Love Byrd is a 1981 album by Donald Byrd and 125th St, NYC, produced by Isaac Hayes and released on the Elektra label.
Spellbound represented an amazing evolution for the Tygers of Pan Tang, especially considering that it was released a mere six months after their very rough and unpolished debut. Simply put, the addition of versatile new vocalist Jon Deverill and brilliant guitarist John Sykes (yes – that John Sykes) helped improve the Tygers' musicianship and songwriting abilities to no end, allowing producer Chris Tsangarides to exact an infinitely superior (if not as innocently charming) performance of the band from a technical perspective. With a muscular brand of metal lying somewhere between Def Leppard and Saxon, the revitalized group had all of their bases covered and only MCA (frequently referred to as the "Musical Cemetery of America" in those days) could possibly squander the potential of memorable numbers like "Gangland," "Take It," and the especially hook-laden "The Story So Far." Other highlights include "Mirror," one of the band's best power ballads, and "Don't Stop By," where Sykes takes the first great solo of his career, showcasing both the stunning technical mastery and fluid musicality which would become his trademarks.
The Tygers of Pan Tang were on a roll in 1981. After solidifying their lineup with a couple of key additions (most notably, explosive guitarist John Sykes) and receiving a warm reception to their second album Spellbound, the Tygers found themselves touring relentlessly and challenging the new wave of British heavy metal's top bands – Iron Maiden, Saxon, and Def Leppard - for U.K. supremacy. Unfortunately, their impetus ground to a sudden halt when they were rudely pulled off the road and forced to record another album in only three weeks time - and without producer Chris Tsangarides, who had guided their first two efforts but was otherwise occupied with Thin Lizzy's Renegade album.
From a musical family, she sang from her teenage years, leaving school at the age of fifteen, to work as a window dresser by day and singer at night. Bell was introduced to Leslie Harvey, by his older brother Alex, after getting up on stage to sing with the latter. Leslie Harvey was, at that time, a guitarist with the Kinning Park Ramblers. Bell joined the group as one of the vocalists. After the band split up, Bell moved to the Mecca Band at the Sauchiehall Street Locarno, and later to the Dennistoun Palais Band.
The Gillan studio album of 1981 "Future shock" follows the idiosyncratic directrixes of "Glory road" almost verbatim: hard rock with a certain NWOBHM orientation, and reminiscences of Deep Purple at times…