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Brightest Starz-Anthology

by Starz

One of the forerunners of melodic rock. This CD is the best tracks from their four outstanding albums for Capitol Records.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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1. (She's Just A) Fallen Angel
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3:30 album only
2. Boys In Action
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5:38 album only
3. Detroit Girls
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4:02 album only
4. Live Wire
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3:22 album only
5. Pull The Plug
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4:45 album only
6. Cherry Baby
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3:48 album only
7. All Night Long
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3:31 album only
8. Rock Six Times
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3:15 album only
9. Sing It, Shout It
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5:14 album only
10. Subway Terror
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3:46 album only
11. Violation
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4:30 album only
12. X-Ray Spex
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13. Waitin' On You
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14. Hold On To The Night
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15. She
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16. (Any Way That You Want It) I'll Be There
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17. So Young, So Bad
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18. Coliseum Rock
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In the mid-seventies the airwaves were in serious danger of being overtaken by light AM hits. A few bands waged war on this trend and began to launch a combined attack of heavy guitars and unforgettable melodies. Among the leaders of this revolution were Starz, a musical army of soldiers carrying an arsenal of roaring guitars, driving drums, thunderous bass and powerful vocals. Exploding onto the musical scene with their self-titled debut album in 1976, Michael Lee Smith (lead vocals), Richie Ranno (guitar), Brenden Harkin (guitar), Peter Sweval (bass) and Joe Dube (drums) quickly established themselves as rock and roll mainstays. Songs such as "Detroit Girls", "Fallen Angel" and "Boys In Action" enabled Starz to stake their claim on the hard rock map. In support of their debut the band invaded hundreds of cities around the world, setting out to conquer every audience with their barrage of hook-laiden rock anthems. Word of their exciting live show spread through the rock and roll community like rapid machine gun fire and Starz became a must see for every rock and roll fan.

In 1977 Starz released VIOLATION, an album which critics still hail as one of the best hard rock albums ever. Both Kerrang and Hit Parader included the disc as one of the Top 100 Hard Rock Album Of All Time. VIOLATION had numerous tracks that were doing well with radio including "Rock Six Times", "Cool One" and "Sing It Shout It", but the breakthrough the band was looking for came when "Cherry Baby" was released as a single. The song climbed to the top of the rock charts and even found a place in BILLBOARD's Top 40. Starz had now risen through the ranks to become a legitimate headliner. Starz went on to release two more albums in 1978, ATTENTION SHOPPERS and COLISEUM ROCK, and once again garnered extensive radio play with songs such as "She", "It's A Riot" and "Any Way That You Want It". After parting ways with their management and record company Starz continued to tour for several years. The success of these tours was a testament to the loyal following the band had accumulated over the years.

By the time Starz finished touring in the early 80's, they had left us with four studio albums and a wealth of concert memories. BRIGHTEST STARZ is a sampling of the great work this group has done and it sounds as fresh today as it ever has.


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MICHAEL ALVAREZ

Great memories in great rock but something missing
This cd brought back great memories of the friends and concerts of the seventies but without "It's a Riot" following "Coliseum Rock" it seemed anti-climatic.

Jackie

HELP!!!!
I heard Starz in 1978 in Polish Radio and I can't forget it. I was looking for any songs of this band any records but unfortunately in my country nobody knows about Starz.
I WANT TO BUY THIS RECORD (or Violation and Coliseum Rock) but I Don't know how can I do this, when I live in Poland. I can't transfer US$ via my Credit Card. Dear CD Baby help me please !!! I'll be back tomorrow

Frank Wirum

Brightest Starz
I have been searching for Starz first two albums on CD without any luck for a long time, and was very happy to find Brightest Starz..with all their best songs. This is the kind of rock`n`roll that makes old guys young again in every way...

Thunder Dragon

Finally!! A CD collection of Starz's best songs!
I have been looking for years for Starz CD's but to no avail. Then along comes CD baby and low and behold, a Starz anthology is found. Love this collection! A few key songs omitted but overall, very good. Anyone who appreciates this underated band from the 70's should pick this CD up..and FAST!

PlanetGaffnet, Crowthorne, UK

Superb collection!
Great collection from a great band. Violation was one of the pivotal rock albums on my teens (along with Aerosmith 'Rocks', Kiss 'Destroyer' and Angel 'Helluva Band'). It's fantastic to find most of the songs on that album bundled with selections from the other four or five albums. Production a little patchy on some tracks, but otherwise, a lively collection. And they're back together too! And just like during my early teens, probably not coming to the UK again either ; )