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Album Review

This average quality live recording showcases Alcatrazz on their successful 1984 Japanese tour — the only country where the band could get arrested. Besides performing songs from their debut album, the band run through a few of vocalist Graham Bonnet's Rainbow-era songs ("Since You've Been Gone," "All Night Long," and "Night Games") and guitarist Yngwie J. Malmsteen's soon-to-be-released solo work ("Evil Eye"). Therefore, the album is more interesting as a historical curiosity than an artistic statement, as it provides one of the earliest showcases of a young Malmsteen shredding in a live setting. In fact, the guitarist quickly dispels any rumors that the words "restraint" and "economy" were ever part of his musical vocabulary. Malmsteen's attempts to cram every available space with a barrage of notes is both comical and amazing.

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Monumental ignored moment in Rock History

The great songs from the debut sounded better live since the vocals seemed a little less harsh. A sneak preview into what Rising Force would sound like is heard here too, but only guitar die-hards knew this record LP even existed after it came out. Luckily my cousin Greg and I did. He should still own the Vinyl LP.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '00s, '10s

Alcatrazz was originally formed as a vehicle for vocalist Graham Bonnet, but became famous for introducing budding guitar heroes instead, namely Swedish phenom Yngwie J. Malmsteen and ex-Frank Zappa associate Steve Vai. After toiling away unsuccessfully for most of the '70s with the Marble and as a solo artist, vocalist Graham Bonnet got his lucky break when he was tapped to replace Ronnie James Dio in Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow in 1979. But after recording the much maligned Down to Earth album...
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