[US hard rock 1990 Roadrunner Records] Recommended!
Mr. Big, Paul Gilbert
Drummer Ray Luzier went on to play with Korn
Year: 1990 Label: Roadrunner Records Catalog Number: RR 9344 1
|Craig Small guitar
Peter Marrino vocals
Michael Andrews bass
Ray Luzier drums
Recorded and mixed at Sound City, Van Nuys, CA
Additional recording at Milagro Studios, Glendale, CA
Mastered at Artisan Studios, Hollywood, CA
℗ 1990 Shrapnel Records / Roadrunner Productions B.V.
© 1990 Shrapnel Records
Manufactured in Holland.
Made in Holland
All songs published by Varney Metal Music/Roadster Music B.V.
Check a rock ballad that is beyond excellent.
Check a rock ballad that is beyond excellent: 9.0 – Wish You Still Were Mine:
You can definitely hear the Paul Gilbert influence in Craig Small work. Best compares to Mr. Big. Recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Rock Bliss,
9.0 is made up of Ex Cacophony/Le Mans Singer Peter Marrino, Ex Arcade Bassist Michael Andrews, Ex David Lee Roth Drummer Ray Luzier and Guitarist Craig Small who was obviously influenced by Eddie Van Halen/Paul Gilbert. This was originally released on the Roadrunner Label and is very hard to find. It is a classic by a very solid band that sounds very close to Van Halen the David Lee Roth Years. I like Peter Marrino voice. If you like Van Halen, Hair Metal with a little AOR mixed in, you should get this if you can find it.
Too Far Gone features guitar-laden metal from guitarist Craig Small and even a guitar solo on one song (9.0) by Shrapnel Records owner Mike Varney. Another underrated mainstream rock album from the Shrapnel label sees former Le Mans/Cacophony singer team up with Paul Gilbert inspired guitarist Craig Small for a very Skid Row influenced record. The songs all have a commercial tinge, the title track is pretty bombastic and in your face, whilst ‘First Of My Generation’ explodes on all cylinders and is perhaps the albums best song. The band come up with lots of interesting songs with plenty of musical diversity like on ‘Little Sister’ and the ballad ‘Wish You Still Were Mine’, sometimes the album can get a little bit samey and could use a more forceful guitar presence from Small, but had the band stayed together to fully realise their potential and record further albums then they could have flourished into something really special. Check this album out if you can as is serves up a neat collection of commercial rockers that won’t disappoint.
Total running time, 41:17 Produced by: PETER MARRINO, CRAIG SMALL P+ © 1990 Shrapnel
Tracks:04:09 Too Far Gone, 04:25 Live For The Moment, 03:31 Gypsy Queen, 03:25 Louisiana Overload, 04:09 First Of My Generation,03:48 I’m Ready, 04:11 Little Sister, 05:56 Wish You Were Still Mine, 04:09 Hands Up, 03:34 9.0
dutch Roadrunner 1990. 10 tracks
10 track album
label: Roadrunner Records 1990
guitar hard rock/metal w. CRAIG SMALL on guitars (supported by Mike Varney), RAY LUZIER on drums and PETER MARRINO (ex LeMANS) on vocals
style: US Guitar Hard Rock
OBVIOUSLY influenced by Van Halen. “”First Of My Generation”” sounded like “”Hot For Teacher””. I heard a little bit of the Bullet Boys in there too… Guitarist Craig Small certainly lit up this LP. “”Wish you still were mine”” is a wonderful song. A nice group.
A version of Van Halen with some obligatory shredding guitar work from the unknown Craig Small. Also features Peter Marrino(Le Mans, Cacophony) who does a Diamond Dave impression especially on `Hot for teacher` sound a like `first of my generation`. A dazzling release and probably the best thing Mr Marrino`s been involved with.
You can definitely hear the Paul Gilbert influence in Craig Small work. Not a bad album at all. I guess it best compares to Mr. Big. Recommended!
my favorite tune is ‘gypsy queen’..the entire LP does remind me of Van Halen and especially David Lee Roth..the hooks, the melodies ,it all reminded me of Roth and co. Great stuff, when I bought this I was not sure what I was going to get, it was a nice surprise. Kinda like Mr. Big.
Take the first couple Van Halen albums, add some Black Sabbath for heaviness, shake and stirr it well and this is what you get. One of my favorite albums of all times.
Louisiana Overload .. fantastic~!
can’t understand the Mr. Big sound alike.van Halen yes. and on the first song too far gone.he sounds like the singer from Lillian axe. I do love ‘Too far gone’ and ‘Wish you still were mine’. I really like those two songs.
Good technical hard rock. There are not many bands in this style who play a “”sophisticated”” hard rock like these guys. Yeah, I still love a few tracks off this one as noted above – especially that awesome ballad.