Column from June 21st, 1999 issue
Just a short column today from me this issue as Im in the process of heading off on a few days vacation .
Has anyone seen the June 5th issue of Billboard? Im told there was a 50 page spread in it proclaiming the return of Heavy Metal to the "top of the charts"! I presume that were miss-using the Heavy Metal tag and they meant Heavy Rock in general? Either way, maybe it is a final definite sign that the music business is waking up, and gearing up to bring quality rock back to the fore .
There must still be plenty of people that still love great music: the latest set of re-releases Ive seen coming up there makes for interesting reading. The 28th of July with see a couple of Ambrosia albums re-issued, their self-titled debut which hasnt been on CD before, and also "Life Beyond LA" which has been re-issued before but been out of print for a year or two.
Also new to CD in Japan with the same release date will be Jack Wagners two excellent albums "All I Need" and "Lighting up the Night". Wagner did produce two later solo albums though it was the first two, now being re-issued, and were close collaborations with people like Clif Magnes and Glen Ballard (later to form Planet 3 with Jay Graydon). Great albums that bring back fond memories. "All I need" is more guitar-orientated, while "Lighting up the Night" places more emphasis on keyboards.