30 Years Ago: THE MENTORS release Up the Dose LP (it’s the only way I’ll get my lay)

Released this month in 1986 on Death Records (Metal Blade), Up the Dose was the MENTOR’s second LP.

New wave ties OUT – Black hoods IN

I am 28 right now, and my first concert wasn’t a RAMONES concert, so I don’t associate mindless noise with rock’n’roll. Those guys [SLAYER, METALLICA etc] do, and maybe that’s the wave of the future. I don’t care. I’ll just kick back with my ELVIS records – that’s Presley not Costello – and my STRIESAND records, and rake in all the dope and chicks I can while making the best music ever seen in rock, with a band for eternity – the MENTORS!

– Dr. Heathen Scum / Mentors interview, Metal Forces #20, 1986


40 Years Today: RAINBOW release Rainbow Rising

Also available on Cassette and Cartridge

Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio, Jimmy Bain, Cozy Powell, Tony Carey

Rising was released on this day 40 years ago. They would soon leave for the US to tour through June and July, back to the UK for September and then on to Europe.

Man on the Silver Mountain is great, The Temple of the King is beautiful… Gates of Babylon and Kill the King are fucking incredible, but neither album is quite as consistently brilliant as Rising. Not important, they’re all classics…

Rainbow Rising” is thermo-nuclear rock’n’roll… Playing the album at home, the remark being bandied about the most of all was, “With a few exceptions, this is better than anything Blackmore ever did with Deep Purple.” I tend to agree, and it’s odds-on that you will, too. – Geoff Barton (Sounds)

We have Rainbow Rising on CD along with Rainbow merch, Rainbow t-shirts in the distro.