ALCATRAZZ: No Parole from Rock n Roll [tape] Check samples
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No Parole From Rock ‘n’ Roll (1983) was the first album released by Graham Bonnet’s Alcatrazz.
Weeks on Billboard Chart: 7, Peak: #128.
Considered by many to be the best Alcatrazz release and launched Yngwie J. Malmsteen into a glittering solo career. Most famous for the single “”Island In the Sun”” and “”Jet To Jet””. Other notable offerings are “”Hiroshima Mon Amour”” for which a video was shot (an excerpt for which was seen on the Channel 4 TV progamme The Tube), General Hospital and “”Incubus””, a solo by Yngwie J. Malmsteen he continued to play during his solo career. It has always had a strong following in Japan and songs from which can still be found in Karaoke bars today.
1. “”Island in the Sun”” – 3:55
2. “”General Hospital”” – 4:49
3. “”Jet to Jet”” – 4:27
4. “”Hiroshima Mon Amour”” – 4:00 [Taking its title from a 1959 classic of French cinema, this rather pompous song from US band Alcatrazz’s 1983 album, No Parole From Rock’n’Roll, unpacks the horror of the US dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima in 1945. Featuring guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen’s note-crammed solos and vocalist Graham Bonnet’s histrionic vocals to the max, it’s an interesting musical snapshot]
5. “”Kree Nakoorie”” – 6:10
6. “”Incubus”” – 1:24
7. “”Too Young to Die, Too Drunk to Live”” – 4:20
8. “”Big Foot”” – 4:06
9. “”Starcarr Lane”” – 3:53
10. “”Suffer Me”” – 4:16
* Graham Bonnet – Vocals
* Yngwie Malmsteen – Guitar
* Gary Shea – Bass
* Jan Uvena – Drums
* Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
* Dennis Mackay – Producer
This is the debut album from Alcatrazz, a band featuring journeyman vocalist Graham Bonnet (ex-Rainbow, ex-The Michael Schenker Group), and Yngwie Malmsteen on guitar. It was released on Rocshire Records.
It took a long time for this one to start sinking in. When I first got this tape years ago I was kind of put off by Graham Bonnet’s vocals. He has a distinct style, especially in the manner in which he projects his voice. At times it seems the intensity with which he sings outweighs the intensity called for by the song. The fact that the rhythm guitar is mixed far back and his vocals are up front no doubt contributes to this (perceived?) mismatch. Once I got used to Bonnet’s vocals I started to appreciate No Parole From Rock n Roll quite a bit. I’m particularly fond of side one which, by the way, has a different song order than is printed on the cassette. Island In The Sun, General Hospital and Hiroshima Mon Amour are my three favs from side one. Side two has great songs in my opinion, may be of some extra interest due to Malmsteen’s amazing solos. The man does his best to outshine Graham Bonnet with his axe work. It’s no wonder the pairing of Bonnet and Malmsteen only survived this one studio album.