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Official Bootleg Boxset 1983-1986 [Import]
  • Artist: Alcatrazz
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • UPC: 5013929921207
  • Item #: 2103171X
  • Genre: Heavy Metal
  • Release Date: 12/7/2018
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Official Bootleg Boxset 1983-1986 [Import] on CD

Limited six CD set. Live archive collection. Graham Bonnett formed Alcatrazz with a formidable but young 20-year-old Swedish guitarist named Yngwie Malmsteen. Bonnet and Malmsteen made an impressive songwriting partnership, with tracks such as 'Island In The Sun' and 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' on the band's debut offering. Making a healthy dent on the US chart, aided by videos aimed squarely at MTV, nowhere was Alcatrazz's impact felt as strongly as Japan, where the band became instant stars. Yngwie was a member of Alcatrazz for only a short time, lasting one studio LP in 1983 and a Japanese live album released the following year. Fortunately, there were bootleggers on hand to record some of this line-up's all too few live shows. CDs One, Two & Three all feature concerts recorded in Texas in 1984, and although the illicit sound quality is far from perfect, each concert demonstrates what an exciting live prospect Alcatrazz truly were, and in Yngwie Malmsteen they had found a fiery, preciously talented lead guitarist. With only one studio LP to draw on it was inevitable that Bonnet and his new crew would pepper the set with highlights from his back catalog. These live shows were also an important place for the young Yngwie to showcase his immense talents with a Fender Stratocaster, with his lead guitar solo spot a major highlight of each show. CDs Four and Five are yet another unique and useful insight into the working of this band's early work ethic, with demos and instrumentals from the 1983 debut demonstrating many of the songs' developments. Following Yngwie's departure in 1984, Alcatrazz featured the undeniable talents of Steve Vai on lead guitar, before settling on the more bluesy stylings of Danny Johnson, who features on CD Six, working on various song ideas for Alcatrazz's third and final studio album in 1986, Dangerous Games. Whilst every effort has been made to produce the best possible audio, limitations in the material drawn from various, non-standard and unofficial sources means that the quality may not be up to the standard usually expected. All tracks have been included for their historical importance, and to present an alternative anthology of Graham Bonnet and Alcatrazz live on stage and in rehearsal, from 1983-1986.

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