THE RODS re-releases via High Roller Records

High Roller Records continues with their initiated series of re-releases, this time it’s the records of The Rods that shine brightly in a new spotlight. The debut ‘Rock Hard’ was re-released a few weeks ago, followed now by ‘the Rods’ and ‘Wild Dogs’.

The Rods, that’ the band of Dio cousin David Feinstein, Steven Starmer and Carl Canedy. The trio started their metal endeavor in 1980 and ‘Rock Hard’ was their first longplayer. The record was the springboard for inking a deal with Arista Records. As a first release, Arista put the songs from the debut into a new order and published as ‘The Rods’ one year after the original release. So there are two versions of this album and both face a vinyl release by High Roller Records.

The second longplayer, ‘Wild Dogs’, followed in 1982 and was re-released already in 2004. These days the album comes back to the record stores via High Roller Records and is with many other albums from this series, it is again Patrick W. Engel who was responsible for audio restoration and mastering at Temple Of Dishamony. ‚Wild Dogs‘ is a great ambassador for heavy metal in the early 80’s, a time when this revolutionary genre gained momentum. The album features raw and unpolished heavy metal that starts with the pounding ‘too Hot to Stop’ and crosses the finish line with the up-tempo ‘Wings of Fire’, a single B-side track. Even the The Supremes cover ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ was turned into a great metal song that fits excellently into the context of ‘Wild Dogs’.

The Rods ‘The Rods

1. Power Lover
2. Crank It Up
3. Hungry for Some Love
4. Music Man
5. Woman
6. Nothing Going on in the City (White Honey cover) 7. Get Ready to Rock & Roll
8. Ace in the Hole (Robert Fleischman cover)
9. Rock Hard
10. Roll With the Night
11. Getting Higher (1981 EP Version)

CD-Bonustracks:

12. Nothing Going on in the City (alternate mix)
13. Power Lover (alternate mix)
14. Nothing Going on in the City (live)

The Rods ‘Wild Dogs’

1. Too Hot to Stop
2. Waiting for Tomorrow
3. Violation
4. Burned by Love
5. Wild Dogs
6. You Keep Me Hangin’ On (The Supremes cover) 7. Rockin’ and Rollin’ Again
8. End of the Line
9. No Sweet Talk, Honey
10. The Night Lives to Rock
11. Wings of Fire (Single B-Side)

CD-Bonustracks:

12. City Girls (outtake)
13. Too Hot to Stop – Cleaned-Up Version (promo 12″)
14. Rockin’ and Rollin’ Again (live)
15. Waiting for Tomorrow (live)
16. The Night Lives to Rock (live)
17. Too Hot to Stop (live)
18. Power Lover (live)

Label: High Roller Records

Release Date: 24.09.2021

Format: LP & CD

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