After Alan Marsh was pushed out of Tokyo Blade by Powerstation Records, he bounced back with Shogun, formed with Chinatown Danny Gwilym. 1987saw the band engage ex Tokyo Blade players Andy Wrighton (Bass), Steve Pearce (Drums) and sign to JET records before releasing their second album (so called because the album tracks were written and recorded in one month). JET released a single, “Cloak and Dagger” in 7″ and 12″ red vinyl at the same time. The band featured yet another line up for 1988 with keyboards (Andy Higgins) after the departure of Toby Martin. Andy Robbins (another ex-Tokyo Blade man) was brought in on the bass and the band was at it rock-ingest best when supporting Meatloaf UK tour of that year. Late 1988 and the band went to Los Angeles in late ’88 to re-mix the ballad “Voices from the heart”. The job was done by producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd & Rod Stuart producer) at “One on one” studios in Hollywood and was released as a 7″ and 12″ single. The 31 days album is available with either version of this track depending on the albums release date. A few months after the Meatloaf tour, the band parted company with JET Records. The line up disintegrated with Andy Robbins (Bass) going on to join the UK band “Skin”. Danny and Alan continued to write together and wrote and recorded 13 tracks which were never released. Shortly after this, the band parted company with it management and Danny and Alan lost contact for a while before coming together again with Andy Boulton (Tokyo Blade) to form a new outfit called “Mr. Ice”…
Label: Jet Records – BFZ 44040
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
mint condition vinyl (visual inspection).
1. Cloak And Dagger
2. Shock To The Heart
3. Voices From The Heart
4. You Are What You Are
5. Love Is A Game
6. Cold Truth
7. If Tomorrow Comes
8. Can’t Live Without Your Love
9. First Time
10. Out Of Love Again
Alan Marsh – Vocals
Danny Gwilym – Guitar
Andy Wrighton – Bass
Steve Pierce – Drums
Ian Marshall – Keyboards
Vocalist Alan Marsh was fired from the British band Tokyo Blade by his record label due to artistic discrepancies.
Together with ex-Chinatown guitarist Danny Gwilym formed SHOGUN in 1984.
Their 1st self titled album has traces of the NWOBHM genre although sounding pretty commercial.
To the 2nd, the group decided to update the song writing, changing their style to a more Americanized sound but still retaining the typical British scent.
The album is entitled “”31 Days”” because that how long they were given to start and finish it.
Riding the wave of the style that was getting great acceptance in UK on such bands as Shy, Moritz, the disc features prominent guitars, sweeping keyboards and persistent choruses. This is first class keyboard driven British Hard / AOR with power guitars and strong vocals.
From the starting candy-floss synths of opener “”Cloak And Dagger”” you know this will be a keyboard oriented, extremely commercial plate.
“”Shock To The Heart”” is anthemic and catchy, while the cliched but wonderful “”Voices From The Heart”” is the album ballad.
The rocking “”You Are What You Are”” (those keyboards!) is followed by the climatic midtempo “”Love Is A Game””.
“”Cold Truth”” is another melodic belter with great guitar work, “”If Tomorrow Comes”” reminds me their colleagues Bronz, “”First Time”” rocks with attitude and closer “”Out Of Love Again”” is in the best Shy tradition.
SHOGUN Out Of Love Again 1987