Sunday, 26 June 2011

Young Blood - Transfussion

Genre - hard rock / NWoBHM
Label - Angel Air Records

Track listing -

01 - Fantasy
02 - American Bride
03 - Run For Your Life
04 - Doin' The Best That I Can
05 - Can't Stop Rocking
06 - Talkin' About L.O.V.E.
07 - Heartache
08 - Shine On
09 - Thunder In The Mountains
10 - Hold On To Love
11 - Your Money Or Your Life
12 - Good Time Tonight
13 - Dangerous Games
14 - Ray Gun (Shoot Me Like A)
15 - Shoulda Known Better

"YOUNG BLOOD were formed in the early 80’s in the NWOBHM era and like lots of new young bands they soon found critical acclaim with their Conquest Records release 12" EP "First Blood" and massive amounts of touring including Marquee, Dingwalls as well as a 22 date supporting to PHIL LYNOTT and his new band GRAND SLAM. Numerous other support dates with TOKYO BLADE, She, Thor Stray followed culminating with their support of MOTORHEAD at Hammersmith Odeon during May 1984. They signed to The Agency who immediately offered them the all important exclusive tour contracts.

The band became the "darlings" of the rock press with GARRY BUSHELL of SOUNDS placing the band on the front cover of their May 12 th issue. Other notable press reviews followed in KERRANG which culminated with offers of record deals from Bronze and Capitol Records. The band was hot and they accepted a deal with Bronze but at the same time there were issues with personnel so the signing was put on hold until these were resolved. By the time the personnel issues were resolved personal changes at record companies meant that there was now no deal on the table and the band sadly continued another 12 months before they called it a day.

Now released for the first time on CD the rare "First Blood" EP and the full previously unreleased album"

I was unlucky enough to have been born a little too late to full appreciate the NWoBHM the first time around, but have become a massive fan of many of the bands from that era including the heavy weights such as Iron Maiden, Saxon, Samson, Def Leppard, Diamond Head, Praying Mantis, Vardis, Demon and the like, but to my shame I had never heard any of Young Bloods songs.
Falling into the same vein as the more melodic bands from the era such as Vardis, Demon, Praying Mantis, Samson and Diamond Head, Young Blood were a damn good band in my honest opinion.
Well crafted songs, with great polished production, maybe even for-seeing the musical trends that were to come and make success's of bands like Foreigner and FM.
this is a great album, and one that I have thoroughly enjoyed, so I'd like to thank those at Angel Air Records for putting this collection out and drawing my attention to a lost gem from an era filled with shinning stars.

Website - Angel Air
Rating - 9/10

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