crespo (Rough Cutt) delivers a wikked "Sweet soul sister" and Shortino sounds again like the superb vocalist he is, not like his poor performance on the Aerosmith tribute. Jake E Lee handles "American horse" together with vocalist Tattoo Frank. "Eddie (Ciao baby)" are here superbly done by Richard Kendrick, "Wild flower" by Gilby Clarke, and "The Rain" by legendary vocalist Joe Lynn Turner are also great. In fact only O.C.D & The Thrill Kill Kult delivers some really crappy cover versions here, while the others are all from fine/good to superb. Oh and let´s not forget about Stevie Rachelle (Tuff) as his version of "Outlaw" simple rocks. Recommended indeed and I really need to spin some old CULT albums later tonight as this CD will only make ya want some more.www.versaillesrecords.com ________________________________________________________________________________________________ June 6, 2001 Hard Radio.com By: Martin Popoff Various Artists - Fire Woman: A Tribute To The Cult (Versailles) Stacked full of surprises good and bad, this has all the appeal of a good car crash. If you want to hear one of the best vocalists in the world sing awful, look no further than Enuff Znuff's She Sells Sanctuary. American Dog, of course, is destined to blow away all comers, and they don't disappoint, with their chunkified blast through Peace Dog, followed closely by their collaboration with firecracker Jason McMaster on King Contrary Man (Steve Rachelle on Outlaw ain't hard on the ears either). However, the Dog's backing instrumentalization on Fire Woman blows, as does Jizzy's vocal performance, the man usually frighteningly rock 'n' roll mammoth in all he does. Then again, American Dog do fine (if mainly functional) on Wild Flower, sung by Gilby Clarke, and expectedly inspired on Sweet Soul Sister, sung by Paul Shortino in his distinctly bluesy style. No namer Richard Kendrick does a clear, clean job with Edie (Caio Baby), but then (here comes the sickening brakes-locked slide), wot the hell is that Joe Lynn Turner thing? Man, fussy-head is alright on it, but the music sounds like an out-take from Iggy's Kill City. Easily the cheap date on here, dragging down an uneven album with a good four or five middling to poor at-plates. Nice touch: a little liner essay from Jason McMaster, as well as detailed band histories for the rockscrabble collection of performers enclosed. Rating 7 ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Harmody.com Artist Tribute to The Cult Album Fire Woman Label Versailles Records Reviewed on 6/7/2001 by Joe Style Rock Score 83 Buy it at CDNOW Buy it at Amazon.Com While I was never a huge fan of The Cult, I do admit that some of their songs were monumental. Riding the fine line between glam, blues and classic rock, they are truly a band with a distinct sound and a solid catalog. I'm not familiar with some of the songs covered here, so my perspective will most likely be off in places. Since it's relatively hard to do an overall review of a tribute album, below is a track-by-track commentary - in order to focus attention on each track by itself.Fire Woman (Jizzy Pearl) - Of course, this is the song most people know The Cult by: a powerful anthem that deserves top-notch treatment. Jizzy sounds good here, and the song is given a more glam flair, while still sounding very much like the original. However, it lacks the fire that the original had, which is all too often the case when covering such a powerful song. It is indeed a great song, but only a good cover version that falls all but short of the grandieur of the original.She Sells Sanctuary (Enuff Znuff) - The Znuff gang give She Sells Sanctuary the Znuff treatment. Retaining the urgency of the original, Enuff Znuff manages to reinvent the song and make it sound like one of their own tracks, one of the brightest signs of a successful tribute.Sweet Soul Sister (Paul Shortino & Jimmy Crespo) - Everything Paul sings is bound to sound massive and soulful. This song is no different. Paul sounds terrific and the added flavor of Jimmy Crespo's sweet guitar licks only help tighten the performance even more.American Horse (Jake E. Lee/Tattoo Frank) - is a groovy song that gets a major kick in the butt with the powerful guitar riffs and leads of axe-meister Jake E. Lee. Tattoo Frank sounds roughly like Ozzy Osbourne, giving the song a more metal edge.Edie (Ciao Baby) (Richard Kendrick) - Richard does an amazing job at playing most instruments (sans drums) and handling vocals on this laid-back slow rocker. The song remains faithful to the original, although Richard's multi-part harmonies adds enough spice to keep the song fresh.Peace Dog (American Dog featuring Jason McMaster) - The pace is picked up again with this bluesy rocker. The song is given a southern twist with Jason's vocals as menacing as ever. The band is tight and do provide the perfect background for Jason's vocals.The Witch (Levi Levi & Sinderella Pussie of My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult w/ Project.44) - So far, the songs in this collection have been pretty standard covers, yet, once we hit The Witch, things take an experimental turn. With The Thrill Kill Kult providing an industrial backbone, the song gallops along with a powerful drive that veers far from the original song. Original in nature, the song just falls slightly out of place with the pace that has been established thus far.Wild Flower (Gilby Clarke) - Gilby Clarke infects Wild Flower with his brand of punkish southern rock, yet for all the trademark flair he puts into the song, it ends up being one of the closest Cult-sounding tracks on the album.The Rain (Joe Lynn Turner w/ Reckless Fortune featuring special guest Arno Hecht) - Being a rabid Joe Lynn Turner fan, this is one of the tracks I wanted to hear most badly. It didn't disappoint. Turner, as usual, delivers a stellar performance, pulling off a mean Astbury rasp. Throw in Arno Hecht's earthy horn playing and the tight musicianship of Reckless Fortune and you've got yourself one of the highlights of the album.King Contrary Man (Jason McMaster) - Much like the other track featuring Jason McMaster (Peace Dog), this track gets a mostly standard delivery, infused with enough southern fried flavor to keep it interesting.Coming Down (Corey Craven) - Slightly more psychedelic than the rest of the songs herein contained, this one has a feel of its own, which helps it stand out from between the more straightforward rock songs. Outlaw (Stevie Rachelle/Richard Kendrick) - This one didn't do a whole lot for me. The song is kind of generic and for some reason, Stevie's voice seems slightly out of place.Lil Devil (Jim Martin, Anand Bhatt and Dave Campbell) - With this next song, we get one of The Cult's standout track given a nice shine. Jim Martin (ex-Faith No More) grind his axe furiously and Anand Bhatt and Dave Campbell shared vocals are enthused with great melody and harmony.Memphis Hip Shake (OCD) - This song simply fails to pay homage to the great band it attempts to pay tribute to. Pretty bland and, just plain noisy, I couldn't even get through all of it. If the album had ended with Lil' Devil, it would've made for a much tighter clincher. As it stands, you get a bad last impression, which doesn't really help.Overall, this is a fairly decent tribute that has enough variety and originality to make it stand on its own. The high points (concentrated on the first half of the album) are worthy of the price of the disc alone, but the low points keep it from standing above your typical tribute fodder. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ June 5, 2001- Tartarien Desire (http://embark.to/tartareandesire Reviewed By: Vincent Eldefors V/A - Fire Woman: A Tribute To The Cult Versailles Records, 2001 8/10 The Cult is one of the most famous British hard rock bands and they have a long career behind them starting with their debut album "Dreamtime" in 1984. The American label Versailles Records have now decided to release a tribut album to honor this successful band. Contributing to this album are several musicians from the elite of today's hard rock scene such as Jizzy Pearl (RATT), Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith, Rod Stewart), Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands), Jason McMaster (Watchtower, Dangerous Toys) just to mention a few. This should make you form an expression of what to expect from this album. Whatever you might think of tribute albums they are often a good way to get to know new bands and I have to admit that I haven't heard anything from The Cult earlier in my life, perhaps since I´m too young. Another reason would probably be that I have always been listening more to metal than hard rock but I still like a lot of hard rock bands and The Cult is definitely among the best to find even though not THE best. There are actually a couple of great (and I do mean great) songs like "Sweet Soul Sister" and "American Horse" on this tribute album but I wish they had left the horrible distorted "The Witch" out. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ May 24, 2001 - Urotsukidoji's Music Reviews- http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Underground/6514/cdreviews6.html FIRE WOMAN : A TRIBUTE TO THE CULT Here we go again with another tribute CD, I almost didn't even want to let this thing touch my player, after reviewing the other recent rock/techno atrocities that call themselves tributes. Plus, I'm a big Cult fan, so I didn't want to hear these fine songs butchered. But my fears were thrown aside after the first listen, this is actually a good CD! I couldn't freakin' believe it! The best songs on here include ; American Dog rocking out on the classic "Peace Dog". Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate, lends his unique raspy vocals to the killer lead off track "Fire Woman", and it sounds very kool. Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys) kicks ass on his version of "King Country Man". Stevie Rachelle (Tuff) & Richard Kendrick do a great job on "Outlaw". The rest of the CD is solid.. Except for one stinker. Enuff Znuff puts forth one sad-ass version of "She Sells Sanctuary", the problem being the vocals of Donnie Vie, which just seem totally unsuitable to me. If, however you already like this band, you might be able to suffer through that track. In the end, its not a the best CD, but it is the best tribute CD I've heard in a long time. RATING = 7.5 Metal Urotsukidoji's Music Reviews ________________________________________________________________________________________________ May 24- Firewoman- A Tribute to The Cult. The Darkest Hours - Metal Internet Radio Broadcast http://www.thedarkesthours.com First of all, I never been a great fan of tribute album but I'm changing my mind because of that CD! This CD is very strong. An all-star lineup. Members of Tuff, Ex- Guns N' Roses, Ex-Ozzy Osbourne, Dangerous Toys and many others. This is a true Rock N' Roll album that makes us remember all the great songs The Cult has written. My favotrite are Outlaws (Stevie Rachelle), She sells Sanctuary (Enuff Znuff), Sweet Soul Sister (Paul Shortino), Wild Flowers (Gilby Clack). The Firewoman version of Jizzy Pearl is good but I heard Ted Poley sing Firewoman on his CD and his version is way better in my opinion. So 14 tracks of Pure Rock N' Roll, it's a blast! The production is well done, the sound is killer. Please give Rock N' Roll a favor and add this CD in your collection, you won't regret it. Patrick Dumas ________________________________________________________________________________________________ May 23, 2001 FIRE WOMAN: A TRIBUTE TO THE CULT Various Artists Versailles Records Review by: Christopher Thelen www.thedailyvault.com Of all the bands in the world that could elicit a tribute album, one might wonder at first why The Cult would be in line for such an honor now. After all, they had only a brief period in America when they were close to the level of superstar, thanks to their Sonic Temple album. It's been a while since we heard from Ian Astbury and crew. And anyway, how many of their songs are recognizable in the first place? One listen to Fire Woman: A Tribute To The Cult answers that last question; you may be surprised to hear how many songs you recognize, even if only at a quick glance. While the collective of artists on this disc gravitate towards a harder rock vein (though neither this disc nor The Cult were hard rock per se), it quickly proves itself to be en enjoyable way to pass an hour - and that's after you get through drooling at the cheesecake shot of porn star Kendra Jade on the cover. It helps if you have a working knowledge of The Cult's discography when you go into Fire Woman, but it's not a must in order to enjoy these tracks. In fact, the artists who lovingly cover these songs mostly turn them into their own babies, nurturing them throughout the creative process. Listen to how Jake E. Lee and Tattoo Frank take a song like "American Horse" (off of Ceremony) and turn it into something that is both special and unique. Listen to how Gilby Clarke injects life into "Wild Flower" and makes you want to go back and hear the original. Listen to how Jason McMaster captures the essence of "King Contrary Man". Several tracks on Fire Woman leap out as being exceptional. Listen to Enuff Z'Nuff's cover of "She Sells Sanctuary," and wonder just how these guys got this one nailed down so close to the bone. Donnie Vie might not have the same kind of edge to his vocals as Astbury does, but he convincingly delivers the goods. Likewise, Richard Kendrick takes "Edie (Ciao Baby)", a song which presented its own unique challenges to whoever would choose to cover it, and kicks the doors down with his rendition - all without utilizing a string section. This isn't to say that everything on Fire Woman is stellar. One has to admire Jizzy Pearl's decision to cover "Fire Woman" - arguably the best-known track from The Cult - and realize that nothing he would do could live up to the original's power. But this track falls a bit flat on its own. Part of it may be Pearl's vocal style - but in actuality, the problem is with the musical delivery courtesy of American Dog, who just don't capture the rhythmic snap in the guitars that this track requires. What makes this more surprising is that American Dog absolutely nails "King Contrary Man" backing Jason McMaster. And the industrial version of "The Witch," featuring Levi Levi and Sinderella Pussie of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, never gets off the ground. Still, the collective of artists who make up Fire Woman: A Tribute To The Cult more often than not knows what it takes to make these songs special, and they're able to make the translation for the listener. Chances are this disc will make you want to dig through your collection and dust off whatever albums from The Cult that you own - in which case, Fire Woman has done its job admirably well. RATING: A- ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Metal Sludge.com (www.metalsludge.com), May 2, 2001- Review of Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT A TRIBUTE TO THE CULT "Fire Woman" by bastard boy floyd This CD doesn't come out till June 5th. Cover: 9 Fire Women out of 10. The cover has a nude Kendra Jade on it but her body is covered up with flames. Unlike other tribute CDs, this has an actual cover that was specifically shot for this CD. In other words, effort was put into it! What a concept! I have to go with a 9 since Kendra is on the cover. However they lose a point because she's not totally naked. Booklet: 9 Fire Women out of 10. Take notice Cleopatra and Perris Records, this is how it's done! A full 16 pages! It covers the history of The Cult and each band on this CD gets a half page write-up along with a photo. It's totally pro. Had it all been in color, it would have gotten a full 10, but I can't complain. This blow away anything Cleopatra has ever done or even thought about doing. Songs: 12 Fire Women out of 20. I'm not the biggest Cult fan around, so I'm not familiar with a lot of these songs, so I'm giving them a 12, which is slightly above average. I have no specific reason why I settled on 12, but it seems like a nice number and deserves to be used more often. This is what's on the CD: 1. Fire Woman by Jizzy Pearl 2. She Sells Sanctuary by Enuff Z'Nuff 3. Sweet Soul Sister by Paul Shortino & Jimmy Crespo 4. American Horse by Jake E. Less/Tattoo Frank 5. Edie (Ciao Baby) by Richard Kendrick 6. Peace Dog by American Dog featuring Jason McMaster 7. The Witch by Levi Levi & Sinderella Pussie of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult 8. Wild Flower by Gilby Clarke 9. The Rain by Joe Lynn Turner with Reckless Fortune 10. King Contary Man by Jason McMaster 11. Coming Down by Corey Craven 12. Outlaw by Stevie Rachelle with Richard Kendrick 13. Lil Devil by Jim Martin, Anand Bhatt, and Dave Campbell 14. Memphis Hip Shake by O.C.D. It wouldn't be a tribute record without Jizzy Pearl or Stevie Rachelle! Overall the production sounds good and nobody embarasses themselves. Except for track 14, that song sucks. Everything else is ok. Comments: I should mention that Versailles Records sent this to us and specifically asked for me to review this CD! I guess they like me, or maybe they think I give easier reviews. I would have preferred they sent me money along with this CD, but what can I do? This is one of the better tribute CDs out there providing you like The Cult. My suggestions are to get some bigger names because nobody gives a shit about O.C.D, Corey Craven, Richard Kendrick, or American Dog. Those guys don't even have real record deals and why should I or anybody else care about them covering Cult songs? And get a name for your label that I can actually pronounce! Versailles is also doing a Tribute CD for Steve Vai/Joe Satriani that will be out in the Summer, and I'm expecting that CD in the PO Box as well. TOTAL: 30 Fire Women out of 40 ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Kickers Magazine April 27, 2001- Review of Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT Fire Woman: One Hot Flame By Katie Hoag Kickers Magazine Where can you go to hear Jizzy Pearl, Enuff Z'Nuff & Joe Lynn Turner, among many others, all play together? Versailles Records Fire Woman: A Tribute to The Cult. I got the cd in the mail Saturday, plugged it into my player as I walked into the door. I had been waiting with baited breath for this moment. Here it was. Right off the bat, Jizzy Pearl screams out a finally coated version on Fire Woman for track one. Already the seduction has begun. Track two, this is it, the cover I've been waiting for for months, Enuff Z'Nuff- She Sells Sanctuary. Totally worth the wait. Donnie Vie's Mellow and soothing vocals shine through and shimmer on this cover. Ian should be proud his work sounds this good. My favorite Cult song, Edie (Ciao baby). Done by Richard Kendrick. Props to him. His heart felt rendition of this sad, yet touching, song pulled on my heart strings just as hard as the first time I spun it off the Sonic Temple record. This man here knows he way around this song. Wild Flower: Gilby Clarke. Again, I loved this song. Heck, I loved the whole cd, Hard as I might picking just a few to talk about is too hard. With as many 'Latest & greatest' and Tribute records that have come out over the last few years, I knew that this would be really good or really bad. Shocking was it that a record of Cult songs was done. Talk about an underground following. Yet here this beautiful piece of work sits, still in my 4 cd turn table. The Only down side to this record, the porn star on the cover. But then again, I am a girl, I'm sure the guys are thrilled. Versailles Records, I'll be watching these guys, and playing their stuff. 1 to 10: Fire Woman gets a 8 1/2. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Electric Basement (www.electricbasement.com), April 24, 2001- Review of Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT. Fire Woman - A Tribute To The Cult After a gazillion tribute albums have passed through a reviewer's weary ears, he or she can, and don't hold me to this longer than one water cooler conversation, actually predict certain basic outcomes. Or better yet, it can be said there is a winning formula out there and I think, (gasp!), I have a loose grasp of what it is. For one, you need to pick a subject that is musically infallible. That is, their stuff is so damn good, it is hard to fuck it up. That is, unless you do an "off yer ass" total remake of the song you are paying tribute to (see the entire Covered In Black - An industrial Tribute to AC/DC...gag!). The Cult has this musical brilliance, hook, soul...power etc. So one notch there. The other important elements to a successful homage are having artists that care about their subject matter and...um...yes folks...production! This collection has all of the above. Although it does have one specific challenge to overcome...Ian Asbury's voice is so distinct and integral to the Cult's music, it's hard to imagine some of these songs as Cult songs without him. But alas, the music, production and passion of delivery overcome this in most cases. For goodness sake, how could Jizzy Pearl singing "Fire Woman" not sound cool? Or Enuff Znuff providing chills with "She Sells Sanctuary?". Or American Dog and Jason McMaster kicking the dog (pun 1!) with the riff laden "Peace Dog" (pun 2!)? "Wild Flower" with Gilby Clarke is smokin' (that lower register really adds a fine twist) and huge while newbie (and virtual one-man-band) Richard Kendrick actually handles the epic "Edie" with genuine grace. Wowsers! Other star appearance and performances are churned out by the likes of Jake E. Lee, Joe Lynn Turner, Paul Shortino etc. The production is crisp, respectful and bristling with energy, adding the icing on an already delicious cake. The artists here seem to really respect the focus of the project and there is that celebration feel throughout. One of the best tribute albums I've heard in a long time. - Brian Coles ________________________________________________________________________________________________ May 11, 2001- "Knightcrawler: Rockin' America" Review of Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT Edward G Higgins "The Knitecrawler" Rockin' America http://www.geocities.com/theknitecrawler Well folks here we go. I am not exactly a big Cult fan but have liked a few of there songs in the past. I received an E-mail from Varsailles Records asking if I would review a CD for them. I agreed to do this being I am really into music. I got to review it Tuesday May 8, 2001. The first track was Fire Woman performed by Jizzy Pearl. I was quite impressed but thought ok this is a Cult song that I did like and know. Listening on there were a few songs I didn't know Outlaw which I enjoyed and a song called Lil Devil which I think was one of the best performed songs on the CD. I would recommend getting this CD to anyone who does like the Cult. I think you will be as impressed as I was. _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Rocknworld.com July 31st, 2006- Inside Track: GNR Tribute with Jake Brown For this edition of Inside track we speak with Versailles Records President Jake Brown about their latest release: It's So Easy: A Millennium Tribute to Guns N' Roses Inside Track: Tell us about the concept behind this tribute album? Jake: Well, taking on such an epic band- that at least in the sense of my generation of music listeners- defined rock n' roll musically and visually at its most purest in terms of derivatives like the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and AC/DC, and bands like this- who we haven't DARED to touch yet with a tribute- we felt maybe Guns N' Roses was a good testing ground for that ambition in terms of future releases. To me, it's another level to try to pay homage to bands like that, so we're starting out kind of in reverse in terms of Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Motley Crue (our first double-album tribute which is due in early 07), and groups like that. I guess in a way it's kind of working in reverse, but rock royalty to me kind of works like this: the biggest legends sit highest up on the bleachers, in terms of seniority. So we're somewhere along the middle of the Mountain climb with GnR, and hopefully fans will dig what we've put together here. We also have a second volume to this tribute set coming out in the fall called 'Double Talkin' Jive: A Hard Rock Tribute to Guns N' Roses.' As a HUGE Izzy Stradlin fan, I also made sure both of these records were very IZZY heavy in terms of the songwriting, and that we didn't just do like a Greatest Hits tribute record. I think that is reflected in the track listing- plus on the second record, we have cuts like 'Bad Obsession', 'Dust N' Bones', '14 Years', 'Double Talkin' Jive', 'Out Ta Get Me', and 'Move to the City', but we also have hits like 'November Rain', 'Don't Cry', and 'Welcome to the Jungle.' Anyway, not to plug the forthcoming album, but its illustrative of the balance we tried to strike on both records in that respect, in terms of giving fans- especially second-generation Guns N' Roses listeners who will develop out of their forthcoming new album, as well as the Velvet Revolver success- the broadest possible sampling of what the band's best songs are- in terms of not strictly being limited to the hits. Anyway, below is the Inside Track of the latter, and kind of a behind-the-scenes on how a tribute album is made and how this first collection of songs came together: You Could Be Mine - Richard Kendrick With certain songs, Richard is the only one I trust to pull off in terms of the technical exactness of each instrument as it should be played, but also the spirit of authenticity that the song should carry for listeners, which he's better at than I think anyone working on these kinds of projects today. He also takes a lot of pride I think in making sure that each track in those instances is as important as the other- so a bass track holds the same weight as a vocal, and a harmony holds the same importance as a rhythm guitar lick, which in terms of how fantastic Duff McKagen and Izzy Stradlin are as players, is the only way to go if you're truly paying tribute to a band that bad ass. What was kind of funny in terms of how precise Richard and I when producing these songs like every part to be- especially for instance the drum part on this song- wasn't exactly popping off right the first time we tried to record it. It was the first song we were tracking that day, and the drummer- who is phenomenal- wasn't exactly finding his groove, and it became quickly obvious that he hadn't had his 'coffee' yet. So I suggested he and I run out to the car for a little 'home grown' Java, and when he came back in a joint later, he did the track in ONE take. It was amazing to watch, obviously visually, but also in terms of the talent we got on tape to match Richard's. Anyway, it was maybe thinking outside the box for some people, but one man's poison is another's pleasure I guess in terms of what works best for different players. It was just an awesome thing to watch come together, and I think the result speaks for itself. It's So Easy- RadioVipers: this band was- in my opinion anyway- born to cover this song. It embodies everything that the RadioVipers are about, and everyone says this, but truly: A LOT of what is MISSING in rock bands today, who try to pull off derivative influences maybe from a look or a type of guitar or amp they play through, but there's no heart in the product that results. I won't name names, but given that few of the rock bands that have come out in the last ten years have stuck past an album or two is the best example. Because the European rock scene is so alive in terms of really reflecting and respecting the roots of bands like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, etc in the roots of the sound they produce for rock in today's market, they almost create a new niche because those two worlds truly are bridged with bands like the RadioVipers. There is nothing contrived about the way they nail this song, or about their broader original sound as a band, and (PLUG) their debut album, 'The Morning Sunburst' includes 'Its So Easy' as well for that reason- because they're as proud of the song as I am. The energy of this performance will wow any GnR fan! Rocketqueen - Derrick LeFevre: This song is my favorite on the album, but was also arguably the biggest MESS of the whole record. Richard Kendrick once again threw on the cape and saved this classic from disaster. The performances were great instrumentally to begin with, but we got the drums from one corner of the Universe, and the guitar from another, and everything was being sent over the internet to Richard in Belgium, where he had to sound replace the entire drum section, and ghost the guitars, and redo leads, and find a bass player at the last minute to do the part because the original cat hurt his hand, so it was just a nightmare, and we had like a week to get it finished. Then Derrick LeFevre, lead singer from Lillian Axe, stepped up the plate and just hit the vocal out of the park. The one thing I had asked Derrick to do when he was singing it was to try to make it sound as much like a vocal would have in 1986 when the album was recorded, more almost like you'd have heard on an Iron Maiden or WASP record, and he nailed it. There's a haunting quality to the vocal, and it just soars too like Blackie Lawless and Bruce Dickenson used to. It has so much soul. I think most fans will find this to be their favorite 'era-friendly' track on the album. The mix is also very reminiscent of the feel of the sound of those times, its just a really beautiful result... Sweet Child O Mine - Jizzy Pearl/Tracii Guns/Gilby Clarke/Randy Castillo: This track Brian Perrera graciously allowed us to license for this album, and I wanted it mainly for the players and history it incorporates as it directly relates to Guns N' Roses- namely in Tracii Guns, who co-founded the band, and Gilby Clarke, who replaced Izzy. On top of that, one of my favorite drummers in the world, Randy Castillo did the drums, and Jizzy- who is a fantastic singer, nailed the vocal. Just nailed it. It's a very tight track, and we're lucky to have it. I wouldn't have tried to do another version of this cover; it can't be topped by what Cleopatra originally did. Patience - Jasy Andrews: I wanted Jasy to do this song from like the first night I ever heard her play in this tiny little bar in Nashville in 2003, and we recorded it for her debut album, 'Little Girl' because she totally made it her own. We recorded it at Studio 19 in Nashville, which was originally Patsy Cline's first house when she moved to town in the 50s, so that was cool in a nostalgic kind of way. The song the way Jasy does it is as haunting and beautifully simple as Izzy's original acoustic demo. It was a review favorite from her debut LP, so we hope it gains a broader listening audience for her through this record, but also is a kind of perfect bridge for the album between the first and second half of the record. It's also to my knowledge the first hard rock tribute with an acoustic-Rhodes organ track with an operatically-trained female singer on it, so maybe in some small, silly way we broke some new ground here. It's a beautiful rendition. Night Train - Phil Lewis/Erik Turner/Keri Kelly/Marko Pukkila/Chad Stewart: well, this one was another of those situations where all the players on the track belong to the era that GnR dominated- so you have players from Ratt, Warrant, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, Every Mother's Nightmare, Pretty Boy Floyd, and others rockin' out like they did back on the Sunset Strip at the height of 80s hard rock, and you can just feel that vibe in the result. The track more or less speaks for itself. Mr. Brownstone - Valerian: This really cool rock band Finland, who came straight out of the Michael Monroe-Axl Rose mold stylistically in terms of their front man contacted me about being on the record, and hit my soft spot for up and coming bands, so they then went about nailing 'Mr. Brownstone', and to my ears, it just scorches. We hope fans dig it. Think About You - Drama Queen Die: This really cool, well-kept secret from Chicago, 'Drama Queen Die', who were actually championed by Chip Z'nuff of all people in the start of their career, and who first turned me onto them, did this really gorgeous acoustic version of 'Never Say Goodbye' for our Bon Jovi Tribute, which was our best seller of 2005, and so I thought we'd try and see if a little of that karma could rub off on this album, but in a kind of unusual way in that 'Think About You' is traditionally a hard rocking love ballad. When I suggested the song to the band done acoustically, they really channeled the energy the way we felt fans would have wanted, and I think we got a rocking result. Civil War - One Bad Son: Aside from discovering and managing this singer for the past 3 years, and how proud it personally makes me that his band, One Bad Son, came together, wrote, recorded, and released their first album, 'This Aggression Will Not Stand', in one year, I will refer all other commentary on this track to a recent review of the tribute from JukeBox.ca, which wrote the following about the band's cover of 'Civil War': "Brilliantly delicate in the right moments, and then when the song explodes in true rock style, this version does it with a much heavier guitar tone than the original, marking this track out as one of the best GN'R covers there's ever been. The performance is superb and vocalist Shane Volk is only one this album that retains his own vocal style and doesn't try to sing exactly like Axl. Lewis and Pearl are distinctive enough because we're all familiar with their voices by now, but the others really do try to stay as true to the original vocal lines as possible. Volk does this as well, but in his own voice, which is much grittier than Axl's." Paradise City - Joetown featuring Jimi Bell: This is for all intents and purposes the flagship Guns N' Roses anthem, and we wanted this to be a special rendition of this song. Whether we achieved that or not I'll leave to listeners to decide, but it has some unique musical contributions- including the lead rhythm guitar done acoustically, a Bag Pipe and Jimi Bell on lead guitar, so that's a good start. Hopefully fans dig it! Pretty Tied Up - The Slashtones featuring Joe Lynn Turner: A longtime friend and collaborator of mine, Harry Slash, who is also a staple of the New York rock scene got this huge crew of rockers together, had a cow-bell themed party over a weekend, and knocked out this Izzy classic. The song features Tony Moore from Riot, Roderick Kohn from the Buddy Miles Express, Joe Lynn Turner from Deep Purple/Rainbow fame, Steve 'Budgie' Werner from Ace Frehley's band, and Arno Hecht from the Uptown Horns. Most importantly, as Harry would say, it features 'LOTS OF COWBELL!!' Anyway, that's the record, it's in stores everywhere now across the U.S., and we hope you go out and buy a copy to support the legacy of GnR, the greatest rock n' roll band of the past 30 years!! Check out www.versaillesrecords.com to learn more about the label and our other releases. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ May 24, 2004- Versailles Records' forthcoming Tribute to Tina Turner was the subject of a brief news write-up in the Boston Globe's Life Section. "CROSSOVER ARTIST Eclectic would be one way to describe the artists who pay tribute to Tina Turner on the new CD, "What's Love? A Tribute to Tina Turner." While Kip Winger and Tiffany are odd choices, the most incongruous is figure skater and Stoneham native Nancy Kerrigan, who makes her recording debut on a cover of the Acid Queen's big hit "The Best." ________________________________________________________________________________________________ May 11, 2004- Melodicrock.com, the biggest AOR music site online, posted the following news brief about Versailles Records' forthcoming Tina Turner Tribute; "TINA'S THE NEXT TRIBUTE SUBJECT: What's Love? A Tribute To.. Tina Turner is the next tribute album to emerge from the States. Versailles Records has put it together, with the track listing and artist line up as follows: What's Love Got To Do With It - Tiffany . Be Good To Me - Richard Kendrick . Beyond Thunderdome - Jane Child . I Don't Want To Fight - Rose Reiter . River Deep Mountain High - Darlene Love . Rock Me Baby - Michel'le / Tony Janflone Jr. . I Can't Stand The Rain - Alannah Myles / Jeff Healey . Private Dancer - Jasy Andrews . The Best - Nancy Kerrigan . Proud Mary - Ross Stephens . What You Get Is What You See - Deniece Williams . A Love Like Yours - Kip Winger . On Silent Wings - Wendy Jans . River Deep Mountain High - A Cappella - Darlene Love / Richard Kendrick." _________________________________________________________________________________________________ March 15, 2004- Sports Illustrated ran the following news item on Nancy Kerrigan's participation on our forthcoming Tina Turner Tribute in the magazine's 'Sports Beat' section, "Skater Nancy Kerrigan recently recorded Simply The Best on a Tina Turner Tribute album. 'Its scary, its Tina Turner. She's awesome!' says Kerrigan.The Olympic silver medalist's past singing credits include Shining Through on a compilation album in 1999, and a rendition of Take Me Out to the Ball Game at Wrigley Field that same year." _________________________________________________________________________________________________ February 25, 2004- The Boston Herald "Olympic ice princess - and sometime warbler - Nancy Kerrigan belts out the Tina Turner tune, `Simply the Best,' yesterday at Boston's Bristol Studios for an upcoming tribute album to the rockin' diva. (Staff photo by Michael Fein)" _________________________________________________________________________________________________ February 23, 2004- www.Electricbasement.com- KENDRICK GOES POP! (Press Release) "Rock Producer RICHARD KENDRICK collaborates with Nancy Kerrigan, Tiffany, Darlene Love, Alannah Myles, others on new Tina Turner Tribute! For the past 5 years, Versailles Records recording artist and executive music supervisor has worked with some of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal, co-producing tracks by members of Aerosmith, Guns N Roses, Ozzy Osbourne Band, Smashing Pumpkins, Badlands, Dokken, Salty Dog, LA Guns, Dangerous Toys, Rough Cutt, Queensryche, Lynch Mob, TNT, Night Ranger, Faith No More, Tuff, Ratt, Love Hate, Kansas, Quiet Riot, Kix. For the past year however, he has expanded his production palet to include pop-cross over as he has overseen the musical production on Versailles Records' forthcoming tribute to Tina Turner, due in the summer of 2004. In the course of this project, he has collaborated with a number of multi-platinum & Grammy Winning pop voices, including Tiffany, Grammy winner Deniece Williams, Phil Spector protege and 60s R&B icon Darlene Love, canadian pop diva Alannah Myles and blues guitar great Jeff Healey, urban R&B diva Michel'le, as well as Olympic Medalist Nancy Kerrigan! While a formal press campaign on the release of Versailles latest tribute will follow beginning in principle in April, we felt like letting the rock press in early on this extraordinary accomplishment on Kendrick's part, single-handly performing and producing the majority of this album's backing music, and physically producing all of the aforementioned artists in the studio. Additionally, in 2005, Kendrick's own band, STRAIGHTJACKET SMILE, will release its long-awaited debut LP! Visit www.versaillesrecords.com to stay tuned for regular updates on the coming release of "What's Love?: A Tribute to Tina Turner", or www.richardkendrick.com to keep up with all that Kendrick's up to in the course of this or other projects!" This item also ran at www.thetourbus.com, ________________________________________________________________________________________________ January 9, 2004- This article ran via the Associated Press wire, also appearing on ESPN.com and WJLA.com, concerning Nancy Kerrigan's participation in our forthcoming Tina Turner Tribute: "Former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan speaks to reporters during a news conference at the U.S. Figure Skating Champships Friday. (AP/John Amis) by NANCY ARMOUR ...She's done television specials, had parts in movies and even recorded a couple of songs. The singing part of her career happened by accident, with a songwriter calling Solomon after the 1994 Olympics and saying he had some music for Kerrigan. "Jerry said, 'Can you sing?' I said, 'I sound pretty good in the car to myself but I don't know how anyone can hear me,"' Kerrigan said. "Who doesn't sound good in the car?" Turns out she could sing, though. She's recorded a couple of songs - including one she performed to at ice shows last year - and is going to sing Simply the Best on an upcoming Tina Turner tribute album. "It's scary, it's Tina Turner!" Kerrigan said with a laugh. "She's awesome." But the part of her life that gives Kerrigan the most joy is motherhood. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ September 4, 2002- Melodic Rock.com- A TRIBUTE TO ROCK N ROLL AND TO SEPTEMBER 11: Versailles Records have a new release out that plays the dual role of introducing some new bands to the scene, as well as honoring the anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy. American Hair Bands Vol. 1 - A Tribute to the Best of 1970s/1980s Hard Rock Anthems seeks to pay tribute to both the best of 1970s/80s' hard rock and to the victims of the September 11th, 2001 tragedy. The compilation is due in stores the first week of November, 2002 and a portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will go to support the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. The roster features production and mixing work from Martin Favere (Screaming Trees, Mud Honey, Presidents of the United States, Queens of the Stone Age), Michael Wagener (Motley Crue, Skid Row), legendary punk producer Don Fury, and Joe Renke (Alien Crime Syndicate, Presidents of the United States), and boasts current and former members of Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt, Enuff Znuff, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, Charlie Daniels Band, Love/Hate, LA Guns and Ratt, as well as some of the country's hottest new acts, including Crash and Burn, The Fakes, Cookie, Richard Kendrick, Corey Craven, BFE and G-Soul. The material covered includes classics by Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Judas Priest, The Cult, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Grand Funk Railroad, Thin Lizzy, and a host of others. Check out www.versaillesrecords.com for more updates on this coming release! _________________________________________________________________________________________ August 12, 2002- Hard Radio.com / Brave Words / Bloody Knuckles- "Versailles Records are set to release the collection American Hair Bands Vol. 1: A Tribute To The Best Of 1970's/1980's Hard Rock Anthems. The set pays tribute to both hard rock and to the victims of the September 11th, 2001 tragedy. Due out in early November, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will go to support the victims of the September 11th terrorist attack. The roster features current and former members of GUNS N' ROSES, AEROSMITH, QUIET RIOT, ROUGH CUTT, ENUFF Z'NUFF, MOLLY HATCHET, BLACKFOOT, CHARLIE DANIELS BAND, MINISTRY, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT, LOVE/HATE, LA GUNS and RATT, as well as some of the country's hottest new acts. The material covered includes classics by OZZY OSBOURNE, AC/DC, JUDAS PRIEST, THE CULT, VAN HALEN, MOTLEY CRUE, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, THIN LIZZY and others. Check out www.versaillesrecords.com for updates on this release. " ______________________________________________________________________________ CD of 70/80's Hard Rock To Benefit 9/11 Victims Planned. 08-07-02 antiGUY . Do you love 70's and 80's hard rock? We have news about a new tribute album that may interest you. Here is the official press release we received from Versailles Records, the label that recently released popular tributes to Steve Vai / Joe Satriani as well as The Cult. For Immediate Release NY-based Versailles Records' experiment in paying tribute to both the best of 1970s/80s' hard rock and to the victims of the September 11th, 2001 tragedy with 'American Hair Bands Vol. 1: A Tribute to the Best of 1970s/1980s Hard Rock Anthems' is turning out to be one of the freshest and exciting tributes we have been involved in to date. The compilation is due in stores the first week of November, 2002, and a portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will go to support the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. The roster features production and mixing work from Martin Favere (Screaming Trees, Mud Honey, Presidents of the United States, Queens of the Stone Age), Michael Wagener (Motley Crue, Skid Row), and Joe Renke (Alien Crime Syndicate, Presidents of the United States), and boasts current and former members of Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt, Enuff Znuff, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, the Charlie Daniels Band, Ministry, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Love/Hate, LA Guns, and Ratt, as well as some of the country's hottest new acts, including Crash and Burn, The Fakes, Cookie (who played the Warped Tour, and have been featured in SPIN, AP, and Rolling Stone), Richard Kendrick, Corey Craven, BFE, and G-Soul, who have been featured on VH-1 and ESPN. The material covered includes classics by Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Judas Priest, The Cult, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Grand Funk Railroad, Thin Lizzy, and a host of others. Be sure to check out www.versaillesrecords.com for more updates on this coming release! ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Rock and a Hard Place Interview with Richard Kendrick- RAAHP: First of all Richard, before we get into your latest project, can you give us a history of what past projects you've worked on and what bands you've been in and who are some acts you've played with? (that's a long way of asking for your bio, lol) I played the rock scene of the south-eastern United States for a good part of the last 12 years with 4 or 5 different bands: Dark August, Straitjacket Smile, Mudbone and a couple of others. Over the years we opened for bands ranging from REO Speedwagon, Kansas, Cheap Trick and Foreigner to Lillian Axe, Zebra, Pantera, and Lizzy Bordan. When the bottom fell out of the US melodic rock market, somewhere in the mid 90s, I played fraternity house parties to keep myself on stage. I have also done a lot of the backing music and backing vocals on tribute songs for Versailles Records. We did a tribute to 80s Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, a tribute The Cult and a tribute to Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. I have backed artists such as: Jake E. Lee, Tony Harnell, Jason McMaster, Paul Shortino, Dave Ragsdale, Jimmy Crespo, Brad Gillis, George Lynch, Gilby Clarke, Stevie Rachelle, Jim Martin, and a few others. RAAHP: "Murder And The F-Word" is your first solo-project. Can you tell us about the record? This is actually a concept album correct? Yes, It's a concept record that I began working on a really long time ago. It was never intended to be a solo record. In fact, I never actually thought it would ever get recorded as is. I thought I would eventually just steal the songs for other records. I wasn't sure I would be able to sing parts of it. I wrote much of it with other singers in mind. Five of the songs were written as standalone songs and then I realized I had the outline of a story. I just started filling in the blanks. It was a good way for me to raid my 4-track tapes and old discarded songs for cool parts. The story is about a guy that is followed around in high school by this nerdy girl that he eventually falls in love with. She grows up, becomes a babe and begins to realise that the guy she loves isn't maturing with her. She breaks up with the guy but won't let him go completely. He's fun to be around but also co-dependent. She continually hurts the guy to the point where he just freaks out and snaps. One night he stalks her and kills her. He convinces himself that this is exactly what she wanted from him. The murder makes headlines. The guy becomes egomaniacal and continues to spiral into nuttiness. He is institutionalised -where he is kept drugged, dreaming of this girl and questioning his faith in everything. I never made it quite apparent whether he was actually seeing her ghost or just dreaming, but somehow in his stupor he gets released from the nut house. He realizes he doesn't want to live without her so he jumps off of a big bridge. Most likely, he broke all the bones in his body and lived. RAAHP: You mention your love for B-Movies, Horror/Sci Fi and Big Overproduced Hard Rock... it sound like you're a child of the 80's! Can you talk more specifically about how they influence your music? Well, I love all of those silly horror movies. Movies like "Evil Dead 2" and "Phantasm" are low budget, "E" for effort, examples of people taking what they have to work with and creating something entertaining. I love reading horror and Sci-Fi authors like F. Paul Wilson, Clive Barker, Stephen King and so on. They all have a way of inserting something that will get me to laugh out loud one second and cringe or squirm the next second. I've never written anything that was inspired by any story I've read, but I really tried to tackle F-Word like a novel. You have to make sure that if you are writing a story within several songs, that you are able to tie all the songs together on a lot of levels. Melodies must repeat in places under different circumstances, lyrics should be descriptive and if you can make some of the songs stand alone outside the context of the "concept," well then you have done something extra. As far as being a child of the 80s, I would agree with that. Maybe a child of the 70s would be more accurate. I really loved bands like Queen, Kiss, Styx, ELO and Alice Cooper. However, Spandex were pretty comfortable (hahahaha). I loved where the guitar sounds went in the 80s. John Sykes on the Whitesnake album, Brad Gillis on Ozzys' Speak Of The Devil. Those sounds were just so powerful to me. RAAHP: The 80's Style music has been slammed by the press and mainstream for some time now, was there ever the temptation to change your style to be a bit more mainstream? Nope. Only when I do the cover thing to pay bills. When I do that, I tend to stick to Van Halen-izing a bunch of 80s pop tunes. That seems to go over really well in the US market of today. But I have been known to learn stuff I would not listen too under normal circumstances. RAAHP: I mention this in my review of the album that you do in fact move AOR forward with this record by not following the traditional routes for a Rock album. Did you purposely go out and try to make a record that takes a different approach? No, I just did what I have been doing for years. What happened was, at one point I was not in a band and I thought I would get a keyboard with a sequencer and go do solo shows with my guitar at Holiday Inn or... I don't know - I was losing my mind. Anyway, that never happened thank god. But I did buy the keyboard, and what came out of me when I started learning to program it is was what you hear on my record. I have no idea where some of that classical style string arranging came from. When I was learning music as a kid I just wanted to be Ace Frehley. RAAHP: Is the art of guitar dying? Do you think that the level of playing has diminished and why? No, I think there are still some really great players out there. There are guitarists that have created some really cool directions in a lot of the newer rock styles. I have to say there have not been many new contributors to the shred community in the last ten years, especially in the press. In the 80s every kid that picked up a guitar was being exposed to some really evolved guitar playing and that is what drove them to be better. In the past 10 years there has been less infuses put on soloing and I'm sure that has equated to less structured players. They're are still some monsters out there that sneak through once in a while though. John Petrucci is just about god. I'd sell a testicle to play like that and get all those great tones. On another note, I get pissed off when I see someone that I respected as a musician in the past, playing down what they did in the 80s. Look, you wore spandex, you had big hair, you were a great guitar player, you tapped on your fret-board you sold a lot of records... So what. Be proud of it. Don't pretend that it never happened or that that wasn't really what you meant to do. You had a great time. Don't Lie!! RAAHP: What's your insight on the music scene right now? More specifically, what's your opinion on the way the powers that be run the music scene? Hmmm. Well, I don't like female singers much and I don't really like country music, but my favourite records for a couple of years were Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrisette and Come On Over by Shania Twain (Mutt Lange is also a god). Those were great records. As far as the powers that be... They have figured out how to manipulate a market and milk it dry. It is all about money. There is no creating an artist over time. If things stay the way they are, you'll never see another Van Halen. Notice how the bands that were developed over the span of many albums with a fairly continuous push are still around and legendary. Look at U2, Madonna, Kiss or even Ozzy. Now compare them to The New Kids On The Block or Hootie and the Blowfish. Look who was able to build a career and who was pushed down your throat and then dismissed for the next flavour. The same thing will happen to all of the hip bands of today. Some of the bands out there today are pretty talented but will disappear like New Kids and Hootie. Because the powers want to control all aspects of the music business, bands that write their own songs are also a dying breed. [Feel free to edit that down. I could bitch for days about the state of the industry] RAAHP: Could you have financially made this album 15 years ago, or has the cost of production made is possible for the individual to make their own album? 15 years ago it could have been done I guess. I knew someone that had a home recording studio back then. But I don't think it would have been quite as easy. I'm very excited that the price of recording has come so far down with the technology boom of the 80s and 90s. I bought ADATs used off of EBAY and I did all the recording for F-Word in my guestroom. It cost me the price of the tapes and my time. The mixing was done in Pro Tools at a real recording studio though. That cost a little bit of change but nothing compared to what it would have cost me to record the entire thing in a real studio. I spent a good amount of time working on it. There are a LOT of Vocals on my record. I did some of them Def Leppard-style - for example, in the last chorus of track 2, One Life Stand, there are almost 200 of me singing at the same time. I admit, I went a little overboard, but I was just trying to experiment with things and have fun. I was happy with it. RAAHP: How much as the internet affected your career? Can we order your material from your website? I think if the internet had been around In the late 80s and early 90s to the extent that it is today, things may have been a lot different. It has enabled me to meet so many music business contacts. I met Jake Brown, Versailles Records' president on line and I hooked up with David Campbell the drummer I'm playing with these days. I could expound all day about how great a tool the internet has been for me as it relates to the music scene and my career. I try to keep my website pretty current. I am linked to a couple of online retailers from my site where my CD can be ordered. I have corrected song lyrics on my website... The booklets were printed before I finished all of the singing. RAAHP: So what's next for you? More projects on the way? Collaborations? I'm putting together the band right now to play gigs so I can eat. During our shows we'll be hitting them with Straitjacket Smile originals and maybe a couple of my songs. We'll see how it goes from there. Maybe I'll sell a few CDs that way. I'd love to have the record distributed overseas. I think it would be better received there. I'd love to play in some other countries also. I'll be talking with AJ Caruso, the other guitarist/songwriter from a past incarnation of my band Straitjacket Smile and hopefully, be working on an SJS record sometime this year. We had a decent following in and around Louisiana and people ask me about the old songs all the time. We have some great melodic songs and they really deserve to be recorded. I plan to continue to record music for Versailles Records as well. I enjoy the challenge and the experience and I think it helps me gain some exposure for my band. RAAHP: Is there anything else you'd like to add Richard? Well, I know Jake would want me to plug our other projects so I just want to mention Lords of Karma a Tribute to Vai/Satriani. It has some great players on it. I also should mention Fire Woman: A Tribute to the Cult, which will not let anyone down. Both albums came out really well so check 'em out. But get my record first!!! __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Antimusic.com Interview with Richard Kendrick- RNW: Hello Richard, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. This interview is for our series "Debut: New Artists You Should Know about". We will be primarily talking about your new solo album, but I wanted to give our readers a chance to get a little information on your background. You've played in various bands since 1989. Can you tell us a little about how you got into music, your career thus far and what inspired you to do a solo album? Richard: I got a guitar and a little Pig Nose amp for Christmas when I was maybe 7 or 8... Some time in the late seventies. My parents were trying to discourage my desire to be a drummer I think. I did not start trying to play the guitar until maybe late 1981. I played the rock scene of the south-eastern United States for a good part of the last 12 years or so with a few different bands: Dark August, Straitjacket Smile, Mudbone and a couple of others. Over the years we opened for bands ranging from REO Speedwagon, Kansas, Cheap Trick and Foreigner to Lillian Axe, Zebra, Pantera, and Lizzy Bordan. When the bottom fell out of the US melodic rock market, somewhere in the mid 90s, I played fraternity house parties to keep myself on stage. I have also done a lot of the backing music and backing vocals on tribute songs for Versailles Records. We did a tribute to 80s Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, a tribute The Cult and a tribute to Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. I have backed artists such as: Jake E. Lee, Tony Harnell, Jason McMaster, Paul Shortino, Dave Ragsdale, Jimmy Crespo, Brad Gillis, George Lynch, Gilby Clarke, Stevie Rachelle, Jim Martin, and a few others. As far as my inspiration to do a solo album goes, I had a lot of songs sitting around that I wanted to record at some point with my band. I had actually been halfheartedly working on a concept record that included these songs, off and on, for years. However, my band was in limbo over the last year or so and I had been doing a bunch of work for Versailles Records. Jake, the president of the label really liked what I did with "Edie (Ciao Baby)," on the Cult Tribute CD that we had put together. He new that I had this music that I had been working on and suggested that I put it out. When he gets an idea in his head he goes for it. He worked on me and convinced me to do it. So, while we were woking on the Vai/Satriani disk I was also doing my record. RNW: You are signed to Versailles Records. Previous to your solo album you also contributed music to Versailles tributes for the Cult, "The Second Coming - A Millennium Tribute to 80's Hard Rock /Heavy Metal" where you covered Def Leppard's "Photograph" and White Lion's "Wait" and more recently you contributed to the Steve Vai / Joe Satriani tribute album. How did you hook up with Versailles and what made you decide to sign with them? Richard: I saw an ad in Metal Edge magazines' metal wire a couple of years ago, for a record label that wanted to put out a record showcasing unsigned bands, paying tribute to 80 hard rock. I felt like I had the perfect band for that. I e-mailed Jake, and then he called me. I played him some songs on the phone and he really loved my singers' (Ross Stephens) voice. Jake asked if we could do two songs for the record -which we did. As Mudbone, which was our touring name for the fraternity band, we did "Wait" by White Lion and as Straitjacket Smile, which was the name of the band Ross and I had been in prior to Mudbone, we did Photograph by Def Leppard. The band, which also included Dave Campbell on drums and Jason Keller on bass, could not agree on which songs to do so we let Jake pick the songs. Jake and I developed a great working relationship and he has included me on every project ever since. This led to my doing the solo record. RNW: Did you find it difficult to do the cover tunes for the Versailles tribute CD's? Richard: No. "Photograph" and "Wait" were recorded on 16-track 1-inch tape witch was a little limiting if you want to reproduce something and do it justice but the song were pretty easy to put together. I used to play "Wait" in a cover band so that one went together quickly. All the rest of the songs have been pretty easy to knock out as well. I enjoy it. RNW: Your music has a big guitar sound, much in the vain of the great hard rock scene of the 80's. Do you find it difficult to find an audience for that kind of music in this day and age with the charts ruled by music that relies a lot less on "expert" musicianship? And what do you think of the current state of music? Do you think kids are being short changed? Richard: Sure, I think that it is really difficult to find an audience for this kind of music. I do see it rolling around some, but not enough. If I worried about the state of the music biz too much I would pull my hair out. I did my record without giving a lot of consideration to sales or who would like it. I needed to get those songs out of my system. They are a little bit of departure from what my bands sound actually seems to be. Although we played a few of these songs over the years, the band leans a little bit more in the direction of a Firehouse or BonJovi. And yes, I really think kids are being short changed by what's out there. You used to able to go see a band at a club and really get a good show. You don't find that anymore. Everything is so scaled down now. RNW: Who are your biggest music influences? Richard: Queen, TNT, ELO... There would be a large list if I kept going. RNW: Now I'm going to ask you about each track on your new album "Murder and the F- Word". If you could tell us a little about each track, any funny stories behind them, their deeper meaning or anything you feel people would be interested in knowing about the songs. Richard: The record is a semi-autobiographical concept album. It is divided into sections, and titled as chapters in a book to show where we were going next in the story. The Chapters are: "Fiancée" (songs 1-3), "Forsaken" (songs 4-6), ""Fame, Faith, Farrago" (songs7-12) "Flight" (song 13-15), and "Finale" (songs 16 & 17). "I Know Why"? In this song we find out where the main character and the love of his life met. She is a nerd named Sherri that pursues him till he sees her beauty and falls in love. After a while he feels that she is the most real person he has ever met and becomes quite codependant.. This was the last song written for the album. I needed an up-tempo tune that gave the main characters a background. Also, before it was written, the second song on the disk would have been a ballad. I felt like that was too soon to slow things down. Anyway, I wrote the music, did all the programming and recorded it. I wound up re-writing all the lyrics while I was in the room singing it. "One Life Stand"? I wrote this song after a fight I had with my wife (before she was my wife). I was feeling guilty and it inspired me. The song is about knowing that our man wants to spend the rest of his life with Sherri. "Don't Fly Away"? This was the first song written for the record. I wrote it back in 1989 after one of several break ups I had with the female that inspired much of this record. It is about going to Pensacola beach, late one really windy night, and flying this red kite we had in the trunk of the car. It was a very sweet moment... Full moon, really cliché, but perfect. In this song he is concerned that the relationship is on the rocks. "Start Again"? I struggled with this song. I had these verses, an intro riff, a solo and a bridge that I really liked but I could not find a chorus that put across the point of this song. I new I was working on a concept record by the time I was writing this one so I was confined lyrically. The point of this song was to show that Sherri was breaking things off and give her reasons through the eyes of our hero. They were out of high school and growing apart. She was turning into a babe and being pursued by men that had more to offer her than he could give. He was not maturing and she wanted him to become a "new man". She did not handle thing the right way and kept herself in his life just enough to make him think there was still a chance. "Sherri's Song "? I wrote the first part of this song with a friend of mine back in 1989 or 90. He had been seeing a girl named Sheri and they broke up. The song was originally called "Why Am I Missing You." I was listening to a lot of Stryper at the time this one was written. I later added on the end of this song, which was actually about my situation and decided to protect the innocent by calling the song Sherri's song. The song got another thorough re-write lyrically when I was squeezing it into the story. It is about how the guy can't take the separation and isn't dealing well with not possessing his girl. The lyric, "... it should have never come to this..." tells us that he has decided that if he can't have her, no one can. "Share This Tender Moment"? This was originally called "Scream"I wrote some of the lyrics for this song in 1990, when I was playing with Dark August. It had totally different music and sounded like King Diamond. I was trying to write the heaviest thing I could think of at the time. It was about a Stalker/Rapist. Yeah, I know it's a little warped but somebody has do it. Anyway, I really liked a lot of the verses from that song and when I started working on the concept for the record I considered what it would be like to make this song personal. Imagine stalking and killing someone you're in love with. Sound like OJ Simpson, but I wrote this before that fiasco. I think our hero may have done more than just kill Sherri, if you know what I mean. "Don't Touch"? The next four songs, "Don't Touch," "Questions and Prayers," "Now I'm Alive," and "Losing My Place," were all written as a medley, originally titled "The New Man Medley." This is what inspired me to break the record into chapters. I had already worked most of the songs on the album so that they would flow from one song to the next. I changed the title of this chapter to "Fame, Faith, Farrago." Farrago means medley. Getting back to this song... "Don't touch" is the craziest thing on the album. There is a lot going on in there. There are two vocals that enter-twine, lyrically, throughout the verses and a lot of string sequencing. My favorite guitar solo on the album is in this song. I really just wanted this song to be humorous. If you listen closely coming out of the first verse, there is a lyric "Say Jim, Whoo!! That's a bad outfit, Whoo!!" I stole that from the first Super Man movie. Some pimp says it to superman when he sees him coming out of a phone booth. It was meant as an inside joke. Friends of mine and I have always thought that scene was funny. Anyway, this song is about a couple of things. The choruses revolve around the fame that our hero is receiving because of all the press attention to his murder case and how his ego responds to seeing himself on TV. The verses deal more with his asking Sherri if he has become the "New Man" that she had hoped for. Obviously, he is institutionalized. You can't have a concept record with out that. Haahaa. "Questions And Prayers"? He reflects a little on his relationship, slips further into a psychosis, and starts to reject his belief in god. I used to do a cover of "Talk To You Later," by The Tubes. The solo in this song utilized my interpretation for guitar, of the keyboard sound from their songs keyboard solo. I always thought that was a crazy sound. My wife hates it. Now I'm Alive"? There's lots of deep, hidden meaning in this song. Too much to explain. The chorus will not make since to anyone that doesn't know me. Lets just say that the main character sees what Sherri did to him as just as evil as what he did to her. Most of his dreams are about her and it's making him crazier all the time. He believes that she actually won their battle of wills but in his mind he also wants to deny it. He doesn't know if he's coming or going, or even if she's alive or dead. This song is about confusion. I know a lot of people think I lost my mind putting in the techno drum kit for this song but I felt like it really worked for the song. I meant to add some distortion to the vocal on the verses but I got so busy with the two records I was mixing in five days, that it slipped my mind. I was going for a NIN vibe. The little waltz in the second verse is a reprise of the beginning of "Don't Touch." I almost named the album "Now I'm Alive" "Losing My Place"? He lives in constant drug-induced nightmares and desires to beg the only person he ever has contact with, which is the nurse that sedates him daily, to just let him stay awake. She doesn't care. "The Pieces"? This was comprised of the original guitar solo for "Scream" which became "Share this Tender Moment," and the guitar solo from a song called "Taken Away," which will never get recorded. I liked these solos a lot and wanted them on the record. I thought "The Pieces" was a good title because these solos were left over pieces of music. Also, in the story, the main character is struggling to gain his composure and pick up the pieces. "How Many Times"? In this song he continues to dream about being visited by Sherri. He thinks she is being cruel and still will not leave him alone to get over her. If you pay attention to the solo near the end of the song, you'll hear that it's a slightly altered repeat of the second-half solo from "The Pieces." "Freedumb"? I wrote the guitar solo for this one first. After that, I just massaged it into a song. I knew I needed a tune that was heavier than some of the others on the album and I needed to get this guy out of his padded cell somehow. I had written some lyrics that dealt with questioning religion a few years back. These lyrics were originally called "The Door." I was digging through some notebooks and found them. I realized I liked what I had to say and wanted to use them. So, I tweaked the lyrics a little to suit the storyline. At this point in the story our buddy, the nut, no longer believes in anything. He just wants to die. "The Flood"? This was originally, lyrically, to be the bridge for "Freedumb." In this one, Fate or God or Sherri or somebody... I have no idea who it is, lets him out of his cell. But the cruelty of it is, they give him back his sanity as well. He sees everything he has done. "Laughin' Myself Goodbye"? "Laughin'..." was written by a friend of mine named Phil Wang. He used to play bass for Straitjacket Smile. We used to open our show with this one. I thought this song, which is about realizing your fate is to jump off a bridge, fit the story, and was a nice way to tie this album up. I rewrote the main riff and the solo, added a few vocal harmonies, and started the song acappella. Otherwise, the song stayed unchanged from the original. By the way, most likely, our hero broke all the bones in his body and lived. "Reprisal"? This one is a mix of a lot of the string and piano parts that are buried throughout the record. I put it together in Sound Forge, on my PC, using ADAT tracks from parts off of the Album. I had spent so much time over the years sequencing and agonizing over some of these pieces, that I wanted to make sure people actually heard them. There is a huge amount of work included in this 2 minute song. The beginning guitar stuff is the solo from "Laughin' Myself Goodbye" backwards. "The Attitude Song"? This is a cover tune of a song by Steve Vai. I recorded it for Lords of Karma: A tribute to Vai/Satriani. I have always loved this song. How the hell do you write something like that? I spent three or four days programming the drums. This one was tough. Don't ask me to stand up a play it... I got Jake to let me put it on here so I could have a bonus track that was not, in any way, related to the story. It is also pretty impressive sounding - which is good if you need your ego stroked. This is the only song on the record that I had someone play on. I got my friend Jason Keller to do all that cool poppin' and slappin'. He is one bad-ass bass player. RNW: Do you have any tour plans to promote the album? Richard: No, I'm putting together the band right now to play gigs so I can pay some bills. I overproduced most of it anyway. It would be pretty hard to pull off live. The brutal truth in this business is that melodic hard rock does not put buts in seats in the USA - especially in the South. The people actually love it. They just don't seek it out. During our shows, we'll be hitting them with Straitjacket Smile originals and maybe a couple of my songs. We'll see how it goes from there. Maybe I'll sell a few CDs that way. I'd love to have the record distributed overseas. I think it would be better received there. I'd love to play in some other countries as well. RNW: Ok this is a question I always like to ask in interviews. What is the biggest misconception that you think people have about the music business? Richard: That being signed means anything. I remember when I was a lot younger going around wishing I would "get signed." Even if you do get signed to a major label your chances of doing anything, almost, do not exist. And even if you have a hit record your chances of being developed beyond that, almost, do not exist. I like the situation I'm in now. I have a working relationship with a small label that is not in business just for the money. I'm not saying I wouldn't like to have a ton of money and hit records, but if that is why you get into music, you will have a crappy time. RNW: Finally, what do you want people to take away from your music? Richard: I want them to know that I worked extremely hard on it and not to think I take the subject matter real seriously. I'm just a guitar playing goof ball, and I hope that comes across in my songs. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ GuitarMania.ca Interview with Richard Kendrick- Remember this name Richard Kendrick! A superbly gifted all around musician who just happens to be one of todays greatest guitar players. Richard combines over the top guitar chops with some of the best song writing I have heard in a long, long time. His vocal powers are also nothing short of excellent. His recent release "Murder and the F Word" is a musicall melting pot of Progressive, Hard Rock, Melodic masterpieces. You owe it to yourself to check out this one man musical force! Many of our readers may not yet be aware of you and your music. Can you give us a run down of your personal history and background? I played the rock scene of the south-eastern United States for a good part of the last 12 years with a few different bands: Dark August, Straitjacket Smile, Mudbone and a couple of others. Over the years we opened for bands ranging from REO Speedwagon, Kansas, Cheap Trick and Foreigner to Lillian Axe, Zebra, Pantera, and Lizzy Bordan. When the bottom fell out of the US melodic rock market, somewhere in the mid 90s, I played fraternity house parties to keep myself on stage. I have also done a lot of the backing music and backing vocals on tribute songs for Versailles Records. We did a tribute to 80s Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, a tribute The Cult and a tribute to Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. I have backed artists such as: Jake E. Lee, Tony Harnell, Jason McMaster, Paul Shortino, Dave Ragsdale, Jimmy Crespo, Brad Gillis, George Lynch, Gilby Clarke, Stevie Rachelle, Jim Martin, and a few others. When did you first pick up the Guitar? I got a guitar and a little Pig Nose amp for Christmas when I was maybe 7 or 8... Some time in the late seventies. My parents were trying to discourage my desire to be a drummer I think. I did not start trying to play the guitar until maybe late 1981. What motivated you to want to learn to play the guitar? Kiss. Well actually, a friend of mine that used to hang out with me at the bus stop was just getting into guitar and starting to take some lessons. We started trying to Jam. I'm sure our parents were in hell. At some point, his mom took us to see Judas Priest on the "Screaming For Vengeance" tour. That concert really had an impact on me. Another factors was that I had musical relatives, so I was exposed to a lot of live music as a child. You have been playing guitar for many years - seen many style changes. Who would you site as your main influences? Hmmmmmm. That's tough. I think there are subtle and not-so-subtle things that I've ripped off of a lot of players. Brad Gillis was a big influence. Brain May, John Sykes, Randy Rhodes, Vivian Campbell, Ronni LeTecro, Steve Vai. I could name 20 more guys that blow me away. You have had a varied background with many different bands. Can you give us some highlights from those experiences? Things have run the gambit for me. I've gotten to open for a lot of great classic bands over the years. I've gotten to be a starving musician. I've had big hair and worn spandex. I made lots of money playing cover tunes for drunk, fraternity-party idiots. My entire life has been playing guitar and singing. What type of music do you enjoy listening to? Queen. Actually, I would have to say that I stick to rock music. Classic rock like ELO and Styx, all the way though Dream Theater. I really like music that uses cool chords, not just root-fifth, within the context of a rock song. I'm not really big into Jazz, although the playing is amazing sometimes. What can I say, most of the time I listen to talk radio. What equipment are you currently using? I play a hodge podge of old beaten Kramer style Start things. They're all rigged with Seymore Duncan Invaders in the bridge and Customs in the neck. And I love my Floyds. I have Takamine EF-341C 6-string acoustic and an EF-381C 12-string acoustic.On my record I used a Rockman Sustanor and Chorus for all my clean guitar, and a Digitech 2120 and its' speaker emulator for all of the dirty guitar. We beefed up the dirt on rhythms with Amp Farm - in Pro Tools at the mix-down. When I'm gigging, I use the same rig stereo, through a couple of Marshall 8008s into an old Randall cabinet and an old, homemade Marshall copy that sound excellent. The Randall is loaded with Jaguars and the other is loaded Peavey Scorpions. I have a really cool relay-amp switching system that I made. It allows me to select any of three rigs at the same time or separately and it turns off and on the FX on my clean sound. I use a Heil Talk Box powered by an old Randall head, The Rockman stuff, which I run through an EQ and an old Digitech delay, and the 2120 setup. I also use a Dunlop Rackmount Wah. There is a lot more, but you get the picture. You have a new CD out titled "Murder and the F Word". Its a really great mix of styles with some awesome guitar playing and vocal work. Give us a run down on the music that is included on the release? It's a concept record. The story is about a guy that is followed around in high school by this nerdy girl that he eventually falls in love with. She grows up, becomes a babe and begins to realize that the guy she loves isn't maturing with her. She breaks up with the guy but won't let him go completely. He's fun to be around but also co-dependent. She continually hurts the guy to the point where he just freaks out and snaps. One night he stalks her and kills her. He convinces himself that this is exactly what she wanted from him. The murder makes headlines. The guy becomes egomaniacal and continues to spiral into nuttiness. He is institutionalized -where he is kept drugged, dreaming of this girl and questioning his faith in everything. I never made it quite apparent whether he was actually seeing her ghost or just dreaming, but somehow in his stupor he gets released from the nut house. He realizes he doesn't want to live without her, so he jumps off of a big bridge. Most likely, he broke all the bones in his body and lived. All of the music you have recorded showcases your depth as a musician and your strong technique as a gifted guitar player. Tell us about your technique and how you developed it? Well, when I was in high school I, I played guitar nonstop. I stood in front of a mirror and watched what my hands were doing. I spent a lot of time playing along with Ozzy tunes and Dio and Judas Priest. That stuff is just great for learning chops. I don't think I ever consciously worked on technique. One time I spent a little too much time learning how to do that Jeff Watson 8-finger tap thing and forgot how to pick for a while. I feel pretty guilty, but I never really practice anymore. There just isn't enough time. When I have some stuff to record I just limber up for a while and then start taping. What do you think about the new crop of talented Guitar Player's that are currently out there making music? I like the guys that are innovative like Tom Morello. But, I have to cringe at some of the guys out there that have their own signature guitars and they just can't play. The only guy I listen too anymore is John Petrucci. But I never ever try to learn his chops. I don't even want to know how he does some of that stuff. I really love your version of Steve Vai's - "The Attitude Song". What are your thoughts on the state of instrumental guitar music these days? Thanks. That was one mean song to tackle. How do you write something like that? To answer your question, I think there is still plenty of instrumental guitar music out there today, but the guys doing it aren't getting all of the mainstream respect that they once did. I think it is a shame but I don't control the herd. What are your interests outside of music and guitar playing? I love to read Horror Fiction and Sci-Fi. I like anything by F. Paul Wilson, Clive Barker or Stephen King. I also spend a good deal of time running sound for other bands. Is there anything else's you would like to share with our readers that we have not asked or may have overlooked? Well, I know Jake, the president of Versailles Records, would want me to plug our other projects, so I just want to mention Lords of Karma a Tribute to Vai/Satriani. It has some great players on it. I also should mention Fire Woman: A Tribute to the Cult, which will not let anyone down. Both albums came out really well so check 'em out. But get my record first!!! Also, there should be a Straitjacket Smile record out next year and more tributes and other releases from Versailles. Keep an eye out for those. Thanks Richard Mike __________________________________________________________________________________________________ .Skylight E-Zine Interview with Richard Kendrick- Richard would you like to talk us about your musical background (guest studio appearances , recordings ,etc.) I played the rock scene of the southeastern United States for a good part of the last 12 years. When the bottom fell out of the US melodic rock market somewhere in the 90s I played fraternity house parties to keep myself out gigging... playing lots of covers. In the mean time I have also done a lot of the backing music and backing vocals on tribute songs that Versailles Records has used for recording artists to perform over. Artists such as: Jake E. Lee, Tony Harnell, Jason McMaster, Paul Shortino, Dave Ragsdale, Jimmy Crespo, Brad Gillis, George Lynch, Gilby Clarke, Stevie Rachelle, Jim Martin, and a few others. We did a tribute to 80s Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, a tribute The Cult and a tribute to Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. I do the recordings in my spare time, at my house on 3 ADAT recorders. For percussion, sometimes I use a sequencer and sometimes I get Dave Campbell the drummer of my band to do it. I have friends that occasionally contribute bass guitar to some of these tracks. I play as much of the guitars as I can get away with and then the keyboards, if they are easy enough. If not, I use a sequencer for the keys too. I mail off tapes of a rough mix of the songs to the artists. Then they record their parts and send the tapes back. When all of the songs for a particular project are ready to be mixed I fly to a real studio (John Schwabb studios) in Ohio and Mix them down with a great Pro Tools engineer named Joe Viers. He also helped mix my record. We actually did that at the same time we were mixing the Lords of Karma, a Tribute to Vai/Satriani CD. That was quite a busy 5 days. I've been, sort of, the Engineer/Producer of these records and it has been the best learning experience of my life. I'm very thankful to Jake at Versailles for trusting me with what I have contributed. 2. How did you contact Versailles Records ? I saw an ad in Metal Edge magazines' metal wire a couple of years ago, for a record label that wanted to put out a record showcasing unsigned bands, paying tribute to 80 hard rock. I felt like I had the perfect band for that. I e-mailed Jake Brown, the president of the label, and then he called me. I played him some songs on the phone and he instantly loved my singers' (Ross Stephens) voice. Jake asked if we could do two songs for the record -which we did. As Mudbone, which was our touring name for the fraternity band, we did "Wait" by White Lion and as Straitjacket Smile, which was the name of the band Ross and I had been in prior to Mudbone, we did Photograph by Def Leppard. The band, which also included Dave Campbell on drums and Jason Keller on bass, could not agree on which songs to do so we let Jake pick the songs. Jake and I developed a great working relationship and he has included me on every project ever since. This led to my doing a solo record. 3. You have a new album , please let us know about it Murder and The F-Word: It's a concept record that I started a long time ago. I never actually intended for it to be a solo record but it felt right at the time so I went with it. Roughly five of the songs were written as standalone songs and then I realized I had the skeleton of a story and I filled in the blanks. It was a good way for me to raid my 4-track tapes and old discarded songs for cool parts. The story is about a guy that is followed around in high school by this dorky girl that he eventually falls in love with. She matures (mentally and physically) and begins to realize that the guy she loves isn't maturing with her. She severs ties with the guy but won't let go completely. He's fun to be around but codependent. She continually hurts the guy to the point where he snaps. He stalks her and kills her, which at this point in the story he feels is exactly what she wanted from him. The murder makes headlines. The guy becomes egomaniacal and continues to spiral into nuttiness. He is institutionalized -where he is kept drugged, dreaming of this girl and questioning his faith in anything. I never made it quite apparent whether he was actually seeing her ghost or just dreaming, but somehow in his stupor he gets released from the nut house. He realizes he doesn't want to live without her so he jumps off of a bridge. Knowing this poor guys' luck, the fall into the water only hurt and he survived... We'll never know. 4. The album is separated in 5 parts , why that ? The songs were all written intentionally to flow well into each other. The sections were titled as chapters in a book to show where we were going next in the story. "Fame, Faith, Farrago," which includes songs 7 through 12, originally had the working title "New Man Medley." I wanted to show that in his mind, he felt that he really had changed and done what his ex had asked - which was become a new man. In working on the song I realized that all of the other elements (Fame and Faith) were popping up, so I changed the title. Incidentally, "Farrago" means Medley. And all the chapter titles start with an "F" which goes along with the title of the record. There was one more factor too. There are a few short songs that join things together that are part of the flow of the album and felt better as parts to a bigger picture. "Reprisal," which is part of the Finale, is a mixture of classically influenced pieces from all of the other songs on the CD. If you listen closely, you will hear all of the parts somewhere on the record buried behind distorted guitars. 5. What about the lyrics , were they based in personal experiences ? All of them. Except, I never killed her or went in the nut house. I had a pretty inspiring break up at one point in my life. It has been so long ago now that it was hard for me to muster up some of that pain to use in the recording. My wife was the inspiration for track 2, "One Life Stand." Five or six years ago we had an argument and I felt guilty about it. She's a sweetheart. "Laughin' Myself Goodbye," the song about jumping off of a bridge, was originally a Straitjacket Smile song that my friend Phil Wang wrote when he was in the band. I felt like it fit the story pretty well and so I asked him if I could use it. I rewrote the main riff of the song and hopefully I did not ruin the song too badly. I had to turn in lyrics for the artwork of the record before I was finished singing all of the songs. As these things go, some of the lyrics were rewritten as I went. I have the corrected lyrics posted on my website. 6. Your music sounds like most of the late 80's bands , am I right ? Yes, I would say that's fair. I grew up on that stuff. Actually, I tried to blend a lot of my influences into the recording. I love bands like TNT, Queen, ELO, Winger, Dream Theater, Stryper... I could name so many. I just did what I do (whatever that is) and the end result was F-Word. I expected to be slammed very hard by reviewers for not sounding modern or not fitting into any particular AOR box. I was never really concerned about that. I was not doing this record for them. I think, more than anything, releasing F-Word was just a way for me to get some of this pent up music out of my system and prove to myself that I could do something like this. Now I can move on. 7. You are a great guitarist but a good singer too , so you prefer the role of guitarist or singer ? Thanks very much. I wish it were cool, in this day and age, to be a "Great Guitarist." When I was eleven I started playing guitar no less than 8 hours a day. When I was seventeen, I realized there were millions of great guitarists. Most of the time the one's that were in working bands could sing. And the ones that really had a grasp of harmonies were the guys that caught my ear. I decided I wanted to be a well-rounded player that would have all the tools to be in a great band. To answer your question, I prefer being a guitar player. Although, If I'm not gigging I don't practice much. In a band situation I love to sing harmony. My singer, Ross absolutely puts me to shame. We have played together for years, covering bands like Boston and Styx - Writing songs that are a lot more melodic and strait-forward hard rock than my record. 8. Have you ever tried to sing in your current band Straitjacket ? Yes, I used to sing a few songs. I did "Don't Fly Away" for years. I also used to cover "Love Gun" by Kiss. I get the "you sound like Paul Stanley," comparison a good bit. I have done quite a few songs over the years. We were singer-less at one point and I took over most of the lead vocals, but it wasn't much fun. We did one gig. 9. Are you going to tour for your album ? No, I'm putting together the band right now to play gigs so I can pay some bills. The brutal truth in this business is that melodic hard rock does not put buts in seats in the USA. You have to sneak it right into their face. They love it -they just don't know it. They're not being programmed to know it. During our shows we'll be hitting them with Straitjacket Smile originals and maybe a couple of my songs. We'll see how it goes from there. Maybe I'll sell a few CDs that way. I'd love to have the record distributed overseas. I think it would be better received there. I'd love to play in some other countries as well. 10. Which are the future plans for Richard & Straitjacket ? I'll be talking with AJ Caruso, the other guitarist/songwriter from a past incarnation of SJS and hopefully, be working on an SJS record sometime this year. We had a decent following in and around Louisiana and people ask me about the old SJS tunes all the time. We have some great melodic rock songs and the songs deserve to be recorded. I plan to continue to record music for Versailles Records as well. I enjoy the work and the experience and I think it helps me get exposure for my band. You never know what can happen in this business. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Metal Edge Magazine, April, 2002- (March Rack Date) Metal Wire- "Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani is a new compilation from Versailles Records, paying homage to two guitar greats- Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. Contributors include current and former members of Aerosmith, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourme Band, Dokken, Queensryche, Night Ranger, Kansas, TNT, Dangerous Toys, Enuff Znuff, and more. Versailles has also released the debut album from multinstrumentalist Richard Kendrick- Murder and the F Word, the disc is described as "a cross between Dream Theatre, White Snake, and Queensryche...a multi-layered mix of concept-driven hard rock and melodic, but dizzying, symphony." ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Antimusic.com 1/22/2002 musicNEWS: New Tribute to Steve Vai/ Satriani Coming Two new tribute CD's are on the way. First up, Versailles Records will release "Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani", on January 29th. This is the second tribute release from Versailles who release "Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT" last year. This release features past and present members of KISS, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Dokken, Night Ranger, Enuff Z'nuff, TNT and the Smashing Pumpkins paying tribute to the virtuoso guitar styling of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. Also coming from Versailles on Jan 29th the debut album from Richard Kendrick who contributed songs to the Vai/Satriani and Cult tribute disc. Versailles bills Kendrick's debut "Murder & the F Word" as "a cross between Dream Theatre, White Snake, and Queensryche, wherein the material is 'a multi-layered mix of concept-driven hard rock and melodic but dizzying symphony.' " ________________________________________________________________________________________________ www.electricbasement.com News Wire December 10, 2001 INTRODUCING RICHARD KENDRICK: (Edited Press Release from Versaiiles Records) RICHARD KENDRICK's debut solo outing, "Murder and the F Word" is described as a cross between Dream Theatre, White Snake, and Queensryche, wherein the material is 'a multi-layered mix of concept-driven hard rock and melodic but dizzying symphony.' Versailles Records recording artist Richard Kendrick is one of hard rock's most prolific independent artists, a multi-instrumentalist who has appeared on nationally-released compilations including "Fire Woman: A Tribute to the CULT", "Lords of Karma: A Tribute to Vai/Satriani", and "American Hair Bands: A Tribute to the Best of 1980's Hard Rock Anthems". In addition to serving as lead guitar player for New Orleans-based Straitjacket Smile, Richard has backed up many of hard rock and heavy metal's premier artists in the studios, including current and former members of Aerosmith, Guns N Roses, Ozzy Osbourne Band, Smashing Pumpkins, Bandlands, Dokken, LA Guns, Dangrous Toys, Badlands, Rough Cutt, Queensryche, Rough Cutt, Lynch Mob, Night Ranger, TNT, Faith No More, Tuff, Ratt, Love/Hate, Kansas, Quiet Riot, and Kills for Thrills. Striking out on his own, the label expects "Murder and the F Word" to be a big hit among hard rock and metal fans alike. HardRadio.com / Brave Words/Bloody Knuckles- December 10, 2001 On January 29th Versailles Records will release Lords Of Karma: A Tribute To VAI/SATRIANI. The album includes performances by current and former principle members of AEROSMITH, KISS, SMASHING PUMPKINS, OZZY OSBOURNE BAND, DOKKEN, QUEENSRYCHE, NIGHT RANGER, BADLANDS, KANSAS, TNT, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, DANGEROUS TOYS, BILLY SQUIER BAND, ROUGH CUTT, ENUFF Z'NUFF and a handful of regional legends including Neil Zaza, Tony Janflone Jr., and Richard Kendrick. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Melodic Rock.com Dec. 6, 2001- TRIBUTE ALBUM PLANNED FOR GUITAR GODS VAI & SATRIANI: Following the success last spring of the Cult tribute album Fire Woman, Versailles Records have a new tribute planned, dedicated to the Guitar Gods Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. Titled, Lords of Karma - A Tribute to Vai/Satriani, the album features current and former principle members of Aerosmith, Kiss, Smashing Pumpkins, Ozzy Osbourne Band, Dokken, Queensryche, Night Ranger, Badlands, Kansas, TNT, Grand Funk Railroad, Dangerous Toys, Billy Squier Band, Rough Cutt, Enuff Znuff (as a band), and a handful of regional legends including Neil Zaza, Tony Janflone Jr., and Richard Kendrick. The album will be released January 29, 2002. Also out the same date, Versailles Records releases Richard Kendrick's debut solo outing, Murder and the F Word. The album is being described as a cross between Dream Theatre, Whitesnake and Queensryche. In addition to serving as lead guitar player for New Orleans-based Straitjacket Smile, the multi-instrumentalist Richard has backed up many of hard rock and heavy metal's premier artists in the studios, including current and former members of Aerosmith, Guns N Roses, Ozzy Osbourne Band, Smashing Pumpkins, Badlands, Dokken, LA Guns, Dangerous Toys, Badlands, Rough Cutt, Queensryche, Rough Cutt, Lynch Mob, Night Ranger, TNT, Faith No More, Tuff, Ratt, Love/Hate, Kansas, Quiet Riot, and Kills for Thrills. Expect a preview of both albums here in January. __________________________________________________________ _____________________________________ June 1, 2001- Metal Sludge mention in weekly rewind in response to a plug from an interview Versailles Rcds exec did with Iconofan.com " Next up, a huge record label gave us props in an interview! Okay, that huge part might be a tad exaggerated. In fact, that huge part is very exaggerated, but so what? This is an interview conducted with Versailles Records Founder and President Jake Brown. Jake is no Tom Mathers, but if he works really hard maybe someday he'll get there. Versailles just put out that Cult tribute CD with Kendra Jade on the cover and they have some other tributes lined up. The interview can be found at http://www.iconofan.com/wil/2001/june.shtml. Here is where he mentions us. Yup, that's us. Buy a shirt. Thanks to Jake and Versailles for the plug and the free CDs. " ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Cult Tribute Packed With Metal Goodness Wednesday April 25, 2001 @ 05:30 PM By: ChartAttack.com Staff You might know that the world is truly going to hell when you're half asleep on your couch after a long day of interning and watching the Simpsons when a Nissan ad comes on and the first strains of "She Sells Sanctuary" by The Cult plays in the background. Or perhaps it's when current and former members of Quiet Riot, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Ratt, Faith No More and Guns 'N' Roses (amongst others) put out Fire Women: A Tribute To The Cult. Either way, it's some kind of twisted revival that will take you back to the '80s kicking and screaming, or at least leave you in a stunned sort of daze. Hair metal bands covering The Cult? Indeed. Porn star Kendra Jade posing for the cover? Why the hell not! The first single is "She Sells Sanctuary" covered by Enuff Z'nuff, who are heading out on tour this summer with tributing band Quiet Riot, as well as Poison and Warrant on the Glam Slamm Metal Jam. For those that aren't in the know, The Cult are going to be out on tour with Monster Magnet and Econoline Crush this summer too. Bands substantially cooler than Enuff Z'nuff. - Kate Guay ________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Cult: Back And Better Than Ever Author: Marianne MoroPublished on: April 27, 2001 Related Subject(s): Not Indexed As many bands did back in England in the early 1980s, the Cult began as a dark-hued,eyeliner wearing goth band. Born as the ominous sounding Southern Death Cult,the group from Yorkshire, England was the brainchild of vocalist Ian Astbury. The band gained a fan base quickly, and they were opening for Bauhaus after barely a year together. Astbury, however, was displeased with the band's direction, and abandoned the project at the height of their popularity The Southern Death Cult soon metamorphasized into the Cult,with Billy Duffy signing on as guitarist. Dreamtime, the band's first album yielded a #1 U.K. single, Spiritwalker. Followed by Love and the single She Sells Sanctuary, the Cult gained an extensive following in the U.K. It was also a prerequisite for British bands of the early 1980s to adhere to certain fashion and trend perimeters, such as excessive use of eyeliner, brocade jackets and Ian and Billy were no exception. They were touted as new wave, but things soon changed. With Rick Rubin on board to produce, Electric combined Doors like imagery,Duffy's signature guitar sound and Astbury's evocative,commanding vocals in a swirling,psychedelic masterpiece. On tunes like Love Removal Machine and Wildflower, they paid homage to the trippy metal of the late 1960s with a sense of humor - and the cover of Born To Be Wild, is heavier than the original. Produced by Bob Rock, Sonic Temple was the Cult's breakthrough album. Sonic Temple was solely dedicated to the hard rock, guitar god ethic prevalent at the time, minus the spandex and insipid sex lyrics. In 1990, I loved this album so much that for three weeks, it was all I listened to. I didn't play another CD, watch TV or listen to the radio. This was it for 21 days. Oh, God, in retrospect that sounds really psychotic, but I wasn't living in my parents' basement at the time, so it's OK. Fire Woman made the us Top 10, but every song is stellar in that classic rock, catchy guitar riff,driving around Friday night with the top down kinda way. Hey, they even comment on Edie Sedgewick (Ciao, Baby), tell the truth about New York City Hot on the success of Sonic Temple, the band headlined a tour in 1992 to support their next release Ceremony, a watered down version of previous efforts. Most of the songs dealt with American Indian imagery, mother earth and similar concerns. The album was in cut out bins a few months after its' release, and on some American tour dates, more fans came to see their opening act, Lenny Kravitz, than the Cult. The usual Behind the Music type fallouts ensued, including substance abuse and intra-band squabbling. Oh,and then they were sued by some Indian tribe over copyright infringement for the album cover photo. It was not a good year for the band. The Cult's luck didn't improve in 1994, when their eponymously titled CD was released. It barely made a ripple on the U.S. charts, despite tracks like Coming Down and Sacred Life tribute to departed icons like Kurt Cobain and Abbie Hoffman. Ian even cut his trademark long hair, but the image change and CD were roundly ignored. The band disappeared from the limelight for a few years, with Ian forming the Holy Barbarians. Various box sets and greatest hits compilations and B-sides were released during this respite, though, proving that the group had a loyal fan hungry for new material even after they'd disbanded. In 1999, a reformed version of the Cult played 4 sold out shows at the House of Blues in their adopted hometown of L.A. Billy and Ian were now joined by drummer Matt Sorum and bassist Martyn Lenoble. Suddenly, people - and record companies - started to appreciate the band again. The new CD Beyond Good and Evil will hit stores June 5th, and if the first single Rise is any indication, Cult, mach 2001 have outdone their previous incarnations. Ian released a solo album Spirit, Light, Speed released last June. Matt's solo album Hollywood Zen will be released in the fall. Branching out from his usual role as a drummer, Matt sings and plays most of the instruments. A Cult tribute album Fire Woman is slated for release on June 5th. With Jizzy Pearl doing his version of Fire Woman, Enuff Znuff doing She Sells Sanctuary and Gilby Clark, Joe Lynn Turner and My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult also contributing songs, this promises to be one album that will do justice to the band it honors. http://www.versaillesrecords.com ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Versailles Records by Keavin Wiggins This being a new series, I thought it would only be appropriate to profile a new record label-Versailles Records. I recently spoke with the label's founder and President Jake Brown to get the inside story on what it takes to get a label off of the ground and his inspiration and motivations for starting the label. I was expecting to get a basic interview but when Jake started talking it became apparent that this interview was going to far beyond the basics. Jake discussed at length Versailles Records current and future projects including the new "Fire Women-A Tribute to the Cult" as well as gave us some inside stories on the bands involved in the recording, some secrets to success for an indy label and we also learned that Jake is a kindred spirit to us here at iconoFAN, his motivations come from the love of the music and let me tell you that is hard to find at a record label these days. We also learned a little about what Jake has in store for us in the future, both with Versailles releases and biographies he is writing on some leading characters in the drama that is rock music. I came out of this interview with a lot more than I expected going in, Jake has quite the story to tell and in the end he just reaffirmed the conviction that this series was a good idea. Much thanks to Jake for taking the time out of his busy schedule and we here at iconoFAN want to wish him and his new label the best of luck! Q&A with Jake Brown- President and Founder of Versailles Records iconoFAN: What inspired you to start Versailles Records? Jake Brown: Frustration. I was living in Los Angeles trying to get my own band off the ground, and at the same time had the benefit of working for an independent record label, Cleopatra, where a lot of indie bands were signed who had played around LA for years, and Cleo was as commercial as they had gotten. At the same time, they were pumping out all these industrial tribute records that I was working promotion on, most of whom had in-house 80's acts like Dead and Alive and Gary Numan covering Metallica, which seemed to make no immediate sense, but they pulled numbers, so I started realizing that it was more the latter than the former that sold those kind of records i.e. name recognition. In this light, I wanted to put together a record of my own which featured sunset strip bands covering the 80's rock metal bands that had made it out of LA's gutters and into the mainstream, as more of a showcase than anything else. From working promotions, I had some press contacts, and Gerri Miller (god bless her heart) ran a Metal Wire for the project, which they actually misprinted as something more generic to any unsigned band in the US, vs. just in LA. I took it as an accidental opportunity to do something more commercial, and at that point, had just quit working with Cleopatra, and decided to try my own label. Six months later we had "The Second Coming: A Millennium Tribute to 80's Hard Rock/Heavy Metal". I finished with the Second Coming disc, and decided to try my hat at something more commercial, but quality, so I spent the entirety of 2000 working on the CULT record. I think fans will see it, and most importantly hear it, in the result. Bands took big cuts too in working on it because I ended up with a much more diversified roster than I had planned, with artists I would have planned on working with maybe two or three records from now. That is another reason why I established the backend percentage, to make up the cuts people took to work on this record. If the band sells records, they shouldn't be left out in the cold beyond their performance fee if they are earning the label 10 or 12 times that number? As a musician, that makes no sense to me. It is not excessive, but we try to be fair. iF: How was the label established? J B:Once I decided to do the Second Coming project, I relocated from LA to NY, got setup, and went through Orphan and Electric Kingdom for distribution before settling on Big Daddy Distribution, which is New Jersey based, and has about 30 independent labels on their roster. They are perfect for us because they deal with all the major retail chains, but don't require all these ridiculous release quotas that some of the bigger independents tend to, and we had a good deal of interest off of the CULT tribute. The staff at Big Daddy is very cool because they embody a very independent spirit but have roughly 50 years of major label experience between the top brass. Anyway, we have a lot on the plate with them this year, and I think as we grow they are the best company to be with in that process because they will work with us gradually, i.e. not every release has to be an A-release, some we can release regionally if its appropriate. Its interesting, because a lot of distributors who are in business to cater to independent product have these ridiculous minimum release schedule and catalog requirements that aren't inline with the philosophy of a start-up label, which is to grow your catalog gradually. Big Daddy was cool enough to give us the opportunity to grow at a comfortable pace, and they are equipped to accommodate us on any level. iF: What do you feel is the biggest obstacle to having a successful album release? J B:The biggest obstacle I think is the amount of product that is put out every year. Getting the record into chains if you are an independent band is near impossible unless its on consignment with local mom and pop stops. Tower will do consignment on a per-store basis, but if you're a band on an indie, you would almost always have to commit more to promotion than you would ever recoup on sales, so its not worth it in a lot of cases for indie labels to take the chance. That is why we chose to start out with Tributes and build the label's name off featuring established lead players with up and coming backing players, it allows me to accomplish two goals in one breath- that of promoting new talent while working with some of rock's most talented players who have extremely loyal fan bases (Enuff Znuff, Jake E Lee, Bruce Kulick, etc.) iF: What made you decide to go the tribute album route? J B:In expanding on the latter answer, by highlighting our release schedule with tributes we first of all pay our bills, and secondly get the opportunity to work with a wider pallet of artists. With the tribute records we do, Versailles picks quirky artists who have the fanbase there, but wouldn't normally be a band an indie would take a chance on. Our Satriani/Vai tribute (coming out in September) plays to both fan bases, as well as that of guitar players in general, and that is exactly how I intend to market it. iF: How do you decide which artists to pay tribute to? / How do you decide which artists to approach to record tributes? J B:Our niche, as I briefly referred to above, is that we pick unusual bands who I think other labels like Cleopatra or Dwell wouldn't take a chance on being commercially viable in the tribute market. This is not to say that going generic is a bad marketing move. In a way its a smart move on the part of Cleopatra, because Brian Perrera has chosen, in my opinion, to largely release tributes to only those artists who are household names in the Metal and Rock communities, for example, Motley Crue, Metallica, and Def Leppard, which can saturate things a bit. This presents competing labels who want to release tributes with the challenge of releasing albums which are going to give the record buying audience the immediate most for their money. Tributes sell largely in an impulse buy market. As such, our philosophy is that you have to raise the bar as much as possible over what has become the typical tribute formula. For example, we had porn star Kendra Jade pose exclusively for the cover of the CULT Tribute, which I think is the first time something like that has been done for a tribute record. We did that because we felt both the CULT fans and the band deserved something original that was part of a true tribute to their sound, which is both very sexual and spiritual, and we wanted to capture the essence of that, both visually and musically With the CULT, you have the unusual combination of a band who earned much of their following in the alternative underground but were recognized at their most successful peak with Sonic Temple in the mainstream rock market. This gives us the advantage of marketing to both audiences. You might have a fan of the Southern Death Cult who loves She Sells Sanctuary, but lost touch with the CULT before Fire Woman was ever written, let alone a mainstream MTV hit. Additionally, Versailles is different because our goal is to put out only quality product, whish begins with each artist who participates having being a fan of the band, and having a genuine respect for the material they are covering. In the case of Thrill Kill Kult, who partially reformed to cover the Witch, or Paul Shortino and Jimmy Crespo, who personally requested Sweet Soul Sister, you can hear the natural synergy of their performance in line with something they might have easily written for their own catalog, so the translation is natural. In the case of a band like Enuff Znuff, who is just such a bad ass rock and roll band to begin with, but whose best-kept secret in my opinion has been their underdog status, everything with that band is earned. In that vein, when I came to them with the tune they ended up covering, She Sells Sanctuary, Chip left it to me to pick that song. They actually really didn't dig the song, or respect the CULT's artistry till they were in the studio recording it. When it turned out to be a vocal challenge for Donnie, who has sang Freddie Mercury more easily from what I understand, that opinion changed, and their performance turned out being one of the album's strongest. Other artists, like Richard Kendrick, who is signed to Versailles and covered the album's most difficult song, Edie (Ciao Baby), recorded almost the entire song himself, minus the drums. He had the added challenge of having to do the lead vocals, and he is a guitar player, because his singer, Ross, got thrown in jail on some bullshit a week earlier, but he pulled it off beautifully. He is a true talent, like an undiscovered, rare gem of some kind. It is his time to shine now. In that way, Versailles is very focused on upcoming artists, because I pair a lot of unknown backing talent with established lead players. The formula seems to be working beautifully, because someone like Richard, who grew up playing to Jake E Lee, now gets to back him up. This dude is backing up players now like George Lynch, Toni Harnell, Brad Gillis, Jake, and a slew of other platinum musicians who have never had better things to say about a backing band, who in this case happens to be just one dude. A funny story to end this question (finally) actually has to do with the night Enuff Znuff was recording the song. Chip called me from the studio, he was in Chicago, and I am in New York, and it was like 11 at nigh my time, and he asked me to read him the lyrics over the phone, because Donnie had forgot them. I had to go on line while on the phone, and get them off a CULT fansite, and he wrote them down on the phone, laughing the whole time. But Donnie recorded the vocals like 20 min later, and he played it for me the next day and it sounded amazing. iF: Is it difficult to get artists to agree to participate? J B:I think that depends on two things, principally. The first is having an attractive project to go to artists with. The second is your ability to network. Some artists are easier to contact, check their own e-mail, negotiate their own deals, so you don't have the roadblock of some ego-maniac manager deciding for them, which is purely excessive red tape, and which has gotten in the way of artists, who later I found out wanted very much to play on something we were putting together, but couldn't because their managers overruled it without even consulting them. On the other hand, sometimes you get really cool and relevant managers like Time Heyne, for example, who handles Jake E Lee and John Corabi among others, who is almost easier to deal with, and is very good because he is always looking for good opportunities for his artists, which means he brings every offer he gets to them. I have had other situations where, with someone like Toni Harnell or George Lynch, who I paired on Shy Boy for the Satriani/Vai tribute, both of those dudes have done like maybe 3 tributes in their career, and generally steer from them. In those cases, I have been fortunate to have their ear on the material we are bringing to them to cover, and the way we treat them in the process. Getting the right roster together is the core of any successful compilation, because everything else roots from it, from the fan bases you can reach, to the quality of the reviews you get, to the radio play you might pick up, and the retail chains who will ultimately stock the record. As another example, I am putting together a RUN DMC Tribute right now, which strays completely from my area of expertise, rock, so we will see if a combination of this being a group who really pioneered hip hop commercially and is way past due for a tribute and a lot of really cool hip hop, old school and new, artists being willing to put down for their roots, might make that equally as powerful a statement. I think we are on the right path. iF: I noticed from the detailed liner notes in Fire Woman- A Tribute to the CULT that Versailles Records really took their time and put great care into profiling the artists doing the tribute. I know Chip from Enuff Znuff was impressed with the enthusiasm Versailles. I guess this isn't really a question, but do you have any comments? J B:My comment would be damn right we are enthusiastic about bands like Enuff Znuff. Those guys have busted their ass for 15 years, and because of fucked up management and other trend-related entanglements missed the bus that Poison caught, but I firmly believe that if they had come out in 1986 instead of 1989, they would have been just as big, and headlining an amphitheatre tour now instead of opening one. Its great that they are opening one, but they deserve better. I, as I am sure a lot of Indies do who deal in rock metal from the 80s and early 1990s, get a lot of inquiries from artists who had about the level of success that Enuff Znuff did about handling upcoming releases, and while I am flattered at the interest on their part, I try to steer most of the interest toward Spitfire or a label in that vein who can handle putting the kind of promotional push that a band like Enuff Znuff deserves behind them. I think after the remainder of 2001, and probably the first quarter of 2002, we will look eagerly into taking on some bigger scale releases with bands like LA Guns and Enuff Znuff, where we can give those bands the true promotional push they deserve. That's why I like Tributes for now, because we are working with some fantastically talented artists coming out of the gate with established fan bases to sell to, and because of the nature of the releases, i.e. tributes, I get to interact with a much larger pool of artists than I would were our money tied up solely in pushing individual artists. We will have to see how this year goes, but my outlook on this industry is rooted very much in the amount of right I can potentially do by my artists. All the artists playing on our tributes get a half page of the cd booklet, with a photo, biographical information, and plugs on what's happening now- website addresses, tour announcements, album plugs. I pushed Enuff Znuff's "10" in every metal edge I ran last spring. Some industry people might say that's not the most financially practical way to approach recoupment either, but I would give them the same response I give anyone who asks, this is not only about selling records- its about pushing artists wherever we can. New talent, established talent doing new things. Whatever the translation of that concept is in the individual cases of our contributing bands, I am down. iF: Are the artists being covered involved in the process in any way? J B:Sometimes. They may pick the song they do, or ask for suggestions, and then take a song we give them and do something totally different with it, like with Thrill Kill Kult and Project 44's version of The Witch. In most cases, I have backing tracks done by in-house people so I can control the sound quality for our final mixes and the studio budgets, which means the vocalist or guitar player just has their leads to worry about. It is personality a lot of times. Bruce Kulick wanted to do his own gig with the backing tracks, and who am I to tell him no? He is a visionary guitar player, and played with one of the biggest bands in the world, KISS, for 11 years. Enuff Znuff records as a band, so it varies from artist to artist, and song to song. iF: What projects do you have in the works? J B:Well, the pressure is kind of on us as we signed a 3-year distribution pact with Big Daddy Distribution at the end of April, so we have been rushing everything with getting the CULT release ready for a June 5 street date. I am dropping it the same day as the CULT's new record in the hopes that the impulse buy factor I discussed earlier will play into our initial sales total as fans go to pick up the CULT's new record. I am also rushing to try and finish up the Tribute we are doing to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, which features seven songs from each artist's catalog. That record is a special project, it features only the top notch of rock and metal guitar players, like Bruce Kulick from Kiss, George Lynch from Dokken and Lynch Mob, Brad Gillis from Night Ranger, Jake E Lee from Ozzy and Badlands (of course, I won't ever do anything he isn't on if I can have my way), Jimmy Crespo from Aerosmith and Rough Cutt, and a number of other notable guitarists, including some regional legends like Neil Zaza and Toni Janflone Jr., and of course Richard Kendrick, who is doing Vai's Attitude Song, which is probably one of Vai's most difficult pieces. Enuff Znuff is covering Yankee Rose, which the band picked for a change. Its interesting because while Satriani's catalogue happens to be mostly solo, Vai's side of the disk is turning out to be more of a career-spanning collection, with everything from his Zappa days to Alcatraz to David Lee Roth, White Snake, and solo selections. I wish I could do a double album with a disc to both of them, they deserve it. That will be out in September. Then in November we are releasing Richard Kendrick's long, long overdue solo album, tentatively titled Murder and the F Word. I am in the final stages of negotiating an endorsement pact for him, so we will be doing a lot of heavy promo around that, a real grass roots radio campaign, and hopefully will be building off some of the momentum from his appearances on our tributes. Then in February, 2002, I am dropping my baby, the King of Rock: A Tribute to RUN DMC, which is going to feature a jaw dropper of a cast of artists I am also a biographer, and am in the midst of finishing a biography on Death Row Records' CEO Marion Suge Knight, which is a little intimidating, but I am trying to paint a fair picture of his actions as a means to an end in terms of the freedom Death Row has allowed other independent African American CEOs, like Master P and Puff to own their own labels. On a lighter note, I am working on a biography of Nikki Sixx's life story, independent obviously of the DIRT, Motley's biography, which focuses on Nikki's role as a hard rock icon and where his songwriting and vision took the genre commercially in the 1980's, and how that has transcended the 1990s as an influence on the acts who are rocking today in the mainstream. Everyone, from Coal Chamber, to Kid Rock, dating even back to Nirvana, has cited Motley as a pivotal influence on their sound and look, and I think Sixx deserves to be recognized singularly as the epicenter of that movement. I am interviewing Tom Werman exclusively for this, Corabi, Blackie Lawless (hopefully), so we are really going to get an honest depiction of his life's story. My agent and I are also talking about starting up a publishing imprint devoted solely to releasing biographies focused on Hard Rock and Metal artists. The first under that deal will probably be an Ozzy/Sharon Osbourne biography, and a Kid Rock Biography, but we are still working things out with Ingram on that. Lastly, Versailles is sponsoring a series of gatherings for unsigned NY musicians which will hopefully commence in September or October of this year and focus on educating unsigned New York bands of all genres on how to survive in New York as a starving musician, and more importantly, navigate their way onto a more commercial path where they can gain some exposure. To that end, I am calling it "Starving Musician's Forum", and I want to co-sponsor it with another East Coast label, maybe Spitfire if they are into it. We will have free dinner, demo submission, maybe a question and answer period with a featured guest who will appear at each meeting, which will most likely occur on a monthly basis. So we have a lot on our plate. Secretly, I would also like to put out a live Enuff Znuff retrospective, but I haven't gotten into that yet with Chip, so we will have to see what comes of it. iF: What is the most difficult challenge in setting up a new label? J B:The single most difficult element is the money. I have to work 80 hours a week to keep this label afloat, and the first couple years, as with any startup, you lose money, so it is all out of pocket. The only break is that it is all write off, but there is still a lot of sleepless nights and big phone bills. Some people that I know have chosen a more flashy route, like they start out leasing an office space, where you can sublet space with a conference room and be just as well off. You need a website, a very competent artist, who I found in Jason Cooper, who is mainly an S&M artist who runs Black Heart Studios, and is like Richard in the sense that he gives me back a 100% whenever I throw something at him, the result is always better than I needed or expected. I think having a good support network of Indie partner labels is always good, to call for advice, or share resources with in terms principally of contacts, press plugs, ad space, etc. You have to advertise, and Metal Edge is the last viable Rock/Metal publication out there. You can find that magazine in Barnes n Nobles, Tower, WalMart, and Gas stations, i.e. anywhere. It has 90,000 a month circulation, and I think it sells so well because it is fair to fans of both eras, 80's and 90's/2000. You always find a feature on Ozzy or Motley when you find one on Papa Roach or Limp Biscuit. Paul Gargano and Cheryl Hoahing are great editors, and Dov Teta is the most competent advertising rep I have ever worked with. Also, having a solid online presence is important, beginning with a website, but beyond in terms of keeping your projects in the news, not just a press release, but as they develop, cool recording bits, artists as they are added, etc. The best sites I would recommend for this type of thing are MelodicRock.com, Hard Radio.com, ElectricBasement.com, and of course, Metal Sludge.com, which I think has effectively replaced Beavis and Butthead in terms of setting the underground bar for what is cool in the millennium. I miss Beavis and Butthead because they were fucking hilarious, and broke bands like White Zombie, etc. But Metal Sludge gives a very fair and measured perspective on what is and isn't cool these days. They are like Metal's check and balance system. If you are going to do radio, Concrete is really good for hard metal stuff, and Skateboard Marketing is ideal for mainstream rock. They hit the CMJ reporting stations, but also focus on the grassroots stations that will actually consider playing you band, i.e. keeping the cd and not selling it to the dollar bin. The biggest key to longevity of any kind is faith in what you are doing. If you believe in the projects you work on, be they established bands, up and comers, or tributes, treat the record it was your own solo album. I guess in that respect I come from the opposite school of throw it at the wall and see if it sticks, but the goal is not to become Interscope overnight, but to build a solid reputation among rock fans based on the quality of your product. iF: What do you think is the biggest myth that most fans have about the record industry? J B:That corporate labels care about artist development in any long-term sense. For example, Ricky Martin's last album had half the promotional campaign of the one that broke him, with Living La Vida Loca. Why? Because it had half the hit potential. He will always have a fan base, but with bands who have a fourth of that success, i.e. one top-20 hit, that is usually it. I mean, in terms of top 40 rock bands, who is there that last beyond one record? Matchbox 20, because Rob Thomas did that Santana song. It is not all about hit songs being on an album, A&R has to commit to push that song at radio, which is what launched Buck Cherry for Dreamworks. That record went gold, but their new album spent 4 weeks on the top 200 total. Why? It is full of great, bluesy rock songs that are more ballsy and intellectual than most of the shit they play on KROQ in a given rotation schedule. The problem is that the label wouldn't throw any real money behind pushing a single. They provide tour support, but that is all charged back to the band anyway. This is where Indie labels segway in and begin to become appealing to an artist like Alice Cooper or eventually Buck Cherry. An indie label will benefit a band like that in two principle ways- 1.), they will work four times as hard as a major to push the band's record because it is probably one of their biggest ones, and 2.) the artist will get a much better return on any money they would be making anyway. Usually the royalty is much higher, and by that fact, if you sell only 20,000, you might get back $3 or $4 a disc, depending on your deal, versus $.80 or $1.20, and that is after the major recoups their promotional budget. This is why Warrant filed bankruptcy three years after they sold 2 million records. And those rock bands, I mean true mainstream rock bands like Stone Temple Pilots, the Chilli Peppers, and Pearl Jam, who survived grunge, have had to continually put out records filled with hits on the chance that radio will embrace one of them. Pearl Jam's cover off that charity record sold better than any original material they have written in the past 3 albums as a single. I think Limp Biscuit will go through that cycle, and all their offspring like Papa Roach, etc. will end up being comparable to Warrant and Ugly Kid Joe, the second tier metal acts that killed off 80's rock. I take my hat off to Poison for giving bands like that a chance to have a large live audience again. Of that tour, we all know which band deserves it the most, Enuff Znuff, and they are opening the tour, which probably means they only get 2000 person exposure. Still, if of that 2000 people, maybe 1400 of whom aren't Enuff Znuff fans dig what they hear, which they always will with a band like that, maybe Enuff Znuff sells another 300 records locally. Their entire back catalog was reissued, so that is actually really great for them. Also, because Chip issues the whole thing through Stoney Records, the band's imprint, they make a lot more back. Being on an indie label isn't a failure at all, as most people view it, but the best bet for a lot of bands in terms of any sustained career. Most Indies also have their own financial restrictions on what they can blow beyond the bare bones essentials, so you avoid excessive advances we can recoup, and though most Indies can't provide a whole lot of tour support, they usually end up doing it anyway by default, calling radio, placing tour ads, etc. The promotional end is much more of a grass roots effort, so every fan out there will potentially be targeted. iF: Finally, why do you do it? J B:Because I love rock and roll, and I believe artists have been fucked for years by corporate bottom lines, and that is not why the true gentlemen of the record industry do it. Look back at David Geffen, or Clive Davis, or in more modern times, Master P, who controls a $394 million dollar entertainment empire. Everyone of those guys has conducted himself with dignity in dealing with their artist roster, and you know how you can truly tell? Most of their talent, who are in their older age or retired are not broke. Period. It sounds simple, but the business of managing artists goes beyond reassuring their insecurities. It means taking care of them as an asset. I read about an estate sale last month that Mark Slaughter was forced to have, selling off most of his shit because of financial difficulties. That dude sold 8 million records, and has a family to support. Some people think its funny because of the way Slaughter got treated on Beavis and Butthead, but there is nothing funny about his being so financially destitute that he has to sell off his kids shoes. I don't know the specifics with his manager, but I know a lot of managers who didn't do right by those guys back in their heyday, and the band is paying for it now. That's why every artist who plays on a Versailles tribute will own a backend portion of it. We have to recoup our production and promotional costs before it kicks in, but I believe in the spirit of taking care of your own, and as long as I am putting out rock and roll, no one I deal with will be left out in the cold. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ May 9, 2001 - Rocknworld.com interview text with Chip Znuff of Enuff Znuff discussing the band's involvement with Versailles Records' CULT and Satriani/Vai Tribute albums. RNW: On another front, I noticed you guys are getting a lot of attention fromthis "She Sells Sanctuary" Cult tribute. How did that happen? Chip: The president of the label (Versailles Records), a real nice guy named Jake called me and asked me if we wanted to participate. When I brought it up to the band they weren't the happiest campers, they're about as much Cult fans as the Cult is of Enuff Z'nuff. But we do respect their musical accomplishments and we do know that at one time they were really a cool band. But nobody in the group was really a big fan, we weren't really aware of their music, except for the hits. The song, "She Sells Sanctuary" was one that the label suggested and we played it and recorded it in one night over at Star Trax in Crescent, Illinois. We mixed it up the following day and sent it out to them and they loved it. Actually, it came out really good. It's a good song, it was pretty easy to do it, except that the vocals were a little difficult. It gave me a lot more respect for Ian Asbury, he's got high range and real strong fuckin pipes, he's a great singer. You don't realize until you try to do something that someone else has done, just how talented they are. I think it was a really great version, Donnie really kicked ass on it. Terrific vocal performance, the guy sang it like twice, that was it. He really is just a great singer and it sounds like the Cure to me. It sounds like the Cure meets Enuff Z'nuff its weird. It's much different than the original version, but yet close to the version, if that makes any sense to you. Sonically, their version is really powerful, heavy but it sounds like [the music of] today to me. RNW: I also see that you guys are doing another tribute song. Chip: We've been asked to do a lot of them. A Queen one, Steve Vai, a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute and actually a Beatles tribute we were asked to do also. That's the one we are really interested in doing. Cuz, there are some great bands on there.. I hear Marilyn Manson, Cheap Trick, Rage Against the Machine, Elvis Costello.. quite a few bands. That's the one I'm most interested in. RNW: If you do the Beatles one, what song do you think you guys will do? Chip: I'd love to do Dear Prudence. I know its been done by a few other artists, but we've done it for years and I love our version. RNW: Has there ever been any thought about doing a cover of "A Day in Life"? A studio version? Chip: We've done it, well not in the studio we did it on the Radio. I've got that hanging around here somewhere. Studio, Maybe? RNW: I think it would be really cool with Donnie singing John's part and you covering the middle part that Paul sang. Chip: Yeah that would be a lot of fun. There are so many Beatles songs to do, we have enough of our own tunes to worry about right now. But yeah, these tribute records, sometimes they are really nice to do. It's quite an honor to be asked to participate and whenever we do something like that, whether it's a Cheap Trick, Queen or the Cult we really give it our all, there is no half assed. They've been out there for a long time and we want to pay respect to those bands. Especially, the ones who deserve it. It's quite an honor, so if one comes up and we have the time, we will take the time out to participate. I love doing cover songs, once in a while. RNW: If any band can pull them off, it's you guys (note: Listen to their hard rock cover of Tears of a Clown). it looks like Jake over at Versailles must really love you guys, cuz he gives you the biggest hits for these bands. For example, you guys are doing "Yankee Rose" for the Steve Vai tribute. Chip: That's what he tells me, it's good to hear. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Appeared April 20 at www.antimusic.com, and www.artistdirect.com as a news feature. musicNEWS: The Cult of Tribute Albums 4-20-01 antiGUY There is a new tribute album on the horizon, this time for the alt-rockers The Cult. The disc title "Fire Women: a tribute to the Cult" will hit stores on June 5th from Versailles Records and features covers by current and former members of Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne Band, Love/Hate, Badlands, Deep Purple, Faith No More, Quiet Riot, Rainbow, LA Guns, Badlands, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Enuff Znuff, RATT, Dangerous Toys, Salty Dog, Rough Cutt, Pigface, Tuff, The Uptown Horns, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Rising Force, and more. Porn star Kendra Jade got into the act as well by posing for the album art. The first single from the new CD is "She Sells Sanctuary" covered by hard rockers Enuff Z'nuff. The single will world premier this weekend during the syndicated radio show, The Tour Bus. Fans who don't receive the broadcast on their local radio can log on to www.thetourbus.com to listen in. The show airs at 8:00 EST Sat April 21st. Enuff Z'nuff released their 10th album last year and are about to hit the road next month with Poison, Warrant and Quiet Riot as part of the Glam Slamm Metal Jam tour. Versailles Records also has two more tribute CD's in the works. Second Coming: A Millennium Tribute to 80's Hard Rock/Heavy Metal will features covers of songs from Twisted Sister, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Guns 'N' Roses, Faster Pussycat, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Dokken, White Lion, Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzy. The bands chosen to cover these 80's classics are a collection of up and coming indy and unsigned artists from across the US. The other tribute disc in the works will be a joint tribute to Joe Satriani and Steve Vie. The Satriani disc will feature many of the same artist as The Cult tribute including Jake E Lee(Badlands, Ozzy) Bruce Kulick (KISS, Union), Paul Shortino, George Lynch (Dokken) and Enuff Z'nuff covering the David Lee Roth/Steve Via classic "Yankee Rose". Track Listing for Fire Women: A Tribute to The Cult Fire Woman - Jizzy Pearl She Sells Sanctuary - Enuff Znuff Sweet Soul Sister - Paul Shortino/Jimmy Crespo American Horse - Jake E Lee/Tattoo Frank Edie (Ciao Baby) - Richard Kendrick Peace Dog - American Dog, w/special Guest Jason McMaster The Witch - My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult w/Project.44 Wild Flower - Gilby Clarke The Rain - Joe Lynn Turner w/Reckless Fortune featuring Arno Hecht King Contrary Man - Jason McMaster Coming Down - Corey Craven Outlaw - Stevie Rachelle & Richard Kendrick Lil Devil - Jim Martin, Dave Campbell & Anand Bhatt Memphis Hip Shake- O.C.D. 2.) June 19, 2001- Versailles Records' CULT Tribute made its debut at radio this week, charting in several of the Radio Trade Magazines' most added categories, including the Album Network's Agro Metal Chart, where American Horse, featuring Jake E Lee and Tattoo Frank of Premonition was # 6 most added with 13 new stations, on FMQB's Metal Detector Chart, where American Horse was # 8 most added with 23 new stations, and on CMJ's Commercial Spins/Loud Rock Chart, where American Horse was # 8 most added with 22 new stations. Note- As this is our first week of a six week radio campaign, adds are not counted as official chart positions, which occur based on actual rotations. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for official chart positions based on station rotations.