WARRIOR - II ( official CD release 2019)
II -
featuring Vinnie Vincent, Jimmy Waldo, Gary Shea, Hirsh Gardner

Original Recording: 1982
Released : March 22, 2019

Produced by: ???
Time CD 1 : 48:27
Time CD 2 : 45:00

disc 1  
01 No Substitute (3:05) Vincent
02 Back On The Streets (alternate demo) (1:43) Vincent / Freeman
03 Hot Nights (3:37) Vincent
04 I Need Love (alternate demo) (3:56) Vincent
05 Tears (3:41) Vincent / Mitchell
06 That Time Of Year (writing demo) (4:43) Vincent
07 Forbidden (writing demo) (3:39) Vincent
08 Boyz Gonna Rock (remaster 2019) (3:25) Vincent
09 It Ain't Pretty .... Being Easy (remaster 2019) (3:55) Vincent
10  Back On The Streets (remaster 2019) (4:43) Vincent / Freeman
11 Gypsy In Her Eyes (remaster 2019) (3:48) Vincent
12 I Need Love (remaster 2019) (3:43) Vincent
13 Baby Oh Why (remaster 2019) (4:29) Vincent

disc 2
01 Thrill Of The Chase (1988 demo) (3:25) Rosen / Waldo
02 Gypsy In Her Eyes (rehearsal with vocal) (1:18) Vincent
03 That Time Of Year / Forbidden (rehearsal) (20:02) Vincent
04 Boyz Gonna Rock (instrumental rehearsal) (3:42) Vincent
05 Gypsy In Her Eyes (instrumental rehearsal) (4:04) Vincent
06 My Heart Goes With You (4:06) Vincent
07 Forbidden (vocal demo with solo) (3:10) Vincent
08 That Time Of Year (vocal keyboard demo with solo) (5:13) Vincent

UK : Cherry Red Records - 2 CD - HNECD113D (March 22, 2019)

Warrior is :
Vinnie Cusano / Vinnie Vincent (lead vocals, guitars)
Hirsch Gardner (drums)
Jimmy Waldo (keyboards)
Gary Shea (bass)
Mark Slaughter (lead vocals on "Thrill Of The Chase")

The demo's are recorded at The Record Plant, Los Angeles.
The rehearsals are (mainly) recorded at S.I.R. studios, Los Angeles.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (by  Cherry Red Records) :
The WARRIOR story goes back to 1982 when New England members Jimmy Waldo on keyboards, bassist Gary Shea and drummer Hirsch Gardner were searching for a replacement for recently departed guitarist, John Fannon. A then unknown guitarist Vinnie Cusano was recommended by KISS’s Gene Simmons (both bands were represented at the time by manager Bill Aucoin). Cusano was a prolific songwriter, and sent some of his song ideas to the Boston based NEW ENGLAND for consideration. So impressed was the trio with Cusano’s song-writing abilities that they agreed to relocate to Los Angeles where the guitarist was based, and the band WARRIOR was born.

Recording began at the famed Record Plant with serious interest from CBS Records, but the band were also diligent enough to record demos and rough ideas on a more modest set-up, capturing the fledgling band on cassette.

Unfortunately for WARRIOR, Vincent Cusano’s talents meant that the guitarist was snapped up by KISS in 1982 to replace Ace Frehley for their “Creatures Of The Night” LP, their last in make-up, where he’d be rechristened Vinnie Vincent.

Those precious WARRIOR recordings gathered dust until HNE released a collection of them in 2017. Subsequently, more tapes, some of significantly better quality, have been unearthed from Gary Shea’s personal archive. Also included are a number of the demos transferred from the above mentioned cassettes.

Shea and Waldo would remain in Los Angeles, soon joining up with Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet to form Alcatrazz with Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

This 2CD set is a treasure trove for all those who loved the power, quality and sheer momentum of the first “WARRIOR” album, “Warrior II” adds to the band’s legacy and legend.

Extra NOTES :

"Back On The Streets" is also recorded by the band 3 SPEED in 1984 for the "Voyage Of The Rock Aliens" soundtrack album. 
The same year Frehley's Comet demoed "Back On The Streets".

"I Need Love", apart from being a Warrior demo, this song would be demoed, along with other Vinnie Vincent material during Vinnie's recording career with KISS. Parts of this song would be recycled into the Vinnie Vincent Invasion track "Shoot U Full Of Love".

"Baby Oh Why" would be re-written as "Baby-O" for inclusion on Vinnie Vincent Invasion's 1986 album.

"Thrill Of A Chase" was first roughly demoed by Steven Rosen and Jimmy Waldo.
When Vinnie Vincent heard that demo, he loved the song so much that he was keen to do his own version of it. That's why Warrior and Vinnie Vincent (as well as singer Mark Slaughter) went into to studio in 1988 (6 years after the band split up) to record the song.
A different version (without Vinnie Vincent's vocals and guitars) appeared on Jimmy Waldo & Steven Rosen's "Voices Of The Past" (2018).
(Copyright registered in April 1988)

For more details on these recordings check out MetalTalk.net, which page contains interviews with Hirsch Gardner, Jimmy Waldo and Gary Shea.

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Interview with Hirsch Gardner,
Gary Shea and Jimmy Waldo
and recording details by
MetalTalk.net (2015)

Hirsch Gardner (KRR 2017)


Cherry Red Records

Jimmy Waldo (official)

Hirsh Gardner (official)

Gary Shea (official)

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