LONDON: 'The Metal Years' Due Next Month

A collection of rare recordings from the cult Hollywood band LONDON, entitled "The Metal Years", is scheduled for release on September 30 via Cleopatra Records.

Fresh off its appearance in the 1988 Penelope Spheeris film "The Decline Of Western Civilization: The Metal Years", Hollywood's own LONDON entered American Studios in Topanga, California in the summer of 1989 to record a live demo tape with famed producer Richie Podolor (STEPPENWOLF, THREE DOG NIGHT, ALICE COOPER). While the more famous members of LONDON had long since passed through the band onto bigger fame (Nikki Sixx departed years earlier to form MÖTLEY CRÜE; Blackie Lawless had left to create and front W.A.S.P.; Slash, Izzy Stradlin, and Steven Adler went on to become stars in GUNS N ROSES; and Fred Coury had departed to play drums for CINDERELLA), the remaining four members had attracted interest from several labels as well as Podolor who took them under his wing for this session.

Vocalist Nadir D'Priest, bassist Brian West, guitarist Sean Lewis and drummer Tim Yasui cranked out 15 songs entirely live (with absolutely no overdubs) — a single lead vocal track, a single guitar track, a single bass guitar track and a single drum track were all that were used in this session! Two of these songs — "Break Out" and "Russian Winter" — appeared in "The Decline Of Western Civilization: The Metal Years" film and "Oh Darling" was included on the earlier LONDON album "Don't Cry Wolf". Several others re-appeared two years later on D'Priest's solo effort entitled "Playa Del Rock", and the rest remain unfinished efforts, preserved here for collectors and die-hard fans of this cult group, which officially disbanded its name and legacy with the release of the D'Priest album in the early '90s. As a bonus for LONDON fans, a reunion of this 1989 lineup (with bassist Brian Perry replacing Brian West) was assembled for a new 2008 studio recording of the MÖTLEY CRÜE hit "Shout At The Devil" which is included here.

"The Metal Years" track listing:

01. Night Rights
02. Can You Feel The Fire
03. Miss You
04. Ride You Thru The Night
05. The Wall
06. Heartbeat
07. Ride Away
08. Spanish Harlem
09. Here It Comes
10. Oh Darling
11. Waiting
12. Love Games
13. Time Is Money
14. Break Out
15. Russian Winter
16. Shout At The Devil (bonus track)

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