Badlands - Voodoo Highway (1991) [1st Japan Press] RE-UPPED

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Badlands - Voodoo Highway (1991) [1st Japan Press] RE-UPPED

Badlands - Voodoo Highway (1991) [1st Japan Press]
EAC | FLAC-Image+CUE+LOG > 304 MB | Full Scans | MP3 CBR 320 Kbps > 102 MB
Blues Rock / Hard Rock | TT > 45:22 mins | Label: MMG Inc., Japan | Catalogue # AMCY-259

Badlands was a short-lived rock band founded by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee, former Black Sabbath vocalist Ray Gillen and future KISS drummer Eric Singer. This is their second album.

Led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee and one-time Black Sabbath vocalist Ray Gillen, Badlands was one of the most talented bands to spring from the fertile hair band scene of the late '80s. Unlike most of their flamboyant peers, however, the group opted for an earthier, stripped-down hard rock approach, which never managed to connect with the era's generally fickle, image-conscious fans. Tensions within the group exploded only a few years and a couple of inspired albums later, and Badlands was history.

"Voodoo Highway" - the sophomore release from Badlands is a first-rate follow-up to the band's self-titled debut. This record rocks hard like its predecessor, but it also showcases a more versatile and mature collection of songs than the first. Tracks range from up-tempo hard rockers in "Heaven's Train", to the a capella almost southern hymn "In A Dream". The band clearly had more creative control since Lee was producing this time around and as such "Voodoo Highway" has a rawer, less slick sound to it. More like a classic 70's album than a screechy Heavy Metal record. Jake E. Lee experiments with some different guitar tones as well as Dobro, slide, Hammond B3 organ, and piano. Ray Gillen's vocals are masterful in their warm, powerful, and passionate soulfulness that made him the best blues singer since Paul Rodgers and he could do "Robert Plant" far better than the Zeppelin's legend himself. His range and emotion on the cover version of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" will make you never want to listen to the original ever again. Jeff Martin (ex- Racer X vocalist) replaced Eric Singer (KISS) on drums and it is a much welcomed addition. His playing brings a looser, groovier feel to the band than Singer's stiffer 1234 style and Greg Chaisson's bass locks in with Martin to make a fantastic rhythm section. "Voodoo Highway" is a bluesy, melodic, hard rock at its finest and the Lee/Gillen song machine is in top form.

After a half-decade spent in the employ of metal legend Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Jake E. Lee decided it was time to strike out on his own after the conclusion of 1988's wildly successful the Ultimate Sin Tour. Wishing to distance himself as much as possible from his former boss, the guitarist set about looking for a charismatic frontman with which to launch his new project. The seeds of Badlands were sown when Lee met singer Ray Gillen, who had been looking for work after a brief touring stint with Black Sabbath. They soon inaugurated a combustible songwriting partnership, and with the addition of bassist Greg Chaisson and Gillen's former Sabbath pal Eric Singer on drums, Badlands was ready to roll. With their bluesy brand of heavy metal, their eponymous debut was a welcome throwback to the tough, gritty sounds of '70s hard rock titans like Led Zeppelin. But in an era where glam metal gloss was king, their unpolished image and sound ultimately failed to connect with a wider audience, and despite receiving much media attention and even respectable MTV exposure, the album underperformed by everyone's expectations – especially their record company, Atlantic.

Eric Singer soon quit to join rock legends Kiss, but the band soldiered on with former Racer X vocalist Jeff Martin, who assumed drum duties on their follow-up, Voodoo Highway, released in 1991. But trouble was already brewing, and later in 1992, Lee and Gillen had a violent falling out. Lee accused Gillen of conspiring with their label to push the band in a more commercial direction during the album's sessions – a backhanded tactic which, when revealed, led to a drag-out, blowout fight and Gillen's immediate sacking. But a tour of the U.K. had already been booked, so the vocalist was temporarily readmitted for its completion, leading to an understandably tense set of concerts and providing an absolute field day for the scandal-loving British press. Dates honored, however, Gillen was officially out, and although Lee initially claimed that Badlands would continue (even performing a few dates with new vocalist John West), Atlantic had enough and dropped the band soon after. Lee went underground and was rarely heard from again in the next decade, but Gillen suffered a crueler fate, succumbing to AIDS-related complications in December 1993.


01. The Last Time
02. Show Me The Way
03. Shine On
04. Whiskey Dust
05. Joe's Blues
06. Soul Stealer
07. Day Funk
08. Silver Horses
09. Love Don't Mean A Thing
10. Voodoo Highway
11. Fire And Rain
12. Heaven's Train
13. In A Dream

Producer by Jake E. Lee. Co-Produced & Engineered by James A. Bell
Recorded at The Rumbo Recorders & Indigo Ranch and Studio. Mixed at Westlake Audio.
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York.

- Ray Gillen: lead vocals
- Jake E. Lee: guitars, keys, etc
- Greg Chaisson: bass guitar
- Jeff Martin: drums, backing vocals

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